Team

Krys Sciberras

Krys Sciberras

, RCC

Head of Research and Development, Alumni Facilitator

Krys comes to RTT with 25 years of experience in Mental Health and Substance Use in public health care settings and private practice. She has had the privilege of living on the traditional territory of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations for the past 16 years; and has been working with Island Health in various roles since 2010 across Vancouver Island. As a Registered Clinical Counsellor, Krys’s true passion outside of her day job with the health authority; is to support individuals to uncover their true essence through mindfulness self-compassion, and a solution-focused approach as she walks alongside those on their journey to self-discovery.

Other Facilitator

Shannon Dames

RN, MPH, EdD

Senior Creator, Research and Development

Dr. Shannon Dames spearheaded the development of the theoretical framework for Roots to Thrive and in combination with her role at Vancouver Island University (VIU), she serves as the Director of Research and Development for Roots to Thrive. She also wears the hat of the VIU Chair of the Psychede...
Andrea Lemp

RN

Head of Clinical Systems and Strategy, Facilitator

Andrea has been leading health and wellness programs, serving British Columbians in Vancouver, and Vancouver Island for over 30 years. A specialist in Community and Hospital Mental Health and Addictions, Andrea has practised and led in diverse Specialty Hospital and Community settings, including ...
Wes Taylor

Organization and Team Development Lead

Wes’s core practice is recognizing the heart and beauty in everyone.  Joining in the early days of the Roots to Thrive community was therefore a no-brainer.  During the ‘80s and ‘90s, he worked as a therapist in addiction and trauma recovery in the US and Australia. He focused on providing advanc...

MBA, BSN

Clinical Operations and Intake Lead, Facilitator

Julia comes to Roots to Thrive with over 20 years experience as a community-based crisis response nurse for mental health and substance use.  Originally from Aotearoa (New Zealand) Julia now resides with gratitude as a settler on the traditional lands of the Snuneymuxw First Nation.  With a deepl...
Jo Hall

RN, MSN

Facilitator, Program Nurse

Jo comes to the Roots to Thrive team with a nursing background in palliative, psychiatric, medical and minor-surgical patient care. Years of disrupted mental health inspired her to seek healing in a variety of alternative treatments. This lived experience informs her deeply compassionate approach...
Todd Haspect

RCC, M.Ed.

Lead Therapist, Facilitation Lead

Todd is the Lead Counsellor with the RTT-KAT team. He entered the field of mental health and substance use as a peer support worker in 1998. After completing his BA CYC at the University of Victoria in 2006, he began his work as a counsellor with Island Health. At this time, his learning was focu...
Ruth Dantzer

Facilitator

Ruth comes to the Roots to Thrive team with a history as a Spiritual Care Practitioner in healthcare settings including a trauma hospital, an addiction treatment centre, and hospice. Currently, Ruth works at the Multifaith Centre at the University of Victoria as a Spiritual Care Coordinator for S...
Kelsey Voysey

BHSc, CCAC

Alumni Facilitator

Kelsey first came to the Roots to Thrive team as a patient-participant and is thrilled to transition into a co-facilitation role. She has experience working as a counsellor with adults, youth, and families; her expertise is in the areas of mental health, substance use, and trauma. Kelsey is passi...
Eric Eligh

RN

Facilitator

Eric came to Roots to Thrive as a Registered Nurse and an individual committed to nurturing his relationship with himself. Eric has participated in Root to Thrive as a patient partner, an alumni, and now a mentee. Eric’s work has primarily been in the field of HIV and substance use. Through his e...
Kerrie Miller

RN BscN

Facilitator

Kerrie is of Russian Mennonite descent and currently lives with her family as an uninvited guest on the traditional and unceded home of the Quw’utsun people. Kerrie has been a Registered Nurse for nearly 20 years, working in inner city public health for nearly a decade, before moving to Vancouver...
Graham Walker

MA, RCC

Alumni Facilitator

Graham comes to the Roots to Thrive team with a passion for supporting people on their journeys of healing and growth. He has worked as a clinical counsellor since 2011 using an integrative therapeutic approach that includes the mind and body while honouring people’s inherent wisdom to heal thems...
Ryan Boyer

M.Ed., B.H.Sc., C.C.C

Facilitator and SFN Liaison

Ryan lives and works on the traditional territory of the Snuneymuxw people. Ryan grew up in Northern Alberta, moving to Nanaimo, BC in 2018. Ryan has a strong passion for working with diverse and often times marginalized populations and loves being connected to people who are engaged in their own...
Laura Brace

RN, BScN

Co-facilitator

Laura joins the Roots to Thrive team as a co facilitator following patient participation in cohort 3. She is accompanied by her 25 years as an oncology registered nurse specializing in Leukemia\ Bone Marrow transplant as an inpatient RN, outpatient RN and most recently a case manager. Having iden...
Allan Campbell

Facilitator

Hello Fellow Roots to Thrivers, My name is Allan Campbell and I am excited to be a part of the Roots to Thrive team. I come to this work as a curious participant with a desire for other means of supporting those I work with. I have been a counsellor over 20 yrs and have spent the majority of my c...
Tamara Pearl

MA, RCC

Research and Development

As a Registered Clinical Counsellor, Tamara has worked and taught in the field of trauma healing for over 20 years, using somatic therapies, expressive arts therapy, EMDR, and other modalities, in a wide variety of settings. She is particularly interested in healing personal, intergenerational, c...
Christine Dennstedt

PHD, RCC

Facilitator, Sea to Sky RTT

As a clinical therapist and supervisor, Christine is informed by narrative and collaborative therapy practices. She has over 20 years experience working in the field of substance use, disordered eating and trauma. She has developed curriculum and taught group work, addiction counselling, and indi...

MA, RCC

Facilitator, Sea to Sky RTT

Ryan comes to RTT as a former participant (cohort three) and is excited to be guiding others through the program as a facilitator. He is motivated by the potential that therapeutic psychedelic experiences have to move people through places of long standing "stuckness". When not working with the R...