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

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 works for Sanguen providing support, debriefing and education for staff! 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 doing support coordination and started her role doing Clinical Supervision in 2019.

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

Alaina Klassen

Alaina Klassen

Harm Reduction, Outreach, and Hep C Nurse
Guelph/Wellington region

Alaina is a Registered Nurse who has been working at Sanguen since January 2020. Alaina has prior experience working in harm reduction, public health, and acute medicine.

Alaina works at the Guelph office, on the community health van, and in other outreach locations. The Sanguen nurses practice through a harm reduction lens to provide hepatitis C testing, treatment, and follow up.

Alaina believes in a non-judgemental and unbiased approach to providing health care and understands that everyone comes with their own experience and requirements to meet their needs.

Alaina is a self-professed Star Wars geek and spends her time off work thinking about ways to smash the patriarchy.

Call/Text: (519) 500-8092

Email: alaina@sanguen.com

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 works in Kitchener/Waterloo and Cambridge at the main office, on the community health van, and in other outreach locations. The Sanguen nurses practice through a harm reduction lens to provide hepatitis C testing, treatment, and follow up.

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 on the 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 the Manager of Outreach (Education, & Prevention.) She earned her Social Service Worker diploma in 2014. She completed her student placement at Sanguen and continued to volunteer afterwards. She officially joined 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 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.

When not at work, Simone can be found dancing in her living room to her vinyl collection.

Phone: (226) 998-6331
Email: smorrison@sanguen.com

Jessie Tanguay

Jessie Tanguay

Van Coordinator
Waterloo Region

Jessie is our Mobile Outreach “Van” Coordinator for Waterloo Region and also can be
found at our Kitchener CTS site.

Jessie fell in love with the Van while working at a local shelter and seeing how uplifting
the services provided were for "her dudes" so we are delighted to have her on board!
She brings with her a wealth of experience, energy, and enthusiasm stemming from
lived experience and years of working to assist folks living without housing or who are
precariously housed in Waterloo Region.

She is committed to helping people who are missing human connection in life, helping
people grow, making the world a better place one person at a time. Jessie firmly
believes that everyone deserves to love and be loved; to be empowered to live their
best life.
Phone: (519) 591-4826
Email: jtanguay@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

Bree Woods

Bree Woods

Volunteer Coordinator
Guelph and Waterloo

Bree joined Sanguen in January 2019, taking on the new role of Outreach Volunteer Coordinator in Guelph and Waterloo. Bree grew up in Guelph and Wellington County. Volunteering and coordinating­ are written into her DNA, part of a long family tradition of bringing people together in community, especially around social justice and environmental awareness.

It’s not incidental that Bree walks around with a hefty weight of keys around her neck; her vision for her role at Sanguen is all about opening doors. She sees her role as creating safe, accessible spaces where people can come together to create, to share, and to strengthen the communities that need support—and nourish themselves in the process.

Phone: (226) 332-3220
Email: volunteer@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.

Kurt

Kurt

Peer Mobile Outreach Worker

Kurt is a Peer Outreach and Support Worker who has been with Sanguen since January, 2020.

His lived experience allows him to relate to others, regardless of where they are on their journey. Kurt enjoys being in the community and providing harm reduction education, support and compassion.

It’s a way for Kurt to give back for all the help he has received while on his own personal journey.

Jenn Wyse

Jenn Wyse

Peer Outreach Worker
Waterloo Region

Jenn is one of Sanguen’s Peer Outreach Workers for Waterloo Region and can be found at our Kitchener CTS site.

Jenn spends her time at the Sanguen office running and organizing our weekly Bread Group, ensuring the Van goes out on time and fully stocked. She keeps all our community donations, stock and Van Staff sorted, organized and in tip top shape.

Her attention to detail is a beautiful manifestation of her belief that we all deserve love and support in all aspects of our lives. She knows just what stock is needed for Van nights to ensure each unique group is cared for in a loving and personalized manner.

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.

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!