Our Team

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Our Clinical Team

Dr. Erin Wiley, HBHSc, ND

Naturopathic Doctor & Clinic Director

Dr. Erin Wiley is the Owner and a Clinic Director of the Integrative Health Institute. Erin is passionate about health promotion and integrative medicine and has always believed in leading by example to inspire and educate others to live active and healthy lives. Erin is compassionate, ready to listen, and motivated to offer patients the support they need to achieve their health goals.

Erin has a special interest in digestive health, endocrinology and hormone balance with a clinical focus on fertility, menopause, anxiety, depression, healthy weight loss, detoxification and environmental medicine. Erin is certified in IV Therapy, FirstLine Therapy, a personalized lifestyle medicine program centered on therapeutic lifestyle changes, such as nutrition, exercise, and stress management. Erin is also certified in cosmetic acupuncture, a holistic alternative to modern cosmetic procedures. Erin’s clinical background also includes experience working with HIV positive patients at the Sherbourne clinic in Toronto and providing primary healthcare at rural health clinics in South Africa.

Erin is a Naturopathic Doctor and graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Erin is a former President of CCNM’s Naturopathic Students Association and upon graduation received CCNM’s Naturopathic Honour Award. Erin also graduated with distinction from the Honours Health Science program at the University of Western Ontario. Erin is a member of the Association of Perinatal Naturopathic Doctors, the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors and the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors. In addition to her work at the Integrative Health Institute, Erin is also actively involved in educating the public about health and naturopathic medicine through speaking engagements and media appearances.

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Dr. Lisa Watson, BHSc, ND

Naturopathic Doctor

Dr. Lisa Watson delivers health care that supports balanced and attainable health at all ages and stages of life. Of primary importance is health care that nurtures the body, mind, spirit, family and community.  As a Naturopathic Doctor and mother, Lisa believes that health care and a healthy lifestyle are intrinsically linked and that each serves to support the other.

Lisa maintains a general family practice with a focus on pregnancy, fertility, pediatrics and adolescents, and women’s health. Lisa also has a special interest in digestive disorders, mood disorders, insomnia, and headaches. Lisa’s compassion, her ability to identify and treat imbalances, and her skill with applying the principles and therapies of Naturopathic Medicine to encourage a state of natural health are among her greatest strengths.

Lisa is a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and the University of Western Ontario. Lisa is a member of the Association of Perinatal Naturopathic Doctors, the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors, and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors. Lisa has additional certification in Intravenous Therapy, Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture, and as a Naturopathic Doula. Dr. Watson is a passionate writer and has contributed articles to the Naturopathic Doctors News and Review, Health Naturally magazine, and various publications worldwide.

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Check out Dr Watson’s blog: www.drlisawatson.com

Dr. Jen Newell, ND

Naturopathic Doctor, Holistic Dermatology and Culinary Nutrition Expert

Dr. Jen Newell, ND is the founder of the Naturopathic Skin Care Clinic at the Integrative Health Institute. She is committed to helping others resolve frustrating skin issues because she struggled with hormonal cystic acne and mild rosacea for over 10 years. Dissatisfied with the results from oral contraceptives, antibiotics and other conventional treatments, Jen decided to take matters in her own hands and find a safer and more sustainable solution to achieve healthy, glowing skin. She is now a leader in her field and a pioneer for a holistic approach to skin car

Dr. Newell has extensive experience in skin, hormonal and digestive health. She understands how the health of these systems is often integrated and the impact these issues can have on quality of life. She is passionate about helping people look and feel their best by combining her knowledge and expertise to develop customized and comprehensive plans for optimal health.

Dr. Jen Newell is a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and the University of Ottawa. She is a member of the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors, the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors and International Association of Corneotherapy. Jen has additional certification in Collagen Induction Therapy/Microneedling, Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture, and Culinary Nutrition.

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Check out Dr. Newell’s blog: newellnd.ca

Dr. Jennifer Tanner, ND

Naturopathic Doctor, Sports and Performance Based Medicine

screen-shot-2016-12-13-at-12-56-57-pmDr. Jennifer Tanner, ND graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a degree in Honours Kinesiology and loved the hands on experience of working as Athletic Therapist for the Varsity Rugby Team. She worked with CBC at the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympic Games before spending the next four years studying the art and science of Naturopathic Medicine. She was an active member of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine’s Sports Medicine Group.

Dr. Tanner received the Dr. Shimon Levytam Award for demonstrating principles of naturopathic medicine and applying them in daily clinic practices while promoting naturopathic medicine. She has been invited to speak internationally, trained with MD’s and various health care practitioners abroad and has appeared in Today’s Parent, well.ca and Best Health.
Dr. Tanner has a broad, evidence based practice with a focus on Sports Medicine and its link to inflammatory responses and the GI microbiota. Being a marathon runner and having been a competitive equestrian, an active lifestyle is important. Dr. Tanner’s other passion is for her three children, which is why she also chose to specialise in Pediatrics and Fertility. Dr. Tanner uses Acupuncture and Clinical Nutrition putting an emphasis on “food as medicine”. Additionally, she is trained in Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture which is a non-invasive method of improving the appearance of ageing skin.

In conjunction with the Integrative Health team, Dr. Tanner is thrilled to help people achieve an optimal state of health!

Dr. Mehran Tabrizi, BA, DC, DO

Chiropractor and Neuroscience-based Therapeutic Educator

Dr. Tabrizi is a chiropractor, osteopath and a passionate member of both the local and scientific community, whose goal is to teach that the pursuit of optimal health and wellness is much more than being symptom-free. His practice is rooted in the philosophy of treating the person rather than just treating the illness or ailment.

Dr. Tabrizi completed his undergraduate studies at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, B.C., obtaining a Bachelors degree in Psychology with a focus on cognitive neuropsychology. He later went on to obtain his Doctor of Chiropractic from Logan Chiropractic College in St. Louis, Missouri, after which he completed studies in osteopathy.

As a result of his interdisciplinary training, Dr. Tabrizi has developed a neuroscience-based therapeutic education approach to treating his patients, focusing on healing illness from a wider perspective, placing equal responsibility on patient as well as practitioner. Dr. Tabrizi aims to educate his patients and provide them with the tools and framework needed to integrate pain management and healthy living into the fabric of their everyday lives.  His continued commitment to expanding his clinical range has led to the creation of following principles of care:

  1. Know thy brain
  2. Chase your dreams but respect your body
  3. Know what fuels your identity and experience
  4. Preconception is the death of discovery
  5. Information consumes attention and corrupts experience
  6. Don’t always add without subtracting
  7. Resist conformity and transcend your origin
  8. Create a self-concept based on freedom from doubt
  9. Our worst fears lie in anticipation
  10. Build prevention fences
  11. Strive for improvements, not perfection
  12. Avoid avoidance

Dr. Tabrizi’s clinical philosophy is shaped by his extensive travels to Central and South Asia, Europe and the Gulf States as well as his personal experiences. As a clinician, Dr. Tabrizi continues to be driven by the adage: ‘my treatment is not a temporary bandage for a scarring wound.’

Are you ready to reclaim what it really means to be healthy and excel in all phases of your life?

Dr.Tabrizi can be reached at mtabrizi@integrativehealthinstitute.ca

Yvette Marcek, RMT

Registered Massage Therapist and Pilates Practitioner

Yvette Marcek is a Registered Massage Therapist, Pilates Practitioner and Reiki Practitioner; she often incorporates each of these modalities with her clients. Recognizing that each person who comes in the treatment room has unique requirements and goals, her priority is to create a therapeutic environment that is safe, healing, and positive.

Yvette’s technique is an embodiment of her belief in massage therapy and the influence of her fortunate opportunities for world travel and an incorporation of her journey’s cultural diversity. She has worked around the GTA, Turks and Caicos, Rome and has volunteered at a not-for-profit community birthing centre in Bali.

Her post-secondary studies include the University of Waterloo, Sutherland-Chan School for Massage Therapy, and Stott Pilates. She is also a Certified Infant Massage Instructor and has taught mothers, fathers, grandparents and other caregivers.

Despite viewing laughter as the best form of medicine, Yvette sees the healing of massage therapy and touch as an international language, spoken without barriers and greatly benefiting anyone. She is particularly passionate about increasing body awareness, believing that consciousness of our physical body and the world around us is an integral part of maintaining our health and happiness.

For more information about Yvette or massage therapy at the Integrative Health Institute, contact Yvette at ymarcek@integrativehealthinstitute.ca

Nancy Brooks, RMT

Registered Massage Therapist

Nancy J Brooks has enthusiastically been practicing as a Registered Massage Therapist in good standing with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario since 2000.  Upon completion of her Massage Therapy diploma from Sutherland-Chan School and Teaching Clinic, Ms. Brooks felt compelled to immerse herself in both rehabilitative and spa treatment settings; her goal was to understand and experience the myriad approaches to healing.

Ms. Brooks is also a freelance musician.  She holds a Bachelor of Musical Arts in Performance from The University of Western Ontario and an Artist Diploma in Orchestral Training in French Horn from The Royal Conservatory of Music.

Drawing on this diverse background, Ms. Brooks approaches her craft with a holistic philosophy. Enriched with the duality of her professional training, she is attuned to fostering profound relief of physical, emotional and spiritual tension.

Nancy asserts that life-long continuing education is the cornerstone of personal and professional vitality.  Her holistic treatment philosophy has evolved through the following post-graduate courses: Evidence-based Medical Acupuncture; Injury Prevention and Intervention for Musicians and Performing Artists; Fascia Release using NISA; Aromatherapy; Neural Dynamics and Pain Management; Muscle Energy; Introduction to Qi-Gong; The Physiology of Moksha Yoga Postures; Landmark Education; The Magraw Method; When the Artist’s Body Says No; Compassion Fatigue Prevention; RMT Business Seminar; Ukulele 101.

Giving back to her community is an integral part of her commitment to life long continuing education.  Ms. Brooks has a special interest in injury prevention and has given seminars to teachers at the Ontario Music Educators Association Annual Conference, musicians of The Faculty of Music at The University of Toronto, The Royal Conservatory of Music, National Youth Orchestra of Canada and served as Performance Awareness Instructor on faculty at the Royal Conservatory of Music. Nancy continues to develop and present seminars that inspire people to work and live balanced lives.

When Nancy is not massaging clients or making music, she loves to practice yoga, watch Irish rugby with her Irish Lad, and cruise around the city on her bicycle with the alligator horn!

For more information about Nancy or massage therapy at the Integrative Health Institute, contact Nancy at nbrooks@integrativehealthinstitute.ca

Melanie Gillians, RMT

Registered Massage Therapist

Melanie Gillians is a Registered Massage Therapist who graduated from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy. She is registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario and is a member of the Registered Massage Therapist Association of Ontario. She has completed continuing education in pregnancy massage, infant massage, and sports massage.

Bringing a new life into this world is an exciting and stressful change for families in our community. Melanie felt that having the additional knowledge of pregnancy massage; including high risk pregnancy massage and pre/post term massage, would be an additional skill set to help support the families going through this major transition. The educational component of instructing family members how to massage their infant is an important part of their development and bonding relationships, it lays the foundation of health and emotional stability. It is a truly beautiful experience witnesses the love that passes between parents and child.

Melanie has also completed an advanced sports massage course. She is a very active individual who understands that in order to be an effective massage therapist she must understand the needs of her clients as well as maintaining her own health and wellbeing. She believes that balance is the key to optimal health and regardless of activity level, incorporating some aspects of sports massage into most of her treatments is an integral part of balancing out the body.

For Melanie, massage therapy has proven to be extremely rewarding. We live in a stress filled society, so taking a moment for peace and serenity will help our bodies experience a heightened sense of health and wellbeing. For more information about Melanie or her massage therapy practice at the Integrative Health Institute, please contact mgillians@integrativehealthinstitute.ca

Milly Goh, RMT

Registered Massage Therapist

Since graduating from college in Michigan, Milly has worked at all kinds of places – environmental non-profits, financial institutions, food industries, small retailers, big retailers, and more. 

In 2010, she moved to Toronto, and graduated in 2012 from Kikkawa College with a Diploma in Massage Therapy.  Practicing since 2014, Milly has treated a range of conditions, and incorporates a combination of techniques that includes myofascial release, trigger point release, craniosacral therapy and traditional Swedish massage. Milly is a member of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) and Registered Massage Therapists Association of Ontario (RMTAO). She plans to pursue the Upledger Institute CranioSacral Therapy certification in the future.

Milly lives with her husband Andrew and loves to discover new places on her bike, being active, exploring the wonders of QiGong and experimenting with Instant Pot recipes!

Erica MacNeil, RMT

Registered Massage Therapist

Erica MacNeil brings more than 15 years of experience as a Registered Massage Therapist (with the CMTO) and 3 years as a certified personal trainer (Can-Fit Pro) to our team.

Erica is experienced in a wide range of modalities and techniques including trigger point therapy, relaxation, fascial work and certified in hard roller Fletcher pilates, cupping massage, remedial exercise and kinesio taping application to name a few and is ready to take on any challenge that approaches her.

Erica believes that guidance, client education, treatment and proper home care will enable people to reach their goals, minimize pain and enjoy a higher level of health, wellness and better quality of life.

Andre Naraine, RMT

Registered Massage Therapist

Andre Naraine is a graduate from York University (2007) and Sutherland-Chan School and Teaching Clinic (2015). Always fascinated by how the body moves and functions, Andre decided to break away from the business world in order to pursue a career aligned with his interests.

Andre has also been fortunate to incorporate other interests into the world of massage therapy. Once a high-school substitute teacher and sales manager, Andre also taught a new generation of up-and-coming massage therapists. He taught cardiovascular pathology and supervised many student specialty clinics at Sutherland-Chan School & Teaching Clinic.

Andre specializes in deep tissue trigger point treatments with an emphasis on education and overall wellness.

Lauren Berger, MSW, RSW

Counselling and Psychotherapy

LaurenBLauren Berger is a Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Member of The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). She is also a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW). Lauren earned her Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University (New York).

Lauren has worked with her clients to help them improve their quality of life by teaching them to better cope with negative experiences, stress, anxiety, and depression. Lauren uses an integrative approach to avoid “cookie cutter” counselling, and pulls from many social work and psychological frameworks such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Psychodynamic Therapy. You are as unique as your fingerprint, and so your counselling experience will be, too.

Clinical Hypnosis is a special tool that Lauren uses to help her clients reduce the stress in their lives. Whether you are simply looking for a relaxing “mental massage” or have a specific goal to reach, Clinical Hypnosis may be for you! Pain management, increasing focus, and making or breaking habits are just a few examples of the positive effect Clinical Hypnosis can make in your life. The possibilities are endless.

Lauren ensures that the therapeutic journey she guides you through is unique to your needs. Lauren’s clients report that she is sensitive, supportive, and empowering. Working with Lauren ensures that you will have a counselling relationship that is non-judgmental and collaborative. Whether you are managing a chronic illness, struggling in your relationships, or stressed at work, Lauren is here to help you through challenging times. Everyone faces challenges in life; no one gets off scot-free! Engaging in a counselling relationship with Lauren allows you to face your challenges and reach your goals without feeling overwhelmed. The insight you discover and the tools you learn are lifelong benefits to counselling. Life may be busy, but listing yourself as a priority will increase your productivity and help you lead a much happier, satisfying life! Lauren is excited to be your partner on this journey. For more information about Lauren, check out her website at www.laurenberger.ca or send her an email at lauren@laurenberger.ca

Ariel Blau, MSW, RSW, LCSW

Counselling and Psychotherapy

Ariel Blau has a formidable passion for helping high-achieving clients and emerging adults with the tasks of living a well-balanced and rewarding life. He also helps you develop skills and insight to overcome problems caused by anxiety, depression, negative stress, past difficulties and interpersonal relationships. His style is engaged, collaborative and non-judgmental.

He is trained in a variety of modalities to assure that his approach is specifically matched to your needs and integrates the modalities you need to improve your life. Ariel earned his Master of Social Work (MSW) degree with a clinical focus from the Silver School of Social Work, New York University (New York). Ariel Blau is a licensed Member of The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and the Ontario Association of Social Workers. He is trained in a variety of modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, expressive modalities, Psychodynamic therapy, short-term, and trauma-informed modalities.

When you come to counselling, Ariel uses a collaborative style tailored to your treatment goals, gently guiding you through the process of finding answers to your questions and problems. He will help you identify your strengths and use them to support the process. In a non-judgmental way, he will help you see alternatives to your quandaries and learn new ways of seeing things, so you can liberate yourself from patterns that don’t help or gain awareness about your options.

Earlier in his career, Ariel had a career in the arts where he developed his gift for divergent thinking and his imagination. These abilities are very useful for connecting to your experience in therapy and developing interventions that work for you.

Ariel can also offer to coach you to learn to practice mindfulness and has been studying and practicing mindfulness for more than 15 years. Research shows that Mindfulness practice helps you with stress reduction, increased capacity for focus, clarity and productivity, and with multiple health benefits. Mindfulness also helps you reduce the impact of anxiety, mood disorders and pain conditions. Ariel prides himself of knowing how to teach mindfulness without you trying hard at all.

Many individuals find their experiences working with Ariel are the catalyst they need to make lasting changes and have a fuller life. Ariel can kindly and compassionately help you take the steps to feel less worried, less afraid and more positive. Let Ariel help you embrace your purpose and empower your actions in the direction you always wished them to take. 

For more information, check his website at www.arielblau.com. 

Take action now towards a better life by making an appointment to meet and discuss how he can help you fulfill your needs. Click on “Book an Appointment” above to  start benefiting from his engaged and imaginative style.

Jonathan Handel, R.Ac, R.TCMP

Registered Acupuncturist, Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine

Jonathan is an acupuncturist and practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine. He values a holistic approach, and seeks to treat the root causes of illness and provide symptomatic relief for people seeking to better their health and quality of life. As a practitioner, Jonathan seeks to create a positive healing environment, where clients can step away from their daily stresses. Through creating a safe and comfortable space, clients can look forward to coming in for treatment as an opportunity to seek relief and get the support they need.

Jonathan’s goal is to empower his clients to take control of their own health, using acupuncture as a tool to get them there! He views role as being a facilitator, allowing the client to drive their own health forward. The client has already made a choice to improve his or herself by coming in for treatment, and they therefore need the tools to help them achieve it.

Jonathan has a special interest in helping people manage stress and related issues, including sleep disorders, anxiety, depression, fatigue, and pain. Jonathan also has chosen to focus on prenatal health and believes that acupuncture is a great tool for pregnancy related concerns such as nausea, itchiness, threatened miscarriage, pain, depression/anxiety, pre-labour treatment, breach presentation, and induction. Other clinical focuses of his include acute and chronic pain, headaches and migraines, women’s health, fertility, digestion, and fatigue.

Jonathan graduated from the Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TSTCM). He is a member in good standing with the College of TCM Practitioners and Acupuncturist of Ontario (CTCMPAO) and is registered as both a R.TCMP and R.Ac. For more information about Jonathan Handel and his Traditional Chinese Medicine practice at IHI, contact jhandel@integrativehealthinstitute.ca

Heather Lillico, MSc, RHN, RYT

Registered Holistic Nutritionist 

Heather is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist trained by the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. She is also a certified Yoga Instructor and has a Masters of Science in Public Health, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology both from the University of Waterloo.

Heather specializes in personalized nutrition using live, natural, and whole foods and looks at many factors surrounding food choice such as stress, sleep, mood, and lifestyle. She has a strong background in mental health and is passionate about promoting its connection to nutrition. Heather sees clients who are overworked, overstressed, and overtired, and empowers them to bring their body back into balance. She also specializes in plant-based diets, being vegan herself since 2013.

In her spare time, you can find her scouring dog parks for animals to pet, or searching for the city’s best smoothie!

Check out Heather’s blog for articles about health and nutrition https://heatherlillico.com/blog or follow her on Instagram http://instagram.com/heather_lil.

Our Teaching Team

Kaitlyn Baptist

Yoga Instructor

Having always had an interest in alternative wellness, Kaitlyn’s passionate exploration of holistic health began eight years ago and has culminated in the study of yoga, Reiki and nutrition. Certified as a holistic nutritionist and yoga instructor, Kaitlyn is committed to inspiring, educating and listening to clients through continued support, motivation and compassion as they take hold of their health.

Kaitlyn graduated with an Honours BA in sociology from Bishops University and went on to study Holistic Nutritionist at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. As a nutritionist and as a clinician, Kaitlyn teaches and encourages the essential ingredients of a balanced, holistic lifestyle, inspiring others to achieve optimal health and vitality by honoring their body’s natural needs. Her clinical practice is inspired by an ongoing fascination with the human body and its potential to heal itself.

Kaitlyns introduction to yoga came from two very wise teachers, her parents. By observing the benefits it brought to their lives and specific health conditions, she was hooked after her first class. Since then she has been exploring different styles, philosophies, and Yoga communities, including the emerging field of Yoga Therapy. Kaitlyn is a certified Yoga instructor with the Canadian Yoga Alliance and teaches in a manner that arouses ones creativity, compassion and sense of empowerment. Kaitlyns dedication to the realization of our inherit beauty and her attention to alignment, enables her students to access the benefits of regular practice, and to enjoy the entire experience Yoga has to offer.

Life is a Celebration of the Heart.

Natalie Marnica

Yoga Instructor

Natalie Marnica is a passionate advocate for holistic health. As a yoga therapist and teacher she believes that yoga practices should be accessible to everyone and, as such, offers many different therapeutic-based classes to allow all ages and fitness levels to participate and fully benefit from the healing practices of Yoga.

Natalie has a strong desire to teach individuals how to help themselves. She delivers simple breath-based yoga practices that supports and empowers the individual to improve their lives on all level physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. As a person who has recovered from depression, trauma and chronic pain, Natalie believes that even in dark times there is still hope for a better future. Natalie teaches weekly yoga classes at the Integrative Health Institute in Downtown Toronto.

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