Our Team


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Dr. Liam Fardy

Pediatrician, Clinical Director and Co-Owner

Dr. Liam Fardy is a Royal College Certified Pediatrician and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Memorial University. In addition to his work at Proactive Pediatrics, he also works at the Janeway Children’s Hospital. He grew up in St. John’s and completed medical school and specialty training in Pediatrics at Memorial University. As part of this training, he has spent time at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa and Stollery Children ’s Hospital in Edmonton.

While Dr. Fardy enjoys seeing children and adolescents of all ages with a wide scope of concerns, his areas of clinical interest are newborn medicine, asthma, mental health and development. He enjoys using a collaborative approach and working with other professionals to provide care that considers the patient as a whole.


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Dr. Megan Burke

Pediatrician

Dr. Megan Burke is a Royal College Certified Pediatrician with a focused interest in adolescent medicine.

Dr. Burke completed medical school at Memorial University of Newfoundland, and specialty training in pediatrics at Memorial University and the University of British Columbia. She has clinical experience in working with youth alongside adolescent medicine specialists at BC Children’s Hospital and has worked in outpatient clinics in Vancouver as a pediatrician with a focus in adolescent health. Her clinical areas of interest include adolescent mental health, transitions from pediatric to adult health care, eating disorders, transgender health, adolescents with chronic health conditions, and ADHD. Dr. Burke is committed to improving the health of NL youth through research and community-based projects. Dr. Burke is also a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Memorial University of Newfoundland.


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Dr. Robyn LeDrew

Pediatric Endocrinologist

Dr. LeDrew is a Royal College Certified pediatrician that completed medical school and residency in Pediatrics at Memorial University, followed by a fellowship in Endocrinology at the University of Ottawa in 2018. She previously practiced in New Brunswick and recently moved home to Newfoundland. Dr. LeDrew also works in Newborn Care at the Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre, and is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Memorial University.


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Dr. Jessica Fowler

Family Physician

Dr. Fowler completed medical school at Memorial University in 2020. Dr. Fowler currently offers appointment based walk-in clinics at ProActive (Kenmount Road.)


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Dr. Krystle Dalley

Psychologist

Dr. Krystle Dalley graduated from the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D) program at Memorial University in 2013. She completed her pre doctoral residence at Annapolis Valley Health, whereby she worked with both Children and Adolescent, and Adult Mental Health and Addiction Services. Since that time she has worked within the Child and Adolescent Mental Health division at Eastern Health. She has been actively involved in training doctoral level psychology students and psychology residents.

Dr. Dalley offers therapy services for children, adolescents, families, and adults presenting with a wide variety of mental health concerns. She has a special interest in anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), emotion regulation, parenting, stress and relationship concerns. Dr. Dalley believes a strong therapeutic relationship is the foundation of change. Her Therapeutic orientation is client-centered integrative, with grounding in interpersonal, and cognitive behavioural therapies.


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Susan Sparkes

Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Susan Sparkes is an occupational therapist with more than 20 years of experience. Using her authentic therapeutic use of self, Susan strives to build rapport and trust with her clients, knowing that a child needs to feel safe in their environment in order to access higher level brain structures such as those involved with learning and attention.

Susan seeks to embrace the goals of the neurodiversity movement by challenging the status quo that tends to be associated with a deficit model. When a person’s natural neurological differences result in challenges in daily functioning, this approach does not intend to change the individual but rather to understand and educate about their differences and to find ways to change the environment and societal expectations while building individual skills.

*Susan has evenings and Saturday availability only*


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Claire Tanner

Dietician

Claire Tanner is a Registered Dietitian with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Human Nutrition.

As a mom of two, Claire understands that feeding families can be tricky. Considering allergies/intolerances, picky eaters, food preferences and time limitations - feeding families can be an overwhelming task for many. Taking a gentle, inclusive approach; Claire has worked with families to introduce responsive feeding practices and increase their understanding of the division of responsibility of feeding and eating in order to reduce stress around family meal time and help children develop eating patterns that are right for them.


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Gillian Norris

Pediatrics Counsellor

Gillian is a Canadian Certified Counsellor and Licensed Naturotherapist who has focused most of her career towards working with children, youth, and young adults; including youth in residential care, diagnosed with intellectual disabilities, neurodiverse youth and young adults, and newcomers to Canada.

Her approach is client-centered, trauma-informed, and strengths-based, using techniques from CBT, DBT, and solution-focused therapy, with a large focus on mindfulness. For younger clients, these approaches are applied within play therapy. She believes the goal of counselling is to celebrate the young person’s current strengths and successes as well as learn new coping and emotion regulation strategies to help improve their day-to-day lives.

Gillian loves to learn! She is a Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional and has certificates in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Indigenous Canada training, and Psychological First Aid. She’s currently working on certification for both Certified Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical Specialist (ASDCS) and ADHD Clinical Services Provider (ADHD-CCSP).

Fun fact: Gillian has four pets - a beagle, and three cats (two of whom are foster failures)!


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Candace Hopkins

Pediatric Counsellor

Candace is a registered social worker with the Newfoundland and Labrador College of Social Workers. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Memorial University and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of British Columbia. She has been working in the field of mental health and addictions for several years, but has developed a specific interest in working with adolescents.

Candace's approach with clients is strength-based, collaborative, flexible, and focused on creating a space that feels safe and non-judgmental. Candace uses a trauma-informed, humanistic approach to therapy that borrows components from evidence-based techniques such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, and Emotion-Focused Therapy.

Focus/Areas of Interest:

- Anxiety
- Depression
- Self-compassion and self-care
- Self-esteem
- Grief & loss
- Trauma
- Life transitions
- Sexual health


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Nina

Nina is the Proactive Pediatrics PAWdiatrician. Nina was born in Abbotsford, BC.

She graduated from Top Dog Canine Obedience School in Vancouver, BC (and sometimes forgets everything she learned). Nina specializes in accepting head scratches, eating delicious treats, and providing endless emotional support.

Visit your family doctor to get a rufferral to see Dogtor Nina.


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Tyanna Freake

Lead Administrator

Tyanna was born and raised in Central Newfoundland. She completed her Medical Office Management program at College of the North Atlantic in 2021, and has been working with ProActive ever since. Tyanna has been very involved and very interested in the pediatric field over the past few years, and is always there to help our pediatric physicians/providers in any way she can. If you can’t find Tyanna in the office, she is doing what she loves doing the most, travelling or hanging out with her two dogs, Kali & Kyser.


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Gillian Grace

Administrator

Gillian was born and raised in St. John's, NL. She studied French at Memorial University of Newfoundland and at the University of Windsor, before moving out of province to work in the travel/tourism industry. She has lived in several provinces over the years, including Alberta, British Columbia, Quebec, Ontario and Nova Scotia, before settling back in Newfoundland to start her family. She is the proud mom of two boys, one of whom has Cystic Fibrosis. Since his diagnosis, Gillian and her family have been very heavily involved with Cystic Fibrosis Canada, where she has served with the NL chapter for over 12 years. She is an active volunteer with the Janeway, Mount Pearl Soccer Association, Mount Pearl Minor Hockey Association, and Kin Canada. She started her career in the medical field when she returned to NL, where she has worked in family medicine and allied health and wellness for over 10 years. She loves travelling, camping, beachcombing and exploring every nook & cranny of our beautiful province. If she's not at the hockey rink or at the soccer field, she can usually be found curled up with a book and a cup of Tetley tea. She is very excited to be a part of this amazing team!