Ricci & Associates Psychology Professional Corporation

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Our Team

We are a dedicated and dynamic group of professionals who provide assessment, treatment and biofeedback services to adults, seniors, adolescents, couples, and families in the Ottawa area. Our team consists of:

Dr. Tammie Ricci, C. Psych. - Director of Psychological Services

Headshot of Dr. RicciDr. Tammie Ricci received a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from York University in Toronto. She has trained in a variety of clinical settings including the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry in Toronto, the Chiropractic College in Toronto, the Counselling and Development Centre – York University in Toronto, and the Downsview Rehabilitation Centre in Toronto. She has worked at The Paul Menton Centre at Carleton University and at the Rehabilitation Centre in Ottawa. She has been in private practice for the last seventeen years. Dr. Ricci is a registered member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario. She is also a member of the American Psychological Association, the Canadian Psychological Association, the Ontario Psychological Association, the Canadian Academy of Psychologists in Disability Assessment, the Canadian Society of Medical Evaluators, the Ottawa Academy of Psychology, and the Canadian Registry of Health Care Providers. Dr. Ricci has extensive experience in assessment and treatment of MVA clients, conducts independent evaluations, provides expert witness testimony, and has been involved extensively in the previous DAC system. She has extensive experience as a catastrophic impairment assessor and coordinates multidisciplinary teams to provide opinion re: CAT determination. She has extensive training in the AMA Guides 4th Edition as well as the AMA Guides 6th Edition, specifically Chapter 14 – Mental and Behavioural Disorders. She is also a registered provider for the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board.

Dr. Paul Mendella, C.Psych. - Director of Neuropsychology Services

Headshot of Dr. MendellaDr. Paul Mendella is registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario for autonomous practice in the areas of Clinical Neuropsychology, Clinical Psychology, and Rehabilitation Psychology. He obtained his PhD in Clinical Psychology at Dalhousie University, and completed pre-doctoral and post-doctoral training in adult clinical neuropsychology at The Ottawa Hospital. Dr. Mendella is a member of several professional organizations including the Ontario Psychological Association, National Academy of Neuropsychology, American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology, Association for Scientific Advancement in Psychological Injury and Law, and the Sports Neuropsychology Society. He also works as a consulting neuropsychologist for The Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League.

Dr. Mendella has extensive experience in the assessment of various neurological (e.g. traumatic brain injury, stroke, dementia, multiple sclerosis) and psychiatric (e.g. adult ADHD, depression, schizophrenia) conditions. He provides psychological treatment to address a wide range of mental health issues, and he has a special interest in helping individuals manage the cognitive, emotional, and behavioural effects of traumatic brain injury, including sports-related concussion.

Dr. Mendella receives referrals from a variety of sources, including: physicians and other health care providers, lawyers (both plaintiff and defence), automobile insurance providers, the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Forces, Veterans Affairs Canada, Health Canada, and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board. He is in the process of completing coursework to become certified in the use of the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment (4th Edition).

Dr. Francine F-A. Sarazin, C.Psych.

Headshot of Dr. SarazinDr. Sarazin received her Ph.D. (1990) from the University of Victoria (BC) and has been a licensed clinical neuropsychologist since 1991. In 1994, she became a designated capacity assessor under Ontario’s Substitute Decisions Act, 1992 (Ministry of the Attorney General’s Office). This designation authorizes her to perform assessments of mental capacity for decisions pertaining to financial management or personal care. As a clinical neuropsychologist, Dr. Sarazin has worked primarily in acute care at the Ottawa Hospital. This setting has provided her with the opportunity to observe and assess the impact of a variety of neurological, medical, and psychiatric conditions on brain function. In 2003, Dr. Sarazin was invited to join the National Hockey League (NHL) Neuropsychology Consultation Team and has been a consulting neuropsychologist to the Ottawa Senators since then.

Dr. Sarazin's private Practice is limited to: Capacity assessments under SDA and Neuropsychological assessments for the NHL. Dr. Sarazin is currently the Vice-chair, Ottawa Health Science Network Research Ethics Board (Ottawa Hospital) and a member of the Elder Abuse Consultation Team of the Council of Aging of Ottawa. Dr. Sarazin offers services in French and English.

Dr. Paul Roy, MD FRCPC (Psychiatrist)

Headshot of Dr. RoyDr. Paul Roy completed his medical training at the University of Manitoba Medical College in 1990. He studied Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. He completed a clinical fellowship at the University of Toronto in early intervention after completing his residency and was on staff at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health from 1995 to 1999. In 1999 he was recruited to Ottawa to establish an early intervention program for Ottawa and the Champlain Health District. In 2004 funding was secured to establish and enhance early intervention services across Ontario. The Champlain District First Episode Psychosis Program (On Track) came up to full funding in 2008 with a complement of 20 full time and 10 part time staff. Dr. Roy served as the Clinical Director of On Track from its inception until he stepped down in October 2012. He subsequently worked as a psychiatric consultant for the Canadian Armed Forces between March 2013 and June 2014: He continues to provide consultations to the CAF on a part time basis. Dr. Roy joined Ricci and Associates in April 2014. Dr. Roy has extensive experience in emergent, inpatient and outpatient psychiatric care, with many different psychiatric populations. Dr. Roy has conducted numerous independent medical evaluations, psycholegal assessments and MVA related evaluations since joining Dr. Ricci’s group in April 2014.

Dr. Lisa Walker, C. Psych.

Headshot of Dr. WalkerDr. Walker is a Clinical Neuropsychologist with more than 15 years experience in the field. She completed a pre-doctoral internship in Clinical Neuropsychology at the Ottawa Hospital and received her PhD from the University of Windsor in1998. She then completed a post-doctoral fellowship in traumatic brain injury and geriatric rehabilitation neuropsychology at St. Vincent Hospital and Elisabeth-Bruyère Hospital. She has been a member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario since 1999 and is registered to practice in the area of Clinical Neuropsychology. Dr. Walker has expertise in neuropsychological assessment for acute care, rehabilitation planning, and medical-legal purposes. She has a background in intervention with a neurological population as well as substantial experience in the following diversified settings: acute care hospital, mental health clinic, psychiatric hospital, rehabilitation hospital, and private practice.

Currently, in addition to working in private practice, Dr. Walker is also employed as a staff Neuropsychologist at the Ottawa Hospital where she is involved in clinical supervision of interns, undergraduate students and graduate students. She is a Clinician Investigator with the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and leads a grant-funded research program on cognitive health in multiple sclerosis. Dr. Walker holds academic appointments at the University of Ottawa in the Faculty of Medicine, School of Psychology, and Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, as well as at Carleton University in the Department of Psychology and the Institute of Cognitive Science. She is actively involved with the endMS Québec-Ottawa Regional Research and Training Centre, is an Associate Member of the Heart and Stroke Foundation Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery, is on the Scientific Council for the University of Ottawa Brain and Mind Research Institute, and is a member of the Professional Advisory Group for the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada.

Dr. Walker provides services in the neuropsychological assessment of adolescents, adults and seniors with the following conditions that may impact cognition, behaviour and/or emotional functioning:

Dr. Gary Gerber, C. Psych.

Headshot of Dr. GerberDr. Gerber received his M.A. in psychology from the University of Western Ontario, and his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Saskatchewan. He joined Brockville Psychiatric Hospital in 1984 as a psychologist in the Rehabilitation Service, and became Director of Research and Chief Psychologist, as well as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Ottawa. He was appointed as Clinical Director of the Acquired Brain Injury Behaviour Services at West Park Healthcare Centre in Toronto in 1999, and established a behavioural outreach service in 2000. His research focused on studying outcomes for persons with serious mental illness or with acquired brain injury who receive services from a specialized community rehabilitation teams. In his private practice Gary provides behaviourally based counselling to persons who have sustained acquired brain injuries and other serious injuries.

Dr. Tasleem Damji, C. Psych.

Headshot of Dr. DamjiDr. Tasleem Damji graduated with her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1998.  In private clinical practice, she provides her expertise and support to adults experiencing various life stressors and resulting emotions. She has also worked for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for 14 years in various research and strategic capacities.  She is registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario (#3453) and with Blue Cross (#34530)

Dr. Damji works with a highly diverse clientele, both individuals and groups from the general public and various organizations (private and public), including first responders (e.g. RCMP, Ottawa Police Service, DN, EMS). The following are some of the challenges that she provides support for:

Dr. Lindsey MacLeod, C.Psych.

Headshot of Dr. MacLeodDr. MacLeod completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Ottawa and her pre-doctoral residency at The Ottawa Hospital and at the Ottawa Rehabilitation Centre. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Queen’s University.

Dr. MacLeod provides assessment and treatment to adults and adolescents in rehabilitation, health, and clinical psychology. She has experience treating individuals with a wide range of psychological, health and disability related issues, including: depression, anxiety, trauma, loss and grief, coping with acute and chronic medical problems, pain, health-anxiety and adjustment to illness/disability. She has a special interest in post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as interpersonal and personality related problems.

Dr. MacLeod primarily uses a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy approach but has experience and training in a number of different psychotherapeutic modalities including mindfulness, interpersonal, experiential and emotionally focused therapy. She believes in the importance of establishing a positive and safe therapeutic environment and works collaboratively with her clients to meet their needs. She works with an attitude of openness, respect and acceptance to engage with her client’s personal motivation to change. She also conducts psychoeducational assessments with adolescents and adults. Dr. MacLeod continues her professional growth through regular supervision, workshops, conferences, and keeping current with the scientific and clinical literature.

Dr. Kathleen Metcalfe, C. Psych.

Headshot of Dr. MetcalfeDr. Kathleen Metcalfe received her Doctorate in Psychology from Adler University in Chicago, Illinois. She is registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario with competencies in Clinical, Rehabilitation and Health Psychology. She completed her doctoral internship at North Carolina State University’s Counseling Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. Throughout her doctorate training, Dr. Metcalfe worked in a variety of settings, including The Diamond Headache Clinic, East-West University, and Andersonville Behavioral Health. Her education and training placed considerable emphasis on trauma, emotional awareness, and attentiveness to how structural and systemic issues impact overall health and wellness. She has worked with a variety of clients, including individuals struggling with chronic pain and medical issues, various forms of trauma, relationship difficulties, intense emotions, sexuality and gender issues, and body image and eating difficulties. She approaches therapy from a client-centered framework, with a trauma and attachment-informed style. She incorporates elements from cognitive-behavioural therapy, psychodynamic therapy and interpersonal therapy to provide a tailored, holistic approach to meet client needs.

As a clinician, Dr. Metcalfe works to incorporate a deep appreciation for the mind-body connection with a social justice perspective in all her work. Dr. Metcalfe enjoys working with a diverse array of clients and issues, including, but not limited to:

Dr. Mohamed Bekkari, C. Psych.

Dr. Mohamed Bekkari obtained his Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Alberta in 1992. He has a Master degree in clinical psychology from the University of Ottawa. He is registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario in clinical and school psychology and serves children, adolescents, adults and families. He is in private practice in Ottawa since 2010. He has worked in psychiatric, children and adult mental health and CAS settings. He offers psychological assessments and consultations (cognitive, personality, emotional, behavioural, parenting/custody, court-ordered young offenders) and psychological treatments (cognitive-behavioural, psychodynamic, supportive, family, play). He has extensive experience in the provision of treatment for depression, anxiety and trauma for clients in car accidents. He is familiar with neuropsychological assessments (Halstead-Reitan Battery), psychopharmacology and workplace stress. He has knowledge of Muslim and Arab communities in Canada. He can provide services in English, French, as well as some services in Arabic, especially counselling.

Dr. Mike Van Adel, C. Psych. (Supervised Practice)

Headshot of Dr. Van AdelDr. Van Adel has a special interest in helping individuals manage the effects of traumatic brain injury/concussion and provides psychological treatment to address a wide range of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, trauma, and adjustment to illness/disability. He primarily follows a cognitive-behavioural therapy approach but also has training and experience in other empirically supported treatments such as mindfulness, acceptance and commitment, interpersonal therapy.

Dr. Van Adel completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Ottawa (pre-doctoral residency at The Ottawa Hospital) and his Master’s in Clinical Psychology (Neuropsychology Stream) at the University of Victoria. This training has led to experience in a variety of clinical settings, including the Bruyère Memory Program, The Ottawa Rehabilitation Centre (Acquired Brain Injury), The Royal - Brockville Mental Health Centre, and The Ottawa Hospital (Neuropsychology Service, First Episode Psychosis Program; Robin Easey Centre). He is currently being supervised by Dr. Paul Mendella and Dr. Lisa Walker.

Dr. Van Adel provides services in the neuropsychological assessment of adults and seniors, including for those with neurological conditions related to:

Ms. Lea St. Louis, MSW, RSW

Headshot of Ms. St. LouisLea St. Louis is a Master’s level social worker and is registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. She is also a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers. She obtained her MSW from McGill University in 2002. She has worked at The Ottawa Hospital for over 13 years in both inpatient and outpatient mental health settings and was the recipient of TOH’s Social Work Clinical Practice Recognition Award in 2011. Lea was also the Mental Health Professional Practice Coordinator for the Social Work Department at TOH, where she provided leadership and supervision to other mental health social workers. Lea has also worked in the area of child welfare.

Lea has over 16 years of experience working with individuals of all ages. She has extensive experience completing mental health, psychosocial, risk and safety assessments along with individual, group and family counseling, complex case management, crisis intervention, safety planning and client advocacy. She has focused on providing treatment to individuals with a range of psychological concerns including psychosis, cognitive difficulties, depression, anxiety, stress, crisis, suicidal ideation, grief, chronic pain, adjustment to illness and major life transition.

Lea is fully bilingual. She primarily uses a cognitive behavioral approach to treatment but also incorporates elements of solution focused therapy, mindfulness and motivational interviewing. She is enthusiastic and passionate about her work. Her clients are always of primary importance to her and she thrives to ensure that all of her clients are provided with care that is professional, respectful, sensitive and compassionate.

Ms. Cindy Wolfe, M.Ed., MSW, RSW

Headshot of Ms. WolfefeMs. Cindy Wolfe is a clinical social worker with more than 17 years experience. She is registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, and is a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers. She obtained her Master of Education (Counselling) degree in 2003 after receiving degrees in Political Science and Social Work. She has held positions in child welfare, outreach counselling, research, and treatment for trauma following motor vehicle collisions. For the last 11 years, Cindy has worked for the Ottawa Police Service in the Victim Crisis Unit, where she attended on-scene, for individuals and large-scale incidents, providing immediate and short-term support to victims of crime and tragedy as well as their families.

Cindy has extensive experience in working with first responders and appreciates the complexities of their roles. To this end, while completing her Master of Social Work degree at the University of Waterloo, Cindy held an 8-month placement at the Royal Ottawa Hospital Operational Stress Injuries Clinic where she provided clinical support to members of the RCMP and Canadian Forces who were living with persistent difficulties resultant from their service; primarily PTSD, anxiety, and depression. Cindy obtained additional training in Prolonged Exposure therapy and would welcome Veterans Affairs Canada clients and members of the public. Working in a collaborative manner, Cindy would like to help you achieve your goals.

Ms. Laurel McCloskey, MSW, RSW

Headshot of Ms. McCloskyLaurel McCloskey is a Master’s level social worker with experience working in inpatient, outpatient and community-based settings with individuals and their families. She is registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and is a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers. Laurel graduated with a BA in Psychology from St. Mary’s University in Halifax and a Bachelor of Social Work from St. Thomas University in Fredericton. She then obtained her MSW from Dalhousie University in 2012.

Laurel has over 11 years of experience in a variety of settings and with diverse clients, including both long-term and brief interventions. Her previous roles have included case manager and social worker for MVA clients, hospital social worker, community mental health counsellor, psychiatric and medical emergency department social worker, and clinical social worker in a correctional mental health treatment centre. Laurel has extensive experience with mental health treatment, as well as completing comprehensive assessments, addictions treatment, crisis intervention, and group and individual counselling.

Laurel has received training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy for Depression, Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy for Bipolar Disorder, Motivational Interviewing, and Solution-Focused Therapy. Using these diverse approaches, Laurel takes a collaborative and empathic approach to help her clients set therapeutic goals and achieve measurable outcomes.

Ms. Roanne Leeman, MSW, RSW

Roanne is registered as a clinical social worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. In addition, she is also a member in good standing with the Ontario Association of Social Workers. Roanne obtained her Master’s degree in Social Work from Carleton University in 2005, with previous undergraduate degrees from both Carleton University (BSW), as well as the University of Ottawa (BA). Prior to becoming a private practitioner, Roanne worked at The Ottawa Hospital in both inpatient and outpatient settings conducting patient assessments and developing therapeutic interventions with patients and their families.

Roanne has over 15 years of experience working with diverse populations of individuals and youth. She has focused on providing treatment to clients with a range of identified issues, including depression, anxiety, stress, grief and loss, and adjustment to life transitions. Roanne utilizes a cognitive behavioral approach when working with clients, but also incorporates elements of dialectical behavioral therapy and solution focused therapy. Roanne embraces a collaborative and strength-based approach, developed in keeping with the needs of each client. Roanne works with her clients in a supportive environment to develop tools and strategies to enhance their overall emotional well-being.

Ms. Amanda Telford MSW, RSW

Amanda Telford is a clinical Social Worker with over 20 years experience. She is a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and the Ontario Association of Social Workers. Amanda received her degrees from Carleton University (MSW, 2003, BSW, 1995, and BA, 1990). She has worked in a variety of settings, including private practice, inpatient and outpatient hospital programs, community mental health, child welfare, homeless shelters and group homes.

Amanda works with children (ages 6+), teens, and adults. During her career, Amanda has worked with clients impacted by trauma whether by domestic violence, family of origin abuse/neglect, sexual assault or through employment such as first responders, military, or corrections. As well, Amanda has worked with clients struggling with anxiety disorders, mood disorders, borderline personality disorder, psychosis, substance abuse, ASD, and ADHD.

Amanda has been trained in a variety of therapeutic approaches, such as CBT, DBT, EFT, Narrative, Motivational Interviewing, IPT/IPSRT, and Solution Focused Brief Therapy all of which build new coping skills for clients. Amanda believes that clients need to feel comfortable and safe during the therapy process, and endeavours to create a safe and respectful environment for therapy.

Ms. Natalie Beck-Livingstone, M.Ed., CCC, CVE, MCVP (Certified Vocational Evaluator)

Headshot of Ms. Beck LivingstoneMs. Beck Livingstone has over 15 years of experience in providing interviewing, counselling and vocational assessment services to clients. She is an experienced test administrator with extensive experience in the use of vocational evaluation instruments and techniques to assist clients in identifying realistic employment goals. Ms. Beck-Livingstone completed an undergraduate degree, Bachelor of Arts (Honours) at Queen’s University and obtained a Master’s degree in Educational Counselling from the University of Ottawa. She has completed educational training at the graduate level in standardized assessment, principles of measurement, principles of vocational evaluation, implications of disability in addition to occupational analysis/information. Additionally, Ms. Beck-Livingstone is a Certified Vocational Evaluation Specialist (CVE), Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) and a Master’s Certificate Vocational Professional (MCVP). She is a current member in good standing with the Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada (VRA), the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) and the College of Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals (CVRP).

Ms. Charlene Letemplier (Office Manager)

Headshot of Ms. LetemplierMs. Letemplier is our Office Manager with a background in administration and health care and specialized training in special care counseling. She is responsible for greeting clients, coordinating client appointments, answering phones, filing, and organizing of the office environment.

 

 

 

Ms. Alexaré Licari (Psychology Clerk)

Headshot of Ms. Alexare LicariMs. Licari is our Psychology Clerk with an undergrad in Psychology and Social Sciences from Carleton University, and a degree in Social Service Work from Algonquin College. She has specialized training in social work methods, behaviour management, social welfare systems, addictions, and community development. Alexaré is responsible for greeting clients, scoring test measures, coordinating client appointments, and organization of the office environment.

 

 

 

Ms. Joanne Licari (Psychometrist)

Headshot of Ms. Joanne LicariJoanne is responsible for the administering of neurocognitive testing. She has an undergrad in Psychology and Social Sciences from the University of Ottawa, and completed her training at the Royal Ottawa Hospital, as well as the Rehabilitation Centre. Joanne has been with our team for six years.