Kitchener, Waterloo & Cambridge Area

29 Young Street East
Waterloo, Ontario N2J 2L4 (Google Map)
Telephone: 519-603-0223
Fax: 519-888-6422
Email: info@sanguen.com

Wellington, Dufferin & Guelph Area

176 Wyndham Street North
Guelph, Ontario N1H 8N9 (Google Map)
Telephone: 877-351-9857
Fax: 519-888-6422
Email: info@sanguen.com

Team Bios


(Listed alphabetically by last name.)

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Johnathan is one of Sanguen’s Outreach Workers. He has been with the team since 2013. Over the years, he has assisted with the weekend backpack program, staffed a table at Out of The Cold and evening meal programs, and helped make Sanguen’s name a bit better known in our early years!

You can almost always find Johnathan at St. John’s Kitchen, Monday to Thursday, where he will tell you a (usually hilarious, sometimes terrible) joke and help you out with your harm reduction supplies and information. Johnathan is also happy to train you to recognize opioid overdose and respond with naloxone!

 

Tracy Hobson

Tracy Hobson

Tracy is one of Sanguen’s Hepatitis C Treatment Nurses. She has been with the team since Fall 2011.

Tracy completed her nursing degree at McMaster University and was a Public Health Nurse at Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health in the sexual health clinic for 13 years prior to joining Sanguen’s team.

Tracy provides testing for patients at the clinic in Waterloo, Stonehenge Therapeutic Community, the Drop-in Centre in Guelph, the Sanguen office in Guelph and the Food bank in Cambridge.

Tracy also meets with patients to discuss Hep C treatment options and follows them throughout their journey on treatment, seeing them for their scheduled follow-ups, helping to manage side-effects and doing all the necessary bloodwork. Tracy is passionate about helping people and providing care without judgment or stigma.

 

Marty Kubesch Marty

Marty is one of Sanguen Health Centre’s Outreach Workers. He has been with Sanguen since 2016, but volunteered for many years prior.

Marty is responsible for Naloxone training on The Community Health Van in Kitchener and Cambridge, as well as assisting with overdose and Naloxone training at agencies and groups in the region. Marty provides harm reduction services at several of Sanguen’s outreach locations in Kitchener.

Marty believes strongly in harm reduction and the role it plays in preventing hepatitis C.  He believes in creating connections within the community, and he is a strong advocate for people who use drugs.

 

Karen Lomax Karen Lomax

Karen is one of Sanguen’s Peer Outreach Workers. She joined Sanguen in 2016, but has also been a Peer Support Worker with our partner agency, ARCH, for many years. In 2015 she received her Ontario Certified Peer Support Worker diploma and she is currently in the process of getting her certification at a national level.

Karen is a firm believer in harm reduction and feels that everyone has a right to be safe and treated with respect. With lived experience being a part of who she is, Karen has decided to embrace that part of her life and use it in a beneficial way. She is able to connect with and meet folks where they’re at, and really understand the discrimination and stigma that accompanies folks living with addiction and\or mental health.

If you ask Karen how she feels about her job you will usually receive a quote/saying or a Karenism “if you love your job you’ll never work a day in life”.

 

Allaina Lucier Allaina

Allaina is one of Sanguen’s Hepatitis C treatment nurses. She joined the team in May of 2016 after spending time with another HCV team and discovering her passion for this work!

Allaina strongly believes that good health is best achieved and maintained with a multidisciplinary approach. She also believes in the power of community and is thrilled to be working across Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, and Guelph.

Allaina is responsible for all aspects of patient care – from testing, treatment, and follow-up, to managing side effects, and even post-treatment blood work for patients who finish treatment.

 
 
Alice Maguire

Alice Maguire

Alice is Sanguen’s Social Support Coordinator for Guelph. Alice is a registered social worker and completed her Masters in Social Work in 2010.

Since then she’s worked with a variety of folks including people who are homeless and street involved, people who use substances and people who are part of the LGBTQ community. Alice joined the Sanguen team in June 2017.

Alice is passionate about harm reduction, feminism, resiliency and anti- oppression and believes that genuine and caring relationships are the most important part of developing a caring and inclusive community for all folks.

Alice’s role is to meet folks where they are at, without judgment and to support them as they move towards whatever goals they may define.

 

Pete McKechnie

Pete McKechnie

Pete is Sanguen’s Social Support Coordinator in Kitchener/Waterloo and Cambridge. Pete joined the Sanguen team in June of 2015.

Pete sees harm reduction as part of daily life for all individuals and that all people have a right to choose what harm reduction means to them. As a Registered Social Worker he learns more from the strength displayed in the persons surrounding him than any academic classroom.

Pete approaches his work through the concept that every person struggles with life at times, and all of us are more similar than different. Through this we all have a valued place in our community. We all have something to teach.

Pete’s role is to be whatever Sanguen’s patrons need him to be. Counsellor, advocate, social worker, systems navigator – but first and foremost a human being like the individuals he serves.

 

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Simone Morrison

Simone is Sanguen’s “Vanguen” driver and Mobile Outreach Worker. She earned her Social Service Worker diploma in 2014. She completed her student placement at Sanguen and continued to volunteer afterwards. She is excited to begin her role as of October 2016.

Simone believes everyone has the right to receive health care and support; free of stigma and judgement. She recognizes the power of community and the importance of feeling respected, accepted, and valued.

Her approach is non-judgemental, strengths-based, and person centered. She is a strong advocate for harm reduction. Her favourite part of this role is having the opportunity to meet people where they are at. With each person she meets she is reminded of the strength and resiliency we all posses, which drives and inspires her passion for what she does.

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Dr. Chris Steingart

Chris Steingart is the Founder and Executive Director of Sanguen Health Centre.

Dr. Chris Steingart trained at the University of Calgary where he received certification in Internal Medicine in 1995. After moving back to Ontario in 2002, Dr. Steingart accepted the position of Head of Infection Prevention and Control at Grand River and St. Mary’s Hospitals. During this time, Dr. Steingart began seeing more HIV and Hepatitis C patients. Seeing the need for more specialized care for the complex medical and psycho-social needs of his patients, Dr. Steingart decided to leave the hospital setting and in 2007, Dr. Steingart created the province’s first charitable Hepatitis C service organization, Sanguen Health Centre. With a dedicated team of nurses, social support workers, outreach workers, and peer support workers, Dr. Steingart sees the region’s most marginalized patients offering expert medical, social, and psychological support.

 

Michelle Steingart

Michelle Steingart

Michelle Steingart is Sanguen’s Administrator and Clinical Program Coordinator.  She is the first person you are likely to meet when you come into the office.

It is no coincidence that she shares the same last name as the doctor — they are married and the two of them created Sanguen Health Centre in 2007.

Michelle’s role at Sanguen is to ensure the smooth operation of the clinic, everything from booking patient appointments and referrals for testing, to communicating with other specialists and organizations in the community.

Michelle’s most important role, however, is to make sure that you feel welcomed and comfortable when you come to your appointments.

 

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Martine Stomp

Martine is one of Sanguen’s Hep C Treatment Nurses. She has been with the team since Sanguen was founded in 2007. Originally trained in the Netherlands as a Registered Nurse she moved to Canada in 2002.

Martine’s role at Sanguen is diverse. She provides testing at various locations including St. John’s Kitchen in Kitchener and the Drop-In Centre in Guelph, she educates patients and health care providers about Hep C, and she occasionally trains other nurses interested in the field.

Martine meets with patients to discuss Hep C treatment options and follows them throughout their journey on treatment, seeing them for their scheduled follow-ups, helping to manage side-effects and doing all the necessary bloodwork.

She has a strong passion for harm reduction, street outreach and reaching people that would otherwise not easily access health care services.

 

Violet Umanetz

Violet Umanetz

Violet is Sanguen’s Manager of Outreach (Education and Prevention). She is a Registered Social Service Worker who has been with Sanguen since April 2011.

Violet believes strongly in the power of education to combat stigma and eliminate negative stereotypes. She uses this passion to create presentations and workshops for agencies, community groups, and clients, on a variety of topics relating to harm reduction.

Violet manages the Community Health Van (“The Van“) and is responsible for recruiting, training, and managing the volunteer outreach workers for Sanguen in Waterloo Region.

Bailey

Bailey

Bailey is Sanguen’s “top dog”.  If you are at the Waterloo Clinic on Wednesdays or Fridays, you may get to meet her.  She enjoys long walks in the woods, quiet cuddles on the couch, and a good belly rub.

If you would like to say hello to Bailey when you come to your appointment, just ask Michelle.  Bailey would be thrilled to meet you!