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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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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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How did you get here?
I graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2018 with a Degree in Psychology and Youth & Children's Studies. Since then, I have discovered my passion for helping people feel empowered and validated within themselves. I believe that by unpacking and recontextualising our experiences, we can create space for a more compassionate relationship with ourselves, and therefore with the rest of the world.


Why do you love working at the Centre?

Since most of my work is done behind the scenes, it is so valuable to work with a team that is so caring and dedicated to our clients. I also love the multifaceted healing approach of the centre -  understanding how trauma manifests in the physical body is equally as important as understanding how it impacts the mind.

DAYA WILLIAMS

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

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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

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT + PSYCHOTHERAPIST IN-TRAINING

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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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How did you get here?

Food holds an important and positive place in my life. Unfortunately, this is not a common experience for many in our society. I am passionate about helping individuals rediscover food and nourishing themselves through healing their relationship with food. My practice focuses on empowering my clients to find freedom with food through a weight-inclusive and non-diet approach. I hold an Honours Bachelor in Nutrition Sciences from the University of Ottawa and I am registered with the College of Dietitians of Ontario.

 

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 practitioners.

ASHLEIGH MAKARA, RD

REGISTERED DIETITIAN

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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.

SASHA SKURKA

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT & 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. 

KARRI WILSON, RHN

HOLISTIC NUTRITIONIST