Welcome to the NorthShore ADHD and Addiction Clinic.
Lawrence Sheppard, Steve Holliday and I had been working together at the West Vancouver Addiction Day Program. Lawrence was the Manager of Child and Youth and Steve was the manager for Adult Addiction Services. I started in August of 2005 and the three of us along with a skilled and experienced team of like-minded clinicians, designed the West Vancouver Addiction Day Program. I came up with the name and the logo, Stepping Stones, and we opened in March 2006.
Things went very well. We had a full complement of patients and had designed a number of programs to meet their needs. Tierney Ness was in charge of our individual and group counselling and she did a great. In a short time it was obvious that the Addiction Day program was really the undiagnosed ADHD program and in 2007, after the Ministry of Health closed the Adult ADHD Clinic at Children's Hospital, we decided to put our heads together and came up with the NorthShore ADHD Clinic.
In 2014 we moved from West Vancouver to Lonsdale Quay, in North Vancouver. It's just great. Lawrence works down the hall and Kat is at the front desk, keeping everything under control, and all with a warm smile. Dr. Heydeh Ismaili (adult psychiatry) and Kourosh Edalati (child and adolescent psychiatry) have recently moved to our floor and together we pretty much have things covered as far as ADHD goes.
In the meantime, the clinic has grown so much. Maybe a bit too much. Our waiting list is now 6-8 months long. This is certainly not ideal. We are working hard to streamline our assessment process and improve the patient experience, if you know any ADHD doctors who want to grow their practice, it would be great to have them on the team.
We have made scheduling your visit easier with on-line booking. We have made reaching the doctor more accessible via email and saving you time and traffic by "seeing" our clients by phone and videoconference.
Finally, we have changed our name. We are now the NorthShore ADHD and Addiction Clinic to mark the expansion of our services to people with substance or behavioural addictions..
Anthony M. Ocana
MSc, MD, CCFP, ABAM
Dr. Anthony Ocana has a BSc. in Pharmacology - Toxicology and an MSc. in Clinical Nutrition from the University of Toronto. He also received his MD degree from the University of Toronto in 1991 and did his residency in Family Medicine at the Foothills Hospital at the University of Calgary.
Anthony has over 23 years experience assessing and managing patients with ADHD, Addictions and co-occuring disorders including: depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders and impulse control disorders.
He has a unique perspective as he sits at the crossroads of primary care, natural medicine, mental health care and addiction medicine. On a day to day basis he plays the following roles:
Family Physician: He sees the perspective of the well patient who is suddenly un-well. As a dietitian he knows the value od healthy eating, increased activity, inter-personal growth and self care. As a mental health clinician he understands how genetics, childhood experiences and day-to-day stress modulate our mood, motivation and mental performance. Finally, as an addiction doctor he knows the powerful grip that an addiction can have on free-will.
Addictionologist: He was certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine in 2005 and again in 2015. In that capacity he has assessed and cared for patients with every possible addiction, from sex and shopping to meth and heroin and everything in between.
Occupational Medicine Consultant: Dr. Ocana founded HealthSmith Wellness Group in 1997 as an alliance of business and health professionals whose aim it is to help organizations improve their bottom line by optimizing wellness in the workplace. His medicolegal opinion is sought by patients, employers, insurers and the criminal justice system.
Educator: He has presented seminars on integrative medicine, mental health and organizational wellness to physicians, nurses, dietitians, psychologists, pharmacists, human resources professionals and numerous organizations large and small.
Clinical Researcher and Writer:. He has presented and published his work on topics ranging from nutriton to psychopharmacology. Most recently he was one of 6 international researchers at the 2009, 2nd International Congress on ADHD in Vienna, who was awarded a E500 prize for his poster, Management of ADHD in patients with co-morbid Cocaine Addiction. His article on ADHD and Addiction was featured in Psychiatric Times the most popular on-line psychiatric journal.
Advocate: As a member of the British Columbia Business Roundtable on Mental Health in the Workplace he advocates for patients, students, employees and those with disability in their attempt to be accommodated for their challenges.
Innovator: In 2014 he founded, Obidou Health Informatics - a team of designers, programmers and mental health clinicans. Together they have created Epiphany360 a mobile app for mental health assessment, decisional support and monitoring.
He is the father of two amazing young girls Sophia and Lola.
In his free times he is an avid cyclist, sub 3:45 in the Whistler GranFondo (for those who care to know), a recreational sailor and a collector of fine Scotch. Mostly, he enjoys spending time with friends, family and loved ones.
You can follow him on Twitter at dranthonyocana, or on his blog, QuestForFire, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Anthony Ocana
MA, RCC, CLC
Lawrence Sheppard is the principle of White Pine Coaching, Counselling and Consulting. Lawrence has a master's degree in counselling psychology and is a registered clinical counsellor and certified life coach. He has more than 25 years of experience counselling adults, childrens and families throughout the province; has been a regional manager for Child and Youth Mental Health and Addicitions; and has been instrumental in setting up and developing a number of day treatment programs in the Lower Mainland.
In his private practice, Mr. Sheppard works with adults, children, couples and families.
He Specializes in the following types of Counselling: