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Welcome to the Health and Fitness page, where neighbours' recommendations, give us a guide to some of our neighbourhood health and fitness services.

Dentists

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posted September 18, 2012

From: HARRY Richardson

Dr Nguyen -Queen Dental Office

718 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1E8 416-703-0579

She's great, office is at Queen and Claremont

From: Ira Fantastic Dentist, 1108 Bloor (north side) just west of Dufferin

Tom, and his wife/assistant/partner Ivy 416-532-7900

Extraordinarily wonderful dentist! Very caring, thorough, gentle, efficient, informative, wise. He saved Melanie's tooth that had a failed root-canal and everyone said must be pulled. He came up with a rare procedure that proved perfectly successfull, and he barely got paid for it because my benefits wouldn't cover such a unique procedure, so Tom and Ivy never even bothered us to get paid for it! We just go there for all our teethy needs, and we hope many more people will too!

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posted February 17, 2012

From: Ira

Fantastic Dentist , right at Bloor & Dufferin

Tom, and his wife/assistant/partner Ivy, 1108 Bloor west 416-532-7900

Extraordinarily wonderful dentist! Very caring, thorough, gentle, efficient, informative, wise. He saved Melanie's tooth that had a failed root-canal and everyone said must be pulled. He came up with a rare procedure that proved perfectly successfull, and he barely got paid for it because my benefits wouldn't cover such a unique procedure, so Tom and Ivy never even bothered us to get paid for it! We just go there for all our teethy needs, and we hope many more people will too!

posted May 13, 2011

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From: Ann H.

Cloverdale Dental Group is GREAT. They’re at Cloverdale Mall, which is a short bus ride from Kipling Station. I kept them after moving back downtown, because they’re just so nice, professional, skilled, etc. My niece has been going there since her very first appointment. Janice is the best hygienist.

Coincidentally, I just talked to them a half hour ago to change an appointment so I have their number handy – 416-236-2304.

From: Erella Ganon

I really like Sharon Walden on bloor at dovercourt.

Dr. Martin Bourgeois is still involved in the office a little but she bought his practice from him when he wanted to retire. She's great. Very thoughtful, respectful and gentle, which is why I chose her. She's got 3 kids of her own I think.

416-588-8839 Dr. Sharon Walden

From: Nick

There is a fabulous dentist in the condo building at the South-East corner of Dupont & Landsdowne (address is 1375 Dupont).

He is incredibly gentle - the ONLY dentist I have ever known not to even feel his injections !!

Phone number is 416-533-0531.

posted March 16, 2011

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From: Fung & Lubo
I love my dental office and they are also good w/ kids. The office is on Bloor just east of Dovercourt. I found them originally from the Dufferin Grove website.
Dr. Bourgeois & Dr. Walden
964 Bloor St W
Toronto, ON M6H 1L6
(416) 588-8839

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posted March 11, 2011

From: Isabelle Hémard

I love my dentist I have been going there for 20 years, he is fantastic. Dr lawrence Freedman, 416.538.8883. he is at bloor and spadina

From: Christine Poirie

I really like dentist Gary Kaplan on Dundas/Dovercourt. 1354 Dundas Street West Toronto, ON M6J 1Y2 - (416) 533-4275

He's kind and honest. His assistants are good with kids too.

I used to go see Lawrence Freedman at Spadina and Bloor. He is awesome too, but if you do not have a dental plan his fees are sky rocket high.

From: Genevieve Trickey

I second Isabelle's recommendation! Dr. Freedman's practice is mostly TMJ branded but he's probably the best wholistic dentist in the city (I say this as an industry insider). Not only does he use biocompatible materials but he'll actually test each person to find the best match.

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posted October 02, 2009

From: Cynthia

Good point about the fees... although they are only slightly more than what our insurance company considers "standard". Most of the fees have been covered by insurance for us. If you don't have insurance, as we didn't when my eldest child needed work done, the best route is to go to the dental clinic at Sick Kids. There, you can ask them about CINOT. You can not get CINOT coverage at the clinic Dr. Farkouh works at, but you CAN get it at Sick Kids. They covered 100% of the work my eldest needed done.

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posted October 02, 2009

From: Tori Smith

I second the recommendation of Dr. Farkouh. He is terrific with kids especially when they have "challenging" teeth. As a pediatric specialist, however, he is expensive. If you don't have insurance I would check the prices ahead of time. Dr. Bourgeois is a great dentist for adults and I know lots of people who are happy with the treatment he's given their children. However, he gave us some pretty poor advice on our son's teeth which compounded his dental problems.

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posted September 30, 2009

From: Erella Ganon

I really like Dr. Martin Bourgeois, 416-588-8839

There is a wonderful woman who is taking over his practice. I find her to be very kind and caring. Her name is Dr. Sharon Walden

From: Cynthia

Yep. I have two girls with incredibly back luck when it comes to teeth. We've got quite a bit of experience with dentists at this point (now we are 'studying' orthodontists).

So, I would highly recommend checking out Dr. Farkouh (works out of Dr. Geller's office). He's not in this area, but is a pediatric dentist, and also works in the dental clinic at Sick Kid's. The office is at Yonge and Davisville (easy by TTC, and I can give you parking secrets if you drive) and the number there is 416-489-4424. If there is extensive work that needs to be done (and the child is young, as yours is), sometimes they need to be under general anesthetic. Usually that would mean going to the hospital, but this clinic brings in an anethesiologist (I'm sure I didn't spell that right) and can do it in the office (a huge advantage, I can tell you, as we've done it both ways). For less difficult work, they also have nitrous oxide. And, if it is just a cleaning and checkup... then you are lucky!

My husband and I have recently switched to Dr. Bourgeois, who is at Dovercourt and Bloor. He seems really nice and so far I've been impressed (I'm very picky about dentists). His number is 416-588-8839. My plan is to eventually bring the girls there when they are older, but he isn't set up for kids (by that I mean, he doesn't have all the little extra things that kids enjoy and you will find in a pediatric office... tv in the waiting area playing TVO KIDS, toy area, colourful rooms, child drawings on the walls, trunk full of toy/gifts for after treatment, hygienists that love kids and know how to talk to them). As kind as he is, I want my kids to enjoy (as much as that is possible) the experience of going to the dentist.

From: Kynan Cheng

Susan Huxtable has been amazing to my friend Anand - even providing him some food prior to the appt when he mentioned he had just gotten off a plane. She's not in the neighbourhood, but close to City Hall.

From: Adrienne Trent

Dr. Martin Bourgeois up on Bloor St., just east of Dovercourt

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posted September 30, 2009

From: Paddy Stamp

Bob Adler, at St Clair and Bathurst, 416 532 6689.

I originally got his name from this list & have found him to be gentle, skilled, and responsive: with toddlers and elders, as well as with me.

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posted April 13, 2007

Dr. Guadalupe Arrieta and Dr. Florence Hu are at '''College and Ossington Dental Office'''. The office itself is fairly basic but both women are excellent dentists and very nice. (815 College St. Suite 209, 416-537-3171.) I've been going to them for a couple of years.

Daphne Ballon


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posted April 13, 2007

Dr. Robyn Blatt. Robyn has a practice with her father and sister down at King and Dufferin. She used to work with Dr. Rebecca Yacobi who specialises in Dentistry for Infants, Children and Teens. Robyn now sees both my daughters and not only has done the basic stuff but also extractions and a complicated filling. She is very warm and the girls really trust her. (1244 King W. 416-536-5661)

Daphne Ballon


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posted March 7, 2007

I have found that Dr. J. Malowany in Yorkville is quite good. She is really thorough and spends a lot of time with you. She also has a children's area with toys! Her number is 968-2112.

Lori Waserman


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posted March 7, 2007

We use Dr. Martin Bourgeois on Bloor St. right by Dovercourt. 416-588-8839

He has great staff. He is not a naturopathic dentist, though.

Best regards,

Charlotte Elder


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posted March 7, 2007

Hello, I have a couple of friends who have gone to Dr. Zainwald - 416-924-1081 to get their mercury fillings replaced with resin. They have been very happy with the results. He is a naturopathic dentist and is located in Yorkville.

Jag


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posted March 7, 2007

I would recommend Martin Bourgeois at 964 Bloor West between Dovercourt and Delaware. 416-588-8839. There is a naturopathic dentist, I believe, somewhere in the Yonge and Davisville area, but Martin is ideally located and a very pleasant fellow.

Cheryl Hawkes.


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posted March 7, 2007

Dr. Zaimin Dawood (416-536-7629 at Bloor/Gladstone) is an excellent dentist, unfortunately her scheduling sucks. Her staff have canceled appointments with less than 24 hrs noticed, have changed appointment times by leaving a message and not checking/confirming with the client if the change was ok, have double booked, amongst many other inconveniences for the client. This has not just happened to me, but several other clients I know. '''For these reasons I cannot recommend her services.''' I continue to go to her, but if you hear of an excellent neighbourhood dentist with better front desk service please advise.

Regards.


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posted March 7, 2007

I would highly recommend Martin Bourgeois, on Bloor near Dovercourt, tel 588-8839. He is very gentle and playful, and really wants the child to feel comfortable and not scared. Good luck Anne


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posted March 7, 2007

Our family dentist, Martin Bourgeois is a very kind sweet guy.

When I worked in a place with a fancy dental plan, I went to a high priced dentist in High Park which who seemed good, but I couldn’t stand all the gadgets (you could watch what he was doing on a video screen) and his talking about his cottages (plural) and the trouble finding an honest mechanic for his HUMMER.
Yawn.
When I found Martin Bourgeois, it blew my mind. He is so lovely and reasonable. He’s at Dovercourt on Bloor and seems to be very involved in the community.
He is patient, loves kids, explains everything and has a practical approach to procedures. I like how his mind works at solving a problem. I also like that he takes what you tell him into consideration. A dentist that is a good listener? Normally you don’t get to say much with your mouth full.

He gets my high votes.

Dr Martin Bourgeois
964 1/2 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON M6H 1L6
416-588-8839

Erella


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posted March 7, 2007

There is a wonderful dentist on bloor at Dovercourt. Fabulous with kids. We all go to him and there are other dentists there too.

Dr. M. Bourgeois

9641/2 bloor st.

416-588-8839


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posted September 20, 2004

From: "Cookie Roscoe" To: dufferingrovefriends@yahoogroups.com Sent: Thursday, August 05, 2004 11:00 PM Subject: Re: [dufferingrovefriends] Looking for a good dentist

Dr. Bob Adler, at the corner of St.Clair and Bathurst, 416 532 6689, is our family dentist, and we just love him. He has courageously given us a letter of support for the new park underway at the site of the old carbarns, talks to me about organic foods, is happy to discuss any new methods and implement them, and is truly not too gung ho about x-rays and all. I hereby go out of my way to reccommend him.

Roscoe.


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posted September 20, 2004

From: "Cynthia French" To: dufferingrovefriends@yahoogroups.com Sent: Thursday, August 05, 2004 10:15 PM Subject: Re: [dufferingrovefriends] Looking for a good dentist

Dr. Dana Colson, near Davisville (not exactly in the neighbourhood, but it is on the subway line). There are a number of dentists who work in this office, all fit the description you've given.

Cynthia


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posted September 20, 2004

On Fri, 6 Aug 2004 1:24 pm, Kim McCutcheon wrote:

I've been going to Ralph Blatt at Sunnyside Dental Centre for years. I think he's great a dentist, takes time to explain things and talk about options, and has a wonderful personality. Not sure about his position on x-rays and mercury. The phone number for the clinic is 416-536-2626. Both his daughters practise there so you have to specifically ask for Ralph. The address is 1244 King St. W. (at Dufferin).

- Kim


Orthodontist

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posted July 09, 2010

From: Erella

When we were looking for an orthodontist for my daughter I was looking at practical solutions, location was a consideration because there are tons of appointments involved and I didn't want a lot of travel involved.

We found Dr Norma Chou. (her name is pronounced CHEW, which we found amusing.) She's on Bathurst st, between Bloor and Dupont. (416) 532-3041

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From: Cynthia

My daughter goes to Dr. Graeme Hibberd. We like him, and have no complaints.

It's not within the area you have defined, but is on the subway line. Here's the info:

2425 Bloor St W Toronto, ON M6S 4W4 (416) 769-0811

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From: Daphne Ballon

My daughter had a fairly complicated orthodontic situation. Her orthodontist was Dr. Lawrence Allen who's at College and Bathurst. He's a very nice man and we were happy with the result.

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From: Paola Giavedoni

I had braces at 40 and I would recommend Dr Geoffrey Newton. His office is easily accessible,friendly staff and I am very pleased with the results!!! Lot's of kid's and teens coming and going.

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From: Colette

I second the recommendation for Dr Lawrence Allen at College and Bathurst. He's a nice guy, in a great location in Little Italy. You can go for pizza afterwards! (Remember to brush after).


Pediatricians

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posted November 05, 2009

From: Connie
Our pediatrician is Dr Susan Coombs and she is fantastic. I don't know if she accepts new patients but her number 416 921 8872.

From: Suzanne Young
We have a very good pediatrician, and I believe he is accepting new patients. We are always able to get into see him when we have a concern, in fact he leaves spaces open daily for last minute appointments, he always sees us promptly and both my children like him. At first I thought he was a impersonal, to me as the parent, but as time goes by, my son now six and my daughter is three, I have grown to really like and respect him. His name is Aaron Lindzon and he is at Davisville and Yonge.

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posted November 20, 2004

Can anyone recommend a progressive pediatrician in the area (eg, one who doesn't insist on infant vaccinations, automatically prescribe antibiotics for ear infections, etc.) Thanks!

-Lisa


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posted November 20, 2004

I live up at Bathurst and St.Clair and I have Dr. Sheila Jacobson as my children's pediatrician. Also in her practice is Dr. Peers, who is a very nice man who looks vaguely like a young Christopher Reeves, which is nice, I think, in a pediatrician. I think he is still accepting new patients, though I'm aware this is a bit north for you. Sheila is grudginly accepting of the fact that I did not want to vaccinate.

I mostly wanted to weigh in with support. I know (my two daughters are 7 and 9 now) what a difficult choice you're undertaking. We constantly rethink this, and still believe we've made the best decisions for our daughters. VRAN is the vaccination risk awareness network, and they may be able to suggest more doctors. You should be able to find them on the 'net. Good Luck

Roscoe.


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posted November 20, 2004

Our Emily had ear infections for years and we gave her antibiotics several times. We were waiting to have recommended surgery, when our Canadian doctor recommended acupuncture to clear the blockages. A friend sent us to Xiaolin, and she has been fine since. Emily and I still go there regularly before we see our Canadian doctor. She has herbs for everything.

Xiaolin # is 538-8262 she is on Christie. Fabulous healer!

Edward (Ted) England


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posted November 20, 2004

I have been a patient of Xiaolin's off and on for a number of years. When I first went to her, I thought she was incredibly intuitive and fantastic.

She is an acupuncturist and has very little to no bedside manner. That is ok. You go in, she assesses you with a kind of distain, and she takes a good long look at you, feeling your pulse at the wrist and then says something or other, gives you some kind of horrid tasting goo and instructs you to change out of your clothes. Some Asian massage person comes in and massages you, an old man comes in with something,shuffling his feet.

Someone else sort of does the needle-putting-in process, the order changes or doesn¹t, but at the end you feel enriched and better for no specific reason.

Her office is very busy. Some of the people working for her speak english and some don¹t . I find it all very mysterious.

That being said, she has really helped me when I had some ailments that I was stumped with.

-Erella


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posted November 20, 2004

I looked for quite a few years before finding the family physician of my dreams (well, almost - would like for her to be closer to this area and her practice is not full-time). Her name isSonja Kustka. Phone number is 416-636-7018 and she is at Wilson and Bathurst (it actually only takes me 15 min by car, so not so bad).

The catch is that last I heard she wasn't taking patients. If she has a waiting list I recommend getting on it. You will have a

VERY hard time finding a doctor that won't press you to vaccinate. For ear infections Dr. Kustka recommended homeopathic ear drops by the brand HEEL. They did the job. You can get them at Noah's at Bloor and Spadina, but call first to make sure they've got them in.


Pediatricians (con't)

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As a backup (he's much closer) I have gone to Dr. Vaezi at Dufferin and Bloor. He will be ok with not vaccinating, but you'll have to tell him your views first (I think he doesn't like to advertise his beliefs on this - it can get doctors into trouble). He is not as consistent at Dr. Kustka in how he deals with stuff (has made some pretty outlandish comments about breastfeeding to a friend of mine, but acted quite different with me), but if his practice is open right now it might be worth getting in there until you find someone else. Phone number is 416-531-3535.

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By the way, like Ted England I also saw Xiaolan for many years. She is great, but also can be a bit rushed (her practice is really full) and she has many practitioners working with her, so you never know who you will get for the massage part - some are great and some will leave bruises. If you would like another (little known) alternative, Denise Boutilier works out of Xiaolan's clinic (she's upstairs) two days/week. To book an appt. you would have to call Denise directly at 416-858-8343. She is very good and takes her time.

Cynthia


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posted November 20, 2004

We take our son to Dr. Peter Sakuls, who is at the Queen West Community Health Centre (Queen and Batthurst). I also see Dr. Debbie Honickman there. Both are totally fine with the fact that Micah is not vaccinated. Because it is a community health centre, you do have to live in the area, which I think extends west to Dufferin, but I'm not sure how far north.

Laura


General Practitioners

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posted August 12, 2011

From: Shawn Whitney

Try Dr. Vandana Parnandi. My wife, daughter and I just started seeing her and she's still accepting patients. She's located at College & Ossington. The number is 416-923-5500.

My daughter's two-years old and she was very good and patient with her.

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posted March 11, 2011

From: Matt Price

We love our doctor, Alan Abelsohn (416-483-8111). His office is at Bathurst and St. Clair, but he lives right in the neighbourhood, and I have always found him kind, professional, and extremely helpful. I had a serious injury several years back and he really went out of his way to help in my recovery. So, I very strongly recommend him.

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posted December 12, 2007

try Dr Camelia Dragomir at Bloor/Christie Clinic. 534 5127

Andrew Munger

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posted May 14, 2007

I’ve had an excellent family doctor, Dr Trudy Chernin an awesome woman, for the last 20+ years. She literally saved my life by diagnosing a very rare condition in time for me to get appropriate care.
She has a practice with Dr Pauline Pariser who is also amazing. About a month ago they took on a new doctor.
Neat thing is that they set up a group thing ( I don’t know what the technical word would be) so that the nutritionist and a couple other specialists that are part of their team are also included in what ohip covers. I don’t know how it works, just that it does, and I am grateful to be part of their team.
They even do after hours care, which comes in very handy sometimes. This new doctor Valentin ( I think that is the name) is supposed to be similar in approach. Apparently they’d been looking for the right person for years. Now that they have her, they’ve begun to accept new patients.

There is a new phone number but this one also works 416 960 1366 (best to call first thing in the morning, I find). They are at Bay and college.

Erella


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posted May 14, 2007

Hi Dr. Ablesohn is a g.p. that lives in the neighbourhood and has a practice at Bathurst south of Eglinton. I have been with him for 10+ years. you can find his tel# in the book.

JD


Sumo Wrestling

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posted May 20, 2004


Elmer and daughter

We coudn't help noticing an aricle in a recent Toronto Star about one of the Park's regular visitors, Elmer Gale, a sumo wrestling teacher. Elmer frequently comes to the park with his daughter and friends to practice.

Read the article>>

Want lessons from Elmer? Check out the website: Sumo Ronin.


Yoga

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posted March 24, 2007

The YMCA has a variety of excellent Yoga classes that are included with membership


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posted March 24, 2007

I also like Yoga Space and Sivananda, but would also recommend Octopus Garden on Bloor St. at Howland (2 east of Bathurst St.). While they have classes at all levels, they tend - overall - to be more rigorous than classes I have taken elsewhere. Many of the instructors have taught at Downward Dog on Queen St., which is another good yoga studio with exacting standards for postures etc.

Diana.


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posted March 24, 2007

There is a great teacher, Alex that teaches at Shaw Library, downstairs. Her classes are Saturday at 10:30, and Thursday at 6:00 I believe. I always come away feeling so grounded and relaxed.

Anne


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posted March 24, 2007

There is a community yoga class that takes place in the basement room of the Shaw/College library. It's not the most beautiful room to do yoga in, but the instructor is the best I've ever had (and that's counting a few good yoga studios, and over the course of about 15 years). Very gentle and perfect for either a beginner, or more advanced, but someone who doesn't liked to be pushed (something I consider contradictory to the goals of yoga, and yet many teachers do this). And the best part? The classes are pay-what-you-can.

The times/days had changed recently for the evening ones, so it would be best to check with the library, but I know there is a *very popular* Saturday class from 10:30am to 12. I think there is a Thursday class from 6-7pm, and I had heard something about a Monday eve class, but I'm not sure if it is happening still.

Cynthia


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posted March 24, 2007

Hi
I go to Yoga Space on Ossignton, just south of Dundas on the West side. It's a great Yoga Centre. They offer lots of different styles and levels at various times 7 days a week. I highly recommend it.

Theresa


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posted March 24, 2007

There's a great yoga studio in Kensington Market called Pure Intent. I have taken classes from Jenna, one of the owners, and she is wonderful and have good things about other instructors there as well. Their web site is:www.pureintent.ca

Kim McCutcheon


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posted March 22, 2007

The Vidya Institute on the corner of Christie and Garnet is run by a very accomplished woman who travels to India and other places to train regularly (she's our neighbour). She also has trained in Auyervedic healing and wellness. Garnet is just North of Feista Farms, the big green grocery store north of Christie Pits.

There is also the Sivananda Centre on Harbord on the south side, next to the laneway just west of Spadina. They specialize in Integral Hatha Yoga I believe.

Good Luck,
John


Yoga for Youth

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posted September 12, 2006

Weekly Yoga with Dufferin Mall Youth Services. Yoga with Dufferin Mall Youth Services Every Thursday, 4:30 pm to 6 pm - Studio @ Bloor/Gladstone Library
If the weather is good we’ll go to the park

It is open and free for youth (12-24), no registration is necessary. They usually meet in the middle of the park.

Dufferin mall Youth Services program supervisor Wolfgang Vachon says that staff from the agency will be in the park throughout the summer and into the fall to connect with youth. Their services are: “culturally sensitive counselling, community support, and programming for youth age 12-24 and their families. DMYS was conceived and established as a joint community, mall, and business initiative to meet the needs of families, youth, businesses, and individuals striving to improve their communities. We are located inside Dufferin Mall in Suite 103, down the hall from HRDC and beside Abrigo. For more information call 416 535 1140.”

Dance

posted October 09, 2006

Interested in learning the Lindy Hop?

Do you know that our neighbourhood is one of the centres for Toronto Lindy Hop? Lindy Hop is the original dance of the swing era and the big band sound and is coming back in popularity. The lessons and dances are at Dovercourt House, 805 Dovercourt, a short walk north of Bloor.

All dances start with a Beginner's lesson. No partner necessary. Most dances have amazing live bands playing all the greats from the 30s and 40s. There's a dance this Saturday and on October 14.

For more information and the swing dance schedule visit odd-socks.org/index.htm

Liz Bohnen

Naturopathic Doctors


David Denis, Naturopathic Doctor
#306, 1466 Bathurst Street
Toronto, M5R 3S3
416 536 5555

"I am very pleased to announce that I have opened a new clinic of naturopathic medicine at 1466 Bathurst Street, Suite 306 (Bathurst and St. Clair), and am accepting new patients. I am offering a 20% discount for the first visit, to members of the Dufferin Grove and Brockton Village communities. I live in the neighborhood, and would be very happy to see friends and neighbours in my practice.

I specialize in gentle, effective, natural medicine, with expertise in cancer care, child health, reproductive health and menopause, chronic pain, health at mid-life, heart health, anxiety and depression, and cold and flu prevention for the whole family.

Please visit www.toronto-naturopath.com for further details of my practice, and information on booking appointments."

David told us that he's lived in the Dufferin Grove area since 2006. David and his wife decided to move to the area when they had their first child because of the wonderful community that surrounds Dufferin Grove Park. He can often be found in the playground with his two and a half year old daughter Rowan and his six month old son Leo. David says that he is active in the community and hopes to continue to help it grow and lourish.

This past summer, David's daughter Rowan was most distressed to find her favourite bouncy toy broken at the Dufferin Grove playground. Her dad took her to talk to the program staff, and the message (along with a sorrowful photo of Rowan beside the broken piece) went to the City Councillor's office. A week later the toy was fixed. Good activism!

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posted April 05, 2008

I can suggest Angela Moore -- she comes to the park quite a bit, and she's great: angelamoore.nd@sympatico.ca
Jutta


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posted October 10, 2006

Posted by: "Amanda Thebe"

I have used Shawna Darou, Annapurna Naturopathic Womens Health Clinic for the past 2 years now and highly recommend her. She uses a combination of Naturopathic treatments and Chinese Medicine, inc. acupuncture.

www.annapurnanaturopathic.com

tel: 647.885.8023

She is located on Walnut Avenue, just off Queen St West opposite Trinity Bellwoods Park.

Amanda.


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posted October 10, 2006

Posted by: "DIANA BALLON"

I would highly recommend Jill Kelner of the Harbord Health Centre at 100 Harbord St just west of Spadina (416 923-4860 ext. 2). She has been extremely helpful both for our children and for my husband and I. And I have heard great things from others who have worked with her. Di.

Homeopathic Doctors

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posted July 17, 2007

Hi all,

My Homeopath is setting up office in the area on Wednesdays. Her office will be walking distance of Dufferin Grove Park (Brock and College).

Her name is Whitney Collins and she is AMAZING, she cared for me during my most recent pregnancy and did her thesis on Vaginal Birth After Cesarean. Also, her rates are very good. She begins seeing patients here at her new office as of July 25.

To set up an appointment, call or e-mail her at
Whitney Collins HD
905-995-2412
durhamhomeopathy@sympatico.ca

Thanks,
Michelle Webb


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posted May 14, 2007

I'm not a medical doctor, rather a homeopathic doctor so I'm covered by extended health insurance plans. My training is entirely non-classical, I offer a sequential approach that's ideal as a preventative measure and excels in cases of chronic disease. It's a rather unique approach that you can read more about on my website: www.fisique.ca

Genevieve Trickey

tae kwon do

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posted December 17, 2006

Hi, there is a very nice dojo where kids can learn tae kwon do. It's called little dragon club, it belongs to the warriors martial arts and is located at 1444 dupont st, that's just west of lansdowne. Your kids can come for 3 free trial classes.

Our daughter took classes there and loved it. But she just decided to become a great soccer player instead... You can call them at 416-516-0754. They also have great classes for grown ups in self-defence and krav maga (developed by israeli defence forces and very intersting mix of kick-boxing, groundfighting and various other kinds of martial arts). We are both attending classes there.

For more information see their website

Good luck, Bianca


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posted December 22, 2006

Black Belt World on Bloor St. has mixed classes only. Students are paired with people of their own size and level, though. It is a good school and has some really dedicated teachers. My daughter and I enjoyed going there.

Best regards,

Charlotte Elder

Gymnastics

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posted December 22, 2006

Parent and Tot Gymnastics class at Wallace Emerson.

The class is for children age 2-5 years. It costs $40.00 for 9 weeks, and takes place on Wednesdays from 12:30-1:15 p.m. The winter session will begin on January 10, 2007.

The class is taught by a very talented teacher called Suzy (also a mom) who has had several years of experience teaching gymnastics to children of all ages. Through a combination of self-directed play and instruction children learn how to use the trampoline, balance beam, floor mats, parallel bars, vault and uneven bars. At the end of each class the children do gentle stretching exercises while using the parachute and singing songs.

My family has enjoyed this class for several years. It is lots of fun and I would highly recommend it to any parent looking for a creative indoor activity for their child this winter.

If you wish to register please call Wallace Emerson at 416-392-0039 or you can register with the City by calling 416-338-0000.

Marie

Personal Fitness

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posted March 16, 2007

I'm a mom and a business owner. I know how hard it can be to find time to take care of yourself. I specialize in pre and post natal fitness and 90% of my clientele are moms. I offer Yummy Mummy and Muchkin classes at my private studio, Urbanfitt (559 College Street, #204) below the Informed Parent, Toronto's newest all service parenting and pregnancy centre.
I'd like to canvass all those time strapped moms in the Dufferin Grove community to see if you'd like me to offer a class for you (babies are invited too!). Let me know who might be interested and what time of day and week would be ideal. If my location isn't convenient, I am open to discuss an alternative location. My class participants say there is no better mommy and baby class in Toronto. I also offer one on one lifestyle and fitness coaching specializing in life balance, alignment and core strength.
Give me a call 416-964-3309
Yours in health,
Jane


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posted March 16, 2007

I'm not a Yummy Mummy but I just want to HIGHLY recommend Jane (Urbanfit) to everyone! She offers a real difference -listening to the needs of time strapped moms and others who feel guilty about not fitting in a little fitness cause it just isn't easy to make it to scheduled classes etc. She is a superb person full of lots of energy, character, soul, love, knowledge and understanding. She's also a local neighbor impacting the hood in a positive way.

bruce


Local Widwifery Practice

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posted September 12, 2006

Seventh Generation Midwives is a new midwifery practice located at Dufferin and Bloor.

The midwives provide culturally appropriate, holistic care to pregnant women and their families.

The practice is unique in that it provides a culturally based drop-in program every Friday for both non-Aboriginal and Aboriginal people. You do *not* need to be a client to use this service, during which you may have a walk-in visit with one of our midwives.

Drop-in midwives' appointments are available on September 22 from 11-3pm at 1011 Dufferin Street, Suite 203. For more information about the practice, email Melanie Ferris at elevatemelanie@yahoo.com or visit our website at www.sgmt.ca.

Eye Doctor

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posted September 18, 2012

From: Danyelle

I go to Dr. Duc Le at 347 College , near Kensington. I found he was much cheaper than everywhere else and he's very thorough. Highly recommend him!

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posted March 11, 2011

From: DANYELLE BOILY

I recommend Dr. Duc Le at 340 College Street, phone 416 926 3744. Both Michael and I have found him to be knowledgeable and thorough. He's also very reasonably priced.

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posted July 15, 2009

From: Suzanne Young

We have an excellent eye doctor. Dr.Osler on the south side of College West of Ossington 841 College Street Toronto, ON M6H 1A1 - (416) 537-8041


Registered Massage Therapist

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posted September 16, 2011

From: Rick Wallace

I've been going to Kristina Beaubien (kbeau@sympatico.ca) for over 12 years and she is fantastic. She uses an eclectic combination of deep massage, shiatsu, and treigger or when I have preferred, just one style. I know she works on a lot of people who have back and neck problems, accidents, headaches, extremely sore muscles and stress. I know because that has been me at one time or another.

It is also my experience that she has all sorts of different people from the community see her: artists, musicians, professionals, students, younger/older people, and even other massage therapists.

Happily or sadly depending on your point of view, she seems to find those sore areas in my body all too well.

She works out of her home and she is very relaxed, happy and engaging. If only I could afford to go more often.

She charges me a standard $85/hr for a 60-70 minute massage. You can reach her at 416-588-0642 Monday to Friday from about 8:30 a.m to 6 pm or just leave a message anytime (that's what I do anyways)

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posted November 05, 2009

From: Sarah Rubenstein
I second Bernard's comments about Balance Integrated Health. Etai (pronounced EE-tie) is a phenomenal massage therapist there who also integrates cranio-sacral therapy when appropriate.

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posted October 28, 2009

From: Bernard

We've been going to Balance Integrated Healthcare in Liberty Village for years. The clinicians there are fabulous and they have multiple services. We've seen Kam when we're there.

Check them out at: www.balanceih.com

posted October 23, 2009

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From: Genevieve Trickey

I second Lora's excellence!

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posted October 20, 2009

From: Angela Shillolo

Lynne Catt - CattNapp Massagge - 647-406-2341.

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posted October 20, 2009

From: Regina Soares

Prive spa @ 1069 college st. and dufferin offers rmt massages. 7 days a week. Choice of male or female therapists.

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posted October 20, 2009

From: Simon Evans

Omiliano.

He is in the nieghbourhood and really did a great job on helping me with a back problem Great guy, recommend him highly 416-536-1392

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posted October 20, 2009

From: Liz Bohnen

Lora who works out of Tula West, Bloor near Ossington, is wonderful. http://tulahotyoga.com/tulawest/

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posted October 20, 2009

From: Lisa Ross ditto re: Omiliano!


Veterinarian

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posted April 20, 2010

From:Deacon, Elizabeth

My sisters and I have been going to" Bathurst Dupont " Vet now for years and years. one of the vets and his wife (also a vet there) even went so far as to take my sisters very ill cat home with them for a weekend in order to nurse him back to health...he survived when another vet said he has only days left.

 

From: Marcia Cunningham

Bloorcourt vet clinic between gladstone and havelock on Bloor. Really great. Good luck, Marcia

 

From: Brenda Kamino

Jack Gewater at Bloorcourt Vet Clinic (Bloor and Dovercourtish)

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posted October 06, 2009

 

From: Jenn Cull

I agree with both of those, I've been to both first Queen and then I moved and went to bloor court and they are Amazing! very nice people to both pet and owner.

 

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posted September 30, 2009

From: Marcia

Bloorcourt vet on bloor and gladstone. I also recommend Dealing w Dogs for training classes. You can find them on the internet. They do classes uptown, which is a good opportunity to take your pup on the subway regularly! Have fun!

From: Jennifer Stein

I have always had very good experiences at Bloorcourt Veterinary at 1079 Bloor West. (south side, 1 1/2 blocks east of Dufferin) Their number is: 416-537-9677.

I also have friends who really like Queen West Animal Hospital: http://www.queenwestvets.com

Congratulations on the new puppy!

From: Safara

Dr Jack @ Bloorcourt is great

From: Jane Brooks

anyone at Bloorcourt. They have looked after our dogs carefully and well for many years.

1079 Bloor Street West
Toronto Ontario M6H1M5
work (416) 537-9677

Dawn usually works the phone and looks after getting you in to see the vet.

From: Brenda Kamino

the best it Bloorcourt Veterinary Clinic 537-9677 on Bloor by Bartlett. I've taken all my pets there for the past 20 years.

Chiropractor

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posted February 17, 2012

From: Kate Acs

Dr Baruch at 528 college and Euclid is excellent. His number is 416 413 7053. He has treated my herniated discs, my mothers knee and back problems and my daughters neck pain from gymnastics. He has a very practical and warm bedside manner. I trust him to always be upfront about what he thinks the issues are and what the treatment needs to be and how long it takes. I have been going to him for 7 years and he has consistently been wonderful.

From: Marijke

My son and I see a husband and wife team at Life in Motion Chiropractic. They specialize in pediatric and pregnancy care. They have kids of their own and are really lovely people. The type of chiropractic is very gentle and we've had good results from it.

703 Bloor Street W. (near Christie) 416-901-6033

From: arlene macdonald

I've had Dr. Allan Bortnick for years. He does very gentle manipulation over 'bone crunching' and is also a Naturopath, so open to the ongoing health care team efforts

He's on Eg @ Old Park Rd near the Allen but I've always found him well worth the trip!

1126 Eglinton Ave W 416.782.2113


Physiotherapist

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From: Reema tarzi

Steven Chin at Rosedale Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Centre is fabulous. He's very caring and is great at finding the exact nature of the problem and explaining it. He uses a variety of treatment methods including acupuncture. Located across the street from Sherbourne Subway:

421 Bloor St E, Toronto, ON M4W 3T1
(416) 929-1995

From: Leah Scherk

Annex Physiotherapy is great. Michelle is both a Physiotherapist and an Osteopath, she helped me when two other physiotherapy clinics had failed to. Here's the contact info:

Annex Physiotherapy
27 Walmer Rd Toronto,
(416) 908-6143


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