Our Team

You can get better, and our professional team is here for you.

Meet the Team!

Joe Ann Kortman B.A., B. Ed, Executive Director

Joe Ann Kortman has a keen interest in mental health and helping those around her. She started her career as a Secondary School Teacher and taught in Australia, England, South Africa and finally her home country, Canada. She then expanded her career working for the local government in her home town. After experiencing PTSD, she focused her career goals on giving back to people. Joe Ann shared that her goals are to reach as many people as possible and to provide them with the best quality of care. She is excited to be able to offer  EMDR Treatment as it successfully treated her PTSD, and also having a holistic approach to mental health issues. Joe Ann strongly believes you can get better.

How We Work

At Victoria Wellness, we were intentional about who we brought onto our multi-disciplinary team. Our staff compliment, led by medical consultant, Dr. Jordan Crane, and Clinical Director, Andrea Gurney-Bowen, each bring a specific skillset and area of educational and personal expertise. We value team work, open communication, and collaboration within our team, and this is in the best interest of our clients. While everyone at Victoria Wellness is professional and trauma informed, each of our team members has a unique and valued way of understanding human behaviour, and suffering. For example, we combine our knowledge of evidence informed cognitive behavioural group work with cutting edge self compassionate Dialectical Behaviour therapy for addiction and relationship challenges. Our expressive arts therapist works closely with our Eco-therapist, both of whom value and understand the impact of trauma on the body. Our clinical team is continually engaged in post graduate learning, and this includes developing expertise in the area of the impact of stress and trauma on the brain. This understanding of the science behind the treatment, and the incorporation of treatment modalities, such as EMDR and EFT, is what contributes to Victoria Wellness being a center of excellence. It truly is our commitment to best practice, lifelong learning, and collaboration as a team that sets us apart.

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Jeff Pascoe, M. Div. Clinical Counselling, Therapist

Jeff is an experienced clinician with a Master’s in clinical counselling, as well as training in trauma and dialectical behaviour therapy. Working in the mental health field for over 15 years, his career has focused on family systems how they shape and impact lives. Jeff’s strongly compassionate nature and strong empathetic ability allows him to work effectively with clients from multiple backgrounds and traumas.

Executive Chef Maureen O’Shea

Our Executive Chef Maureen O’Shea is a classically trained Inter-Provincial Red Seal Chef. She has gathered a wealth of experience across the province as Head Chef of various inns and restaurants, dining cruise ships, as a culinary instructor at college level and most recently managing food service departments in the healthcare industry.

Chef Maureen’s kitchen emphasizes healthful locally sourced food, always prepared with consideration to the dietary requirements and preferences of our guests.