Our Team

“It takes a whole village to raise a child.”  – African proverb

The main idea behind the saying is that it takes a whole community, and not just two parents, to raise a child. This type of nurturing by the community has tremendous benefits on a child’s wellbeing and development. It also takes some of the pressure off parents, helping them feel less isolated, less stressed and happier overall. Happy parents lead to happy children.

With community having been an integral part of the human experience for centuries and for good reason, we wouldn’t have survived without it. With so many of us living in nuclear families, this concept of the village has been lost on us in the West. We at The Nest recognize this and have brought together an incredibly passionate and dedicated team of experienced practitioners creating a village of care for you and your little ones.

Meet Our Team

Dr. Daniela Arciero BSc., DC
C0-Founder, Chiropractor

Dr. Daniela Arciero attended New York Chiropractic College and Queen’s University. She decided to change her career path and became a chiropractor after her experience with chiropractic care following an injury while playing rugby at Queen’s.

Her focus on women and children began years before chiropractic school. That seed was planted after spending four months volunteering at the Georgetown Public Hospital in Guyana, South America helping to deliver babies while an undergraduate student at Queen’s. Her practice focuses on prenatal care, postnatal care and recovery as well as chiropractic care for infants and children.

She is thrilled to be bringing multiple services dedicated to motherhood and children to her home community of Vaughan after having done so for several years in Toronto. During both of her pregnancies, she drove all over Vaughan for the services that are now offered at The Nest Health. She vowed then, to bring these services under one roof to make the process easier for women.

Her husband describes her as a conference and seminar junkie, always wanting to up-level her knowledge and skills. She has completed the ICPA post-graduate pediatric program as well as many other courses focused on women’s health, pregnant bellies and pediatrics. Dr. Daniela utilizes multiple techniques including Diversified, Thompson Drop, Activator, Logan and Torque Release Techniques. She is also certified in the Webster technique (for pregnant women).

When not working on her passion project (empowering women at The Nest), she spends her time with her husband & their two young children, Sophia & Michael – always planning their next adventure – skiing, on a beach or digging for dinosaur fossils.

Dr. Kinga Babicki-Farrugia Hon.BSc., ND
C0-Founder, Naturopathic Doctor

Dr. Kinga fundamentally believes that we, as women can change the health of the world. She believes this ambitious goal can be achieved if woman are empowered and encouraged to take charge of the their health.  This is why she has made it her mission to educate, support and inspire women to achieve optimal health-because when we as women are our healthiest selves, we create healthier families, instill healthier values to our children, and help build healthier societies both now and for future generations to come.

Dr. Kinga’s practice is focused exclusively on women’s health and pediatrics. As a woman who struggled herself with postpartum depression and anxiety she understands the challenges today’s mothers face, many  are lacking the ever important support network that is so critical throughout this important time in life. Her immense passion for supporting women through all stages of motherhood has turned into a mission and has led to the co-creation of The Nest Health, a healthcare and support village designed to support woman through all stages of motherhood and beyond.

She understands the struggle that many women face in making time to take care of themselves, but has learned first hand that this isn’t an option, this is a necessity for every mother.  You simply cannot take care of someone else, if you don’t take care of yourself!

When she’s not working to empower moms and their little ones, she spends her time with her own little family.  She herself is a mom to two sweet, kindhearted and lively boys and a wife to an incredibly supportive husband.  Becoming a mother has been a humbling experience for her and has taught her, and continues to teach her, so much about herself and the world she want to leave for future generations.

She looks forward to meeting you and supporting you throughout your motherhood journey.

Aparna Brahma MSc. PT
Pelvic Health & Orthopedic Physiotherapist

Aparna Brahma has a combined 15 years of international education and clinical experience in physiotherapy. She is a Registered Pelvic Health physiotherapist through College of Physiotherapists of Ontario and a certified acupuncture provider. She is a dedicated member of Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) and member of the Orthopedics and Women’s Health divisions through the CPA.

Aparna completed her initial degree in Physiotherapy from India in 2004. In order to have an enhanced understanding of age related changes on the musculo-skeletal system of human body, she flew across the Atlantic to pursue post graduate education at the University of Western Ontario in 2005 in London, ON. Her research involved studying age related changes with exercise in residents of Long Term Care Facilities. After graduating with a MSc PT in 2007, Aparna entered the Canadian private health care system with a focus in Orthopedics.

In the last 2 years Aparna has channeled her focus in the very specific stream of Women’s health. Her interest stemmed from the pelvic health care she received after her first baby. She remains a strong advocate of healthcare for moms globally. Her passion lies in working with mom-to-be, new mom and forever mom. Aparna believes that health benefits start with awareness of your own body no matter when the starting point is. She remains up-to-date on the current science surrounding pre- and post-natal care and would like to work towards optimal recovery for all mothers.

When Aparna is not working with moms, she spends her time being a mom herself, to two wonderful and hilarious kids. She is amazed at how much you can learn from these tiny humans and enjoys every bit of it each day. Her roles as a Pelvic Health physiotherapist and that of a mother both emphasize “Healthy Mom is a Happy Mom”.

Sarah Carvajal, RN.
Registered Nurse, Lactation Counsellor

Sarah is a Registered Nurse and Private Practice Owner of The Mama Coach in the Vaughan, Richmond Hill and Markham area.

She has expertise in Pediatric Nursing as a former Sick Kids Nurse, and is currently a Public Health Nurse with specialty in Prenatal/Maternal/Newborn care.

She is a prenatal educator, lactation counsellor, infant/child sleep coach, wife and mama to one. All of her services are based on science, empathy and support. She is passionate about making motherhood easier.

Ashley Cullum
Birth & Postpartum Doula

I’m Ashley Cullum the owner and founder of Baby of Mine Doula and Wellness Services! I have been passionate about the birth process, since being pregnant with my first child, 17 years ago. I was completely terrified of being pregnant and thinking of birthing, then being responsible to parent, a human! I was able to find a wonderful set of Doula’s who helped me navigate whatever I was desiring as my birthing experience and having a good base of knowledge for newborn care. They helped me overcome my fears of breastfeeding (and almost giving up) Being a teenage mom I was able to take the knowledge and experience they gave me to become the mother I am today. I went on the have three more births (one of which was to complete a beautiful family) It is a lifetime worth of passionate and personal knowledge and experience that I bring into every setting.

I am excited to take this journey with you.

Anna Caputo
Postpartum Doula

As long as Anna remembers, she has always had a desire to become a mother.  Her passion for motherhood began with helping family and friends adjust to life with a baby for the sheer pleasure of helping and seeing them thrive.  It has always brought her joy knowing she was able to help others.

With having 3 children of her own, Anna understands first hand the many blessings that motherhood brings, but also knows the overwhelm. After the birth of her 3rd child Anna decided it was time to turn her passion into more and became a DONA certified postpartum doula.

Anna comes with years of experience in helping families thrive postpartum.  She knows how to ensure you are set up for success and get the help you need.  She looks forward to meeting you and helping you thrive in your postpartum journey!

Sajida Habib

Registered Massage Therapist

Sajida is passionate about encouraging her clients to take a holistic approach for self care.  She provides prenatal, postpartum and pediatric massage, Swedish massage, trigger point therapy,  Ayurvedic massage, Kineseo Taping, cellular memory release, visceral therapy , intra oral massage for TMJ, headaches and concussion care.  She incorporates craniosacral therapy into her treatments and uses a number of different modalities while treating her clients.  She looks forward to meeting and supporting you along your motherhood journey!

Melissa Picinic

Manual Therapist (RMT candidate)

Melissa is a recent grad from the Massage Therapy program.  Due to COVID – the CMTO is on a small hold with providing results for the OSCE (this is the last step for students to get fully registered).  She is not considered an RMT yet, however has the diploma and all the training.  Melissa is currently providing Manual Therapy & Therapeutic Touch at The Nest Health.

Melissa has a passion for supporting women especially throughout the motherhood journey.  She had the privilege of treating many pregnant mamas and their babies  in her practical placement.  She loves being able to reduce pregnancy aches and pains so that women can be more comfortable and better enjoy their pregnancy.  She enjoys educating and empowering patients on how to improve their quality of life and  to get their body back to a balanced state.⁣

When she’s not seeing clients Melissa enjoys slipping on a pair of runners and going for walk, being under the stars camping, and staying up late and catching up on her favoruite shows.  Melissa loves learning and looks forward to adding modalities & certifications to improve her skills in order to better help clients achieve their health goals.  She looks forward to meeting you and supporting you along your motherhood journey!

Tahira Mohammed
Certified HypnoBirthing Childbirth Educator

Tahira is dedicated to encouraging and empowering women and their partners through the life-transforming stages of becoming a parent. Her desire is to help parents have a positive birth experience and optimal beginning for their baby, and to shift into their new roles with as much ease and joy as possible.

Tahira takes a holistic approach, and draws on 25 years of study and experience in mindful practice, meditation, ayurveda, breathing and yoga, and whole food nutrition. She is committed to continual learning for the sake of growth and well-being, sharing, and prevention of unnecessary dis-ease.

All other female mammals birth in relative ease, as do women in many other cultures. It’s Tahira’s intention to help women reconnect with their innate birthing wisdom.

Elisa Ruffolo
Certified First Aid, CPR and AED Instructor/Examiner

Elisa received both an Honours Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree, in Kinesiology and Health Science, from York University.  While completing her formal studies, she also completed a Certificate in Fitness Assessment and Exercise Counselling, and is a Certified Exercise Physiologist through the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology.

Elisa has vast work experience in fitness, health, dance and education. She has worked as a Kinesiologist in a physical rehabilitation setting and also designed and led exercise programs for cardiac rehabilitation patients.  Elisa holds First Aid, CPR and AED Instructor/Examiner certificates through the Lifesaving Society.

In 2002, Elisa, along with her husband Anthony, founded First Breath, a company that provides quality first aid, CPR/AED, water safety and emergency response training to individuals and businesses throughout Southern Ontario.  She focuses on empowering people by providing the necessary tools and knowledge to help prepare them for an emergency. With her uniquely practical and straightforward approach, participants can feel confident in their abilities to help someone in need.

Nikole Vali

Birth & Postpartum Doula

Nikole spent her childhood in Zimbabwe and then moved to the UK when she was 21.  Her journey to becoming a doula began after visiting Canada for the birth of her second nephew.  Nikole did not expect to be present at the birth and to her surprise, her brother and sister-in-law invited her into the birthing room. Nikole was there from the beginning to the end and from that day the experience made her realize that doula work was her true calling.  Soon after Nikole moved to Canada and began her journey.

Nikole is formally trained as a Birth & Postpartum Doula with Doula Training Canada.   She deepened her doula practice as a volunteer birth doula in Tanzania, Africa in 2019.  Her compassion & empathy towards clients comes from a deep respect of the incredibly strong & empowering women she has worked with.

Nikole fundamentally believes that every woman has the right to a healthy, supportive, and positive birth experience no matter what the circumstances.  She is committed to helping birthing women and couples feel empowered and supported throughout their journey.  She looks forward to meeting you!