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Our NICU team

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Dr. Jillian BakerDr. Tony BarozzinoDr. Joey Bonifacio Dr. Douglas Campbell Dr. Sohail Cheema
Dr. Jillian Baker, Active Primary Pediatric Hematology, Neonatology Dr. Tony Barozzino, Active Primary General Pediatrics, Neonatology Dr. Joey Bonifacio, Active Primary Adolescent Medicine, Neonatology Dr. Douglas Campbell, Active Primary General Pediatrics, Neonatology Dr. Sohail Cheema, Active Primary General Pediatrics, Neonatology
Dr. Max Kirtsman Dr. Jonathon Maguire Dr. Niraj Mistry Dr. Kamini Raghuram Dr. Evelyn Rozenblyum
Dr. Max Kirtsman, Courtesy
Dr. Jonathon Maguire, Active Primary General Pediatrics, Clinician Specialist Dr. Niraj Mistry, Courtesy
General Pediatrics, Neonatology
Dr. Kamini Raghuram Dr. Evelyn Rozenblyum, Courtesy
General Pediatrics, Pediatric Rheumatology
Dr. Michael Sgro Dr. Shazeen Suleman Dr. Karen Thomas Dr. Anne Wormsbecker Dr. Ethel Ying
Dr. Michael Sgro, Active Primary General Pediatrics, Neonatology Dr. Shazeen Suleman, Active Primary
General Pediatrics, Outreach Services
Dr. Karen Thomas, Clinical Associate
Dr. Anne Wormsbecker, Courtesy
General Pediatrics, Neonatology
Dr. Ethel Ying, Active Primary General Pediatrics, Neonatology

Neonatal nurse practitioners

Karen Carlyle Jeanne Zielonka
Karen Carlyle, RN (EC), MN Jeanne Zielonka, RN (EC), MScN

A nurse practitioner is a registered nurse who has specialist training in the medical care of sick and/or premature infants. They participate in the medical care of your infant in collaboration with the pediatrician. They perform physical examinations of infants, medical procedures as needed, and write medical orders, medical notes, discharge summaries and prescriptions. The NP also updates the plan of care and progress for infants, and supports patients and families throughout an infant’s hospitalization. The nurses and nurse practitioner help infants and their familes prepare for discharge.


Registered nurses

Registered nurses in the NICU

Our registered nurses specialize in caring for critically ill newborns and premature babies. They are involved in providing care for NICU babies 24/7.

Clinical nurse educator

Dr. Madeline Drake
Catherine Bishop – RN, BScN

The clinical nurse educator is responsible for the education and training of the bedside nurses in the NICU.  The educator also assists the nurse practitioners and staff nurses with parent education and parent resources. 

Catherine Bishop, RN, BScN
Clinical Educator, NICU
416-864-6060 ext. 6580            


Lactation consultants

Sofya Brainin Saro Ganeshapillai
Sofya Brainin – RN, BScN, IBCLC Saro Ganeshapillai – RN, IBCLC

The NICU has lactation consultants on-staff to provide assistance, teaching and support to breastfeeding mothers. They are registered nurses and board-certified lactation consultants.

Our lactation consultants have experience working with breastfeeding mothers of full-term and premature infants and working in an outpatient breastfeeding clinic setting. They are available if you have any questions about breast pumping, pump rental or if you need assistance with breastfeeding.

Sofya Brainin, RN, BScN, IBCLC
Lactation Consultant, NICU
416-864-6060, ext. 2740
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Saro Ganeshapillai, RN, IBCLC
Lactation Consultant, NICU
416-864-6060, ext. 6336
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.



Alyson Martinez
Alyson Martinez, BASc, RD

The NICU has a registered dietitian on staff to help manage your baby's feeding and growth. Registered dietitians are a regulated health professional and have a bachelor's degree specializing in nutrition science. Babies in the NICU have unique nutrient needs to help them to grow and develop; Registered dietitians in the NICU help support this through managing your baby's feeds (both through IV and feeding tubes), fortification of feeds, and vitamin and mineral supplements.

Alyson Martinez, BASc, RD
Clinical Dietitian, Pediatrics/NICU
416-864-6060, ext. 6569
Hours: Monday -Friday. 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Social work

Jeanette Doherty Amanda Hignell
Jeanette Doherty, MSW, RSW Amanda Hignell, MSW, RSW

Having a baby in the NICU can be a stressful experience for families. Social workers in the NICU are here to support newborns families during their time in hospital for a variety of issues such as:

  • Counseling and emotional support
  • Identified mental health concerns such as low mood or anxiety
  • Grief, loss and bereavement
  • Parent education and support
  • Adoption and surrogacy               
  • Intimate and family relationships
  • Employment and finances
  • Housing and accommodations
  • Addictions

Social workers help address issues by conducting assessments, providing supportive counseling, acting as a bridge to community resources by providing information and completing referrals, enhancing communication with the medical treatment team and creating a discharge plan for families.

If you would like to speak with a social worker, please speak with a member of your health care team or contact them directly.

Amanda Hignell, MSW, RSW
Social Worker, OBS/GYN/NICU
416-864-6060 ext. 6616
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Jeanette Doherty MSW, RSW
Social Worker, OBS/GYN/NICU
416-864-6060 ext. 6570
Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; hours vary


Emily Wong
Emily Wong – Pharmacist

The pharmacists work with the NICU team to choose the best medication for your baby. The pharmacists also provide parent education for those parents whose baby may be discharged home on medication.

Respiratory technicians

Respiratory therapists work in all critical care areas, including the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. RTs in the NICU specialize in neonatal management including resuscitation at high risk deliveries (establishing airway, breathing and circulation), mechanical ventilation, nasal CPAP, oxygen therapy and assistance of airway management. RTs provide respiratory education to patients, their families and many different professions as part of their scope. In addition, RTs are dedicated members of the following emergency response teams: Cardiac Arrest, Neonatal Resuscitation, Obstetrical Emergency, Trauma and Critical Care Response Teams.  RTs provide service throughout the hospital 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Spiritual care

Jason Rodgers
Jason Rodgers

As fully participating members of the health care team, chaplains specialize in caring for the spiritual well-being of patients, families and staff and assist them to draw upon their own spiritual resources. A chaplain is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A member of our health care team can contact the chaplain for you.

Jason Rodgers
Spiritual Care Practitioner
416-864-6060 ext. 2295

Obstetrics team

The Obstetrics Department at St. Michael’s Hospital includes obstetricians, nurses, social workers, dietitians and lactation consultants. We are the only Obstetrical Trauma Unit in the Greater Toronto Area and we offer many different programs and services to our patients which include:

  • Education and care before and after your baby is born, as part of your regular appointments
  • Classes and tours to help prepare for birth and parenthood
  • Breastfeeding consultation and support (in hospital and after discharge)
  • State-of-the-art 2D and 3D ultrasound. We are a comprehensive academic center for all aspects of fetal ultrasound
  • Nutrition counseling by registered dietitians, to help address issues such as nausea, vomiting and/or heartburn; problems with weight gain or pre-pregnancy weight; polycystic ovarian syndrome; diabetes in pregnancy
  • Support from social workers
  • Prenatal counseling and ongoing care for mothers whose babies are at risk of neonatal complications

Languages spoken by our obstetrical team include French, Spanish, Polish, Italian and Gujarati.