Our Clinical Team
Dr. Erin Wiley, HBHSc, ND
Naturopathic Doctor & Clinic Director
I believe your success story starts with great health.
I understand that you are on a mission, leading an industry, defining a culture, and making our world a better place. You have a vision for your life that includes success, freedom, creativity, and adventure. You are giving “your all” to realize your goals and your health is your greatest resource for achieving that purpose.
Health is not the price you need to pay for your success. You can “lean in” without letting go of your dreams.
I am your smart medicine strategist. I operate from a medical system that values function and performance. A system that is not limited when “test results are normal” but you are still suffering. A framework that asks bigger questions about your personal vision for your health and does not assume your level of commitment.
I won’t tell you to quit your job or ask you to cook every meal from scratch, but I will help you to get upstream and real about aligning your health goals with your life goals. Abundant energy, amazing relationships and big life adventures are the fuel that will help you leave your mark on the world without leaving your health behind.
My clinical focus is centered on the concept of immuno-metabolism. I fight fatigue, inflammation, and belly fat, to help you to build optimal hormonal balance and focused brainpower. I have a strong interest in integrative medicine and advanced training in environmental and functional medicine. I am a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and the University of Western Ontario.
For the past 12 years, I have been the owner and clinic director of one of Toronto’s leading integrative health clinics, the Integrative Health Institute.
Dr. Erin TeWinkel, ND
Naturopathic Doctor, Teen-Wellness Warrior
Meet Dr. Erin TeWinkel – the Teen Wellness Warrior!
Dr. TeWinkel is on a mission to improve teen health and build it’s foundations so they can own their health for the rest of their life.
When a teen is supported in their health early on, the stage for success can really be set.
Teens and their families are often given limited choices to deal with their health concerns. Whether it be hormonal struggles, acne, painful periods, anxiety and depression, dieting and healthy weight management or sexual health – all of these can be addressed with a tailored plan to each teen.
With a strong clinical focus on gut and brain health optimization, Dr. TeWinkel has created the Teen Resliency Method to ensure our teens are strong, resilient and HAPPY.
She is here to empower and support teens and their families throughout the many ups and downs of adolescence. Teens have an immense unharnessed potential – she is here to ensure that potential shines.
Erin is a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and the University of Guelph. She was born and raised a farm girl – but fell in love with the city. She now lives here with her growing family and is usually found putting her epic skills as a fort engineer or LEGO Masterbuilder to use.
Follow Dr. TeWinkel on Instagram @drtewinkel
Dr. Roxanne Ramlal, ND
Naturopathic Doctor, Gut- Health Gladiator
Dr. Ramlal believes that we can all be the best version of ourselves and this starts with taking care of our health. We are worthy of having the life we want and doing all the amazing things we want to do. She is passionate about looking at the bigger picture of the factors that shape our health and curating strategies to help others reach their greatest potential.
Dr. Ramlal has a strong belief in creating a space to cultivate growth, awareness and fostering the mind-body connection to nourish the foundations of health.
As a clinician, her area of focus is helping those with digestive concerns such as irritable bowel syndrome, break free from the constraints of diarrhea, bloating and constipation that are keeping them from living and feeling their best.
Follow Dr. Ramlal on Instagram @drroxanneramlal
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 and multidisciplinary thinking, 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 the patient as well as the 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 protected]
Yvette Marcek, RMT
Registered Massage Therapist and Pilates Practitioner
PLEASE NOTE: YVETTE IS NOT CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS. 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 [email protected]
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.
Katy Lillie, RMT
Registered Massage Therapist
Katy is a graduate of the Kinesiology program at York University, Mount Royal University Athletic Therapy, and the Royal Canadian College of Massage Therapy.
She is a Registered Massage Therapist, Certified Athletic Therapist, and Registered Kinesiologist. She has additional training in sports massage, cupping, kinesiology & athletic taping, pregnancy massage, lymphatic drainage massage, massage therapist as labor support provider, and non-internal pelvic floor treatment techniques.
Katy’s belief is that a massage therapy treatment should be relaxing, should bring awareness to areas of your body that may be holding tension, and should be tailored to the needs of each individual to leave them feeling amazing after each session!
Sharlton Hercules, RMT
Registered Massage Therapist
Sharlton received diplomas in Massage Therapy and Sports Injury Therapy at the Canadian Therapeutic College. He has also completed numerous additional qualifications courses including Traditional Chinese Medical Acupuncture, Certified Personal Training, Performance Enhancement, Corrective Exercise and Functional Movement Screens.
Sharlton’s specialties focus on advanced deep tissue massage, Facial Distortion Model (FDM), muscle energy, strain-counterstrain, myofascial release, joint mobilization, Shockwave therapy, therapeutic ultrasound, electric muscle stimulation, interferential current, cold LASER therapy and athletic taping and bracing support.
Sharlton focuses on sports medicine, by utilizing a variety of soft tissue techniques and modalities. His approach is to determine the root cause of the discomfort, which is not always at the location of pain. Addressing these dysfunctions is the first step of creating a comprehensive, personalized treatment plan that will help lead to a successful outcome. He takes time to consider the individuals goals, ensuring that both he and the patient are on the same page.
Sharlton is delighted to bring his expertise and services to IHI to help you optimize the longevity of your health and well-being.
Kevin Bulchand, RMT
Registered Massage Therapist
Kevin received an advanced diploma from the massage therapy program at Centennial College (2018). Here, he would gain experience with a variety of patients such as construction workers to paralympic athletes. Being trained in multiple martial disciplines such as Karate and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, he understands the importance balancing work and recovery.
Kevin believes that the health of an individual requires education, teamwork, and consistency. Like the combat arts, Kevin knows that medicine is multifaceted and should be catered to the person’s lifestyle.
Kevin personalizes your treatment with Swedish massage and trigger point therapy. So whether you’re working out or working outside, He optimizes that rest period to get you prepared for your bout with daily life.
Lauren Berger, MSW, RSW
Social Work & Counselling
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 protected]
Ariel Blau, MSW, RSW, LCSW
Social Work & Counselling
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.
Samantha Roberts RP
It is truly exciting to witness and help guide people through transformative times according to what matters for that individual. I have enjoyed over 23 years of direct clinical experience in interdisciplinary settings assisting clients with restoring function and returning to a life within their value systems. Registered with CRPO since 2016, I have a passion for communication, empowerment and awareness in my practice. I have extensive experience within the CBT, ACT, DBT and functional based problem solving paradigms. I also have formal training in Kinesiology and Yoga. The blend of both movement and stillness as healing tools is something else that I am passionate about teaching to my clients. After all, we cannot neatly separate the body from the brain and everything else that makes us us. Because of this, I believe that an individualized, integrative approach to mental health yields the best results. Since there is no growth in our comfort zones, the change inherent in healing can be extremely uncomfortable and even prohibitive. The assistance provided through psychotherapy and life coaching can add much comfort and efficacy to this journey.
Rachel Kotack RP (Qualifying)
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
As a mother of three kids 5 and under (including twins) who works full time, I am all too familiar with the concept of losing a sense of self and feeling like you are living on autopilot. Between life transitions, the pressures of day-to-day life and the more recent stress of the pandemic, we have less and less energy to focus on ourselves and it’s no wonder it can feel as though we are getting lost.
Personally, I have experienced the process of ‘creating’ myself more than once as my life has changed and I’ve had to adapt to new circumstances. It takes intentional effort to pause the cycle and really ask, who do I want to be and what do I want my life to look like?
I have worked in the helping field for almost 20 years with a large variety of clients, some with a high achieving career-oriented focus, others experiencing life transitions like divorce or having a child and others who are tired of repeating the same cycles in their relationships, wanting to find a new way to interact. While on the surface these people may appear very different, they all hold one thing in common: the desire to understand themselves better and to create a life in line with their core values. These are things we can work on collaboratively through psychotherapy.
In my practice, I use an integrative approach to psychotherapy rooted in a deep non-judgmental connection with my clients. In sessions we will:
Reflect: helping you to understand how you see the world and yourself, discovering unhelpful patterns
Replenish: uncovering ways to find fulfillment and nourish the parts of you that need extra focus.
And Restore: re-establish balance in your life, your sense of self and guide you into a life that is true to your core values.
I look forward to working with and getting to know you.
Jonathan Handel, R.Ac, R.TCMP
Registered Acupuncturist, Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner
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 [email protected]
Victoria Pieszczynski, BASc. CPT
Certified Personal Trainer, Nutritionist and Holistic Lifestyle Coach
The choices you make around what you eat are more impactful on your health than you probably realize. Whether you’re trying to lose weight, boost energy, improve mental performance or alleviate chronic disease symptoms, food is your absolute best tool.
But with so much circulating information, busy work schedules, family and social commitments and expectations, maintaining a healthy diet to reach your goals can feel overwhelming, unattainable and often low on the priority list. However, it is during this reality of time shortage and stress overload that we need sound nutrition the most.
I believe eating healthy shouldn’t be complicated or stress inducing.
I don’t believe in eating less and exercising more. I won’t gauge the healthiness of your diet by how many trendy superfoods you eat. I won’t expect you to count your calories or to spend your weeknights cooking extravagant meals with endless ingredients.
As your nutrition coach, my mission is to empower you, to improve your connection with food and to help you establish healthy behaviors that really last. Using simple, realistic strategies I will help you overcome the every day barriers that keep you from losing the weight, attacking your day and feeling your healthiest. I am a problem solver at heart and believe that every person can feel in control of their health.
Victoria’s passion for nutrition began at a young age. Being raised by a single mother who is also a nutritionist, Victoria learned that it is possible (and important) to prioritize healthy eating even when life gets really crazy. Seeing this first hand is what drew her to pursue a career in nutrition. Victoria completed her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition with a minor in Physical Activity Assessment and Promotion at Ryerson University. She is a certified personal trainer, nutritionist and holistic lifestyle coach. She has special interest in metabolism, functional medicine and behavior change psychology.
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Integrative Nutrition Coach
Lisa’s health journey began five years ago, when she discovered a bald spot on her scalp the size of a loonie. After about a month, she’d lost most of her hair to a massive Autoimmune induced, Alopecia Areata flare.
Fast forward to today and Lisa’s living her best life – with hair! Something told her to reject the traditional “treatment” of steroid injections in the scalp and to see an ND instead. From there, Lisa healed her gut and made healthy changes to both her diet and lifestyle.
The total health transformation that followed was incredible to Lisa. Chronic symptoms she’d been dealing with for years disappeared and she had regrowth across her entire scalp!
Lisa’s amazing health transformation inspired her to attend the Institute of Integrative Nutrition to become an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach so she can empower others to harness the power of food and lifestyle, in order to truly thrive.
Lisa believes (and is living proof) that a healthy gut along with healthy diet and lifestyle habits are the foundation for good health. When used correctly, they have the power to heal the body and completely transform our health.
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Our Teaching Team
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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Client Care Team Lead – Operations Manager
I have always believed that everyone deserves to feel extraordinary. Since completing my undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto, I have always known I was meant to help people feel their best. Now being a 3rd year student at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, I am so honoured to be apart of this community of practitioners who strive to make people feel their best everyday. I cherish this community and I am here for you for whatever you need. I look so forward to the future ahead, and my promise to you will always be to make you feel safe, comfortable, and empowered.
Client Care Coordinator
While completing my Bachelor of Science at the University of Guelph, I found a passion for all things natural. It was shortly after that I was introduced to naturopathic medicine and I realized it was my calling. I am currently a third year student at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and I can’t wait to see where my future takes me. Since joining IHI, this team has further propelled my desire to be in this field and I am so grateful to be surrounded with such passionate and professional practitioners. I am a true people person with extensive experience in customer service and my ultimate goal is to provide you with a seamless experience at IHI. I am so excited to be a part of this community and I look forward to meeting and getting to know each and every one of our patients!