Chelsea Ganam, Director
For 18 years, Chelsea Ganam's work has focused on improving the lives of families and individuals impacted by Autism and/or developmental delays. She has held progressively responsible roles, many of which were pioneering positions. In 2009, Chelsea joined CBI Health Group as the Director for Monarch House. Staying true to it’s mandate to simplify complex systems, fill gaps in services, and provide effective treatment, Monarch House opened in Burnaby, BC. Chelsea was entrusted with creating a world leading centre for individuals and families impacted by ASD and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Fueled by her passion for this field and her entrepreneurial skills, she's created a seamless interdisciplinary model of care including assessment, treatment, quality of life programming (recreational), education (community awareness, capacity building, skill training) and support.
In January, 2015 Chelsea was a Business in Vancouver’s top 40 under 40 awardee in recognition of her business accomplishments with Monarch House. Previous positions include: interventionist and/or Jr. Consultant for the first autism agency in Edmonton. Chelsea was a Consultant for the development and operations of the BC Government's pilot Early Intervention Behaviour Intervention (EIBI) programs. While consulting to the EIBI programs, Chelsea maintained a private practice as a behavior consultant. In 2004, Chelsea became the government of BC's first Senior Behaviour Consultant. The role with the Province of BC's Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) had her developing and advising program policy for BC's Provincial Autism Programs, creating expert panels within BC and across Canada, as well as participating as an advisory member to prominent ASD organizations in the field. She has a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology and is a registered member of the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors.
Ruth Wingerin, Paediatrician
Dr. Ruth Wingerin is originally from Cape Town South Africa, where she did her Medical training at the University of Cape Town. After graduating in 1986, she completed her internship at Groote Schuur Hospital and Red Cross Children's Hospital in Cape Town before moving to North America to complete her Paediatric studies.
She started her Paediatric training at the Schneider Children's Hospital in Long Island, New York and then transferred to the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, where she completed her residency in Pediatrics. Her final year of training was in Child Psychiatry with a special interest in ADHD. She worked in the field of Developmental Paediatrics in Toronto until she and her family moved to British Columbia in 1996. Since moving to BC she has held several positions including working for the BCAAN Autism network at Sunny Hill from 1997 until 2012. She has also worked for the Northern Health Authority where she completed Autism Assessments in communities in BC that do not have full time access to specialist services. Dr. Wingerin has worked at Monarch House since it was established in 2009 and now divides her time between her Developmental Paediatric practice in Vancouver and her work at Monarch House. She assesses children for Autism and also provides consultation to parents of children with an Autism diagnosis. Dr. Wingerin has extensive experience with Autism diagnosis and management, and understands the struggles of parents, as she too has a son with Autism.
Tracie Lindblad, Clinical Director
Tracie is a dually credentialed Speech-Language Pathologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA) with over 30 years’ experience working within school settings and private practice. She has extensive experience working with children, youth, and adults with developmental disabilities, severe problem behaviour, ASD, complex communication needs, and dual diagnosis.
Ms. Lindblad is currently the Clinical Director (Ontario and east) of Monarch House, a collection of interdisciplinary private healthcare centres in Ontario, Canada.
Tracie has been involved with various Ontario government ministries over the past 17 years. She served as a Benchmark Expert Panel member for the Autism Intervention Program (AIP), Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS) and was an Expert Clinical Panel member for the AIP (MCYS), and also served as a Task Group member for the Ministry of Education regarding speech and language services in the schools.
She has presented workshops and training sessions to numerous school boards, agencies, and organizations throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe, on a variety of topics related to the fields of speech-language pathology, Autism Spectrum Disorders, augmentative and alternative communication for individuals with complex communication needs, applied behaviour analysis, Interprofessional Education (IPE), and Interprofessional Practice (IPP).
Tracie has also served as a research investigator on a number of projects within the fields of ABA and speech-language pathology for individuals with developmental disabilities, ASD, and Acquired Brain Injury through partnerships with various local agencies, universities, and through Monarch House. She has also authored/co-authored two book chapters.
Ms. Lindblad serves on a number of agency Boards and associations. She is currently the co-chair for the Speech Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group (SPABA) which is affiliated with the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI), is the Chair of the Contributed Papers and Posters committee for the Speech and Audiology Canada (SAC) biannual conference, and is also on the advisory board for ASAT – the Association for Science in Autism Treatment. She holds membership in her provincial and national SLP organizations (OSLA & SAC), as well as ABAI, APBA, and The Ontario Association for Behaviour Analysis, Inc. (ONTABA). She also continues to serve on the Board of Directors for New Leaf: Living and Learning Together Inc., a non-profit agency that provides residential services to adults with dual diagnoses.