Richard J. Dalton Jr. is a Host and Reporter on Beautiful Minds Radio. He was a computer programmer on Wall Street before obtaining his master’s degree in journalism from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He spent most of his journalism career at Newsday, where he covered technology, wrote a consumer column and worked as an investigative reporter. Dalton has taught advanced journalism and computer-assisted reporting at The State University of New York at Stony Brook and conducts seminars on computer-assisted reporting and numeracy. He has contributed to several projects nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, including coverage of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Dalton, who has dysthymia, a chronic mild depression, consumes Ben & Jerry's ice cream (usually Cherry Garcia) as a mood booster, though he recognizes this rationalization may not work for everyone. He serves on the advisory board of the Arizona-based National Center for Disability and Journalism. A resident of Vancouver, Dalton runs Your Score Booster, a tutoring company focusing on the ACT and SAT -- two U.S. college-entrance exams. He also writes freelance articles and is working on a non-fiction book on mental illness. Richard believes people with mental illness should be proud of themselves.
Dr Chris Gorman is Co-Host of Colour Commentary on Beautiful Minds Radio. Graduating the University of Alberta with a Fellowship in Psychiatry in 1985, he obtained the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in 1986. Dr Gorman was a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Calgary in 1995, and became a Distinguished Member of American Psychiatric Association in 2000. From 2003 to 2009, Dr Gorman was a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of California. And in 2009, he became Clinical Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia. In 2009, Dr Gorman also became Assistant Director of the Outpatient Clinic at St. Paul’s Hospital, and is the Co Founder of the Mood Disorder Association of BC’s Outpatient Rapid Access Clinic. Dr Gorman is the current Secretary of the BC Psychiatric Association. He is happily married, lives in Vancouver, and is the proud father of four amazing children.
Brendan Beiser is a seven time Olympic champion, and a pathological liar. He is also Co-Host of Colour Commentary on Beautiful Minds Radio. Brendan “The Guru” Beiser is perhaps best known as Agent Pendrell on the long running episodic The X Files. He can currently be heard and seen as the character of Mr. Maitlin on DeGrassi High:The Next Gerneration. He has voiced hundreds of commercials, appeared and been a regular on several animated series, and has over fifty film and television credits to his name.
An honours graduate of Concordia University's Theatre Performance Program, Brendan is an avid poker player, soccer enthusiast, and hockey fan. A citizen of the U.S. and Canada Mr. Beiser travels across North America to teach, for work and air miles.
Dr. Patricia Gorman is a Producer on Beautiful Minds Radio. She holds licenses for chiropractic in the state of California, Alberta, and most recently British Columbia. Dr Gorman graduated from the University of Calgary in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science with distinction prior to attending Chiropractic College in Portland, Oregon at Western States Chiropractic.
After graduating summa cum laude in 1997, she began her chiropractic career in Calgary, Alberta. Over the eight years of practice in Alberta she owned a multi-disciplinary practice that included chiropractic, massage therapy, acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine, physiotherapy, and sports therapy.
When Dr. Gorman’s family relocated to San Diego, California in 2006 she obtained a position at Veterans Affairs (affiliation with University of California San Diego) where she had the privilege of doing research with leading scientists in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders, startle reactivity, cardiology, and genetics. The experience of working directly with active US Marines was unparalleled and Dr. Gorman acquired a new appreciation for the mind-body connection of healthcare.
Another family relocation brought Dr. Gorman to Vancouver in 2009. At this time she provided consultant work for The Pain Clinic at St. Paul’s Hospital. She was also instrumental in the launch of www.optimalperformancedoctor.com. She practices chiropractic part-time at Life Chiropractic in the Dunbar area of Vancouver Westside.
One of Dr. Gorman’s greatest accomplishments has been her blended family. Along with her husband, Dr. Chris Gorman MD, they have launched 3 children (step-children to Dr. Gorman) into professional careers and are raising their eleven-year-old son.
Steven Elliott is the Radio Technician for Beautiful Minds Radio, and an advocate and consumer of Mental Health. Steven is a supporter of Healthcare reform as a member adviser with Vancouver Coastal Health CEAN (Community Engagement Advisory Network). Steven is a member volunteer of the Canadian Mental Health Association of BC, and member-group facilitator of the Mood Disorders Association of BC. Steven is currently training as a Peer Support Worker through Coast Mental Health. Steven's health disciplines involve physical exercise, meditation, yoga and include his creative musical pursuits of performance, production and composition.
Joël was born in Canada and raised in Europe. He graduated from high school at St. Lawrence College in England, and at 18 moved to Vancouver where he studied graphic design at BCIT. Now 28, Joël is the news writer for Beautiful Minds Radio, and works as a background actor. Joël hopes to train as a mental health worker later this year, bringing his experience of living with a mental illness to those who need it, preferably in a hospital setting.
Sarah Casimong is a journalism student at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, set to graduate in May 2013. After dealing with an eating disorder (bulimia) in her teens and later receiving treatment, Sarah became passionate about eating disorder awareness, de-stigmatizing mental illness and offering a non-judgmental ear to those that need it.
dm gillis really isn't an agent for CSI East Hastings, despite the rumours viral on the web. He's an Associate Producer for Beautiful Minds Radio, and manages its social media. Deyna has lived with bipolar 1 disorder for over thirty-two years, and his artful Sharpie Marker graffiti graces the walls of many Vancouver area psych wards. Deyna has worked in poverty law in Vancouver for over twenty years, specifically with street involved mental health consumers and people struggling with addictions. He has also worked with national health associations in the area of health promotion and adult education. He is currently working with CREST.BD at the University of British Columbia as a Peer Researcher doing video production and participating in knowledge translation.