Our Senior Clinical Team
CEO, Clinical Director, Clinical Supervisor/Supervising Psychotherapist (CRPO)
Ellie Borden, BA, RP, CPP
Ellie oversees the Mind By Design® administration staff, Therapists, and supporting interns. She is a Clinical Supervisor recognized by the CRPO and her mastery of relationship dynamics and results with couples has been labelled a 'gift.’ Her method of empowering executives and sales professionals to gain a significant advantage over competition has named her the ‘secret weapon’ of many top execs from many industries. She is an Author, Registered Psychotherapist, CEO, Speaker, and Certified Life and Business Coach with extensive experience in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, and Peak Performance Coaching. Those who know her best would highlight her no-nonsense approach and unique ability to motivate people into effortless change, transforming lives and professional performance.
Her 3-part motto: 1. #DeliverResults 2. #LiveLimitless 3. #BeUnstoppable.
Supervising Psychologist & Psychopharmacologist (Non-Prescribing)
Dr. Bita Sharifzadeh, Ph.D.,MSCP
Dr. Bita has an eclectic approach to therapy, integrating Schema-focused CBT, mindfulness, and sensorimotor psychotherapy to meet a client’s individual needs. She
emphasizes the importance of balance between the 4 elements of mind, body, emotions, and spirituality in each person’s well-being. She utilizes scientifically approved methods to help you gain increased awareness of your thought patterns, feelings, and coping skills, while ensuring a non-judgmental and supportive therapeutic relationship.
Pain Doctor, Anesthesiologist
Dr. Israel Dov Weiss MDCM, FRCPC
Dr. Dov Weiss completed his Medical School training in 2003 at the world-renowned McGill University, after which he was accepted into the Anesthesiology program at the University of Toronto. Having successfully completed his specialist training in 2008, he was awarded with an FRCPSC enabling him to provide peri-operative care at several different hospitals in the Greater Toronto Area as well as Northern Ontario. Dr. Weiss continues to perform as a firm advocate for improving patient safety and quality of care, having participated in numerous committees and initiatives. The discipline of Anesthesiology emphasizes training that prioritizes safety and pain control. These principles have enabled Dr. Weiss to approach chronic pain medicine with a perspective that empowers patients to aggressively pursue multi-modal therapies, in attempting to assert ownership of their disease. Applying anesthesia principles of care to patients with
chronic pain, Dr. Weiss follows a philosophy of care emphasizing the unique pain experience of every individual patient. Recognizing that a “one size fits all” approach is unsuitable for complex chronic pain syndromes, Dr. Weiss emphasizes the importance of
treating the individual as a whole, to obtain optimal results.
Dr. Grigory Karmy M.D., D.C.A.P.M.
Licensed by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO), Recognized Specialist in Chronic Pain Management. Dr. Karmy is a Diplomate of Canadian Academy of Pain Management and Member of Canadian Association of Orthopaedic Medicine. He is the Medical Director of the Karmy Chronic Pain Clinics in Brampton and North York. Dr. Karmy has been providing interventional pain treatments and independent chronic pain assessments for chronic pain patients for over 20 years.
Our Empathetic and Compassionate Clinicians
Our team consists of Psychologist, Psychotherapists, Social Workers, and Nurses across Ontario, BC, Alberta, and Halifax.
All clients/patients are assigned to our Clinicians by our Clinical Director based on client preference, availability, location, and case -- assuring that every individual is given the attention and time for the best match and results.
Our Friendly and Caring Administration Team
Margaret Zararis is the Accounts Administrator of Mind By Design®, responsible for reviewing and reconciling accounts, processing payments and maintaining updated records of invoices and receipts. Margaret also is responsible for identifying and addressing discrepancies of accounts; generates reports on the status of accounts payable and receivable.
In her 20’s, Margaret acquired Chartered General Accountant degree (CGA), and while working, she also acquired two certifications: Chartered Management Accounting certification (CMA); and Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance (ACAF). Margaret’s thirst for knowledge brought her to continue her studies at Concordia University acquiring two Bachelor degrees; Specialization Psychology, BA, and Child Studies, BA.
Margaret has been working with the Mind By Design®’s Clinical Director, Ellie Borden, since late 2000. For 22 years, she has managed all aspects of the accounting department of several successful companies that Ellie Borden has developed and sold, having the title of CFO in many.
Margaret has many interests, but most of all is an avid animal lover. She has never been without an animal in her life since she was 7-years-old. She currently has two cats that also like adventure. So much so that one decided to take flight off the 4th floor balcony and thankfully survived the jump with only a scratch on his lips. Margaret also has set up a bird house, with bird feeder and birdbath in one of her balconies, and frequently enjoys going to Walmart's parking lot to feed the seagulls. She has been kissed by a killer whale on her honeymoon and urinated on by a chimpanzee while holding her in her arms.
Maria Puentes is the Mind By Design® Intake Coordinator, responsible for managing the primary communications received from clients, insurance adjusters, and referrers.
Maria Puentes has over 7 years of experience in Customer Service. She has used her skills to excel both in Colombia and Canada, while also continuing to grow within different industries. She has an aptitude to manage important and confidential information and a great eye for detail. She prides herself in being a self-motivated learner who has an inherent ability to build effective professional relationships.
Maria is a Communication Studies Major from York University. In her spare time, she likes to spend time with her pet children, Alfie the Poodle and Rhea the Cat, who also love to keep her company in her weekly Google meetings with the team.
Project Manager, Marketing Associate & Executive Assistant
Yenily Almeida is a Project Manager, Marketing Associate, and Executive Assistant at Mind By Design®, with her focus on the CEO's projects and brands, business development, administration, and digital marketing.
Yenily studied Social Communication in Venezuela and has been working in the area of marketing and communications for 10 years. One of her hobbies is cooking and making desserts. The attention to detail when she’s making a recipe relaxes her. She doesn't have the biggest sweet tooth, so she leaves the result with her family after a small taste. Yenily's goal is to do an MBA that will allow her to develop her knowledge of business management. She very much enjoys teaching Marketing and Communications, and one of her aspirations is to return to academia as a teacher.
Ronairee Flores assists in the daily operations of Mind By Design® in her role as Office Clerk. She supports all departments with scheduling, insurance document preparation, referral networks, client follow-ups, intake calls and more.
She is a Statistics student from Venezuela who loves business, and has been pursuing certifications related to project management and digital marketing in the past few years. Ronairee loves baking and cake decorating.
Since she was a little girl, music has been a part of her life. She loves singing, and in high school she participated in singing competitions in the city.
Tiffany Santos is an Office Clerk who assists in the day to day operations of Mind By Design®, utilizing her skills with screening new clients, managing reports and other administrative duties. She has a BA in Psychology and is a Master's in Counselling Psychology student who is studying to become a Registered Psychotherapist in Ontario.
Tiffany has dedicated time volunteering in her community to promote mental health and self-care, including an award-winning anti-bullying campaign. Her family and friends had inspired her to work in mental health and help others through compassion.
Tiffany enjoys painting, yoga and travelling in her spare time and she has wanted to be a therapist since she was a child after seeing one on her favourite tv shows.
Human Resources Associate
Project Management and Business Development Associate