RESIDENCY TRAINING COMMITTEE
Ms. Alyson Gregory
Administrative Support, NORPIC
Ms. Gregory has been an administrative assistant with St. Joseph’s Care Group since 1999. She is the main ‘go to’ person for the Mental Health Outpatient Program (MHOP) and is probably the most organized person in the entire building. When not working, Ms. Gregory enjoys spending time with her family.
Dr. Fred Schmidt
Research Director, NORPIC
NORPIC Associate Director for 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. Wendy Lindstrom-Forneri
Professional Practice Leader, NORPIC
Dr. Wendy Lindstrom-Forneri completed a Master’s degree at Lakehead University, and obtained a Ph.D. in Clinical Neuropsychology from the University of Victoria. In 2009, she completed her internship in London, ON with the London Clinical Psychology Residency Consortium. Dr. Lindstrom-Forneri has experience with adults and geriatrics, in both clinical and neuropsychology.
Dr. Sara Hagstrom
Director of Training, NORPIC
Dr. Hagstrom completed her undergraduate degree at Lakehead University in 2002 and her Masters and Ph.D in Clinical Psychology at the University of Windsor graduating in 2007. She completed her residency with the Clinical Health Psychology program with the Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba and starting working with St. Joseph’s Care Group in the fall of 2007. Dr. Hagstrom is comfortable working within CBT, DBT, IPT, Psychodynamic, and Short Term Crisis Intervention Frameworks. Dr. Hagstrom spends her time at work ensuring NORPIC is running smoothly and also as the Regional and Clinical Training Lead for the Northwestern Ontario Region for the Ontario Structured Psychotherapy Program. Sara is an Assistant Professor with the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, on the Canadian Psychological Association Board as a partner representative for the Canadian Council of Professional Psychology Programs, and serves on the executive of the Canadian Council of Professional Psychology Programs. When not working, Dr. Hagstrom enjoys teaching her twins the secret to good cooking, traveling, intense board game competitions, and spending time outdoors.
Dr. Kirsti Toivonen
NORPIC Associate Director for St. Joseph's Care Group
Psychologist - Chronic Pain Management Program
Dr. Toivonen completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at University of Calgary and her clinical residency at the Northern Ontario Psychology Internship Consortium in 2021. Dr. Toivonen grew up in Thunder Bay and is happy to be back working in her hometown. In her current role in the Chronic Pain Management Program she works with individuals with chronic pain providing a range of psychological services (e.g. psychodiagnostic assessments, individual and group therapy, consultation, and quality improvement initiatives). Dr. Toivonen draws primarily from cognitive-behavioural therapy, integrating acceptance-based and interpersonally-focused approaches. In her personal time, Dr. Toivonen enjoys weightlifting, art, and spending time outside.
Dr. Julie Riendeau
NORPIC Associate Director for Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre
Psychologist - Bariatric Clinic
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 management.
Dr. Michelle Keightley
NORPIC Associate Director for FIREFLY
Neuropsychologist - FIREFLY, Kenora, Ontario
Dr. Michelle Keightley is a Neuropsychologist who received her B.Sc. (Hons.) in Psychology from Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology, with the Collaborative Program in Neuroscience, from the University of Toronto. Dr. Keightley completed her pre-doctoral placement at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute in Neurology Services in Toronto. Postdoctoral training included the Community Mental Health Services program at Lakehead Psychiatric Hospital in Thunder Bay. Dr. Keightley provides clinical neuropsychological services for the Northwestern Ontario FASD Clinic (hosted by Firefly) as well as the Department of Psychology at SickKids (The Hospital for Sick Children) across various programs including Neurology, Oncology/Hematology and Epilepsy and Metabolic Genetics. She also holds an appointment as an Adjunct Scientist in the Bloorview Research Institute at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. Dr. Keightley founded and directed the Concussion Centre in the Bloorview Research Institute, as well as the Centre for Leadership in Acquired Brain Injury at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital where she was named the inaugural holder of the Holland Family Chair in Acquired Brain Injury. Dr. Keightley has published extensively in the field of acquired brain injury and prenatal alcohol exposure and conducted research in both areas that has been supported by grants received from provincial and national funding organizations.
Dr. Jennifer Sullivan
NORPIC Associate Director for Sullivan + Associates Clinical Psychology
Psychologist and Clinic Owner - Sullivan + Associates Clinical Psychology
Dr. Sullivan obtained her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Lakehead University in 2002. She completed her internship at St. Joseph’s Care Group in the Mental Health Outpatients Program and continued to work with MHOP for several years after her internship. Dr. Sullivan entered private practice in 2007 on a full-time basis, and has spent the past 15 years establishing a large group practice. Dr. Sullivan is registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario with competencies in assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and adults in clinical psychology. She is the Clinical Director of Sullivan + Associates and splits her time between clinical work, administrative duties, and supervision of doctoral interns, and psychologists and psychological associates who are completing their supervised practice year. She is a strong advocate for strengths-based assessments, and a user-friendly report writing style. Regarding treatment, Dr. Sullivan primarily utilizes a cognitive-behavioural therapy approach, incorporating aspects of other therapies, such as mindfulness and DBT.
Dr. Christopher Mushquash
NORPIC Associate Director for Dilico Anishinabek Family Care
Psychologist - Dilico Anishinabek Family Care
Dr. Christopher Mushquash is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Lakehead University, and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Clinical Psychologist at Dilico Anishinabek Family Care, Associate Vice President Research at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, and Chief Scientist at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute. He is a Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Mental Health and Addiction, with expertise in rural and northern clinical practice and the development of culturally appropriate interventions for mental health and addiction difficulties in First Nations children, adolescents, and adults. He is an academic researcher and Indigenous scholar who was born and raised in rural Northwestern Ontario. He is Ojibway, and a member of Pays Plat First Nation.
Dr. Samantha Chong
NORPIC Associate Director for St. Joseph's Care Group
Psychologist - Eating Disorder Program
Dr. Samantha Chong completed her MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology at Lakehead University and her residency at Eastern Health in St. John’s, Newfoundland. The foundation of her theoretical orientation is Cognitive Behavioural Theory and integrates a range of evidence-based interventions that complement her CBT approach (e.g., Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Emotion Focused Therapy). She delivers interventions using a process-based orientation whereby she helps clients to build present-moment, interpersonal awareness and explore their thoughts, emotions, and behaviours as they occur in the context of the therapeutic relationship.
Dr. Chong has worked with St. Joseph’s Care Group since September 2021 and currently works at the Eating Disorders Program. In this role, she provides group and individual therapy and psychological assessments to adolescents and adults experiencing an eating disorder and comorbid mental health concerns. Aligned with the scientist-practitioner model, she also conducts program evaluation and is intricately involved with the development of the program through ongoing consultation with clients, the EDP team, and clinicians in the province.
Dr. Chong also previously worked at the Mental Health Outpatient Program completing comprehensive cognitive and psychodiagnostic assessments, group therapy, and individual therapy with adult clients experiencing mental health concerns spanning mood, anxiety, trauma, psychosis, obsessive-compulsive, and personality.
Outside of work, Dr. Chong enjoys spending time with her family and friends, sailing on Lake Superior, hiking, cross-country skiing, playing guitar, and attending music festivals.
Melissa Pye, Psychologist, MA
NORPIC Associate Director for Sioux Lookout First Nation Health Authority
Psychologist - Nodin Mental Health Services
Melissa Pye is a registered Psychologist, MA, currently completing her PhD through Lakehead University. She works for the Sioux Lookout First Nations Healthy Authority (SLFNHA) in the Nodin department, which is their mental health division that serves clients across the lifespan. The role of psychology at Nodin involves consultation, assessment, and treatment. Prior to joining Nodin, Melissa was employed at Children’s Centre Thunder Bay (2007-2018) where she focused on Youth Justice, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Short-Term Residential Services. Melissa is also an adoption competent therapist who helps families navigate the complexities of attachment, trauma, and loss when families are formed through adoption, kinship care, and customary care. Melissa has been a trainer for the Pathways to Permanence 2 program through the Adoption Council of Ontario (ACO) for the last several years.