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Leanne Heppell, Vice President, Patient Care, Acute Services & Chief of Professional Practice & Nursing

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Leanne Heppell was appointed as the Vice President, Patient Care, Acute Services & Chief of Professional Practice & Nursing in April 2015. Prior to this role, Leanne was the Vice President, Patient Safety and Innovation; and Chief of Professional Practice and Nursing. Leanne brings to her role over 18 years of senior leadership experience, including with Vancouver Coastal Health, Fraser Health and the BC Ambulance Service. She is a registered nurse with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Victoria. Leanne graduated from UBC as a clinical nurse specialist in the Master’s in nursing program, and completed a Master’s in Leadership from Royal Roads University in 2003. She is also an academic supervisor of leadership studies at Royal Roads University. Leanne is a values based leader with a focus of putting patients and families first.

Leanne can be reached at lheppell@providencehealth.bc.ca or by phone at 604-806-8717.

Assistant: Elizabeth Sing: esingh@providencehealth.bc.ca or by phone at 604-806-8685.


Candy Garossino, Director Professional Practice and Nursing & CPR

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Candy joined Providence Health Care in 1991. As the Director of Professional Practice, Candy is responsible for the provision of leadership, strategic direction, and mentoring in the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of orientation, education training, and ongoing professional growth programming. She develops working partnerships with other health authorities, the Ministry of Advanced Education, the Ministry of Health, the community, colleges, universities, professional associations, and regulatory bodies. Candy represents PHC Nursing at various forums, meetings, and conferences at the regional, provincial, and national levels.

Candy can be reached at cgarossino@providencehealth.bc.ca or by phone at 604-806-8265.

Assistant: Emma Davidson 604-682 2344 local 66253 


Sherin Rahim-Jamal, CPR Leader

Sherin Rahim-Jamal is the Leader for the Centres of Innovation at Providence Health Care, which include the Centre for Practitioner Renewal (CPR) and Centre for Healthy Aging at Providence (CHAP). She has more than 15 years of experience in health care planning, community development, research and management.  After receiving a Master of Science in Health Services Planning and Administration from the University of British Columbia, she served as a Director of Planning and Development at Cooperative University-Provincial Psychiatric Liaison (CUPPL) in the Faculty of Medicine there, before taking on positions as a Research Associate, Research Coordinator and Senior Researcher  in the Centre for Health Services and Policy Research.  In  2005, Sherin joined the Centre for Healthy Aging at Providence Health Care as a Project Specialist.  In that position she facilitated research, policy and planning initiatives and implemented project plans across Providence Health Care and other relevant parts of the health care system.

Sherin can be reached at srahimjamal@providencehealth.bc.ca or by phone at 604-682-2344 ext. 64018.


Dr. Douglas Cave, Psychologist

Douglas is a Counselling Psychology Consultant and a founding member of the Centre for Practitioner Renewal (CPR) team. He is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Douglas is also the Site Faculty for Behavioural Medicine in the Department of Family Practice in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC. Douglas received both his Master's degree in Social Work and Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology from UBC. He received his Post-Doctoral Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychopharmacology from New Mexico State University.

At CPR, Douglas is working to combine his interests in psychology, medicine and social work to develop a comprehensive program of service, education and research with the goal of helping health care providers to sustain themselves in the workplace.

While his previous areas of practice include forensic psychology, addictions, and sex-related concerns, Douglas' current research, education and practice are in the areas of communication among healthcare teams, both primary and vicarious trauma.

Douglas can be reached at dcave@providencehealth.bc.ca or by phone at 604-682-2344 ext. 62032.


Dr. Paul Whitehead, Psychologist

Paul is a Psychologist with the Centre for Practitioner Renewal, and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Practice, Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He has expertise in the treatment of traumatic and vicarious traumatic stress, work-related stress and compassion fatigue. Paul provides therapy to individuals and groups, as well as educational and professional development programs for employees, medical staff and physicians at PHC.

In addition to providing direct service, Paul's activities at CPR include conducting research and providing education. He holds a PhD in Counselling Psychology from UBC and has a particular interest and expertise in Therapeutic Enactment, trauma repair, and professional resilience. Paul is part of an interdisciplinary team that develops and teaches patient-centered communication skills and stress management to UBC medical students and residents at Providence Health Care. Paul joined the CPR team in 2005.

Paul can be reached at pwhitehead@providencehealth.bc.ca or by phone at 604-682-2344 ext. 62046.


Kevin Lutz, Counselling Consultant

Kevin is the newest member of the CPR team. He is a Registered Clinical Counsellor in BC and currently a PhD student in Counselling Psychology at the University of British Columbia. With more than 12 years of clinical experience, Kevin specializes in working with addictions, and various forms of trauma and vicarious trauma. He has also worked with severe and persistent mental illness at a forensic psychiatric hospital. Kevin has significant training in group theory and process, and his current research interests explore the mechanisms of change within groups by which individuals can reclaim, or recreate, aspects of their Self that have been lost as a result of stressful or traumatic experiences. 

Kevin can be reached at klutz@providencehealth.bc.ca or by phone at



Linda MacNutt, Group Consultant

Linda MacNutt MSW RSW, is a Social Work Practitioner working with the Centre for Practitioner Renewal. Linda also works in Private Practice working primarily with health care staff. She has a background in Psychiatric Nursing and Social Work. Her social work career has seen 34 years work experience in Child Welfare, Mental Health and Health Care in both urban and rural settings. Health Care has been her predominate field of practice involving work with patients and families in the adult specialty areas of Nephrology: Dialysis and Transplant, Cardiology: Transplant and Healthy Heart, Chronic Pain and in the pediatric areas of Cystic Fibrosis and Bio-chemical Diseases.

Since 2001 the focus of Linda’s work has addressed the care and well-being of health care staff in residential and acute care settings. From 2001-2008 she collaboratively developed and coordinated the Cumulative and Critical Incident Stress Management program (CCISM) at Providence Health Care. She has been working on a part-time contractual basis as a group practitioner for the Centre for Practitioner Renewal since 2011.

Linda is a Certified trainer for one-on-one Provider Training and for the group Resilience Advantage program developed by the HeartMath Institute in Boulder Creek, USA. 

Linda currently sits on the Provincial Disaster Psychosocial Services (DPS) council as the BC Association of Social Workers Representative and is also a response volunteer in the event of a disaster. Associated with DPS she co-facilitates DPS Psychological First Aid (PFA) training across British Columbia and other provinces.

Over the course of her professional career Linda has presented at provincial, national, and international conferences.

Linda can be reached at lmacnutt2@providencehealth.bc.ca or by phone at 604-682-2344 ext. 62324


Jamie De Luce, Counselling Consultant

Jamie De Luce, MSW, RSW, Ph.D. is an experienced clinical practitioner. Her previous clinical experience includes working with adults and children within hospitals, palliative care, hospice and First Nations community based mental health program. Her ongoing research interest includes vicarious trauma and post traumatic exposure and growth. She has specialized clinical training in group process, psycho-drama, mindfulness practices and EMDR. Jamie has offered her clinical skills while participating in international humanitarian work. She maintains a client centred therapeutic approach to collaboratively work with clients to manage feelings of distress and increase a sense of well being.

Jamie can be reached at jdeluce2@providencehealth.bc.ca or by phone at



Ms. Anna Haliakova, Secretary

Anna is the Secretary for the Centre for Practitioner Renewal. Her role is instrumental in booking client appointments on behalf of the CPR Consultants and supporting the team to move forward on a number of projects and initiatives. Anna has been with Providence since April 2008.

Anna can be reached at cpr@providencehealth.bc.ca or by phone at