Our Clinical Team
Dr. Erin Wiley, HBHSc, ND
Naturopathic Doctor & Clinic Director
Now booking for May 2016.
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 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.
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, Holistic Dermatology 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
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:
- 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
Shannon Stoby, PT, MScPT
Shannon graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Physical Education with distinction, and followed with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy. She is licensed with the College of Physical Therapists of Ontario and is a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.
Shannon has trained extensively in John F. Barnes Myofascial Release (MFR), and this is the focus of her practice. She has worked with patients with mental illness, has trained in women’s health treatment, and is a sports enthusiast; MFR allows her a means to assist with all of these issues in a meaningful way. She has also worked across the lifespan, with experience addressing the health concerns of older adults. Through her experience in work and in life, she has come to understand that there is more to healing than just the body. While physical health is paramount, the roles of the mind and the soul in health and healing are of equal importance.
Shannon is excited for the opportunity to work with the talented team at IHI, and looks forward to working with you, in wherever the journey may lead.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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; 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
Odette Oliver, RMT
Registered Massage Therapist
Odette graduated from Sutherland and Chan School and Teaching Clinic in 1997. Since that time she has been practicing and teaching massage therapy in Ontario and Nova Scotia. In Halifax she was the School Director of ICT Northumberland College School of Massage Therapy, where her teaching focused on communication. Throughout her teaching career, Odette has stressed the importance of good body mechanics, physical awareness and relaxation techniques.
Her previous career began in England as a dancer and choreographer. She worked extensively with painters, photographers, and actors in exploring barriers to ‘freedom of movement’, in the context of character development and performance improvement. Now Odette continues to promote ‘freedom of movement’ as a massage therapist.
Believing in the autonomy of the client, Odette supports the client in identifying personal barriers to optimal health and works with the client on developing strategies to achieve their health goals. Odette’s therapeutic approach is focused on the individual and uses a variety of techniques including classic Swedish massage and myofascial release.
Home care exercise or relaxation techniques may be recommended, but mostly singing and dancing is encouraged!
For more information about Odette or her massage therapy practice at the Integrative Health Institute, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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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Our Administrative Team
Administrative Team Leader
She 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.
Leah moved to Toronto from the East Coast to follow her heart and become a Naturopathic Doctor. She currently attends the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and is excited about the business experience she will gain working with the IHI Administrative Team. At the University of New Brunswick in Saint John she completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and worked to launch The Promise Partnership, supporting children in disadvantaged neighbourhoods reach their potential through education and access to positive role models.
She rarely passes up a great opportunity and has learned that maintaining balance between work and pleasure is central to health and happiness. She shakes off the stress of the big city by staying close to nature, running the Toronto trails and always stopping to pick a flower or two! She has a warm, sunny personality and will partner will the IHI staff to ensure your time at the clinic is both relaxing and uplifting. She looks forward to serving you 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.