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Joy Parsons-Nicota (She/Her), NP-PHC, BScN, MScN, CPMHN (C), GNC (C)

Position: Primary Health Care Practitioner
Categories: Clinical Staff

As a licensed Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner, Joy graduated from The University of Ottawa in 2000. She also holds a Master of Science in Nursing and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Western Ontario. Joy has clinical expertise in Primary Health Care with specialties in Gerontology and Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing and Substance Use Disorders. In addition, Joy was presented with the Pace Award for Clinical Excellence from RNAO/NPAO for demonstrating excellence and leadership in Primary Health Care and for her contributions to research and education. She is also a current member of the Research Ethics Board at the Ottawa Heart Institute.

Joy utilizes her health care expertise to provide recovery focused, evidence based, holistic medical care. She provides a diagnostic intake interview and a comprehensive biopsychosocial assessment that informs an individualized care strategy. Interventions and treatment strategies are developed in collaboration with clients and their circle of care to help with the restoration and maintenance of overall health.

Joy is committed to her work at Newgate 180 as she is able to provide the type of care that supports an environment of healing, wellness and personal growth. The Newgate 180 team are wonderful colleagues to work with as they consistently demonstrate compassion, commitment and non-judgemental support for clients, families and colleagues. Clients describe feeling safe, empowered, and supported through their individual recovery journey at Newgate 180 where they have acquired a “personal toolkit” of resources to help with long-term recovery.

“Working at Newgate 180 provides an opportunity for daily professional growth as I work with the team and community partners where there is an opportunity for knowledge exchange, collaboration, sharing of evidence-based resources, team meetings and attendance at monthly seminars.

An opportunity to come to treatment has been expressed by many former clients as a “lifesaving experience”; clients express that their only regret is not having come for treatment sooner. Newgate 180 provides a non-judgemental, welcoming, evidence-based, practical program that facilitates and sustains long-term health and success.”