Our staff and collaborators
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 world renowned expert in the genetics of complex disorders - especially 22q. Dr. Bassett is also the Director of the Clinical Genetics Research Program at CAMH and a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. She is a leader in an international group study of 22q and is the Medical Director for the International 22q11.2 Foundation. Dr. Bassett has been providing exemplary care to adults with 22q, their families and caregivers for many years.
Dr. Maria R. Corral, MD, FRCPC
University Health Network
Dr. Maria Corral completed her medical studies at the University of British Columbia. She worked for thirty years as a psychiatrist, educator and administrator 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 also Vice-Chair of the Psychiatry Examination Board for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada from 2011-2014.
Now living in Toronto, Dr. Corral is honoured to join The Dalglish Family 22q Clinic and its exemplary multidisciplinary team of clinicians.
Mr. Rajeeb Mukherjee BSc (Hons) (London School of Economics) Fellow in Schizophrenia
Dr. Elemi Breetvelt, MD, PhD
Mr. Rajeeb Mukherjee BSc (Hons) (London School of Economics) Fellow in Schizophrenia
Dr. Breetvelt is our new Clinical Fellow at the Dalglish Family 22q Clinic. His fellowship is supported by a generous gift of the Mukherjee family. Dr. Breetvelt has worked since 2008 as a psychiatrist at UMC Utrecht in the Netherlands, and has followed children, adolescents and young adults with 22q. Trained as an epidemiologist at Utrecht University, the main focus of Dr. Breetvelt’s research is on the genetic epidemiology of psychiatric disorders, especially schizophrenia. He is interested in the factors that contribute to changes in social behaviour, and early factors that may indicate an increased risk of developing psychiatric illness.
Dr. Breetvelt received the 2017-18 Fellow Research Award from the University Health Network – Centre for Mental Health.
Research Associate / Former Dalglish Fellow
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.
Clinic Team Members
Pam McFarlane, MSW, RSW Registered Social Worker
Pam has over 25 years of experience working with the University Health Network in several areas of care. Working with the 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, BEd, MSW, RSW Registered 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 degree at the University of Toronto in 2015.
Working with the Clinic team, Lisa assists patients and their families in examining challenges and concerns and in helping to find the best available resources. She also continues to help our clinical research efforts.
Samantha D’Arcy, MHSc, RD Registered Dietitian
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, PhD Patient Flow Coordinator Radhika is likely the first person you will encounter when you come to the clinic. She coordinates all appointments and ensures that all necessary documents are available. Please feel free to contact her at the clinic's main number (416) 340-5145 if you have any questions or concerns regarding your appointments.
Ania Fiksinski, MSc PhD Candidate
Ania is a PhD graduate student 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 22q. She has also been actively involved in academic research regarding the cognitive and psychiatric features of 22q.
Ania is currently pursuing a PhD degree with Dr. Bassett in a collaboration between the University of Toronto and its international partner university, the University of Utrecht. She was one of the two recipients of the Junior Investigator's Award in 2016.
Research and Other Staff
She was one of the two recipients of the Junior Investigator's Award in 2018.
Patient and Family Educational Tool Developer and Website Manager
Kelly Kranics Research Analyst
Residents and Students
Medical Genetics Resident
Spencer Van Mil
Sarah Voll Malecki
Dr. Susan Abbey, MD, FRCPC
Sandra Grgas, RRT, BA, M.HSM Clinical Director
Mary Kay McCarthy, RN, M.HS Senior Clinical Director Lianne McLean, RN, MN Manager
Collaborators - Patient Care
Dr. Susan George Endocrinologist
Dr. Hanna Faghfoury Geneticist
Dr. Danielle Andrade Neurologist
Dr. Anthony Lang Neurologist
Dr. Lili-Naz Hazrati Neuropathologist
Dr. Connie Marras Neurologist
Our Clinic is also affiliated with the Toronto Congenital Cardiac Centre for Adults at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre.
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
Collaborators - Research
Canada Dr. Erwin Oechslin Cardiologist, Toronto, ON
Dr. Candice Silversides Cardiologist, Toronto, ON
Dr. Jacob Vorstman Child Psychiatrist, Toronto, ON (Previously: Utrecht, The Netherlands)
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. Connie Marras 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 LangloisMedical Geneticist, Vancouver, BC International Donna McDonald-McGinn Director of 22q Clinic, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Philadelphia, PA, USA
Dr. Linda Brzustowicz Geneticist, New Brunswick, NJ, USA
Bernice Morrow, PhD Geneticist, Bronx, NY, USA
Dr. Brian Chung Medical Geneticist, Hong Kong SAR, China
Ann Swillen, PhD Child Psychologist, Leuven, Belgium
Dr. Gabriela Repetto Geneticist, Santiago, Chile
Linda Campbell, PhD Psychologist, Newcastle, Australia