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

​If you have enjoyed your experience with us, please share them below. Help others come forward for treatment.

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. Bernard Kenny

Dr.Kenny is accepting new patients
and is available 

Wednesday 9 – 12:30

Dr. Kenny completed his medical training in Ireland in 2011, then went on to complete his GP residency training in the Dublin North inner City GP (NDCGP) training scheme which has a particular emphasis on helping those from socially deprived backgrounds and addiction medicine.

In Dublin’s South Inner City,  Dr. Kenny went on to specialise in addiction medicine working in addiction clinics.

Having relocated to Nanaimo “I have been fortunate to be in a position to continue working in addiction medicine at Trew Beginnings Clinic.”

“What’s important for me is using my training to provide medical care in areas it is more needed but often lacking.” Said Dr. Kenny.

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. 



I Love this Clinic!

Rated 5 out of 5
December 11, 2019

‘ve moved alot and have been to 3 different clinics in Victoria, Prince George, and now Nanaimo at trew beginnings. They have been the most supportive, non judgemental ladies I’ve met in all the clinics. They treat everyone like human beings, not like a “junkie” or like we’re beneath them. The 3 years I’ve been going they have been amazing, always supportive and helping me with anything and everything I need. ♥️ Love them!

Tay Bee


Rated 5 out of 5
December 10, 2019

Awesome clinic, amazing people. I have been to 5 or 6 different clinics within a ten year period, and Trew Beginnings was hands down the very best. Trish and Tay and the doctors were very helpful, caring, and were instrumental in my recovery. I am very grateful for Trew Beginnings and would highly recommend them to anyone looking for recommendations!

J Gray