About Us

At Veterans For Healing, we take pride in being a Veteran-owned organization committed to providing unwavering support to Canadian Veterans and their families in achieving long-term health and well-being. Our mission is to ensure that those who have served our country receive the care and attention they deserve, empowering them to lead fulfilling and meaningful lives.

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Welcome to Veterans For Healing (VFH), a Veteran centered interdisciplinary clinic assisting Veterans and their families navigate the turbulent reality of life after service.

Established in early 2022, VFH has cultivated strong partnerships with top-tier producers, industry experts, and social organizations across the country. Our presence spans all Canadian provinces and territories, boasting state-of-the-art cannabis growing facilities, cutting-edge medical clinics, and a team of in-house health practitioners.

Our comprehensive client care approach encompasses not only providing access to medical professionals, but also offering essential resources for a holistic healing transformation. From administrative assistance to telemedicine appointments, personalized assessments, and ongoing patient follow-ups, we strive to ensure that all necessary support is readily available.

Our ultimate vision is to help Veterans live a life unburdened by suffering, with the ability to manage their pain and trauma, and rediscovering a profound sense of purpose and meaning. We are dedicated to walking this transformative journey alongside our Veterans, providing the care, guidance, and resources they deserve.

MEET THE TEAM

Fabian Henry 

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER & FOUNDER

Fabian Henry, a native of Nova Scotia, is a former Canadian Armed Forces soldier deeply committed to the well-being and aftercare of veterans. With a remarkable career path, Fabian specialized in combat engineering within the Canadian Armed Forces, serving on six deployments for Canada to locations such as Afghanistan, Haiti, Pakistan, and Eritrea. His experiences on the frontlines, combined with his strong work ethic, propelled him to the rank of Sergeant in under 10 years. Notably, Fabian also acquired specialized skills as a combat diver and parachutist, further enhancing his expertise within his field.

Following his military journey, Fabian’s leadership style lead him to spearheading the development of precise processes for treating veterans on their path to recovery. As an award-winning social entrepreneur and veteran advocate, Fabian Henry has founded multiple corporations and non-profit organizations, strategically combining their strengths to create an integrated platform focused on serving veterans grappling with life post service.

Fabian’s passion for this cause stems from his personal experience with adversity. Throughout his 12 years of dedicated service, he encountered a range of physical and mental health challenges, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), hearing loss, tinnitus, and even malaria. In the face of these hardships, Fabian became entangled in a cycle of prescription painkillers, ultimately leading to addiction and a daily intake of nine pills. Unfortunately, treatment options for PTSD remain limited, affecting an estimated 10 to 20 percent of veterans in North America each year.

Inspired by his own journey to overcome these obstacles, Fabian Henry has made it his life’s mission to revolutionize the landscape of veteran care. Through his visionary leadership, he thrives in fostering a supportive and compassionate environment where veterans can find hope, healing, and renewed purpose.

DR. SEIF ELGEbeilY

Dr. Elgebeily is a fully licensed family medicine physician with specialty in chronic pain management. After graduating from the Michael G.DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University, Dr. Elgebeily completed his family medicine residency at Dalhousie University. Dr. Elgebeily is a certified pain specialist, meeting the criteria and requirements set forth by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) on expectations for physicians who have changed their scope of practice to include adult chronic pain management.

Dr. Elgebeily joined the Northside General Hospital Pain Clinic full time in August 2014. He has over 10 years of experience in the field of chronic pain management. His qualifications include a Graduate Certificate in Pain Management from the University of Alberta. He is a member of the Canadian Academy of Pain Management, with advanced credentialing in Interventional Pain Management (IPM).

In addition to pain management, Dr. Elgebeily has significant experience in addictions medicine, previously working with the Nova Scotia Health Authority Mental Health and Addictions Opioid Recovery program, providing opioid agonist treatment for individuals with opiate addiction. He currently serves as a mentor with The Atlantic Mentorship Network – Pain & Addiction (AMN-P&A).

Dr. Elgebeily lives in Sydney with his wife and 2 sons. In his spare time, he practices the art of Brazilian Jiujitsu.

DR. reggie sebastian

Dr. Sebastian, originally from Sri Lanka, has been a dedicated medical professional in Cape Breton since 1996. With a specialization in family medicine, he completed his residency at Dalhousie University. Over the past 22 years, Dr. Sebastian has gained extensive experience working in various healthcare settings, including private practice, Sydney’s walk-in clinic, CBU Physician services, and addiction medicine.

Currently, Dr. Sebastian serves as the full-time Medical Director of the Opioid Addiction Program in the Eastern Zone. Alongside this important role, he has embarked on a new venture with Veterans for Healing, where he extends his expertise to provide compassionate care and support to veterans.

With his wealth of experience and commitment to improving lives, Dr. Sebastian plays a vital role in helping Veterans navigate their healthcare journey and find healing. His dedication to the well-being of his patients, combined with his comprehensive medical knowledge, make him an invaluable asset to the Veterans for Healing team.

DR. yvonne libbus, pSYCHIATRIST

Dr. Yvonne Libbus is a practicing psychiatrist in Sydney.  Dr. Libbus provides comprehensive assessment, diagnosis and management plans for those suffering with a variety of mental health presentations ranging from mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, personality disorders, PTSD and substance use disorders.  She previously worked as a general adult psychiatrist at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital for 16 years and now works in private practice in Sydney.  She has worked with first responders, health care providers and veterans in a collaborative approach to provide timely access to psychiatric care.

Dr. Libbus received her medical degree from Dalhousie Medical School in Halifax and went on to receive certification as a family physician, working in Halifax and Dartmouth, and later returned to Dalhousie for further training and certification as a Psychiatrist. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, has undertaken leadership roles such as Chief of Psychiatry and Clinical Director of the Mental Health Program of the Cape Breton District Health Authority, and is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Psychiatry at Dalhousie University.

She has been an Active Hope Facilitator since 2020 and is happy to be working with the team at Veterans for Healing providing individual and group therapy.   When asked what she enjoys about her practice this past year she stated, “I enjoy serving those who have served others.”

Kelly Hunt, registered SOCIAL WORKER

A Registered Social Worker and Private Practitioner, Kelly has dedicated her career to supporting and advocating for individuals living with psychosocial and physiological challenges. With nearly fifteen years of experience in the healthcare field, Kelly has practiced within the areas of adult mental health, complex psychiatric illness, medical social work, major life transitions and trauma.

Kelly possesses a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Waterloo and an Honors Bachelor of Social Work degree from Lakehead University. Her practice has largely focused on supporting individuals with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma, grief and loss, and substance misuse disorders through the use of holistic, strength-based, client-centered approaches.

She is the proud granddaughter of a World War II Veteran who carries her families strong work ethic and dedication throughout her career and personal life. She considers it an honor to be invited into your life and to have the ability to walk alongside you during your journey.

Meaghan grant-bennett, registered social worker

Meaghan is a Registered Social Worker and Private Practitioner with the Nova Scotia College of Social Workers. She holds both a Bachelor and Master in Social Work degree and is entering her 17th year of practice with the last 16 years being in the healthcare field.

Some of her experience includes substance misuse disorder, caregiver support, grief and loss, bereavement, support with acute and/or chronic health issues, adjustment to new diagnosis, hospice and palliative care/end of life care, life transitions, geriatrics and emergency care.

Meaghan practices from a strengths based and systems theory approach and always respects the dignity and worth of the patients she has the honour of supporting.  Ethics, integrity and heart are attributes she brings to the table.

Meaghan feels that it is a privilege, in her role of intake and case management, to be one of the first contacts Veterans will have through Veterans For Healing and feels fortunate to have the opportunity to listen to the stories and be involved as an active member of the care team.

megan reid, occupational therapist

Megan completed her Master’s in Occupational Therapy at Dalhousie University. As a registered Occupational Therapist, she is a member of the College of Occupational Therapists of Nova Scotia (COTNS). Megan offers a range of Occupational Therapy services and therapeutic techniques to support and facilitate independence, enjoyment, and meaning in everyday life.

Megan specializes in mental health services and has completed additional training in Psychological Trauma Treatment including; Psychoeducation, Symptom Reduction/Stabilization, Prolonged Exposure Therapy (both in-clinic and community based), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Treatment recommendations include strategies to help address barriers to functioning, motivational interviewing, support to implement a structured daily routine, including healthy habits, and education to foster understanding, awareness, coping ability, and self-compassion.

Megan has four brothers who have served or are serving in the Canadian Armed Forces. She has worked with Veterans previously and is excited to partner with Veterans for Healing so she can focus on delivering OT services to the Veteran community.

SHaun Maher, CHIROPRACTOR

Dr. Shaun grew up in Cape Breton swimming and boating on the Bras d’Or Lake, and skiing at Ski Ben Eoin.  Like many, he left to complete his Bachelor of Science at Dalhousie University.  After University he moved to Fernie, BC where he worked as a chiropractic assistant before being accepted into the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College.  

Becoming a chiropractor gave Shaun the opportunity to return home to serve in the healthcare of his community.  He aims to help people live active healthy lives through education and chiropractic care.  Chiropractic’s main focus is the relationship between the skeleton (particularly the spine) and the nervous system but chiropractors care for the entire body.  Dr Shaun uses spinal adjustments, or manipulation as it is also referred to, as well as other manual techniques to help your body heal itself.

He tries to role model the active, healthy lifestyle he promotes. You may see Dr. Shaun with his kids camping and at the beach, golfing, skiing, or at the jujitsu gym. 

Nadine Hutchison murray, registered counselling therapist

Nadine is a Registered Counselling Therapist Candidate and a graduate of Yorkville University. Nadine has completed a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology Program and is a designated RCT-C with the Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists. Nadine has formal training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapist (EMDR).
EMDR is one of the modalities Nadine utilizes for the treatment of trauma and post traumatic disorder.

Nadine draws from a trauma informed lens, while practicing from a client centered approach. She works collaboratively with her clients, working together towards fostering hope, healing and resilience. Nadine also provides couples therapy and offers support for those who are experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety and grief.

Nadine is a coal miner’s daughter who adopted her parents’ honest work ethic along with a strong sense of community.
Nadine’s professional and personal experience working with multiple facets of trauma has allowed her to connect with clients through empathy and understanding. Nadine offers a safe, calm and confidential space for clients to work towards healing at their own pace.

Jennifer maclellan, registered counselling therapist

Jennifer Maclellan is a Registered Counselling Therapist- Candidate with the Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists. A native of New Waterford, Jennifer has a diverse educational background and studied internationally for a decade before returning to Cape Breton to pursue a career in counselling. She holds a BA, B.Ed, MA, M.Litt, MACP and PhD (pending completion)

She completed a Masters of Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University in 2020 and opened a private practice in downtown Sydney in 2021. Her focus has been trauma informed care for those experiencing addiction, sexual health disorders, sexual assault, and general mental health concerns. 

She is an advocate for plant medicine, and has interviewed and is awaiting training with Therapsil, for Psilocybin Assisted Psychotherapy which shows great efficacy in treating treatment resistant PTSD, anxiety, depression and addiction. 

Jennifer has additional training in trauma, dissociation and self-injurious behaviour,  as well as effective support for people with thoughts of suicide. She has also completed training in Cognitive Behavioural Conjoint Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

In 2023 Jennifer partnered with Veterans for Healing to offer psychological counselling to veterans and their spouses in need of mental health care. Her approach is integrative, and client-centered. 

Paige Jamieson, Registered counselling therapist

Paige attended Cape Breton University for her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and Yorkville University for a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology. She is a Registered Counselling Therapist (candidate) with the Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists. She has a background in trauma and has completed training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) as well as Cognitive Processing
Therapy (CPT).

Paige works from a trauma informed, client centered approach. It is important to put the client in the center and ensure they are receiving the best care possible. With a background of treating trauma in first responders, Paige understands the importance of ensuring client’s readiness for treatment.

Paige grew up in rural mainland Nova Scotia, supporting her father, grandfather, brother and cousins in
volunteer fire fighter roles. Through this upbringing, Paige understands the stigma regarding mental health and ensures her clients are comfortable and safe in the counselling environment.

Juliane Nowe, client care specialist

Juliane Nowe plays a crucial role in our client care team. Whether you reach out by phone or visit our clinic, Juliane is often the warm presence you’ll encounter. Her contributions extend beyond administrative duties – you’ll find her leading rejuvenating yoga and sound healing sessions for our men’s and women’s groups, as well as classes throughout the Sydney area and online.
 

Debbie Madore, dietitian

Debbie Madore is a Registered Dietitian and is a member of the Nova Scotia College of Dietitians and Nutritionists. She has been practicing in the Industrial area for over 25 years working in many areas of health care, with her main focus on private practice in the community and in clinic settings. She works one on one with individuals and in groups to assess eating culture and lifestyle habits, identify potential barriers, and provide education and support for behavior modification to create long term success. Her experience includes work with mental health, addictions, disordered eating, in addition to previous work with Veterans. 

Debbie completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition at Mount St. Vincent University in Halifax, with a Dietetic internship at Calgary General Hospital, Calgary Alberta. 

One of Debbie’s greatest passions in life is to support the health and wellness of people in the community-as the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! Sometimes the smallest change can provide the most significant improvements in an individual’s health and well-being. She is looking forward to her work with Veterans for Healing and supporting the staff and clients they serve. 

jon mckinnon, operations officer

Jon is a graduate of the Atlantic Police Academy in Summerside, PEI and worked as a Deputy Sheriff in Sydney for 10 years. After leaving the Sheriffs Department in August 2022, Jon worked as a freelance web designer before landing at Veterans for Healing. 
 
As the 2IC at Veterans For Healing, you can assure that Jon has made it his main priority to help Veterans and their families. He demonstrates a calm demeanor and strong character, and approaches life with an open mind. 
 
Jon is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt and has been training the martial art for 12 years. He believes that the benefits of Jiu Jitsu should be easily accessible to the Veteran community, and hopes to lead the charge on that (and more) throughout his dedicated career. 
 
Either on the mats or at the clinic, Jon looks forward to growing with you all. 
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