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Meet the Team

Tannenbaum_DavidDr. David Tannenbaum
MD CCFP FCFP

Dr. David Tannenbaum is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto, and the Family Physician-in-Chief in the Ray D. Wolfe Department of Family Medicine at Sinai Health System. He has an active clinical practice and he teaches family medicine residents and medical students in the Granovsky Gluskin Family Medicine Centre where he also leads the Mount Sinai Academic Family Health Team. His academic interests include curriculum design and implementation.

Dr. Tannenbaum received his medical degree from McGill University in 1977, and completed residency training in Family Medicine at McGill and at the Medical University of South Carolina. He is the recipient of several awards for teaching and contributions to postgraduate medical education. In 2007 Dr. Tannenbaum was named one of two Family Physicians of the Year for Metro Toronto by the OCFP. He held the D. I. Rice Award from the College of Family Physicians of Canada from 2008 to 2010. In 2012 he held the position of President of the Ontario College of Family Physicians. He is currently Deputy Chair, partnerships, in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto, and Chair of the Ontario Health Technology Advisory Committee at Health Quality Ontario.

Bearss ErinErin Bearss
MD CCFP(EM)

Dr. Bearss earned her medical degree at McMaster University and completed her Family Medicine residency training at Mount Sinai Hospital through the University of Toronto. She then went on to complete an Emergency Medicine Fellowship at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Bearss is a staff physician at the Mount Sinai Academic Family Health Team and in the Schwartz-Reisman Emergency Department at Mount Sinai Hospital. She practices comprehensive family medicine, and emergency medicine.

Dr. Bearss is currently the Family Medicine Residency Program Director at Mount Sinai Hospital. She is actively involved in clinical teaching and curriculum development and is an assistant professor at the Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto.

Biringer_AnneAnne Biringer
MD CCFP FCFP

Dr. Anne Biringer is an Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto, and holds the Ada Slaight and the Slaight Family Foundation Directorship in Maternity Care for the Ray D. Wolfe Department of Family Medicine, Mount Sinai Hospital, in Toronto.

Dr. Biringer received her medical degree from Queen’s University and has been practicing family medicine, including delivering babies care, for over 30 years. She has a special interest in family medicine maternity care and is past Chair of the Maternal and Newborn Care Committee of the College of Family Physicians of Canada. She is currently on the Clinical Practice Obstetrics Committee for the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada and the Neonatal Hyperbilirubinemia working group for the Provincial Council for Maternal and Child Health. She has published on many facets of maternity care and maternity care education and has received numerous awards.

Carroll_JuneJune Carroll
MD CCFP FCFP

Dr. June Carroll is the Sydney G. Frankfort Chair of Family Medicine and Professor and Clinician Scientist in the Ray D. Wolfe Department of Family Medicine at Sinai Health System and the Department of Family & Community Medicine at University of Toronto.

In addition to Dr. Carroll’s busy family practice, she is involved in research and health policy. Her research interests focus on the integration of genomics into primary care including such topics as family history, prenatal screening, newborn screening, hereditary cancer, predictive genetic testing and personalized medicine. She is Co-Director of GEC-KO (Genetics Education Canada – Knowledge Organization: www.geneticseducation.ca), the mission of which is to increase the genetics knowledge of health care providers. She is also Chair of the Prenatal Screening Ontario Education Working Group and Vice Chair of the Ontario Genomics Advisory Committee, which makes recommendations about funding genetic and genomic tests.

Forte_MilenaMilena Forte
MD CCFP

Dr. Forte graduated from University of Western Ontario Medical School and completed her Family Medicine training at McMaster University. She subsequently completed a Women’s Health Scholar Fellowship at the University of Toronto.

She is a staff physician at the Ray D. Wolfe Department of Family Medicine at Sinai Health System where she practices family medicine including full-scope maternity care.

Dr. Forte is an assistant professor at the Department of Family and Community Medicine, U of T where she is currently the Departmental lead for Family Medicine Maternity Care as well the Postgraduate lead in the Office of Education Scholarship.

She is actively involved in clinical teaching, curriculum development, faculty development and education research. She has published work in the areas of maternity care education and is an author on the most recent Canadian Guidelines on Physical Activity During Pregnancy.

mayura-loganathanMayura Loganathan
MD

Dr. Mayura Loganathan earned his medical degree at the University of Ottawa and completed his family medicine residency at Mount Sinai Hospital through the University of Toronto.

Dr. Loganathan is currently a staff physician at the Mount Sinai Academic Family Health Team. He is the lead physician for the family health team’s home visiting program for homebound frail elderly. He also teaches undergraduate medical students and family medicine residents at the Mount Sinai Hospital’s Granovsky Gluskin Family Medicine Centre. He is currently pursuing a Master’s of Science Community Health at the University of Toronto through the Department of Family and Community Medicine.

dr-natalie-morsonNatalie Morson
MD

Dr. Natalie Morson is a staff physician practicing comprehensive family medicine including obstetrics at the Mount Sinai Academic Family Health Team.

Dr. Morson earned her medical degree from the University of Western Ontario in 2006 and then completed her Family Medicine residency, followed by a Low Risk Obstetrics Fellowship, at the University of Toronto in 2008. After practicing in a group practice in midtown Toronto for 2 years, she relocated to Boston in 2011 where she worked as a family physician in a Community Health Center for four years. Since returning to Toronto and joining the Family Health Team, Dr Morson has worked as a clinician teacher and is the Director of the Maternity Care and Women’s Health Program for the family medicine residents at Mount Sinai.

Nutik_MelissaMelissa Nutik
MD CCFP FCFP MEd

Dr. Melissa Nutik is a family physician practicing comprehensive Family Medicine in the Mount Sinai Academic Family Heath Team. She sees patients of all ages and also provides full scope maternity care. She is a clinician educator and holds a faculty appointment as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. She is actively involved in teaching learners of all levels.

Dr. Nutik completed her medical degree and Family Medicine residency training at the University of Toronto. Subsequently she completed a one year academic fellowship in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and a Masters of Education Degree in Health Professional Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.

Dr. Nutik is the undergraduate educate scholarship lead for the Office of Education Scholarship of the Department of Family and Community Medicine. Her area of academic interest is medical education, with a focus on clinical and communication skills and evaluation.

Naimer_MichelleMichelle Naimer
MD CCFP MHSc

Dr. Naimer is a staff family physician and Clinical Director of the Ray D. Wolfe Department of Family Medicine at Sinai Health System. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto and teaches family medicine residents and medical students. Dr. Naimer earned her medical degree at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario and completed her Family Medicine Residency training at McMaster University. She also completed a Master’s of Health Science Degree in Health Administration from the University of Toronto. Dr. Naimer’s academic interests are in the areas of quality improvement, health systems research and collaborative care.

Warren Rubenstein
MD FCFP

Dr Rubenstein is a graduate of the University of Toronto's medical school and family medicine residency training program. He completed a fellowship in medical education at the Royal College of General Practitioners in Melbourne Australia. He is the co-author of a textbook for medical teachers, Medical Teaching in Ambulatory Care, first published in 1993 and now in its third edition. In addition to his family medicine clinical practice, he teaches undergraduate medical students and family medicine residents. He lectures and presents workshops for doctors involved in medical teaching at conferences and universities worldwide.

dr-sakina-waljiSakina Walji
MD CCFP MPH

Dr. Sakina Walji is a family physician practicing in the Ray D. Wolfe Department of Family Medicine at Sinai Health System. She practices comprehensive family medicine and maternity care. She earned her medical degree at Imperial College London and received her Family Medicine training at Mount Sinai Hospital under the University of Toronto. She currently teaches family medicine in the Granovsky Gluskin Family Medicine Centre and is the lead physician for quality improvement. She has completed a Masters of Public Health.

Sabrina KolkerSabrina Kolker
MD CCFP MA MSc

Dr. Sabrina Kolker is a staff physician practicing comprehensive family medicine including maternity care in both French and English at the Mount Sinai Academic Family Health Team.

Dr. Kolker completed her medical degree at the University of British Columbia and completed her residency at the University of Toronto in family medicine. During her residency Dr. Kolker also completed a Masters of Science from the University of Toronto in Clinical Epidemiology.

Prior to her training as a family doctor, Dr. Kolker attended Stanford University where she completed a BA in English and a Masters in French. Dr. Kolker went on to represent Canada in women’s rowing at the 2004 Athens and the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. While training and travelling abroad, Dr. Kolker developed a passion for global health and has spent time volunteering in Uganda and Bolivia.

Since joining the Family Health Team, Dr Kolker has worked as a clinician teacher. Her academic interests include the role of exercise as medicine including the role of exercise in pregnancy, sex and gender differences in medical outcomes and qualitative research exploring resident education.

lisa-satiraLisa Satira
RD CDE

Lisa Satira is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator. She offers nutritional counselling and facilitates group programs within the Family Health Team. Lisa received her undergraduate degree from The University of Western Ontario and completed her post-graduate internship at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto.

Suzanne Singh
BScPhm, ACPR, PharmD, RPh

The Family Health Team Pharmacist provides medication assessments and education to ensure medications are necessary, safe and effective. Our pharmacist collaborates with patients, family physicians, and health care team to help identify and address medication concerns. To learn more about the services offered by our pharmacist, please visit Pharmacist Services

jessica-munroJessica Munro
NP PHC BN

Jessica Munro graduated from the University of New Brunswick in 2000, with a bachelor degree in Nursing. As an RN, she worked in medicine, paediatrics and in the North. In 2004, Jessica completed her Primary Health Care Nursing Practitioner program at Dalhousie University, Halifax.

Prior to joining Mt Sinai's Family Health Team in 2010, she worked in community health centres in downtown Toronto and in Northern Ontario, with a special focus in refugee health and tropical medicine.

In 2013, Jessica started to develop her expertise in the areas of chronic pain and addictions, which she now uses to lead the teams' award-winning Healthy Living with pain (HeLP) program (Bright Lights Award, AFTHO, 2016). She completed the Medical Psychiatry Alliance Fellowship in 2019, with a focus on pain and addictions management.

She has volunteered with the Sherbourne Health Bus, the Scarborough Volunteer Clinic for the Uninsured, in Haiti and in Pakistan.

She regularly teaches students and presents at conferences, universities, for other community practices, as well as for our own medical learners here at Mt Sinai. She is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Toronto in the Faculty of Nursing, and the Department of Community and Family Medicine. She is the recipient of Ryerson's Preceptor of the year Award (2011-2012) and the 2017 NPAO President's Award for innovation.

lauren-davidsonLauren Rose
BASc., RD

Lauren Rose is a Registered Dietitian in the Mount Sinai Academic Family Health Team.

Lauren provides nutrition education, counseling and support to all ages across the lifespan, in both individual and group settings, with a primary focus on behavior change strategies towards achieving health goals. As a dietitian in an academic setting, Lauren participates in nutrition education for medical clerks, residents, dietetic interns and medical staff. She has been trained in media communications and has shared her expertise with The Globe and Mail, Chatelaine, Global TV, CBC, Parenting and Flare Magazines. She also speaks regularly on health and nutrition related topics of interest.

Lauren is a member of the College of Dietitians of Ontario, Dietitians of Canada, and the Consulting, Diabetes, Obesity and Cardiovascular Networks.

deoliveira-neliaNelia De Oliveira

Nelia started her career at Mount Sinai 1995 working in Family Medicine. Over the years, she had held many administrative roles with a major focus as the billing and finance coordinator for our department. Her completion of business and computer courses allowed Nelia to work closely with the IT department and software vendor in implementing our Electronic Medical Records (EMR). She now directs all super users within the Family Health Team. She is also involved in many committees within the hospital. Most recently Nelia has assumed the role of Site coordinator, and is responsible for the day to day operations of the clinic including staffing and department wide organizational procedures. Nelia is also a recipient of the 2013 Karen McGibbon Awards of Excellence for Interprofessional Team Participation.

claudia-boaventuraClaudia Boaventura

Claudia is our EMR, Data Support and Accounts Support Coordinator and has been part of our team for four years. Claudia is one of our two super-users responsible for the maintenance of our EMR system as well as training of all new staff members. Claudia is also an active member of various department committees. Prior to her current position she held previous roles of a Medical Secretary in the Family Medicine Department. Claudia joined the Mount Sinai Hospital team in 2011 with ten years of experience in the business sector.

paula-darochaPaula Da Rocha

Paula Da Rocha is the Mount Sinai Hospital Academic Health Team’s Education Program Assistant. She coordinates schedules, evaluations and learning experiences for our medical students and Family Medicine Residents. She also assists in the coordination of weekly clinical and multi-disciplinary rounds which provide ongoing professional development and education to our physicians and staff.

Chart RoomThe Chart Room Team

The Chart Room Team, Sandy Daniel and Juna Salillas, provides document management to support the effective use of our electronic medical record. They process information to ensure that records are complete and accurate and available to clinic staff in a timely way.

clinic assistantsThe Clinical Assistants

Our team of Clinic Assistants, Mara Paredes, Rosalie Cabrera and Chivlen Quimpang, support clinical staff with patient flow and assist in minor clinical procedures. As the initial contact, Clinic Assistants play a key role in creating a positive experience for patients and families.

secretariesThe Medical Secretary Team

Members of our administrative support team are the first people you see when you visit the office.

They answer the phone when you call and book all your appointments, handle your referrals, forward your messages and answer many questions you have.

The Administrative Team plays a major and vital role in maintaining the clinic, improving patient access, coordinating services and ensuring quality patient care.

Ronit Aryan
RN BScN

Ronit is a graduate of York University, with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Her Nursing career started at Baycrest Hospital in 2010, in the medical rehabilitation unit, with experience in the Acute Care Geriatric Unit.

Ronit has worked at Mount Sinai Hospital since 2012 and has recently joined the Mount Sinai Family Health team as a clinic nurse. Her clinical background includes working in departments of Cardiology, Medicine, Coronary Care and Emergency. During her career, she had completed Coronary Care courses 1-4, and the Trauma Nursing Core Course.

Alison Meikle
RN

Alison has been a Registered Nurse with the Family Health Team since 2012.

As the Maternity Care Coordinator Alison provides education and is dedicated to caring for patients and their families during the pregnancy and the postpartum journey in collaboration with other members of the health-care team. Alison is interested in supporting those women accessing prenatal care by family physicians, residents and midwives at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Alison’s clinical background includes working in the Emergency Department at Mount Sinai Hospital as well as numerous medical – surgical departments, Emergency Research, and Informatics. Alison is also a Registered Massage Therapist in private practice.

Jackie Ripco
RN BScN

Jackie is a graduate of the University of Victoria with Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Her clinical background includes working in the Emergency Department in Hamilton, Toronto and Melbourne, Australia. At Mount Sinai Hospital she has previously been employed in the Emergency Department as well as being involved in Emergency Medicine Research.

In 2008 she obtained her Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP) certification and has experience as a Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator in the Leukemia and Bone Marrow Transplant Department at Vancouver General Hospital.

Returning to Toronto, Jackie again resumed working in Emergency Medicine Research at Mount Sinai Hospital before joining the Family Health Team as a Clinic Nurse in 2009.

In line with Mount Sinai’s mission for providing high-quality family centered care in a multi-disciplinary approach, we are an affiliated teaching site of the University of Toronto Department of Family and Community Medicine. All of our physicians and Inter-professional health providers play a role in teaching and student support.

Working with students and residents provides many opportunities. Your physicians are challenged by bright, young, eager minds who are aware of the most recent guidelines for medical care. They, in turn, see medical practice as done by a physician with years of experience in the art of medicine. Working together, with our patients, we hope to provide the best possible care.