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Frank Kennedy is a registered social worker in Ontario. Frank’s tenure as a social worker is in excess of 30 years of practice in family work, child protection, clinical supervision, mentoring of other social workers, counselling in trauma, various forms of victimization, family functioning, child protection, emotional regulation, grief counselling etc., affecting a wide range of cultures and socio-economic groups.

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Dr. Miranda, ND is one of Durham’s leading Naturopathic Doctors and founder of Miranda Naturopathic Clinic. She received her medical training and Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine in the year 2000 from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Dr. Miranda, ND has a special interest and experience in treating hormonal imbalances, thyroid deficiencies, weight loss, detoxification, fatigue and stress management, digestive complaints, and pain management. She enjoys working with families and being an essential part of their team of health care providers. In addition, she regularly contributes to Rogers TV as a natural health care expert. She strives to create a professional, safe and nurturing environment at the clinic where practitioners and therapists can work together to find answers to their health concerns. Dr. Miranda, ND is pleased to be part of “Rare Disease Health & Wellness Expo”  and looks forward to meeting attendees during her workshop. 

Sophia Bishop


Tifidin Tea Inc.

TIFIDIN Tea was founded by Sophia Bishop as an extension of her love for collecting quotes and her belief in the power of words. TIFIDIN Tea is a health and wellness lifestyle teas that facilitate personal reflection and shared deliberation. Featuring messages that engage, educate and entertain. TIFIDIN Teas can be customized with a personal message, image or company logo. It is a premiere source for inspirational, gifts and events.  Presentation: July 13, 2017. 

Dhaya Integrative Health is a cohesive group of health care practitioners committed to providing the most comprehensive and detailed care to patients in Durham and the GTA.  At our multidisciplinary clinic, we are dedicated to helping those in our care and researching new initiatives to further the field of traditional medicine. Our current research focus is on botanicals within the realm of cancer care and chronic degenerative diseases and we are looking into medicinal applications from Himalayan plant life. We constantly push to provide the best therapy and patient care available and to further our research at every opportunity. Through our clinic, we seek to assist patients and their families in receiving the best individualized therapy and support they need, and ensuring that our efforts make the lives of our patients and their families easier through difficult times. Dhaya Integrative Health can help you emerge physically, emotionally and spiritually intact and return to the joy of daily living!  

​Naturopathic Doctors, Osteopathic Manual Practitioner, Certified Nutritionist, Certified Cancer Coach

Simon Stones, BSC (Hons) AMRSB

Service-user researcher
​​Manchester, United Kingston​Website:
Twitter: @SimonRStones

Dr. Mike Gauthier


Ajax Family Chiropractic

​Ajax ON Canada

​Maureen McGowan is the Community Education and Outreach Representative for the Central East Local Health Integration Network (Central East LHIN) in Scarborough and Durham Region. Maureen has been with the organization for 16+ years. During this time, Maureen has shared her expertise in many roles including, home care, long-term care and has worked in the office located at Centenary hospital. For the past 12 years, Maureen has provided presentations and information displays about services and programs, to assist people in navigating the health-care system. Rare Disease Expo 2016 Workshop. Support Group Meetings: August 10, 2017. 

Monthly Support Group Meetings

2nd Thursdays in each month 6:30pm - 8:30pm est

Access: Ajax Public Library or Skype 

Irene presently works as a Broker of Financial Services with one of Canada’s fastest growing Managing General Agent(MGA) Experior Financial Group Inc. Irene worked at Investors Group as a Financial
Consultant, developing her own clients, managing their investments before becoming a Broker of Financial Services. She also worked on Canada’s premier financial district - Bay Street, Toronto in both retail banking and investment counseling for over 15 years, where she gained quite an experience in investment portfolio counseling, Project Management, Operational Management and Supervisory skills. Irene’s retail banking career extended from an American bank with branches in Ontario and headquarters in Detroit, Michigan, to
Scotia Brokerage in Toronto, Toronto Dominion Bank as a Mutual Fund Trade Officer and Investigator. Her investment counseling experiences of 10 years was with one of Canada’s foremost “Fee Only” Investment Counsel Company – T.E. Investment Counsel Inc./T.E. Wealth as a Senior Investment Account Manager, working with high net worth clients and monitoring Portfolio Managers on behalf of her clients.​

Maureen McGowan

Community Education and Outreach Representative

Central East Local Health Integration Network (Central East LHIN)  ​

Our support group meetings are a unique way to educate, support and provide resources for Rare Disease Management for Syringomyelia (SM), Chiari Malformation (CM), EDS, Arthritis, Epilepsy, Cancer, LAM, Autism, Fibro and other Diseases or Disorders. Our support group meetings provide peer support and Rare Disease Resource Management through our Expert Presentations. Attendees in the Library are entered into a draw to win a free treatment or consultation from each Expert Presenter. Our Experts are key in providing support and valuable expertise. 

Michelle De Lyon,

Registered Yoga Teacher

(Naturelle Solutions)


​Experior Financial Group Inc. 


My name is Abueng Naledi Bernard and I have been practicing Reiki since October 2014.  I'm based in Ajax, Ontario.

I became interested in metaphysics and spirituality in my early 30s and my path eventually lead me to Reiki. I did the Level I training and was amazed that I could already feel the energy.  I have since completed Level II and Level III and am now a Reiki Master in the Usui Shiki Ryoho style of Reiki.

I've had a bit of a winding journey, career wise.  I have a bachelor's degree in Computer Science and a certificate in Corporate Communications.  Before becoming a Reiki practitioner, I worked in IT, both here at home and overseas, and taught English for several years in Japan and South Korea.

Michelle De Lyon is a Certified Life Skills Coach and Registered Yoga Teacher who supports, educates, and empowers individuals, to achieve life-balance. Michelle believes that everyone has natural talents, aptitudes and power to overcome the inevitable physical, social, and emotional barriers that life brings. Michelle is passionate about helping people reduce stress, create work-life balance and manage their health and wellness. Michelle has worked in the social service and hospitality industries for over 10 years. Through her workshops, classes, and one-on-one sessions, Michelle has helped hundreds of people achieve their goals and live the lives they love to lead. Michelle utilizes a holistic approach to helping her clients develop essential life skills, such as stress management, functional fitness, and effective communication. These skills have helped her clients successfully manage their personal and professional lives. Michelle has facilitated Life Skills development workshops, recreational programs, and educational conferences for multiple community agencies across North America. In addition to community development, Michelle manages brand promotion and corporate wellness events for Fortune 50, 100 and 500 companies. Michelle currently teaches Yoga and Fitness classes, coaches private clients and volunteers as a program consultant for charities and non-profit organizations in the health care sector. When she isn’t working or volunteering in the community, Michelle enjoys reading, writing, drawing, hiking, rollerblading, watching sports, spending time with her family, attending art-based events, and chilling while watching something Sci-Fi related on Netflix. ​

Dr. Gauthier received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto in 1996. Prior to this, he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology (the science of the human body) from the University of Waterloo. In 2001 he was awarded the Mertz excellence award in recognition for his commitment to outstanding patient care and for his pursuit in advancing the awareness and well-being of his community.

Dr. Mike, as he is known to his patients, decided to become a chiropractor after personally experiencing the benefits of chiropractic in giving him relief from Migraine headaches which he suffered from as a child. Dr. Mike constantly strives to improve and update his knowledge in the field of Chiropractic and other related health studies. He has always strengthened his understanding of diagnosis and treatment of spine and joint disorders by reading the latest research and attending post graduate seminars. His passion for chiropractic and his genuine love and compassion to help others are two qualities that impress those who know him well. 

Dr. Mike is blessed with two beautiful girls: Chantal and Jordyn. His hobbies include golf, training for personal improvement in life and triathlons, and spending quality time with his girls and taking them on memorable adventures.

Dr. Sandra Miranda, ND

Naturopath Doctor

Miranda Naturapathic Clinic

On Canada

Abueng Naledi Bernard

Reiki Practioner

​Simon Stones is a doctoral researcher in child and family health at the University of Leeds, where is research interests include self-management of long-term, chronic health conditions by children and their families, digital health tools and musculoskeletal health. He graduated from The University of Manchester with a first class BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Sciences with Industrial/Professional Experience in 2016. Simon is also a consumer health advocate and health activist, where he advises national research bodies in the UK on their paediatric and young adult rheumatology research agendas. In addition, he sits on numerous strategic and advisory panels for health and social care initiatives in the UK and Europe, including the development of mobile app technology to promote self-management and using multimedia platforms as an alternative to written participant information sheets for research. Simon has been invited to participate in a number of international conferences, and has co-authored a series of publications related to rheumatology and patient and public involvement in research. Furthermore, he is a member of the EULAR Young PARE working group and is a trustee of Fibromyalgia Action UK. His involvement in research has been inspired by his own experience of living with childhood-onset arthritis, fibromyalgia and inflammatory bowel disease. Rare Disease Expo September 24, 2016, Support Group Meetings: August 10, 2017

Frank Kennedy, Counselor

KISI Intervention Counselling

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