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KYLA FOX, MSW, RSW

FOUNDER & CLINICAL THERAPIST

In my late teens and for years thereafter, I struggled severely with anorexia and an over-exercise addiction. I was in desperate need of medical and therapeutic attention. Due to the lack of immediate and ongoing services available in Toronto for those affected by eating disorders, I could not get the help I needed. I was put on 6-12 month wait lists for treatment and saw countless medical professionals who had very limited eating disorder knowledge and most, I felt, lacked concern for my life-threatening situation. I was told to take medication or I was simply told to “eat”.

Because of my lack of options, I had to learn how to recover on my own – something no one should have to go through. When I was well enough, I enrolled back into University where I was determined to study to become the therapist that I would have always wanted to have had myself.

Over the many years I have been practicing, I’ve dreamt about a way to bridge the gaps in our Toronto system for those affected by eating disorders. The Kyla Fox Centre is the opportunity for people to have clinical therapy and holistic healing right when they need it. It is the opportunity for people to receive treatment from those who deeply understand eating disorders and from those who have immense compassion for those who suffer. It is the opportunity for people to choose the way(s) in which they want to heal so that it meets their personal needs. It is the opportunity to recover. The Kyla Fox Centre is everything that I believe recovery should be about and I hope you will feel the same.

Kyla is a Master’s level clinician with degrees from both the University of Toronto in the Master’s of Social Work program as well as an Honors Bachelor of Arts Degree in Women’s Studies. Kyla is a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers and is registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. She is also a member of the Academy of Eating Disorders and the National Eating Disorders Association.

Before opening the Kyla Fox Centre in February of 2012, Kyla spent almost a decade in private practice along with running groups in the field. She is a public speaker, writer, educator, advocate and media expert for eating disorders. Because of the years of silence in her suffering, Kyla has made it her mission to get loud about changing the way we understand eating disorders in our culture.

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How did you get here?

I've studied addiction and eating disorders for 20 years through lived experience and professional training. For the last 5 years, I've been a Recovery Coach helping individuals explore and understand the relationship between food, body, and the use of substances. I work from a trauma-informed, harm reduction, and health at every size lens. After the life-altering experience of being diagnosed and treated for breast cancer in 2019, I started school to become a Registered Psychotherapist. With Kyla's supervision and guidance, I'll be a psychotherapist in-training while also incorporating my many years of business experience to help her grow and expand the Centre's offerings so we can support more people in recovery.

 

Why do you love working at the Centre?

Kyla's approach resonates with me because she understands eating disorders, in all of their various forms, are about more than food and body. I love how our team works together to support every client and to help them find their healing in their own unique ways. 

JOY DORSEY

HEAD OF ADMINISTRATION + RECOVERY COACH

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How did you get here?

I've always had a belief that nutrition is about more than just what foods we are eating, and that the why behind our food choices is equally important. Through working as a dietitian in a variety of settings, including an Indigenous community, a hospital, and a family health team, I developed a passion for partnering with clients in 1:1 counseling to help them improve their relationship to food and eating habits. I believe that everybody deserves to be nourished, free of guilt & shame. I work from a non-diet and weight-inclusive approach to support clients in pursuing their authentic health. I hold a Master's in Applied Nutrition from the University of Guelph, and I am a Registered Dietitian with the College of Dietitians of Ontario.

 

Why do you love working at the Centre? 

I love being a part of clients' journey to recovery, among a team of dedicated and supportive professionals. It is so rewarding to contribute to the holistic and individualized care that clients receive at the centre

DANICA JACOBS, RD

REGISTERED DIETITIAN

How did you get here?

During my undergraduate Nutrition degree at Ryerson University, my view of nutrition shifted from a weight-central to a weight-neutral approach after being educated on Health At Every Size (HAES) and Intuitive Eating within my own recovery. These paradigm-shifting concepts changed my entire view of food, nutrition, weight, and health. Throughout my Master’s in Health Science, I dedicated my research and clinical training to the treatment of eating disorders from a nutritional and holistic lens. My goal as a practitioner is to help clients heal their relationship with food and their bodies so that they can reclaim their mental energy and spend it on living a life according to their truest values. I am a Registered Dietitian with the College of Dietitians of Ontario, a regulatory body of allied health professionals.

 

Why do you love working at the Centre?

Being a part of the transformations that clients experience through the trajectory of recovery is the most fulfilling work I could imagine. If you had told me when I first decided to pursue nutrition if eating disorders would be the area I’d end up working in, I might not have believed you- but now, I can’t picture my life any other way. 

BRITTANY ALLISON, RD, MHSc

REGISTERED DIETITIAN

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LAUREN HOFSTEE  RD

REGISTERED DIETICIAN

How did you get here?

I always knew that I wanted to be in a helping profession, so connecting that with my love of food inspired me to go into the field of dietetics. I have a passion for connecting with all kinds of people and have developed this through working with a community health centre, an organization in Guelph that provides resources to people in need, and a local neighbourhood group. I believe that food is so much more than just what we put into our bodies, and that everyone deserves to eat without feeling guilt or shame. My goal is to use a weight-free, health at every size perspective to support people on their recovery journey. I am a Registered Dietitian with the College of Dietitians of Ontario and have a Master's degree from the University of Guelph. 

Why do you love working at the Centre?

Being part of clients' recovery journey is some of the most rewarding work I could imagine! Working with such a wonderful and holistic team of people, and supporting each individual client to find peace with food is what drew me to working at the centre.

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PENNI KEAN, BSc, MSc, RD

REGISTERED DIETICIAN

How did you get here?

I was drawn to work at the Kyla Fox Center as a wonderful opportunity to help others by merging my clinical nutrition knowledge and holistic perspective.As far back as I can remember I had an instinctive orientation towards natural health and wellness and curiosity about how the body and mind interrelate. I felt inspired to study nutrition in university and was drawn towards holistic healing approaches and helping others.My nutrition practice has spanned over 20 years working in different cultures and health settings with a focus on children, adolescents and their families experiencing complex health and nutrition challenges. Through my personal and work experiences I discovered how unique and complex the relationship with food and self can be and how healing this relationship can empower and transform a person. I wanted to support people on this journey.

Why do you love working at the Centre?

I was drawn to how the Kyla Fox Center approach to healing eating disorders is rooted in trust, integrated and holistic.
I  feel honoured to be part of each client’s journey as well as join such a genuine and dedicated team supporting the recovery of our clients.

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KARRI WILSON, RHN

HOLISTIC NUTRITIONIST

How did you get here?
I have known I was meant to be in a helping profession since my childhood. After college & university, I spent 15 years working in the public service & non profit sectors including positions in addictions, social services, mental health, justice and emergency services. In 2015, I returned back to school and found myself in the holistic world after dealing with my own health concerns. After completing my education to become a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, I worked in different clinical nutrition roles to help others find peace with food & body through a trauma informed & weight inclusive lens. After my own lived experience and a career in supporting others, this is where all my worlds fully connected.

Why do you love working at the Centre?

My passion has always been helping others grow their capacity to build the safety within to come home to their bodies. What called me to the work of the centre is the holistic approach to helping others heal while seeing them as individuals with their own unique needs. I feel so honoured to be part of the Kyla Fox Centre's multi disciplinary team as we support others on their journey of recovery. 

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AYAH NORRIS

HOLISTIC HEALER AND YOGA + MEDITATION TEACHER

How did you get here?
I graduated from business school, and worked in national and international sales and marketing across corporate, start-up, and creative environments. I had some incredible experiences in this career, but also a lot of pressures and stressors. I turned to yoga, meditation, holistic therapies, eastern philosophy and spirituality to find a sense of grounding and balance, and eventually followed the tug of my soul to share these practices with others. I studied holistic healing, yoga and meditation in India, and returned to build my practice in Toronto.

Why do you love working at the Centre?
I love working with clients to help them find a sense of grounding, ease and peace within themselves, feel at home in their bodies, and deepen their connection to their intuitive wisdom. I also love the centre’s holistic approach to recovery and working alongside a talented and compassionate team of practioners.

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CATIE FENN 

HOLISTIC HEALER, YOGA + MEDITATION TEACHER + COACH

How did you get here?

I'm a former lawyer who later transitioned into coaching, women's moon circles, movement, meditation, retreats, and online courses.  I love to help others to learn how to live more connected to their intuition and inner knowing, and to help them embrace their authentic selves and build out lives in alignment from that place. Within my work at the centre, I'm passionate about helping others to discover the healing effects of somatic meditation, movement, and self-reflection practices that helped me through my own eating disorder recovery and to support others on the journey of learning to connect with themselves and their bodies in a deeper way. 

Why do you love working at the Centre?

I love working with people who are so courageous to show up for their recovery, and to get to support them through that journey is so fulfilling.  I also love the truly team-focused approach to care, which surrounds clients with a strong circle of support. 

ILDIKO SIKLODI

HOLISTIC HEALER, YOGA + MEDITATION TEACHER

How did you get here?
 I have been practicing yoga for over 15 years. When I first started, I was working out regularly and yoga seemed like a natural complement to my fitness routine. After a few classes, I was officially hooked. Yoga is so much more than a physical practice for me - it allows me to be more deeply connected, live in the present moment and be mindful in my actions. It became a full mind, body, and soul experience both on and off my mat. Wanting to share this beautiful practice with others, I did my first Teacher Training in Nicaragua and since then, I’ve done flow, vinyasa and core flow trainings as well as meditation, mindfulness and reiki courses. What I love the most about teaching is that I get to share my own practices and through that, help others connect with their own bodies

 

Why do you love working at the Centre?

 I love how the centre has a full holistic approach to recovery and I’m excited to be a part of that journey. I also really enjoy working alongside an incredibly talented team

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SASHA SKURKA

ADMINISTRATIVE MANAGER & HOLISTIC NUTRITIONIST

How did you get here?
I discovered my passion for health and wellness through lived experiences which made me realize how interconnected physical and mental health are and how important supporting others who struggle with an empathetic ear can be. After graduating with a BA in History at Western University, this passion propelled me to become a certified Holistic Nutrition and Health Coach. Ultimately, I want people to love their body and it gives me so much joy to help as many people as I can down that path towards self-love.
 

Why do you love working at the Centre?
Beyond being an incredible and empowering work environment, I feel very privileged to work at the Kyla Fox Centre because of the meaningful work I get to do. What makes this Centre so special is its holistic approach: rather than focusing only on the eating disorders themselves or finding quick fixes, the Centre provides a supportive and compassionate environment for its clients that addresses the complexities of their lives in order to help them in a lasting way.

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MARIE-T. ADAMS

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

How did you get here?
As far as I can remember, I was always driven by the desire to be of service.  Seasoned project manager for over a decade for a North American marketing agency with big brands as clients, my motivation mainly found its roots in prioritizing real human connections at all levels and through all channels.  My friends know me as holistic health advocate with great respect for all healing modalities; when the opportunity presented itself to join The Kyla Fox Centre, it felt that much more purposeful to positively contribute to such an important cause and add my organizational skills to an already impactful team.  

Why do you love working at the Centre?

Everyone has a story and sharing them not only heightens our awareness, but also solidifies our connection to one another. It is my honor to be contributing, although mostly behind the scenes, to the many successful recovery stories and helping others who's journey brings them to the centre. I believe kindness is always the best policy and I rejoice in knowing my values align with the centre's.  Learning daily about eating disorders is a humbling reminder of my own privilege and one I value.