Trew Beginnings Clinic specializes in opiate addiction treatment. We have three physicians who use opiate substitution therapy utilizing methadone , suboxone or Kadian  that work by decreasing withdrawal symptoms and reducing drug cravings.

Our doctors will work with you to determine which one of these options is the right fit for you.We have set out to create a safe and comfortable environment to take care of you and your needs in your road to recovery.

Once you have made the choice to want help just simply call or stop into our clinic. Our goal is to start your treatment on the same day you call or stop in.  We also encourage self referral so the first step is all yours. Our doctors will determine a care plan that will work for you.

Our space is very welcoming and we strive to treat each individual with the care and compassion they deserve.

Our phones are forwarded evenings and weekends and we will always do our best to get back to you as soon as possible to begin getting through the next steps together.


If you have any questions , Please give us a call at 250-591-6454 or stop by our office in suite #216  55 Victoria Rd in the Centre One Building. Fax number: 250-591-6456

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Dr. Denise Lea

Dr.Lea is accepting new patients
and is available 

Monday – 9 AM to 4 PM
Tuesday – 9 AM to 4 PM
Thursday – 12 PM – 5 PM

Dr. Lea completed her GP medical training in Edmonton in 1992 after starting in Saskatoon in 1985.

Following her training, Dr. Lee began her first years of practicing family medicine, imaging and obstetrics north of Prince George at Mackenzie B.C.

Later she worked on Vancouver Island in Shawnigan Lake for a few years before moving Prince Edward Island and then on to Ottawa Ontario.

Dr. Lea started her training in Addiction Medicine and received a certificate in Family Medicine where she returned to Prince Edward Island to do full time Addiction Medicine.

She worked with both inpatient and outpatient medical withdrawal and started Opioid Agonist Therapy.

In 2012 Dr. Lee was certified in Addiction Medicine through the American Board of Addiction Medicine.

After returning to Vancouver Island in January of 2019, Dr. Lea join the staff at Trew Beginnings’ Clinic.

As a committed and experienced physician whose interest has been focused in this field for ten years, Dr. Lea cares about her patients physical and mental health as well as their problems with substances. 

“It’s a great fit for me here” said Dr. Lea.

Dr. K Torrie

Dr. Torrie is accepting new patients
and is available 

Thursday 9 – 12

Dr. Torrie completed her medical training at the University of British Columbia and graduated with her MD in 1990.

Since graduating she completed her Internship in General Medicine at the Ottawa Civic Hospital in Ontario.  She then returned to B.C. and has been practicing Family Medicine in  both Parksville and more recently in Lantzville B.C for 30 years.  Addiction medicine has been a special interest during the last 18 years after training under Dr. Patricia Mark at the Sow’s Ear Clinic. She has also herself been a Preceptor and Family Practice instructor to numerous young Residents in Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine at the Sow’s Ear Clinic over the years.  She now feels privileged to have the opportunity to also work at True Beginnings Clinic in downtown Nanaimo. 



Genuine advocates

Rated 5 out of 5
November 9, 2020

There is no question that this clinic is exceptional across the board. You can expect a welcoming and friendly staff that run a highly professional yet Informal clinic. You will have confidence in your treatment Within a comfortable environment highly conducive to beating addiction .. And this really is THE PLACE to get over addiction. Added bonuses include their convenient walk-in style appointments, and their relationship with the pharmacy next door and many other contacts within the social services/ Healthcare community .
on a personal level, I admire this family run business for its persistence over the years and their tact when managing a sometimes unruly and needy population . You will never be made to feel ashamed (even if we sometimes should be). Thank you to all the staff and doctors for the premier service provided.



Rated 5 out of 5
December 12, 2019

Trew is one of the only places where clients can feel dignity and respect in our community. Trish and Taylor have provided a loving environment. to many. Dr Lea and Dr. Torrie have provided much needed medical treatment in a professional and accepting environment. I cannot express how comforting it was to know that Trew was there for my son when he needed them and now that he is clean and sober he has lifetime friendships with the staff. Thank you for being in our community🙏 . Never stops doing what your doing, the world needs more people like you

Joanna Goldsbury