Allison has been with the Asante Centre since 2009, and Executive Director since 2017. Allison began working in the field of FASD in northern BC, now carrying almost 15 years of experience in supporting individuals and families with neurodevelopmental disabilities.
A certified teacher, Allison has benefited from working in public as well as early childhood and adult education. She has collaborated on initiatives addressing neurodevelopmental disabilities within family services, criminal justice, employment, and health systems.
Later completing her Master of Arts in business leadership, Allison also brings a passion for cross-sector collaboration, values-based leadership, and sustainable social programming to her role. She is committed to integrating trauma-informed best practices, cultural responsiveness, and expertise of individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities more deeply throughout the Society’s activities.
Aliya Khan, Scheduling Assistant
Aliya provides support to the entire Asante Centre team and a warm welcome to visitors, working alongside the Clinical Coordinator to make sure appointment bookings are flawless. Aliya is currently in nursing school, on her way to becoming a superstar healthcare practitioner.
Dr. Amanda Lamarre, Registered Psychologist
Amanda K. LaMarre, Ph.D., R. Psych., completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at The University of British Columbia with a focus on Neuropsychology (the study of the how the brain controls thinking and behaviour). Dr. LaMarre then went on to complete a three-year post-doctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco in the department of Neurology. During her fellowship, Dr. LaMarre’s clinical and research activities focused on evaluating and understanding the earliest cognitive, emotional and social changes in individuals with neurodegenerative syndromes. Over the course of her career, she has worked in a variety of settings, with clients with diverse backgrounds and needs. Dr. LaMarre’s role at the Asante Centre is to work within the context of the multi-disciplinary team to provide quality clinical care in the form of comprehensive Psychoeducational and Neuropsychological assessments.
Anne Smithson, Reports Coordinator
Anne's list of responsibilities involves her throughout the process of an assessment, including everything from the opening of files to the organization and release of final reports. Anne's experience working in high-paced environments, and her structured approach to the numerous tasks she faces help make the Asante Centre operate like a well-oiled machine.
Anne-Marie Mahaffey, Administrative Coordinator
Anne-Marie handles reception, client record collection, and provides administrative support to The Asante Centre Team. She has a background in Marketing and Communications, business and technical writing and customer service. She most recently comes from the Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows school district where she worked in a variety of Elementary and Secondary school offices, supporting teachers, students, and families. She is also an active volunteer in the community, currently a member of The Ridge Meadows Minor Ball Hockey Association executive team as well as League Referee Scheduler.
Bianca Takacs, Communication Health Assistant
Bianca is happy to bring her experience working with children with ASD and love for all things speech to the Asante team under the guidance of our Speech-Language Pathologists. She holds a degree in Linguistics and a certificate in Linguistics of Speech Science from Simon Fraser University.
Brian MacKenzie, Business Director
In his role as Business Director, Brian, CGA, is responsible for the accounting and financial management of the Asante Centre as well as assisting with Human Resources. He has extensive experience in public accounting and financial controllership as a former partner in a multi-province accounting firm. Brian joined the Centre in 2008 as a consultant and became an employee in 2011.
Caitlin Toews, Operations Manager
Collaborating with a multidisciplinary team to get things done!
With almost a decade in the industry, Caitlin is a veteran of the non-profit sector. A sibling of someone on the autism spectrum, she has an innate passion for working alongside people with neurodevelopmental diversities and their families.
Caitlin joined the Centre in 2012 as an assessment coordinator, moving to the position of Family and Community Support Coordinator in 2015, and Operations Manager in 2018.
Caitlin has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and training in trauma-informed practice. As Operations Manager she gets to combine her keen interest in neurodevelopment with her aptitude for organization and efficiency to enhance service delivery and meet the complex needs of both our clients and our organization.
When not in the office, Caitlin enjoys spending time outside exploring nature with her husband and two energetic little boys.
CJ Lutke, FASD Consultant
CJ Lutke is a well-known speaker on FASD, having presented at conferences, adoption seminars and other events for many years, sharing her experiences in living with FASD. She also provided training for second year medical students for over 10 years and has done much video work, including internationally.
CJ believes those with FASD must change the future, challenging perceptions about outcome. She provides mentoring, role modeling and friendship to young adults with FASD.
Most recently, CJ was co-lead of a ground-breaking study on the health and physical issues of adults with FASD. CJ’s goal is to help others with FASD find their voice and to help society understand that we are greater when we are united and work together.
Dr. Corina Brown, Registered Psychologist
Dr. Brown, Ph.D., R. Psych., completes psychological assessments as part of the multidisciplinary team at the Asante Centre. Assessments are completed for FASD, ASD, and other complex developmental disabilities. Corina Brown completed her Ph.D. in child and adolescent clinical psychology at Simon Fraser University. Clinical internship training was completed at BC Children’s Hospital and Dr. Brown has since worked at a variety of hospital and community based assessment and treatment centres completing psycho-educational assessments, neuropsychological assessments, and counselling services. Corina provides assessment services for the Provincial Health Services Authority as part of government based assessment programs for children in BC with complex developmental and mental health needs.
Dana Dmytro, MA in School Psychology
Dana Dmytro is a practicing school psychologist with particular interest in child and youth mental health, children and youth with complex needs, and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. She completed her undergraduate degree in psychology and graduate training in school psychology at the University of British Columbia. Dana’s research experience includes studies of recoveries from alcoholism, factors of resilience and thriving in children’s transition to school, perspectives on verbal deception, and the impact of gender norms on adolescent boys’ development. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, yoga, cultural festivals and watching films.
Darci Chandler, Clinical Coordinator
Darci is responsible for the coordination of the Asante Centre, including scheduling of appointments, file completion, statistical reporting and more. Her attention to detail and aptitude for problem-solving keep the day to day operations of the Centre running smoothly.
Delena Hills, Speech-Language Pathologist
Delena Hills, M.Sc., RSLP (C), is a RASP-Certified clinician, working with the Centre since 2017 in both our Surrey and Maple Ridge locations. Asante Centre focuses on providing services for diagnosis and intervention for individuals with neurodevelopmental differences including Autism and FASD. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of British Columbia in Cognitive Systems: Linguistics and her Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology at Eastern Washington University. Before joining Asante Centre in 2017, she worked and volunteered with children in a variety of ways since 2003 including as a Speech-Language Pathologist with a multidisciplinary team, Educational Assistant, Behaviour Interventionist, and group facilitator. She believes that therapy is most efficient when measurable goals are learned in a fun environment. Increasing verbal intelligibility, building spontaneous talking, and expanding vocabulary and social communication skills through play are some of her favourite goals to support. The reward of supporting people as they improve their quality of life is the reason why she loves her career in the field of Speech-Language Pathology.
Don Seatter, Registered Psychologist (#2282)
Don Seatter has an extended history of supporting diverse populations of youth (and their families) across multiple settings. In addition to his work at Asante Centre (i.e. working collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary team to provide comprehensive Psychoeducational and Neuropsychological assessments for youth), Don works with a regional school district to deliver a wide range of psychological services (e.g. psychoeducational assessment and consultation). Previous work experience includes supporting high risk youth within a specialized program along with providing psychological services for all ages within a community mental health setting. He received an undergraduate degree in psychology from University of Alberta and graduate training in school psychology at Mount Saint Vincent University (Halifax). Don strives to connect and relate in a genuine and respectful manner with clients, families, and supports.
Donna Thomas, Executive Assistant
Donna's many responsibilities include assistance to the FASD Society for BC's Board of Directors and the Asante Centre's management team, as well as administering the accounts payable, accounts receivable, contract files and financial records. In addition, she maintains the Building Services and supplies. Donna has been part of the Asante Centre team since 2004. Her care for the Centre's clients, their families, and other team members is evident in all she does.
Dr. Edgar Jimenez, Medical Director & Pediatrician
Dr. Jiménez completed a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacology & Therapeutics at the University of British Columbia. He then worked in drug research & development for two years before moving on to Medical School and completing a Residency in Pediatrics at the University of Manitoba. He returned to BC to complete a two year sub-specialty residence training in Developmental Pediatrics at BC Children’s Hospital/Sunny Hill Health Centre.
In addition to his role as Medical Director at the Asante Centre, Dr. Jiménez practices in White Rock with a focus on general, developmental and behavioural pediatrics.
Dr. Jiménez has a strong personal interest in FASD and in Child & Youth Mental Health.
In his free time, Dr. Jiménez is an avid soccer player and fanatic.
Dr. Heather Baker, Registered Psychologist
Dr. Baker, R. Psych. completed her M.A. in Clinical Psychology and her Ph.D. in School Psychology at The University of British Columbia. Her clinical and research focus was anxiety and learning difficulties. Dr. Baker completed a year pre-doctoral internship at the University of Illinois, Champaign in the Disability Resources and Educational Services department. Following graduate school, Dr. Baker conducted therapy with children and youth with anxiety and behavioural difficulties in private practice and worked in several school systems as a school psychologist. She continues to be involved with UBC as a supervisor for school psychology masters and doctoral students and conducts psychoeducational assessments at the department’s clinic. Dr. Baker serves as part of the multi-disciplinary team at the Asante Centre, conducting psychoeducational and neuropsychological assessments independently as well as part of assessments for FASD, ASD, and other complex developmental conditions.
Dr. Heather Kee, Pediatrician
Dr. Kee, M.D., F.R.C.P. C., currently works as a community pediatrician in Burnaby, BC, as well as contributing to the Asante Centre's multidisciplinary team to complete assessments for FASD and other complex developmental disabilities for children, youth and adults.
Dr. Hemendra Ramdhani, Pediatrician
Dr. Ramdhani, MBChB (Natal), FRCP(C), is currently working as a community pediatrician in Surrey, BC, and has received an appointment as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of British Columbia. Hemendra has a background and interest in Genetics and Dysmorphology, having worked as a Pediatrician and sub-specialist in Medical Genetics in South Africa. He has also been involved in the clinical assessments of FASD patients in research conducted by Professor Denis Viljoen in South Africa.
Dr. John Archer, Pediatrician
Dr. Archer, M.B., Ch.B., F.A.A.P., F.R.C.P.C., currently works as a community pediatrician in Maple Ridge, BC, as well as contributing to the Asante Centre's multidisciplinary team to complete assessments for Autism Spectrum Disorder for children.
Dr. Julie Milligan, Pediatrician
Dr. Milligan is a General Consulting Paediatrician in Surrey, BC and provides Paediatric on-call services to Peach Arch Hospital.
She completed a Bachelor of Science degree at Simon Fraser University and her Medical Doctorate training at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Milligan completed her University of British Columbia Paediatric residency at BC Childrens' Hospital.
Dr. Milligan volunteers time at the Umbrella Multicultural Health Cooperative's Paediatric Consulting Clinic, which provides health services to refugees and other people who may have cultural or language-related barriers to healthcare.
Dr. Milligan has an avid interest in Child and Youth Mental Health.
When not working outside the home, Dr. Milligan is busy being a proud mother of two great kids.
Karley Talbot, Psychology Associate
Kathleen Rainville, Family and Community Support Coordinator
Kathleen joined the Asante Centre team in 2014 as an administrative assistant. More recently, she moved into the role of Family and Community Support Coordinator for the Youth Justice Program. Kathleen’s background in child development, experience in not-for-profit organizations, knowledge of community resources and her caring nature help her to support individuals and families throughout the assessment process. Kathleen has completed training through the Provincial Outreach Program for Autism and Related Disorders and frequently participates in child development workshops. She regularly volunteers in a correctional facility and for other community-based organizations. Kathleen is inspired by the compassionate and knowledgeable staff and clinical team at the Asante Centre and by the clients who visit the Centre.
Katrina Griffin, FASD Consultant
Dr. Kyle Sue, Family Practitioner
Dr. Kyle Sue was a rural family physician before obtaining fellowship training in Developmental Disabilities, Pediatric Pain Medicine, and Adult/Pediatric Palliative Care. He has extensive clinical experience working in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, NWT, Nunavut, and New York. Prior to his medical career, he specialized in chemistry and special needs education. He also holds a Master's Degree in Health Management, and enjoys teaching as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. He has won numerous awards for his research, leadership, and clinical work. He is widely published, and most recently contributed to the national guidelines for Primary Care of Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
Dr. Linda Weaver, Registered Psychologist
Dr. Weaver specializes in neuropsychological and psych-educational assessment. She lives and works on the very North end of Vancouver Island, and for the past 10 years has been in private practice. She has traveled up and down the coast, providing assessment services to schools, colleges, universities, the First Nation Educational Steering Committee, and the Vancouver Island Child Assessment Network. Prior to moving to BC, Dr. Weaver studied psychology at the University of Calgary and completed an Internship in neuropsychological assessment at the Foothills Centre for Excellence in Health Care. In Alberta, she worked in hospitals with adults, was an adjunct assistant professor with the University of Calgary’s Department of Psychology, and enjoyed teaching graduate students. She had a private practice specializing in brain injury, stroke and assessment of competence for guardianship/ trusteeship, as well as the assessment of children and youth in care. She has a special interest in FASD and working as part of a multi-disciplinary team, to provide comprehensive assessments and recommendations.
Lisa Doff, Speech-Language Pathologist
Lisa Doff, M.H.Sc., RSLP (C), completed her graduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Toronto in 2010 and has been working in the field of speech-language pathology since then. She has always loved working with children and spent the first part of her career working at a non-profit children’s centre with a multidisciplinary team. It was through interactions with families and colleagues there that she gained a much deeper understanding of how to effectively work with children with a range of strengths and needs. This was very rewarding work, and when her family moved to BC, she looked for a similar role. She was thrilled to join the Asante Centre, an organization with a big heart to help the community. She provides therapy services at the Centre for children and youth of all ages, particularly in the areas of speech sound production, building expressive language skills, comprehension skills, and social communication skills. She also is part of the team that provides multidisciplinary assessments for FASD, ASD, and other brain-based difficulties.
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