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Our program

We strive to provide up to date, patient centred, relevant care to our patients and families. We are always happy to discuss patient related issues with you. Feel free to be in touch with us regarding your clinical questions.  

Practice guidelines

Celiac Guidelines

NAPSGHAN Clinical Report on the Diagnosis and Treatment of Gluten related Disorders - JPGN 2016

NASPGHAN - Diagnosis and Treatment of Celiac Disease in Children - Clinical Practice Guideline Summary - 

NASPGHAN - Diagnosis and Treatment of Celiac Disease in Children - Full Article - 2005

Constipation Practice Guidelines

Canadian Pediatric Society - Managing functional Constipation in children - Reaffirmed 2014

North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition - Evaluation and Treatment of Functional Constipation in Infants and Children: Evidence-Based recommendations from ESPGHAN and NASPGHAN - 2014

GERD Guidelines

NASPGHAN - Summary of the 2009 Pediatric Gastroesophageal Reflux Clinical Practice Guidelines

NASPGHAN - Full Article Pedatric GERD Clinical Practice Guidelines

NASPGHAN - GERD in the Neurologically Impaired Child

H. Pylori Guidelines

 ESPGHAN and NASPGHAN Guidelines for the Management of Helicobacter pylori Infection in Children and Adolescents - Update 2016 - JPGN

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Consensus Guidelines on ECCO/ESPGHAN on the medical management of pediatric Crohn's disease - JCC 2014

Use of Enteral Nutrition for the Control of Intestinal inflammation in Pediatric Crohn Disease - JPGN 2012

Diagnosis and Treatment of perianal Crohn Disease: NASPGHAN Clinical report and Concensus Statement - JPGN 2013

Management of Pediatric Ulcerative Colitis: Joint ECCO and ESPGHAN Evidence-based Consensus Guidelines - JPGN 2012

Ingested Foreign Body Guidelines

NASPGHAN - Management of Ingested Foreign Bodies in Children: A Clinical report of the NASPGHAN Endoscopy Committee - JPGN 2015

Our Team


  • Kevan Jacobson, Division Head
  • Orlee Guttman, Program Director
  • Vishal Avinashi
  • Collin Barker
  • Linda Casey 
  • David Israel 
  • Sally Lawrence
  • Rick Schreiber
  • Andy Skinn


  • Felipe Briglia
  • Becky Chen
  • Simone Nicol
  • Alice Foster

Clerical staff

  • Sonya, New Patient Booking Secretary
  • Vicki, Follow up Patient Bookings / Clinic Secretary
  • Cheryl, Complex Feeding and Nutrition Service
  • Genevieve, Endoscopy Booking
  • Agnes, Outreach Secretary


  • Alam Lakhani
  • Crystal Ng


  • Preeti Vekaria
  • Ali Boyle, Complex Feeding and Nutrition Service
  • Debbie Martins, Complex Feeding and Nutrition Service


  • Rosemary Cooke
  • Kathi Evans, Outreach
  • Tania Ferraro
  • Laura Griffiths
  • Lori Lonergan
  • Marliss Riou
  • Fran Starr, Complex Feeding and Nutrtion Service
  • Jessie Ahuja, Transplant Nurse
  • Sarah Fay, Transplant Nurse

Social Work

  • Kathryn Urquhart, Complex Feeding and Nutrition Service

Occupational Therapy

  • Rochelle Stokes, Complex Feeding and Nutrition Service

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