“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 (The Pre & Postnatal ND)
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”.
Laura D’Uva BPhEd, RMT – Registered Massage Therapist
Laura graduated from The University of Toronto with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical and Health Education. Further to her practice in Kinesiology, she pursued a career in Massage Therapy, graduating from Sutherland Chan School of Massage Therapy. Laura treats patients of all ages, from infants to seniors. She practices deep tissue and relaxation massage, as well as myofascial release and a variety of other techniques.
Laura has a keen interest in women’s health issues and has taken additional courses in pre- and post-natal massage as well as labour support. She is also a certified infant massage instructor.
She is committed to continuously learning new techniques and regularly attends seminars and courses to stay current and up to date with the latest research, enabling her to offer different techniques and treatments. Laura is excited to be working at The Nest and looks forward to supporting women throughout their motherhood journey.
Valerie Groysman MSW, RSW, Therapist & Founder of Talkin Sleep
In addition to her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Valerie obtained her Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Toronto where she specialized in children and their families. She completed her MSW practicum at the SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health (formerly the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre) where she trained as a child and family therapist focused on children 0 – 6 years old and their parents.
Valerie has completed numerous training and certificates on topics such as infant and child mental health, parenting, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Attachment Focused Therapies to name a few. She has extensive experience supporting parent-child relationships, children’s social, emotional and behavioral health as well as treating anxiety symptoms in children and adults. She is Certified in the Baby – Led Sleep approach designed to get sleep without sleep training or crying it out.
Valerie combines the Baby-Led Sleep Approach with her qualifications to help families get sleep without resorting to any methods that don’t feel good to you; instead, she will work with families either directly, or through an approved team member, to develop strategies and solutions that make sense to you, in the context of your family life. What’s important to you is her top priority. Your journey to a rested night’s sleep will be free of guilt, shame and regret. She will meet your and your baby’s needs, every step of the way.
Bahareh Hosseini MSMEng, RAc – Registered Acupuncturist, Shiatsu Therapist
Bahareh Hosseini is a Registered Acupuncturist ( R.Ac) and Shiatsu Therapist with over a decade of experience is the Holistic Healthcare field. After years of experience in the corporate world as an engineer, Bahareh decided to follow her passion of pursuing learning and sharing holistic methods of healing. Her background also includes teaching Yoga and Ayurveda.
Bahareh is passionate about supporting women through major transitions in life: Menarche, Fertility, Pregnancy, and Menopause . She has been able to help many women conceive naturally as well as alongside assisted reproductive technologies such as IVF, in addition to providing pre/post natal care with Acupuncture.
She successfully treats children through various non-needle teachniques. Managing various health issues with acupressure, various acupressure tools as well as with magnets instead of needles.
As a faculty member at OCTCM ( Ontario College of Traditional Chinese Medicine) in Toronto, Bahareh enjoys teaching and mentoring students as well as new practitioners. She regularly offers corporate trainings, lunch-n-learns and employee wellness programs in the GTA as well as workshops on various health topics.
Able to bridge the gap between scientific and energetic explanations of the healing capacity of the body, Bahareh is known for simplifying and demystifying wellbeing to understandable and digestible bites for variety of audiences. As an avid learner she continues her education in Traditional Chinese Medicine towards the R.TCMP designation as well as continuing her studies through continuing education courses with a primary focus on women’s health.
Elsia La Caria, M.S.W., R.S.W – Clinical Social Work/Therapist
The transition into parenthood can be chaotic and overwhelming. Being a new parent naturally comes with its own challenges and postnatal anxiety and depression can exacerbate these difficulties. I am a Registered Social Worker/Psychotherapist with close to 20 years’ experience working with adults, children and adolescents. I have a special interest in supporting women from preconception to postpartum and beyond, and I have advanced training through Postpartum Support International.
As a mother of a spirited toddler I know how challenging it can be to find tranquility and balance. When my daughter was born, I struggled with issues many new parents face, including sleep deprivation and the sudden shift of identity. Issues with breast-feeding and fussiness/colic exacerbated this stress. Unfortunately, these difficulties aren’t normalized and spoken about enough. This inspired me to focus on prenatal and postpartum mental health so that I could better assist parents facing these very challenges. Since then, I have supported many new moms with the many transitions of parenthood, and I enjoy helping women to discover the resources they already possess.
Using a client-centered approach, I help my clients to draw on strengths, enlist emotional/social support, and improve symptoms of stress/anxiety and depression. I draw upon various evidence-based therapies to help clients feel better, including trauma-informed therapies, cognitive-behavioral therapy and mindfulness. My style is warm and informal, and I provide realistic tools that inspire growth and change. While my therapeutic approach is integrative, I am primarily influenced by attachment and trauma-focused therapies and the mind-body connection. Regardless of the modality used, I believe that all therapy should be rooted in a strong client-therapist relationship that is characterized by warmth, acceptance and trust.
Taking the first step can be difficult and that is why I offer a free, 15-minute telephone consultation during which we can discuss your needs and explore how my approach can be helpful to you.
I look forward to working with you.
Dr. Erica Nikiforuk H.BSc., ND, RAc – Naturopathic Doctor, Registered Acupuncturist
Dr. Erica Nikiforuk is a Registered Acupuncturist and licensed Naturopathic Doctor committed to exceptional patient care. Her areas of clinical focus include endocrine concerns (menstrual concerns, PCOS, thyroid, weight management), fertility, pregnancy and pediatric health.
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.
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.