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
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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

Physician Lead

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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Dr Lois Ligate
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Victoria, BC

Dr Lois Ligate

Victoria, BC

MD

Psychiatrist

Dr. Ligate is a Psychiatrist at Cognito

Dr. Ligate graduated from medical school at UBC in 1976 and obtained her certification in psychiatry in 1981.

Over the last 40 years she's been involved in teaching, research, program development and patient care in Ontario, recently returned to her roots in British Columbia in 2019.

Dr. Ligate strives to help people feel their best, find their passions and achieving their goals.

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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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Dr Kent Comeau
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Victoria, BC

Dr Kent Comeau

Victoria, BC

MD, FRCPC, BMSC

Psychiatrist

Dr. Comeau is a psychiatrist practicing who offers group sessions at Cognito

Dr. Comeau is a psychiatrist practicing in Victoria, BC who completed his Medical Degree at the University of Alberta and graduated from the Psychiatry Residency Program at the University of British Columbia. He is a fully accredited rTMS provider through the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC and completed his rTMS certification and training through Duke University.

In addition to specializing in the treatment of anxiety disorders, his clinical expertise also includes working with individuals with chronic and persistent mental illness, shared-care for young adults and group psychotherapy.

Dr. Comeau is passionate about helping his patients restore balance in their lives through his patient-centered approach and developing treatment plans tailored to an individuals circumstances and unique needs.

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Bhavan Manhas
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Victoria, BC

Bhavan Manhas

Victoria, BC

MN, NP

Director of Quality & Practice

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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Kayla Milley
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Victoria, BC

Kayla Milley

Victoria, BC

MN, NP

Nurse Practitioner

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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Saima Khan
She/Her
Victoria, BC

Saima Khan

Victoria, BC

MN,NP

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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Danica Spence
She/Her
Victoria, BC

Danica Spence

Victoria, BC

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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Lily McWilliams
She/Her
Victoria, BC

Lily McWilliams

Victoria, BC

RPh

Pharmacist

Lily is a registered pharmacist in Victoria, British Columbia.

Lily attended McGill University and graduated with a BSc Pharm from the University of British Columbia in 2015. She has a special interest in addictions, mental health and infectious diseases.

Outside of work Lily enjoys overnight hikes, reading and running.

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Vanessa Fata
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Victoria, BC

Vanessa Fata

Victoria, BC

CBT Care Provider Lead

Vanessa is the team lead for Cognito's CBT Care Providers in Victoria, BC.

Her passion to help others and improve their well-being began 12 years ago in her aesthetics career; Vanessa has since grown her passion into mental health where she practices today with Cognito as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist Care Provider.

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

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Maddie Cooper
She/Her
Victoria, BC

Maddie Cooper

Victoria, BC

CBT Care Provider

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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Alexis Petrunia
She/Her
Victoria, BC

Alexis Petrunia

Victoria, BC

CBT Care Provider

Alexis is a graduate student of Counselling Psychology.

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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Sarah Lambert
She/Her
Victoria, BC

Sarah Lambert

Victoria, BC

CBT Care Provider

Sarah is a graduate of the Vancouver College of Counsellor Training.

Sarah is a graduate of the Vancouver College of Counsellor Training and also holds a Bachelor of Kinesiology. 

Her own journey to improve her mental health began years ago, starting with yoga and evolving into mindfulness, CBT and other therapeutic modalities. She is extremely passionate about sharing the tools that helped her to lead a more authentic and fulfilling life with others. She loves supporting others to grow and make positive changes in their lives.    

In her free time you can find Sarah camping or hiking with her dog Benji, and doing crafts/DIYs around her home. 

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Kay Hebbourn
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Victoria, BC

Kay Hebbourn

Victoria, BC

CBT Care Provider

She has worked for many years as a CBT counsellor and coach.

Kay is a registered nurse, holds an MSc in Health Sciences, and a number of counselling and coaching certificates. She is a certified Yoga teacher, Yoga Health Coach and Ayurvedic Practitioner. She has worked for many years as a CBT counsellor and coach, helping people change stuck habits and limiting beliefs.

Her passion is teaching people how to get happy, healthy and physically fit. She especially loves helping people who feel out-of-control or who think it’s too late.  Her big message is: you are never too old, it’s never too late and every day is a fresh start.

She has overcome various addictions and challenges with ADHD and learned to become her own best friend, rather than her own worst enemy.  Her raison d'etre is to help others do the same.  She has gone from being someone with extremely limited mobility and poor health to a vibrant head-standing Yogini with tons of energy!

Kay spends her time hiking with her dog Bea, paddle boarding and zipping about at high speeds on her e-bike. She practices Ayurveda, mindfulness and Yoga. She moved back to Canada in 2017 having lived in the UK for 35 years.  She acknowledges and thanks the Lkwungen People for allowing her to live, work and play on their beautiful lands.

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Mehreen Sahir
She/Her
Victoria, BC

Mehreen Sahir

Victoria, BC

CBT Care Provider

Mahreen is a Cognitive Behavioural Care Provider at Cognito.

Mehreen Sahir has her BA in psychology. She has a passion for working with others, and always uses a client-centred approach wherever she goes. Her interest in helping others has motivated her to work in the mental health field, where she can aid individuals in finding a positive path for themselves. 

In her free time, she is busy writing away, scrapbooking, or travelling wherever possible. 

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