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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


Tamara Aleong, Mental Health Clinician

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 emotion-focused therapy. 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.

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.

Sarah Cree, Community Health Promotion Nurse

Sarah is a Registered Nurse at the Health and Wellness Centre and is available to speak with you about your well-being, both mental and physical. She graduated from the University of Toronto with a BScN in nursing and York University with a BA in psychology. Sarah is passionate about health promotion and disease prevention and is here for you to provide services such as First Aid, vaccinations & TB tests, contraception & emergency contraception, STI counselling, smoking cessation, sleep hygiene, and nutrition counselling! General inquiries/questions/concerns are also welcome. In her free time, Sarah likes to try new cafes and restaurants, attend hot yoga classes, watch Netflix (New Girl and Bob’s Burgers are her current favourites), and find great deals at Costco.

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.

Alicia Fortin, MSW Intern

Alicia is a Master of Social Work (MSW) student at the University of Toronto, and is very excited to work collaboratively with OCAD students. Alicia completed a BA in International Development with a specialization in gender at the University of Guelph, and has previously worked in community projects and educational settings with young adults in Canada and Latin America. Alicia loves running, reading, and bird watching, and is happy to share fun facts about birds with anyone who will listen!

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.

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 Indigenous Visual Culture program.

Dr. Hrabowych, Family Doctor

Dr. Alex Hrabowych is the family doctor at the Health and Wellness Centre. She grew up in Manitoba, but moved to Toronto to complete her residency training and decided to stick around! She has special interests in sexual health, trans health, mental health, 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. She also works closely with our psychiatrist and counselors to provide care for common mental health conditions. Of course, she'll see you for all your other health concerns too. When not in the clinic, she can often be spotted exploring the different neighbourhoods of Toronto. Her pastimes include cheering on the Raptors, playing soccer, running, and binge-watching Netflix specials.

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.

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. 

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. 

Reiko Obokata, MSW Intern

Reiko is currently completing her Master of Social Work (MSW) at the University of Toronto and holds an MA in Human Geography from the University of Ottawa where she focused on refugee and migration studies. Reiko has previously worked with university students at McGill and Concordia and is passionate about supporting students with whatever challenges they are facing. Reiko is into self-compassion, mindfulness, and trying to find balance in life. In her spare time, she loves to travel, watch Raptors games, and think about her next meal.

Nelani Ratnalingam, MSW Intern

Nelani is an interning counselor at the Health and Wellness Centre and she looks forward to supporting OCAD U students in improving their mental well-being through counseling. She is currently completing her Masters of Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University and previously graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honors BSc. Nelani has previously worked to assist children, families, immigrants, and refugees with their mental health concerns which included, trauma, grief, domestic violence, and anxiety. She continues to be intrigued by the field and is keen to learn new skills on how to improve the well-being of others through talk therapy. Aside from spending most of her time reading self-improvement books and watching TED talks, Nelani enjoys any activity involving a combination of these four things: food, dancing, singing, and spending time with her loved ones.

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.

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. 

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.