2022 HEALTH CARE PROVIDER OF THE YEAR NOMINEE

Stacey Levine

Stacey Levine

Nominated For: HEALTH CARE PROVIDER OF THE YEAR

Stacey Levine is a behaviour therapist and the co-founder and co-owner of Journey Rehabilitation and Behaviour Therapy. She provides intervention for both children and adults. Stacey graduated from the University of Carleton in 1999 and trained in applied behaviour analysis and other behavioural methods. Stacey has acquired extensive experience in the field of cognitive behaviour therapy through working with a diverse population in both clinical and community settings. Her education in psychology, behavioural management, behavioural counselling, intensive behaviour intervention, and her varied work experiences provide her with the knowledge, skills, and approaches to best meet the needs of her clients and their families and caregivers.

Stacey specializes in treating individuals with Brain Injuries, Mental Health Disorders, Neurological and Developmental Disorders, and Psychiatric Disorders. She worked at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute for over 11 years in the in-patient acquired brain injury unit and in the community for over 20 years. Stacey led a peer drop-in young adults’ group for the Brain Injury Society of Toronto (BIST) from 2017 to 2018. The young adults’ group included community outings in a non-pressured drop-in setting to help informally work on social skills and provide strategies for any issues they were experiencing. Stacey facilitated a brain injury parents’ support group for BIST from 2018 to 2020, providing support and strategies for caregivers of those who have suffered brain injuries. Stacey is currently providing volunteering services for a support group with BIST since 2022, focusing on advocacy and self-advocacy strategies. She has also mentored and provided behaviour training workshops to many therapists, family members and care providers in her field.

Stacey presented at the Brain Injury Society of Toronto (BIST) caregiver workshop in 2015 and 2016 and co-presented at the 2014 brain injury conference. In 2020, Stacey presented at the Brain Injury Association of Peel and Halton (BIAPH) conference; her topic was on strategies to manage changes in behaviour following TBI, with a focus on dysregulation, disinhibition, and confabulation. Stacey provided an educational workshop with the Brain Injury Association of York Region (BIAYR) in 2022, covering strategies to manage dysregulation and optimize coping abilities. Journey Rehabilitation and Behaviour Therapy is also a proud 2022 silver sponsor of BIAYR.

Stacey was nominated for the health care provider of the year in the award of excellence in brain injury rehabilitation in 2017 and 2019. She is currently volunteering for brain injury-related educational sessions since 2018, supporting caregivers and brain injury survivors suffering from ongoing behavioural and emotional challenges during these changing dynamics. She comes up with new strategies and tools to help survivors function at their best and caregivers learn ways to cope and adapt to the changes. Stacey believes effective therapy starts with an open mind and an approach that sets no limits on what people can accomplish. She is committed to providing compassionate, professional, and skilled support to all her clients.

Journey Rehabilitation and Behaviour Therapy – www.journeyrehab.com

20 Comments
  • Suzanne Bogle says:

    She puts her heart and soul into everything she’s does. She is both passionate and dedicated to her clients.

  • Rhona Feldt-Stein says:

    It has been my extreme honour and privilege to work with Stacey on many paediatric head injured cases these past 15 years. Stacey is a true professional who has a wealth of knowledge at her fingertips and the keen ability to think on her feet in any situation.

    Stacey’s education in psychology, applied behaviour analysis, development and head injury management provides her clients and those she works with, with a well-sourced approach to treatment. Stacey is an important team member, often going the extra mile for her clients while leading the team and managing the goals for her clients.

    Stacey continues to ensure her clients are well supported and that treatment approaches are up to date and relevant. She does this by attending on-going training and education as well as conferences and seminars.

    Stacey’s empathy, sense of humor, charisma, willingness to share her resources and knowledge, and utmost professionalism make her so deserving of the Health Care Provider Award.

  • Arlene Alter says:

    Congratulations Stacey on an impressive career
    with years of helping those with brain injury as well as their families.
    Well done
    Arlene

  • Ronit Velde says:

    Stacey is an expert in the field and brings passion to her work.

  • Aviva Koffman says:

    Stacey is dedicated to her clients as seen through her passion and extreme knowledge in her field. Stacey is an exemplar for therapists.

  • Sarah Warren says:

    Stacey is extremely knowledgeable, professional and collaborative. She is dedicated to her clients and a wonderful colleague to work with.

  • Kylie James says:

    Stacey is extremely professional and personable. She establishes rapport and connections with her clients quickly and is a team player.  She collaborates with the rehab team to help facilitate the best outcomes for her clients. Stacey is such an integral part of the rehab team when working with behaviorally challenging clients.

  • Susanna Siu says:

    Stacey is very compassionate. From the way she attends to my son’s treatment, I can tell this is not just a career to her, she has a big heart to change lives. She is God sent to our family.

  • Alyssa De Luca says:

    Stacey has been such a wonderful help in the rehabilitation of my father l, following a motor-vehicle accident where he sustained a very severe traumatic brain injury. She is kind, understanding, and compassionate, and wonderful to work with. Stacey is smart, effective and realistic with employing tools that are manageable in our day to day lives. We so greatly appreciate all of her help and are happy to have found her!

  • Colleen Boyce says:

    Stacey is an excellent Behavioural Therapist and comes up with creative, innovative and out of the box strategies to support clients, the families and the rehab team. We have worked together for many years and I am in awe at her professionalism, dedication and passion for the often times very difficult work she does. Congratulations and well deserved.

  • Gila Karp says:

    There are a number of people who touch our clients’ lives at certain points along their journey of rehabilitation. When Stacey Levine enters the lives of her clients, they are forever changed and forever grateful for having met her, and for the growth she has helped them achieve behaviourally, cognitively, physically, and personally.

    Stacey’s gift lies in her absolute passion and commitment to her clients. She has developed an arsenal to deal with the joys, the sorrows, and everyday challenges that her clients face in their lives following a life-changing injury. In the many years that I have worked with Stacey, I have come to value and appreciate her expertise, insight, empathy and true dedication to the ABI profession. She has been extremely valuable in helping her clients identify and build on their strengths. With her support, her clients have learned how to target areas to work on, allowing for personal growth and recovery.

    Stacey is an integral part of any team that supports clients in their quest for a healthy mind, body and spirit. I always highly recommend Stacey without reservation, as she has been vital in helping her clients return to function and embrace new beginnings.

  • Bob Scott says:

    I suffered a catastrophic brain injury 10 years ago and although my rehabilitation in general has gone very well there have been some significant negative ramifications which have really been problematic over the last couple years. Because of COVID-19, my wife (Loretta) and I have spent significantly more time together than ever before and have frequently got into intense arguments. Although my personal physician increased the sertraline medication dosage prescription to address my mood swings, angry outbursts, etc. it was strongly recommended that I start meeting with Stacey Levine to learn techniques & strategies to counter some of these issues that are a direct result of my ABI. My experience with Stacey has been fantastic and the techniques/approaches/strategies that she has taught me have helped to improve my spousal relationship immeasurably. My wife and I now really listen to each other’s point of view and engage in productive discussions, even if we disagree, to find a compromise position that we can both accept. Although I am a very stubborn man and used to doing things MY way, Stacey‘s compassion, style and approach allowed me to fully accept and adopt the suggestions that she made. I firmly believe that Loretta and my relationship would not be in the good place that it is if not for Stacey’s suggestions, guidance and constant support!

  • Mira Kolm says:

    Smart, knowledgeable, passionate about her clients – a true professional that I feel lucky to have known over these many years.

  • Nicole Galeotalanza says:

    I feel honored to be writing this letter for Ms. Stacey Levine, Behaviour Therapist, in support of her nomination for Healthcare Provider of the Year 2022. This nomination is written directly from my heart because I truly cannot think of anyone who is more deserving of this recognition, and worthier of celebration than Stacey. I struggle to find the “perfect” words to accurately describe her, and the substantial impact and meaningful contributions she’s made (and continues to make) within the ABI community.

    Stacey has an incredible ability to develop genuine and compassionate connections with her clients, which in turn allows them to experience an improved quality of life. Stacey has a strong skillset; but more importantly she always practices with a calming demeanor; steadfast professionalism and integrity; and she is always seeking and actualizing opportunities to make a meaningful difference in people’s lives. These consistent qualities and characteristics are why I do not hesitate to refer Stacey to my files, time and time again, and why I truly feel she deserves to be the recipient of this years Healthcare Provider of the Year.

    A Behaviour Therapist is referred to a case when there is conflict or challenging behaviours and barriers affecting a client’s recovery. When it comes to Stacey, she is highly sought out for some of the most complex behavioural cases resulting from an acquired brain injury. Given Stacey’s role as a Behaviour Therapist, she rarely walks into easy situations; however, it is in these challenging situations that Stacey demonstrates confidence, compassion, ease and genuine respect for the client and their family. During my time working with Stacey, she has on many occasions, rearranged her schedule to assist a family in crisis, and squeezed in a new client because a team required her expertise. She has also demonstrated that she will go above and beyond her role when needed, for example, extending her session to ensure there is a level of stability in the home before she leaves; then updating the team of any on-going situations and strategies for the next scheduled therapist. This level of professionalism, expertise and commitment to her clients is yet another reason why Stacey deserves to be recognized and honoured as this years Healthcare Provider of the Year.

    As a team member, Stacey is known for her exceptional ability to collaborate with medical and rehab professionals alike. Stacey is highly respected by various medical and rehab professionals in the motor vehicle accident industry and private care sector. Her unique skillset, professionalism, and authenticity are just some of the characteristics that sets Stacey apart from the other nominees. Anyone who has had the pleasure of meeting Stacey, let alone working with Stacey, knows that she is a genuine, kind-hearted individual who is truly passionate about helping others.

    In summary, I would like to acknowledge that I nominated and voted for Stacey in both 2017 and 2019, when she was previously nominated for the same award. I also would like to acknowledge that although Stacey is nominated along side some other excellent professionals, she no doubt stands out among them all. I truly believe this is Stacey’s year to be recognized as Healthcare Provider of the Year. I consider Stacey to be, by far, one of the most knowledgeable, collaborative, professional, kind and supportive professionals in this industry. Her drive is fueled by her compassion and empathy, and I truly cannot think of anyone more deserving to be the recipient for the 2022, Healthcare Provider of the Year.

  • Rasha says:

    I have known Stacey professionally for over a decade and can honestly say I have not encountered anyone with this level of passion, dedication, and knowledge. She supports her clients and their families with individuated approaches and strategies that are delivered with care and respect ensuring people’s dignity. It has been an honour and a privilege learning from Stacey over the years and she is so deserving of this nomination and award.

  • Anastasia Mantas says:

    Stacey goes above and beyond for her clients. Her strategies, techniques and passion make a world of a difference for our clients. Watching the progress she makes with patients is amazing!

  • Trisha Di Caro says:

    I have had the pleasure of working along side Stacey for the past 17 years. Stacey is an exceptional therapist and human being. She is supportive, loving, kind and an expert in the field. She brings a unique skill set and strength that benefits any team and client that has the pleasure of working with her. On both a personal and professional level Stacey is one of my favourite people.

  • Trisha Di Caro says:

    I have had the pleasure of working along side Stacey for the past 17 years. Stacey is an exceptional therapist and human being. She is supportive, loving, kind and an expert in the field. She brings a unique skill set and strength that benefits any team and client that has the pleasure of working with her. On both a personal and professional level Stacey is one of my favourite people.

  • Ellie Lapowich says:

    Stacey is an amazing Behaviour Therapist. She is kind, caring, compassionate and meets the clients where they are. Stacey is incredibly helpful, especially on the most complex files, and is happy to work collaboratively with teams to help clients move forward and work towards their goals.
    A well deserved nomination!

  • Daniella Caskie says:

    I have had the pleasure of working with Stacey on complex ABI files. Stacey goes above and beyond for clients and team members. She is highly collaborative, extremely client-centred, and provides very clear and insightful recommendations/suggestions for clients and fellow team members. She is very quick to build rapport with others (as she is so relatable and personable!) and her reports are thorough and professional. Stacey has also generously donated her time and expertise to the Brain Injury Association of York Region, doing presentations on behavioural management. Members have always provided nothing but positive feedback and gratitude for the education she has shared!

    This nomination is so well deserved, Stacey! Looking forward to our next file together 🙂

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