Dr. Angela Mailis

Dr. Mailis is a specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, has a Master Degree from the Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto, has served as Senior Investigator with the Krembil Neuroscience Centre/ University Health Network up to 2015, and became full professor at the Department of Medicine, University of Toronto in 2005. She is member of the School of Graduate Studies at the University of Toronto, and currently Adjunct Clinical Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Division of Physical Medicine.

Dr. Mailis founded and directed the Comprehensive Pain Program of the Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network (1982-2015) and continues to be full member of the Division of Physical Medicine and Consultant at the University Health Network Comprehensive Integrated Pain Program.

She is a national Evidence Based Guideline developer, Chair of ACTION Ontario since 2005 (a not for profit organization for education and advocacy for patients with neuropathic pain), and a highly respected medicolegal expert in matters of chronic pain across the country.

Dr. Mailis has published more than 120 peer reviewed scientific papers; credited with “first publications in the world” on a number of pain conditions; recognized as an international expert on specific specialty areas; has trained numerous students and international trainees; and has lectured around the world on matters of chronic pain.

She is also a Popular Science writer (has written BEYOND PAIN published in the USA and Canada) and CARP-Advocacy electronic newsletter contributor monthly (2009-2014). She has appeared on numerous media outlets (print, radio, TV) over the years promoting understanding and advocacy on chronic pain.

She has participated in several hospital and university committees and serves as advisor to the Ontario Ministry of Health since 2009 as well as federal committees and health panels.

Dr. Mailis was nominated to the 75 semi-finalist “top immigrants” in Canada for 2011. She is recipient of the Hellenic Women’s Coming of Age Celebration Award (May 2004); Division of Physiatry, University of Toronto, Achievement Award (June 2005); the 2013 Canadian Pain Society Harold Merskey Award; and the Division of Physiatry Life Award in 2014.

As of September 2014 Dr. Mailis created an inter-disciplinary best-practices community pain clinic in Vaughan (Pain & Wellness Centre). The Centre was proclaimed in October 2016 by the Ontario Ministry of Health the “Demonstration Project of Ontario” as the template for further similar community based clinics, that connect the community to the academic hospitals, the only such clinic in the province of Ontario (and as a matter of fact in Canada) to receive public funding.


Dr. Jennifer Gordon (MD)

Dr. Jennifer Gordon has an Honours Kinesiology degree from the University of Western Ontario, and an MHSc in Exercise and Sports Science from the University of Sydney.  After obtaining her MD degree at Trinity College Dublin, she then went onto do her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Toronto.  Dr. Gordon has a specific interest in musculoskeletal medicine ranging from acute to chronic pain as well as sports injuries.  She enjoys working with the interdisciplinary team to help address the “whole person” and get to the root of disease. 

Anita Geerts
(Community Resource Facilitator)

Anita works with patients of the Pain and Wellness Clinic recommending community resources which might be useful as part of ongoing pain mitigation and management, and lifestyle. She will help with community links for recreation support (ex. yoga, tai chi, etc.) and other meaningful engagement (ex. volunteering, arts and music) as well as pain groups and online resources.

Anita has an Honours B.Sc. (Chemistry) from Queens University, Masters in Library Science from University of Toronto, and a Masters in Computation from McMaster University. She spent most of her career in the high tech and information technologies fields as an Account Executive.

Anita has a strong interest in people’s life journeys to personal satisfaction even in the presence of pain. She spent years supporting her father with his neuropathic pain. She also volunteers with 360Kids (for homeless kids in York Region) and Aurora-King Hospice. Anita is an avid book club member, jogger, cyclist, fitness enthusiast, cook, and loves to sit in cafes.

Fatima Lakha
(Consultant, Researcher)

S. Fatima Lakha, Ph.D., graduated from the Institute of Medical Science (IMS) and the Collaborative Program of Global Health, University of Toronto. She is engaged at the Pain and Wellness Center as a Research Scientist consultant. Currently employed as a Post-doctoral fellow at the Ryerson and Queen University. As well employed as a faculty, at the Depart of Human Biology, University of Toronto. Previously worked a researcher coordinator at the Comprehensive Pain Program at the Toronto Western Hospital –University Health Network and was engaged in various research projects related to chronic pain.

She has extensive years of experience in research and administration. She has a background in the Public Health Sciences. Previously, she worked with UNICEF, WHO, CIET, CIDA and Aga Khan University Hospital, Pakistan, where she had managed several projects. She has been a member of a number of Advisory Boards. Also, she is the author of various papers published in peer reviewed international journals and have several under peer review. Her Ph.D. work has focused on outlining pain services in Ontario academic hospitals as well global cities (Kuwait and Karachi), and defining the gaps that impair proper CNCP management. Her other projects evolved around the factors that affect pain onset and the subsequent course of treatment, that may lead to the unfavorable outcome (like pain disability and failure to return to work). Her current research interests are focused on understanding global health issues, specifically relating to health systems and their responses to dealing with the increasing burden of chronic diseases especially Pain.

Dr. Alex Mailis
(Doctor Of Chiropractic)

Dr. Alex Mailis received his doctorate in Chiropractic at theCanadian Memorial Chiropractic College in June of 2015. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology at York University, and is a certified strength and conditioning coach through the NSCA. He is currently completing a Life Coaching certification through IPEC. In addition, he is a well versed in techniques such as Active Release Therapy (ART), Functional Range Release (FR), and has been trained in Contemporary Medical Acupuncture through McMaster University.  Dr. Alex is fascinated with what deeply motivates people to reach their full potential, and he believes that developing exceptional trust with his patients is crucial to creating lasting change.

In his spare time, Alex loves to exercise most days of the week, spend quality time with family and friends, and enjoyed a nice meal with his wife Louisa. 

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Dr. Demetry Assimakopoulos
(Doctor Of Chiropractic)

Dr. Demetry received his specialized honours undergraduate degree from York University in 2008. He concurrently earned a specialty in Fitness Assessment and Exercise Counseling, and the title of Certified Exercise Physiologist (CEP) through the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP).

Dr. Demetry graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 2012 and immediately began practicing in Midtown Toronto.  In 2014, Dr. Demetry became the Clinical Coordinator for the University Health Network (UHN) Comprehensive Integrated Pain Program at The Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. In the hospital setting, Demetry works with a team of physicians, nurses, occupational therapists and physiotherapists to adequately diagnose and manage chronic pain. He earned his diplomate in chronic pain management through the Canadian Academy of Pain Management in 2015. He has since been hosted by several provincial associations across Canada to lecture to healthcare providers on the conservative and inter-disciplinary management of chronic pain. He was happy to finally join the fabulous team at the Pain and Wellness Centre in November 2017.  

Dr. Naomi Kupferstein
(Doctor of Chiropractic)

Dr. Naomi Kupferstein graduated from Wayne State University in 2006 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences. While at Wayne State, she played hockey for their NCAA division 1 hockey team. In 2012, Dr. Kupferstein graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, in Toronto, Ontario. She is an avid athlete and a supporter of an active and healthy lifestyle. She is certified in Graston Technique, Contemporary Medical Acupuncture and Active Release Therapy. Dr. Kupferstein has experience working as medical personnel for various Jr. A hockey teams. Her interests in athletics, human performance and kinetics and functional assessments are reflected in her treatments of all patients, ranging from beginners to elite athletes alike. She enjoys working in a team based environment to achieve optimal function and to meet your goal of living an active and healthy lifestyle. 

Dr. Sean Sutton
(Doctor of Chiropractic)

Dr. Sean Sutton is a registered Chiropractor in the province of Ontario. He received his Doctor of Chiropractic from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (2013), where he graduated with Clinic Honors and Summa Cum Laude designations. He began practicing immediately in a sports medicine and elite athletic setting, but has since transitioned into chronic pain care. In 2014, he joined The Pain & Wellness Centre as a chiropractor and senior manual therapist. He acts as a director of concussion management care and is actively involved in ongoing concussion research within the centre. In 2018, Dr. Sutton accepted a teaching position with the undergraduate department of The Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College.

Dr. Sutton has completed a diplomate in chronic pain management through the Canadian Academy of Pain Management (2015), and has specialized training in contemporary medical acupuncture, various soft tissue therapy techniques, acute and chronic concussion rehabilitation, and remains a seasoned strength and conditioning specialist. He believes in providing evidence-informed, patient-centered care and continually integrates new techniques into his practice with the aim of improving the function and health of his patients. 

Anthi Phillippou
(Registered Massage Therapist)

Anthi Philippou is a registered massage therapist who graduated from the Centennial College in 2008, and a certified holistic nutritionist. Anthi is trained in a number of massage techniques including Swedish massage, myofacial release, trigger point therapy, hot stone, aromatherapy and pregnancy massage. She uses more of a therapeutic and sports therapy approach incorporating deep tissue massage with PNF techniques.  Beyond loving her profession as a massage therapist, Anthi’s passion is nutrition. She also enjoys travelling, spending time with friends and family, being active and enjoying the outdoors.

Chelsea Duncan
(Registered Massage Therapist)

Chelsea graduated from Sir Sanford Fleming College’s Massage Therapy program in 2016. Previously, she attained her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from the University of Guelph and spent several years working in animal care. She has a passion for massage therapy, which allows her to combine her love of helping people and her love of biology. She is happy to be a part of an amazing multidisciplinary team at the PWC, understanding that persistent pain often takes a comprehensive approach. She enjoys continuing to learn, spending her time reading research, engaging in discussions, and taking courses. In her free time she enjoys hiking and camping with her dog Juno.  

Dr. Christine Cho
(Naturopathic Doctor)

Dr. Christine Cho completed her medical education at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine after graduating from the University of Toronto. She comes from a background of elite athletics, having played basketball at both the collegiate and professional level.  Christine treats individuals with a variety of conditions, including pain management, digestive issues, weight management, hormone related concerns, and stress related illness.

Christine utilizes a combination of nutrition and lifestyle modification, acupuncture, botanical medicine, and nutritional supplementation as key components of her treatment protocols. She has also completed certifications in pharmaceutical therapeutics and intravenous (IV) therapy.

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Dr. Paul Hrkal
(Naturopathic Doctor)

Dr Paul Hrkal, uses the latest evidence based nutritional, botanical and supplemental strategies to address complex chronic conditions such as chronic pain, autoimmune disorders, neurological conditions, cardiovascular disease, persistent infections and digestive disorders. He has a special interest in treatment resistant brain injuries and concussion recovery. He employs a unique comprehensive and functional assessment of each patient using advanced laboratory testing and in-depth analysis, clinical questioning and physical examination. Our guiding principle is to identify and address the root cause underlying each condition and restore each patient to optimal health and wellness.

Marc Capistrano  (Holistic Nutritionist)

Marc received his B.A. from the University of Toronto. After the completion of university, he attained his diploma in Applied Holistic Nutrition and received his Certified Nutritional Practitioner designation as a Holistic Nutritionist. Marc specializes in inflammatory conditions, digestive issues and performance based nutrition.

Marc takes a lifestyle and habit based approach to food while utilizing the application of specific diets to help his clients. Marc also comes from an athletic background having played competitive hockey and is also a Certified Personal Trainer. Marc has been featured on networks such as CBC Life and maintains the Live It Holistic Nutrition blog

Dr. Karen Spivak (PH.D. Psychology)

Karen Spivak is a registered Psychologist in Ontario since 1990.  She received her PH.D. in Psychology from Concordia University in Montreal in 1987 and pursued post-doctoral training at the former Addiction Research Foundation and the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry. Dr. Spivak held a full-time Scientist position at ARF for five years.  Since 1992 she has worked in private practice providing psychological assessments and treatment for problems related to mood, anxiety, stress, alcohol and drugs, chronic pain and post-accident adjustment difficulties. As well, Dr. Spivak works as a consultant as part of the multidisciplinary team of the Comprehensive Pain Program at the Toronto Western Hospital.

Nada Elfeki (MSc, MEd Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying))

Nada Elfeki is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). Nada received a Master of Science degree from McMaster University in Neurobehavioral Sciences with a focus on Neurodegenerative disorders. She worked for 4 years in the field of Medical Research at a primary care setting with a focus on Traumatic Brain Injury. Motivated by the desire to work closely with individuals who have sustained an injury and help them better cope, she later obtained a Master of Education degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of Toronto and completed her training at Women’s College Hospital. Nada has experience in individual and group therapy and has worked with a wide range of presenting concerns such as depression, anxiety, chronic pain, interpersonal difficulties, trauma, body image, insomnia and difficulty adjusting to new circumstances as well as crisis counselling.  Nada believes that these challenges become more complex in a diverse and multicultural city where cultural values play a big part in decisions individuals make, creating a need for a counselling service that is culturally informed. As such, her practice aims at empowering clients by giving them the necessary tools to address their changing circumstances within their specific cultural framework and their individual experience of it. 

Louisa Mailis, MA, MEd, CPC

Louisa Mailis is certified Professional Life Coach and Mindfulness teacher. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Studies and a Masters Degree in Humanities from York University. Recognizing her skills as an effective teacher, Louisa obtained a Masters of Education and taught with the Toronto Catholic School Board for 5 years.  Louisa has a certificate degree for Applied Mindfulness and Meditation at the University of Toronto and is also a trained facilitator in  Mindfulness-Based Chronic Pain Management (MBCPM).  

Passionate about self-growth and personal development, Louisa uses her natural teaching skills to inspire her clients to live their most authentic lives by living in the moment, practicing non-judgment, and incorporating consistent, daily meditation as a tool to manage stress and anxiety. In addition to group programs, Louisa also offers private, one-on-one coaching for individuals looking to improve themselves in all areas of their lives.

In her spare time, Louisa enjoys working out, nature walks, and spending quality time with family, friends, and her husband Alex.

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Niko Mailis (I.T./HR/Medicolegal Affairs)

Niko Mailis joins The Pain & Wellness Centre as part of the EMR and Technology Implementation and Training Team. With a background in Psychology, Project Management, and research, Niko brings his knowledge of IT and Training from his many years of experience as an Apple Software Trainer.

Jordan Robinson 
(Lead Administrator / HR / Special Projects)

Jordan Robinson brings charisma and attention to detail to our administrative team. Often the first point of contact for technical and administrative problem resolution he joins the team after moving to Canada from Detroit, Michigan. After attending the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) for film and video production he is now involved heavily in all of the technical aspects of keeping our clinic running smoothly since our inception in 2014. His previous positions include training and technical support with Apple both in Canada and the United States as well as Automobile Magazine and marketing for Warner Brothers Records. You may find more of his work by visiting www.detroitdesignery.com

Stacey Salagubang
(Research & Administration Assistant)

Stacey Salagubang joins The Pain and Wellness Centre as a part of the Research & Administration team. With a love for organization, and attention to detail she is one of the first points of contact for our Administrators and patients alike. She received a B.A in Childhood and Social Institutions and Socio Cultural Anthropology from the University of Western Ontario, as well as a B.Ed from York University. Stacey’s previous projects focused on education and mental health through Jack.Org: King’s Chapter and at the Montessori Academy of London. Her interests include, travel, musical theatre and exploring new cuisines.


Farah R.

Farah received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with honors at York University. As her career focus has been in Marketing Management, she has been a recurrent guest voice in online blogs and is currently pursing her writing career. She is also currently pursuing her CHRP designation with Seneca College. Her interests include reading psychology articles/novels, writing, travelling and food.  


Sonia I.

Sonia received a BA in Kinesiology & Health Sciences with Specialized Honours at York University. She is currently working towards a nursing degree, as her passions and interests lie in health and medicine. She believes that the key to living a healthy life is to maintain a balance between spiritual, emotional and physical health. She enjoys travelling, fitness and listening to podcasts.