Kyla Fox, MSW, RSW

Founder and Clinical Therapist

Kyla’s story

In my late teens and for years thereafter, I struggled severely with anorexia and an over-exercise addiction. I was in desperate need of medical and therapeutic attention. Due to the lack of immediate and ongoing services available in Toronto for those affected by eating disorders, I could not get the help I needed. I was put on 6-12 month wait lists for treatment and saw countless medical professionals who had very limited eating disorder knowledge and most, I felt, lacked concern for my life-threatening situation. I was told to take medication or I was simply told to “eat”.

Because of my lack of options, I had to learn how to recover on my own – something no one should have to go through. When I was well enough, I enrolled back into University where I was determined to study to become the therapist that I would have always wanted to have had myself.

Over the many years I have been practicing, I’ve dreamt about a way to bridge the gaps in our Toronto system for those affected by eating disorders. The Kyla Fox Centre is the opportunity for people to have clinical therapy and holistic healing right when they need it. It is the opportunity for people to receive treatment from those who deeply understand eating disorders and from those who have immense compassion for those who suffer. It is the opportunity for people to choose the way(s) in which they want to heal so that it meets their personal needs. It is the opportunity to recover. The Kyla Fox Centre is everything that I believe recovery should be about and I hope you will feel the same.

Kyla is a Master’s level clinician with degrees from both the University of Toronto in the Master’s of Social Work program as well as an Honors Bachelor of Arts Degree in Women’s Studies. Kyla is a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers and is registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. She is also a member of the Academy of Eating Disorders and the National Eating Disorders Association.

Before opening the Kyla Fox Centre in February of 2012, Kyla spent almost a decade in private practice along with running groups in the field. She is a public speaker, writer, educator, advocate and media expert for eating disorders. Because of the years of silence in her suffering, Kyla has made it her mission to get loud about changing the way we understand eating disorders in our culture.

  • Dr. Elizabet Orekhova, M.Sc, PsyD

    Clinical Lead Therapist

    How did you get here?

    I initially went to university to study business, but soon enough I discovered that psychology was my calling. While getting my Master’s in Personality and Behaviour I started working with eating disorders at a hospital. That experience made me realize how passionate I was about clinical work. I pursued a Doctorate degree learning about various therapeutic modalities, yet it was through working with hundreds and hundreds of people that I developed the integrative and person-focused approach I use in my practice today.

    Why do you love working at the Centre?

    I love the combination of intense clinical work in conjunction with the vast array of holistic therapies and the committed teamwork that truly supports our clients’ journey to health and wellbeing.

    What is something no one would guess about you?

    I speak Spanish and dance salsa!

  • Alessandra Magisano, RD, MHSc

    Clinical Lead Nutritionist

    How did you get here?

    As a child I was surrounded by cooking, love and my grandmothers in the kitchen, and so sharing the love of food has always been special to me.

    As a Registered Dietitian I take an evidenced based approach as I work with others to heal their relationship with food through a non-dieting approach. I use Intuitive Eating, Mindful Eating, Motivational Interviewing and a Health at Every Size (HAES) style of nutrition counselling in my practice. I hold an undergraduate degree in Nutrition and Food Science and a Master of Health Science in Nutrition Communication from Ryerson University. I completed clinical training and competency through my dietetic internship at the University Health Network Hospitals, in Toronto. I belong to the College of Dietitians of Ontario, a regulatory body of health professionals (allied health) as well as belonging to the professional association of Dietitians of Canada which acts as resource for professional development.

    Why do you love working at the Centre?

    I love working at the Centre because the team is so passionate about helping people and there is a good energy that radiates from all those who work here.

    What is something no one would guess about you?

    When I was seven yrs old I loved the Spice Girls band so much that I started my own and invited the whole neighbourhood to watch the performances!(We toured living rooms everywhere!)

  • Dr. Alexandra Triendl, ND

    Naturopathic Doctor

    How did you get here?

    I believe I’ve always been a Naturopath at heart since a young child. I took a long, winding and adventurous road to get to be a Naturopath. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Art History from Queen’s University and a Doctorate of Naturopathy from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. I am licensed with the College of Naturopaths of Ontario. I am a member of the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors and of the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors. As a Naturopath I ensure physical stabilization through vitamin/mineral therapy, acupuncture, acupressure, botanical medicine and I assist clients to differently connect and understand their bodies.

    Why do you love working at the Centre?

    I love the integrative approach to healing and the opportunity to work with other health professionals to provide the absolute best care for our clients.

    What is something no one would guess about you?

    One of my dreams is to learn to fly an airplane.

  • Krista Starr,

    Embodiment & Reiki Practitioner

    How did you get here?

    The journey was a bit wild and twisting, as most lives are. Rising up out of my own darkness, I found what gave my life the most meaning was being of service, being there for others. I went to University to seek ways to do that, I found yoga, I’ve traveled and journeyed. Here I am, and I want to hear others’ stories.

    Why do you love working at the Centre?

    The clients. They are the reason.
    They are amazing and I am so excited to get to know each one of them.

    What is something no one would guess about you?

    I am a huge sci fi/fantasy nerd and I secretly totally believe in magic.

  • Kira Simon,

    Office Manager

    How did you get here?

    I studied Psychology and Anthropology at The University of Toronto and Human Resources at George Brown College. I began seeing a Naturopathic Doctor 12 years ago and have since developed a real passion for holistic health and wellness.

    Why do you love working at the Centre?

    I love working at The Kyla Fox Centre because it is an environment that nurtures the mind, body and spirit. The healing that takes place here is truly inspiring, and I’m grateful be a part of the team!

    What is something no one would guess about you?

    I love reading interior design books and dreaming up different ways to decorate my home!

  • Hannah Martin,

    Administrative Assistant

    How did you get here?

    I received my Bachelor’s degree in Sociology at the University of Alberta and I am currently working on a certification in Sexual Health and Wellness. When I first heard of the Kyla Fox Centre, I knew the dedication to wellbeing was something I wanted to be close to. I am very excited to be here in Toronto and be on this amazing team!

    Why do you love working at the Centre?

    I love being around our passionate, dedicated practitioners and our incredible clients! I really believe in the multidisciplinary approach the Kyla Fox Centre takes on recovery and wellbeing and I am very grateful to be a part of it.

    What is something no one would guess about you?

    I was born and raised in Denver, Colorado!

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