Our Team

Our doors are always open. We are a caring and dedicated private recovery clinic.

Burns Clinical is Vancouver Island’s most trusted name in addictions care services.

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David Burns


   Dave is an Associate Member of both the Canadian and International Society of Addiction Medicine Aligned with the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (ICRC) recognizing International Certification and Credentialing.

Dave earned a Master’s Degree in Health Leadership; his major project was based on a comparison of abstinence-based and harm reduction addiction treatment models. As well, he has worked in the addictions field as an Addiction Counsellor, Interventionist, Group Facilitator, and Clinical Lead.  Also, he continues to provide addiction care for the federal, provincial and local governments.

“If you are struggling with Addiction or Codependency issues, you’ve selected the right counsellor; this is the scope of my practice, that’s what I do. With a one size does not fit all approach, we will find ways that work for you. In conclusion, getting your life back is the number one priority and I will work with you until that happens. “

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Lauren Deane


   Lauren completed a Master’s in Social work with a clinical focus at the University of British Columbia. Following this, she went on to work in a variety of mental health and addiction settings. This  included a residential treatment facility, an outpatient clinic as well a first stage housing.
She specializes in working with individuals with addictions, mental health concerns and/or a combination of both. Also, Lauren provides support and counselling to the loved ones of individuals with addiction concerns.
Lauren works primarily in a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy framework combined with motivational interviewing and dialectical behaviour therapy. She holds the firm belief that all clients are unique, have intrinsic strengths and are capable of change. To sum up, counselling with Lauren is client centred and she works with the client to define what they would like to get out of counselling.

Dr. Kline

  Dr. Robert G. Kline

B.A., M.A.Sc., Ph.D., R.Psych., RClinPsych (NZ), Diplomate, IABMCP
Registered Psychologist BC  #1617
   Dr. Kline is a Registered Psychologist with over thirty-five years of experience working in Mental Health in different regions of Canada. He obtained a B.A. in Psychology from the University of British Columbia and a M.A.Sc. and  Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo. He is a Lifetime member of the Canadian Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association. He has also been listed with the Canadian Register of Health Service Psychologists since 1987. He is registered in four legal jurisdictions in Canada including with the College of Psychologists of BC. Dr. Kline is also registered as a Clinical Psychologist in New Zealand and was awarded the status of Diplomate in Professional Psychotherapy by the International Academy of Behavioral Medicine, Counseling and Psychotherapy in 2004.
Dr. Kline has extensive experience working with individuals and groups from many different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. He has worked in many multi-disciplinary settings including University, Government Community Mental Health Clinics, Hospitals and in Private Practice. Dr. Kline also worked for many years with the Canadian Armed Forces Mental Health Services which included working with Members suffering with trauma-related PTSD. In addition, he also has training and experience working with children, youth, couples and families. Dr. Kline offers broad-based psychological treatment (psychotherapy) using an eclectic, evidence-based approach to individuals of all ages, couples and families involving a full spectrum of problems and issues. For many years, Dr. Kline has helped people to successfully re-balance their lives and increase healthier functioning.
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Dr. Daniel Vincent

B.Sc.Med., M.D., F.R.C.P.C., A.B.D.A., AAMRO

   I am The Medical Review Doctor for Burns Clinical and a duly qualified physician licensed in the Province of British Columbia. I have a fellowship in Anesthesiology, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada with a special interest in Interventional Pain Management and Addiction Medicine. I hold the following positions:

1) Consultant in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA),

(2) Independent Medical Evaluator, Edgewood Health Network and Burns Clinical Life Options,

3) Certified Medical Review Officer,

4) Senior Analyst and Diplomat of the American Board of Disability Analysts.

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Karen Zemanek

M.Ed. in Counselling, CCC

  Karen has extensive community outreach and residential treatment experience working with individuals and families affected by addictions, codependency, violence, trauma, compassion fatigue and mental health related concerns.  For the past 15 years, she has specialized in the field of addictions working as a counsellor, group facilitator/trainer, clinical supervisor and mental health & addictions program manager in B.C. and in the Northwest Territories.  With an M.Ed in Counselling from the University of Victoria and professional training in a variety of client-centered, trauma-informed and meditative approaches, Karen will respectfully challenge you to move toward your healing/recovery goals with a committed sense of self-responsibility, gentle self-compassion and mindfulness. 


Jackie LaPointe

Office Manager

   Jackie LaPointe’s friendly smile and warm presence creates a welcoming environment for clients and family members. Her passion for recovery and living life to the fullest allows her to be inspired by clients as they rebuild their own lives. She has been working in the field of addiction treatment since 1997.

“It is my passion to be a warm welcoming presence for clients and families when they arrive at the clinic. My sense of compassion for the difficulties families face when a loved one is struggling with mental health or addiction issues stems from my own personal experience. The team of counsellors I work with at Burns Clinical Life Options are incredible human beings who put skill and heart into their work and I am inspired everyday by seeing how our clients thrive in their care.”

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