Our Team

Learn More About Our Mental Health Professionals

We’re a team of industry professionals who are passionate about getting our clients on to the path of recovery. Take a look at our friendly team members and get to know the faces and personalities of Renova Recovery & Treatment Centre

Dayana Romero

Registered Psychotherapist

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Dayana is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. She is a member of the Canadian Psychological Association. She has a bachelor’s degree in Counseling from Canada Christian College from 2005, a Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Yorkville University, and from the University of Liverpool, a Masters of Arts in Forensic Psychology (ABD). She has been a psychotherapist for over 11 years. She uses different forms of therapy but specializes in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and Solution Focus Therapy. She is fluent in both English and Spanish.

Richard Piekarczyk-Vacca

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

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Richard Piekarczyk-Vacca spent much of his early adult life in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). Along with several courses of interest at Mohawk College, he completed an undergraduate honours degree at McMaster University and a graduate degree in counselling and psychotherapy at the University of Toronto. He also completed a certification and workshops in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), A Clinical Trauma Intensive Training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Mental Health First Aid for the Veteran Community. He is fluent in English, Italian and Polish.

Brianna Cunningham

Registered Social Worker (RSW)
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Brianna graduated with an Honours Bachelor’s Social Work & Disability Studies, with a minor in psychology. She is soon to be registered with the OCSWSSW. She has experience supporting people with disabilities and through rehabilitation from acquired brain injuries (ABIs). She is also a certified Communication Assistant and has had training in addictions and mental health disorders through various courses, placements, and employment experience. She uses techniques from several forms of therapy, such as CBT, DBT, as well as mindfulness practices to meet clients wherever they are at in their journey.

Juan Carlos "JC" Labrador

Addictions Specialist & Case Manager
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Juan Carlos is our client care manager. He trained as a SMART Recovery professional facilitator. He is also attending Wilfred Laurier University and studying to be an addictions counsellor. JC offers 15 and 30 minute case management check-in services and Empowerment & Recovery Coaching. He will give you the tools and resources you need to keep yourself on track and help be accountable during your own recovery process.

Daniela Aguilar

Addictions Counsellor
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Daniela Aguilar Santander is a psychological intern who treats Spanish speaking patients with depression & anxiety. She is currently treating patients virtually and joins us from the Universidad del Norte based in Barranquilla, Colombia, where is completing her bachelor’s degree in psychology. She is under the supervision of Dayana Romero.

Baruch Weiss

Psychotherapy Intern
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Baruch Weiss is a Masters level graduate student completing his internship to obtain his degree. Once he is finished, he will be applying to the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario in order to become a registered psychotherapist. He is currently under the supervision of Dayana Romero.

Haziel Esther Ortega

Psychotherapy Intern ES-EN-SV
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Haziel is a psychological intern who treats Spanish and Swedish-speaking patients with depression & anxiety. She lived in Sweden as a teenager and speaks Swedish natively. She is currently treating patients virtually and joins us from the Universidad del Norte based in Barranquilla, Colombia, where is completing her bachelor’s degree in psychology. She is under the supervision of Dayana Romero.

Baruch Weiss

Psychotherapy Intern
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Baruch Weiss is a Masters level graduate student completing his internship to obtain his degree. Once he is finished, he will be applying to the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario in order to become a registered psychotherapist. He is currently under the supervision of Dayana Romero.

Haziel Esther Ortega

Psychotherapy Intern ES-EN-SV
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Haziel is a psychological intern who treats Spanish and Swedish-speaking patients with depression & anxiety. She lived in Sweden as a teenager and speaks Swedish natively. She is currently treating patients virtually and joins us from the Universidad del Norte based in Barranquilla, Colombia, where is completing her bachelor’s degree in psychology. She is under the supervision of Dayana Romero.

Our Team

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Krystal Jackson

Operations Manager
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Krystal Marie Jackson brings with her a lifetime of experience in all areas of leadership and management. She is a Sargent currently serving in the Canadian Armed Forces for 23 Hamilton Field Ambulance. She has over 27 years of service and a deployment with the UN on a Mission to Israel. She believes dedication, loyalty and commitment are keys to both her professional and personal success. She promotes a balanced and disciplined approach to the work environment. We are thrilled to have her transition to the Operations Manger for Renova Recovery and treatment Centre.

Paulette Romero

Human Resources Manager
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Paulette is the human resources manager, is originally from Colombia and was raised in New York City’s most fabulous borough, The Bronx. She has a bachelor’s degree in Corporate Communication and Spanish from the City University of New York – Baruch College and an associate’s degree in business management from CUNY LaGuardia Community College. She has prior experience as a translation and localization project manager for two translation agencies and was a litigation legal secretary at various New York City law firms for a span of eleven years. She is also fully fluent in English and Spanish and is a Certified Ontario Telemedicine (OTN) Coordinator.

Barkev Sivazlian

Public Relations Coordinator
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Barkev earned an Honours BA in Political Science and Communication Studies from McMaster University and a subsequent postgraduate diploma from Humber College’s highly regarded Public Relations Graduate program. Following his academic studies, he pursued a full-time career in PR. With amazing experience working in consumer-based agency PR houses, he had the great pleasure of working with prominent brands such as Molson, A&W and President’s Choice Financial just to name a few. When not working, you can catch him hanging out with friends and family usually with a coffee in-hand.

Mark E. Meincke

Life Coach
 
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Mark E. Meincke is a motivational speaker, DND trained Peer Supporter, Veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces and multi-award winning Author of Why Not Me? The keys to unlock your power and release your potential. Mark uses his passion and experience as the creator and host of Operation Tango Romeo, the trauma recovery podcast to provide a platform to shed light on veterans and their experiences through mental health and recovery. Mark brings a lifetime of transferable skills and experience to RD Psychotherapy and we are thrilled for him to be our new Life Coach.

Cheyenne Williams

Indigenous Consultant and Case Manager
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Cheyenne is our indigenous consultant and specializes in this population. She is a member of the Cayuga Nation, Wolf Clan from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. She studied Child and Youth Work at Niagara College, as well as Mohawk College and has worked in the field periodically for about 13 years. She enjoys working in a supportive role and advocacy to assist people in making improvements in their lives.

Steve Nolan

Public Relations Coordinator
 
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Steve Nolan is a retired Lieutenant-Colonel with over 28 years of service in the Canadian Armed Forces. His experience includes multiple deployments and appointment as a Commanding Officer. He has in depth knowledge of the medical and administrative systems used by the CAF for transitioning members. Steve has long been an advocate of Veterans’ issues and has been consulted by Veterans Affairs Canada about streamlining employment and education opportunities for Veterans. He works with numerous organizations to help military members, reservists, Veterans, and military spouses successfully transition to civilian life.

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Ready to take the first step in changing your life? The Renova team is ready to learn more about your unique situation and how best to help you.