Our Senior Clinical Team
Ellie Borden, BA, RP, CPP – CEO, Clinical Director, Clinical Supervisor/Supervising Psychotherapist (CRPO)
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. Roman Elinson, MD, CCFP, FCFP
Dr. Elinson has broad experience across a wide spectrum of primary care including Emergency medicine (Rural and Urban), Family medicine (Rural and Urban) and Travel Medicine (ISTM Certified). He currently practices
Interventional Pain Management at the Painless Medicine and Therapeutics Clinic, the Cloudcare Clinic, and Mind By Design™.
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
Monica Jaramillo is the Clinical Manager of Mind By Design™ in charge of systems management, project coordination and assistance in business development, who ensures operations run smoothly. She is very meticulous, persistent and quick to establish rapport with people.
Monica is originally from Colombia, she is a versatile professional with a BA in Psychology and a background in Education. She has experience working in different industries and has been especially involved in projects directed to children and vulnerable communities.
Monica is passionate about continuous learning, foreign languages, different cultures and art in its different forms. She enjoys music, good movies, doing Zumba and taking walks and bike rides with her husband of 15 years and their affectionate and smart dog Canela (Cinnamon in Spanish) who actually looks more like a brown bear.
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.
Sarah McIsaac is an Office Clerk who assists in the day to day operations of Mind By Design™ through providing her experienced Administrative support. Sarah’s flexibility and constant desire to learn can be seen through her diverse previous experiences in the fields of Administration, Events Planning, Technical service, as well as Insurance Underwriting.
Sarah holds a degree in Cultural Studies from Trent University, where she was able to study culture through both theory and practice. With this degree, she gained the theoretical and practical tools to critique and create culture. As well as focussing on the subtle ways that culture quietly and continually shapes society and people.
In her personal life, Sarah has her hands full with her troublemaking feline son Odysseus, who likes to spend his time walking on still drying paintings, knocking books off of the shelf, and causing general chaos - as cats do best.
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.
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.