Our staff and collaborators

Clinic leader

Dr. Anne Bassett

Dr. Anne S. Bassett, MD, FRCPC
Director, The Dalglish Family 22q Clinic

Canada Research Chair in Schizophrenia Genetics and Genomic Disorders
Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto
Associate Staff, Division of Cardiology and Department of Psychiatry, University Health Network
Associate Member, Canadian College of Medical Geneticists
Director, Clinical Genetics Research Program, Centre for Addiction & Mental Health
Senior Scientist, Toronto General Research Institute

Dr. Bassett is a psychiatrist and internationally renowned expert in the genetics of complex disorders. She holds the Canada Research Chair in Schizophrenia Genetics and Genomic Disorders. Dr. Bassett is also the Director of the CAMH Clinical Genetics Research Program and a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. She is an international leader in the study of 22q11.2DS and is the Medical Director for the International 22q11.2DS Foundation. Dr. Bassett has been providing exemplary care to adults with 22q11.2DS, their families and caregivers for many years. She is also the 2014 recipient of The Angelo DiGeorge Memorial Medal.

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Medical Staff

Maria Corral

Dr. Maria R. Corral, MD, FRCPC
Consultant Psychiatrist
University Health Network

Dr. Maria Corral began her undergraduate studies in Montreal and Vancouver before completing her medical and psychiatric studies at the University of British Columbia where she has an appointment as Emeritus Clinical Professor of Psychiatry.

Her career as a psychiatrist, educator and administrator spanned almost thirty years until her retirement as Head of the Department of Psychiatry and Director of Medical Education at St. Paul’s Hospital, Providence Health Care in June of 2014. She was a member of the Psychiatry Examination Board for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada from 2001-2014 and Vice-Chair of the Board for the last three years of her tenure.

Now living in Toronto, Dr. Corral continues her work as a surveyor of residency programs for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the Academy of Royal College International.

Dr. Corral is honoured to have the opportunity to join The Dalglish Family 22q Clinic and its exemplary multidisciplinary team of clinicians.

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Mr. Rajeeb Mukherjee BSc (Hons) (London School of Economics) Fellow in Schizophrenia

Elemi Breetvelt

Dr. Elemi Breetvelt, MD, PhD
Mr. Rajeeb Mukherjee BSc (Hons) (London School of Economics) Fellow in Schizophrenia
Psychiatrist

Dr. Breetvelt is a Dutch child psychiatrist. He completed his training as psychiatrist and epidemiologist in Utrecht, the Netherlands. In 2013 he completed his PhD thesis on genetic epidemiology. He has been the lead author or co-author of multiple publications related to 22q11.2DS. Dr. Breetvelt is pursuing his clinical and research fellowship training at the Dalglish Family 22q Clinic starting April 2017. His goals are to provide excellent clinical care and bring knowledge from “big data” – population-wide epidemiology - to help us understand the risk for schizophrenia in 22q11.2DS and in the general population.

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Research Associate / Former Dalglish Fellow

Erik Boot

Dr. Erik Boot, MD, PhD
Physician for people with intellectual disability

Dr. Boot is a Dutch physician, specialized in intellectual disability medicine. In 2010 he completed his PhD thesis on adults with 22q11.2DS and neurotransmitter systems, and he has been the lead author or co-author of multiple publications related to 22q11.2DS.

Dr. Boot was the Dalglish Fellow at the Dalglish Family 22q Clinic from September 2014 to August 2016. Even though he has returned to the Netherlands, he continues to work closely with our Clinic.

Dr. Boot has received a grant from The Physicians' Services Inc. Foundation to conduct a study called "Moving beyond Parkinson’s disease in 22q11.2 deletion syndrome: a study on movement disorders in adults". He is also the recipient of multiple awards:

  • From the University Health Network – Centre for Mental Health:

    • the 2015-2016 Fellow Research Award
    • the 2015-2016 Fellowship Travel Award
    • the 2014-2015 Fellow Research Award
  • From the the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto:

    • the 2015-2016 Max Alexandroff Award
  • From the University of Toronto McLaughlin Centre:

    • a McLaughlin Early Career Investigator Award for the 2015 World Congress of Psychiatric Genetics in Toronto, Canada from October 16-20, 2015.

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Clinic team members

Pam McFarlane
Pam McFarlane, MSW, RSW
Social Worker

Pam has over 25 years of experience working with the University Health Network in several areas of care. Working with the Dalglish Clinic team, Pam assists patients and their families in examining challenges and concerns and in helping to find the best available resources. She also facilitates groups and provides counselling and support as requested.



Lisa Palmer

Lisa Palmer, BEd, MSW, RSW
Social Worker

Lisa graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 2010 and a Bachelor of Education degree in 2012. She completed a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from the University of Toronto in 2015. Working with the Dalglish Clinic clinical research team, Lisa assists patients and their families in examining challenges and concerns and in helping to find the best available resources. She also provides education to families and other professionals and assists in facilitating groups and providing counselling and support as requested. She also continues to perform clinical research tasks and develop her own research to help our families.

Samantha D'Arcy

Samantha D’Arcy, MHSc, RD
Registered Dietitian

Samantha began her education with a goal of working in healthcare and nutrition, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Human Nutrition from the University of Guelph. To enhance her knowledge of nutrition, she pursued a Master’s of Health Science degree, specializing in Nutrition Communication. As a Registered Dietitian at the Dalglish Family 22q Clinic, Samantha works collaboratively with patients and their families to create nutrition plans that fit their needs and lifestyle. In addition to one-to-one patient care, Samantha is involved with group facilitation and patient and caregiver education as requested.

Radhika Sivanandan

Radhika Sivanandan, PhD
Patient Flow Coordinator


Radhika is likely the first person you will encounter when you come to the clinic. She works closely with other departments at the University Health Network to coordinate appointments and ensures that all necessary documents are available. This collaborative effort eases the burden for patients and families by organizing all of their clinical needs in one area at an efficient and convenient time. Please feel free to contact Radhika at the clinic's main number (416) 340-5145 if you have any questions or concerns regarding your appointments.

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Administrative

Dr. Susan Abbey, MD, FRCPC
Psychiatrist-in-Chief

Sarah Flogen, RN, PhD
Nurse Manager

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Research analysts

Fiona Fu, BA Hons
Joanne Loo, PhD
Alexandra Therond, BA Hons
Gladys Wong, BSc Hons

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Graduate Student

Ania Fiksinski
Ania Fiksinski, MSc
PhD candidate

Ania is a psychologist from the Netherlands who obtained her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Utrecht in 2013. Since then she has been working as a psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry at the University Medical Center in Utrecht, specializing in psychological assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome (22q11.2DS). She has also been actively involved in academic research regarding the cognitive and psychiatric features of 22q11.2DS.

Ania is currently pursuing a PhD degree in a collaboration between the University of Toronto and its international partner university, the University of Utrecht. Ania’s role in our Clinic will be as a psychologist responsible for neurocognitive and related assessments of our patients and their families.

Ania was the recipient of the Junior Investigator Award at the International 22q11.2DS Biennial Meeting in Sirmione, Italy in July, 2016.

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Medical Students

Spencer Van Mil, BSc Hon
Medical Student

Sarah Voll, MSc
Medical Student

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Collaborators - patient care

Dr. Susan George
Endocrinologist

Dr. Hanna Faghfoury
Geneticist

Dr. Danielle Andrade
Neurologist

Dr. Anthony Lang
Neurologist

Dr. Lili-Naz Hazrati
Neuropathologist

Our Clinic is also affiliated with the Toronto Congenital Cardiac Centre for Adults at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre.

TCCA

Dr. Erwin Oechslin
Medical Director

Dr. Candice Silversides
Research Director

Cardiologists:
Lee Benson
Jack Colman
Andrew Crean
Eric Horlick
Luc Mertens
Erwin Oechslin
Mark Osten
Lucy Roche
Candice Silversides
Rachel Wald

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Collaborators - research

Canada

Dr. Erwin Oechslin
Cardiologist,
Toronto, ON

Dr. Candice Silversides
Cardiologist,
Toronto, ON

Dr. Wendy Meschino
Medical Geneticist,
Toronto, ON

Dr. Susan George
Endocrinologist,
Toronto, ON

Drs. Christian Marshall & Stephen Scherer
Geneticists,
Toronto, ON

Dr. Sarah Dyack
Medical Geneticist,
Halifax, NS

Dr. Janice Husted
Epidemiologist,
Waterloo, ON

Dr. Chantal Morel
Medical Geneticist,
Toronto, ON

Drs. Tim-Rasmus Kiehl & Lili-Naz Hazrati
Neuropathologists,
Toronto, ON

Dr. Danielle Andrade
Neurologist,
Toronto, ON

Dr. Anthony Lang
Neurologist,
Toronto, ON

Dr. Pamela Forsythe
Psychiatrist,
Saint John, NB

Dr. Robert Jay
Psychiatrist,
Charlottetown, PEI

Drs. Peter Cook & Stephen List
Psychiatrists,
Hamilton, ON

Dr. Sylvie Langlois
Medical Geneticist,
Vancouver, BC


International

Donna McDonald-McGinn
Certified Genetic Counselor,
Philadelphia, PA, USA

Dr. Linda Brzustowicz
Geneticist,
Highland Park, NJ, USA

Dr. Bernice Morrow
Geneticist,
New York, NY, USA

Dr. Brian Chung
Geneticist,
Hong Kong, China

Dr. Jacob Vorstman
Child Psychiatrist,
Utrecht, The Netherlands

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