Our Staff

Clinical Staff

  • MRTC employs an interdisciplinary treatment team with a ratio of 11 clinicians to 60 clients.
  • Clinical Services Manager
    Oversees all aspects of the treatment centre.
  • Clinical Coordinator
    The Clinical Coordinator plans and develops the clinical program delivery in consultation with the Manager and supervises the day-to-day operation of the clinical services.
  • Clinical Addictions Counsellors (CAC)
    CAC’s facilitate the therapy groups, conduct intake and exit conversations and provide workshops. All CAC’s hold graduate degrees in psychology, counselling or social work and / or have many years of experience working with those who experience problematic substance use.
  • Addictions Counsellors (AC)
    The AC’s conduct psycho-educational groups, conduct intake and exit conversations and provide workshops. They hold undergraduate degrees in psychology or social sciences and have experience working with those who experience problematic substance use.
  • Clinical Support Workers (CSW)
    CSW’s facilitate non-therapy groups, provide workshops and offer support in the evenings. They hold community college diplomas in substance abuse or human services.

Medical Staff

Dr. Sharon Vipler, MD, CCFP, dipl.ABAM | UBC Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. Vipler is the Addictions Medicine Lead for the Fraser Health Authority Mental Health and Substance Use portfolio.

All clients at MRTC have their medical care overseen by our sessional physician. Our sessional physician runs a weekly clinic for acute needs, oversees medical policy and treatment, and reviews the medical portion of the application and resolves issues with the client’s referring physician.

MRTC Attending Physicians:

  • Dr. Dharminder Hayre, MD, CCFP, ABAM
  • Dr. Vijender Balain, Psychiatrist

Addictions Nurse (RPN)
Our Psychiatric Nurses have certification in Alcohol and Drug Counselling. The nurses works with the Case Manager to develop treatment plans to help participants with outstanding physical or mental health issues.

Our Addictions Nurses support clients at MRTC by providing:

  • Supportive medical component includes daily medication administration, client care including education.
  • Co-ordination of care in healthcare continuum.
  • Co-ordinates weekly doctor clinics for medication adjustment and basic healthcare.
  • Holistic approach to compliment the Wellness Wheel.
  • Networking with community resources to allow increased access to and from treatment.


Registered Dietitian (RD)

A Registered Dietitian (RD) provides nutrition counselling for MRTC clients. The nutrition assessment screen for each client is reviewed upon intake by the dietitian to identify clients at risk nutritionally. The dietitian will meet with these clients individually to assist with their nutrition needs. Other clients who have questions/ concerns about nutrition are encouraged to sign up for an appointment as well.

Nutrition Workshops are available to clients while they are in treatment. In the first session, clients explore how nutrition and healthy eating habits can support their recovery. A second session examines practical skills for nutrition post-treatment including menu planning and shopping strategies. Encouraging clients to make healthy choices for themselves and their families with nutrition is a key component of the wellness approach to treatment embraced at MRTC.

Administrative Support

Our receptionist, admission and intake clerks and administrative support persons help take care of the details of centre operations.