Therapeutic Partners

Dan Botha, MD

Independent consulting physician
Dr. Dan Botha has been AARC’s consulting physician since 2008. He is available on-site twice a month to treat clients or to provide medical consultation. Dr. Botha also conducts medical assessments for all clients after being admitted into treatment.

You can read more about Dr. Botha here.


Alan L Stanhope, MD

Independent medical services
Dr. Alan Stanhope provides additional independent medical services to clients as needed at his off-site clinic.

Proactive disclosure: Dr. Stanhope also serves as a non-executive director of AARC. He receives an annual stipend.


Colin Brown, M.Sc. Registered Psychologist

Psychiatric assessment
Colin Brown is a registered Psychologist who assesses all clients within the first two weeks of being admitted to AARC. He has been in private practice since 2010 and specializes in substance abuse assessments. Colin focuses his practice on the areas of addictions, mental health concerns, general stress and anxiety, and leadership/mentorship coaching.

His role is to confirm that the client has a Substance Dependence Disorder, defined as “a cluster of cognitive, behavioral and psychological symptoms indicating that the individual continues use of the substance despite significant substance related problems.” Another possible diagnosis is Substance Abuse Disorder, defined as “a maladaptive pattern of substance use leading to clinically significant impairment or distress.” He undertakes assessments using the DSM 5 criteria developed by the American Psychiatric Association. You can read more about DSM 5 here.

Every client admitted to AARC’s program undergoes a psychiatric assessment.


Dr. Lori Hogg, M.Sc., MD, FCRP

Independent psychiatric services
Dr. Lori Hogg is AARC’s consulting child and adolescent psychiatrist. Dr. Hogg received her MD from the University of Calgary in 1989. As a psychiatrist, she is able to provide consultations to clients and families, as well as prescribe medical treatment for clients if necessary. Dr. Hogg often maintains long-term care for those clients with mental health needs and even extends this relationship after clients graduate the AARC program.


Pure North S’Energy Foundation (Pure North)

A non-profit preventative health care provider led by Mr Allan Markin

Pure North provides nutritional supplements for clients during their stay at AARC. In our experience, addiction often leaves adolescents with severe deficiencies in important vitamins that might help in their recovery. The types of supplement provided vary according to need, determined by blood work undertaken by Pure North. The most common supplements are multivitamins, vitamin D and fish oils.

Clients can refuse these supplements and the blood analysis. There is no additional charge for the service, which is included in the fees paid by clients.