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 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.

[Return to top]

Medical Staff

Maria Corral

Dr. Maria R. Corral, MD, FRCPC
Consultant Psychiatrist
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.

[Return to top]

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

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.

[Return to top]

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.

[Return to top]

Clinic Team Members

Lisa Palmer

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

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

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.

[Return to top]

Graduate Student

Ania Fiksinski
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.

[Return to top]

Research and Other Staff

Joanne Ha
Research Analyst

Tracy Heung
Research Analyst
She was one of the two recipients of the Junior Investigator Award in 2018.

Kelly Kranics
Research Analyst

Joanne Loo
Patient and Family Educational Tool Developer and Website Manager

Gladys Wong
Coordinator/Research Analyst

[Return to top]

Residents and Students

Greg Costain
Medical Genetics Resident

Lily Van
Psychiatry Resident

Spencer Van Mil
Medical Student

Sarah Voll Malecki
Medical Student

Judy Truong
Medical Student

Janis Chang
Medical Student

Enoch Ng
Medical Student

[Return to top]

Administrative Staff

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

[Return to top]

Collaborators - Patient Care

Dr. Susan George

Dr. Hanna Faghfoury

Dr. Danielle Andrade

Dr. Anthony Lang

Dr. Lili-Naz Hazrati

Dr. Connie Marras

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

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

[Return to top]

Collaborators - Research


Dr. Erwin Oechslin
Toronto, ON

Dr. Candice Silversides
Toronto, ON

Dr. Jacob Vorstman
Child Psychiatrist,
Toronto, ON
(Previously: Utrecht, The Netherlands)

Dr. Wendy Meschino
Medical Geneticist,
Toronto, ON

Dr. Susan George
Toronto, ON

Drs. Christian Marshall & Stephen Scherer
Toronto, ON

Dr. Sarah Dyack
Medical Geneticist,
Halifax, NS

Dr. Janice Husted
Waterloo, ON

Dr. Chantal Morel
Medical Geneticist,
Toronto, ON

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

Dr. Danielle Andrade
Toronto, ON

Dr. Anthony Lang
Toronto, ON

Dr. Connie Marras
Toronto, ON

Dr. Pamela Forsythe
Saint John, NB

Dr. Robert Jay
Charlottetown, PEI

Drs. Peter Cook & Stephen List
Hamilton, ON

Dr. Sylvie Langlois
Medical Geneticist,
Vancouver, BC


Donna McDonald-McGinn
Director of 22q Clinic, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP),
Philadelphia, PA, USA

Dr. Linda Brzustowicz
New Brunswick, NJ, USA

Bernice Morrow, PhD
Bronx, NY, USA

Dr. Brian Chung
Medical Geneticist,
Hong Kong SAR, China

Ann Swillen, PhD
Child Psychologist,
Leuven, Belgium

Dr. Gabriela Repetto
Santiago, Chile

Linda Campbell, PhD
Newcastle, Australia

[Return to top]