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Clinical, Forensic, and Rehabilitation Psychologist

Dr. Lori Gray, Ph.D., C.Psych.

Dr. Lori Gray is a clinical, forensic, and rehabilitation psychologist whose focus has been on supporting our first responders and helping professionals. She provides consultation, early intervention, assessment, treatment, and education for the emergency services and high trauma sectors.

Her background includes experiences such as the staff psychologist for one of the largest paramedic services in Canada, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (Psychological Trauma Program and the Law and Mental Health Program), Detroit Receiving Hospital (level one trauma centre in inner city Detroit), Ministry of the Attorney General, Correctional Service of Canada, private practice, and postsecondary teaching.

She has received the Future Pioneers of Psychology Award from the American Psychological Association, Early Career Achievement Award from the Canadian Psychological Association Traumatic Stress Section, Odyssey Early Career Achievement Award and GLAD Award for Teaching and Mentorship from the University of Windsor, and other awards from agencies such as the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Canadian Psychological Association, and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Dr. Gray has served on advisory boards for the Paramedic Chiefs of Canada, Paramedic Association of Canada, and the Canadian Standards Association, Board of Directors for the Ontario Psychological Association, and Chair of the Ontario Psychological Association Disaster Response Network. She serves as the Supervising Psychologist for multiple first responder peer support programs, Executive Committee and the Board of Directors for the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation, Mental Health Lead for Camp FACES (Families and Children of the Emergency Services), and Consulting Psychologist to the Increasing Access to Structured Psychotherapy Program (North Simcoe Muskoka) through the Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care and Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

Emergency Physician

Manuela Joannou M.D. CCFP(EM)

Dr. Manuela Joannou is a Family Physician and Emergency Physician currently practicing in Perth, Ontario. She is Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen’s University. She is also the Medical Director of Project Trauma Support, a novel program that addresses PTSD in military members, veterans and first responders. She is one of the physicians on the Peer and Trauma Support Systems Team of the Mood Disorders Society of Canada.

Dr. Joannou graduated from the University of Ottawa with an honours degree in Biochemistry and Nutrition in 1986 and graduated from the University of Ottawa Medical School in 1990 Magna cum Laude. She completed her Family Medicine Residency at the University of Ottawa in 1992 and then achieved Special Competency in Emergency Medicine. She was awarded the Frank P. Craft Graduation award for excellence in Family Medicine.

Dr. Joannou has worked in various Emergency Departments including the Ottawa General and Ottawa Civic Hospitals and in a number of community hospitals for 27 years. Dr. Joannou has always had a special interest in psychotherapy. She has developed a number of wellness programs and has been speaking at public events and conferences for the past 12 years.

As Medical Director of Project Trauma Support, Dr. Joannou has developed a 6 day peer driven experiential retreat for Military members, veterans and first responders diagnosed with PTSD, Moral injury and other Operational Stress Injuries. Project Trauma Support was recently awarded a 3 year Veteran and Family Well-Being fund grant by Veteran’s Affairs to study the outcomes of the program in partnership with the Mood Disorders Society of Canada and the University of Alberta
Dr. Joannou presented Project Trauma Support to an international audience of military medical officials at the Warrior Care in the 21st Century Conference connected with the Invictus Games in Toronto in September, 2017.

Dr. Joannou delivered presentations on Project Trauma Support at the Canadian College of Family Physicians Research Forum and to the Canadian Medical Protective Association. The Project Trauma Support team has also presented a poster at the Canadian Institute of Military and Veteran’s Health Research (CIMVHR) Forum.

Assisted Animal Therapy

Facility Dog

Our resident Great Dane, Fergus, is central to our animal-assisted therapy focus. A Facility Dog is a working dog trained to provide support, therapy, and education to help better serve the clients. Facility Dogs often have skill specific training to provide intervention based on client needs, such as a repertoire of responses to distress, grounding strategies for dissociation, and scent detection. Best of all is their warm welcome.
Assisted Animal Therapy

Equine Program

Nancy Kane, RN Psych. will be offering Equine Assisted Therapy (EAT) anticipated to begin in the spring/summer of 2019. EAT involves interactions with the horses, which facilitates i) learning about oneself and others by participating in activities with the horses, ii) processing of feelings, behaviours, and patterns, and iii) learning skill-based strategies such as self-awareness, mindfulness, and body quieting. EAT can be helpful with a range of mental health and human development needs including PTSD, substance use, depression, anxiety, relationship challenges, and communication needs.