Dr. Joel Bordman


Dr. Bordman has achieved credentials in both addiction and pain from international societies. He has lectured on these topics throughout Canada and Internationally. He is a mentor to other doctors as part of The College of Family Physicians of Ontario’s “Medical Mentorship in pain and addiction program” (MMAP). He has experience in Emergency Medicine, Palliative Care, Family Practice and Long Term Care. His main interest is in treating Opioid Addiction and assessing Chronic Pain treatment in the complex patient.
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Dr. Chris Cavacuiti


Dr. Chris Cavacuiti has an extensive background in addiction medicine and inner city health. Before founding the trueNorth Medical Centres in 2013, he worked as a staff physician at St. Michael’s Hospital, the Casey House Aids Hospice, and the Seaton House homeless shelter. His clinical research and advocacy work focuses on addiction medicine, LGBTQ+ community, Hepatitis C & HIV/AIDS treatment and care, and Indigenous peoples’ health and wellness. Dr. Chris Cavacuiti is also on the teaching and research faculty of the Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM) at the University of Toronto. He has received his Ontario Medical Association (OMA) Focused Practice Designation in Addiction Medicine. In 2019, he was elected as the Chair of the OMA Section on Addiction Medicine. He has received his Certificate of Added Competence in Addiction Medicine.
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Dr. Martha Ignaszewski


Martha J Ignaszewski is an early career triple boarded adult, child and adolescent, and addiction psychiatrist with board certification in Canada and the USA. She works at BC Children's Hospital and on the Complex Pain and Addiction Consult Service at VGH, and is clinical faculty at UBC. She has served as the Trainee Co-Chair for the Youth and Adolescent Committee at the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry and the Member-in-Training for the Disaster and Trauma Issues Committee at the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, due to her interest in the impact of early trauma on the developing brain, personality development and etiologic perspective on psychopathologic conditions including addiction. She has participated in numerous presentations related to substance use and related disorders and mental health in adolescents, and has been actively involved in teaching medical students, residents, fellows and non-psychiatric medical providers throughout training, and brings a developmental perspective to her current work in addiction psychiatry, working with children, adolescents, young adults and their families struggling with addiction to provide trauma informed treatment across all levels of care and training.
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Dr. Launette Rieb


Dr. Rieb is a Family Physician certified in Addiction Medicine. She is a Clinical Associate Professor at UBC. She was the co-creator an initial Physician Director of the BCCSU Addiction Medicine Fellowship. She works and does research is the area of pain and addiction, serving clinical populations through CBI Health Centre, The Orchard Recovery Centre, and St. Paul's Hospital. Dr. Rieb is the recipient of a UBC Post Graduate Teaching Award and the BC College of Family Physicians Exceptional Teacher Honour.
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Dr. Melissa Snider-Adler


Dr. Snider-Adler is the Chief Medical Review Officer for DriverCheck and is a Board-Certified Addiction Medicine Physician with a Certificate of Added Competence in Addiction Medicine. Dr. Snider-Adler currently practices addiction medicine in Ontario and is an Assistant Professor at Queen's University Department of Family Medicine. She works as a Peer Assessor for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. Dr. Snider-Adler is considered an expert in the field of substance use in the workplace as well alcohol and drug testing for safety sensitive workplaces. As such, she is often asked to provide expert opinions, reports and testimony for arbitrations, hearings and court cases across Canada. Dr. Snider-Adler has been asked to speak at conferences across Canada and the U.S. speaking to workplaces, health care providers, industry and communities regarding the impact of recreational cannabis, cannabis for medical purposes, workplace substance use, and addiction prevention and treatment.
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Dr. Mishka Terplan


Mishka Terplan is board certified in both obstetrics and gynecology and in addiction medicine. His primary clinical, research and advocacy interests lie along the intersections of reproductive and behavioral health. He is Associate Medical Director at Friends Research Institute, Deputy Chief Clinical Officer (Addiction) at the Department of Behavioral Health for the District of Columbia, and adjunct faculty at the University of California, San Francisco where he is a Substance Use Warmline clinician for the National Clinician Consultation Center. He is also a consultant for the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare and the Addiction Medicine Specialist for Virginia Medicaid. Dr. Terplan has active grant funding and has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles with emphasis on health disparities, stigma, and access to treatment. He has spoken at local high schools and before the United States Congress and has participated in expert panels at CDC, SAMHSA, ONDCP, OWH, FDA and NIH primarily on issues related to gender and addiction.