Suzan has been practicing as a nurse since 1982 and brings that experience to the Orchard Recovery Center. As a Registered Psychiatric Nurse, her passion is working in the field of mental health and addictions in a variety of settings, including acute psychiatry, drug and alcohol treatment as well as at the BC Cancer Agency and in health education. Suzan medically manages clients’ drug and alcohol withdrawal at the Orchard and works with clients to deal with medical issues that arise as a result of their addiction or with pre-existing conditions. Suzan’s ability to develop rapport with clients helps them to feel more at ease as they move through their time at the Orchard.
In addition to working at Orchard Recovery Center, Suzan works with adults with severe and complex eating disorders and volunteers with the Mobile Medical Unit helping to combat the opioid overdose crisis in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side.
In November 2017 Suzan was honoured by the BC Coalition of Nursing Associations with the Excellence in Nursing Practice Award.