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Mark Sadler

Executive Director

Qualifications | Master of Counselling

, Our Team (live), Top of the World Ranch Addiction Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre

After many years of fighting tooth and nail, years of denial, of trying to get and to stay sober on my own, trying to convince myself that it would be different this time, I was given a moment of clarity to see myself as I truly was.

I saw the reality of my addiction I saw the damage that I was causing, I suddenly understood that the problems that I drank at were not outside me the problem was me and that the change that was needed had to me. I was floored, I was beaten, and so as to not leave my family the sad legacy of a dead alcoholic, I sought treatment. When I got on the plane to go, I had no real hope, I felt I could not be happy if I could not drink and knew that I could not be happy if I did. I felt damned. My life was in chaos and made no sense to me. I could not understand how this could have happened. My family and I had left the ranch twice never to return but kept coming back, something gnawed at me that this ranch had purpose and meaning that was yet unfulfilled. I went to treatment. The lights began to turn on. I began to wake up. This was a great centre and experience but something was missing and I knew that this something was in great abundance at the ranch. With time I understood why my life turned out as it did in the needed sequence that it had unfolded. I knew with absolute certainty that Top of the World Ranch’s purpose and meaning was intertwined with my own. I knew what I needed to do and why I needed to do it. It felt predestined, it felt obvious, certain, and it still does. So you see, Top of the World Ranch Treatment Centre exists because it is supposed to. It works because it is supposed to. The ranch is now what it needed to be. The people that work here understand this. The clients that attend here understand this. There is no other centre like us. I hope you choose us with the knowledge that we will offer you our best. I have since obtained a Masters of Counselling degree so that I may further help our clients, because you see the real beauty of recovery is that by giving to others, in return we get more than we give.

Most Sincerely,
Mark

After many years of fighting tooth and nail, years of denial, of trying to get and to stay sober on my own, trying to convince myself that it would be different this time, I was given a moment of clarity to see myself as I truly was.

I saw the reality of my addiction I saw the damage that I was causing, I suddenly understood that the problems that I drank at were not outside me the problem was me and that the change that was needed had to me. I was floored, I was beaten, and so as to not leave my family the sad legacy of a dead alcoholic, I sought treatment. When I got on the plane to go, I had no real hope, I felt I could not be happy if I could not drink and knew that I could not be happy if I did. I felt damned. My life was in chaos and made no sense to me. I could not understand how this could have happened. My family and I had left the ranch twice never to return but kept coming back, something gnawed at me that this ranch had purpose and meaning that was yet unfulfilled. I went to treatment. The lights began to turn on. I began to wake up. This was a great centre and experience but something was missing and I knew that this something was in great abundance at the ranch. With time I understood why my life turned out as it did in the needed sequence that it had unfolded. I knew with absolute certainty that Top of the World Ranch’s purpose and meaning was intertwined with my own. I knew what I needed to do and why I needed to do it. It felt predestined, it felt obvious, certain, and it still does. So you see, Top of the World Ranch Treatment Centre exists because it is supposed to. It works because it is supposed to. The ranch is now what it needed to be. The people that work here understand this. The clients that attend here understand this. There is no other centre like us. I hope you choose us with the knowledge that we will offer you our best. I have since obtained a Masters of Counselling degree so that I may further help our clients, because you see the real beauty of recovery is that by giving to others, in return we get more than we give.

Most Sincerely,
Mark

Valerie Hruschak Phd

Valerie Hruschak Phd
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Clinical Director

Qualifications | Master of Social Work, Pain Management Certification

, Our Team (live), Top of the World Ranch Addiction Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre

Valerie Hruschak earned her Bachelor of Social Work (2008) and her Master of Social Work (2010) from the University of British Columbia (UBC). She also completed a two-year Post-Graduate Certification in Pain Management (2012) through the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine. 

She has extensive clinical experience across the continuum of care, primarily in mental health and substance use services, with a specialization in pain management. Within a hospital setting, Valerie has worked as part of the Chemical Dependency Team, in addition to a social work position for the Inpatient Psychiatric Unit. In a community setting, she worked with the Interior Health Authority providing outpatient psychotherapy for children and youth, as well as for the adult system. Valerie has also assumed various leadership roles within Mental Health and Substance Use Services including a managerial position in direct operations and a position in policy and planning for programs at the provincial level, while also teaching as an adjunct professor at UBC. Following these experiences she completed her PhD from the University of Pittsburgh (2019) in which her research focused on chronic pain and opioid misuse. Following this experience, Valerie completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative, and Pain Medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston. Valerie is particularly passionate about issues associated with the marginalization of individuals impacted by substance use, with an emphasis on innovative approaches to chronic pain and opioid misuse.

Andre' Duguay BSC, M.D., CCFP

Ranch Physician

Qualifications | Medical Degree, Traditional Chinese Medicine

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Andre is the medical practitioner at Top of The World Ranch. He was raised in Creston, British Columbia, which is not too far from Top of The World Ranch. He is married and has children. Andre studied Traditional Chinese Medicine in Nelson, British Columbia. 

After practicing for several years, wanting to expand his medical knowledge, he obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biological Sciences, followed by a Medical Degree through the University of Alberta. Andre conducted his residency training through the University of Calgary, in the Rural Family Medicine Program.

Since arriving in Cranbrook, he has developed an interest in addictions medicine. He obtained his methadone prescribing license and is a member of the Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine. In addition to conventional medicine, Andre is pleased to offer Traditional Chinese Medicine treatments at the Ranch as well. He is very passionate and excited about being part of the life-changing program at Top of The World Ranch, and assisting in the recovery of the clients.

Counsellors

Mike Niezen

Counsellor

Qualifications | Diploma of Applied Psychology and Counselling

, Our Team (live), Top of the World Ranch Addiction Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre

Mike’s style of counselling focuses on the fact that “we cannot heal what we cannot feel and we cannot feel what we do not know”. As an addict in recovery, Mike realizes that knowing what we feel is an integral part of being in balance with our thoughts and actions. He has a desire to help people live with more awareness of their inner selves to prevent them from living in reaction. Mike looks at challenging old survival skills and finding new, healthier ways to cope with life as it is.

Along with education as a Life Skills Coach and a diploma of Applied Psychology and Counselling, Mike brings fourteen years of experience in the field of addictions. Mike has spent time in a monastery in Thailand and several years living with small tribes in Southeast Asia which has helped him to foster a presence of calm acceptance. He brings this to his work with our clients to help create the safety needed for people to share their inner selves.

Pat Mandryk CAC II, OSF

Counsellor

Qualifications | Transpersonal Therapy
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Pat is a trained professional with over 25 years of experience in the field of addiction. He has worked in the treatment realm specializing in Addiction and Recovery, Concurrent Disorders, Trauma, Inner Child Work, and Family Therapy. Pat has also worked front line working in a Detox facility counselling clients in preparation for treatment and recovery beyond. While doing so, he specialized in moving clients from Pre-Contemplation to Contemplation.

Pat has been trained in Transpersonal Therapy, Trauma Incident Reduction (TIR) Metaphysical Therapy, Satir Family Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Enhanced Emotional Intelligence.

Pat is passionate about the work he does. Being someone in Recovery for the last 26 years from his own addictions, he takes a no nonsense approach, while following Trauma Informed Care. Through this approach he assists his clients in moving through the Stages of Change while empowering themselves. It is a strong belief with Pat that unless a client finds more meaning and passion in something other than addiction, the client will return to the escape, comfort and ease, and routine of addiction and behaviors associated with addiction. He also strongly believes that the recovery necessary extends to those close to the person with a Substance Use Disorder. An individual attempting to recover cannot thrive in the same environment they came from. This would include Codependent behavior, Enabling, and Trauma Traps or Traumatic Bonding.

Joanna Calderon

Counsellor, MACP, C.C.C.

Qualifications | Canadian Certified Counsellor C.C.C.

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Joanna is a master’s level clinical counsellor with a background in treating developmental disabilities, substance use, concurrent mental health disorders, and addictions counselling. Joanna holds a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology MACP from Yorkville University. As a Canadian Certified Counsellor, Joanna helped clients with significant cognitive deficits, high intolerance and low boredom threshold and was involved with crisis and trauma counselling with a focus on client resourcing and stabilization. 

In her work with addictions, Joanna used an eclectic approach involving assessments for differential diagnosis and comorbidity; Motivational interviewing to overcome ambivalence towards treatment; Cognitive remediation to help control core symptoms, treat emotional disorders, and stabilize clients’ mood; Cognitive behavioural therapy, exposure therapy, and emotion processing for comorbid and associated problems. Joanna’s clinical credo involves drawing from multiple proven clinical modalities to better serve complex situations.

Hannah Adam

Counsellor

Qualifications | Registered Clinical Counsellor, Masters of Counselling Psychology

, Our Team (live), Top of the World Ranch Addiction Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre

Hannah Adam is a Registered Clinical Counsellor holding a Masters of Counselling Psychology with an additional specialization in Art Therapy [MCP – AT] from Adler University in Vancouver. Areas of counselling that Hannah specializes in include grief and bereavement, adult and senior mental health, trauma, and first responder-specific trauma treatment. 

Hannah’s professional experience includes private practice, residential work including work in Vancouver’s downtown east side and Surrey, as well as significant work with seniors, work with small-business and non-profit operations, and volunteer involvement including crisis line and spiritual groups.

Hannah’s approach to counselling is best described as a blend of person-centered and experiential approaches to counselling, resulting in a holistic, personalized treatment plan for each individual she meets. Drawing on a unique blend of modalities and techniques ranging from mindfulness and Art Therapy to Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and education regarding the nature of addiction, Hannah works to best support the growth, healing, and ongoing well-being of each client, both as individuals and within their identified community.

Continuing Care

Steve Norton

Continuing Care

Qualifications | Recovery Coach Certification
Qualifications | Recovery Coach Certification

, Our Team (live), Top of the World Ranch Addiction Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre

After graduating from the Ranch’s program Steve was able to clearly see a way forward and into recovery. By taking a Recovery Coach certification Steve was able to leverage over 25 years of teaching and coaching skiing into his new found life of recovery. Steve brings a genuine passion for helping people make positive life changes to his work in our Aftercare/Recovery planning department.

Celeste Goodhope

Continuing Care

Qualifications | Human Service Work & Addiction Studies Diploma

, Our Team (live), Top of the World Ranch Addiction Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre

I moved to the East Kootenays from Calgary in 2017 and instantly fell in love with the slower pace of life and the beautiful natural surroundings. After finding recovery here, I wanted to share what I had with others because I felt like I couldn’t have done it without the amazing support of dedicated people. I started working at The Ranch in 2019 as a Program Facilitator and recently moved into Aftercare.

I have a diploma in Human Service Work and Addiction Studies and am working on a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. I love working at The Ranch because, for me, it’s an opportunity to pay forward, what was so freely given to me. The staff here is so passionate about the work they do and in their service to the clientele. And, of course, I get to work in the beautiful surroundings of the Ranch. After work, I spend most of my time either studying or being active with my Service Dog Trainee, Miley, a 2-year-old Blue Tick Coonhound.

Not only is Celeste a pivotal part of our Aftercare Team, our clients recovery process and their continued Alumni connection, she is now facilitating our weekly Alumni and SMART Recovery Meetings!

Additional Staff

Kelly Hughston Bulmer

Operations And Client Experience Manager

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Erica Hoodicoff

Admissions & Intake Coordinator

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Melany Thomae & Peyton Littman

Nurses

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Cheldon Schwartz

Executive Chef

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Ryan Gosselin

Sous Chef

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