Kids Aren't Alright
For Bell Let's Talk, KixCare and Parent Tested Parent Approved hosted a candid discussion on raising happy and healthy children featuring Canadian pediatric mental health experts.
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Meet Our Pediatric Care Experts
Dr. Katharine Smart
Dr. Katharine Smart is a pediatrician in Whitehorse, Yukon. Her work is centred on developing collaborative partnerships with community and government services to serve marginalized children using a model of social pediatrics. She works primarily with children who have experienced trauma and adverse childhood events, and she witnesses the broad and lasting impact these events have on children and their development daily.
Dr. Jason Berman
Dr. Jason Berman is the CEO and Scientific Director of the CHEO Research Institute and the Vice President Research at CHEO. He is also a Full Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Ottawa. .Dr. Berman’s commitment to child health research led to his recent appointment as Chair of the Canadian Maternal Infant Child and Youth Research Network Board.
Dr. Erin Romanchych
Dr. Erin Romanchych works with children and adolescents who experience complex mental health difficulties, including mood and anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, and somatic symptom and related disorders. She is also involved in program evaluation research, with an interest in the virtual delivery of evidence-based interventions for children and adolescents.
Dr. Harley Eisman
Dr. Harley Eisman completed his medical school and General Pediatric training at McGill University. Subsequently, he completed a Fellowship in Pediatric Emergency medicine at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, where he has been on staff since 1997 and he recently completed a 13-year tenure as Director of Pediatric Emergency Services at the Montreal Children’s hospital.
Dr. Pamela Mitelman
Dr. Pamela Mitelman is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Montreal, Canada. She treats children of all ages with sleep difficulties. Overall family wellness is at the center of her approach. Dr. Mitelman provides counseling and education to parents of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. She uses cognitive-behavioral interventions to treat school-age children and teens.
Leanne is a cognitive behavioural therapy counsellor and is trained as a teacher and guidance counsellor, with a Masters from Toronto’s Institute of Child Study, OISE and certificates in CBT from the Beck Institute in Philadelphia. Discovering the prevalence of anxiety issues in the classroom setting, and their regular misdiagnosis as academic concerns, Leanne has become a mental health advocate who speaks regularly about anxiety in the classroom to parent and teacher groups.
Dr. J Edward Les
Dr. Les graduated from medical school at the University of Calgary in 1998. He subsequently completed a residency in pediatrics jointly in Calgary and Brisbane, Australia, followed by a fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine. He has been on staff as an emergency physician at Alberta Children’s Hospital since 2004. Prior to pursuing a medical career, he enjoyed a five-year career as a veterinarian.
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