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Therapies & Healing

A division of HG Clinics


Welcome to the Institute for Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies & Healing (IPATH), where we are dedicated to pioneering new frontiers in mental health care through the delivery of evidence-driven psychedelic-assisted therapies in a tranquil, safe and medically-supervised setting.

Located within the Kennedy Medical Centre, a 20,000 sq. ft. integrated health and wellness facility, IPATH prioritizes safety, confidentiality, and a holistic approach to care. Our state-of-the-art facility provides a safe and nurturing environment for clients to embark on a journey of self-discovery and healing. Our comprehensive treatment plans combine psychedelic-assisted therapies with evidence-based therapeutic modalities to create a holistic approach that addresses the mind, body, and spirit.


At IPATH, our services help individuals heal from a variety of mental health challenges, including:

  • depression,
  • anxiety,
  • existential distress,
  • PTSD, and more.

Our multidisciplinary team of experienced and compassionate clinicians, therapists, and support staff are deeply passionate about empowering our clients to achieve lasting transformation and improved mental health outcomes.

Our current service offerings include:

  • ketamine-assisted psychotherapy and
  • psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy [through Health Canada’s Special Access Program (SAP)]

Meet the Team: Leaders in Psychedelic- Assisted Therapy

Dr. Sabrina Akhtar, MD MHSc CCFP
Clinical Director, IPATH

Dr. Akhtar is a staff family physician with the Toronto Western Family Health Team and the inaugural Clinical Director at IPATH. She has special interest and training in psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy and ketamine-assisted psychotherapy. She is a Clinician Researcher at UHN, Canada's largest research hospital and Associate Professor in the Department of Family & Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. Akhtar holds a Masters of Health Science in Bioethics with research interests spanning across clinical bioethics, post-graduate education, and faculty development in psychedelic therapeutics.

Dr. Michael Verbora, MD, MBA, CCFP
Chief Medical Officer, IPATH

Dr. Verbora earned an MBA from the Odette School of Business and an M.D. from the Schulich School of Medicine at Western University, before entering Family Practice residency at the University of Toronto. He has a practice designation in pain management and focuses on healing chronic illness with cannabinoid therapy and psychedelic medicine. Previously, he served as medical director for Canabo Medical Corp, which operates >20 medical cannabis clinics across Canada, as well as Chief Medical Officer of Aleafia Health. He is the former medical director of Field Trip Health, where he helped develop a global brand in psychedelic therapy. He has helped train medical staff in all aspects of psychedelic drug delivery & graduated in 2022 with a certificate in psychedelic therapy and research from the California Institute of Integral Studies. He has completed psilocybin sessions for patients with end-of-life distress under Health Canada’s SAP program and conducts palliative house visits. He currently serves as a delegate on the Ontario Medical Association.

Dr. Karen Abrams, MD, FRCPC, DABPN
Psychiatrist, IPATH

Dr. Abrams earned her MD degree from University of Toronto before entering Psychiatry residency also at U of T. She holds a specialist certificate in Psychiatry as granted by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and is a Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.  In addition to Psychiatry training, she completed two years of Fellowship training in Women’s Mental Health from the University of Toronto and then worked at UHN in the Women’s Mental Health Program for 25 years.  She is currently a Consultant Staff Psychiatrist in the Department of Psychiatry at University Health Network, Toronto General Hospital and has a full-time private practice.  She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and continues to teach at U of T and Touchstone Institute.

Dr. Rohit Ramchandani, DrPH MPH
Chief Innovation Officer, Huxley Health/IPATH

Working at the intersections of public, private, non-profit and academic sectors, Dr. Ramchandani’s research and practice have focused on designing, implementing and evaluating interventions aimed at tackling critical global public health challenges, including malaria, tuberculosis, childhood diarrhoea and mental health. Specialized in patient-centred design, facilitating access and scaling health systems innovations, his research has been published in leading journals including the Lancet and the British Medical Journal. He holds faculty positions at the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Waterloo, and is a Fellow at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. Rohit received his Doctorate in Public Health from Johns Hopkins, his MPH from Boston University, and his BSc in Health Studies & Gerontology from the University of Waterloo.

Melanie Dignam MSW RSW
Sr. Psychotherapist, IPATH

Melanie is an integrative psychotherapist who specializes in trauma resolution and healing using evidence informed practices that intend to shift individuals towards an embodied experience of the mind, body, and spirit through therapeutic support and reconnection to Self.

In 2020, she completed her Internal Family Systems (IFS) Comprehensive Training with IFSCA and complete specialized IFS training in the areas of Trauma, C-PTSD, Depression, Suicide, Addiction and Self Leadership. In 2022, she completed her Ketamine Assisted IFS Psychotherapy (KIFS) training with Sapience Therapy and completed her Psilocybin-Assisted Psychotherapy (PAP) training with TheraPsil. In addition to IFS, she has been trained in Poly Vagal Theory, Somatic Experiencing Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Mindfulness Based Therapy. In 2018, she also completed her Level 1 Spring Forest Qi Jong certificate.

She has extensive experience working as a psychedelic-assisted therapist and has also been involved in related clinical trials, including at Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto.  

Kristin Baskin, MSW, RSW
Psychotherapist, IPATH

Kristin Baskin is an integrative Psychotherapist offering individualized support using evidence informed practices.  In 2022, she completed Ketamine-Assisted Internal Family Systems Psychotherapy (KIFS) with Sapience Therapy specializing in the area of Trauma Resolution, PTSD, Depression (TRD) and Self Leadership.  

In 2023 she completed her Foundations of Psychedelic Psychotherapy Practice training at the University Health Network’s Michener Institute. With degrees in Psychology and Social Work from York University, Kristin has been in practice working with people facing challenging life events for 30 years. With particular interest in Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP), she has training across multiple forms of Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy (PAT) including Psilocybin-Assisted Therapy and MDMA-Assisted Therapy.

Nahid Refaee, MSW, RSW
Psychotherapist, IPATH

Nahid is a dedicated psychotherapist with a profound commitment to healing and transformation. She employs Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS) as the cornerstone of her therapeutic approach, offering a holistic perspective to guide individuals through their internal landscapes. This process allows them to safely explore their inner world, connecting with their inner healer to transform past wounds and foster personal growth. With eight years dedicated to delving into personality systems and the human psyche through the IFS lens, Nahid brings extensive training in IFS, IFIO (Intimacy from the Inside Out), polyvagal theory, somatic approaches, and mindfulness practices. Holding a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Yorkville University, Nahid possesses unique expertise in childhood trauma. Her diverse background also encompasses training in psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy, including Ketamine-assisted therapy through the IFS lens, as well as Psilocybin-assisted therapy. Nahid is continually broadening her expertise through continuous training and aids her clients in feeling secure and empowered to navigate past painful experiences, fostering self-leadership and enabling them to live fulfilling lives where they feel valued and a sense of belonging.

Gerardo Quintero, RP
Sr. Psychotherapist, IPATH

Gerardo is a bilingual (English and Spanish) Registered Psychotherapist and clinical supervisor specializing in a range of mental health conditions. He has broad experience with more than 18 years of counselling experience in Canada and 5-years in Mexico. Gerardo holds a master’s degree in psychotherapy, postgraduate certification in gestalt therapy, certificates in emotion focused therapy, sex therapy, play therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, EMDR therapy, brief & narrative therapy, clinical hypnotherapy and natural language processing. He is a long-time yoga and mindfulness practitioner.

Gerardo has completed an OPA accredited clinical training course in ketamine-assisted psychotherapy with Breakthrough Therapy and is also completing the comprehensive Certificate Program in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies & Research from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS).


The Institute for Psychedelic Assisted Therapies & Healing is located within the Kennedy Medical Centre, located at:

4A – 2 Kennedy RD S
Brampton, Ontario
L6W 3E1

(currently accepting patients by appointment only)

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Distress Centre of Toronto:  416-408-4357
Gerstein Crisis Centre:  416-929-5200
Assaulted Women’s Help Line: 416-863-0511
Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/Multicultural Women Against Rape: 416-597-8808
Suicide and Crisis Hotline (Canada Wide): 1-800-448-3000
Mental Health Crisis Line (Canada Wide): 1-888-893-8333