WCAF COMMITTEE

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Annabel Mead MBBS, FAChAM, DABAM

Dr. Mead is an addiction physician with expertise in concurrent psychiatric disorders and chronic pain management. She is a Fellow of the Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine, a diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine and UBC Assistant Professor.

Dr. Mead currently practices as a consultant at the St Paul’s, Vancouver General and UBC Hospitals. She provides longitudinal addiction care to the residents of New Dawn Recovery House, and is past Lead Physician of Heartwood Centre for Women.

Dr. Mead is the Director of the BCCSU Addiction Medicine Fellowship training program.

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Martin Gerretsen MD

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Monty Ghosh MD, MBT, MSc., DM-EMDM, FRCPC, ISAM(Certification)

Dr. Ghosh completed his medical school at the University of Calgary and Internal Medicine training at the University of Alberta. He splits his time between Edmonton at The University of Alberta Hospital and Calgary where he works with Calgary’s most vulnerable populations at The Alex and The Opioid Dependency Program. He has particular passion for working with individuals who live with homelessness, a history of corrections, immigrants, and First Nations populations. 

He also has a passion for addiction research and education and enjoys traveling on his free time.

Dr. Ghosh has been a CSAM board representative as IT Liaison since 2018.

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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.

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Rob Tanguay MD, FRCPC, CISAM, CCSAM

 Dr. Rob Tanguay an FRCPC psychiatrist who is fellowship trained and sub-specialized in both Addiction Medicine, certified under the International Society of Addiction’s Medicine (ISAM) and Canadian Society of Addiction’s Medicine (CSAM), and Pain Medicine. He is the Provincial Medical Lead for Opioid Dependency Treatment Training for Addictions and Mental Health, Alberta Health Services, the Executive Director and Medical Lead of the Transitional Outpatient Pain Program for Spine (TOPPS), the President Elect of the Pain Society of Alberta, the CSAM Regional Director for Alberta and NWT, and the Co-lead of the Opioid Working Group and Member of the Alberta Pain Strategy Steering Committee, where he will become the Co-Chair of the Alberta Pain Strategy in 2019. He is also a full member of the Hotchkiss Brian Institute, and is involved in clinical research in opioids, pain, addictions, and cannabis. Dr. Tanguay’s current clinical positions include working in pain medicine at the TOPPS clinic, a Consultant for the Opioid Deprescribing Program, Alberta Health Services, for which he was the founder, and a consultant at the Injectable Opioid Agonist Treatment (iOAT) program at Sheldon Chumir. Dr. Tanguay has been invited as a Plenary and Keynote speaker for local, national, and international events. More importantly he is a father and husband, working hard to create some work-life balance.