NEURODEVELOPMENTAL PAEDIATRIC CONSULTATION & CARE
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 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)
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
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: Elizabeth.Martin.Counselling@gmail.com
Robyn Mor-Bagshaw, MEd (Counselling Psychology), BEd (Learning Assistance)
Robyn is a teacher specialising in working with children and youth with learning idfferences. She has taught in the public school system and as a remedial teacher for over 20 years. Her focus is on helping students fill the gaps of their literacy development (reading, writing, mathematics) through remedial learning activities and other missing links such as physical, sensory, and cognitive skills for the whole brain development.
By addressing these underlying skills, in combination with remedial educational therapy, sessions focus on retraining the brain to allow learning to be more effective and longer lasting. Activities in sessions are always geared towards increasing self-esteem and making learning fun.
For further information and to book an assessment or remedial education therapy session go to: www.smartmoveslearning.com.