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 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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Andrea Connell, Eco Therapist

Andrea Connell has been practicing holistic earth-based therapies for over 30 years. Andrea is a certified Permaculturist, and 25-year Reiki Master. She has studied many natural healing therapies including herbalism, aromatherapy, cranial sacral therapy, polarity therapy, shamanism and meditation. Andrea’s healing approach is firmly rooted in a deep love of the natural world. Andrea believes that all healing paths will strongly benefit from building an intimate relationship with the natural world around us.

Andrea is a highly intuitive and compassionate therapist with a unique ability to bring together a wide bevy of information to co-create healing stories relevant to each individual. In partnership with the Clinical Team at Victoria Wellness, Andrea passionately offers a wide variety of options to engage the mind, heart, body and soul toward a well-balanced and stable healing outcome.

Executive Chef Brien McGurgin

Brien, our Executive Chef, has an intensive background in the hospitality field, he has accumulated over 45 years of cooking and effectively running kitchens.

Brien has worked for over 22 years with the Holiday Inn’s of Canada, where he learned the trade at the young age of 16. He has worked all over Canada including Winnipeg, Toronto, Peterborough, Kingston, and now, Gores Landing.  While working in Peterborough he was the Head Chef at Viamede Resort for 10 years.

Brien is a Red Seal Chef who studied at George Brown College in Toronto. Some of the highlights of his career have been cooking for celebrities and Royalty. Brien makes amazing food and will create food suitable for any food restrictions or allergies.