Dr. Michelle Persyko Psy.D., C.Psych,
Registered Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Persyko is a registered clinical psychologist, who has worked with adults and adolescents for the past 25 years. She runs a private practice in Toronto. Dr. Persyko has also worked at the Toronto Western Hospital in the Neurology department conducting assessments on dementia patients as part of clinical trials. She has co-authored several journal articles and peer-reviewed papers on various topics including dementia, caregiver burden, and other neurological disorders. Dr. Persyko is also the author of Max’s Treasure, a children’s book she collaborated on with her eldest daughter. To contact Michelle, please call 416-505-6835.
Sari Shaicovitch, BA, BSW, MEd, RSW CBT Therapist
Counselling and Support for Infertility, Anxiety, and Depression
Sari Shaicovitch is a registered social worker and for the past 20 years has been specializing in anxiety, depression, infertility, reproductive loss, crisis intervention, and self-esteem. Sari currently works with a number of Toronto-area fertility clinics where she consults with patients who are looking to use third-party gametes (sperm, egg or embryo donors, as well as surrogates). Over the course of her career, Sari has presented on numerous topics such as “How to Recognize the Signs of Post Partum Depression”, “How to Tell your Child they were Adopted”, and “The Do’s and Don’ts to Help Increase Your Child’s Self Esteem”. She has been quoted in Readers Digest, has appeared on both Rogers Daytime Toronto and Rogers Daytime York Region and has blogged for online magazines. www.sarishaicovitch.com 416-771-8312
Leanne Matlow BA(Hons.) OTC, MA
Leanne Matlow is a teacher, Special Education Resource teacher, CBT
Sheri Kagan B.A., B.Ed
Sheri worked for 14 years in the Roots of Empathy program as an Empathy Specialist where she helped increase social/emotional competence among adults and children, increase empathy, and decrease bullying and poor parenting cycles. She earned her Bachelor of Education in the Primary/Junior Division from York University and has a specialized interest in parenting and children. Sheri has also completed the Life Coaching Certificate, Part 1, at the Adler Institute. Presently, Sheri is working in the Real Estate industry where she is utilizing her specialized educational background and skills to help her clients navigate the process of buying and selling. Often, real estate transactions are a very exciting and happy experience. However, they can also be an incredibly stressful undertaking due to divorce, aging parents and loss. Sheri is there to support her clients throughout this process with her highly trained negotiation skills, empathetic and honest approach. To contact Sheri, please call 416-785-1500.
Naomi Epstein, B.Eng, M.Ed, PBDDET, OCT
Naomi Epstein is an Educational Coach and an Ontario certified educator with over 20 years teaching experience at the middle school and high school level, specializing in physical sciences, mathematics, and the integration of technology in instruction and learning. In private practice, Naomi works with individuals and families to help students integrate technology in their learning and improve content understanding and executive functioning skills. An experienced public speaker who has appeared on CBC Metro Morning and Ontario morning, Naomi believes that social media is an important tool, and she helps parents and educators support our children to use these tools responsibly. www.naomiepstein.ca // Twitter @scitecheducator
Gabbi Silverberg; B.A, BSW.
Gabbi earned her degrees from Concordia and York University. Gabbi has been with Children’s Aid for 20 years. Throughout her career, Gabbi has had roles and responsibilities spanning various areas of Child Protection. Gabbi currently leads a team of frontline staff who work with families to keep children safe.