Mental Health and Addictions Community of Practice
The Mental Health and Addictions Community of Practice (CoP) was built by family physicians for family physicians. Join monthly virtual sessions to connect in real time with and learn from others who are working with patients to address their mental health, substance use disorders, and chronic pain, while also focusing on your own wellness.
Meet the Leadership Team
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Practice Model: Family Health Group (FHG)
OH Region: East Region (CE/SE/CH)
Connect with Dr. Stephanie Zhou
Dr. Stephanie Zhou practices Addiction Medicine at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Family Medicine at the Don Mills Family Health Team.
She graduated from a MD/MSc program jointly with the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, and Rotman School of Management. Dr. Zhou completed family medicine residency at the University of Toronto’s Department of Family and Community Medicine.
Dr. Zhou has an interest in medical education and equity, diversity and inclusion. She co-developed the Diversity Mentorship Program, the first of its kind among Canadian medical schools. She is also a Lecturer for the Financial Literacy Curriculum for the undergraduate and post-graduate medical programs.
Outside of medicine, she serves on the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity GTA, impacting health outcomes through affordable housing.
- Helping our patients deal with the mental health impacts of the pandemic – April 28, 2021 Practising Well CoP
- Even short appointments can help with substance use disorders – September 28, 2022 Practising Well CoP
Addiction Medicine,Equity Diversity and Inclusion including vulnerable populations,Physician Wellness
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Practice Model: GP Focused Practice
OH Region: Toronto Region (TC)
Connect with Dr. Nikki Bozinoff:
Dr. Nikki Bozinoff is physician in the Concurrent Outpatient Medical and Psychosocial Addiction Support Service at CAMH. She is also the Division Head, Mental Health and Addictions in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, and Program Director for the Enhanced Skills in Addiction Medicine program, University of Toronto. Her clinical work is in the management of substance use disorders and concurrent mental illness. She received her MD from McMaster University, completed her residency in Family Medicine at the University of Toronto and her fellowship in Addiction Medicine at the British Columbia Centre on Substance Use.
Areas of Research
Dr. Bozinoff is interested in action-oriented, mixed methods approaches to exploring topics of importance to urban, underserved communities. Her current work seeks broadly to answer clinical questions in the management of substance use disorders. Ongoing projects include a comparative ethnography to understand the implementation of buprenorphine induction pathways in two urban emergency departments. She is also currently using administrative health from ICES to inform clinical practice related to opioid agonist therapy and benzodiazepine deprescribing in Ontario.
Dr. Bozinoff cares for diverse people with substance use disorders and concurrent mental illness in Toronto, Ontario.
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Practice Model: Family Health Team – Family Health Organization (FHT – FHO)
Practising Since: 1999
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Carrie Bernard received her medical degree from McMaster University in 1997 and completed her family medicine residency at the University of Toronto. She has practised comprehensive family medicine since 1999 with the Queen Square FHT in Brampton. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM) at U of T and an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster. Passionate about community and global health, Dr. Bernard received her MPH in 2012. She worked with Médecins Sans Frontières in northern Uganda in 2005, and Public Health Ontario from 2012 to 2019. She has held various leadership roles at McMaster and U of T, with her driving passion being empowering community based family physicians to expand their scopes in both clinical and academic setting. She is the CPD and Partnerships Lead for the Division of Mental Health and Addictions at the DFCM
Brampton is one of the fastest growing cities in Canada with over half of the population having been born outside of the country. Brampton ranks 5th in the country in terms of the number of immigrants, with most coming from Asia (mainly India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and the Philippines).
In My Own Words
Currently experiencing what it means to work with a disability as I work through the consequences of having Long Covid.
Psychiatry Mental Health, Addiction Medicine, Equity Diversity and Inclusion including vulnerable populations, Palliative Care includes End of Life care
The Ontario College of Family Physicians has partnered with the Division of Mental Health and Addiction at the Department of Family and Community Medicine to deliver this community of practice.
This Community of Practice has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Ontario Chapter for Mainpro+Ⓡcredits.