Our Students

TMC is a practice which supports students from the Midwifery Education Program and the International Midwifery Pre-Registration Program (IMPP).  Our students come from McMaster University, Ryerson University, Laurentian University.

Depending on their level of study they may be with us for 1 month to 1 year. Our midwifery students are assigned to one midwife or a grouping of midwives and their clients. They learn their midwifery clinical skills by attending Michael Garron Hospital rounds, clinic, births and postpartum visits. These are our current students!

Katelyn Blascik

My name is Katelyn Blascik and I’m currently in my final year of the Midwifery Education Program at Ryerson University. This is my last clinical placement at The Midwives’ Clinic of East York Don Mills from May 2017 to April 2018. I will be working with Esther Willms. Most recently, I’ve been in clinical placement both in New Hazelton, BC and Parry Sound, ON practicing midwifery care in remote, northern communities. Having previously completed my junior midwifery placement in downtown Toronto.

Throughout my studies I’ve worked as a researcher, writer and tutor with the Faculty of Community Services at Ryerson University. I hold a previous degree from the University of Toronto. And have a background in community health working as an educator with organizations such as Planned Parenthood and the June Callwood Centre for pregnant teens. I am excited to be at The Midwives’ Clinic of East York Don Mills for my senior year. And grateful to be involved in your pregnancy, birth and postpartum care. 

Thank you for welcoming me into your family!

Melissa Chan

I believe that helping to nurture babies and families will build healthy communities and that this is where it all begins. I was born and raised in the GTA of Toronto. In 2014 I was in British Columbia taking a course in obstetrics taught by Naturopathic Midwives when I realized midwifery was where I was meant to be.

I received an double Honours Bachelor of Arts in Developmental Psychology and Health Studies at McMaster University (Hamilton, ON). I worked for several years in the pharmaceutical industry both in research and contract manufacturing before returning back to school to receive a Doctor of Naturopathy degree at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (Toronto, ON). I have practised as a Naturopathic Doctor since 2012. I have worked in rural and international settings, from India to Yellowknife to Arizona, learning about the many ways to approach and understand health. I became a birth doula in 2011 and am currently a second year student in the Ryerson Midwifery Program.
I look forward to meeting you and to being a part of your care team. I will be working with Stella Capisciolto.

Shannon Jones

My name is Shannon Jones and I am a student in the Midwifery Education Program at Ryerson University. I am very excited to be spending my senior year learning from the clients and midwives of The Midwives’ Clinic of East York-Don Mills from May 2017 to April 2018.

I was born and raised in Clarksburg, Ontario (near Collingwood) and completed a degree in Outdoor Adventure Leadership at Laurentian University in 1998. I spent 15 years on the West Coast where my enthusiasm for midwifery was ignited with the birth of my 2 sons in 2001 and 2002. When my kids were small, I did volunteer doula and breastfeeding support work with the Military Family Resource Centre and Best Babies Prenatal Program in BC. We returned to Ontario in 2011 to be closer to family and with that support close by, I was thrilled to begin the Midwifery Education Program in 2012.

I continue to pursue outdoor activities year-round with my friends and family and we can be found hiking, camping, kayaking and snowshoeing whenever we get the chance. I also love to garden and have a special interest in nutrition and herbal medicine – I look for any opportunity to learn more! When I have a (rare) quiet moment to myself I can be found knitting or reading.

I am so looking forward to getting to know the generous clients and their families I will have the opportunity to support and learn from during my time here. Growing a family is such an important time and it is a great privilege for me to be a part of the journey. I will be working with Jennifer Gardiner.