Our team

A Word from the Founder and General Director

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the BACA Clinic. On this day, I could not be more proud to open its doors to you. BACA is the culmination of more than fifteen years of passion and dedication to the cause of eating disorders. My vision of recovery was first shaped by my own personal experience with bulimia. It then solidified throughout my academic studies as well as through my contacts and training with mentors, luminaries who have since become internationally recognized experts in the field. To recover from an eating disorder, one must be surrounded by a team of competent and specialized professionals. These professionals must believe in us and support us throughout the entire process. For its part, the team must be strong, understanding and willing to integrate traditional as well as more creative approaches in order to find the most appropriate form of intervention for each individual. I have made this vision my main mission since the BACA clinic opened its doors in 2001. Every effort has been invested in creating an environment where our clients can feel safe and supported to undergo the process of recovery. The moment you walk through our doors, know that your condition becomes our own. Our team is committed to accompanying you, with you and for you on the road to recovery. May your journey be as smooth and kind as it possibly can be… Looking forward to meeting with you. Tania Lemoine

The BACA Clinic team is composed of professionals who believe in the full recovery of eating disorders.

Clinical Team

Tania K. Lemoine, MSSW, LCSW

Founder and General Director

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Julie Landreville, MPs

Psychologist – Clinical Director

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My name is Julie Landreville. I am a psychologist and the clinical director of the BACA Clinic. I graduated from the Université de Montréal in 2001 and I have dedicated my practice to clinical psychology in the field of eating disorders (ED) from the outset of my career. My interest in the treatment of EDs appeared following a meeting with Tania Lemoine in 2001. Her expertise, warmth, integrated-clinic approach, team spirit, and dedication to the cause greatly inspired me. Thanks to the confidence she instilled in me, I had the privilege to participate in the realization of her beautiful project: the BACA Clinic. Over the years, I developed my clinical expertise under the supervision of experts and by participating in many specialized training courses.

For the past 15 years within the BACA team, on top of contributing to the development and management of a residential program and many specialized intensive programs, I developed and hosted several group workshops and trained several professionals and colleagues. I am a member of the following organizations: Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), Anorexie et Boulimie Québec (ANEB), Anorexia Nervosa and Related Eating Disorders (ANRED), Eating Disorders Association of Canada (EDAC), National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), and National Eating Disorder Information Center (NEDIC). I have also received training in various related areas: anxiety disorders, phobias, trauma and abuse, drug addiction, personality disorders, etc. As Director and Clinical Supervisor, my responsibilities include ensuring the quality of services rendered and guaranteeing our clients that the guidelines in the treatment of eating disorders are taught and respected. I am known for my determination, my consistency and my attention to detail at work.

In my relationship with my clients, it is very important for me to listen to them and try to understand the person as a whole. Although several people can present similar symptoms in the broad spectrum of EDs, each person needs to set objectives and unique goals in the framework of their therapy. This concept of “customized therapy” is very important to me. It implies that we both commit ourselves, my client and me, to discover together what should be put in place to develop a personalized treatment plan.

With the contribution of various competencies and resources, I believe that it is possible to recover from an ED and improve overall health. It is a process that can be long, anxiety-provoking and very demanding, but which is certainly worth the effort. Thank you for putting your trust in me and I look forward to meeting you!

Micheline Bessette

Coordinator – Group facilitator

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Hello, I am pleased to tell you a little bit about me. My name is Micheline and I have the privilege to be the coordinator of the BACA Clinic. I am passionate about my work and it shows, since it is the most beautiful compliment that our clients give me on a regular basis.

At the BACA Clinic, our mission is to welcome every individual with open arms and to respond to their multiple needs with competence, vigilance and professionalism. This reception and the smooth running of the administrative side of the clinic depend largely on me. The client experience is therefore my priority. It is for this reason that from the beginning of the process, I try to create a reassuring and helpful environment for clients, in order to ease their journey with us.

I have always been passionate about human relations and caring relationships. This profound interest and my positive personal experiences of the therapeutic journey led me to make a career of it. In recent years I explored different ways of getting involved in the community of people dealing with a clientele battling various problems. I perfected my knowledge of mental health by following several training sessions on different personality disorders, mood disorders and issues related to eating disorders. My expertise has been consolidated in large part thanks to BACA clients, whom I have been amongst since 2007.

Finally, I have the pleasure of hosting most of the group meals at the BACA clinic. My ability to enter into relationships with people, my humour, my great energy and my empathy create a pleasant climate conducive to profound exchanges.

Looking forward to meeting you, listening to you and welcoming you!

Lianne Dybenko, DtP

Nutritionist – Supervisor

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Hello, my name is Lianne Dybenko. I am a nutritionist and a member of the Ordre des diététistes du Québec, specializing in the treatment of eating disorders for the past 14 years. Eating disorders have interested me enormously since my youth, which is what directed me to the BACA team which I joined at the beginning of my career, in 2001. I had the privilege to participate in the development of the multiple facets of BACA: the clinical aspect through the outpatient, intensive and residential programs; the educational aspect, through the training programs that I run, the supervision that I provide and the training of interns that we welcome; as well as the management of our nutritional guidelines and the proper functioning of our team.

Driven by my professionalism as well as a deep desire to learn and to specialize, I have participated in many training courses, symposiums and conferences on mental health and eating disorders across Canada and the United States. Passionate about psychology, I continue to educate myself by means of certificates in mental health and by multiple hours of supervision primarily targeting comorbidity complexes often related to eating disorders (personality disorders, anxiety disorders, mood disorders and substance abuse). As I believe in ongoing training, I am also a member of organizations such as ANEB and the Academy for Eating Disorders.

During my years at the BACA Clinic, I developed my expertise by working in residential and day programs, by hosting several groups and by overseeing many individual and family nutritional follow-ups. I have also run several professional training courses on the nutritional approach for people who suffer from eating disorders. Currently, my duties include the clinical supervision of nutrition, overseeing group meals, as well as outpatient nutritional follow-ups in all their forms.

I find the work I do with my clients to be very rewarding and stimulating. My experience coupled with my empathetic, warm, gentle and reassuring approach encourages confidence and facilitates the journey of my clients toward a better relationship with their body and with food. For me, it is a privilege to work with the BACA team and especially with my clients.

Lucie Brossard, DtP

Nutritionist

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I am a dietician-nutritionist, member of the Ordre Professionnel des diététistes du Québec (OPDQ). I have over 10 years of experience. A graduate of McGill University in 2004, I completed a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition, with a major in Dietetics. During my studies, I had the opportunity to do volunteer work within ANEB Québec, a non-profit organization that helps people suffering from eating disorders (ED). My last university internship, within the Eating Disorder Program at the Douglas Institute, a university mental health institute, allowed me to confirm my interest and my deep desire to help people affected by these diseases.

In 2007, I joined the BACA Clinic, specializing in the treatment of eating disorders. Working with this highly qualified multidisciplinary team, I developed a solid expertise and a deep knowledge of the challenges that must be overcome in order to recover.

Having personally witnessed the battle of a girlfriend athlete with an ED and the suffering caused by this disease, I have been sensitive to the problems of EDs for a long time. Affected by the suffering of my clients and moved by their testimony, I listen attentively and with empathy to their concerns, the obstacles they face and the challenges they must overcome. The privileged relationship that I develop with them allows me to give them my support and facilitate their approach. It also helps them to find the motivation they need to change and the right strategies to succeed. In return, the courage and resilience that they demonstrate and the life lessons that I have learned from these exchanges make me a better human being and a better nutritionist!

Since I always loved sports, I developed very early a strong interest in nutrition due to my sporting activities. A true cycling enthusiast since my teenage years, I competed at the elite level. I won a number of races and climbed on many a podium in Quebec. I was Quebec Road Champion in 1983. I was also part of the back-up team for races in the United States and I participated in the Tour of Texas with the Canadian team as an invited member in 1984. In 1997, I won third place in the Quebec Road Championship. Today, I still regularly participate in sporting challenges. My passion for my work leads me to explore all opportunities for increasing my knowledge in nutrition and other topics related to eating disorders. I am a member of the following organizations: QPDC, ANCQ, DC (including SNN and DOC networks), DC-PEN, AED, Équilibre, FMCQ, and Diabète Québec. I am an accredited professional member of Équilibre. Since 2008, I have hosted a program called Choisir de maigrir? and, every year, I complete different training courses in psychology, EDs and nutrition.

Véronique Petit, DPs

Psychologist

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I have a PhD in professional psychology. My initial specialization was in organizational psychology; a field for which I have developed an expertise in diversity management. Thanks to this specialization I am able to take into account the influence of culture on our modes of interaction, our styles of communication, our representations of the world and our concept of disease. It is therefore a priority for me to respect cultural differences and to take them into account in my interventions.

In addition to being passionate about my consulting work with companies and my work in clinical psychology, I have added to my professional knowledge an expertise in the treatment of eating disorders, a problem that has interested me for many years. These two fields of practice fulfill the psychologist in me.

When treating eating disorders, one of my priorities is to adapt my approach and the tools to be used to the person with whom I am working. I believe that despite the similarities encountered in eating disorder symptoms, each person is unique and deserves to be recognized and understood in the context of their own personal history. I see the therapeutic process as a team effort. We are able to find effective solutions through the exchange of our respective knowledge. I believe in speaking frankly, while making a point to respect the pace of each individual.

I am passionate about my work and keeping my knowledge up to date is a priority for me (reading, training, etc.).

Julie Dufour, DPs

Psychologist

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I am a psychologist and a member of the OPQ since 2014.

I completed my doctoral studies at the Université de Sherbrooke. During these years, I became specifically interested in developmental psychology. Each individual has a unique mode of psychological functioning which is influenced by their history and the challenges encountered in the various stages of their life.

My doctoral thesis was on the personal and interpersonal aspects associated with concerns about one’s body or food. I studied the qualities of commitment, the strategies of emotional regulation, as well as the more salient events in the life of people with body and eating concerns. These years of study enabled me to acquire a thorough understanding of the etiological factors involved in the development of eating disorders as well as the factors that perpetuate these problems. I am particularly concerned with problems related to body and diet and I was thrilled to join the BACA team in 2013.

During my internship of practical training, between 2008 and 2012, I gained experience with an adult clientele grappling with various issues. Since 2010, I have specialized in the psychotherapy of personality disorders. I was trained at the Victoria Institute, an establishment reputed for its approach towards personality problems.

People also say I have a softer, discreet and contemplative side to me, but also that I am creative and love getting involved in what excites me, including human individuality and the practice of psychotherapy. In the context of my practice, I attach great importance to the people I treat. I consider it essential for the therapeutic process to allow people to express themselves freely and live fully with all their strengths and their difficulties. My therapeutic approach focusses on getting to know oneself better, on a better understanding of the relationship with oneself and the world, and on making sense with one’s difficulties. This is, in my opinion, the basis for any lasting change.

Looking forward to meeting you!

John Sader, MD, FASAM

Medical Director

Lee Farkas, PhD

Psychologist

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I am a clinical psychologist with a PhD from the Université de Montréal. I use a form of collaborative psychotherapy which enables me to work closely with my clients to improve their adaptation strategies, target their specific problems and increase their sense of personal power toward achieving positive, effective and sustainable change. My therapeutic approach incorporates tools from the four major fields in psychology (cognitive-behavioural, interpersonal, existential and psychodynamic), which are implemented according to the specific needs of my clients. I have worked extensively with individuals, couples and families experiencing difficulties such as eating disorders, depression, anxiety and relationship problems.

Eating disorders are invasive conditions that affect individuals at several levels. I enjoy working with this clientele to help them establish a healthy relationship with food and to achieve a deep and full recovery from their disorder.

Administrative Staff

Elza St-Victor

Receptionist

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I am the receptionist at the BACA Clinic. I hold a Bachelor degree in Kinesiology from Concordia University. This training has enabled me to realize to what extent physical exercise and nutrition play important roles in the quality of life. Part of my studies involved assisting elderly persons with high blood pressure and Alzheimer’s disease during their physical workouts.

I recently decided to take courses in psychology and social work. This taught me about various aspects of interpersonal relationships, including the importance of active listening when we want to help someone. I was so impressed with this approach that I am now working toward a Bachelor degree in Social Service at the Université de Montréal.

Through my past work experiences, I was able to develop and refine a number of methods to reassure individuals in situations of stress or medical emergency, while responding to their concerns and questions. In fact, my discretion, listening skills and tone of voice have proven to be very effective tools in my interpersonal relationships. Thank you for taking the time to read this.

I look forward to meeting you.

Josiane Ménard

On-call Receptionist

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I have worked as a receptionist with the BACA team since May 2014.

After receiving a Bachelor degree in Psycho-Education from the Université de Montréal in 2010, I worked with a variety of clients experiencing difficulties, notably at the Centre Jeunesse de Montréal and the Centre Jeunesse de la Mauricie et du Centre-du-Québec.

I am currently completing a Master degree in Psycho-Education at the Université de Montréal, and I am registered with l’Ordre de psychoéducateurs et psychoéducatrices du Québec (OPPQ) as a Student Associate. Known for my discretion and good-humoured nature, I favour a gentle and humane approach. I believe in the importance of trust, empathy and openness in a helping relationship.

Consultants

Monique Bessette, PhD, Psychologist, Director of the Victoria Institut
Dr. Cauchois, Psychiatrist
Michelle Ryan, Massage Therapist

Collaborators

The BACA Clinic is also very proud to work in close collaboration with organizations as well as with many external stakeholders specializing in the field of eating disorders and mental health.

Discover our list of specialized resources and referrals in the field of eating disorders.

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