Ketamine Therapy Thunder Bay

9am-5pm Monday-Friday

Therapy Team

Jordan Gross

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), Registered Nurse

Jordan has been exploring psychedelic perspectives for years as these insights have played an integral role in his own healing journey. He first began working with holotropic states when completing his breathwork healer certification two years ago. Since then, he has completed training in KAP through Polaris Insight Centre and Ketamine Assisted EFFT with Adele Lafrance. Jordan has also completed the 100 hour training for MDMA Assisted Therapy at MAPS as well as the Psilocybin Assisted Therapy Program at Therapsil. His psychotherapy background has a focus in Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness and Self-Compassion. Jordan is actively advocating for safe and equitable opportunities for psychedelic therapies and frequently collaborates with other members in the field. Since completing his Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Masters in Counselling Psychology his scope of practice is ideal for the psychedelic field being as he is dually registered as a Registered Psychotherapist (Q) and Registered Nurse.

Erin Pomanti

Registered Nurse, Psychotherapist

Erin is a Registered Nurse who has been working in the field of mental health since 2015. She started her career at Lakehead Psychiatric Hospital, where she first began working with Dr. Nucci. She practised nursing on a casual basis to support her love of travel and self-discovery, which allowed her to complete a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica. Her solo travel journeys continued, sparking many opportunities to explore her inner and outer world through meditation, connection, and experiential learning. This has all shaped who Erin is today and helped prepare her for the role of a psychedelic therapist. She has completed training in Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) through Polaris Insight Center and Psilocybin-Assisted Psychotherapy with TheraPsil. She remains committed to continuing her education by taking a variety of courses such as Felt Sense Polyvagal Model for trauma and addiction, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Emotion-Focused Family Therapy (EFFT), LEAP (palliative), and Reiki (energy healing). The diverse group of clients Erin has had the honour of working with thus far have enriched her ability to facilitate KAP in a holistic, intuitive, and empowering way. Erin feels passionate about the emerging field of psychedelic therapy and hopeful for the healing potential it can bring to our community.

Niina Vastamaki

Registered Social Worker

Medical Team

Dr. Neel Chadha

Medical Director

Dr. Neel Chadha is a family physician based in Ottawa. His medical interests include hospital medicine, geriatrics and mental health. He has completed training in cognitive behavioural therapy and motivational interviewing. He is currently completing ketamine assisted psychotherapy training from the Polaris Institute. He completed medical school at the University of Calgary and family medicine residency at the University of Ottawa. Outside of work he enjoys playing sports, traveling and spending time with family and friends. Neel is excited to be the lead physician for the Ottawa chapter of the Canadian Centre for Psychedelic Healing.

Dr. Esa Leinonen


Rajveer Soos

Nurse Practitioner

Rajveer is a Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner. She has worked in the acute care setting as well as in the community, where her focus has always been to provide compassionate client-centred care. In the community she worked to serve marginalized populations, including indigenous and homeless individuals. Rajveer believes that optimal health requires a holistic approach in which there is balance within the mind, body, and spirit. She understands the impact of mental health challenges on individuals, families, and communities, and is passionate about helping individuals heal from deep-rooted patterns and traumas, in order to create lasting healing. In 2021, Rajveer completed Therapsil’s Psilocybin Practitioner Training for End-of Life care, where she gained deeper insight into the true healing potential of psychedelics. She is passionate about the work being done at Field Trip Health and the use of psychedelics to help individuals suffering from mental illness. She is optimistic about the direction and future of mental health care and excited to be contributing to this paradigm shift in the field.

Rita Mannarino

Nurse Practitioner

Rita Mannarino is a skilled and compassionate nurse practitioner with over two decades of nursing experience. She has always had a special interest in mental health issues, mindset and chronic pain and focuses on a holistic approach that focuses on mind, body and spirit.

With advanced training and experience in a variety of settings including primary care, ICU/critical care, oncology, mental health and mindset coaching, pain and symptom management and palliative care, she is dedicated to providing comprehensive and compassionate patient-centred care that is focused on promoting mind and body wellness.

Rita combines her clinical knowledge, empathetic and caring approach, and evidence-based practices to develop personalised treatment plans that empower her patients to achieve optimal physical and mental health to lead more fulfilling lives.
Rita completed her Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner and her Master of Science in Nursing degree at Laurentian University. Prior to this she completed her Nursing Degree from Athabasca University after previously completing her nursing diploma from Sault College of Applied Arts and Technology. Rita has completed many certificate and advance training programs over the last two decades from various educational institutions in her constant pursuit to expand her knowledge and experience.
Outside of work, Rita enjoys spending time at their cottage on Lake Superior with her husband, two dogs and their two grown children and their partners. Rita enjoys hiking, gardening, snowshoeing, going on adventures with her family and just being in nature.

Joy Kolic

Nurse Practitioner

Joy, a seasoned Nurse Practitioner with over 15 years of expertise in healthcare and dedicated her career to Mental Health and Geriatrics. She earned her Masters in Nursing/Nurse Practitioner degree in 2017 and has since spent 6 years excelling in the Mental Health field. Joy is certified in Mental Health and Addictions from the University of Toronto.

Beyond her role as a Nurse Practitioner, she is a certified yoga teacher with a deep passion for yoga, meditation, and mindful movement, recognizing their positive impact on wellness and healing. Embracing a holistic approach to patient care, Joy is eager to assist you in achieving your wellness goals.

April Bakonyi

Nurse Practitioner

Jay Esguerra

Nurse Practitioner

Jay Esguerra is a Nurse Practitioner (Primary Health Care). He completed his Masters in Nursing in 2021 and his Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2007, both at the University of Toronto. His nursing experience includes working with the Multi-Organ Transplant Program at the University Health Network and with Home & Community Care with Ontario Health.

In addition to working with Field Trip, Jay’s NP experience includes working in shelters with the homeless and refugee populations. Jay is a true believer that optimal mental health and spirituality can heal the body. Jay is excited to be part of Field Trip Health and hopes to increase awareness of the healing-potential of psychedelics.

Shahnawaz Ali

Nurse Practitioner

Shahnawaz has been working as a Nurse Practitioner in multiple mental health and addictions settings in his career. This includes working in several psychiatry clinics at Niagara Health and within the concurrent disorders program at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. He has embraced leadership opportunities including chairing the Nurse Practitioner advisory committee and clinical leadership for an interdisciplinary community team. He is also active in Nurse Practitioner education and holds an adjunct faculty position at the University of Toronto. Currently, he is working at the Canadian Mental Health Association in Peel in the RAAM (Rapid access addiction medicine) clinic. Shahnawaz has completed a Master’s degree in Nursing in the Adult Nurse Practitioner field at University of Toronto in 2015, receiving a Schulich Award for academic achievement. He is passionate about mental health and addictions care and an advocate for the Nurse Practitioner role.

Rodea Casem

Nurse Practitioner

Rodea obtained her Masters of Nursing Degree at Ryerson University and subsequently completed the Post-Masters Nurse Practitioner Program at University of Toronto. Being an Advanced Practice Nurse, she joins Field Trip Health with over 13 years of nursing experience in acute care, ambulatory, and community settings. She has also obtained the Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing Certification from the Canadian Nurses Association.

Have questions?

Call us at (807) 345-4400 or email us at [email protected]

Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy

Uncover mental clarity and a new outlook with ketamine-assisted psychotherapy, where ketamine combines with psychotherapy to address the root cause(s) of trauma. Tailored for individuals seeking alternatives to conventional treatments, this approach nurtures profound insights and speeds up breakthroughs for effective relief.

Pain Management

Experience a new era in pain management with ketamine, a transformative method altering your brain's pain perception. Tailored to your needs, it not only lessens pain intensity and frequency but also provides a distinctive avenue to regain control and attain enduring relief.

Psychotherapy & Counselling

Align with our specialised therapists for intricate cases, excelling in anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD (specifically supporting first responders and veterans), relationship complexities, grief, addiction, and eating disorders. Find expert guidance for your path to self-discovery and lasting mental well-being.

Group Therapy & Workshops

Join our supportive community through Group Therapy and Workshops, fostering connection and personal growth. Led by experienced facilitators, these sessions provide a collaborative space for individuals to share, learn, and navigate their mental health journey together.

MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy

A pioneering treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Integrating the therapeutic benefits of MDMA in a supportive setting, this therapy offers profound healing and relief from the burdens of trauma, paving the way for lasting recovery and newfound resilience.

Psilocybin-Assisted Psychotherapy

Experience profound relief and transformative growth as psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy provides a safe space for introspection and healing, offering hope and renewed vitality in the face of depression and end-of-life distress.

Our philosophy

Discover wellness in downtown Port Arthur at our Thunder Bay Health & Wellness Centre on 153 Algoma Street S, adjacent to Janzen's pharmacy. Experience urban vitality and holistic care, thoughtfully designed for your comfort and healing journey.

Our Thunder Bay treatment team specialises in complex trauma informed services, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT), cognitive processing therapy, internal family systems (IFS), emotion focused therapy (EFT), somatic experience, and acceptance and commitment therapy. These modalities can be used on their own or within psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy programs including ketamine-assisted psychotherapy, MDMA-assisted psychotherapy, and Psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy.

We're proud to work closely with our Canadian veteran population, first responders, healthcare workers, and Indigenous communities.

Common conditions we treat

ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder)

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has diverse impacts on one's life. Our specialists implement individualised strategies and interventions to aid individuals in symptom management, promoting heightened focus and a holistic sense of well-being.

Addiction and Stimulant-Use Disorder

Conquering addiction, notably stimulant-use disorders, demands thorough support. Our addiction specialists offer evidence-driven therapies and techniques to assist individuals in breaking the chains of substance dependence, steering them towards a route of recovery.

Alcohol Addiction

Conquering alcohol addiction necessitates specialised care. Our addiction specialists deliver evidence-based interventions and supportive guidance, directing individuals towards recovery and a more healthful lifestyle.


Dealing with anxiety, characterised by persistent worry and unease, can influence daily life. Our therapists offer tailored support and implement effective coping strategies to assist in symptom management, fostering a feeling of calm and overall well-being.

Bipolar 1 Disorder and Bipolar 2 Disorder

Those with Bipolar 1 and 2 Disorders encounter intense mood shifts. Our mental health experts provide personalised interventions to stabilise mood fluctuations, offering tailored support and strategies for navigating the unique challenges presented by bipolar disorders.

Bulimia and Anorexia

Addressing eating disorders like bulimia and anorexia requires a nuanced strategy. Our specialised team delivers compassionate care, addressing both the physical and emotional facets of these conditions, cultivating a healthier relationship with food and body image.

Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Regional Pain Syndrome, Sciatic Pain, Nerve Pain

Chronic pain conditions demand a holistic approach. Our team of specialists collaborates to assess and develop personalised treatment plans, incorporating various modalities to manage and alleviate pain, improving overall well-being.

CPTSD (Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)

CPTSD, resulting from prolonged trauma with additional symptoms such as emotional dysregulation, negative self-beliefs, and interpersonal difficulties, requires specialised care. Our therapists, trained in addressing complex trauma, provide support and therapeutic interventions to help individuals regain control and stability in their lives.


Coping with depression, defined by enduring feelings of sadness and loss of interest, can be an overwhelming journey. Those affected may contend with emotions of guilt, poor concentration, sleep disruption, and even suicidal thoughts. Our mental health professionals extend empathetic guidance and evidence-based therapies, assisting individuals in navigating through depressive symptoms, fostering a path towards a brighter emotional state.

End-of-life distress

Addressing end-of-life distress involves unique emotional challenges that impact both individuals and their loved ones. Our compassionate team of specialists provides personalised support to navigate this delicate period, delivering comfort, coping strategies, and a supportive space for those confronting the complexities of end-of-life experiences.


Grieving is a unique process for each individual. Our empathetic therapists provide support through the grieving journey, offering coping strategies and a compassionate space to navigate the complexities of loss.

Indigenous Trauma

Indigenous Trauma is the psychological distress arising from historical and cultural factors within Indigenous communities, rooted in colonisation and cultural suppression. Our approach involves a culturally sensitive framework and traditional healing practices to address the unique challenges faced by Indigenous individuals and communities.

Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)

For those grappling with Major Depressive Disorder, a pervasive and intense form of depression, our experienced team provides comprehensive therapeutic interventions to address the complex nature of MDD, promoting healing and recovery.


Dealing with chronic migraines can significantly affect daily life. Our healthcare professionals work together to identify triggers and employ effective management strategies, offering relief and improving overall quality of life.

OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)

OCD is characterised by distressing intrusive thoughts and repetitive time-consuming behaviours that can be challenging to navigate. Our therapists provide structured interventions, including exposure and response prevention, to help individuals manage obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours, promoting a sense of control.

Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression is a depressive episode that can happen after a recent pregnancy. Our mental health experts provide sensitive and tailored support, addressing the emotional challenges that can arise during the postpartum period, fostering a positive and nurturing environment.

PTSD and Trauma (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)

Trauma and PTSD can have profound effects on mental well-being. PTSD includes symptoms of hyperarousal, re-experiencing like flashbacks, avoidance behaviours, often sleep disturbances and mood alterations. Our trauma-informed therapists offer a safe space for individuals to process and heal from traumatic experiences, utilising evidence-based therapies to promote resilience.

PTSD for Veterans and First Responders

Dealing with PTSD in Veterans and First Responders entails a specialised form of post-traumatic stress disorder uniquely influenced by military and emergency service experiences. Our expertise focuses on tailored interventions that address the distinct stressors encountered in these roles, recognizing and addressing the challenges associated with duty-related trauma.

Relational Issues

Navigating issues within relationships is crucial for overall well-being. Our therapists specialise in couples and family therapy, establishing a safe and constructive space to address communication challenges, build resilience, and nurture healthier connections.

Have questions?

Call us at (807) 345-4400 or email us at [email protected]

Coverage Options

Our clinic staff can help confirm your health insurance coverage. Your treatment may be partially or fully covered if you have extended health benefits, a worker’s compensation claim, or were injured in a motor vehicle accident.

Coverage options available to you may include:

  • All third-party insurance
  • Extended health benefits
  • Worker’s compensation
  • Motor vehicle accident insurance

Please check your coverage in your company’s extended health plan. Please note that for payment, all major credit cards, debit, and personal cheques are accepted.

Insurance Eligibility

For your convenience, we offer you a list of insurers who typically cover psychotherapy services, however we recommend that you call your insurance provider directly to confirm the extensiveness of coverage and documentation required.

  • Blue Cross
  • Canada Life
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • Cowan
  • Desjardins Insurance
  • First Canadian Insurance
  • Corporation
  • Great West Life
  • Greenshield
  • Group Health Benefits
  • Solutions
  • Group Source
  • iA Financial Group
  • Johnson Group
  • Johnson Insurance
  • Manion
  • Manulife
  • Sun Life Financial

Financing Options:

We are pleased to announce our collaboration with multiple reputable third-party financing partners, offering clients the opportunity to finance their treatment and conveniently spread payments over time. For more information on this accessible option, please feel free to inquire with our dedicated staff who are available to assist you with any questions or concerns.

Have questions?

Call us at (807) 345-4400 or email us at [email protected]



There is free parking in the parking lot beside the clinic. However, please make alternate travel arrangements on any day that you are undergoing ketamine therapy or other psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy.

Finding The Health & Wellness Centre

The entrance to the clinic is at the rear of the building and is usually kept locked. Please knock to be let in. The front of the building is a walk-in clinic which is unrelated.


Service animal friendly. Unfortunately, the clinic is not currently wheelchair accessible
(requires going up five steps at the entrance)

Surrounding Area

This is Field Trip Health’s recommended clinic for clients residing in these locations:

  • Dryden
  • Murillo
  • Sioux Lookout
  • Red Rock
  • Fort Frances
  • Fort William
  • Rosslyn
  • Neebing
  • Nipigong
  • Shuniah

Have Questions?

Call us at (807) 345-4400 or email us at [email protected]

Have questions?

Call us at (807) 345-4400 or email us at [email protected]