Oceanview Paediatrics opened in May 2011, providing paediatric consultation care to the youth of Nanaimo. Now, on our 10 year anniversary, we are excited to be going through a transformation, with Dr. Michelle Francis taking over the practice to focus on neurodevelopmental paediatric care. She is also in the planning stages for a multidisciplinary complex ADHD clinic in order to provide wrap-around care to this underserviced population and their families.
Meet The Team
Dr. Michelle C Francis, MSc, FRCP(C)
Dr. Francis is a Royal College Certified Paediatrician who provides consultation and ongoing care for children and youth with neurodevelopmental conditions including ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, FASD, Intellectual and Learning Disorders, Tic and Tourette Disorders, and Developmental Coordination Disorder.
She is also the Consultant Paediatrician on the Nanaimo Vancouver Island Child Assessment Network (VICAN) team and a Qualified Specialist for diagnosing Autism Spectrum Disorder in British Columbia.
Sandy has 16 years of Medical Office Assistant experience, with 9 of them in Paediatrics.
She has lived in Nanaimo most of her life and has two grown daughters. She welcomed her first grandson in 2020.
In her free time, Sandy enjoys spending time with family and friends and playing pickle ball.
Elizabeth is a clinical counsellor and psychometrist who works with children, youth, and families. She holds a master’s degree in Counselling Psychology and is close to completing a master’s degree in Special Education. Elizabeth is a member of The Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPC) and the BC Association for Behaviour Analysis (BC-ABA).
When not engaged in her private practice, Elizabeth works at the Nanaimo Child Development Centre as a Department Leader for the Vancouver Island Children’s Assessment Network (VICAN) where she case manages and coordinates Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Complex Child and Youth assessments.
Elizabeth believes it is important to engage with children at a pace that feels comfortable to them and in an environment that is emotionally and physically safe. She engages proactively in the support of caregivers to avoid exhaustion and burnout, and reactively when crises emerge.
Elizabeth’s professional practice is greatly informed by her personal experiences as a parent raising children with complex needs.
Areas of specialization include:
Supporting healthy family functioning
Supporting children, youth, and families living with disabilities
Supporting children and caregivers with anxiety
Challenges associated with grief and loss
Supporting families with adoption
Managing screen addiction
Behaviour analysis and intervention
Supporting children and youth with Autism and mental health challenges
Supporting youth transitioning to adulthood
You do not need a referral. Call Sandy at 250-591-1906 to book an appointment.