Pediatricians at Central Park Medical Clinic are certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. They have expertise in many Pediatric areas and offer both consultations and routine primary care. They communicate and collaborate with other health care professionals (medical specialists, audiologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, psychologists, schools, CHEO and OCTC) to provide the best and most comprehensive care for their patients. Central Park Medical Clinic is now offering Pediatric Urology consultations since January 2020.
At Central Park Medical Clinic, the physicians are supported by a Pediatric Dentist, Dr Carol Janik, a Speech-Language Pathologist, Michelle Mercier, and two Registered Occupational Therapist, Ms Carolyn Hall and Stéphanie Berube.
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Our team of Pediatricians are happy to accept new pediatric patients for behaviour and medical consultation referrals from other physicians. To place your child on the waiting list as a new patient, please fill out the new patient registration form below.
Corina Francu, MD
Dr. Corina Francu graduated from the University of Transylvania Faculty of Medicine in Romania in 2004. She subsequently completed her Paediatrics Residency at CHEO through the University of Ottawa. She has been practicing general paediatrics since 2014. Currently she sees children for a variety of paediatric issues in multiple settings - providing primary care at Central Park Medical Clinic and offering consultations in the Ottawa Valley region at the OVFHT in Almonte and the outpatient department at the Arnprior Hospital. She also provides enhanced level II NICU care at the Special Care Nursery at The Ottawa Hospital - Civic Campus for premature and term newborns. She has an academic appointment as a lecturer with the University of Ottawa, teaching Family Medicine and Paediatric Residents, as well as with the Physician Assistant Professional Degree Program with the University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine.
Tessia Falsetto, MD
Dr. Tessia Falsetto received a Bachelor of Science degree in Anatomy and Cell Biology from McGill University and medical degree at University College Cork in Cork, Ireland. She then went on to complete paediatric residency training at Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit, Michigan, where she stayed on as Chief Resident. She is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeon's of Canada. Now, she has returned to her hometown of Ottawa to provide paediatric primary care and consultations at Central Park Medical Clinic. In addition, she delivers routine newborn and level II NICU care at Queensway Carleton Hospital.
Mahaseen Ghobrial, MD
Dr. Mahassen Ghobrial graduated from Cairo University with a degree of Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery in 1964. She began her General Paediatic practice after completing Paediatrics Residency at the Montreal Children’s Hospital in 1970. She is currently working as a Consulting Paediatrician as well as Primary Care Paediatrician at Central Park Medical Clinic. Dr. Ghobrial is a Diplomat of the American Board of Paediatrics and Fellow of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. She recently received the long term service award from the Ottawa Hospital for being an active staff member providing newborn care services for 45 years. She is an active staff member of the Children’s Hospital Of Eastern Ontario since it opened in 1974. She has an academic appointment as a lecturer with the University of Ottawa, teaching Family Medicine and Paediatric Residents.
Mona Stephens, MD, FAAP
Dr. Mona Stephens received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Ottawa/Algonquin College collaborative program and medical degree from the Medical University of the Americas in Nevis. After graduating from medical school in 2013 she went on to complete her pediatric residency at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. She has been board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. Dr. Stephens has been working to provide outpatient pediatric care since completion of her pediatric residency and is excited to join the Central Park Medical Clinic in her hometown of Ottawa, Ontario.
Jennifer DiFiore (Formerly Kalil), MD
Dr. Jennifer DiFiore received her Bachelor of Science with Honours degree in Biology from Dalhousie University in 2011 and graduated from medical school at the University of British Columbia in 2015. She recently completed her residency in 2019 at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario and is excited to be staying in Ottawa to start a consultant pediatric practice at the Central Park Medical Clinic. She has a special interest in the care of transgender/non-binary youth and will also be working at the Gender Diversity Clinic at CHEO once a week.
Accepting all pediatric medical consultations, including but not limited to:
Developmental delay (infants, toddlers)
School/learning and behaviour concerns including ADHD
Mental health concerns including anxiety and depression
NICU graduates/ex-premature infants
Failure to thrive
Abdominal pain and related issues including constipation
Menstrual/pubertal issues and contraception
Dr DiFiore joined our team early September, 2019. She is currently accepting behaviour and medical pediatric consultations by referral from your physician only.
Michael Leonard, MD
Dr. Leonard was born and raised in the Ottawa Valley. He obtained his medical degree from Queen’s University at Kingston in 1983, and did his Urology training at Queen's, which he completed in 1988. He then went on to a Pediatric Urology Fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore from 1988-1990. He has been in full time academic practice as a Pediatric Urologist from 1990-2020. His initial appointment was at the University of Manitoba, and he relocated to the University of Ottawa in 1999. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He is a Full Professor of Surgery (Urology) at University of Ottawa. He has recently served as President of the Canadian Urological Association (2015-2016). He has now decided to retire from his position at CHEO and bring his wealth of 30 years of clinical experience to the community. Dr. Leonard will be happy to follow any of his CHEO patients at his new location. Attached parents / patients need simply call the Central Park Clinic to make an appointment. New patients will be seen by consultation only starting in January 2020.
Dr Leonard is accepting all pediatric urologic consultations since January 2020 including but not limited to:
Urinary tract infection / vesicoureteric reflux
Urinary incontinence (day time wetting, nocturnal enuresis)
Hydronephrosis (antenatal, post-natal)
Penile problems (phimosis, chordee, hypospadias)
Undescended / retractile testes
Scrotal swelling (hydrocele, varicocele)
**Please note that if any of the above patients are deemed to require surgery, they will be referred to one of Dr. Leonard’s colleagues at CHEO, as he will not be offering surgical services.**
Our Physician Assistant
Caitlin Lakos, BScKin, MScPA
Caitlin is a Physician Assistant (PA) who received her BScPA from the University of Toronto in 2018. During her training, she gained experience with the pediatric population in Northern and Southern Ontario in many different environments including inpatient units, outpatient clinics, the operating room and the emergency department. She also completed additional training in the Neonatal ICU at McMaster Children’s Hospital. In addition, Caitlin holds a certification in Indigenous Cultural Health & Safety and has been involved in caring for Indigenous children and working with them to promote healthy living. Prior to becoming a PA, she achieved a BScKin from McMaster University, where she spent a lot of time working with children and adolescents in a variety of different settings, promoting exercise and nutritious eating. Caitlin has a passion for caring for pediatric patients of all ages and enjoys working closely with her patients and their families.
Our Allied Health Care Professionals
Occupational Therapy - Carolyn Hall, OT Reg. (Ont.) & Stéphanie Bérubé, OT Reg. (Ont.)
Occupational therapy takes a holistic approach to developing positive mental and physical health in children and youth of all abilities in their daily life activities, including school-care, self-care and leisure activities. Its client and family-centered approach and use of meaningful activities serve to engage children and youth in the activities they want to do, need to do, or are expected to do.
Carolyn is a registered occupational therapist working with Expanding Horizons Occupational Therapy and is licensed by the College of Occupational Therapist of Ontario. She also holds membership with the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists. Carolyn graduated from Queen’s University in Kingston with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2012.
Stéphanie is a registered occupational therapist working with Expanding Horizons Occupational Therapy and is licensed by the College of Occupational Therapist of Ontario. She also holds membership with the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists. Stéphanie received a Master of Health Sciences in Occupational Therapy and an Honours Bachelor of Arts with Specialization in Psychology from the University of Ottawa.
Areas of services include: child and youth mental health, anxiety and stress management, self-regulation/coping skills, attention and focus, sensory processing, developing fine and gross motor skills, meeting developmental milestones for babies and toddlers, picky eaters and problem feeders, supporting better sleep/sleep hygiene, printing and handwriting, use of assistive technology, executive functioning skills (including planning and organizing).
Carolyn will be at our location every Friday.
Stéphanie will be at our location every Thursday.
Dr Carol Janik, Pediatric Dentist
Dr. Carol Janik is a certified Pediatric Dentist and former Chief of Dentistry at CHEO. She graduated from the University of Toronto and specialized in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Michigan. She is a Fellow of both the Royal College of Dentists of Canada and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, a member of the Canadian Pediatric Society (Oral Health Section), and holds a faculty appointment as lecturer in Oral Health at the University of Ottawa medical school. Dr. Janik has many years of experience providing dental care to infants, children, and adolescents including those with complex care needs both in community private practice and in hospital, As a member of our comprehensive care team, Dr. Janik will focus on pediatric oral wellness and prevention. She will offer infant and toddler oral examination, caries risk assessment, preventive and interceptive strategies for Early Childhood Caries (ECC), as well as anticipatory guidance on dental development, oral habits, nutrition, injury prevention and will facilitate appropriate and timely referrals for dental reparative treatment as required. Dr. Janik is pleased to be able to provide you and your child with their initial oral and dental assessment and counselling in a familiar environment with a friendly patient-specific expert approach. It is our aim to give children the best chances for a lifetime of optimal oral health!
Dr Janik will be joining our team on August 28th. Please contact the reception for more info on the services and to book an appointment.
Michelle Mercier, M.CI.Sc, Reg. CASLPO
Speech-language pathology (SLP) specializes in the assessment and treatment of communication disorders at any point during an individual’s life time. A family-centered approach is taken to improve communication skills, ensuring the client’s needs are the focus of treatment while providing education about speech and language to the family. Communication is a key component to our daily lives and can be improved with the assistance of an SLP.
Michelle Mercier is a bilingual speech-language pathologist working for Achieve Therapy Centre. Michelle is licensed through the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO) and received a Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Western University.
SLP services include: improvement of articulation/speech clarity and stuttering, language expression and comprehension, use of social language/pragmatics, pre-literacy and literacy skills.
Michelle will provide speech therapy services at Central Park Medical Clinic on Thursdays.