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our team

Here at The Poppy Clinic we have a team of caring healthcare professionals who look out for you and your whole health. With you at the center, an advocate for yourself and your family.

DR. MICHELLE PERIS

NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR, CLINIC OWNER,
CREATOR OF THE WILD COLLECTIVE

Dr. Michelle Peris is a Naturopathic Doctor, community builder, speaker, women’s empowerment advocate and mother. She is the clinic director of The Poppy Clinic, the host of the Rebel Talk Podcast and the creator of the community health initiative, The Wild Collective. Michelle dedicates her time to cultivating community health programs aimed at health education, women’s empowerment and mentoring other practitioners from all over the world in successfully launching their own Wild Collective program.

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DR. AFROUSHEH AMINI

NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR, FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE PRACTITIONER

Dr. Afrousheh Amini is a Naturopathic Doctor trained in Functional Medicine with 10+ years of experience in wellness. In addition to being a Naturopathic Doctor, she is certified by the Institute of Functional Medicine, holds a Masters in Counselling Psychology and a degree in Holistic Nutrition. She has completed additional training in pharmacology and has her prescribing rights in Ontario. Dr. Amini’s practice has a special focus on hormonal health and fertility.

WOMEN’S HEALTH, FERTILITY, PCOS, HEAVY PERIODS, PMS, MENOPAUSE, MENTAL HEALTH, DIGESTIVE HEALTH

DR. DAIANA CASTLEMAN

NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR, NCMP

It’s truly an honour to work with patients to help them achieve their health goals. I believe naturopathic medicine has so much to offer in our healthcare system. A large part of my practice is education—making sure you understand the what, why and how of what you are experiencing.

I became really passionate about menopause care when my own mom and aunt were going through their own experiences. They became the reason that fueled me wanting better care for women going through this stage of life. Their symptoms wouldn’t be classified as “severe” but I just wondered why there wasn’t really a discussion about bone health, cardiovascular health, brain health, that prevention piece. All these things that we know really start to impact women during this time.

I want them around as long as possible. As healthy as possible. I want them getting evidence-based information based on what we know NOW, not 20 years ago. I want them to understand their cardiovascular risk factors based on their personal and family history. I want them to know how to best take care of their bodies through nutrition and lifestyle modifications. I want them to take care of their bone health and reduce the risk of future falls and fractures. I want them to seek solutions and not “suffer” through symptoms because that’s what women around them did.

So this is what I do with patients in my office—discuss all of these things exactly.

We are starting a new movement—a movement where women do not have to have the same outcomes as their mothers or grandmothers. We can start now. And we can have better outcomes. I look forward to meeting you. 

PERIMENOPAUSE/MENOPAUSE, DIGESTIVE HEALTH, MOOD, PCOS, MENSTRUAL CONCERNS

DR. TARA RAWANA

NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR, CNP

My name is Dr. Tara. I’m a Naturopathic Doctor, Holistic Nutritionist, and hold a certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

In my clinical practice, I focus on two areas of special interest: mental health concerns and tween and teen health. Along with my certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy from Wilfrid Laurier University’s School of Social Work, I completed additional clinical training in mental health during my final year of naturopathic medical school. This provided me with ample experience in treating a variety of mental health concerns such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, PMS, and insomnia.

My passion for tween and teen health led me to co-found All About Mental Empowerment while pursuing my doctorate degree. Our company has collaborated with over 70 schools across 6 school boards, supporting the mental health of tens of thousands of students yearly through our interactive, action-based mental health workshops. I’m also the content creator and facilitator of the Empowered Tween program, a comprehensive 6-module program designed to strengthen the relationship between moms and their tween daughters as they navigate puberty. I run this program at The Poppy Clinic a few times per year.

During my tween and teen years, I struggled with severe eczema that covered both of my hands, anxiety, crippling perfectionism, debilitating menstrual cramps, and a disordered relationship with food. Throughout those challenging years, I wished for more support. As a Naturopathic Doctor, my goal is to provide a space for your tween or teen to receive the medical information and integrative health care they deserve.

I look forward to welcoming you and your kids into my office to help your whole family achieve optimal health.

MENTAL HEALTH FOR ALL AGES & TEEN AND TWEEN HEALTHCARE

ASHLEY AMINI

BOWEN THERAPIST

Ashley found her passion in gentle holistic healing, got her degree in classical homeopathy in 2009. And after that continuing on traing in Bowen Therapy as ‘homeopathy of bodywork’. Ashley’s philosophy is that no one should be defined or limited by their diagnosis or age because human bodies will always strive towards optimal health, if only given the opportunity and the appropriate tools.

Ashley is fluent in both English and Persian.

EMILY DEVARGAS

ENERGY HEALING PRACTITIONER/
POPPY ADMIN

Emily is an Energy Healing Practitioner in Reiki, Healing Touch, Theta Healing, Chakra cleansing and balancing, Sound Healing, Energetic Allergy Healing and much more. Emily uses her intuition and energy healing modalities to receive information about the root cause of her client’s health and life issues. Emily works with her clients in an empowering way to discover and uncover the root energetic causes underlying their experience, which can include suppressed emotion, stress, fears, anxiety, limiting beliefs, negative ancestral patterns and programming, current and past-life traumas, oaths, and vows, and attached entities. Emily then uses her energy healing abilities to clear those energies, and restore your Divine blueprints, allowing her clients to transform their lives and reconnect to their authentic selves.

ERIN FLANNERY

CERTIFIED YOGA INSTRUCTOR/
DOER OF ALL THINGS POPPY & WILD COLLECTIVE

Erin is kind of a jack of all trades….and she likes that about herself. She enjoys many things in life and likes to share those with others. Here at the clinic, Erin runs yoga classes both online and in-person, helps with admin, is also a professional graphic designer, tech support, organizer of all things, and loves to cook/bake and share on our social media!

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