WCAF Committee Members
Mandy Manak, MD, ABAM, ISAM, CSAM, MRO, Chair
Founding Co-Chairperson of the Western Canada Addiction Forum, Dr. Manak is the Medical Director of the Interior Chemical Dependency Office, a clinic that specializes in dual diagnosis chronic pain and addiction, treating patients in an integrated manner with respect to mental health, addiction, and pain. She is board certified with the American Board of Addiction Medicine and exam certified with ISAM and AAMRO. Dr. Manak currently sits on the Opiate Agonist Treatment Panel with the CPSBC and is the board member representing British Columbia at CSAM.
Brett Baumback, BSc. Pharm
Brett Baumback is a clinical pharmacist who has spent much of his career practicing in Edmonton, Alberta’s inner city, sharing his time between the dispensary and various interdisciplinary sites in the community. In 2013, Brett received his Opioid Dependence Treatment certificate from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto, Ontario, and has been involved extensively in educating health professionals about substance use disorders through various initiatives. Brett graduated from the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Alberta in 2007.
George Budd, Pharm.D., B.Sc. (Pharm)., R.PEBC., R.Ph.
George P. Budd, a practicing pharmacist since 1992, obtained his Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2011 from Idaho State University. He has experience in many different practice settings within the profession such as hospital pharmacy residency, community pharmacy and pharmacy manager. Former Senior Investigator for the College of Pharmacists of BC (CPBC), and currently a Professional Conduct Review Consultant/Policy Liaison with the College of Registered Nurses of BC (CRNBC). Dr. Budd is currently on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM) and is currently a public representative to the Methadone Panel at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC. Additionally, he has been a representative on national and provincial advisory committees such as CCSA National Dialogue on Prescription Drug Misuse, Opioid Substitution Treatment Psychosocial Service Framework and many others. Dr. Budd is dedicated to establishing best practices in the area of addiction medicine and has worked closely with addiction physicians and other disciplines with a strong belief that collaboration is key to achieving desired health outcomes.
Jim Ketch, MD
Dr. Jim Ketch is a Family Physician who continues to practice full service Family Medicine. He also, as part of his practice, works in Detox, is the the Lead Physician for Out Reach Urban Health, a low barrier Street Clinic, and prescribes methadone and Suboxone. He sees the longitudinal relationship with his patients, who are struggling with the Concurrent Disorders of Addictions and Mental Health, as a valuable tool in their recovery and support.
Dr. Ketch continues to do Obstetrics as part of his practice and has a special focus on addicted pregnant women and finds the longitudinal relationship with the women antepartum, intrapartum and postpartum rewarding and challenging. He is a strong advocate for his vulnerable patients when they are dealing with MCFD and other Ministries.
He is involved with the Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use Collaborative as a Provincial Faculty Member.
Dr. Ketch is a Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine with UBC, is the local Behavioural Medicine Faculty and teaches Family Practice Residents and Medical Students.
He also teaches the Adult and Child and Youth Mental Health Practice Support Modules.
Debbie Rustand, RN
Debbie is the Detox Supervisor at the Phoenix Centre in Kamloops, BC. She has been with the Phoenix Centre for the past 9 years, initially as a staff nurse followed by her current leadership role of Detox Supervisor. Debbie’s clinical competency spans from addictions and mental health, adult acute care, neurology and geriatrics. She received her Diploma in nursing at the Vancouver General Hospital in 1988. Debbie is a both a tobacco cessation educator and a Take Home Naloxone prescriber and trainer. Debbie is passionate about nursing and committed to a nursing culture of excellence, the value of professionalism and collaborative practice with client centered care.
Rob Tanquay, MD, FRCPC, ISAM(C)
Dr. Tanguay is an FRCPC trained psychiatrist who completed two fellowships, one in Addiction’s Medicine and one in Pain Medicine. He is certified under the Canadian Society for Addictions Medicine (CSAM) and the International Society of Addictions Medicine. He is a specialist in opioid prescribing, opioid tapering in chronic non-cancer pain (CNCP), opioid addiction, and medical marijuana. He currently is the Provincial Medical Advisor for Opioid Dependency Training for Alberta Health Services, the President Elect of the Pain Society of Alberta, and the Alberta and NWT Regional Director for CSAM. His clinical positions include being a Pain Specialist and the Medical Lead at Caleo Health Clinic’s new Spinal Transitional Pain Program and Interdisciplinary Opioid Tapering Program (the first of each such clinic in the province of Alberta), a Psychiatrist at the Dialectical Behavioural Therapy Program, and an Addiction’s Specialist with the Opioid Treatment Program. Dr. Tanguay has been invited to be a plenary and panel speaker at national and international conferences, as well as for local events, and is a Clinical Lecturer at the Cummings School of Medicine, University of Calgary, for the Department of Psychiatry.