Dedicated Team

Deanna Brady
RPN

Director of Operations,
The Residence

Deanna Brady began her career as a Registered Practical Nurse more than two decades ago. Working at the Homewood Health Centre and specializing in mental health, she provided years of direct client care before taking on combined clinical and administrative responsibilities in Homewood’s Intake Services Department.
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Paul Obermeyer
RN

Treatment Consultant,
The Residence

As the Treatment Consultant for The Residence at Homewood, Paul brings over 25 years of mental health and addictions experience and is the client’s initial contact to explore the benefits the program can offer. With extensive experience in emergency psychiatry, Paul will help assess individual treatment needs and goals to facilitate a seamless admission into the program. As the former director, Paul is well suited to answer any questions clients have about the program and what to expect during their stay.
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DR. BEN MCCUTCHEN

Chief of Psychiatry
The Residence

Dr. Ben McCutchen is Chief of Psychiatry for The Residence, Ravensview and Workplace Mental Health. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and completed both his undergraduate medical degree and postgraduate psychiatry training at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University. He is the current Academic Lead for Homewood Health Centre / Waterloo Regional Campus, and an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at McMaster University. 
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DR. KAM BALCHAND

Psychiatrist
The Residence

Dr. Kam Balchand is a psychiatrist at The Residence. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He completed an undergraduate medical degree at the University of Toronto, postgraduate psychiatry training at the University of Manitoba, and a fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry at Yale University.
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Dr. Rachel Lyon
C.Pysch

Psychologist,

The Residence

Dr. Rachel Lyon is a Clinical Psychologist and a Registered Member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Ryerson University and completed her residency training at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in the Borderline Personality Disorder Clinic and Psychological Trauma Program. Before joining The Residence as a staff psychologist, Dr. Lyon worked within the Eating Disorders Program and was the Psychology Discipline Lead at Homewood Health Centre.
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Emily Logan

Operations Manager,

The Residence

Emily Logan is the Operations Manager for The Residence. She received an Honours B.A. in Health Studies from McMaster University, which provided her with a strong understanding of mental health care. Emily’s education, combined with years of customer service experience, allows her to provide support for Residence staff and clients with ease.
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Sonia Waters
RP, ICADC, BA

Addictions Counsellor,

The Residence

Sonia brings 17 years of experience to her role as Addictions Counsellor at The Residence. She supports clients’ personal recovery by creating and guiding them through a continuum of care that combines program services to meet their specific needs. Sonia uses a variety of approaches and techniques to help people achieve and maintain sobriety while focusing on living their lives today. Sonia is a Registered Psychotherapist (RP), an International Certified Alcohol & Drug Counsellor (ICADC).
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Monika Grau
RP, BA, DTATI 

Psychotherapist – Art Therapist

The Residence

Monika Grau is a Registered Psychotherapist and Professional Art Therapist. She has worked in the field of mental health at Homewood Health Centre for more than 25 years. Throughout her career, Monika has demonstrated proficiency in both individual and group therapy settings, specializing in the treatment of eating disorders and crisis management care.
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Michelle Munroe
MSc (OT), OT Reg. (Ont.), Psychotherapist

Occupational Therapist,

The Residence

Michelle is an Occupational Therapist, a profession that empowers people experiencing mental and physical health challenges to overcome barriers in their everyday lives so they may regain meaningful purpose and experience life again to the fullest.
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Kyla RENAUD
MSW, RSW, Psychotherapist

Social Worker,

The Residence

Kyla Renaud is a Registered Social Worker whose work at The Residence at Homewood includes delivering a range of modalities of treatment including cognitive behavioural therapy, cognitive processing therapy, dialectical behavioural therapy and motivational interviewing. As a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University, Kyla’s Master of Social Work studies focused on the care and support of individuals, families, and groups with a special interest in working with the young adult population.
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Lisa Vanderloop

Psychotherapist (Qualifying),

The Residence

Lisa Vanderloop holds status as a Registered Social Worker and Psychotherapist. She achieved her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Nipissing University, a Bachelor’s of Social Work from the University of Waterloo, and a Masters in Counselling Psychology from the University of Western Ontario. Lisa’s areas of expertise include crisis intervention, mood disorders, and addictions.
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Kaela Clark
E-CPT, SSC, CNC, FMS

Service Liaison,

The Residence

Kaela is The Residence team member that brings it all together. She comes to us via The Homewood Health Centre, where she spent three years mastering healthcare based customer service. Kaela also brings to The Residence an extensive background in various service industries as well as the ability to establish strong working relationships with co-workers and clients.
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Funmilayo (Funmi) Oyediran
B.Tech, BScN, MSc, MN, NP-PHC

Nurse Practitioner,

The Residence

Funmi Oyediran is the Nurse Practitioner for The Residence. She has an academic background and advanced degree in chemistry; this experience in combination with her teaching experience gives Funmi a strong scientific foundation for her career in nursing. She is passionate about making a difference in people’s lives and supports them in their healing and recovery process, including exploring opportunities to enhance excellent service delivery in collaboration with team members.
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Loriann McAlpine
RPN

Registered Practical Nurse,
The Residence

Loriann has been a nurse for 33 years and has worked at Homewood for 20 years. She brings extensive experience to The Residence. She has worked in Homewood’s Eating Disorder Program, PTSR program, Crisis and Comprehensive Psychiatric Care. Her knowledge background encompasses CBT, DBT, and crisis intervention. Loriann’s focus is to support clients in optimizing their treatment experience at The Residence. She works collaboratively with the treatment team to help clients succeed with their goals.
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Amanda Brunning
RN, CPMHN(c)

Registered Nurse,

The Residence

Amanda Brunning is a Registered Nurse who earned her nursing degree from McMaster University and is certified in psychiatric and mental health nursing. An active member of the Canadian Nurses Association, Amanda has worked with Homewood Health for nearly a decade and a half in a variety of capacities. During that time, she has built a strong track record of exceptional care in the Eating Disorders Program, Substance Abuse and Trauma Safety Program, Assessment Stabilization Unit and Comprehensive Psychiatric Care.
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Catherine Bowmaster

House Matron,

The Residence

Catherine brings 11 years of professional housekeeping experience from the Homewood Health Centre. She works closely with residents and management to ensure an orderly and peaceful home-like environment. Catherine’s attention to detail is evident and both clients and staff appreciate her “white glove service” attitude.
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Chris Seftel
E-CPT, SSC, CNC, FMS

Strength & Conditioning Coach,

The Residence

Elite Level Certified Personal Trainer (E-CPT), Specialist Strength and Conditioning (SSC) and Certified Nutrition Coach (CNC) through ISSA and Precision Nutrition (PN1). As part of a multidisciplinary team, Chris provides –based personalized programming incorporating research-based outcomes for exercise, mental health, and Functional Movement / Capacity Screens.
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MARK DUNDAS

Chef De Cuisine,

The Residence

Mark Dundas is a professional Red Seal Chef who attended culinary college in Saskatchewan. For 18 years, Mark apprenticed and worked at the “Castle in the Rockies,” the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. Mark’s true passion is food, and he is dedicated to inspiring the people around him to enjoy all aspects of food as much as he does! Mark likes to ask these types of questions: where does the food come from? Is it organic? Are the ingredients ethically sourced? These are the questions that drive Mark’s passion.
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MICHELLE NOGUEIRA
RSSW, CAC ii, CPGC, IGDC

Addiction & Recovery Management Specialist and Digital Lead,

The Residence

Michelle Nogueira is The Residence’s Addiction & Recovery Management Specialist and Digital Lead. Her primary role is in the Recovery Management Program. This aftercare role is a perfect fit as she has been intrigued with relapse prevention throughout her career and has proclaimed that “Relapse Prevention is the cornerstone of Addiction Counselling.”
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CHRISTINA KOVACS
MSC OT

Recovery Management Coordinator,

The Residence

Christina is an Occupational Therapist and the Coordinator of the Recovery Management Program. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science from the University of Guelph and a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from McMaster University. Christina has worked in the Recovery Management Program since its inception and has driven its implementation and growth. Understanding challenges and co-creating solutions underpins Christina’s passion for working with clients and ensuring quality programming and care.”
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JULIA BURKE

Recreation Therapist,

The Residence

Julia Burke is a Recreation Therapist for The Residence at Homewood. With enhanced experience working in acute and forensic mental health, Julia follows a client centred, evidence based approach with emphasis on client’s strengths. As a Recreation Therapist, Julia works collaboratively to focus on systematic goal directed interventions intended to involve clients in activities that restore and foster growth.
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