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. 



My heart is full of gratitude for the lovely family, Trish and Taller, who own and operate this establishment.

Rated 5 out of 5
November 21, 2019

*Since I have been a patient with Trew Beginnings, I have found the staff and owners to always act with professionalism, compassion, and care. When I completed a recovery program three years ago, I found myself nervous to re enter the community freshly sober and with no real safe guards for relapse prevention. I was fortunate enough to find a great clinic that has such a welcoming and safe atmosphere, as my past experiences with this type of service was not all that great. My heart is full of gratitude for the lovely family, Trish and Taller, who own and operate this establishment.

Sophie Jenkins

Working with an addiction is so hard, but what is harder is the stigma that comes along with it.

Rated 5 out of 5
November 2, 2019

*Working with an addiction is so hard, but what is harder is the stigma that comes along with it. We get treated like second rate citizen, or that our opinions and our ideas mean nothing in the “real world” I can tell you I have never felt that way going to Trew beginnings, Trisha, Taylor & Dr. Lea none of them have ever made me feel like I can’t accomplish everything I want to, with hard work,. I have been struggling with addictions for a very long time, and I finally have been able to feel like I can beat this, and that this doesn’t have to be the life for me, and it is strictly because of the Ladies at Trew. I watch them with their clients, and they actually care about them. It’s so genuine. I think if we had some more Trew clinic and could find some more loving and compassionate people like these ladies, it would be a great step in addressing this opioid crisis. Nothing is going to change if we can’t get the help we need, and we can’t get the help we need if we feel like we don’t belong and are judged as soon as we walk in to a clinic. You have to feel like you can really open up and show yourself, I have only felt warmth and support since I have come to Trew clinic and I just hope more people find them because having someone in your corner, i mean, really there for you… is huge! Having someone fight for you when you feel you are worthless is just beyond words, everyone of them are there, all the time for all of this trew crew!! I have a bunch of cards that I hand out to anyone i know wanting to take that next step and i just know that if they take that step, it’s their first step for a new life. I am so glad I found this clinic and I am so glad that these ladies are so caring and genuine. If you are looking for a place where you will be respected and treated like a human (cause you are and you have rights) give Trew a try, they will fight for you and help you to the best of their ability’s. Sometime’s that’s all it takes, is for someone to truly believe in you, and I have found that at Trew with all the workers! I know you can too!

Tasha Hobbs