Meet The Team

Specialists

Elixir Integrated Medical is a group of dedicated physicians providing holistic health solutions to our patients. We are doctors that are invested in reinventing healthcare delivery in the pursuit of exceptional patient care.

Dr. T. Olateju MBBS, MRCP (Endo)

Medical Director & Endocrinologist

Dr. Tolulope O. Olateju, is a registered specialist in Diabetes & Endocrinology. As Medical Director at Elixir Integrated Medical Centres, she brings a holistic view to the practice of medicine and guides our vision for convenient, comprehensive care for patients.

She graduated from the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Nigeria in 1996 and moved to the United Kingdom in 1999 where she undertook postgraduate training in Internal Medicine and Diabetes and Endocrinology at the Wessex Deanery. She is a member of the Royal College of Physicians UK. On completion of her specialist training in the UK she moved to Canada in 2014 to undertake a fellowship in Islet Cell Transplantation at the Clinical Islet Transplant Program, University of Alberta, Edmonton. Dr. Olateju is a Physician Endocrinologist at C-endo Health Clinic since 2016, and will be establishing her practice at Elixir Integrated Medical Centres – SouthTrail, in Fall 2020.

Dr. Olateji believes that great medical care starts with listening, and understanding patients better. Her philosophy is that every patient’s situation is different, and that to address the many barriers to a person’s health, physicians need to be adaptable. Physicians are responsible for ensuring their patients have access to medical care, and have the information, support, or treatment needed to make health decisions that will improve their quality of life. Through this holistic approach, better quality of life and better outcomes for patients can be achieved.

Dr. Olateju is committed to providing the next generations of doctors with the mentorship, skills training, and clinical experience that will help them provide the best medical care. As a specialist in Diabetes and Endocrinology, Dr. Olateju has been involved in multinational trials and other research that will increase knowledge around chronic thyroid and pancreatic conditions, and provide better and diverse treatment options for a patient’s unique health program.

As Medical Director at Elixir Medical Centres, Dr. Olateju brings forward her personal philosophy of patient care to guide the physician collaboration, patient experience, and clinical environment at Elixir. Elixir is a place where physicians can be at the top of their game, where patients receive the best quality care, and staff are organized and highly participatory in the patient’s wellness experience.

Dr. Gulnaz Jiwa MD, FRCSC

Obstetrics & Gynecology

Dr. Gulnaz Jiwa is a physician trained in Obstetrics and Gynecology and has been serving patients in Edmonton, AB since 1999.

Dr. Jiwa did undergraduate training in sciences University of Alberta (UofA), and obtained her MD at the University of Western Ontario, London. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynaecology from the UofA in 1999.

Today, she practices at the Lois Hole Hospital Centre for Women, Elixir Integrated Medical Centres, and Links Clinic.

An Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Alberta, Dr. Jiwa participates in training and research that will ultimately enhanced knowledge and lead to improved learning for the next generation of doctors. Dr. Jiwa co-leads the clinical rotation for OBGYN students at the University of Alberta Hospital, and ensures comprehensive education for medical students.

She is part of the clinical team at the Royal Alexandra Hospital Colposcopy Program, and considers one of the most rewarding aspects of her career to be preventing cancer through testing and pre-cancer treatments.

As an experienced physician, she recognizes that in the past 20 years, significant priorities in Women’s Women’s health include a shift toward preventative medicine and mental health. Dr. Jiwa is passionate about connecting with and providing medical care to marginalized communities, specifically with indigenous groups and new Canadians.

Dr. M. Tauh BSc. MD, FRCSC

Obstetrics & Gynecology

Dr. Mangi Tauh comes from a humble background. Her mother has had no formal education, but growing up, education was felt to be the key to success.

Dr. Tauh finished her Bachelor of Science and Education degrees from the University of The South Pacific. She was involved in adult education and was part of the curriculum development in Mathematics in Fiji.

She migrated to Canada in 1981.

Dr. Tauh went back to school in Saskatchewan and taught Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Programming at the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology. She was involved in Adult education at The University of Regina for a few years.

She had a career change when her children were young; she had her medical degree and specialized in Obstetrics and Gynecology from The University of Saskatchewan. She worked in Saskatchewan, as an Obstetrician and Gynecologist and moved to Alberta about 15 years ago. She has been involved in giving talks in Contraception and Vulvovaginal Health to other Health Care Professionals. She is continuing to practice in Obstetrics and Gynecology having a special interest in menopausal years.

Dr. Azita Hanjani MD, FRCSC

Obstetrics & Gynecology

Dr. Azita Hanjani is a Gynecologist and Obstetrics specialist who has been practicing women’s health for 17 years. Her diverse experience spans multiple countries, and has her most recently practicing in Edmonton and Alberta’s’ rural municipalities.

Dr. Hanjani is passionate about educating her patients on health matters and helping them make positive changes that can last a lifetime. She believes that women who invest time in themselves are better able to look after the people they love and care about, and that therefore, women’s health should be a priority. The health of women and girls determines the health and well-being of our modern world.

Larissa Ens

Dietician

Larissa is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator that is passionate about working with people one on one and in groups to optimize their health and quality of life. She holds a Nutrition and Food Science Degree from University of Alberta, and completed her Integrated Dietetic Internship through the University of Alberta.

She loves to help people discover food and movement that they enjoy while nourishing their minds and bodies. Always interested in becoming a health care provider, Ladrissa explored studying nutrition and loved the proactive approach to health through diet. Larissa has a special interest in insulin pump therapy, and is a certified pump trainer.
When not at work you can find Larissa in the kitchen testing out new recipes or out walking her dog in Edmonton’s beautiful river valley.

Dr. Vera Baziuk

Chiropractor

In practice since 2002, Dr. Vera Baziuk is passionate about helping patients live vibrant, healthy lives. At Advanced Wellness Chiropractic, we offer families and those seeking wellness chiropractic care an opportunity to increase their body’s healing capacity and ability to adapt to stress. We believe in assisting our patients to improve their entire lifestyle through natural health care and changes that can be easily applied to daily activities.

Dr. Alda Xuan-Mai Ngo B.Sc. Dr.TCM R.Ac FABORM OBAAM

Co-Owner and Executive Director of Whole Family Health

Dr. Alda Ngo is a licensed and registered Doctor of TCM with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture of BC (CTCMA of BC) as well as a registered Acupuncturist with the College and Association of Acupuncturists of Alberta (CAAA.)

After completing her Bachelor of Science degree in General Biology at UBC, she finished a 5-year Doctor of TCM program at the International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Vancouver. Alda has been practising Chinese Medicine since 2005 and specializing in reproductive medicine since 2007.

In 2007, Alda began her specialization in reproductive medicine at Acubalance Wellness Centre; a leading integrative clinic In Vancouver, internationally known for treating infertility, pregnancy and reproductive health. She is grateful for the ongoing opportunity to mentor with international leaders in her field, as she continually deepens her knowledge & cultivates her skills through post-graduate professional development.

She has volunteered locally working with children with disabilities & internationally as part of a health outreach initiative with women’s groups in Guatemala. Her Chinese Medical studies also brought her to China, where she completed a practicum at the Anhui University Hospital of TCM in Hefei.

Alda became a fellow of the American Board of Reproductive Medicine (ABORM) in 2008. She is currently a Quality Assurance advisor for the CTCMA of BC & a Senior Member of the International Obstetrical Acupuncture Association (OBAA). She is also past executive coordinator of the former TCM Association of BC (TCMABC).

Alda has worked as an acupuncturist on-site at Western Fertility Clinics: Olive Fertility Centre, Pacific Centre for Reproductive Medicine (PCRM), Genesis Fertility Centre & the former UBC Centre for Reproductive Health in Vancouver.

As a long-time student, practitioner and instructor of Mindfulness Meditation, Alda is a facilitator of Mindfulness-based programs & women’s groups. Please go to www.mindfulnessforfertility.com for more information on current programs. She is also an MBSR Facilitator in Training with the Centre for Mindfulness Studies.

Alda’s own reproductive health challenges and her own fertility story deeply inform her practice with patients. She understands the common challenges that her patients face in their health crises and what it feels like to have the courage to do all it takes, while also being kind and patient with the body. She has also come to understand what it feels like to hope without desperation, and to cultivate a deep sense of peace and acceptance with life’s unexpected twists and turns.

It is her aspiration to help support patients on their journeys toward balance & to empower them to continually cultivate overall well-being and resilience. She facilitates this through a combination of acupuncture, Chinese herbs, functional medicine, overall lifestyle changes, and Mindfulness Meditation.

After over 30 years living on the West Coast, Alda has recently returned to set down roots in Edmonton with her husband Sean & their son Tien. Alda is thrilled to be a co-owner of Whole Family Health, and she is excited to continue to grow her practice under the big wide open prairie skies.

Christina Pistotnik HHP R.Ac FABORM OBAAM

Co-Owner and Clinical Director of Whole Family Health

Christina is a Registered Acupuncturist with the College and Association of Acupuncturists of Alberta (CAAA).

Before completing the Acupuncture Program at Grant MacEwan University, she completed the Holistic Health Program, specializing in reflexology and acupressure.

Christina has been practising and specializing in reproductive medicine since 2010. She has completed extensive postgraduate training in areas including reproductive health, obstetrics, diagnostics and Chinese herbal applications. Her ongoing commitment to post-graduate professional development continues and she is a fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (ABORM). She is also a member of the International Obstetrical Acupuncture Association (OBAA).

It’s important to Christina that her patients feel heard and understood. She believes that providing acupuncture treatments is more than just sticking a few needles in the body. It’s rather about really connecting with patients so that they feel empowered, supported and cared for.

Christina was originally drawn to Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine subsequent to being in a car accident. She was unable to find relief and mentally, she felt frustrated, depressed and alone. She wasn’t able to improve her condition and she felt a loss of control.

Acupuncture changed her life. Not only did it relieve her pain, but it also gave her a sense of freedom. Acupuncture empowered her, so that she was finally able to live her life again. This experience inspired Christina to enrol in Acupuncture School so that she could share this same gift of physical and mental freedom as well as empowerment with others.

Ultimately, her passion lies in treating male and female fertility, gynecology, and obstetrics. She has dedicated her practice to supporting men and women to optimize their fertility, and to support patients through pregnancies so that they can achieve their dreams of having healthy, happy families.

Staff

Meet the supporting team behind Elixir Integrated Medical Centres!

Tori Bardell

Project Manager

Tori Bardell has extensive project management and executive administration experience, which she uses to bring the vision of Elixir Integrated Medical Centres to life! Tori studied Legal Assistant, and more recently Human Resources Management at Grant MacEwan University.

A host at heart and a person who enjoys creating positive, memorable experiences, Tori loves to cook and to share her passion with friends.

Santosh Padukone

Receptionist

Santosh graduated Hospitality & Tourism Management back in a hustling city of Mumbai located in the beautiful country known as India. He completed his Post Graduation in Hospitality & Tourism Management in the city of Niagara On the Lake.

After working in Hospitality & Tourism for over 10 years, he decided to blend his client service experience and operational experience and grow in the medical field.

Santosh strives to positive impact or positive change in an individual’s life whether be it patient, colleagues or medical line of professionals and specialists is his main focus. He attributes this success to having effective communication, building lasting relationships and understanding priorities of different individuals, ultimately shaping an improved patient experience.

Santosh loves activities that help him build his mental and physical strength including working out, and yoga or meditation. He enjoys building his mental strength through positive self-development books.

Aleksandra Stojic

Receptionist

Aleks Stoji is a valuable member of our Medical Office Assistance Team. She is passionate about improving the patient experience and having a positive impact through her work. A graduate of Immunology and Infection Studies at the University of Alberta, Aleks is actively pursuing a career within the health care industry. She has been involved in research, as well volunteer work with the Stollery Children’s hospital, and plans to return to studies in the future to advance her knowledge in health and wellness.

Ask Aleks about the latest outdoor activity she’s been involved in, and her passion for Serbian dancing!

Jessa Morish

Medical Office Assistant

Jessa Morrish has her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of the Visayas Philippines, and studied at Medical Reception College in Edmonton AB. She has nine years’ experience as a Medical Office Assistant, and has worked in nursing as well.

Jessa has always been interested in the healthcare industry, and is happy that she is able to pursue a career where she is surrounded by like-minded professionals.

Jessa loves baking, hiking, singing, listening to music, and travel.

Slobi Savicic

Medical Office Assistant