Our Health Experts
All our health experts are hand-picked colleagues from all areas of Wellness, Health and Medicine.
If you wish to reach out to any of them, please do, they love hearing from you.
Dina Kulik, MD, FRCPC, PEMFounder, Author
Dr. Dina Kulik is the founder of DrDina.ca and Kidcrew Medical. Dina is a wife, mother of 4, and adrenaline junky. As a board-certified pediatrician with experience as a pediatric emergency medicine doctor. Dina loves to share children’s health information from her professional and personal experiences. More About Dr. Dina.Alexandria DurrellAuthor
Alexandria Durrell, author on DrDina, is a writer, blogger, entrepreneur and introvert. She’s also the mom of two fantastic kids.Allison MadiganAuthor
Allison Madigan is a holistic nutritionist. She has a strong belief in the power of food and proper nutrition to keep us in our best health and prevent disease. Allison’s goal is to empower people to make healthy and mindful decisions for themselves and their families to achieve optimal health. She has a keen interest in food sensitivities and allergies and helping families navigate this as she has gone through this with her own daughter.Amy Gibson BCD, RECEAuthor
Amy Gibson, author on DrDina, having earned a Bachelors Degree in Child Development, has been in the field of Early Childhood Education for the past 10 years.Andrew Levy, PhDAuthor
Dr. Andrew obtained his PhD from the University of Waterloo in Physiology, a topic not entirely having to do with with kids health specifically. Andrew’s expertise in kids health and raising children stems from his now 4+ years of direct hands-on experiences with 4 young boys.Brenda LiAuthor
Dr. Brenda Li is an optometrist and owner of Davisville Eye Care. She works with patients of all ages, starting as young as 6 months of age. As a new mom herself, Brenda is looking forward to sharing her personal experiences.Catherine CameronAuthor
Catherine Cameron, author on DrDina, is Founder & Principal at CAMERON Communications and works with some of Canada’s leading physical activity, sport, and health and wellness businesses and brands. Visit Catherine's Website. She is also a sought-after Canadian lifestyle writer, a fitness instructor, and the proud mum of two.Eva Klein, JDAuthor
Eva Klein, author on DrDina, is a certified Infant and Child Sleep Consultant through the International Maternity and Parenting Institute and is the founder of My Sleeping Baby. Eva’s main goal is to assist her clients establish healthy sleep habits for their children.Jana CharykAuthor
Jana Charyk, author on DrDina, is owner of the Ajax Foot Clinic. Jana has been as a practising registered chiropodist since 2003.Jemma Helfman, ClinPsyD., C.Psych.Author
Dr. Jemma Helfman is a child and adolescent clinical psychologist. She works at Kidcrew, providing assessment and interventions for children with a variety of presenting difficulties. Jemma also provides consultation and training to schools and daycares.Jennifer Wise, BHSc, DCAuthor
Dr. Jennifer Wise is a family chiropractor and co-owner of Thrive Natural Family Health. Her experience and additional training lies predominantly in the fields of pregnancy and pediatric care as well as cranial adjusting.Jennifer Halfin, MSc(A) PT Reg (Ont)Author
Jennifer Halfin, author on DrDina, is a registered physiotherapist working in the field of pediatrics. She has worked with children of all ages, helping them to achieve their motor milestones through various therapeutic approaches.Jennifer Kranc, RHN, RNCPAuthor
Nutritional Healing for Kids was founded by Jennifer Kranc, author on DrDina, a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, who works to educate parents on healing their children with therapeutic nutrition.Jenn Kelner, CPA, CAAuthor
Jenn Kelner is a mother of three children, including twins, and a Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant at BabyZzz. Just as every family is unique, Jenn supports many different sleep methods and works directly with families to design a solution that will help them become well-rested, happy families.Joanne SallayAuthor
Joanne Sallay, author at DrDina, is a Director at Teachers on Call, a personalized home tutoring service with over 30 years of experience, providing one-on-one instruction in all subjects and grades.Rebecca EarlAuthor
Rebecca Earl, author on DrDina, is an infant and child sleep consultant and founder of The Sugar Plum Sleep Co. She is an only child (because she never slept as an infant), a mother of two young boys.Sharalyn CrossfieldAuthor
Sharalyn Crossfield, author on DrDina.ca - co-owner of The Car Seat Maven, is a Children’s Restraint Systems Technician-Instructor, certified by CPSAC. She has training in the transport of children with special needs.Jill PondAuthor
Jill is a freelance writer and a sexual health educator. She facilitates workshops about sexual health for youth and their parents with an emphasis on physical, social and emotional aspects of puberty.Talia Zenlea, MD
Dr. Talia Zenlea, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist, currently practicing at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto. She she is the founder of bellyblog.ca, a website dedicated to delivering high quality health information that's easy to digest, and is the mom of three boys aged 3 and under and an extremely tolerant 7-year-old Labradoodle.Abha Sharma MD, IBCLC
Dr. Abha Sharma MD, IBCLC is a Board Certified Pediatrician and Lactation Consultant. She practices and resides in Southern California with her husband and toddler daughter. Her interests are healthy living and eating, reading fashion and lifestyle magazines, and of course, all things lactation.Raheleh Sarbaziha, MD
Dr. Raheleh Sarbaziha, MD, is a hospitalist at EmCare, California and author of two books about her experiences in medical school and beyond. She's mother to Fred: her 4 year old poodle, and a lover of travel, pilates, yoga, preventative and integrative medicine.Lindsay Ross, MSW RSW
Lindsay Ross is a registered social worker working in private practice in Toronto. She provides individual, family and couples therapy with a specializing in depression, anxiety, eating disorders, pregnancy/postpartum related issues, communication and relationships.Joan Chand’oiseau
Joan, author on DrDina, is a mother and wife who is learning to embrace her family’s flavour of crazy and tame the wild look in her eyes; one mADD moment at a time. On her blog maddworld.ca, she shares great ideas about parent advocacy, adhd and special needs, strategies, organization, activities & anything else they get up to.Lisa Fruitman, B.Sc.(H.), D.D.S.
Dr Lisa Fruitman was exposed to dentistry from an early age. It was her father's love of helping people, also a dentist, that inspired her to pursue a dental career. Dr. Fruitman practiced with her father in Ottawa for a number of years before moving to Toronto, and now owns and operates an established family Dental practice in Mid-town Toronto.Tia SlighthamParenting ConsultantTia is the founder of Tia Slightham- Parenting Solutions Inc, where she works with parents to teach them positive ways to decrease the daily struggles we all encounter as parents. Tia will work alongside you to tailor a plan to best suit your family’s specific needs. The positive solutions will be effective, long-lasting and most importantly, will help you and your child re-connect.Barbara SandlerAuthor
Barbara Sandler is currently a Vice-Principal in the TDSB. She has a Masters in Educational Administration and also worked as Adjunct Professor and Additional Qualifications Instructor at York University. Barbara earned Specialists in Reading, ESL, Special Education and Guidance & Career Education and also holds certification in Alternative Dispute Resolution.Sara SmeatonAuthor
Sara Smeaton is a former advertising project manager turned writer, editor, consultant, wife, and mom to two creative kids who have never met a tree they didn't want to climb. A vocal advocate for happy, healthy children, Sara works as associate managing editor of Active for Life, a Canadian initiative dedicated to spreading the word about physical literacy.Puneeta Chhitwal-VarmaAuthor
Writer and co-founder of KetchupMoms.com, Puneeta lives in Toronto with her husband and two children. She loves the colour her Indian roots bring to her life in Canada though after living in the tropics of India and Dubai she could do without the -20 winters. She writes about making life easy and active, healthy, delicious and always enjoyable.Douglas C. Curtiss, MDAuthor
Lucie M. Curtiss, RN, and Douglas C. Curtiss, M.D., FAAP are the co-founders of Dyslexic AND UN-Stoppable, LLC. Their mission is to empower dyslexic children to become UN-Stoppable and overcome dyslexia by rediscovering their inner power. They are here to remind dyslexics that they are SMART!Dr. Yasser Al NasserAuthorDr. Yasser Al Nasser, MD, FRCPC, FAAP completed his pediatric residency and GI fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto. His clinical practice includes a wide variety of gastrointestinal illnesses and problems such as chronic abdominal pain, diarrhea and constipation, reflux, and childhood obesity.Dr. Shawn Meirovici N.D.AuthorDr. Shawn Meirovici N.D. is a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and is a member of the Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians. He has over 8 years of clinical experience with a focus in Neurological Conditions, Pain Management, Cancer, and Pediatrics.
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