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We specialize in addressing the specific health care needs of artists, providing a holistic and collaborative approach to health. We are a clinic designed for artists, to help you continue creating. We are health care providers, shiatsu and massage therapists, chiropractors, psychotherapists and physiotherapists. We listen, we diagnose, we support and we heal.

​Executive Director, Family Health ​Team​​: Teri Arany

Dr. Michelle Basil
Chiropractor - offering Chiropractic, Acupuncture and Craniosacral Therapy Click for more

From her early childhood Dr. Michelle Basil was exposed to chiropractic care as a healing tool, not only as a way to help her manage headaches as a child but also as a guide to a healthy lifestyle. Chiropractic’s philosophy of wellness and health promotion continued to follow her throughout her life, complimenting attitudes and approaches throughout and ultimately bringing her to study to become a chiropractor herself. After attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Dalhousie University in 1996, Dr. Basil went on to pursue chiropractic studies at Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto, graduating with a Doctor of Chiropractic in 2001.

Early in her career Dr. Basil chose to practice with a variety of different chiropractors, working as a locum chiropractor, both in Canada and throughout Australia, for five years. This experience awarded her with the knowledge of a variety of different treatment types and practice methods as well as provided the opportunity to see a varied patient base.

In addition to gentle and accurate chiropractic adjustments and mobilizations, Dr. Basil incorporates a variety of soft tissue techniques including Graston, myofascial release and DNS to help patients reach their goals. She is also an acupuncture provider, having studied both in Sri Lanka(1999) and McMaster University (2009).

Believing that balanced neuromusculoskeletal function is a major key to achieving better overall health is a major tenet that Dr. Basil brings to her treatments. Expertise in biomechanics and the musculoskeletal system as well as an individualized patient-centred approach has allowed Dr. Basil to successfully care for patients with a wide variety of conditions helping to restore function.

Dr. Basil believes that patient education is a top priority therefore patient care always includes options for self care such as home exercise and ergonomic and postural advice. If patients are able to make wise and healthy lifestyle decisions this will ensure that they are able to maximize their wellness potential.

Currently, Dr. Basil maintains a private practice in Toronto and is committed to providing thorough, attentive and effective holistic care to her patients. When not working you might find her out biking or running in the community with her family.

Dr. Basil holds the following continuing education certifications:

• McMaster University Contemporary Medical Acupuncture

• Activator Technique

• Dynamic Neuromuscular Stablilization

• Graston Technique

• Kinesiotaping

• Functional Capacity Evaluation & Performance Enhancement

Susan Lucas RMT Dip. CTP
Psychotherapist Click for more

Susan is a Registered Psychotherapist, and offers interactive, interpersonal psychotherapy for individuals and groups. Her training is in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, she graduated from the Centre for Training in Psychotherapy in 1996. She further trained with the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute to build tools and strategies to repair wounds in the psyche and soma. She also offers EFT Couple’s Therapy, (Emotionally Focused Therapy)  to help couples be able to communicate more effectively with each other. 

Having grown up in an artistic family, and having her own experience working in theatre, Susan is passionate about freeing and supporting artists to accomplish their work, and to have a healthy work life balance.

Dr. Jean-Jacques Dugoua HBSc ND PhD
Naturopathic Medicine Click for more

Dr. Jean-Jacques Dugoua, or Dr. JJ as he is affectionately known, is a licensed naturopathic doctor and the first ND to practice at the Toronto Western Hospital as well as the Artists' Health Centre, where he practices naturopathic medicine, clinical nutrition, homeopathy, acupuncture and herbal medicine. Dr. JJ has given a number of workshops throughout Ontario specifically focused on artists and their health care, and has given presentations internationally, including the World Health Organization in Washington DC. He is also a researcher at the Motherisk Program at the Hospital for Sick Children and the Clinic Director of the Liberty Clinic in downtown Toronto.

Dr. JJ is a co-author of "Herbal Medicines in Pregnancy and Lactation – An Evidence-based Approach First Edition" (Taylor & Francis, 2006), which is a collection of 75 systematic reviews, and he has over a dozen peer-reviewed scientific publications published or in press. A leading expert on natural health products, pharmacology and pregnancy safety, Dr. JJ is currently working on his PhD in Pharmacy Sciences at the University of Toronto. As part of his PhD research, he continues to investigate the safety of natural products during pregnancy and lactation at Hospital for Sick Children and is currently conducting a clinical trial on the effects of cinnamon on type 2 diabetes at the Toronto Western Hospital.

Dr. Anita Shack BFA DC FATA
Chiropractor - offering Chiropractic, Acupuncture and Craniosacral Therapy Click for more

Anita Shack DC, BFA (Dance), is a Toronto based Chiropractor who uses Chiropractic, Acupuncture, and Craniosacral Therapy to facilitate change and wellness for her patients. She is in both private practice and the Chiropractor at the Al and Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre at the Toronto Western Hospital. She is a published researcher and international speaker and teacher. She explores holistic context in her work and her workshops that are designed to increase personal awareness leading to improved health on multiple levels.

Dr. Shack has extensive experience working with artists from many disciplines including dance, theatre, music, visual arts, film, writing, photography, and others. She is a member of the Preforming Arts Medicine Association and Healthy Dancer Canada. She is sensitive to the specific stresses and sensibilities of artists.

Dr. Shack draws on her expertise as a health care practitioner for over 30 years, her varied life experience, and her over 25 year study of earth based and spiritual healing paradigms. She creatively weaves knowledge from these ancient traditions, and evidence based science into experiential workshops. She is an insightful and caring teacher, creating safe and supportive environments to facilitate learning, change, and healing.

Agnieszka Halonska
Site Coordinator Click for more

Aga is the new Administrative Coordinator at the Artists' Health Centre supporting complex administration and operational processes. Aga has sizeable experience in medical administration in both hospital environments and private clinics. Her strengths are integrity, strong organizational and operational skills, and being patient-centred. She also worked as an Activation Therapy Assistant at a nursing home where she was able to quickly recognize the comforting properties of art.

Being a mom of an autistic artist, Aga has experience managing mental health and strong appreciation for creativity. She is planning to pursue continuing education in business administration to further her professional growth and development. Aga defines motivation as her "natural life goal" and cares about the well-being of the arts community and clinic's functionality.

Aga is enthusiastic to take on her new role working on collaboration with fellow team members to ensure the success and growth of the Artists' Health Centre.

Vicki Hawkins BScPT BA
Registered Physiotherapist Click for more

Vicki Hawkins completed her Physiotherapy degree at University of Toronto. Previously she obtained an honours degree in Kinesiology with a Certificate in Sport Therapy and a Certificate in Fitness Assessment at York University. She is a member of the Women's Health Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. She is also a member of IADMS (International Association of Dance Medicine and Science) and PAMA (Performing Arts Medicine Association). She has been a Clinical Instructor with the University of Toronto, Department of Physiotherapy since 2003 and held a Status-only Appointment with the University of Toronto from 2009 until 2015.

She has completed a variety of continuing education courses including Manual Therapy, Muscle Energy, Scoliosis, the Pelvis, Pole Walking, and Yoga Therapy. She has worked with members of the University of Toronto Music Program, York University Dance, Theatre & Music Programs, the Ryerson University Dance Program, OCAD University, Humber College Music Program, The Royal Conservatory of Music, Canadian Opera Company, Canada's National Ballet School, Toronto Dance Theatre, Ballet Creole, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Opera Atelier, and a variety of television and film programs. She also worked with the Mirvish musical, A Chorus Line.

In 2010, Vicki completed her Level 1 certification as a GYROTONIC® Trainer. In 2011, she completed her Level 1 certification as a GYROKINESIS® Trainer. The GYROTONIC® exercises are used alone or in conjunction with treatment to help her clients achieve optimum wellness.

Vicki ‘s interest in becoming a therapist for artists began as a student at The School for Toronto Dance Theatre and the University of Calgary Dance Program.

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Lauren Leslie
Registered Massage Therapist Click for more
Lauren was a massage enthusiast decades before becoming a therapist. Her training at Sutherland-Chan prepared her to treat clients with a wide range of issues, from survivors of catastrophic accidents to those struggling with stress and depression. Her son is an aspiring pianist and composer, so she has an understanding of the challenges artists face. She offers Swedish massage, myofascial release, and deep tissue work. 
Shelly-Anne Li MSc
Researcher Click for more

Shelly-Anne Li is the head of research and quality improvement at the Al & Malka Green Artists' Health Centre (AHC). She sets program direction and designs research and quality improvement projects that are in accordance with the values and misssion of AHC. Shelly-Anne oversees and provides direction to research, quality improvement, and community engagement initiatives at the Centre. She is also a community educator and supervisor to medical learners at University of Toronto for their community-based service learning at the Centre.

Shelly-Anne is a sessional faculty at the School of Nursing at McMaster University, and is in the final year of her PhD in Health Systems Research at the University of Toronto, and has completed her MSc in Health Research Methodology at McMaster University. She specializes in research design and methods, program evaluation, as well as implementation and knowledge translation of evidence-based practices. With over seven years of experience in leading health research projects, she published numerous peer-reviewed articles and shared her findings at national and international conferences.

Her vision is to use research to improve the health and well-being of professional artists, and to educate health care professionals and their greater community. To meet the many unique health needs of professional artists, Shelly-Anne aims to implement evidence-based practices that have lasting, positive impact on their health and well-being.

Lezlee Lindzon
Social Worker Click for more

Lezlee is a Registered Social Worker with over 20 years of experience. Her background includes a combination of working in healthcare and in private practice. Throughout her career she has worked with variety of clients to support overall mental health. She appreciates the unique needs of individuals involved in the Arts.

Her training includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, and Gottman Method to work with individuals, families, and couples. Her approach is collaborative focusing on supporting and empowering clients to draw on their strenghts to identifiy meaningful goals.

"It is a great privilege and opportunity to join The Artists' Health Centre. I look forward to combining my interest in healthcare and the Arts working together to create positive change" Lezlee

Susannah McGeachy NP
Nurse Practitioner Click for more
Susannah McGeachy, MN, NP-PHC is a primary health care nurse practitioner with a background in performing arts. She holds a BA in Theatre Arts from Case Western Reserve University (2005), Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Toronto (2008), and Master of Nursing from Ryerson University (2012). As a nurse practitioner she has practiced in a variety of outpatient settings including community health centre, NP-Led clinic, and Family Health Team. Prior to becoming an NP she practiced inpatient paediatric nursing. She has worked with people from across Toronto's artistic community and is passionate about connecting with artists and art workers to further their wellbeing and work. She enjoys swimming, running, recreational dance, yoga, folk music and live theatre.
Dr. Rebecca Shalansky, MD
Family Physician Click for more

I grew up in Vancouver, BC, and completed medical school at the University of British Columbia (UBC). My residency training brought me to Ontario, where I completed my Family Medicine certification at Toronto Western Hospital. During my residency, I gained skills in GP-psychotherapy through supervision at the AHC, as well as additional courses in CBT and Narrative Therapy.

Outside of my work as a GP Psychotherapist, I am passionate about public health. I obtained a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Toronto, and am working towards a career as a public health physician.

Leisa Bellmore MSc. ST
Shiatsu Therapist Click for more

Leisa Bellmore is a licensed shiatsu therapist, speaker and researcher. She has been part of the integrative team at the Artists’ Health Centre since 2010, though she has worked with performing and creative artists throughout her career. Leisa has been practicing Namikoshi shiatsu since 2001, having graduated with honours from Toronto’s Shiatsu Academy of Tokyo 2200-hour program.

Leisa has an MSc in Complementary Medicine Research and has published several research studies. Her professional interests include neurological conditions and self-management interventions for chronic conditions.

A key element of Leisa’s practice is education – for other healthcare providers, the public and her patients. She has presented and published around the world. Leisa believes that we can all take an active role in our health. She particularly enjoys helping to raise health awareness to help her patients overcome the stresses and strains on their bodies and minds, allowing them to be at their peak.

As Leisa's first career was in theatre, she has a great respect and love for the arts and an understanding of the commitment and discipline they require.

Dr. Paul Uy MD
Psychotherapist Click for more

Paul Uy (MD, RCPSC, BHSc) is a physician who completed his psychiatric training at the University of Toronto. He has trained in a number of therapeutic modalities from psychodynamic psychotherapy, interpersonal therapy, group therapy, dialectical behavioural therapy and mindfulness therapies. He also travels, practices yoga and writes poetry.

Paul's eclectic interest in various therapies emerged partly from a lifelong interest in writing, particularly poetry. He appreciates the many links between psychotherapy and the arts - how one can inform the other in harnessing physicality, intuition and community for healing and meaning. He values the role of art in society in cultivating immediacy, curiosity and creativity in a highly complex and interconnected world.