Tuesday, 25 September 2012

A specialized ADHD treatment centre in Toronto -- Our Team

Our Team


ADHD Assessment Team

Mayer Hoffer, M.D. B.Sc. (MED), F.R.C.P., DIP CH PSYCH., D.A.B.P.N.,Medical Director, is a child and adolescent psychiatrist whose extensive experience crosses all ages. He is a nationally recognized expert in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD. He has been in private practice since 1983. Dr. Hoffer is highly regarded for his early and innovative approaches for results-oriented outcomes in ADHD treatment. He is a regular presenter to health care professionals and families regarding the advances in the understanding and treatment of ADHD.

Ruth Baruch, M.D., B.Sc., F.R.C.P., Associate Medical Director, is an adult psychiatrist and Medical Director of the Community Mental Health Programs in the Dept. of Psychiatry at Toronto East General Hospital. She also maintains a private practice and focuses on mood and anxiety disorders, adult ADHD, treatment resistant depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and gender differences in psychiatric disorders. The main focus of her teaching is psychopharmacology choosing appropriate treatment for patients based on clinical knowledge, research and practice guidelines.

Judy Patteson, M.A.Sc., C.Psych.Assoc., has over 30 years’ experience working in the field of school psychology, in both school board and private practice settings. Utilizing her significant knowledge of differential diagnosis and case management, Judy has worked with youngsters from preschool to college, clarifying their learning profile and identifying issues that may interfere with their ability to achieve their potential.


Counselling and Therapy Team

Susie Levitsky, BSc, Reg OT, is an Occupational Therapist with over 24 years of experience working with clients to improve their ability to function on a daily basis.  Susie has worked with individuals limited by physical, mental, emotional and behavioural barriers. Susie uses a cognitive therapy approach to assist clients to challenge their thoughts in order to change behaviours that may be negatively affecting their lives.  By working with individuals and groups, Susie has given clients the opportunities to change how they live, by teaching them new skills.
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Linda Perlis, LLB, MSW, RSW, has extensive clinical experience in the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents and young adults with a wide range of emotional, social and behavioural concerns. She provides support to her clients through education, play therapy and psychotherapy.  Her background in social work, divorce and children’s law, and as a legal policy analyst with the Ontario Government on social justice and health law issues, gives her a broad and unique understanding of the complex dynamics involved in systems such as school settings as well as family and child interactions.

Debbie Levy, Child Resource Consultant, Hons BA & MA (Psychology)
Debbie works with clients to help bridge the gap between psycho-educational/psychological assessments and the prioritization and identification of resources to best assist families and the individual child or adult. She provides clients with information and options to help them choose the most appropriate program or professional to suit their needs. Debbie is continuously working towards building networks and professional relationships required to optimize client treatment.

Leanne Matlow, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (Children), BA, OTC, MA, Professional Colleague of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy
Leanne Matlow has spent her entire career working with children. Through her teaching experience and roles as a Special Education Resource teacher, guidance counselor and workshop facilitator, Leanne extended that passion into completing her study in Cognitive Behavior Therapy. She is passionate in her work with parents, teachers and young people to build awareness of their thoughts and how they relate to their behaviors. Her areas of expertise include working with individuals with anxiety and attention deficit disorder.

Susan Leopold, Creativity Arts Therapist, BFA, MA, (currently completing MA in Creative Arts Therapy & Creativity Development at Pratt U)
Susan has a strong background in creative expression (an award winning illustrator and visual artist and OCAD University instructor/guest lecturer) who became interested in its therapeutic benefit for children, adolescents and adult clients. Gaining her clinical training at Toronto General Hospital and the Hincks Dellcrest Centre, she has worked with clients affected by ADHD using a variety of creative approaches including art, play, sand play and music to encourage their concentration and focus while nurturing their self-expression and self-esteem.

Coaching Team

Ari Petroff, Certified ADD Coach (ADD Coaching Academy, US), has been involved in coaching of adults and students since 2006.  Ari has a personal knowledge of ADHD, being diagnosed with it in 2002. Since achieving his accreditation he has continued to build his practice ranging from adults needing help, to coaching university students from Seneca, Ryerson, York U and McGill.  Ari talks to various groups to help explain ADHD and identify where coaching can help individuals to achieve their personal goals.

Robin Storfer, MSW, ACPC, ACC, is a Certified Professional Coach specializing in supporting families impacted by ADHD.   Since Robin’s son was diagnosed with ADHD at a young age, it has been her passion to coach, educate, and empower families in order to help the family unit thrive.  Robin combines her Social Work background and coaching skills with her enthusiasm about ADHD education/knowledge to bring a personalized approach to every client’s experience. Robin also has a keen interest in providing workshops that help families understand ways in which they can work together and ways they can work within their school and community environment.
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Jason Froats, Hons BA, ACC, Performance Coach
Jason identifies himself as a performance coach - specializing in helping young adolescents(15+) and adults effectively manage their ADHD and co related disorders (such as general/social anxiety, OCD and Tourettes) He focuses on helping clients achieve improved performance and success in school and work, serving clients internationally, across the United States and Canada in both English and French. Jason helps clients gain better awareness of their often overlooked strengths and how ADHD specifically affects them. Having ADD himself, Jason intimately understands the challenges both students and professional can face in their lives, school and careers. Jason received his coaching accreditation from CoachU and is an graduate of the ADHD specialized coach training from JST Coaching LLC and is actively a practicing coach with the Edge Foundation.

Nutrition Team

Kate Leinweber, B.Sc, RHN, Microbiologist and Registered Holistic Nutritionist has been working in the field of nutrition for over 6 years.  Kate’s background in microbiology and immunology has provided her with the skills to understand the complex interaction of food, nourishment and well-being.  Her expertise helps her to assist clients in achieving their optimal nutritional goals.

Medical Support Team

Howard L Rudner, M.D., B. Sc. M Ed., Ph.D. (Counselling and School Psychology), FCFP, is a community family physician with extensive experience in education and psychology. In addition to his family practice, he plays an active role as staff, Department of Family and Community Medicine at both Sunnybrook Health Science Centre and North York General Hospital and is an Associate Staff member with the University Health Network. Dr Rudner is also an Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto.

ADHD Assessment Team

Adele Sherman, Educational Therapist, BA (Psych), M.Ed. (Learning Disabilities), Neuro-Developmental Delay Therapist, has been active in the education field for over thirty years.  As an Educational Therapist, she works to identify and address the core issues as to why a student is struggling.  Her comprehensive, individualized approach to learning helps children, teens and adults overcome their particular learning challenges in order to succeed in school and life.

Mary Catherine LaForest,Tutor
Mary Catherine has been involved in working with children for over 6 years. Her experience includes working with children and young students with special needs and this past year has put her directly in the classroom environment. Her particular area of tutoring is working with children aged 5 – 8 in the areas of reading, comprehension and math for which she has a special passion. In addition, Mary Catherine works with children who also need fine motor skills development.

ADHD Assessment Team

Rana Gupta, B.Sc, B.Ed, MA SLP, CCC-SLP, S-LP(C), Reg CASLPO, Speech-Language Pathologist, is an experienced speech and language therapist.  Her experience has spanned hospital, education, community and private settings.  Combining knowledge, experience and an approachable style, Rana is dedicated to making a difference in the development of speech, language or reading development for the child. Rana encourages team and parental support during the therapy process and tries to create a positive learning experience for the child by making it fun and relevant to their needs.

Management Team

Karen Auslander – Co-Founder
Karen has 25+ years of business experience within the global healthcare and consumer communications areas with her areas of expertise in strategy, marketing and management. She previously served as the President of one of Canada’s largest health care focused strategic and marketing firms which gave her great insight into the health care sector at many levels both in Canada and globally.  Karen’s broad health care experience covers multiple therapeutic areas, various stakeholder groups and the health and wellness industry in general.  Karen is responsible for the overall management, communication and day-to-day operations in the centre.

Susan Feldman - Co-Founder, Hon BA Psychology, B. Ed.
With a foundation in psychology, and a background in education,  Susan entered the business world involved in gathering customer knowledge and understanding  in the financial, consumer goods and health care sector.  With over 25 years of experience, Susan’s business career had her exposed to many health care areas with a particular focus on mental health issues including schizophrenia, bipolar, depression, anxiety, and  ADHD. In addition to research, Susan will be directly involved in assisting clients coordinate the services they need within the centre.

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