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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.


Sandra Taylor

Sandy has 18 years of Medical Office Assistant experience, with 11 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 Martin, MA (Counselling Psychology)

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Elizabeth is a Canadian 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).

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 previous work as the Case Manager for the Vancouver Island Child Assessment Network's Nanaimo regional centre at the Child Development Centre, as well as 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

  • Sibling rivalry

  • 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. For further information, you can email Elizabeth at:

Salish Sea Behaviour Consulting

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Salish Sea Behaviour Consulting specialises in developing home-based supports to teach a variety of academic and life skills in a fun and engaging way. They are also trained to deliver Interview-Informed Synthesized Contingency Analysis. IISCA is an empirically validated approach to supporting individuals who require an intensive level of behaviour support due to high and dangerous levels of self-injurious behaviours, aggression or stereotypy that occurs at such a level as to impede access to community supports. 

For less intense yet still impactful challenging behaviours the clinicians at Salish Sea Behaviour Consulting can develop comprehensive positive behaviour support plans to successfully reduce a variety of problem behaviours across settings. Salish Sea Behaviour Consulting's philosophy takes a person-centred approach to ensure that behaviour change is both meaningful and lasting,

Salish Sea Behavioural Consulting also runs small group programs so that children and youth with a variety of needs can practice their friendship skills, while working on their academic and motor goals through experiential learning. The Friendship Groups run in 3-4 month blocks. Families do not need to be current clients of Salish Sea Behaviour Consulting to enrol and the child doesn't have to be diagnosed with Autism or any other conditions. 

An intake process will be conducted to ensure that there is a good fit within the groups. Contact Ashley at Be sure to include your contact information and any relevant information about the person you are looking to enrol and Jemana Elsharkawi, Clinical Director, will set up an intake call.

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