Newman Breastfeeding Clinic Staff

Our IBCLCs
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Clinical Practice Co-Coordinator

Mary Lynne Biener, IBCLC

Mary Lynne started as a student at the clinic in 2009 and has since become a staff IBCLC, Clinical Practice Co-Coordinator, and faculty for the Centre for Breastfeeding Education. Prior to her tenure at IBC, Mary Lynne worked as a crisis line counsellor at the Assaulted Women's Helpline and volunteered at the the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/Multicultural Women Against Rape. Recently, Mary Lynne was part of the research team for a groundbreaking paper on the transmasculine experience of conception, pregnancy, birth, and infant feeding, to be published in the near future. She has a really great kid named Grace, who inspired her to follow this career path, and has been married to her husband John for over a decade.

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Clinical Practice Co-Coordinator

Maria Cecilia Lameiro, IBCLC

Since 2003 Maria has been supporting families as a breastfeeding counsellor, doula, and childbirth educator. After having her third child Maria began to pursue the IBCLC designation at the International Breastfeeding Centre. She has been an IBCLC since 2012 and currently has the pleasure of working at the Newman Breastfeeding Clinic while also continuing with her private practice. Maria, who is fluent in Spanish, enjoys empowering and supporting families in her role as staff Lactation Consultant and Clinical Practice Co-Coordinator and teaching students as faculty for the Centre for Breastfeeding Education.

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Suzanne Mackinnon, IBCLC

Suzanne has been an IBCLC on staff at the Newman Breastfeeding Clinic for the past ten years. For the past five years, she has also enjoyed training midwives and doctors in lactation as well as her role as a Pathway III mentor for future IBCLCs. Helping families to find solutions to breastfeeding challenges is truly satisfying work, and the babies are cute! Suzanne, who is fluent in French, also does home visits, is a retired La Leche League Leader, and has been active in the Durham Breastfeeding Coalition.

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Shery Leeder, IBCLC

In her previous life, Shery was Founder and past President of Bravado! Designs – a nursing bra company. Under her guidance, the company grew from a small home-based business to one gaining international recognition and sales. Shery left the company on 2005 and began the journey towards the true love of her life – being a Lactation Consultant. In 2007 Shery began training at the International Breastfeeding Centre and in 2009 became an IBCLC. She has the immense pleasure of working at the Newman Breastfeeding Clinic while continuing to build a private practice.

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Alex Thompson, RD, IBCLC

Alex began her breastfeeding education at the International Breastfeeding Centre in 2010 after completing her training as a Registered Dietitian. The more she learned about breastfeeding, the more passionate about it she became and decide to pursue breastfeeding support as a career. Alex became an IBCLC in 2013 and has been a proud staff member at the Newman Breastfeeding Clinic since then. At the clinic you can usually find Alex working with families, developing patient education materials, or catching up on the latest breastfeeding research. She is also faculty at the Centre for Breastfeeding Education.

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Stephanie Carrabin, IBCLC

Inspired by her own breastfeeding experiences, Stephanie began her studies at the International Breastfeeding Centre and became an IBCLC in 2012. Stephanie has the honour of supporting growing families with their breastfeeding goals at the Newman Breastfeeding Clinic since 2008 and in private practice at home and abroad.

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Ashley Pickett, IBCLC

Ashley trained at the International Breastfeeding Centre and became an IBCLC in 2012. She works primarily in private practice while also working part time at the International Breastfeeding Centre and holding office hours at Abaton Integrative Medicine in Oakville. Ashley is also a DONA trained Birth Doula and CAPPA trained Postpartum Doula. As a Type 1 diabetic herself, she especially enjoys providing care and guidance for families navigating diabetic pregnancies and breastfeeding journeys.
Ashley holds many other certifications including Certified Babywearing Educator, Infant Sleep Educator, Attached at the Heart Parent Educator, and is working towards certification in Infant Mental Health.
Volunteering is also a big part of Ashley’s practice – she provides workshops at Ontario Early Years Centers and free drop ins in Halton and Peel.

Our Pediatricians
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Chief Pediatrician

Dr. Jack Newman, MD, FRCPC, IBCLC

Dr. Jack Newman graduated from the University of Toronto medical school in 1970 and completed his residency at Vancouver General Hospital. Following this, he trained in pediatrics in Quebec City and then at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto from 1977-1981. In 1981, Dr. Newman became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada, as well as Board Certified by the American Academy of Pediatrics

Dr. Newman was a staff paediatrician at the Hospital for Sick Children emergency department from 1983 to 1992, and acted as Chief of Emergency Services for a short period. During his time at the Hospital for Sick Children, he founded the first hospital-based breastfeeding clinic in Canada in 1984. He has been a consultant for UNICEF for the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, where he evaluated the first candidate hospitals in Gabon, the Ivory Coast, and Canada. In 2013, Dr. Newman was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for service to the community.

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Dr. Aviva Lowe, MD, FRCPC

Aviva completed her medical degree at McGill University in 1999 and her pediatric residency at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto in 2003. Aviva joined the Newman Breastfeeding Clinic in 2011. She has a special interest in tongue-tie as it relates to breastfeeding and she is a member of the International Affiliation of Tongue Tie Professionals. She is involved in pediatric education of trainees in the Lactation Medicine program at the Newman Breastfeeding Clinic and speaks about breastfeeding to other physician groups. Aviva also has two consulting pediatric practices in the GTA where she works as a consulting pediatrician.

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Dr. Pooja Dhume Prabhu, MD, FAAP, DABP

Pooja received her medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis and completed her pediatrics residency training at St. Louis Children's Hospital, a top ten children's hospital in the U.S. After completing her training, she joined the transport and emergency pediatrician team at Children's Hospital New Orleans. She has practiced general pediatrics in Thornhill, Ontario since 2010 and joined the staff of the Newman Breastfeeding Clinic in 2014.

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Dr. Eitan Weinberg, MD, FRCPC

Eitan studied medicine at the University of Toronto and trained in pediatrics at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. He currently holds staff positions at Scarborough Grace Hospital and North York General Hospital. Eitan provides primary pediatric care and participates in consultation work at Kindercare Pediatrics and also does consultation work at the Polyclinic Family & Specialty Medicine Clinic. In addition to his clinical work, Eitan teaches medical students and residents from the University of Toronto. He has a special interest in supporting breastfeeding families and has worked at the Newman Breastfeeding Clinic since 2012.

Office Team
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Office and Human Resources Manager

Kerrian Phipps

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Administrative Assistant

Alexandra Vargas

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Education Program Manager

Josée Forget