Practitioners

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Anastasia Pargaru
Naturopathic Doctor

Irina Mirazizyan
Registered Psychotherapist 

Sara Ip
Naturopathic Doctor

Vanessa DaCosta
Registered Social Worker
Counsellor

Liam Maund
Registered Massage Therapist

Maria Laffin
Registered Acupuncturist 

 
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Dr. Anastasia Pargaru, ND

Naturopathic Doctor

Anastasia is a Naturopathic Doctor with a special interest in mental health and women's health. She strives to connect with her patients, to understand their goals and their challenges, in order to create the most comprehensive and individualized treatment plan that works for them. With the help of diagnostic testing, lifestyle changes and nutritional or herbal support Anastasia hopes to  empower her patients to live a happier, healthier life. 

Common goals of treatment

  • Strengthen mental health

  • Replenish nutrient deficiencies

  • Stabilize immune system and hormones

  • Support digestion and healthy intestinal flora

Phone: 416-276-3698

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Irina Mirazizyan

Registered Psychotherapist

Irina is a compassionate, client-centered psychotherapist, working with both adolescents and adults experiencing ongoing issues such as anxiety, depression, and emotional disturbances. In her training as a therapist, a life coach and a yoga teacher, Irina has come to deeply respect the integrative nature of well-being, and works with clients to facilitate the kind of change that can be felt in mind, body and spirit. Her goal is to assist others in creating profound shifts through awareness and integration, as she comes along on  the client's journey of self-discovery.

Her therapeutic approach includes CBT, Transpersonal / Psycho-dynamic, Emotionally Focused and Gestalt Therapy. Irina also practices Mindfulness-based CBT and offers meditation coaching to those looking to deepen their practice. Irina offers a safe and non-judgmental space, conducive to deep inner work and exploration.
 

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Phone: 6476993227

 
 
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Liam Maund

Registered Massage Therapist

Liam believes that the key to good health is a holistic approach. Every facet of one’s life can affect the others. The mind controls the body, the body affects the mind - which in turn causes further change in the body - repeating in cycles and creating imbalance. As a graduate of the Sutherland-Chan School of Massage Therapy, Liam studied more than simple physiology and massage techniques - specializing in scar tissue development, natal growth, and the nervous system. Liam takes an integrative medical approach to massage, combining Swedish and myo-fascial techniques with stretching, movement, and exercises gleaned from his years as a stage performer to create treatment plans based on the specific needs of each client. Liam provides education and encouragement, rooted in understanding.


Specialities: 

Relaxation / Stress Relief                        Sports Massage

Injury Rehabilitation                                  Pregnancy / Pre-Natal

Post-Natal Massage                                 Surgical Rehabilitation

Scar Tissue Release                                 Neuromuscular Disorders

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Dr. Sara Ip, ND

Naturopathic Doctor

Dr. Sara is a Naturopathic Doctor with a special interest in metabolic health and works with professionals, seniors, young adults, adolescents and children to help each individual achieve optimal health. Dr. Sara uses holistic protocols that minimize the risk of harm and restore optimal health to the body while creating lasting changes. Combining a clinical and scientific approach, Dr. Sara uses natural interventions like herbal medicine, nutrition, acupuncture and supplementation, along with lifestyle counselling to assist the body in regulating itself throughout the healing process. Working together, the goal is to help patients achieve measurable and sustainable health results.

 

Common conditions treated include:

Weight regulation, Energy, Immunity & Autoimmune conditions
Allergies, Skin, Anxiety, Depression, Pain management

Phone: 437-370-9123

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Vanessa DaCosta
Registered Social Worker/Counsellor

Vanessa provides trauma-informed psychotherapy and counselling services to youth and adults utilizing principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Dialectic Behavioural Therapy and Psychodynamic Therapy. She has worked extensively in the areas of mental health and addictions supporting people in various settings and with a variety of needs. She uses a nonjudgmental strength-based approach supporting individuals who are experiencing challenges in managing depression, anxiety, stress, emotional difficulties, distress tolerance and relationship and work issues. 

 

Vanessa graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, Honours Specialization in Psychology. Following her BA, she obtained an Advanced Diploma in Behavioural Sciences Technology from George Brown College where she provided Applied Behavior Analysis in supporting adults with psychological disorders. Vanessa also has a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Windsor Ontario, is registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and is a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers.

Phone: 647-492-0765

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Maria Laffin
Registered Acupuncturist 

Maria is a Registered Acupuncturist, with vast training and experience in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Maria has an integrative approach to her treatments. She believes in incorporating multiple TCM modalities, such as cupping, gua sha, tuina, moxibustion, scalp acupuncture, auricular acupuncture, and TCM nutrition. In addition to TCM modalities, she incorporates breathing techniques and relaxation exercises in order to maximize the treatment outcome. Maria’s needling technique is precise, gentle, and comfortable. Maria also has had advanced training in scalp acupuncture for neurological and psychosomatic disorders with Suzanne Robidoux. She loves performing facial acupuncture and she has advanced training in cosmetic/facial acupuncture.

Using her past experience as a qualitative researcher, Maria believes that listening attentively to her patient’s health issues is key to delivering a gentle acupuncture treatment, helping with the healing process, identifying other hidden health issues, and optimizing treatment. Her passion for acupuncture and TCM started here in Canada, but from a young age, Maria was exposed to natural healing through her mother’s and grandmother’s teachings in Brazil. Bridging the gap and understanding the commonalities between the two ancient forms of medicine has helped Maria to help her patients.

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Phone: 647-409-7913

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