Our Clinical Team
Dr. Erin Wiley, HBHSc, ND
Naturopathic Doctor & Clinic Director
Dr. Erin Wiley is the Co-Founder 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 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. At Western, Erin empowered undergraduate students to pursue healthy lives as the Program Coordinator of the ATTAC Life Health Promotion Program. 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.
Dr. Marc Bubbs, ND BSc, ND, CSCS, ART
Naturopathic Doctor & Strength Training Coach
Dr. Marc Bubbs N.D. has been working with athletes and active people for almost a decade. As a Naturopathic Doctor and Strength and Conditioning Coach, Marc focuses on the integration of health and exercise, believing that movement is the best medicine. He focuses on a holistic approach, using a combination of traditional Eastern and cutting-edge Western medicine to meet his client’s health and performance goals. Marc spent several years working in London, England as a personal trainer and strength coach for business executives and competitive athletes. He currently works as a sports medical consultant at Laylor Performance Systems and Canada Basketball.
Marc is a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Since finishing his studies, he has completed advanced training in Intravenous Therapeutics and Sports Nutrition to optimize his client’s health and training goals. He uses a variety of treatments to help athletes and active people improve their performance, productivity and speed recovery from injury. Marc is a member of the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors and is fully licensed to practice as a naturopathic doctor in Ontario. In addition to his training as an ND, Marc is a certified strength and conditioning coach, yoga instructor, spinning coach, and pilates instructor.
Dr. Lisa Watson, BHSc, ND
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.
Dr. Jen Newell, ND
Naturopathic Doctor and Culinary Nutrition Expert
Dr. Jen Newell is passionate about helping people embrace health, feel amazing and easily incorporate “real” food into their busy lives. Her mission is to make health accessible and achievable, and to inspire patients to live an active, vibrant and healthy life.
Prior to studying Naturopathic Medicine, Dr. Newell completed a Bachelor degree in Psychology and has found that it strongly complements her work as a Naturopathic Doctor. Following graduation from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, she became a Meghan Telpner certified Culinary Nutrition Expert and completed training in Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture and fertility support.
Jen has a clinical focus on digestive health, food sensitivities and healthy nutrition; mental health and stress-related illness; women’s health, hormone balance and fertility; optimal aging; and dermatology. She focuses on integrating healthy foods into one’s diet in a medicinal and therapeutic capacity and providing individuals with nutritional support that is easy to incorporate into a busy day.
Dr. Newell is licensed by the Board of Directors of Drugless Therapy – Naturopathy and is a member of Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors.
Dr. Mehran Tabrizi, BA, DC, DO
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:
- Know thy brain
- Chase your dreams but respect your body
- Know what fuels your identity and experience
- Preconception is the death of discovery
- Information consumes attention and corrupts experience
- Don’t always add without subtracting
- Resist conformity and transcend your origin
- Create a self-concept based on freedom from doubt
- Our worst fears lie in anticipation
- Build prevention fences
- Strive for improvements, not perfection
- 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 email@example.com
Dr. Gita Gupta BHSc, DC, CAP
Doctor of Chiropractic & Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner
Though Dr. Gupta has always had a passion for helping others, it was a personal experience that initially lead her down her current path in health care. While training as a long distance runner, she began to experience many painful injuries which did not improve with conventional prescription medications or general exercises. It was only through the safe and natural process of chiropractic care that she noticed an extensive improvement.
While receiving chiropractic treatment she became fascinated with the body’s ability to heal itself, especially with regard to the spine and the central nervous system. Through many therapeutic endeavors, Dr. Gupta gained first-hand experience of the profound healing power of chiropractic medicine, enabling her to bring enthusiasm and dedication to each of her patients’ treatments.
Her passion for healing has only intensified as she has had the fortune to learn about and experience the amazing and powerful effects of Ayurvedic Medicine and she brings that practice with her to IHI. Dr.Gupta continues to share her knowledge and experience as a natural healing practitioner with family, friends and patients, and encourages everyone she meets to “find a conscious way to live so that we can preserve our bodies, and as importantly, so we can preserve the earth.”
For more information about Ayurvedic Medicince check out our services page. You can find out more about Dr. Gupta via her website www.drgitagupta.com, and you can also reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yvette Marcek, RMT
Registered Massage Therapist
Yvette Marcek is a Registered Massage Therapist whose practice has evolved over the past 11 years. She understands that the body must be respected on many levels and that each person who comes for treatment has unique requirements and goals.
Having worked in different environments with many different populations, Yvette has learned from her vast number of clients. Clients have ranged from infants to elderly, pre to post-natal women, healthy to injured and those suffering from terminal illness. Yvette has worked specifically with clients suffering from eating and sleeping disorders, substance addictions as well as chronic conditions such as repetitive strain injuries.
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.
Yvette’s priority is to create a safe, healing, and positive environment for therapy. She is particularly passionate about educating people about posture, believing that consciousness of our physical body and the world around us is an integral part of maintaining our health and happiness.
Her post-secondary studies include the University of Waterloo and Sutherland-Chan School for Massage Therapy. 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 willing to join the conversation.
For more information about Yvette or massage therapy at the Integrative Health Institute, contact Yvette at email@example.com
Amanda Mroz, RMT
Registered Massage Therapist
Amanda Mroz is a Registered Massage Therapist who graduated from the Sutherland-Chan School and Teaching Clinic in 2011. She is registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario and is a member of the Registered Massage Therapists Association of Ontario. Amanda also holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Biology and Philosophy from Trent University.
Amanda was drawn to massage therapy because of its combination of art and science. Her technique combines an extensive knowledge of the body with an intuition that allows her hands to feel what the clients’ tissue needs.
Amanda enjoys working with a variety of clients. If you have pain, stress, postural concerns, musculoskeletal issues, or scar tissue, Amanda would love to be a part of your path to wellness. She has a strong interest in women’s health, specifically breast health and working with scar tissue. She is excited to be a part of the IHI team and is looking forward to working with you.
For more information about Amanda or massage therapy at the Integrative Health Institute, contact Amanda at firstname.lastname@example.org
Nancy J Brooks BMusA, Art.Dip., 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, Hot Stone Massage and Body Wraps; 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 email@example.com
Melanie Gillians, RMT
Registered Massage Therapist
Melanie Gillians is a Registered Massage Therapist who is a recent graduated from The Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy. She is a member of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario and the Registered Massage Therapists Association of Ontario. Melanie began her career in the health care industry as a dental assistant but quickly realized she desired to provide a more positive and effective approach to an individuals overall wellness. She felt drawn to the massage therapy profession because of her natural ability to comfort and nurture those who surround her. She loves the ability to connect with people on a cellular level, making a difference in their day-to-day lives.
After graduating, Melanie was eager to expand her knowledge. She has participated in a pregnancy massage course that allowed her to work with women in each trimester of their pregnancy, including women in high risk pre-natal situations. She feels that pregnancy is a beautiful and natural aspect of life, and that Massage Therapy is an integral part of creating a beautiful and serene atmosphere for families undergoing such an important transition.
Melanie is an 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 wellness. Of course she enjoys regular massage therapy, as well as participating in yoga and strength training to ensure she is optimal health for her massage therapy practice. As fitness and wellness are an important part of her practice she has also participated in an advanced sports massage course. She is working on becoming a member of the Sports Massage Therapist Association of Ontario and hopes to volunteer at the Pan Am Games-2015, in Toronto. Go Canada!! For Melanie, Massage Therapy has proven to be extremely rewarding. In our stressful society, it has proven to be an effective means of coping with the daily stressors. It is important to take time from our busy schedules to have a moment of peace and serenity. Enjoying each moment will help our bodies experience a heightened sense of health and wellbeing.
LAUREN BERGER, MSW, RSW
Counselling and Psychotherapy
Lauren 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rachel Girardi, is a psychology-educated-turned-healthy lifestyle coach. Since graduating from the University of Western Ontario with a Masters Degree in psychology, she has worked with many different types of people to incorporate healthy behaviours into their lives. Rachel has worked as a personal trainer for the past four years and over that time has helped clients to reach weight loss, performance and other health goals. Can-Fit Pro and Precision Nutrition Certified, she has a special interest in nutrition and teaching others how to incorporate proper nutrition into their busy lives. Rachel loves to cook and share her recipes with a growing online community at completecarecoaching.com/blog.
Rachel has always had a passion for helping people discover ways to improve their lives. She believes that every person has a unique set of strengths that can help them to reach their health goals. Understanding each person’s individual challenges and helping them to overcome those barriers is her main philosophy. Joining the IHI team, Rachel is excited to be working with a talented group of practitioners to help implement their medical and lifestyle recommendations into their clients daily lives. She can help you with nutrition, fitness and stress reduction, so you can not only achieve but also maintain healthy behaviours. The way she sees it, the Doctors can tell you what you should do to get healthy, and she will be the coach to help you make it happen in your life!
Danielle Denwood, BA CPM
A doula is a woman who is trained and experienced in the physical and emotional needs of birthing women and families. She understands the physiology of labor and birth and how to help a woman and her partner work with the process.
Danielle is a Certified Professional Midwife, Doula, Interdisciplinary Yoga Teacher, and Chartered Herbologist. She feels honored to nurture and create a safe space for women during their journey to motherhood. It is her intention to support mothers as they take responsibility for their own health and well-being and that of their baby and it is her hope that birth will be a positive, transformative experience for mothers and families, fostering empowerment throughout their lives.
Since the beginning of time, women have been supporting women through childbirth and the postpartum period. It has been the collaborative effort and experiences of these women that have encouraged and empowered them to transition into motherhood successfully. In our fast-paced modern medical society, we have forgotten this very essential support system that has proven to help women give birth naturally. Danielle is an educated, trained, and caring birth professional whose main objective is to provide informational, emotional, and physical support to women and their partners through pregnancy, labour, and the postpartum period.
Whether the birth takes place in a hospital, birthing center or home whether the baby is delivered by a doctor or midwife, a doula is a valuable asset to any birth team. Research shows that the support of a doula throughout pregnancy optimizes a woman’s chance of having a healthier birth experience and a healthier infant.
To connect with Danielle or to learn more about her services as a doula, you can reach her at email@example.com or 647-961-0070.
Our Teaching Team
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.
From the age of five to nine Simone was part of Canada’s pre-Olympic gymnastics team. Health and fitness have always been a large part of her life. For over ten years she built her own personal yoga practice before deciding to pursue yoga as a career. Certified in Hatha Vinyasa through the Yoga Sanctuary in 2005, Simone pursued by additional certifications in yoga for children, restorative and seniors yoga.
Simone is CPR certified and will have an additional certification this May 2011 to teach pre and post-natal yoga. Her passion for assisting people in their path to well being through yoga comes from her own personal health challenges and having always benefited from the practice of yoga. Yoga has taught Simone to accept the limits of her body while working towards her goals. Yoga means bring together, it helps the body find balance. Her true desire is to help others achieve the goals of greater health and general well being.
Pilates and Yoga Instructor
Genevieve came to yoga and natural ways of healing over ten years ago inspired by her own experiences with chronic pain management. Since then she’s visited 27 countries teaching movement, yoga, and Pilates to ages 10 – 65+. She is a certified instructor in both Yoga and Pilates.
Genevieve has an MA in Geography (Health) and is currently pursuing her certification as a Registered Holistic Nutritionist. She’s also a contributing writer to Sweat Equity Magazine and the Roots Yoga Blog. Whether guiding a gentle pre-natal hatha practice or a rigorous detox flow class, Genevieve teaches with big energy, a dash of humour, and lots of oomph!
We ask ourselves, who am I to be gorgeous, fabulous and talented? Actually, who are you not to be? – Nelson Mandela
Doula and Pre-natal Yoga Instructor
2Health CPR & Recue Skills Instructor
When 8-years old Kavita jumped in the pool to save her cousin, her journey as a First Aider began and her future revealed itself. Kavita created 2HEALTH in 1992, with a motto:
“More Prevention = Less Treatment”
Now thousands of parents, healthcare professionals and employees are more prepared and rescue-confident – the 2HEALTH way!
2HEALTH’s unique and interactive teaching approach offers participants an enriching, informative and practical workshop. Kavita’s trademark question is: “In an emergency, will you be calm and rescue someone effectively in 60 seconds? If not, then you need first aid training or re-training.”
Our Administrative Team
Tara Lee Towers
Administrative Team Leader
Tara Lee is a graduate of OCAD University and an active member of the Toronto Art and Design community. She is also responsible for organizing and curating gallery shows as a founding member of Woman King Collective, a group of female multidisciplinary artists and designers working in Toronto.
Tara Lee knows plenty about the challenges of maintaining a steady and balanced lifestyle. As a passionate devotee to her own wellness goals she looks forward to supporting you in your journey to optimum health and happiness.
Virginia has led her life with health, family, friends, work and food being of utmost importance. An avid cyclist, Virginia has always found a love for pursuing excellence in both body and mind. On the weekend, you will most likely find her gardening, cooking, juicing fresh produce, or reading. A home project is always on the go, and of course some downtime to be shared in preparing a summer patio spread for friends and family.
She has two beautiful grown children, co-exists with her sons 120 lb wolfhound mix, and enjoys the beauty of her surroundings, often capturing moments through photography and writing.
Virginia has worked in health care for many years. Work is like an extended family. Co-workers and patients can see that she gives her heart and soul to helping others. The extra time taken to get to know someone on a closer level is not seen as work for her. Rather, it is a connection between two humans, living together in our world.
An interesting achievement for Virginia was the planning and execution of a surprise wedding that made headlines in newspapers across Toronto. Virginia looks forward to the journey ahead at IHI, finally having a sense of round peg round hole – a perfect fit in a not so perfect world.
Shannon is a fourth year student at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, and is currently doing her clinical internship at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic and Brampton Naturopathic Teaching Clinic. She is a graduate of the University of Guelph, with a B.Sc. (Hons) majoring in biomedical sciences. In her spare time, she can be found running outside along the streets and trails of Toronto, in the kitchen baking a hypoallergenic treat, or curled up on the couch with a good book and a delicious coconut milk latte (her guilty pleasure!) She is passionate about health and happiness, and firmly believes the two go hand in hand. She is excited to be a part of the IHI reception team, and looks forward to seeing you in the clinic soon!
Our Advisory Team
Our clinical advisors provide information and context to IHI clinicians. We are pleased to have them as part of our Advisory Team.