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The OCAD U Health and Wellness Centre provides medical and counselling services to students.

Health and Wellness Centre

The OCAD U Health and Wellness Centre provides medical and counselling services to students.

Our Team


Gloria Han, Receptionist

Gloria is the receptionist at the Health and Wellness Centre and is a recent graduate from OCAD University with a BA in Design. She will be the person to assist you with booking appointments and answering general medical questions. When not loving her job, Gloria can be found on her couch where she watches Netflix, catching up on the latest episodes. She is the type of person who despises spoilers but will Google the episode/movie detail on Wikipedia.

Erica Mach, Coordinator

Erica is the coordinator at the Health and Wellness Centre and can answer your general medical inquiries and assist you with booking appointments. She graduated from OCAD University with a BFA. Being a former student at OCAD U herself, she understands how important it is for students to be healthy so they can be great artists! Erica is the office's warrior princess and germ exterminator. 

Kaitlyn Young, Coordinator

Kaitlyn is the coordinator of the Health and Wellness Centre and can assist you with general inquiries about the Centre and the student health and dental plan. Kaitlyn works at the Health and Wellness Centre part-time and is also currently completing her MA in Applied Disability Studies at Brock University. She graduated from the University of Ottawa with an Honours BSc in biomedical science. Kaitlyn is passionate about working with students to support optimal mental health and well-being. In her spare time she enjoys exploring Toronto, camping and spending time with her dog. 

Jennifer Robinson, Clinical Director

Jennifer is the clinical director at the Health and Wellness Centre and oversees all aspects of the medical and mental health services at the centre. Jennifer completed her undergraduate degree in psychology at York University, completed her MA in Clinical and Counselling Psychology at the University of Toronto and is currently completing a PhD in Clinical and Counselling Psychology. She has received training in a number of different therapeutic modalities and has experience working with youth and adults in both community and hospital settings. Jennifer’s priority is to ensure that all students have access to the health and wellness supports they require to flourish during their time at OCAD U. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys seeking creative ways to procrastinate on completing her PhD and a good belly laugh.

Robyn Shaw, Manager

Robyn is a registered social worker who is passionate about supporting OCAD U students achieve their goals. She completed a BA in psychology from York University and graduate certificate in rehabilitation services. She also holds a Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Toronto and has additional training in cognitive behaviour therapy and dialectical behaviour therapy. Robyn’s employment background includes work in education and community mental health. She is involved in health promotion activities and serves on various committees within the Centre and the university. Robyn enjoys bird watching, being active and spending time with her family.

Tamara Aleong, Mental Health Clinician- returning February 2018

Tamara is a registered social worker who is very excited about working with OCAD U students. She completed an undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of Waterloo and a master's of social work from the University of Toronto. Tamara has additional training in dialectical behaviour therapy and cyber counselling. She is passionate about collaboratively working with students in order to find effective solutions and coping strategies. Tamara enjoys spending time with her pets, reading, and exploring Toronto in her spare time.

Nathan Klaehn, Mental Health Clinician

Nathan is a registered social worker who completed his master's in social work at the University of Toronto and also has a BA in philosophy and early modern studies from Dalhousie University and The University of Kings College in Halifax. Nathan has further education in the area of psychoanalytic psychotherapy and continues to study in this area at the Toronto Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis. Nathan makes use of a variety of approaches in his work with OCAD U students, varying according to needs and desires of individual students and the concerns that lead them to seek counselling. Nathan likes the kinds of things lots of people like, such as walking, talking, biking, yoga, music, camping, cooking, reading, thinking and so on.

Courtney Ward, Mental Health Clinician

Courtney is a registered social worker who recently completed her MSW internship at the Health and Wellness Centre. Courtney completed an undergraduate degree in psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University and a master's of social work from the University of Toronto, specializing in mental health and health. Her previous employment experience includes work in the sexual health field, where she worked with individuals and couples addressing various sexual and reproductive health concerns. Courtney is excited to continue to work collaboratively with OCAD U students to help them achieve their counselling goals. Courtney enjoys travelling and loves trying new foods. 

Alanna Fletcher, Health & Wellness Community Worker

Alanna is a graduate of University of Toronto’s master of social work (MSW) program who recently completed her internship at the Health and Wellness Centre. Alanna completed her Bachelor of Social Work at Ryerson University, and has previously worked as a case manager for French-speaking adults and seniors. Alanna is passionate about housing, health, and community-based work, and is excited to work with students of the OCADU community in supporting their well-being and mental health. In her spare time, Alanna enjoys trying new restaurants, travelling, drinking tea, and wearing big earrings.

Jennifer Ko, Registered Nurse

Jen is a registered nurse who completed her bachelor's of nursing at the University of Toronto. In her role at the Health & Wellness Centre, Jen assists with walk-in counselling and emergent minor medical needs, as well as works on programming to promote student health. Jen has diverse interests both in nursing and outside of work. In Jen’s previous nursing work, she cared for patients on Toronto General Hospital’s Multi-Organ Transplant Unit and did research on health promotion for uninsured Toronto area residents. Jen also enjoys reading, analog photography, drawing, crafts, cooking and eating, swimming and riding her bike, among other things. Jen is looking forward to working with OCAD U students to improve their mental and physical health.

Alex McLaren, Peer Support Facilitator 

Alex completed an Honours BA in Semiotics & Communication Theory from the University of Toronto in 2012. She graduated with her MA from OCADU in Contemporary Art, Design, and New Media Art Histories. As an advocate for mental health initiatives on campus, Alex received OCADU’s Diversity and Excellence Award and co-curated Spectrum: A Vision For Mental Health in 2014. As a peer support worker for LOFT Community Services and OCADU's Health & Wellness Centre, Alex assists students struggling with mental health, substance use, and provides creative and artistic case-management to support peers with their individual projects, goals, and artwork. Alex co-facilitates the Peer Wellness Education Program, designs accessible outreach media, advocates for youth agency, and participates in health promotion and events in the community. 

Shawna Howe, Indigenous Student Counsellor

Shawna Howe is the Indigenous Student Counsellor at OCAD U. Shawna is an Anishinaabe and Mi’kmaq woman, and a member of Shubenacadie First Nation. Shawna’s spirit name is Red Cedar Tree Woman and she is from the Wolf Clan. Shawna has a BA in psychology from Ryerson University and a master's in indigenous social work from Wilfrid Laurier University. She has spent time working within academic settings with Indigenous students and elders. Shawna enjoys learning about Indigenous wholistic health and traditional healing, spending time on the land, drumming and painting. Shawna supports all OCAD U students through the Health and Wellness Centre and Indigenous Visual Culture program.

Dr. Hrabowych, Family Doctor

Dr. Alex Hrabowych is the new family doctor here at the Health and Wellness Centre. She grew up in Manitoba, but moved to Toronto to complete her residency training. She has special interests in trans health, sexual medicine, and skin conditions. These interests mean that she is comfortable in providing some unique services such as wart treatment, acne treatment, intrauterine device (IUD) insertion, and hormonal therapy for trans patients. Of course, she'll see you for all your other health concerns too! Dr Hrabowych is excited to be working with OCAD students. When not in the clinic, she can often be spotted exploring the different neighbourhoods of Toronto. Her pastimes include cheering on the Raptors, playing tennis, cooking, and binge-watching Netflix specials.

Dr. Chandler, Psychiatrist

Dr. Greg Chandler is a consulting psychiatrist at OCAD U. He helps support the mental health of OCADU students by meeting them for assessment and treatment, as well as consulting to other members of the Health & Wellness team. He completed medical school at McGill University and his psychiatry residency training at the University of Toronto. Greg has also worked with students at the University of Toronto and the Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences. In his spare time, Greg enjoys playing hockey and running.

Jess Larsen, MSW Candidate

Jess is a counselling intern and is currently completing her Master’s of Social Work at the University of Toronto. Jess grew up in Vancouver, lived in Montreal for five years, and moved to Toronto last year to begin her social work degree. Jess is passionate about working with OCAD students in support of their mental health goals and life passions. Jess can be found enjoying live music around Toronto, pretending to like running, and searching for the perfect espresso. 

Lindsay Thompson, MSW Candidate

Lindsay is excited to join the OCADU HWC team to support OCADU students as they create positive changes in their lives. Lindsay formerly completed a BA in Social Development Studies and a Bachelor of Social Work at the University of Waterloo. Currently, she is completing a MSW at Wilfrid Laurier University and has worked supporting newcomer teens and young adults in educational settings. Lindsay enjoys spending time with her cat Lilly, snacking, and wearing warm scarves and sweaters (sometimes all at once).

Mikey, Health & Wellness Dog 

Mikey is a 3-year-old Shetland Sheepdog who loves coming to OCAD U to visit students! Mikey is committed to getting lots of attention, hugs, and especially enjoys being petted. Mikey specializes in attending events around campus and visiting the Health & Wellness clinic. He enjoys eating treats, learning new tricks and going for long walks.