Our Team

                                        

Sasha High MD FRCPC

Dr. Sasha High is the Founder and CEO of the High Metabolic Clinic. She was born and raised in Ottawa, Canada. She first undertook a Bachelor of Sciences from the University of Ottawa then completed her medical doctorate (MD) and Internal Medicine residency (FRCPC) at the University of Toronto. She is certified as an American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) diplomate and holds a Lecturer appointment with the University of Toronto. Dr. High has been practicing bariatric medicine since 2013.

Dr. High has a special interest in nutrition and mindset. She is a huge proponent of personal development and loves empowering people to thrive in their life by transforming from the inside out. She is a certified Life Coach from The Life Coach School, and has additional training in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and acceptance commitment therapy (ACT). 

You can find her online on Youtube and Instagram, or listen to her on the High on Life Podcast.

Dr. High is a wife and mother of three young children. In her spare time, she enjoys running with 3 kids in one stroller and kitesurfing with her husband. 

                                      

Sharon Sadry MD FRCPC

Dr. Sadry is an Endocrinologist who is passionate about combining her expertise in the endocrine system with her interest in mindset coaching to manage chronic disease, motivating patients to live their most healthy life.

Dr. Sadry completed her undergraduate, medical degree and Internal Medicine training at the University of Toronto. She went on to complete her fellowship in Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of Toronto where she served as Chief Resident. Subsequently she went on to pursue a Masters in Healthcare Quality from Queen's University. She has published in the area of obesity in Nature Reviews Endocrinology.

In her free time, Dr. Sadry focuses on building meaningful connections with her friends and family. She loves to spend time outdoors in nature, to stay active, and to explore music, food and culture. She is in a choir of female physicians. Her two young children keep her on her toes and are a constant reminder to appreciate all of life's beauty, big and small.

She is excited to provide virtual care at the High Metabolic Clinic, helping patients reach their goals.

                                      

Navreet Deol MD FRCPC

Dr. Deol is a board certified Endocrinologist with an interest in managing metabolic diseases, including obesity and diabetes. She completed her Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Ottawa and her Endocrinology and Metabolism Fellowship at Dalhousie University.

She devotes her work to preventing chronic disease, and minimizing chronic disease complications through identifying and encouraging healthy behaviours for her patients to adopt. She has undertaken additional training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to help patients embark upon behavioural changes so they can achieve their best weight. Her goal is to support patients on their journey to achieve their healthiest and happiest version of themselves.

Dr. Deol passionately educates other health care professionals, including family physicians, through speaking engagements and presentations. She also enjoys mentoring medical students, and currently provides mentorship through the Ontario Medical Students Association.

In her free time, she’s happiest when spending quality time with her family and friends. She also loves the Canadian outdoors. You can find her exploring and hiking new trails and biking in her spare time.

                                      

Nathalie Ranger MD CCFP (AM) ABOM

Dr. Nathalie Ranger is a primary care physician providing psychotherapy to support sustained lifestyle change in treatment of obesity and related metabolic conditions. She completed a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Western University, and subsequently earned her medical doctorate (MD) at McMaster University. She completed her family medicine residency at Queen’s University, followed by an addiction medicine fellowship in the University of Toronto PGY3 Enhanced Skills program. She is certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada, with a Certificate of Added Competence in Addiction Medicine (CCFP (AM)). Dr. Ranger is also a staff physician in the Addiction Medicine Service at Homewood Health Centre. 

Following her passion for mental health, goal-oriented behaviour change, and pursuit of a meaningful, healthy lifestyle, Dr. Ranger has expanded her practice to utilize psychotherapeutic techniques to support sustainable lifestyle change. She has gained valuable knowledge through obesity medicine mentorships and ongoing medical education. She is certified as an American Board of Obesity Medicine diplomate. 

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, staying active, and experimenting with nutritious baking recipes. 

                                      

Jennifer Fink MD FRCPC

Dr. Jennifer Fink is a psychiatrist who specializes in psychotherapy. She completed her undergraduate degree in Life Science at Queen’s University and then completed her medical doctorate and psychiatry residency at the University of Toronto.

She has an online private practice where she integrates evidence-based modalities including CBT, DBT, mindfulness, psychodynamic therapy and medication management. She has done research in the area of burnout and spirituality in medicine and is passionate about providing a comprehensive approach to patient care. 

Dr. Fink is a mom of 2 and loves to spend time with her family and to focus on health, wellness and personal development.

                                        

Marie-Rose Phaneuf MD FRCPC

Dr. Marie-Rose Phaneuf is a psychiatrist based in Ottawa. She completed an undergraduate degree in Health Studies (B.Sc.) at the University of Waterloo, a master’s degree in Population Health (M.Sc.) at the University of Alberta, and then returned to Ottawa for medical school (MD) and residency training in psychiatry (FRCPC).


Dr. Phaneuf currently works as a staff psychiatrist at Hôpital Montfort, focussing primarily on outpatient psychiatry. As the medical director of an eight-week day treatment program, she and her team use elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and Mindfulness to help people develop the skills to live a healthy, meaningful life.

She has a special interest in helping people strive for balance and happiness, using varied psychotherapy techniques to work towards sustainable change in their everyday life.


She loves cooking and spending time with family and friends. She also enjoys staying active and being outdoors. Family hikes, boardgames, and cross-country skiing in winter are some of her favourite weekend activities.

                                      

Sheliza Lalani MD MPH ABIM

Dr. Sheliza Lalani is a board certified Endocrinologist and Internist with an interest in diabetes, obesity and nutrition.

She completed her Internal Medicine Residency and Fellowship in Endocrinology and Metabolism at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. She has a Masters of Public Health from Boston University where her thesis focused on the impact of nutrition on chronic disease and food security. She was born and raised in Toronto and is excited to be practicing back at home.

She has taken additional courses including the Yale Happiness Course and training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to help her patients achieve their best life.

She enjoys spending her free time with family and close friends. You can also find Sheliza out for a run, slowing down with her yoga practice or curled up on the couch catching up with her latest book club selection.

                                            

Catherine Barrett MD FRCPC

Dr. Barrett is a board-certified Endocrinologist. Originally from Ottawa, Dr. Barrett completed her undergraduate degree in Medical Sciences at Western University. She met her husband, now a practicing family physician, while completing her medical doctorate (MD) at the University of Ottawa. She happily moved back to London, Ontario to complete her Internal medicine training (FRCPC) and fellowship in Endocrinology and Metabolism at Western University.


Dr. Barrett has been seeing patients in her community Endocrine practice since 2017 where she discovered a passion for helping patients make meaningful and sustainable behavior changes. Early on she realized that many of her patient referrals were experiencing symptoms and/or complications from untreated obesity as a chronic disease. In order to support her patients better, Dr. Barrett has pursued additional training in the area of Acceptance Commitment Therapy.


In her spare time, she is busy with her two young children exploring new parks and trails. With two picky eaters, Dr. Barrett understands the challenge of meal time. She enjoys physical fitness and aims to incorporate movement into her daily schedule.


Dr. Barrett is excited to join the High Metabolic Clinic where she will be providing virtual care to patients with elevated weight and obesity.

                                      

Catherine Lin Registered Dietitian

Catherine obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences in Dietetics from McGill University in Montreal. During her internship training, she had the opportunity to work in various settings including hospitals, long term care centres, and community workshops. She has facilitated grocery tours, cooking workshops and given presentations on different nutrition topics. She specializes in obesity management and has experience counselling patients with metabolic diseases. Catherine works collaboratively with patients to develop a personalized plan for managing obesity and associated conditions. She is passionate about helping patients achieve a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. She is currently a member of the College of Dietitians of Ontario, Dietitians of Canada and a Certified Diabetes Educator.

In her spare time, she enjoys running, hiking, cooking, and learning to dragon boat.

                                      

Brianna Bavota Registered Dietitian

Brianna comes to High Metabolic Clinic with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field of dietetics and obesity medicine. Part of her motivation to take a stronger interest in nutrition stems from her education at the University of Guelph where she completed a Bachelor of Applied Science in Human Nutrition. She continued to pursue her passion at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto where she took on a clinical approach to nutrition helping individuals with a variety of chronic and metabolic diseases.

As a Registered Dietitian, Brianna understands that obesity management is more than just the numbers on the scale, it’s about improving the overall health of individuals while guiding them towards their “best” weight. Brianna provides compassionate and inclusive care to clients that respects their experiences, culture, and personal preferences. She helps clients make informed, evidence-based decisions about their health through an individualized coaching approach, centered around your needs and goals. More than anything, Brianna enjoys sharing her passion for healthy eating by working one-on-one with you. 

 “The food you eat can either be the safest and most powerful form of medicine, or the slowest form of poison” – Ann Wigmore

                                      

Tedi Nikova MPH, Registered Dietitian

Tedi obtained her Master’s of Public Health in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Toronto. During her internship, she had the opportunity to work at North York Generals’-Centre for Complex Diabetes Care, where she applied her skills in nutrition therapy for patients diagnosed with diabetes, obesity, and other metabolic diseases. Tedi began her dietetics career in the Obesity field, where she applied nutrition therapy combined with behavioural techniques to motivate her patients in achieving a dietary pattern, and lifestyle, that is sustainable and aligned with her patients’ values.

Tedi, additionally, obtained her Specialization in Women’s Health from the Women’s College Hospital, during her master’s degree. Tedi has a passion, and commitment in educating women on the large role of nutrition in common conditions including PCOS, and hypothyroidism. Tedi’s goal is to aid women in gaining their energy, confidence, and ambition, so her patients can show up to life as their best self! 

Tedi works collaboratively with patients utilizing  motivational counselling, and cognitive behavioural techniques. Tedi is a certified Craving Change Facilitator.

Tedi is additionally a recipe developer, with a niche in creating lower carbohydrate sweet treats! She has a huge passion, and commitment to make healthier desserts taste great!

                                        

Julie Mai, Registered Dietitian

Julie is a Registered Dietitian specializing in eating disorders, weight management, and counselling for health behaviour change. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition & Dietetics, as well as a Post-Graduate Diploma in Dietetics from Western University. She then completed her internship training with Hamilton Health Sciences, where she worked in several areas from the intensive care unit to women’s health clinics.

Julie has a special focus in binge eating disorder and restrictive eating cycles. Her goal is to help people work through barriers to achieve sustainable weight loss and eating habits. She is an advocate for self love. She uses a compassionate approach to support people towards a healthy relationship with food.

In her spare time, she enjoys doing yoga, reading self help books, and trying out new restaurants as a foodie.

                                            

Matthea Rentea MD
Certified Life Coach

Matthea Rentea is a board certified Internal Medicine physician. She now works part time in primary care and dedicates the rest of her time to life/weight loss coaching with a focus on helping women to heal their relationship with food and let go of the diet struggles for good. She went into this area after having her own weight loss success with life/weight loss coaching after a lifetime of not being able to lose and keep weight off with traditional methods.

She is a certified life and weight loss coach with The Life Coach School, with experience in both individual and group coaching.

She is married, with a 2.5 year old toddler and three bonus kids ages 10-14.

                                        

Pamela Rodrigues, Fitness Trainer

Coach Pam has been a fitness trainer, healthy weight loss coach and health and wellness specialist for the past 4 years but has an educational background in psychology and is passionate about people, building relationships and helping change the behaviors associated with choosing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Pam's positive energy has been the secret sauce to the success of her clients as she not only motivates but inspires adopting tools to self motivate and stay disciplined. Her knowledge, skills and experience in the health and wellness industry is sure to keep you feeling safe and in good hands while she takes you through a variety of workouts always keeping in mind the beginner to the advanced fitness enthusiast. Her credentials include canfitpro certifications in personal training, group instruction and healthy weight loss coaching. She also has certifications in kettlebell and conditioning with Darby training solutions. She has several courses under her belt and considers herself well versed in nutrition, supplementation and her absolute favorite being mindset. She is completely prepped and pumped to get you equally excited about movement and a sustainable fitness lifestyle.

                                        

Tanya Bender, Administrator and Client Support Manager

Tanya comes to the High Metabolic Clinic with a proven track record in driving results. Her determined self-start, entrepreneurial mindset has been the winning factor in her successes. With extensive experience in customer sales development through trade optimization efficiency, sales analytics and market execution, Tanya will play an exciting new role within the clinic as Client Support Manager and Office Administrator.

Pairing this experience with Tanya’s new found passion of mindset coaching, this makes her a great fit for both our company and more importantly our clients.

Tanya is a past client of the High Metabolic clinic, and she has been very successful in her weight management journey.

Tanya spends her free time with her husband, son and their close knit extended family & friends. They spend three out four seasons camping in their trailer as often as possible, loving the outdoors & the beach.

                                          

Gwenna Rae
Office Administrator

Gwenna is responsible for managing the overall administrative duties at HMC. She has extensive experience overseeing office management in various medical clinics, specializing in chronic pain management, sports medicine and mental health. Gwenna brings empathy, enthusiasm and understanding as a supportive member of our team.

As a Certified Nutritional Practitioner, Gwenna is an advocate for inclusive, informed and mindful wellness. She provides a well-rounded approach to health, meeting clients where they are and understands the various factors that affect daily choices. She is passionate about the link between nutrition and mindset.

Gwenna has a background in personal training. She enjoys sharing the benefits of holistic health and finding peace with food and movement. As a previous recipe developer, Gwenna loves cooking and creating new ideas around nourishment. In her spare time, she enjoys walking her dog in nature, gardening, reading and meditating.

Gwenna hopes to empower clients by supporting them on their path to food freedom and serenity.

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