Faculty Biographies

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Amy McGrath, M.A., RP,OPC Dipl. Psych, OSP, CAPT, holds a Masters in Sociology. She is a Clinical Member of The Ontario Society of Psychotherapist (OSP) as well as holding a membership with The Canadian Association of Psychodynamic Therapy (CAPT). Amy is also a Registered Psychotherapist with the CRPO.

Her training began in obtaining her Bachelors of Theology with a concentration in both Pastoral and Theological studies.  She then spent 8 years as a counselor and Program Director for a long-term residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility.  She continued her studies, obtaining a second Bachelor’s of Arts Honours degree in Sociology and then her Masters in Sociology from York University in Toronto. She entered the OPC Program in September 2003 and graduated in May 2008.

Amy began a private practice in psychotherapy in the St. Catharines and Niagara areas in 2004. She continues to conduct individual therapy, couples therapy and group therapy in the region.

Amy joined the OPC Program staff team in 2008 and became Associate Faculty in June 2009. In 2011 she became the Assistant Educational Director and in August 2016, Amy became the Educational Director taking over from Barbara Dewar.

She teaches and facilitates learning groups, residencies and provides clinical supervision to the OPC training therapists and graduates.

Scott PetrieScott Petrie, M.Ts., R.P.  Scott is a psychodynamic psychotherapist and has maintained a full-time, private practice working with adult clients since 2012. Scott has taught yoga and meditation for the past 25 years. He has lectured internationally on the philosophy and psychology of yoga and eastern religions and co-authored Yoga 2.0, a text on the evolution of modern yoga. His interest in western psychology developed during his graduate work in religious studies and philosophy where he was drawn to many parallels between eastern and western understandings of the self and mind. After many years of his own personal therapy, Scott began his training in psychotherapy at OPC. He became a member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario in 2015 and is a clinical member of the Ontario Society of Psychotherapists and Canadian Association of Psychodynamic Therapy. As a graduate of the program, Scott is proud to be a part of the faculty at OPC and is a passionate teacher and practitioner of psychotherapy.

In August 2016, Scott became the Assistant Educational Director of OPC.

Barbara DewarBarbara Dewar, RP, CAPT. Barbara is a member with The Canadian Association of Psychodynamic Therapy (CAPT). Barbara is also a Registered Psychotherapist with the CRPO.

Her original training for becoming a psychotherapist began with social work at Humber College and continued over many years with Therafields, the University of Toronto, and with other associations of professional colleagues.

Barbara has conducted a psychotherapy practice for over 28 years with individuals, groups, couples and families and is presently active in all of these areas. She was the Educational Director of OPC until August 2016 when she stepped-down and became Associate Faculty.  Barbara continues to be an active member of the OPC community and faculty and still teaches at the residencies, facilitates learning groups and supervises at the OPC Program.

She has  co-authored an essay with Sandra Campbell on the Esprit Networking practice called, "From intersubjective psychotherapy to Esprit Networking: Mapping a social practice". The book is titled Learning Toward An Ecological Consciousness, edited by Edmund V. O'Sullivan and Marilyn Taylor and is published by Palgrave Macmillan of New York (2004). She also has many publications on the OPC website.

Barbara has also conducted several yearly mid-life retreat for spring renewal and for the exploration of new visions for the next year.

Barbara was the founder and Educational Director of OPC from 2001-2016. In August of 2016, Barbara stepped down from the position of Educational Director; however, she is still actively involved in OPC as a Supervisor, Associate Faculty and Learning Group facilitator.

 Dr. Heather Lee Kilty, Ph.D., holds a Ph.D. in Health Services. Her original training began with a diploma in Social Services, from which point she went on to get her B.A. and then her MEd. from Harvard University.

Heather is a published author and the co-founder of Stress & Wellness Enterprises.  She works as a consultant, motivational speaker and is currently on Faculty at Brock University.

Heather has had a counseling practice since 1980 in stress management, grief work, career counseling, addictions and positive conscious living.

Heather joined the OPC Program as an Adjunct Faculty member in January 2007

Blake Carter MFA, DCTP, RP, has had three careers. He began acting at the age of eight in Victoria B.C. When he was nineteen he moved to London, England where he trained for three years at The Webber-Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. He worked as a professional actor in Britain until 1979.

The summer of 1979, he moved to Toronto. In September of 1980 he began studying at York University and in 1982 he received his MFA (Master's of Fine Art). He continued working as a professional actor until 1984. In 1984 he left the theatre and began working in restaurant management.

In September of 1993 Blake began his training at The Centre for Training in Psychotherapy (CTP Toronto). Blake graduated from the CTP program in 2000 and has been working as a psychotherapist ever since, both in Ontario and in British Columbia. Blake has studied Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples with Janet Cleghorn and also completed a two-year teacher's training program in Classical Yoga at The Vidya Institute and is now a certified yoga instructor. He is also a Registered Psychotherapist with the CRPO. Blake works with individuals, couples and groups in a full time psychotherapy practice.

Blake joined the OPC Program as Adjunct Faculty in September 2006.

Mitra Montazeri, Member CAPT, obtained her Bachelor of Pharmacy Degree from University of Toronto.   After working at St Michael's hospital in Toronto and St. Joseph's hospital in Hamilton for five years, she returned to University of Toronto and obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree in 1995. 

 She then joined the Medical Departments at Dupont Pharma, then Bristol Myers Squibb (in Canada and the UK) and most recently Vertex Pharmaceuticals.   Her specialities have been in the field of viral infections with specific focus on HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C. 

 She has a great deal of experience teaching  and conducting workshops for physicians, interns, residents, pharmacists, nurses, treatment advocates and educators on numerous topics on drug therapies.

 She joined OPC in 2004 and is currently in supervision.  She has also been on the OPC faculty responsible for conducting the pharmacology workshops for the OPC associates since 2011. 

Felicia Pavlovic, Hon.B.A.(U of T), OPC Dipl. Psych., RP, and holds a membership with the Canadian Association of Psychodynamic Therapy (CAPT). Felicia is also a Registered Psychotherapist with the CRPO.

Her training in Chennai, India has qualified her as a Yoga Therapist and Reiki Master. Felicia is co-owner and director of Yoga Therapy Toronto where she trains yoga teachers and yoga therapists.

She is also in private practice as a Psychotherapist & Yoga Therapist and conducts individual therapy, couples therapy, group therapy and trance therapy. Felicia facilitates a Psychodynamic-Yoga Therapy group at the Ontario Psychotherapy and Counseling Program and she joined the faculty of OPC in 2011.

Tracy Martin MSW, RSW, CAPT, is a Clinical Social Worker with a practice that includes providing psychotherapy. Tracy has a Master of Social Work degree from McGill University. She has a Bachelor of Social Work from McGill University and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Queen’s University.   She is a member of the Canadian Association for Psychodynamic Therapists (CAPT).

Tracy began her career as a social worker in 1997 helping individuals, families and groups adjust to life altering injuries including acquired brain injuries, spinal cord and orthopedic injuries. She is a medical-legal expert in the field of rehabilitation medicine. She has offered her services to a diverse clientele across the continuum of care working in hospital programs, community support programs and in private psychotherapy practice.