Understanding your IBS requires looking at it from various perspectives. The Tummy Clinic is a team of professionals from diverse backgrounds that will work with you to consider your IBS from all angles.
We begin the process with our Gastroenterologists, who have shaped your treatment protocols. We bring our team to your virtual table—beginning with one of our Naturopathic Doctors, to our Nurse Practitioner, Dietitian, and Psychotherapist. Our process includes testing, on hand continued support, and stress-related tools to bridge the gap between mind-gut communication.
Our team is your team. We work together to examine all of the pieces of the puzzle and formulate a unique plan that's specific to you, your experience and your ideal solution.
We are on your team. We understand what you're going through. We will be there every step of the way to get you back to being you.
Dr. Tanner is an award-winning Naturopathic Doctor who believes that our gut plays a central role in how well we feel. Being an active mom and marathon runner, it is vital to create a balance that gives us the tools to do what we love. Dr. Tanner has spent over 15 years helping patients like you design their health. She has been invited to speak internationally and has appeared in Today’s Parent, well.ca and Best Health. You are a key player in your protocol and you deserve the kind of medicine that inspires you to perform—when we feel strong, we can change our world.
For almost two decades, Dr. Beaulne has been at the forefront of integrative healthcare. As a patient advocate she has worked tirelessly to separate health-promoting information from a sea of misinformation. Her vision led her to co-found and Host "Town Hall Medicine— The Microbiome Summit". As an experienced clinician treating IBS, Dr. Beaulne understands that achieving optimal health starts with understanding each person’s unique needs. It is only with that knowledge that we can begin developing a personalized plan through individualized medicine, diet and lifestyle intervention.
Having battled chronic illness for almost 20 years, Dr. Hirji knows first hand how important gut health is to overall health. At the Tummy Clinic, she focuses on providing care to patients by taking the time to listen and work with her patients on an individual basis. Evidence-based protocols with the patient as a priority help IBS patients feel better so that they can get back to the business of living.
Dr. Hirji has also done a variety of print and television media including CTV News, Grand River Living, the Global Morning Show and Marilyn Denis.
Dr. Zenlea received her medical degree from the University of Vermont. She completed her residency in internal Medicine at Yale University/Yale-New Haven Hospital, where she served as Chief Resident, followed by 3 years of subspecialty training in gastroenterology at Harvard University/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where she had a clinical focus in inflammatory bowel diseases. Thereafter, she joined the faculty at Brown University as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Alpert Medical School, and acted as the Director of the Inflammatory Bowel Diseases Center at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative.
Dr. Zenlea joined the Division of Gastroenterology at Women's College Hospital in 2014 as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto. She was appointed the Associate Program Director for the GI Training Program in 2018, and serves as the Regional Lead for Colorectal Cancer Screening and Endoscopy at Cancer Care Ontario. She is otherwise a full-time clinician, with a clinical interest in inflammatory bowel disease, particularly in pregnancy.
Ian Bookman, MD is a Gastroenterologist in Toronto who specializes in diseases of the digestive system, including general gastroenterology, hepatology and endoscopy. Dr. Bookman provides patient care and performs endoscopic procedures at St. Joseph’s Health Centre as well as at the Kensington Screening Clinic. He received his medical degree and fellowships in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology from the University of Toronto, and is also certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Bookman is the President of the Ontario Association of Clinical Endoscopists, he also founded the charity Bum Run to raise awareness of colon cancer screening and prevention, which has raised more than $500,000 net for charity.
Marina Albuquerque is a Nurse Practioner, specializing in primary health care. Marina’s path to nursing began with the completion of her Bachelor of Physical & Health Education at the University of Toronto (UofT). With a strong interest in health and desire to care for others, Marina decided to pursue nursing at UofT, obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She practiced as a registered nurse in the community and family medicine setting for 10 years and the desire to further develop led Marina to attend Athabasca University and earn her Master of Nursing in Nurse Practitioner degree. She is passionate about illness prevention, health promotion, and providing a holistic approach to health care delivery. Marina has a strong interest in helping patients manage the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and restoring gut health, with her ultimate goal being to improve overall wellbeing and quality of life.Marina Albuquerque is a Nurse Practitioner,
Erin is a passionate and caring Registered Dietitian who strongly believes that the healing properties of food and nutrition. She graduated from the University of Guelph and started at North York General Hospital. For the past 9 years, she has been counselling patients on chronic disease prevention and management, digestive health, women’s nutrition, weight loss and sports nutrition.
Having dealt with “tummy troubles” her entire life, she was diagnosed with lactose intolerance before she turned 10 and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in her early 20’s. She knows how frustrating and embarrassing IBS can be and she is dedicated to helping others reduce their symptoms through the implementation of the low FODMAP diet and specific lifestyle modifications. She recognizes how important the improvement of gut health is on an individual’s quality of life. Every patient has unique needs that require a personalized approach to help reduce digestive disturbances while ensuring a nutritious and balanced diet. She looks forward to motivating and supporting clients on their journey to improve gut health!
Zev graduated from Yorkville University with a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology (MACP). He uses an integrated model of Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and Emotion-focused therapy (EFT) to help clients get deeper in touch with themselves and their mental/physical health. He believes strongly in viewing a client’s presenting concern through a biopsychosocial lens. This view encompasses the physical, emotional, and social makeup of each individual client. He looks forward to helping you navigate the challenging world of IBS through the tools and perspective he offers.