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Dr. Fred Schmidt Children's Centre Thunder Bay
Dr. Schmidt is a clinical psychologist with a sub-specialty in child-clinical and forensic psychology, practicing at the Children’s Centre Thunder Bay. He provides clinical services within the children’s mental health, youth justice, and child welfare systems. Dr. Schmidt also holds an adjunct position in the Psychology Department at Lakehead University where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses. He also supervises graduate students during clinical placements at the Children’s Centre Thunder Bay and carries on an active program of research with graduate and undergraduate students. Dr. Schmidt strongly adheres to a clinician-scientist practice model of Evidence Informed Practice, primarily using a CBT theoretical orientation to intervention with children and families.
Dr. Julie Riendeau Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre Bariatric Care Centre
Dr. Riendeau obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Lakehead University and completed her residency with the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group. She uses primarily a cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) approach; however, she also has training and experience in other approaches including mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) and dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT). Dr. Riendeau works at the Thunder Bay Regional Bariatric Care Centre where she conducts assessments, provides individual psychotherapy, and develops and delivers lifestyle management classes for those seeking treatment for weight managment.
Sharon Howk-Ventrudo, M.A., C. Psych. Associate
Centre for Complex Diabetes Care
Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre
Ms. Howk-Ventrudo completed her Honours Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in psychology and sociology at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario, in 1990. She went on, at Lakehead, to complete her Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Psychology in 1992. Her Master’s practicum was completed at the Thunder Bay Regional Cancer Centre, as one of her interests was health psychology. In 1992 she began work with TBRHSC’s Community Mental Health Program and worked there for 20 years offering assessments as well as individual and group psychotherapy. In 2012, she returned to her health psychology roots when she accepted a position working in the Centre for Complex Diabetes Care with the TBRHSC. Here, she enjoys working with an interprofessional team focusing on assessment, referral, behavioural health and psychotherapy. She offers a psycho-educational group for smoking cessation and collaborates with a research psychologist through NOSM regarding this project. In 2012, she was fortunate enough to be able to work part-time for the Bariatric Regional Care Centre at TBRHSC providing assessment and therapy to people interested in one of the three programs: bariatric surgery, medical weight management and lifestyle management. Ms. Howk-Ventrudo is a registered Psychological Associate with the College of Psychologists of Ontario with competency in clinical and health psychology working with adult and seniors. Personally, she enjoys travelling with her family and art.
Dr. Paul Johnston C. Psychologist, Forensics, TBRHSC
I am a licensed forensic/correctional and clinical psychologist registered and in good standing with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. I have worked full time at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (originally McKellar General Hospital; the outpatient Community Mental Health Program from 1987-1996, the inpatient Adult Mental Health Program from 1996-2013 and the Forensic Mental Health Program since 2013) since 1987 and part time as a consultant with the St. Joseph’s Care Group (Behavioural Sciences Centre) from 1992 through to 2011. I have my own private practice and am a partner in Thunder Bay Mental Health Assessments with Dr. J. Stewart (psychiatrist). I am an Adjunct Professor with Lakehead University and a Lecturer with the University of Toronto. I am a clinical supervisor of hospital staff and graduate university students (psychology), a psychotherapy supervisor for psychiatric residents and am proud to be affiliated with NORPIC.
Dr. Peter Voros, C.Psych Director of Mental Health TBRHSC
Dr. Houlding completed her Masters of Psychology (Clinical) in Australia in 1994. After working in the UK and Canada for a number of years, she returned to school and completed her PhD in clinical psychology at Lakehead University in 2013. She completed her pre-doctoral internship with NORPIC.
Currently, Dr. Houlding works at the Mental Health Rehabilitation Programmes at Lakehead Psychiatric Hospital, providing assessments and intervention for adults and older adults. The Mental Health Rehabilitation Programmes are committed to patient-centred care, utilising evidence based Psychosocial Rehabilitation practices. Dr Houlding's primary therapy approach is behavioural and cognitive behavioural, although she also has experience with DBT and mindfulness-based CBT.
Prior to working in the Mental Health Rehabilitation Programmes, Dr. Houlding had 12 years experience working with a variety of populations, including youth and adults, parents, individuals with challenges related to substance abuse and individuals with developmental disabilities. She has published clinically-relevant research and is committed to evidence based practice.
Personally, Dr Houlding grew up in Australia, later lived in the UK and ultimately Canada. She moved to Thunder Bay with her family in 2005. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling and working.
Dr. Mary Ann Mountain Director of Community Mental Health St. Joseph's Care Group
Dr. Mary Ann Mountain is the Director of Community Mental Health for St. Joseph’s Care Group with 120 clinical staff. She holds a Masters degree in clinical psychology from Lakehead University and a Ph.D. in clinical neuropsychology from the University of Victoria. She is registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario in clinical neuropsychology and rehabilitation psychology. She is board certified in clinical neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. She is an adjunct professor in the Psychology Department and in the Masters of Public Health Department at Lakehead University.
Dr. Mountain was elected to the council of the College of Psychologists in 1998 and remained an elected member on council until 2004. During that time, she chaired the Quality Assurance Committee, chaired a committee of experts that developed the guidelines for third party neuropsychological assessments and was President of the council 2003-2004. Dr. Mountain has served on the Discipline Committee of the CPO since 1998, and since 2006 has chaired pre-hearing conferences (an Alternative Dispute Resolution process within the Discipline committee). She has also been an oral examiner for the College since 1998 and chairs oral exam teams during the biannual oral examination sessions.
Dr. Mountain served on the accreditation panel of the Canadian Psychological Association from 2006-2011. She is currently a site visitor for the accreditation panel.
Dr. Mountain has an interest in ethics and the professional practice of psychology and has supervised over 20 candidates for licensure with CPO, in addition to practica and internship students.
Dr. Mountain has maintained a private practice since 1993, offering neuropsychological assessments to insurers and agencies, with a focus on disability assessment and access to benefits for both children and adults.
When she isn’t managing staff, developing new programs, going to meetings or writing neuropsych reports, she enjoys driving fast cars (her latest love is a Fiat 500 Abarth), trips to Toronto for the opera and shoe shopping, cooking (and eating) with her best friend and mechanic and snuggling with the best two puppies (both rescues) in the world..or so we tell them.
Kristine Lake, Psychological Associate Mental Health Outpatient Programs
Bio to follow....
Melanie Morrow, Psychological Associate Mental Health Outpatient Programs
Melanie completed a Master’s degree in Psychology from Lakehead University in 1992 and a Bachelor of Education degree in 1994. She became licensed as a Psychological Associate in 2010, after many years of clinical practice.
Melanie has experience with children, adolescents and adults, both in clinical and neuropsychology. She has worked as a special education consultant, and has years of experience with learning assessments. She has worked in many venues, including an early intervention in psychotic disorders clinic and concurrent disorders.
Currently, Melanie is employed with St. Joseph’s Care Group concurrent disorders program, providing clinical and neuropsychological services for a number of teams. She accepts referrals for adult neuropsychological assessments through from the community, through St. Joseph’s. She has a small private practice, providing assessments for children, adolescents and adults. Her special areas of interest include adult ADHD and learning disabilities.
Outside of work, Melanie spends time out at camp, fishing and camping. She is a musician and singer and plays several instruments. Most recently, she has spent some time singing with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra Chorus.
M. Heather Kozak, M.Sc., C. Psych Associate
Bio to follow....
Dr. Mandy McMahan Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre Adult In-Patient Mental Health, TBRHSC
Dr. McMahan completed her MA in Psychology and International Relations at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. She obtained her MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology at Lakehead University. Her pre-doctoral internship at Millard Health in Edmonton included working with individuals injured at work and presenting with symptoms of PTSD, traumatic brain injury and acute and chronic pain disorder. Following completion of her doctorate Dr. McMahan was employed in the United Kingdom as a clinical psychologist and manager of a supportive care cancer centre. Through her career thus far Dr. McMahan has worked on inter-professional teams, employing primarily cognitive and behavioral approaches including mindfulness, acceptance-commitment, dialectical behavioral and solution focused perspectives.
Dr. Aislin Mushquash
Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre Paeds Bariatric Clinic, TBRHSC
Dr. Mushquash obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Dalhousie University and completed her clinical residency with the Northern Ontario Psychology Internship Consortium. She recently left SJCG to take a professor job with Lakehead University but still works one day a week in the Paedetric Bariatric Program at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. Dr. Mushquash works as a scientist-practitioner and strives to use evidence-based practice in all her clinical work. She is also an active researcher studying the role of individual factors (e.g., personality, motivation) and relationships factors in mental health symptoms (e.g., anxiety, depression) and health-compromising behaviours (e.g., binge eating, substance use).
Other Psychological Staff: Karen Stevenson, Psychological Associate CCTB Dave Westerback, Psychological Associate, TBRHSC