Paul Jerome, BA, HDip
Paul obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Carleton University, an Addiction Counselling Honours Degree from Everest College and is currently completing his Masters in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University.
In addition to his private practice, Paul has worked in a number of roles in the addiction treatment field including inpatient and intensive outpatient facilities at Edgewood in Nanaimo and Pegasus in Victoria. While in Ottawa, Paul worked for the Ontario Justice System, as an addiction professor at Algonquin College and a case manager at Newgate 180 a modified therapeutic community.
Paul is a part owner of Recovery Works and has overall responsibility for implementing the Recovery Works addiction treatment program. Paul will facilitate one-on-one sessions with clients, group therapy and admissions. He draws on his personal experience from both active addiction and living in long-term recovery to fully understand and appreciate the challenges faced by those he works with and supports.
Dr. Osmaan Sheikh, MD
Osmaan was born and raised in Ottawa. He received his undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto in Neuroscience and went on to do his medical school at the University of Ottawa. He moved to Victoria for his 2 year residency program in Family Medicine.
Since completing his residency, he has accumulated a vast breadth of experience. He has worked in sexual health, occupational health (with the Canadian Forces), sports medicine clinics, addictions, in-hospital care and in-clinic care.
Currently, in addition to his work at Recovery Works, he has a full service family practice at Shoreline Medical Clinic in Brentwood Bay, works at Saanich Peninsula Hospital in the emergency room and in-patient ward, and is a provider of Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD). Finally, he holds leadership positions with Doctors of BC and the Victoria Division of Family Practice.
Dr. Tasha Nikora, BA, MA, PsyD
Clinical Psychologist and Family Therapist
Tasha developed and undertakes The Recovery Works Family Program on week-ends throughout the year in addition to providing one on one therapy sessions with client family members.
She obtained her Masters degree in Family Therapy and Doctorate in Clinical Forensic Psychology at International University and Brandman University. She completed her clinical internship at the San Diego State University Neuropsychology Center. She holds a California Association of Drug & Alcohol Abuse Education certificate and specializes in work with addicts and their families.
Tasha has worked extensively in the addiction field and has developed a Recovery House for women, managed an addiction treatment center and worked as a crisis interventionist.
When not working with Recovery Works and at her private practice she spends her leisure time with her children on the beach near her home.
Lowell Monkhouse, MA, ADC
Addiction Counsellor and Trauma Therapist
Lowell has had a renowned career in addiction recovery spanning over twenty years in Europe and North America.
He began working in the addictions treatment field after completing studies at the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies nearly 20 years ago in Center City Minnesota. He completed his addiction counselling internship at Hazelden and went on to work in Hazelden’s adult and adolescent men’s facilities as well as completing level of care insurance assessments in Hazelden’s intensive outpatient facility in St Paul. He later became a Level 3 EMDR trauma therapist through Richman EMDR Training in London, England and completed his ADC designation as an Internationally Certified Addiction Counsellor through the Minnesota branch of IC&RC.
Lowell has worked as an addiction counsellor and trauma therapist at a number of psychiatric hospitals and addiction treatment facilities in London, England including the Priory, Promises and Charter Harley Street. He went on to set up and manage intensive outpatient facilities in Paris, Geneva and Amsterdam and completed the planning for Clinic Les Alpes in Les Avantes, Switzerland before founding and managing the Kusnacht Practice AG, a psychiatric hospital, on the Lake of Zurich in Switzerland.
Lowell has gained tremendous insights into most aspects of addiction recovery through his training, work in the addiction field and long-term recovery from heroin, cocaine, cannabis and alcohol addiction.
Doug Hilton, BA, MA
Trauma Therapist and Addiction Counsellor
Doug became a Registered Clinical Counsellor after completing a BA in Psychology and an MA in Counselling Psychology at the University of Calgary. He has been working in the field since 1992. He specializes in working with clients with a dual diagnosis.
Doug is also a certified Chi Kung (a.k.a. qigong) instructor and practitioner. Chi Kung is Chinese medicine through the use of meditation, massage and movement. He studies with Grandmaster Mantak Chia in his training centre in Thailand. Doug has been an instructor since 2004. He combines counseling and Chi Kung to provide a holistic approach that works on mind, body and spirit.
Doug and Master Chia have co-authored a book entitled EMDR and the Universal Healing Tao. The book teaches people about the connections between depression, anxiety, trauma and addictions and describes a new treatment and self-help technique to address those issues.
Cam Birtwell, MA
Strength and Fitness Coach
Cam has over 20 years experience training teams and individuals. He earned his Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Victoria, certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and a CrossFit Level 2 Certified Trainer.
He worked for several years training Canadian Olympic level swimmers, rowers and triathletes before opening his fitness facility CrossFit Vic City in 2013. He developed and personally conducts Recovery Works strength and conditioning program since it’s inception.
Outside of fitness coaching, Cam enjoys mountain biking, woodworking and exploring Vancouver Island with his wife and two young boys.
Erin Ewing, C-IAYT, RYT-500, BSW, BA Hon.
Erin Ewing is a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) and a Registered Advanced Teacher of Yoga (RYT-500), as well as holding a Bachelor of Social Work and a BA High Honours in Native Studies and Women’s & Gender Studies. Erin specializes in yoga therapy for trauma, mental health, substance use, and chronic pain – all areas in which she transformed her own lived experience via the tools of yoga.
Consistent with a trauma-informed approach, Erin invites participants to explore within themselves and to choose their own options (rather than telling people what to do or how to feel), and she does not offer any hands-on physical adjustments. Known for her compassionate, non-judgmental, and accessible approach, Erin tailors each yoga class to who is present in the room and what their particular needs and requests are that day.