Team Profile

Dr. Chris Steingart

Dr. Chris Steingart

Founder and Executive Director
Guelph/Wellington & Waterloo Region

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.

Phone: 519-603-0223

Dr. Andrea Chittle

Dr. Andrea Chittle

Sanguen PrEP Clinic Physician
Guelph/Wellington & Waterloo Region

Andrea Chittle is a family physician who joined Sanguen as the Sanguen PrEP Clinic doctor in 2018. Andrea completed her family medicine training at McMaster in 2011.

Sexual and reproductive health has been a major focus of Andrea’s clinical work. Among other roles, she has worked in the Sexual Health Programs of Hamilton Public Health, Waterloo Public Health, and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health, at Student Health Services at the University of Guelph, and as a consultant with the the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Care and Treatment Centre at Guelph General Hospital.

Andrea is passionate about expanding access to HIV prevention (PrEP) in the Waterloo region. In alignment with the vision and values of Sanguen Health Centre, Andrea believes in a non-judgemental and inclusive approach to care.

Phone: (519) 603-0223

Michelle Steingart

Michelle Steingart

Administrator and Clinical Program Coordinator
Guelph/Wellington & Waterloo Region

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.

Phone: 519-603-0223
Email: info@sanguen.com

Colin McVicker

Colin McVicker

Program Director
Guelph/Wellington & Waterloo Region

Colin is the Program Director for Sanguen Health Centre. Colin has worked in the Mental Health and Addictions field for over 17 years in both the U.S. and Canada.

Colin has worked as a front line clinician, systems manager and administrator and believes that all individuals should be able to have access to the essential services that they need including health care and social services.

Part of Colin’s role is to work with various community stakeholders to find creative ways to support our most vulnerable in Waterloo Region and Wellington County.

Phone: (519) 572-1135
Email: cmcvicker@sanguen.com

Violet Umanetz

Violet Umanetz

Manager of Outreach (Education and Prevention)
Waterloo Region

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

Violet does a lot of interesting things – and she loves every bit of her job! She is rarely in the office and can be found representing Sanguen on harm reduction-focused committees, speaking to groups who want to learn about substance use (or hepatitis C, harm reduction, overdose prevention and Naloxone, and many other topics), overseeing The Community Health Van and The WINS Project, updating Sanguen’s social media, and much more. She is also a member of Ontario’s Opioid Emergency Task Force.

Email: vumanetz@sanguen.com
Phone: (519) 574-7222

Pete McKechnie

Pete McKechnie

Social Support Coordinator
Waterloo Region

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.

Phone: (519) 497-0247
Email: pete@sanguen.com

 Alice Maguire

Alice Maguire

Social Support Coordinator
Guelph/Wellington

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.

Phone: 519-835-6339
Email: amaguire@sanguen.com

Tracy Hobson

Tracy Hobson

Hepatitis C Treatment Nurse
Guelph/Wellington & Waterloo Region

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.

Phone: (519) 500-8092

Amanda Piskopos

Amanda Piskopos

Harm Reduction, Outreach, and Hep C Nurse
Waterloo Region

Amanda has been a Registered Nurse since 2007 and has worked in many areas. Prior to working with Sanguen she worked as an outreach nurse in the downtown east side of Vancouver. Amanda joined Sanguen in October 2018. Amanda provides Hepatitis C testing, treatment, and follow up. She also works on the community health van.

Amanda is passionate about social justice, mental health, and harm reduction. Amanda believes in breaking down the stigma around mental health and substance use. Amanda’s approach to our work at Sanguen is based in a belief that the best way to support folks is by providing low-barrier services that meet people where they are at.

When she’s not at Sanguen, you can probably find her snuggling her cat Suki.

Phone: (519) 498-8438
Email: apiskopos@sanguen.com

Simone Morrison

Simone Morrison

Van Coordinator
Waterloo Region

Simone is Sanguen’s Van Coordinator for Waterloo region. She earned her Social Service Worker diploma in 2014. She completed her student placement at Sanguen and continued to volunteer afterwards. She was excited to officially join the team in 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.

Phone: (519) 591-4826
Email: smorrison@sanguen.com

Aislinn Moore

Aislinn Moore

Van Coordinator
Guelph/Wellington Region

Aislinn is Sanguen’s Mobile Outreach Worker for Guelph/Wellington region.

She has worked with many different people both in Canada and abroad, including individuals from the LQBTQ+ community, pregnant and parenting mothers and their families, children and youth, and newcomers to Canada. She is passionate about providing an inclusive, accessible, non-judgemental space in which people feel respected and heard.

Phone: (226) 971-3957
Email: aislinn@sanguen.com

Kim

Kim

Peer Co-Ordinator WINS Project

Kim is the Peer Co-Ordinator of the WINS project. Kim joined the Sanguen team in August of 2018. She completed her diploma in Social Services through Conestoga College in 2005. Since then she has worked with a variety of individuals but has mainly walked with those who are homeless and street involved.
Kim believes that all humans should be treated with respect and kindness. She is passionate about harm reduction and women’s rights. She feels that all folks should have access to supports and health care without judgment. Her approach is person directed and free from judgment.

Phone: (519) 497-8768
Email: kim@ sanguen.com

Jason Rego

Jason Rego

WINS Program Support Worker

Jason starting working with the WINS program in June 2018. He participates in a lot of community clean ups because public safety is very important to him. He is a dad of 2 boys and loves hockey. Go Avalanche go!

Barb Driscoll

Barb Driscoll

WINS Program Support Worker

Barb has been with the WINS program since October 2018. She likes to give back to her community in any way she can because there weren’t many programs or people around to help when she was struggling with addiction. She loves to do jigsaw and crossword puzzles and to go walking in her free time

Charlotte Wilton

Charlotte Wilton

WINS Program Support Worker

Charlotte started working with the WINS program in April 2018. She loves giving back to her community and keeping her neighbourhood safe. Helping others helps her in her own recovery.

Steph Beaumont

Steph Beaumont

Peer Mobile Outreach Worker

Steph is a Peer Outreach Worker with Sanguen. She has been doing peer work since 2014 with people who use substances or are experiencing homelessness.

Steph’s role with Sanguen includes, hanging out on the van, training folks in Naloxone and working at the Stay Sharp site. She likes reading, questioning everything, philosophical discussions and enjoying nature.

Moira Barber

Moira Barber

Peer Mobile Outreach Worker

Moira is a peer support worker, working on the Community Health Van program. Her passion is spending her time with the clients serviced by the van.

Johnny Lavergne

Johnny Lavergne

Peer Mobile Outreach Worker

Johnny is a Peer Outreach and Support Worker who has been with Sanguen since February 2018. He uses his years of lived experience to make connections with and provide support, education, and guidance to some of the most marginalized and stigmatized members of our community.

In order to build trust and form relationships, Johnny feels it is essential to meet people where they are at, free of judgment and stigma, and on their level, sharing harm reduction best practices, including information on overdose prevention and safer needle disposal.

Paul Yetman

Paul Yetman

Peer Program Support Worker

Paul has been with Sanguen for almost 7 years. He enjoys spending time with his dog when he’s not at work. He loves to cook as well. He is a recovering alcoholic and addict. He can’t imagine working anywhere else. Sanguen rocks!

Yanna Green

Yanna Green

Peer Program Support Worker

Yanna works giving out harm reduction supplies at St. John’s Kitchen Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays. She has been volunteering with Sanguen since 2016.

Yanna is passionate about social justice and environmental issues. Yanna has previously volunteered with the green party, organizing demonstrations and participates in actions for social justice issues.

Craig Anderson

Craig Anderson

Clinic Peer Worker

Craig is a Sanguen Kit-making Volunteer who is also an advocate for harm reduction who is passionate about destigmatizing drug use and addiction, towards the end of social justice.

His background includes studying political philosophy, cultural studies, and interests in hardcore/metal and cats.

Bailey

Bailey

Chief Happiness Manager

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!