iRecover Staff

Our talented and dedicated staff change the lives of individuals and families every single day.

Jim Gray, Founder & CEO 

iRecover Jim Gray

Jim Gray is the founder and owner of iRecover Addiction Treatment Centres.

Jim ( who has nearly 30 years of sobriety) decided to start a treatment centre to get drunk drivers off the road after his youngest son was nearly killed by an impaired driver.  After 14 years, iRecover has now grown to include rehab treatment facilities in Alberta and British Columbia and has changed the lives of thousands of families.

Dr. Hilgard Goosen, MB ChB, LMCC, MCFP

Dr. Hilgard Goosen (MB ChB, LMCC, MCFP) is the physician lead for iRecover. He has 25 years of experience in clinical practice and is currently a member of both the American and Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine.

Dr. Goosen obtained his medical degree in South Africa in 1996, he performed an initial 18-month residency in Obstetrics before relocating to Family Practice. He immigrated to Canada 15 years ago and has been in active practice in Lacombe and Ponoka Alberta as a family physician with Enhanced Surgical Skills. Dr. Goosen has been appointed as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Alberta.

Dr. Goosen has a keen interest in addiction medicine, especially the latest research developments and evidence-based best practices for addiction. He regularly visits the facility and is on call 24/7 for all medical needs of our participants. Furthermore, he oversees all policies, guidelines, training and supervision of medical and non-medical staff at iRecover.

Dr. Avininder Aulakh, MD, FRCPC, DABAM

Dr. Avininder Aulakh, MD, FRCPC, DABAM

Dr. Avininder Aulakh, MD, FRCPC, DABAM is duly qualified psychiatrist and addiction specialist.

Dr Aulakh is fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada as a Psychiatrist and Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine. Dr Aulakh has served as Section Chief of Addictions for Alberta Health Services North Zone till Sept 2019. Dr Aulakh is the Medical director of Savera Medical Centre clinic that has focus on addictions in South Asian community. In addition he has served as the Medical Lead for various addiction related programs in Edmonton. Dr Aulakh is also the President and Founder of non-profit organsiation NASHAA raising awareness about addictions. Dr Aulakh is a Clinical Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Alberta and teach residents and medical students in areas of addiction psychiatry.

John Moore, M.S.W, R.S.W. – Clinical Lead

John Moore has acquired a Bachelor of Social Work degree in 1998 and a Master of Social Work degree in 2002 both from Laurention University in Sudbury Ontario.  Mr. Moore is also in recovery from substance abuse and has been clean and sober for over 25 years. Mr. Moore is a registered member of the Alberta College of Social Workers.

Mr. Moore has considerable experience in the field of mental health working as a mental health clinician for both adults and adolescents for close to 15 years.  Mr. Moore specializes in the treatment of clients suffering from both mental health and addictions issues concurrently.

Management Team

Jim Gray


Mitchell Gray

Executive Director iRecover Alberta

Sheri Stein

Office Administrator

Davis Gray

IT Manager

Danica Goetz

B.H.S.c., I.C.A.D.C

Program Coordinator

Gabrielle Joy A.A.C

Assistant Director iRecover Okanagan

Shannon Ballas


Executive Director iRecover Okanagan

Jason Nesbitt

Intake Coordinator

Medical Team

Dr. Hilgard Goosen


Physician Lead

Dr. Avininder Aulakh


Psychiatric lead

Janelle Huber

Team Lead


Emmeline Belmonte


Derartu Woldesenbet


Jordan Dryden


Laura Derasp


Jordan Benoit


Clinical Team

John Moore

M.S.W, R.S.W

Clinical Lead (AB)

Rhea Olson

Program Facilitator

Kyle Olson

Program Facilitator

Alyx Stange


Program Facilitator

Shelbey Merrill


Program Facilitator

Support Team

Steve Bokenfohr

Facility Maintenance

Fumi Hisamura


Robert Leggo


Paula Ratchford

Night Staff

Ken Boyko

Night Staff

Laurene Hildebrandt

Night Staff