Why choose Us.
We believe that medication is only one part of a patient's recovery and should be used in the lowest dose and for the shortest amount of time necessary.
To become an integral part of a healthy East Toronto community where freedom from addiction, the recovery of lives, and the realization of dreams is available to all.
What we Do.
To provide quality care for people struggling with addiction, assisting them to live physically and emotionally fulfilling lives.
DR. LEONARD BIENENSTOCK, M.D. CCFPDoctor, Founder
Originally from Montreal, Dr. Bienenstock completed Medical School at McGill University before relocating to Toronto for his Residency in Family Medicine at Toronto Western Hospital. He has since acquired additional training in Addictions Medicine, Psychotherapy, and Minor Surgery. Above all he is passionate about caring for those who suffer from addictions and mental illness. When enjoying downtime, Dr. Bienenstock enjoys playing squash, woodworking, chess, and playing bass guitar.
Fluent in English, French
DR. PRIYANKA KAPIL, M.D. CCFPDoctor
Dr. Kapil completed her Medical School and Family Medicine Residency through the University of Toronto. She has done research in improving opioid management and created EMR tools to help improve safety around opioid prescribing. She has completed training through CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) in Opioid Dependence Treatment. Over time she has fostered interests in Quality Improvement Research, Addiction Medicine, and Motivational Interviewing. Outside of clinical and research work, she also enjoys teaching and mentoring medical students. In her spare time Dr Kapil enjoys spending time with her family, partaking in culinary arts, and swimming.
DR. SAM MERRIFIELD, M.D. CCFPDoctor
Dr. Merrifield completed Medical School at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine in his hometown of Sudbury before attending the University of Toronto for his Family Medicine Residency. By pursuing training opportunities in Addictions Medicine throughout his medical education he fostered a passion for practicing in this field. He has also done research on understanding patient perspectives regarding the link between chronic pain, high dose opioid prescriptions and addiction. Since entering practice he has completed training in Opioid Dependence Treatment with the Center for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). Dr. Merrifield also strives to integrate psychotherapy into his practice in order to provide his patients with comprehensive care. Outside of medicine he is a music aficionado, an outdoors enthusiast and an avid reader.
DR. KAUSTUBH BAL, M.D. CCFPDoctor
Kaustubh studied life sciences at Queen's University, and subsequently earned his medical degree at the University of Toronto. He completed his post-graduate training in family medicine at Dalhousie University. In his free time Dr Bal enjoys strategy based video games, World War II documentaries and gardening.
DR. DAVID POON, MD, MPH, CCFPDoctor
Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Dr. Poon finished Medical School at the University of Alberta, later completing his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Toronto. He has a Master of Public Health from Columbia University from New York City. He is focused on normalising mental health screenings the same way we have normalised colonoscopies - difficult, but necessary. He is founder of Faces of Advocacy, a Canadian organisation dedicated to the safe reunification of multinational families.
GABRIELLA SCHNAYER, MSW, RSWSOCIAL WORKER
Gabriella is a caring and compassionate Social Worker dedicated to helping her clients live their best possible lives. Gabriella has a Bachelor of Social Work from Ryerson University and a Master of Social Work from Wurzweiler School of Social Work. She has over 10 years of field experience and has spent most of her career working in the child welfare field. She has worked with families experiencing a wide range of challenges including: addiction, trauma, mental health and relationship issues. Gabriella is passionate about the work she does and is always trying to grow her knowledge base and learn new ways of supporting her clients. She has certificates in Family Counselling and Level One Trauma, and is completing a certificate in Couple and Family Therapy at the University of Guelph. During therapy sessions, Gabriella uses a variety of treatment models to help clients learn new coping strategies to improve their quality of life. She provides individual, couple and family therapy.
AMANDA CRANNMedical Administrative Assistant
Amanda has been working in addictions clinics for 4 years and spent 4 years before that working in a pharmacy, allowing her to understand both ends of addiction recovery. She is committed to providing patients, old and new, with a positive experience in the clinic. She looks forward to greeting everyone with a smile and is always ready to provide a friendly listening ear. In her down time, Amanda enjoys spending time with her family and dying her hair an array of fun colours.
EMILY MATERICKClinic Manager
Emily has over 15 years of administrative experience in several different fields. She is an enthusiastic multitasker and brings a warm, friendly and compassionate presence to the team. Other things that keep her busy include baking, thrifting and going on adventures with her young children.
ANDIE MACNEIL, MA, MSW, RSWOutreach and Counselling
Andie is a registered Social Worker with a passion for supporting people who use drugs. In addition to working on the outreach team here at CTC, she also works as a Client Care Coordinator in the Harm Reduction program at South Riverdale Community Health Centre. Andie has a Master of Arts in Sociology and Addiction Studies and a Master of Social Work from the University of Toronto. She has several years of experience working in community mental health settings providing care to individuals with complex needs, including people experiencing homelessness, addictions, and trauma. Andie operates from a strengths-based perspective, and believes in supporting every individual’s capacity for resilience in the face of trauma and adversity.