YM Markus MD MPH&TM FRCPC CMRO – Medical Director

YM Markus

Dr. Markus is a specialist in occupational medicine, addiction medicine, public health, and tropical medicine. He is a medical graduate (MD) of the University of Toronto and holds a Masters of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (MPH&TM with honours) from the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Dr. Markus completed his five year residency program in Occupational Medicine from the University of Toronto where he held the position of Chief Resident and now holds a Fellowship in the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (FRCPC) in this specialty. Dr. Markus is a Certified Medical Review Officer (CMRO) for drug testing in the workplace and has experience in medical surveillance, independent medical evaluations and industrial toxicology. He has been actively involved in treating opiate dependence in the workplace and in the clinical setting since 2009, and has completed the Opiate Dependence Treatment Certificate Program at the University of Toronto. His interests include health and safety in the workplace, workplace addictions, emerging infectious diseases, as well as prevention of diseases related to global travel and high-risk environments. He c0-founded Vector Medical Corporation in 2013 remains the Chief Medical Officer.

Mandeep Sandhu R.P ,R.I.H.R – Managing Director

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With nearly a decade of experience in her private and drug recovery centre management, Mandy oversees Freedom’s operations and its respected programmes. A respected leader in psychotherapy, she has overseen various drug and addiction recovery centres throughout the GTA. Mandy has substantial experience in recovery program development and delivery, with a deep knowledge of drug addiction, treatment and methodology.

Mandy has appeared on television broadcasts discussing drug and substance abuse and addiction, and is a leading advocate for changes to provincial public policy. Born and raised in the United Kingdom, Mandy is a registered Psychotherapist, and holds a diploma in Psychotherapy from Toronto’s Transformational Arts College.

She is recognized as a professional Registered in Human Relations (R.I.H.R.) by the Canadian Examining Board of Health Care Practitioners. Mandy is currently pursuing her BA (hons) in Psychology at York university.

A motivational speaker, Mandy also sits on the board of York Region Violence against Women Coordinating Committee, and is a member of: the Aurora Chamber of Commerce; Canadian Counseling and Psychotherapy Association; the Canadian Addiction Counselors Certification Federation and Sundoor International certified Motivational Coach. Mandy lives in York Region happily with her loving family and is a proud mom.

Franco Lupo – Executive Director

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A heroic story in his own right, and very fitting one, Frank worked for one of Canada’s largest industrial contractors, and later a self-employed industrial business success story. Becoming addicted to prescription drugs after a work-related injury, Frank lost everything.

Lupo’s story is inspiring, having everything in the world, including his family, and then losing it to prescription drug addiction. After turning his life around, and being clean for several years, Frank worked at various recovery centres prior to dedicating his life and funds to help others who like him were on the verge of despair and suffering from addiction.

Today, Frank is a leading force at Freedom, the leading recovery centre in the GTA, and is very active in the community with those less fortunate. Franco helped open the centre to help others just like him get better and live their dreams, establish themselves, help mend broken families, and live productive lives. Frank has a fun sense of humour, and is a loving and proud dad and husband.

Vincent Roberts – Clinical Director BA(Hons)

Vincent Roberts

Mr. Roberts has Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology (York University) and also is a graduate of Centennial College. Mr. Roberts is certified in Suicide Prevention through the A.S.I.S.T program. Mr. Roberts also possess additional training through Ontario Brain Injury Association affiliated with Brock University. All of which have given Mr. Roberts the theoretical and practical framework required for providing rehabilitation services to clients enduring multiple health crisis. Mr. Roberts has worked for over 15 years in the Mental Health and the Acquired Brain injury field. As a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, Mr. Roberts has developed a plethora of skills that has served all client’s needs well. At Freedom from Addiction, Mr. Roberts holds the title of Clinical Director and also doubles as the Senior Cognitive Behaviour Counsellor. Mr. Roberts uses his years of experience and education to teach clients how to manage their addiction and get back to living meaningful and productive lives. When not at work, Mr. Roberts can be found on the golf course or spending time with his beautiful wife and children.

Jay Albi – Counselor Assistant, Sober Coach

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Jay is a counselor assistant and sober coach at Freedom – he works with clients on the 12 step program. After experiencing his own struggles with addiction for many years which impacted his life and his family, Jay found himself and began his successful road to recovery.

Clean for a decade now, Jay uses his personal experiences to help those who now struggle from drug and alcohol addiction. Jay’s experiences are very inspiring and he knows exactly what a client is going through – because he’s been there. Jay is also very active in the community with those less fortunate. At Freedom he works with clients to get better, set goals, establish themselves, and get back to leading the life they should be leading.

Jason Lemos – Lead Counsellor/CCAC

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Jason received his Diploma in Addictions and Community Service worker from CDI College Mississauga. Jason is a member of the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF). He has training in Applied Suicide Prevention Skills Training (ASIST). Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (NVIC), mental health in diverse populations, First aid and CPR.

Jason a recovering addict himself suffered from drug addiction for over a decade. He understands the impact addiction can have on an individual and their families. Since deciding to get clean Jason has pursued an education and career in the field of addictions. Jason is compassionate and dedicated to working with those suffering from the disease of addiction.

Kate Pindera- Senior Addiction Counsellor- B.A.(Hons)/ C.C.A.C

Kate Pindera

Kate is a senior Addiction’s Counsellor at Freedom. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Honours Psychology at the University of Guelph in 2014 and received her Post-Graduate Certificate in Addiction Counselling from Georgian College in 2015.

Kate previously worked for Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie in the Addiction Services Withdrawal Management Department as well as volunteered at Homewood Health Centre in Guelph. Kate is passionate about the addiction field and is empowered to help others lead a healthy recovery. Kate oversees the training for student placements and evaluations.

Komal Preet – Registered Psychotherapist RP, B.A.(Hons), M.A, LMHC

Komal Preet

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of New York and a Registered Psychotherapist in Ontario and hold Master’s degrees in Mental Health Counselling. I have a great deal of experience in working with clients dealing with a variety of issues including: depression, anxiety, mood disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder. I use a variety of treatment techniques in my counseling sessions depending on the needs of the individual client. Among the approaches I employ are: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered and Solution-Focused therapies. I believe that therapy is a two-way street and encourage clients to be very active in their own treatment. I also view therapy as a collaborative, sharing experience and seek to help clients feel comfortable, hopeful, and truly understood.

Terri Van Tassel – Addiction Counsellor BA(hons)

Terri Van Tassel

Terri holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Laurentian University, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Addictions: Treatment and Prevention from Georgian College. She is a member of the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation. Terri has taught at the college level, teaching courses in Mental Health, Social Psychology, Family Dynamics, Organizational Behaviour, and Brain and Behaviour. She presently leads many of Freedom’s education sessions. Terri is also trained in hospice and palliative care counselling, SafeTALK©, and is an Advanced Literacy and Essential Skills Tutor. Using a client-centered and solution-focused approach in building therapeutic relationships with clients, Terri emphasizes open and honest communication, genuine care, and a sense of humour in her recovery and relapse prevention messages.

David Tweneboah – Addiction Counsellor

David Tweneboah

David joined the Freedom team in the summer of 2017. He is a graduate from the University of Toronto who studied both Neuroscience and Mental Health Psychology with a special interest in working with those with a disability. His professional training equips him with a plethora of tools that are derived from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectic Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness and Hypnosis. David’s approach is asset-based and encourages positive change through improvements on skills individuals already posses. David believes that positive acknowledgement and reinforcing healthy behaviours is the most effective way to initiate change and encourages people to see themselves as better individuals.

Amanda Brown – Addiction Counsellor

Amanda Brown

Amanda is an Addiction Counselor. She is a member of the Canadian Addiction Counselors Certification Federation (CACCF). Amanda graduated with Honours from McMaster University in 2017 with a Diploma in Addiction Counseling. Prior to that, Amanda graduated with Honours from George Brown College with an Advanced Diploma in Behavioural Science Technology in 2010. Amanda volunteered at Bellwood Health Services from 2015 to 2017 helping recovering addicts and their families.

Amanda is in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction herself and is very passionate about helping others to find inner peace and happiness on their road to recovery. Amanda is a kind-hearted and charismatic individual who uses her combination of schooling and personal experience to empower others to change their lives.

Trevena Oliver- Addiction Counsellor B.A.S

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Trevena Oliver is currently an Addictions Counsellor at Freedom from Addictions. She is a graduate from the Humber College’s postgraduate Addictions and Mental Health program. She also possesses a Bachelor of Applied Science in Justice Studies from the University of Guelph accompanying a Diploma in Community Justice Services from Humber College. Trevena has a passion for working with clients that have addictions. Her empathetic and caring personality truly helps clients feel at home

Luke Parsons – Nurse Manager

Luke Parsons

Luke Parsons obtained his nursing license in 2013, since then Luke has taken on a number of different nursing roles from mental health, long term care, oral surgery, to homecare and beyond. Luke has a certificate of mental health nursing, and he brings his knowledge and skills into his care here at Freedom. Having been the nurse manager at Freedom from addiction since the summer of 2017, Luke joined the Freedom team in 2015. During that time Luke has provided compassionate and knowledgeable care to all of our clients here at Freedom.

Nicole Gould – RPN

Nicole Gould

Nicole Gould is trained as a Registered Practical Nurse and earned her Practical Nursing Diploma at Seneca College. Nicole has her CPR (HCP) and First Aid certificate and is a member of the Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario (RPNAO).

Nicole has had clinical experiences in Medical Complex care , Neurology Rehab, and musculoskeletal units. Nicole is always looking for new opportunities in her career to advance her knowledge and skills and work in areas of the field she is new to. Nicole brings compassion and a love of caring for others and a willingness to learn something new everyday. Nicole brings the skills she has learned from her clinical experiences and applies them in order to care competently as a nurse in a new setting.

Lisa Herron – Senior nurse

Lisa Herron

Lisa Herron (RPN) is a tactful and very caring individual, that is professionally trained as a Registered Practical Nurse. Lisa earned her Practical Nursing Diploma at Georgian college in 2014, In 2012 Lisa obtained her certificate for Pre-Health Sciences. Lisa has her HCP/CPR certificate and is also a member of the Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario (RPNAO).

Lisa has had clinical experiences in Medical Complex care , Obstetrics, and at Mental Health units at a variety of different hospitals in the region. Lisa is a compassionate individual that thrives on caring for others. Lisa career path of life-long learning continues to challenge her to upgrade her competencies and provide excellence in nursing practice. And, as a nurse with experience in a variety of practice settings she has a firm understanding of the realities of the front-line Nurse.

Philippe Lacaille – Holistic Practitioner

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For over 40 years, Paul Price has been a leader in natural healing techniques. Paul is a trained practitioner and teacher of energy healing , and is one the founders of one of Ontario’s largest spiritual retreat centres – the King View Farm.

A highly sought after genuine, engaging and calming public speaker, instructor and mentor, Paul has taught energy healing work around the world to thousands while operating his own public practice in Toronto for the past 35 years.

He works as a practitioner at Freedom and continues to work in hospitals where he assists those in need, working with those suffering from addictions, in addition to individuals and families suffering with palliative care issues.

Paul Price – Holistic Practitioner

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For over 40 years, Paul Price has been a leader in natural healing techniques. Paul is a trained practitioner and teacher of energy healing , and is one the founders of one of Ontario’s largest spiritual retreat centres – the King View Farm. A highly sought after genuine, engaging and calming public speaker, instructor and mentor, Paul has taught energy healing work around the world to thousands while operating his own public practice in Toronto for the past 35 years. He works as a practitioner at Freedom and continues to work in hospitals where he assists those in need, working with those suffering from addictions, in addition to individuals and families suffering with palliative care issues.

Suzanne Moore – Chef

Leaving my Marketing roots to pursue my passion in the culinary industry, I use my imagination and personality to create delicious meals for any time of the day! I love to showcase my innovative menu ideas with presentation and taste. The best compliment ever is watching your food being enjoyed with every bite!! And that’s awesome!

Over the past year, I have worked my way up the kitchen ladder and now hold the role as Chef at Freedom. My passion and interest in the food and hospitality industry gave me the opportunity to open and run my own Catering Company for 13 years. Graduating from the Culinary Arts program at George Brown while working a full time job was a challenge that I believe has totally paid off.

I continue to share my healthy and delicious recipes with family and friends and the clients at Freedom