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SJHH / Patients & Visitors/ Support Services/ Spiritual Care/ Spiritual Care Team

Your Spiritual Care Team

Manager

Gary Payne

Gary is the Manager of the Spiritual Care Department.  He is certified as a Teaching Supervisor through the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC).  Prior to his employment with St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, Gary was the manager of Spiritual Care at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto. Apart from his management and teaching responsibilities, he is also a Registered Psychotherapist and is a member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.

Priest / Chaplain

Father Andrew Lopatniuk

Fr. Andrew has been working as a priest chaplain at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton since 2001. Originally from Ukraine where he studied languages, literature, and pedagogy at the University of Lviv, his theological education began in his home country, and later continued at the Westfaelischen Wilhelms University in Muenster, Germany. He is at home in his theologies of both the Christian East and West. His love for hospital work was initiated in Europe, and matured through chaplaincy training here in Canada. Andrew is also a Registered Psychotherapist, and is a member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.

Chaplains

Debra Crispin

Debra did her residency in spiritual care training here and then worked in Geriatric Psychiatry and Forensics at the Mental health Centre, Penetanguishene before returning to work at St. Joseph’s in 2005. A particular interest of hers is geriatrics and dementia care. Deb has a Master of Theological Studies in Pastoral Counselling from Waterloo Lutheran Seminary and Specialist Certification through the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC) and is also a Registered Psychotherapist. She is a chaplain for the Complex Care, Long Term Care and the Central Teaching units.

Feli Toledo

Feli is a chaplain/spiritual care provider in ICU, CCU/MSDU and Obstetrics. She has been providing spiritual and religious care at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton since 1990 and has served on a number of clinical units and hospital committees. Currently, she is a member of the 3 Wishes Research/Program, the first intentional interprofessional collaboration between Critical Care, Palliative Care and Spiritual Care the overall goal of which is to improve the quality of the dying experience of patients and their families in ICU and the SPIRIT study on the Critical Care Nurses’ Experiences with Spiritual Care in the ICU.

She earned her Master of Divinity at McMaster Divinity College and is a Certified Specialist in Institutional Ministry with the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care. Feli is also a Registered Psychotherapist and is a member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.

Janet Young

Janet Young has been a full-time chaplain at the St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, West 5th Campus since 2004. Clinically, she provides coverage on Schizophrenia Services, one of the General Forensic Units and Seniors Mental Health, as well as providing volunteer support and outpatient counselling and follow-up as needed. Janet came to St. Joseph's as a chaplaincy resident in 2002 following a short contract at St. Mary's in Kitchener. With a BSc from Aberdeen University she taught Chemistry in Scotland before immigrating to Canada. She obtained her Master of Theological Studies in Pastoral Counselling from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1997 and her Master of Divinity Equivalency from CASC in 2009. She is a Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner and Certified Supervisor Educator with the Canadian Association of Spiritual Care (CASC) and has supervised CPE units at SJHH. Janet is also a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO).

Certified Spiritual Care Provider / Educator / PPL

Roy Dahl

Roy Dahl is a specialist in institutional ministry and a teaching supervisor in the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care. He is also a registered psychotherapist in the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. He has been employed at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton since the summer of 2001. As a staff spiritual care provider, he has provided spiritual care in the emergency department and in the several mental health units. He is also an educator in the Spiritual Care department and is involved in the supervision of spiritual care education students and residents. Roy has served, or serves on several committees and programs within, or on behalf of the healthcare facility. These have included the Aboriginal Health Advocacy Committee and the Labyrinth Committee.

Certified Spiritual Care Provider / Educator

Kelly Collins

Kelly is a Supervisor-Educator in the Spiritual Care department’s education program and staff spiritual care provider in a variety of units when she is not teaching. Kelly rejoins SJHH, having done her residency here. In the last 5 years, Kelly has worked as a Spiritual Care Practitioner at The Dorothy Ley Hospice in Etobicoke where she co-led the Community Hospice team. Kelly has a Master of Divinity degree specializing in Pastoral Leadership and a Masters of Arts in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy. She is a Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner and a Provisional Spiritual Care Supervisor-Educator with the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care. She is a Registered Psychotherapist, registered with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. She is ordained as a Chaplain in her faith community. Kelly is currently the professional practice lead for the Spiritual Care department.

Part-Time Chaplains

Lucinda Landau

Lucinda Landau, RP, MDiv, DMin (candidate), is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. She is a Certified Spiritual Care Specialist (CASC) and she is enrolled in the Doctorate of Ministry program at the Toronto School of Theology, University of Toronto. Her Doctoral research is focused on the integration of Spiritual Care at end of life in long term care communities. She works part-time as a chaplain at St. Joe's and serves on the Professional Advisory Council of Hamilton-Burlington Bereaved Families of Ontario.

Residents

Ala' Al-Thibeh

Ala’ is a Spiritual Care Resident on Cardiology (DCD), Clinical Teaching Unit –North (CTU-N) and 6GI at the Charlton campus. She has completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Religious and Cultural Studies and a Masters of Arts in Theology: Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy from Wilfrid Laurier University. Ala’ provides compassionate multi-faith spiritual care to patients, families, and staff.

Francis Juliette Alzate Marin

Francis Juliette Alzate is originally from Colombia. In 2013, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from McMaster University. In 2015, she became a member of the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC), as well as she completed her first intense basic unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at the Niagara Health System under the supervision of Bob Tees, where she was placed in the surgical unit. Now, she is in her third year of her Master of Divinity degree, specializing in Counseling and Spiritual Care, at McMaster Divinity College. As an intern chaplain in the Supervised Pastoral Education (SPE) Program at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, Juliette will be providing spiritual care at the West 5th location in the Acute Mental Health and Mood Disorders units.

Jeffrey Kendall

Jeff Kendall comes from the small town of Sarnia, in southern Ontario. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Guelph, and went on to earn a Masters of Theological Studies from McMaster University. Last year he had the privilege to serve patients, families, and staff in St. Catherine’s General Hospital as a Spiritual Care student learner, and now brings his experience and passion to SJHH as a Spiritual Care Resident.

Roberta Nanson

Roberta (Robbie) is a Resident in Spiritual Care for Clinical Teaching West, Short Stay, and the Acute Mental Health Unit (Level 9) at the Charlton campus from September to May. From May to August, she will be providing spiritual care to the Clinical Teaching North, Cardiology, and 6 GI surgery units. Robbie has a BScN from the University of Windsor, a Masters of Theological Studies from Western University (Huron College), and a Masters of Arts in Theology- Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy from Wilfred Laurier University (Waterloo Lutheran Seminary).

Matthew Seeram

Mathew Seeram is a resident in Spiritual Care and is providing spiritual care at Mountain 1 A (Concurrent Disorders) and Harbour North 1 A (Seniors’ Behavioral) in the West Fifth Campus. After the first half of his residency program he will be providing spiritual care at the Charlton Campus in the Clinical Teaching Unit West, Short stay, and Mental health-9. He obtained his Master of Theology from Tyndale University College & Seminary in Toronto and Master of Arts from Andhra University in India.  He is a member of the Anglican Network in Canada and active member of the Church of the Good Shepherd in St. Catharines, ON. 

Administrative Support

Laurie Whitely