We’re here to help

Cognito is pleased to introduce our team of professionals who are passionate for helping clients on their mental health journey.

Meet the team

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Victoria, BC

Stephen Roberts

MA, RCC

Clinical Supervisor

Stephen is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors.

He provides guidance and supervision for our team of counsellors and life coaches. Stephen brings a diverse history of lived experience to his counselling practice. Stephen approaches each client with the belief that with the right support and encouragement we all have the ability to lead more productive and fulfilled lives. Starting from a place of empathy and compassion, Stephen guides his patients through a respectful examination of their life choices with the goal of providing them with the practical tools they need to meet their true potential.

Stephen received his Master of Arts from Liberty University, with a specialty in Marriage and Family Counselling. Prior to becoming a counsellor, Stephen earned a Doctorate and Master’s degree from the University of British Columbia, and a BA from Queen’s University.

Stephen has been married to Dr. Jillian Roberts since 1989 and is the father of three children. He is a proud and active citizen of the Métis Nation of British Columbia.

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A blend of person-centered, solution-focused, cognitive-behavioural and Christian therapeutic approaches.

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Children, adolescents, adults and families.

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Individuals and groups

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Working with clients who are struggling with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, bereavement, motivational challenges and building emotionally fulfilling relationships.

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Anxiety, Trauma, Grief, Depression.

Dr Francois Muller
He/Him
Victoria, BC

Dr Francois Muller

Victoria, BC

MD

Director of Medicine

Dr. Francois Muller is a co-founder of Cognito

Dr Francois Muller is a General Practitioner that lives and co-owns a multidisciplinary clinic in Victoria BC, where he has served his local community for 15 years.

He completed his medical degree in South Africa in 1998. Francois has a breadth of medical professional experience from inpatient and outpatient settings in South Africa, England and Canada.  

Francois’s clinic serves all facets of the community in a broader patient medical home setting.  He has a passion for general practice and patient advocacy.

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Dr Marlene Muller
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Victoria, BC

Dr Marlene Muller

Victoria, BC

MD

Cognito Physician

Dr. Marlene Muller is a co-founder of Cognito

Dr Marlene Muller is a Family Physician in Victoria, BC. She completed her Medical Degree in South Africa in 1996.  She has lived and worked in South Africa, England and Canada.  She has been proudly Canadian since 2001.

She has been working in a multi-disciplinary clinic in Victoria BC since 2007 and has been part of a group of physicians delivering high quality care to the community.  She has a special interest in Psychiatry and worked in a psychiatric hospital in Chertsey, England.

She strives to give evidence based, kind and compassionate care to each of her patients. She is a mom of 2 busy teenagers.

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Jason Cridge
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Victoria, BC

Jason Cridge

Victoria, BC

RPh

CEO

Jason is CEO and co-founder of Cognito

Jason Cridge is a registered pharmacist in British Columbia. Jason attended the University of Victoria, and graduated with a BSc. (Pharm) from the University of British Columbia in 2012.

Jason founded Cridge Family Pharmacies in 2013 which is a local pharmacy chain located in Victoria BC. He was awarded the Bent Gant Innovative Practice Award in 2018 for his involvement in Spencer (in-home automated medication dispensing technology) and the Medication Administration Program (pharmacy led nursing program).

Jason is passionate about innovative healthcare offerings, and making a difference in patient's lives.

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Daphne Patterson
She/Her
Victoria, BC

Daphne Patterson

Victoria, BC

Cognito Care Coach

Daphne is a certified cognitive behavioural therapy practitioner, yoga teacher, and life coach.

She is passionate about supporting the wellbeing of others and finds great joy in witnessing individuals reach their highest potential.

Daphne studied yoga, mindfulness and meditation in India and was trained as a life coach through The Coaches Training Institute. Her enthusiasm for travel later led her to Peru where she worked in the tourism industry, creating once in a lifetime adventures for travellers.

Her interest in psychology and mental health began many years ago and she is currently working towards becoming a psychologist.

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Craig Haas
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Vancouver, BC

Craig Haas

Vancouver, BC

BScPN

Cognito Psychiatric Nurse

Craig is a Registered Psychiatric Nurse in Vancouver, BC.

He completed his Bachelor of Science in Psychiatric Nursing, with greatest distinction, at Brandon University in Manitoba.

Craig brings nearly a decade of experience in psychiatry in emergency, acute & community settings. He approaches personal wellness from an holistic lens, believing that all persons are capable of improved health when their individual needs are properly identified and met.

In working from this perspective, he has found great fulfillment in helping persons at all points in their journey.

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Vanessa Fata
She/Her
Victoria, BC

Vanessa Fata

Victoria, BC

Cognito Care Coach

Vanessa is well underway in building her career as a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor in Victoria, BC.

Her passion to help others and improve their well-being began 10 years ago in her aesthetics career; Vanessa has since grown her passion into mental health where she practices today with Cognito.

She is enthusiastic about helping others through their personal growth, awareness, and navigating through difficult times. Vanessa finds joy in exercise (soccer), meditation, and overall health and by doing so it helps her be attentive and empathetic when interacting with her clientele.

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Bhavan Manhas
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Victoria, BC

Bhavan Manhas

Victoria, BC

MN, NP

Cognito Prescriber

Bhavan is a Nurse Practitioner in Victoria, BC.

Bhavan is a Family Nurse Practitioner with a diverse professional background and over a decade of health care experience in direct patient care and administrative roles throughout British Columbia and  the UK. She received her Master of Science in Nursing: Nurse Practitioner from the University of Victoria in 2014 and has practiced across various settings including family practice, urgent care and seniors consultative care.

She is passionate about providing person-centered care and committed to developing collaborative care partnerships while striving to meet a patient’s health care goals.

Bhavan is an avid basketball fan and loves spending time with her French Bulldog, Mamba.

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Maddie Cooper
She/Her
Victoria, BC

Maddie Cooper

Victoria, BC

Cognito Care Coach

Maddie has worked in a number of community mental health services in the UK.

She completed her BSc in Psychology in 2016 in the UK, and later studied a Postgraduate Certificate, focusing on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

Through her work, Maddie values having a front row seat in supporting individuals reach their goals, an opportunity she continues to find great fulfillment in. She is passionate about empowering others to cope with life's inevitable transitions and challenges.

Outside of work, she enjoys unwinding by spending time in the kitchen or enjoying the beautiful outdoors with her partner.

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Danica Spence
She/Her
Victoria, BC

Danica Spence

Victoria, BC

Cognito Operations Lead

Danica leads clinical operations at Cognito.

Danica is an experienced Marketing and Business Development Manager with over 8 years in Healthcare focusing on Clinic Management and Surgical Assistance. She has considerable experience in management consultation, team building, professional development, strategic implementation, and company collaboration.

She studied in Famagusta, Cyprus for Business Administration where she was able to travel, learn and appreciate the different cultures. During this time she found her love for languages, and continues to be studious with several at once.  

Danica is an avid volunteer, and has spoken on behalf of various non-profit organizations, and likes to focus on those advocating for mental health awareness.

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Alexis Petrunia
She/Her
Victoria, BC

Alexis Petrunia

Victoria, BC

Cognito Care Coach

Alexis is a graduate student of Counselling Psychology and a Care Coach.

Alexis has a diverse professional background that has centered around customer service as well as the visual and decorative arts. While embarking on her own journey to improve her mental health years ago, Alexis developed a keen interest in therapeutic modalities such as CBT — this curiosity motivated her to study counselling psychology, specifically through a culturally sensitive and socially-just lens. By offering an empathetic, non-judgmental, and personalized approach to mental health support, Alexis is dedicated to helping clients proactively navigate life’s challenges and achieve personalized goals.

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Kayla Milley
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Victoria, BC

Kayla Milley

Victoria, BC

MN, NP

Cognito Prescriber

Kayla is a Nurse Practitioner in Victoria, BC.

Kayla is a nurse practitioner who completed her Master of Science in Nursing in 2019. Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, Kayla was a registered nurse for 8 years. Her areas of practice include rural and remote, urgent care, and primary care. She has a special interest in Indigenous health, women’s health, mental health, and addictions.

Outside of work she enjoys cooking, travelling, and spending time with family and friends.

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Suki Brar
She/Her
Vancouver, BC

Suki Brar

Vancouver, BC

BScPN

Cognito Psychiatric Nurse

Suki is a Psychiatric Nurse at Cognito.

Suki is a graduate of the Psychiatric Nursing Program at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Her experience varies from community mental health and addictions, inpatient psychiatry, mental health emergency services, travel nursing, leadership and more! She feels privileged to work with communities that offer up their vulnerable stories and trust her to carry it with care and compassion. Her approach is always client centered and holistic.

She is always trying to continuously learn and evolve as a clinician.

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Tara Collins
She/Her
Victoria, BC

Tara Collins

Victoria, BC

BSc, BScN

Cognito Psychiatric Nurse

Tara is a Registered Nurse in Victoria, BC.

She completed her BScN from the University of British Columbia in 2019. She also obtained her BSc in Psychology (with distinction) from the University of Victoria in 2016. Tara brings nursing experience from a variety of healthcare settings, including acute inpatient psychiatry, mental health and addictions, community nursing and palliative care. She is passionate about creating safe spaces for her clients by providing care that is empathetic, holistic and person-centered.

In her spare time, Tara enjoys reading, baking, and exploring beautiful Vancouver Island with her family.

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Susanna Longridge
She/Her
Victoria, BC

Susanna Longridge

Victoria, BC

MA, RCC

Registered Clinical Counseller

Susanna has an MA in Counselling Psychology and a BA in Secondary Education.

Her professional and personal experience motivate her in assisting others to successfully process and manage the transitions life holds. Susanna’s time working with teens and adults has informed her philosophy that Life is fascinating, challenging, funny, and precious—from it we learn to skillfully engage with new experiences and savor them as a valuable part of living on the earth.

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Saima Khan
She/Her
Victoria, BC

Saima Khan

Victoria, BC

MN,NP

Cognito Nurse Practitioner

Saima is our Nurse Practitioner licensed in British Columbia and Alberta.

She was raised in Calgary and she went to the University of Calgary to obtain her Bachelor of Science in Biology, Chemistry and Sociology in 2007. She obtained her Bachelor’s of Nursing in 2010 at the University of Saskatchewan followed by a Masters in Nursing with the Nurse Practitioner licensure in 2017. She is currently working on her Doctorate of Nursing in the States.

She has over 10 years of experience in a wide variety of healthcare fields like community health, primary care, mental health, complex care, health promotion and chronic disease management. She has a keen interest in providing client-centred holistic health care that is accessible to patients through technological optimization.

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