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Dr. Siavash Jafari

MD

Dr. Siavash Jafari is an MD with 18 years of clinical and research experience. Dr. Jafari graduated from medical school in 1999. He pursued masters of clinical epidemiology. He then obtained his specialty training in Public Health and Preventive Medicine followed by fellowship in Mental Health and Addiction at UBC. He is a board certified physician and a fellow member of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada and is a board certified and member of the American Board of the Addiction Medicine.

Dr. Jafari has practiced and conducted research in areas of addiction medicine, mental health, preventive medicine, and chronic pain. He has published over thirty peer reviewed articles on a variety of health topics and has been a presenter in more than fifty scientific conferences and events. He is a peer reviewer for multiple scientific medical journals.

Dr. Jafari works in multiple government-run medical clinics, detoxes and recovery programs. He is an experienced physician in the areas of mental health, addiction and chronic pain.

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Esha Shoker

MA, Registered Clinical Counsellor

Esha holds an MA in Counselling Psychology from City University in Vancouver and is a Registered Clinical Counsellor.

Esha has been recognized by Kwantlen Polytechnic University and City University of Seattle for her research, community work and achievements.

Esha comes with a person-centered, trauma informed, compassionate, empathetic, and non-judgmental approach. Esha has over 8 years of work experience with children and youth with the Surrey School District as well as over five years of vigorous training and experience working with people suffering with addictions.

Esha has extensive experience providing counseling to individuals, couples, families, children, and youth. Esha comes with a self directed and interdisciplinary approach, she has also developed a strong cultural competency through working with diverse populations. Esha works in collaboration with her clients to establish a therapeutic style that is best suited to their needs.

Through her clinical and personal experience, Esha has found that lasting change requires a commitment to explore deeper issues related to attachment, values, morals and one’s sense of purpose and meaning in life. Esha works alongside clients to target these issues so that their healing and progress in therapy is long-lasting.

Esha’s therapeutic style includes:

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Motivational Interviewing (MI)
Narrative Therapy

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Jeffrey Hayward

CCAC ICADC – Addiction Counsellor

After Jeff received his diploma in Advanced Business Menagement and E-commerce, he enjoyed a lengthy and successful career in business operations until his battles with addiction destroyed him. It was then his incredible transformation began with his recovery.

Since then Jeff has held different roles in non-profit housing and support society’s, transition housing and residential addiction treatment.

Jeff’s training and experience have provided him with opportunities to work in areas of early recovery which include:

Client stabilization
Harm reduction
Group and individual counseling
Relapse prevention
Long-term health and emotional wellness goals

He approaches addiction with a therapeutic narrative and trauma-informed path, guiding clients to understand the causes of addiction and empowering them for long-term success.

Jeff has advanced his dedication and motivation by working with the families that have suffered along with their loved one in addiction and by supporting the family unit in the healing process. A married father, Jeff has firsthand experience around the impact of addiction and recovery on relationships and has intensely studied evidence-based strategies to induce positivity and hope.

Jeff’s certifications include:

Addictions Counselor – Canadian Addiction Counselors Certification Federation
Canadian Certified Addiction Counselling Certificate – Vancouver Community College
Addiction Counselor Certificate (CCAC).

He is currently working towards his International Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor Designation (ICADC).

Jeff continues to further his Counseling education and skills through programs and workshops with a strong emphasis on concurrent disorders and trauma-informed practice.

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Anya Schecter

Administrator and Operations Manager

Anya brings over a decade of administrative experience in accounting, sales and system development and implementation. Prior to joining the Inspire Change, Health and Wellness team, Anya was the leader of an events company as the Sales and Operations Manager, doubling the organizations size in her first year. Anya also was the District Program Development and Training Manager for Blockbuster Canada, who’s role was creating the training manuals for all of 13 stores of her district, and overseeing implementation and quality maintenance.

She has a strong capacity for implementing and developing systems and procedures that support an organization in their ability to provide the best possible services. Anya develops and implements budgets, aids in oversight and business development, as well as handling financial matters, such as client billing, account payable and payroll.

Anya has also developed areas of specialization such as facility legislation, accreditation procedure (CARF), human resources employment law, legal drafting and staff training. Anya is responsible for keeping all aspects of the organization running smoothly.

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Fillip Gorecki

Head Chef

Chef Filip loves to cook – period! He welcomes your commitment to eating healthy, nutritious meals that meet your dietary restrictions. He also wants to give your taste buds a delight.

Chef believes that positivity and friendship are the most earnest motivations for exercising creativity in the kitchen. As a European raised in Canada, he credits his gourmet culinary range to a great many teachers who have welcomed him into their kitchens throughout his career. He began his culinary journey in Vancouver working in trending restaurants of different stripes. From comfort food, Asian cuisine, to French fare, he hasn’t shied away from gaining artistic knowledge and skill.

While the experience of Head Chef and Sous Chef in popular restaurants were significant to his career, making personal connections and healing people with cuisine has been of paramount importance to his culinary journey and him personally.

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Stefanie

Yogini Certified

Being in recovery herself and having battled and recovered from a drug addiction and eating disorder, Stefanie is humbled and grateful to share her love for yoga with others in recovery from addiction. She believes the practice of yoga is a way of finding peace. She also believes it is an outlet to practice peace and to care for oneself. Yoga also helps to strengthen and heal a person physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Stefanie has been teaching yoga since 2009. In addition to her work and passion for yoga, Stefanie has worked as a support worker in the addictions field for women’s treatment centers for the past ten years.

She is certified in Bikram yoga and has a 200hr certification through the Yoga Alliance. She also has special training in kids and trauma-sensitive yoga.

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Natasha

Yoga Therapy

Natasha began practicing yoga in 2006 due to nagging lower back pain from working alongside her husband in their hardwood flooring business. She quickly discovered how much of a positive impact it had on her life both mentally and physically. She wanted to share her passion and practice with others so after 6 years of steady practice, she went to Bikram yoga teacher training for 9 weeks in Los Angeles, California. After that, she completed a 200 hr teacher training in Hatha and Vinyasa at Karma teachers yoga school in Vancouver BC as well as a yin yoga teacher training and studied under Jolene Bayda.
She is a compassionate teacher who believes that how you do anything is how you do everything. She teaches breathing techniques to stay calm through discomfort on and off the mat. Natasha also combines breathe with movement to practice presence and mental focus.

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Nadia Oomer

Registered Clinical Counsellor

Nadia is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and have been working in the mental health and substance abuse sector for over eight years. She works with clients with a wide variety of psychological, health and life problems including those struggling with trauma, depression, grief and loss, addiction and relationship issues.
She has a passion for connecting with people through counselling sessions nurtured by mutual trust and understanding. Nadia loves building relationships with clients and creating an environment that is open to discuss anything without judgement or shame. Counselling allows a space for conversation that provides healing and self-awareness. She is grateful for the opportunity to provide this space and allow her clients a safe and welcoming counselling experience. Her work has taught her to believe in her clients’ strengths and to work collaboratively with them. While the dialogue may be difficult at times, the goal for her clients is to work towards gaining renewed hope, a deeper understanding of themselves and a reason to carry on. Through supportive, gentle and guided conversations, we will delve into challenging conversations together to overcome obstacles and provide clarity. Nadia truly believe we arrive in each others’ lives because we are meant to cross paths. Counselling is not about giving advice, it is about walking alongside people to help them see things they might be missing. Her role is to be there at your side and guide you in your journey to become whatever you want to be. She hopes our paths cross one day and that she gets to an opportunity to work and grow with you.

Specialized training:

Intensive Narrative Therapy – Level 1, 2, & 3
Gottman’s Couple Therapy – Level 1 & 2
Feedback Informed Therapy
Trauma Informed Therapy
Mindfulness Strategies