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.
At Central Park Medical Clinic, the physicians are supported by Speech-Language Pathologists, Hailey Russell and Sarah Fitzpatrick as well as Richelle d'Entremont, certified Occupational Therapist.
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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.
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 completed her residency in pediatrics in 2019 at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario. She has a special interest and additional training in the care of gender diverse children and youth. Dr. DiFiore returned to Central Park Medical Clinic in July 2021 and is accepting gender diversity consults.
Nilceia Lopez De Souza, MD, PhD
Dr. Nilceia Lopez De Souza recently joined Central Park Clinic in April, 2021.
Dr. De Souza received her medical degree (MD) from State University of Campinas Medical School (UNICAMP), Sao Paulo, Brazil. She completed her Pediatric Residency and was board certified. She pursued Pediatric Clinical Research, obtaining her doctoral degree (PhD) under the the Dept of Allergy, Immunology and Pulmonary Medicine. She provided pediatric outpatient, emergency and inpatient care, while in Brazil. Subsequently, she obtained a position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Dept. of Medicine, Division of Allergy & Immunology, University of California (UCSF), in San Francisco, USA , which was concluded in 2005. After moving to Canada (Edmonton, AB) in 2007, she enrolled in a clinical fellowship program in Pediatric Respirology at the University of Alberta. She worked in Edmonton AB for 9 years in general Pediatrics, providing primary care and consultations, before moving to Ottawa,ON.
Dr. De Souza has interest in respiratory illness, such as asthma, upper and lower respi-ratory infections, chronic cough, recurrent wheezing, sleep disordered breathing. She will be accepting pediatric primary care and medical consultations in respirology as well as, but not limited to developmental delay (infants, toddlers), ADHD, behaviour problems, NICU graduate/premature infants, failure to thrive, growth concerns, headaches, eczema, chronic constipation.
Our Allied Health Care Professionals
Hailey Russell, Speed Language Pathologist
Hailey Russell is a Speech-Language Pathologist with a Masters of Science (Applied) - Speech-Language Pathology degree from McGill University (Reg. CASLPO). She also holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Carleton University. Hailey has experience working with children and adults who have a range of needs including speech sound disorders, fluency, language, phonological awareness, reading, and writing, etc.. Hailey has a professional interest in Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) and working with Autistic individuals. She strives to bring humour to every session and to support each individual and their family on their communication journey. Hailey is Lidcombe, MBSimp and The Hanen Centre’s“It Takes Two to Talk” certified.
Sarah Fitzpatrick, Speed Language Pathologist
Sarah Fitzpatrick is a French/English Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist at Achieve Therapy Centre, who has a professional interest in language disorders, reading and writing difficulties, as well as voice and fluency difficulties. She graduated with a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Ottawa. She is currently working with Indigenous and trans populations, with a commitment to increasing service accessibility to underserved populations. Sarah also has experience in stroke rehabilitation and swallowing disorders. When not working, Sarah can be found playing bass with bands around Ottawa or playing board games with friends. She enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter.
Richelle d'Entremont, Occupational Therapist
Richelle d’Entremont is a bilingual (French/English) occupational therapist who is certified in various therapy modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Interactive Metronome (IM), and Floortime. She completed her undergraduate degree in developmental psychology at Carleton University, and received her Masters degree from the University of Ottawa where she is currently a part time professor and PhD candidate. On weekends, she enjoys going on walks in search of new coffee shops and spending time in the sun at the cottage. She is an East Coast native but has set firm roots in Ottawa with her spouse, son, and goldendoodle.