MEET THE TEAM

Executive Director

Jason Ellis

B.A. (Hons.),  LL.B

Bio

As the Executive Director, Jason provides operational leadership and strategic oversight for all aspects of Raincoast’s services. After building a firm foundation in management and team leadership, Jason went on to obtain his law degree from the University of Ottawa. Jason continues to be a member of the Law Society of British Columbia and brings with him experience in litigation and administrative matters. Jason is dedicated to developing strong systems to improve service delivery and accountability, as well as provide high quality care to all of Raincoast’s clients.

Clinical Services Director

Catherine (“Cate”) Thompson

Occupational Therapist

Catherine Thompson

Bio

Catherine graduated in 2004 from Brunel University, England and began at a maximum security forensic facility working specifically with female offenders. In 2007 Catherine moved to Vancouver and has worked within the private sector ever since. Her clinical experience includes occupational rehabilitation and return-to-work programs, chronic pain management, and medico-legal assessments(FCE, CFC) for survivors of physical and traumatic brain injuries. She has, for over five years, managed interdisciplinary teams within the context of occupational rehabilitation and pain management and has presented at the Trial Lawyers Association of BC. She has a particular interest in the optimization of clinical services to meet the needs of a varied clientele, as well as ongoing professional development.

Neuropsychologist

Dr. Graham Bean

Reg. Psychologist – #4609

graham bean

Bio

Assessing the long term consequences of Traumatic Brain Injury requires expertise and experience. In addition to assessing clients for litigation purposes, Dr. Bean (Reg. Psych) also consults to an interdisciplinary team that provides assessment and treatment for people who have suffered a traumatic brain injury. This gives him access to the real life experiences of survivors over the longer term and provides him with a perspective on the needs of brain injury survivors that is not available to most Neuropsychologists. Dr. Bean was trained specifically in the field of neuropsychology at the University of Toronto.

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. John W. MacDonald

Reg. Psychologist – #0154

john macdonald

Bio

Providing effective treatment for survivors of traumatic injury requires empathy and expertise in a wide range of therapeutic disciplines. Dr. MacDonald (Reg. Psych) comes to us with more than 30 years providing treatment to survivors of traumatic and non-traumatic brain injuries, as well as other neurological and spinal cord conditions at GF Strong. He was the Practice Coordinator at GF Strong, and responsible for development of clinical services in the acute setting at Royal Inland Hospital for three years prior. Dr. MacDonald was instrumental in developing a highly effective self-management program for survivors of mild-moderate traumatic brain injury at GF Strong, and is committed to broadening the implementation of this program in the private sector.

Occupational Therapists

Sue Barlow

Occupational Therapist

sue barlow

Bio

Sue Barlow, B.Sc. OT, is a highly experienced and skilled OT who provides invaluable mentorship and training to our OT’s. Sue works as an OT and coordinator of the Self-Management Program at VCH’s GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre, is an honorary clinical instructor at the UBC School of Occupational Therapy, and yet, still finds time to run her consulting practice. Sue has considerable experience in the area of brain injury rehabilitation with a recent focus on post-concussion rehabilitation and self-management. Sue’s expertise promotes Raincoast’s client-centred, evidence-based, and outcome-focused model to clients, as well as provide accountability and quality assurance to our fee payers.

Tamara Soloway

Occupational Therapist

tamara soloway

Bio

Tamara brings 10 years of experience working in community-based and hospital settings in the provision of neuro-rehabilitation services for adults living with traumatic brain injury and/or spinal cord injury. She received her Masters degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Toronto in 2007, and went on to work as an interdisciplinary team member, researcher and preceptor at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, until 2012. Tamara then moved home to Vancouver, and brings with her a balance of cognitive, psycho-social, and physical rehabilitation experience including skills in advanced seating and mobility prescription, neurodevelopmental technique, dual injury (TBI and concurrent SCI) management, complex discharge planning, chronic pain self-management approach, mindfulness, and yoga therapy.

Jessica Brussow

Occupational Therapist

Jessica Brussow

Bio

Jessica graduated from the University of Alberta in 2007.  She began her career in pediatric school-based therapy in Alberta, then moved to Victoria where she has spent the majority of her career working in acute neurosciences including stroke, TBI, spinal injury/surgery and other neurological diagnoses. Aside from experience working in inpatient and outpatient neurological rehabilitation, Jessica has recently focused on concussion rehabilitation and is a member of the Victoria Concussion Collaborative – a group with a goal of providing excellent, consistent, multi-disciplinary concussion care in Victoria. Jessica recently joined Raincoast and works with our clients on Vancouver Island.

Dr. Ata Vafaei

Occupational Therapist

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Bio

Dr. Vafaei joined Raincoast Community Rehabilitation in early 2011 with a Masters in Physiotherapy and a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy. After graduating from the University of Tehran in 1989, Ata’s practice comprised treatment of patients experiencing orthopaedic and neurological conditions in various settings including hospitals, rehabilitation clinics, and community environments. Since his registration with COTBC in 2007, Ata’s work includes treatment of physical dysfunction, ergonomic assessment, Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE), and the provision of medical-legal services in support of litigation. Dr. Vafaei currently manages our clinic in FCE’s, work conditioning/hardening, Return to Work (RTW) programs, and specific ergonomic assessments.  He is also involved with Raincoast’s COT and CBIS clients.

Julieanna Chiu

Occupational Therapist

Julieanna Chiu

Bio

One of the newest members of the Raincoast team, Julieanna graduated from the University of Manitoba with her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy in 2010. She began her career working with orthopedic patients and patients with hip arthroplasty in an Alberta hospital. Since moving to Vancouver Island, Julieanna has worked as the sole occupational therapist in two long-term care facilities in Nanaimo. Julieanna appreciates and values the importance of client-centered care, and interdisciplinary collaboration where she can apply her knowledge to home safety, and seating and mobility assessments. She enjoys working directly with clients, identifying their challenges and goals, and helping them achieve maximum functional recovery in self-care, productivity, work, and leisure activities.

Beriah Chandoo

Occupational Therapist

Beriah Chandoo

Bio

Our newest team member, Beriah graduated from the University of Alberta in 2003 with a BSc. degree in Occupational Therapy.  Since then, she has worked as an occupational therapist in Canada and London, UK.  Beriah started her career with strong pediatric expertise in the areas of early intervention, neurorehabilitation and developmental disabilities. With her ongoing passion for learning and mentoring the next generation of professionals, Beriah worked in Policy and Practice with the British Association of Occupational Therapists and the College of Occupational Therapist, and has lectured at Oxford-Brookes University, Oxford, UK. Beriah has specialized in acute neurology and the rehabilitation and management of musculoskeletal injuries. Beriah continues her professional development and regularly engages in clinical research, presenting at the 2017 American Association of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA.

 

Beriah is a member of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapist and is registered to practice in the province of BC with the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia.

Rehabilitation Professionals

Cindy Althouse, RA

Kassandra Olson, RA

Francisco Castro, CA

Sheila Cooke, RA

Marlo Lewis, RA

Kamiko Tomiyama, RA

Monique Sawka, RA

Roger Stoddart, RA

Vince Hazard, RA

Raman Toor, Kinesiologist

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Marc Gorosh

Marc Gorosh

In loving memory of Marc Gorosh, former Director and registered rehabilitation professional who contributed his considerable talents to Raincoast for over 22 years. Among his many accomplishments in the industry, he provided community-based assessments, rehabilitation, and long-term support services for survivors of traumatic brain injury.

He is deeply missed by all.