Our Staff

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Gayle Hann; B.Sc., M.Ed. (Psych), CCRC, RRP, MCVP

President
Rehabilitation Manager

 

Ms. Gayle Hann began her career as a teacher, but returned to university where she graduated with honours from Dalhousie University with her BSc in Psychology and her MEd (psychology).  Gayle is a Canadian Certified Rehabilitation Counsellor; a Registered Rehabilitation Professional and is qualified as a Master’s Certificate Vocational Professional in the field of Vocational Rehabilitation.  Gayle is the President and Rehabilitation Manager of Advantage Rehabilitation Consultants Limited.  She provides staff with ongoing direction, goal setting, support and feedback.   Gayle further completes quality assurance and she has been involved in private medical and vocational rehabilitation counsellng in various capacities for over twenty-five years. She has worked as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counsellor with victims of motor vehicle accidents and those with long-term disabilities. Ms. Hann has an extensive background in working with persons with disabilities. Her experience ranges from the role of Teacher/Therapist, as Supervisor of the Educational/ Vocational Department of a Psychiatric Rehabilitation program to assisting in the implementation of work site changes for clients with physical disabilities, as well as in the areas of job training and supportive employment. Gayle has also worked as a Counsellor with clients suffering with physical and mental impairments. In 1997, she founded Advantage Rehabilitation Consultants Limited, which continues today as a key provider of private rehabilitation services in Atlantic Canada.  Gayle served on the Atlantic Board of the Vocational Rehabilitation Assocication.  She believes continuing education is crucial to stay current and she ensures both she and her staff participate regularly in educational opportunities


Kathleen Mahoney B.A. (Psychology/Sociology), RRP, CVP

Rehabilitation Consultant 

Ms. Kathleen Mahoney is a Vocational and Medical Case Management Consultant with Advantage Rehabilitation Consultants Limited. Kathleen is posted in Cape Breton, with a catchment area that also includes the counties of Antigonish and Guysborough, Nova Scotia. Kathleen currently holds degrees in Psychology and Sociology, is a Registered Rehabilitation Professional (RRP), a Certified Vocational Professional (CVP) and is a member in good standing with both the Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada (VRA Canada) and The College of Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals (CVRP). Kathleen is also certified in the use of the National Occupational Classification and NOC Based Software, instrumental in the completion of reliable and valid TSA / LMS reports. Kathleen has 25 years of experience working with people with physical and emotional disabilities. Advocacy, mental health counselling and individual program development have been the foundation of a successful career in vocational rehabilitation. Additionally, Kathleen’s 10 years of experience in Human Resources allows for confidence and expertise when working with employers and employees designing, implementing, supporting and supervising RTW plans. She adds value and expertise from a Human Resources perspective when engaged in career planning and supportive job search with clients.

Her professional experience with local service providers allows for critical early intervention in service delivery. Kathleen’s holistic approach to people care, program development and business management enables her to provide a superior cost effective, time sensitive continuity of care in case management delivery.


Heather Turner; BA, BSW

Rehabilitation Consultant

Ms. Turner is a vocational rehabilitation consultant with Advantage Rehabilitation Consultants Ltd. Heather graduated from Cape Breton University with a Bachelor of Arts Community Studies with a concentration in Psychology as well as a Certificate in Social Services. Heather continued her professional studies at Lakehead University and obtained her Honours Bachelor of Social Work.  Heather has worked in a variety of community based settings and has a client centered approach to working with individuals. Her social work experience provided many opportunities for her to work with individuals from various age groups, diverse backgrounds and cultures. She assisted clients with service delivery and acted as a liaison for clients to link them with the appropriate services and/or programs within the community.  Heather has a keen understanding of the importance of providing appropriate services/programs, empathy, and active listening to help clients achieve success both personally and professionally.


Kristin Hewlett, B.A.(psych), B.Ed, M.Ed.

(Counselling Psychology)
Rehabilitation Consultant

Ms. Hewlett is a Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant with Advantage Rehabilitation Consultants, Ltd. She currently holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology; a Bachelor of Education degree; and a Masters of Education degree in Counselling Psychology. Kristin has experience in individual and group counselling as well as in educational, achievement, and intelligence assessment. Her therapeutic training facilitated strong rapport-building skills and she is an empathetic listener and an effective communicator. Kristin utilizes these skills in her case management approach and continuously strives to further broaden her skill-set through professional development opportunities.


Helene Bezanson

 

Office Manager                                                       

Ms. Bezanson is Office Manager for Advantage Rehabilitation Consultants Limited and is responsible for the coordination of the day-to-day activities at Advantage. In addition, Hélène is responsible for the receipt and transmission of documentation from remote sites to our main office in Dartmouth. Hélène also manages accounts receivable and payable, payroll, and ensures the fiduciary operations at Advantage Rehabilitation Consultants Ltd. Ms. Bezanson has been with Advantage since 2002 and is bilingual.


Tiffany Cochrane

Office Administrator 

Tiffany Cochrane has been with Advantage Rehabilitation Consultants Ltd. for over five years. She is our office administrator and is the friendly voice you usually hear when you call Advantage.   Tiffany has a background in early childhood education. 


Shyanne Davis  

Office Administration trainee

Ms. Davis is new to Advantage Rehabilitation Consultants.  She brings to Advantage a background with training in diversity, computers and office administration.  We are very pleased to welcome Shyanne to Advantage.

 

Lynn Toole, B.Sc., M.Ed. (Counselling), C.C.C., R.C.T.

Rehabilitation Consultant 
Supervisor 

 

Ms. Toole is a vocational and medical case management Rehabilitation Consultant with Advantage Rehabilitation Consultants Limited. Lynn has been with Advantage for 15 years and is also the Rehabilitation Supervisor for Advantage providing other consultants with ongoing direction, goal setting, support and feedback for their case management services. Lynn graduated with honours from Acadia University with a Master of Education Degree in Counselling. Prior to working with Advantage, Lynn worked as an Employment Counsellor for the Nova Scotia Department of Community Services. She also worked with the Department as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counsellor and a Caseworker. Lynn has proven facilitative skills in both group and one on one counselling including creation and implementation of job search workshops and a communication-building group with adolescents. Throughout her career, she has demonstrated excellent rapport-building skills, exceptional organization skills, and effective time and stress management. In addition to her counselling and vocational assessment experience, Lynn has constantly continued to keep abreast in her professional development. She has created and implemented workshops for the Nova Scotia School Counsellors Association on counselling issues and has attended workshops on persons diagnosed with traumatic brain injury and operational stress injuries. Lynn also holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Dalhousie University and a diploma in Business Management from the Maritime Business School. Lynn is a certified member of both the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (C.C.C.) and a registered member of the Nova Scotia Association of Counselling Therapists. (R.C.T.)


Callie Quinlan B.A, B.Sc. O.T. Reg. (N.S.) 

Rehabilitation Consultant 
Occupational Therapist 

Ms. Quinlan is an Occupational Therapist and Rehabilitation Consultant with Advantage Rehabilitation Consultants Ltd. Callie graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy. Her occupational therapy background includes experience in a variety of different settings, including clinical experience in areas of community occupational therapy, acute treatment in inpatient and outpatient settings, hand therapy and splint fabrication, community mental health, as well as inclusion and accessibility issues. Callie is a member of the College of Occupational Therapists of Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Society of Occupational Therapists and Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists. Prior to her Occupational Therapy training, Callie concurrently completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Certificate of Community Residential services, both from Mount Saint Vincent University. Ms. Quinlan also has several years experience counselling persons with psychiatric, physical and cognitive impairments.  Callie  is an experienced assessor and completes a significant number of OT assessments for Advantage.


Deb Vantriet; BA (Psych), BCR, RRP 

Rehabilitation Consultant

Ms. Vantriet is a Rehabilitation Consultant with Advantage Rehabilitation and graduated from the University of Calgary with degrees of a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology as well as in Community Rehabilitation. Deb’s second degree (BCR) provided her with practical experience which she utilized to focus on gaining a greater understanding of brain injury rehabilitation.  Deb has extensive experience providing in-home support, cognitive rehabilitation, on-site job coaching, and case coordination to survivors of brain injury and their families.  Deb has worked in both public and private rehabilitation.  Prior to employment with Advantage, Deb worked in Vocational Counselling, providing support and counselling to individuals with a variety of injuries and disabilities.  Deb is a member of the Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada and pursuing her RRP (Registered Rehabilitation Professional) certification.  She has also received training in QuickNOC Pro for use in completion of Transferrable Skills Analyses and presently specializes in job support services and TSAs at Advantage.  


Nicole Newman

Rehabilitation Consultant
Occupational Therapist

Nicole completed a BSc in psychology and biology at Saint Mary’s University. She holds an MSc in occupational therapy from Dalhousie University and completed her clinical fieldwork in adult acute care, adult neurological rehabilitation, and adolescent mental health. Nicole is a member of the College of Occupational Therapists of Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Society of Occupational Therapists and Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists. Nicole began her career with Colchester East Hants Health Authority where she worked in both the community and hospital settings.  She has experience with home safety assessment, feeding assessments, seating and mobility assessment, and general physical and cognitive rehabilitation.  Nicole completes ergonomic, job site, ADL and home assessments, as well as both vocational and medical case management.  She further completes both ergonomic and injury prevention educational workshops for Advantage clients and customers.


Kim D’Ambrogi; BA (Psychology and Social Anthropology), MSc. OT, Reg. NS      

Rehabilitation Consultant Occupational therapist

Ms. D’Ambrogi completed a BA in both psychology and Social Anthropology at Dalhousie University. She then went on to complete an MSc in occupational therapy from Dalhousie University and completed her clinical fieldwork with Adolescent Centre for Treatment; working with adolescents experiencing psychological and/or learning difficulties as well as family members and other health professionals regarding treatment and outcomes.  She then worked in Inpatient rehabilitation with patients who had experienced amputation, fractures or strokes, followed by a placement with the MS Dalhousie Research Clinic.  Kim is a member of the College of Occupational Therapists of Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Society of Occupational Therapists and Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists. She began her career with the Department of Psychiatry at the IWK hospital  She worked as Program Coordinator for the Mother’s Mental Health Toolkit Program, and later as Program Research Coordinator for the IWK MyHealth Magazine.  She also worked as an OT for Department of Community Services providing services and consultation to youth with complex emotional and/or behavioral disorders and issues.  She is experienced in motivational interviewing, assessments, educating clients and family members, orthopaedic injuries and issues and general physical and cognitive difficulties.