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Dr. David Tannenbaum

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 Mount Sinai Hospital. He has an active clinical practice that includes obstetrical care 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 and he is the recent chair of the College of Family Physicians of Canada’s Working Group on Curriculum Review of postgraduate training in Family Medicine and is a member of the Triple C Task Force. He has served on the Executive Committee of the Ontario College of Family Physicians since 2007 and held the position of president  of the OCFP in 2012.

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.

 

Dr. Erin Bearss

Erin Bearss

MD BSc

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, intrapartum care 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 a lecturer at the Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto.  

 

Dr. Anne Biringer

Anne 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.

 

Dr. June C Carroll

June Carroll

MD CCFP FCFP

Dr. June Carroll is the Sydney G. Frankfort Chair of Family Medicine and Associate Professor and Clinician Scientist in 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.

 

Dr. Milena Forte

Milena Forte

MD CCFP

Dr. Forte earned her medical degree at the University of Western Ontario and received her Family Medicine training at McMaster University. She then went on to complete a Women’s Health Scholar Fellowship at the University of Toronto.

She is a staff physician at the Mount Sinai Academic Family Health Team and at the Bay Centre for Birth Control, Women’s College Hospital.

Dr Forte is currently the Obstetrical Program Director for Mount Sinai Family Practice Residents, and the Resident Education Co-ordinator.  She is a graduate of the Education Scholars Program offered by the Centre for faculty Development, University of Toronto and a member of The Wilson Centre for Research and Education in the Health Professions. She is actively involved in clinical teaching and curriculum development as well as in multiple continuing education programs.

Dr Forte is an assistant professor at the Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto Her area of academic interest is medical education research, with a focus on feedback and self-assessment.

 

Dr. Mayura Loganathan

Mayura 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. Warren McIsaac

Warren McIsaac

MD MSc CCFP

Dr. McIsaac is a Staff  Physician at the Mount Sinai Family Health Team and is the Research Director of the Granovsky Gluskin Family Medicine Centre.

Dr. McIsaac completed his medical degree at the University of Western Ontario and subsequently completed a Masters of Epidemiology at the University of Toronto. His research interests include the use of antibiotics in primary care and how it relates to antibiotics resistance, and the use of clinical decision aids to improve clinical decision making in Family Medicine. 

 

Dr. Natalie Morson

Natalie 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.

 

Dr. Melissa Nutik

Melissa 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.  

 

Dr. Michelle Naimer

Michelle Naimer

MD CCFP MHSc

Dr. Naimer is Clinical Director of the Mount Sinai Academic Family Health Team.  She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto, and a previous Program Director of the Family Medicine Residency Program at the Mount Sinai Hospital Division.  Dr. Naimer is a family physician in the Mount Sinai Academic Family Health Team, and sees patients of all ages.  

Dr. Naimer completed her medical degree and Family Medicine Residency training at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.  She also completed a Master’s of Health Science Degree in Health Administration from the University of Toronto.  Dr. Naimer is a member of the College of Family Physicians of Canada, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and the Canadian Medical Association.

Dr. Naimer’s academic interests are in the areas of collaborative care, health systems quality improvement and family medicine resident education. 

 

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 Walji

Sakina Walji

MD

Dr. Sakina Walji is a family physician practicing in the Mount Sinai Academic Family Heath Team. 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 at Mount Sinai Hospital’s Granovsky Gluskin Family Medicine Centre and is the lead physician for quality improvement. She is currently completing a Masters of Science Community Health at the University of Toronto. 

Lisa Satira

Lisa Satira

RD CDE

Lisa Satira is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator.   As the dietitian for the diabetes program, she offers nutritional counseling and co-facilitates group programs.  Lisa received her Honours Bachelor of Science from The University of Western Ontario and completed her dietetic internship at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

 

 

 

Suzanne Singh

BScPhm PharmD RPh

The Family Health Team Pharmacist provides medication assessments and education to ensure safe and effective medication use.  The pharmacist collaborates with patients and the health-care team at the clinic to assist in the selection, monitoring, and periodic review of prescription and non-prescription medications, herbal supplements and vitamins.

 

Dr. Jessica Munro

Jessica Munro

NP PHC BN

Jessica Munro graudate 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 Dalhouse University, Halifax.

Prior to joinning 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 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.

 

Carolyn Schmidt

Cleo Haber

MSW RSW

Cleo is a Registered Social Worker (RSW) with the Ontario College of Social Workers & Social Service Workers and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). Her clinical approach incorporates anti-oppressive, strengths-based and patient-centred perspectives. She works collaboratively with patients who are impacted by depression and anxiety disorders to determine the therapeutic approach to best meet their treatment goals.

Cleo holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in social work and completed a Post-Masters Certificate in Advanced Clinical Social Work in Family and Couples Therapy. Cleo has advanced training in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), interpersonal therapy (IPT) and emotionally focused therapy for couples (EFT). She frequently incorporates mindfulness practices and meditation in her approach to psychotherapy.

Cleo is committed to health equity initiatives and enjoys working within an inter-professional team environment. She completed her MSW degree at Hunter College in New York City and worked in East Harlem for a number of years with at-risk families and children before joining the Family Health team here at Mount Sinai in 2009.

 

Lauren Davidson

Lauren Davidson

RD CDE

Lauren Davidson is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator. 

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, an active member in both the Canadian and American Diabetes Associations, as well as being a CDR certified dietitian through the American Academy of Dietetics.

 

Rodelyn Wisco

Rodelyn Wisco

MSW RSW

Rodelyn Wisco joined the Mount Sinai Academic Family Health Team in 2014. As a Social Worker with the MSHAFHT’s Mental Health Program, she works collaboratively with individuals, families, and groups who live with mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety. 

Rodelyn’s interventions are based on what the individual and his/her family needs, and informed by psychosocial assessments and grounded in evidence and best practice, all done so in a respectful manner that honours people’s strengths and their right to self-determination. Rodelyn sees it as her job to help individuals make meaning of their experiences and find new ways of understanding themselves and each other so they can lead meaningful and healthy lives.

Before coming to the MSAFHT, Rodelyn worked at St. Joseph’s Health Centre, in particular with the Community Mental Health Program, Urban Family Health Team, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Program, and Emergency Department. She also worked in children’s mental health settings in Toronto and Halifax. Rodelyn completed her MSW degree at Wilfrid Laurier University, completed the Applied Mindfulness Meditation Certificate at the University of Toronto, and is a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers & Social Service Workers.

Nelia De Oliveira

Nelia 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.

 

Sarah Keddy

Claudia 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 Da Rocha

Paula 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 Room Team

The Chart Room Team

The Chart Room Team, Sandy Daniel and Ana Maria Munoz, provides document management to support the effective use of our electronic medical record. They process information to ensure that records are complete and accuarte and availabe to clnic staff in a timely way.

 

 

 

Monika Rudnicki

Monika Rudnicki

Monika Rudniki is the team’s Referral Desk secretary. Her work ensures that referrals to specialists and requests for diagnostic tests are effectively managed. Monika provides patients with the information they need in order to be prepared for their appointments and tests.

 

 

 

The Clinical Assistants

The Clinical Assistants

Our team of Clinic Assistants, Mara Paredes and Necelyn Wolski, 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.

 

 

 

The Medical Secretary Team

The 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.

 

Shelley Li

Shelly Li

RN BScN

Shelly Li graduated from Ryerson University in 2008 with a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing. Prior to this she completed an Associates degree in Nursing at J. Sargeant Reynold’s Community College in Richmond, VA in 1999. She completed her critical care course in 2000 at Henrico Doctor’s Hospital, in Richmond, VA. Shelly has worked in a variety of areas, including surgical and cardiac step-down units, emergency medicine, forensic nursing, and post anesthesia care.

Shelly’s emergency medicine experience included pediatrics. Her forensic nurse training prepared her to work with adult and pediatric victims of violence, as well as offenders, to collect evidence and provide objective courtroom testimony. Shelly also participated in the development and maintenance of the education program offered by the Forensic Nurses of St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond, VA until 2004 when she moved to Toronto.

Mount Sinai has been Shelly’s home since coming to Toronto in 2004. Her experience here has been in emergency medicine, post anesthesia care and family medicine.

 

Alison Meikle

RN

Alison joined the Family Health Team as a Clinic Nurse in 2012 and has most recently taken on the role of Maternity Care Coordinator. In this role, she provides education, coordination and care to patients and their families during pregnancy and the postpartum period in collaboration with other members of the health-care team. Alison is interested in supporting those women accessing prenatal care by family physicians at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Alison’s clinical background includes working predominantly 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.

Shelley Li

Medical Residents & Medical Students

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.