Meet the Team

Mohamed Gheis is a Neuropsychiatrist and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia. He is a graduate of Cairo University. He completed postgraduate psychiatric training at Cardiff University and at the University of London, UK. He subsequently attended Kings College London, London School of Hygeine and Tropical Medicine and the University of Regina; where he studied Behavioral and Cognitive Psychotherapies, Epidemiology and Business Administration. He received his certification in neuropsychiatry in 2010. Mohamed has worked with a range of charitable organizations in the United Kingdom, Canada and New Zealand. He is the co-founder of FND Hope Canada, and the founder of this society.

Kaarina Lenk Program Coordinator. She has worked in administration in a variety of roles in health care services, including pharmacy, outpatient specialist service, health education and an activity centre. Kaarina coordinates and oversees many administrative functions. She is a founding member of this service.

Julie Connor is the founding Program Administrator. She also works for Island Health Authority and has been in Health Administration positions since 2001. She works closely with many allied health professionals in the area of Neurological Rehabilitation.  She is currently responsible for the administrative operations of a neurological outpatient clinic where a wide variety of neurological disorders are treated.  Julie earned her certification in Office Administration at Camosun College.

Emily Becker is a Recreational Therapist. She graduated from the University of Alberta in 2002 with a BA in Recreation and Leisure Studies with a specialization in Recreation Therapy. She has worked with Island Health Authority since 2004 in Mental Health and Neurological Rehabilitation with a focus on stress management, mindfulness and self-compassion. She has also facilitated the Stress Management module of the Island Heart to Heart Program. At this program, Emily plays an instrumental role in developing mindfulness-based therapies for patients with FND.

Shannon Ellis is a registered Occupational Therapist with extensive experience working in Neurological Rehabilitation Centres in Vancouver, Victoria and the United Kingdom. Shannon continues to work in different areas of rehabilitation of patients with neurological conditions, including Cognitive and Functional Rehabilitation. At this program, Shannon develops and delivers services for patients with functional sensory symptoms and functional cognitive disorder. Shannon also takes a co-therapist role in many of our group educational and cognitive behavioral therapy programs.

Crystal Fee is a Registered Nurse. After completing Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, Crystal started practising as a Registered Nurse. For more than 15 years, she provided, developed and coordinated many mental health services. Crystal's experience extended from Psychiatric Emergency Services to Acute Home Treatment to Inpatient and Outpatient Psychiatric Services. Crystal made significant contributions to the development of mental health support service in this program and is also a clinician at the Functional Seizures Clinic attached to this program.

Karen Kit is a neuropsychologist who graduated from the University of Victoria in 2009 with a PhD in Clinical Neuropsychology. She completed her internship at The Ottawa Hospital and did additional post-doctoral training at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. Currently, Karen also works at Victoria General Hospital, seeing both outpatients and inpatients with various neurological disorders.

Chris Lamb is one of our team physiotherapists. Chris has been a registered physiotherapist since 2006. He is passionate about pain science, neuroplasticity, and meditation/mindfulness. He primarily treats people with persistent pain and regularly teaches a meditation/mindfulness class. Outside of work, Chris likes to read, write, juggle, cycle, sing, meditate, do brain games, and play with his cat.

Aileen Little is a Registered Clinical Counsellor trained in Bowen Family Systems and has more than 20 years’ experience working in the field of Child Protection, Mental Health Care and Addictions Services. In addition to Master’s degree in Clinical Counselling with focus on Family Therapy, Aileen received training in Dialectical Behavioral Psychotherapy.

Bridget Mildon is the CEO and Founder of FND Hope International. Since FND Hope's inception in 2012, Bridget, with the help of other volunteers, has created a global network of FND Hope charities and serves on their boards. Bridget oversees FND Hope's international affairs and works closely with medical professionals, researchers and patients. Bridget created the first FND Scientific Registry for research and also works with industry thought leaders to develop accessible health information about functional illness. Bridget leads a team of volunteers from around the world engaging in awareness, social change, and online peer to peer support for thousands of individuals world wide.

Lindsay Millala Registered Psychiatric Nurse. Lindsay has been working with Island Health Authority at the Royal Jubilee Hospital and Queen Alexandra Hospital since 2016. She works as a member of the Geriatric Psychiatry Team providing care for, and assessment of, seniors living with mental health conditions and neurocognitive disorders. Lindsay earned her BA from McGill University and diploma as a Registered Psychiatric Nurse from Douglas College. She has a key interest in FND. Lindsay is the Executive Director of FND Hope Canada and is a founding member of this program.

Lauren Stacey is a registered physiotherapist with experience in neurological rehabilitation. She received her BSc. PT from the University of British Columbia in 2000. She also has a BA from the University of New Brunswick and an MA from Carlton University. She has more than 15 experience in neurology/acute neurology, inpatient and Outpatient Neurological Rehabilitation.

Deirdre Syms Seizure Disorders Advisor and Epilepsy Coordinator at the Victoria Epilepsy and Parkinson Centre (Headway). She is a co-facilitator of the CBT group for those who experience non-epileptic seizures. Currently, as a person living with seizures herself, she has a particular interest in both epileptic and non-epileptic seizures. Deidre now also delivers community services through the BC Epilepsy Society.

Laticia Walker Speech-Language Pathologist with eight years of experience working collaboratively with people who suffer from speech, swallowing or voice difficulties. She received her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Alberta and a Bachelor of Science in Linguistics from the University of Victoria. She holds several advanced certifications from the BC College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals and enjoys working with both children and adults. We utilize Laticia’s experience in working with patients with functional dysphagia and functional speech disorders.