Sienna received a B.Sc. in Therapeutic Recreation from the University of South Alabama in 1990. She has worked in long-term care facilities in both Canada and the United States for over 20 years as both a certified therapeutic recreation specialist (CTRS) and a consultant. She is the author of the MARRCC (Measurable Assessment in Recreation for Resident-Centred Care). From 2003 to 2007 she was a national trainer for the American Therapeutic Recreation Association's Dementia Practice Guideline for the non-pharmacological treatment of disturbing behaviours. In 2008, she received a MA in Gerontology from Simon Fraser University. Her thesis explored the relationship between care staff empowerment and the ability to provide person-centred care in long-term care settings. She continued to study this important topic at the University of British Columbia, where she completed her PhD in the Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program. As a postdoctoral fellow in a cross appointment at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute/University Health Network and the University of Victoria, she conducted an intervention study aimed at improving leadership and collaborative decision making in long-term care settings. Currently, she is an assistant professor at the University of Lethbridge in the Bachelor of Therapeutic Recreation program.
Aimee Douziech, Instructor
Aimee completed her undergraduate degree in Therapeutic Recreation from the University of Lethbridge in 2017, and shortly thereafter she became a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS). Up until recently Aimee had been working hands on in the profession, where her main focus was in geriatric and mental health settings. Aimee is passionate about meaningful recreation and how it can build connection within oneself and in communities.
Devan completed his undergraduate degree at Brock University in Inclusive and Therapeutic Recreation. From there he completed his internship in Halifax, Nova Scotia and later became a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS). He worked as a Recreation Therapist for a number of years in mental health and addictions, acute care, day programs, and on a stroke unit. He completed his master's degree at the University of Waterloo in Recreation and Leisure studies focusing on concepts of community and identity of persons with schizophrenia through narrative methodology. He is a competitive swimmer and enjoy tennis, writing, cooking, and travelling.
Zac Crouse (M.Ed, CTRS) is a certified therapeutic recreation specialist who has worked for over 17 years as a frontline practitioner. He has an M.Ed from St. FX University and a Bachelor of Recreation from Dalhousie University.
He has worked extensively with youth who have mental health and substance use issues; and most recently worked as part of an interdisciplinary team on a family therapy program. Zac has an extensive background in adventure therapy and eco-therapy.
Zac is an instructor at St. FX University for the Faculty of Education and has instructed at Dalhousie University for the Faculty of Health & Human Performance. Zac is a contributing author to Quality Lesson Plans in Outdoor Education (Human Kinetics). He has also acted as a consultant in Belize on a national citizenship curriculum for youth.
In 2013 Zac released the film Paddle To The Ocean – a documentary film about Zac's use of recreation therapy as part of his treatment for PTSD. He uses this film as part of his work as a keynote speaker and workshop facilitator on the topics of mental health, leadership and recreation as a form of therapy.
Zac is also an accomplished musician and expedition kayaker. His latest passion is and stand up paddle boarding. Zac is extensively certified in water-based sports through Paddle Canada. [LinkedIn] [Personal Website]
Dr. Lyn Litchke is a new Associate Professor of Therapeutic Recreation (TR) in the Faculty of Health Sciences here at University of Lethbridge. She comes from Texas State University where she taught TR for 18 years and won the Presidential Distinguished Award for Excellence in Service. Lyn has been a Certified Recreation Therapy Specialist for over 35 years and is currently certified as a master trainer in Drums Alive Drumtastic®, 200 hr. Integrative Yoga Therapy, Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga, Horticulture therapist, and Tai Chi Easy Practice Leader. Her current research will focus on a 12-step recreation and recovery ministry called Natural High for persons with addiction and mental health issues. Her past research involves adaptive sports, yoga, and drumming focusing on social-emotional well-being with veterans, homeless, persons with Alzhiemers's and children with autism.