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    What's New At AGOO

    Meet The Owner:

    Tina Sampalis,Founder & President 


    Meet Our General Director:

    Cindy M. Aguilar, nurse clinician


    Meet Our Family Doctors:

    Derek da Costa, M.D., C.M., Family Medicine

    Nicole Audet, M.D.Family Medicine

    Rebecca Kennedy, M.D., Family Medicine

    Ludmila, Kireva, M.D., Family Medicine

    Daniel Madani, M.D., Family Medicine

    Grace Lalonde, M.D., Family Medicine

    Pamela Hafazalla, M.D., Family Medicine

    Linh Tran, M.D., Family Medicine

    Ioana Varlan , M.D., Family Medicine


    Meet Our Pediatricians:

    Maroua Abderrahman, M.D., Pediatrics

    Bruce D'Souza, M.D., Pediatrics

    Lyne Chiniara, M.D., Pediatrics and endocrinology

    Audrey Lafontaine, M.D., Pediatrics


    Meet Our Pediatric Specialists:

    JP Capolicchio, M.D., FRCSC, FAAP, Urology

    Kathryn Samaan, M.D., Pediatric Allergist

    Preetha Krishnamoorthy, MDCM, Pediatric Endocrinologist

    Sheila Venkatarangam-Jacob, M.D., Pediatric Pneumologist and Sleep Specialist

    Linda Colombini, M.D., Pediatric Pneumologist

    Sherif Emil, MDCM, FRCSC, FACS, FAAP, Pediatric Surgeon

    Dr. Julia von Oettingen, MD PhD MMSc, Pediatric Endocrinologist

    Lyne Chiniara, M.D., Pediatrics and endocrinology

    Reggie Hamdy, M.D., Orthopedic surgeon


    The Family and School Services clinic:


    Director of Family and School Services: 

    Elizabeth Triassi, M.A.  Psychopedagogy


    Meet Our Professionals from the Family and School Services clinic:

    Audrey Perreault Ph.D Neuropsychologist

    Lora Lerh, Psy.D Psychologist & Candidate in Neuropsychology

    Laurine Métais, Candidate in Neuropsychology

    Annie Drouin, Ph.D Candidate in clinical psychology

    Lenka Lustman, Psychotherapist

    Rosie D'Andrea, P.S.W. M.S.W, Social Worker

    Angela Stratigakis, M.Sc.A, S-LP, Speech & Language Pathologist 

    Maria-Lisa Bozzo,M.Sc.A, S-LP, Speech & Language Pathologist 

    Ariane Ratelle Trudel, M.P.O, Speech & Language Pathologist 

    Allixia Blouin, M.Sc.A, S-LP, Speech & Language Pathologist 

    Adriana Gentile, M.Sc.A, S-LP, Speech & Language Pathologist

    Guidita Marinotti, Speech & Language Pathologist

    Maude Coulombe, Speech & Language Pathologist

    Nadine Sleiman, Speech & Language Pathologist

    Rafif Zarka, M.P.A,  Audiologist

    Adriana Colavecchio, Audiologist

    Nour Wattar, MSc., Dt.P  Nutritionist

    Alexandra Itzkovitz, MSc. Nutritionist

    Janice Goodfellow, (erg) Occupational Therapist

    Fatima Khodary, Occupational Therapist

    Marisa Marino, PHT, DPT, Physiotherapist

    Bahareh Alexandra Hejazi, Physiotherapist

    Melinda Vincenti, Orthopédagogue

    Andrée-Anne Martin, psychoeducator

    Michel Therrien, psychoeducator

    Ayleen Gelbart, RN, Sleep Nurse













    No waiting or fussing in a calm and child-friendly environment!


    A private nursing service Consultations Petits Pieds is available for vaccinations and laboratory testing upon appointment:



                                ROUTINE VACCINES (Quebec vaccination scheduleCanadian Healthy Living)


                                 Other recommended VACCINES


                                 BLOOD TESTS 


                                 URINE DIPS, ANALYSIS & CULTURES (catheterization offered upon referral)


                                 THROAT CULTURES


                                 WOUND CARE & STITCH REMOVAL


                                 EAR WASHES







                * Please note that fees may apply. All testing is by appointment only.


    Requisition forms from non-agoo physicians and from external clinics are also accepted for the above mentioned services. 


  • Medical



    Newborn assessments                                     

    Healthy routine check-ups                             

    Same-day emergency visits                             






    Allergy & Immunology


    Pneumology & Sleep Disorders

    General Surgery


    Orthopedic Surgery

    Pediatrics (problem specific consultations)






    All you have to do is send us your requisition by fax 450-687-7222 or by email with :

    1. the specialty requested and the reason for the consultation 
    2. the name and license number of your doctor clearly indicated
    3. the name of the child, date of birth, RAMQ number and TWO numbers where to reach the patient/parent. 
    4. the fax number of the clinic/doctor must be on the requisition to be able to send back the consultation report. 
    5. Once we receive your request, your child's name will be placed on the waiting list and called once we are able to give you an appointment to see the doctor. 


    *Medical consultations are covered by medicare (RAMQ)           







    We at Agoo are here for you!


    Family and School Services department is dedicated to promoting optimal development for children between the ages of 0 and 18.  Our services include support, intervention-skills training, prevention, evaluation and therapy. We believe in quality collaborative care. Our multidisciplinary approach allows for professionals and doctors to share their expertise on the same intervention plan.


    We are deeply committed to the children we serve. With the use of evidence based research to offer parents, professionals and institutions the necessary strategies to support the child. 


    For more information please contact our Family & School Services Department 


    Telephone: 450-687-6888 ext. 113






    Agoo is a state-of-the-art center that offers a fun and friendly environment to children and adolescents from birth to 18 years, and a unique experience to parents. Your time and comfort are important to us. During the very short waiting time, we offer play areas in well-separated waiting rooms for healthy and sick children. Rest assured that we are taking all measures to avoid going home with a new germ or virus.

    Examining rooms have different fun motif that put patients at ease while our doctors examine them and discuss with the parents, respond to all their questions and address their concerns. Agoo offers your child the best care possible and to you, the parent, they information you need to make the right decisions and feel at ease. No more long waiting time for rushed examinations and unanswered questions; these are all in the past once you join the Agoo family and soon establish a long-term rapport with our healthcare professionals.

    Although children enjoy their visit at Agoo and tend to forget they are at the doctor’s, we are very serious about your child’s health. We don’t just treat the disease; we treat the cause, symptoms, and overall implications that stem from it. We bring the experts to you; forget long waiting lists and running from one clinic to the next. Our team of experts, including family medicine, pediatricians, endocrinologists, dermatologists, psychologists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, nutritionists,  and so much more, are all here ready and happy to serve you. 

    We form advisory committees composed of our experts and any required expertise around the world to discuss special cases in order to offer state-of-the-art care. Our team of researchers headed by Dr. John Sampalis, tenured professor of McGill University and world renowned epidemiologist, is working hard to bring to us the best evidence based care medicine can offer. We all come together and discuss your child’s needs and design a unique plan customized only to your child.

    Agoo’s mission is to foster and maintain wellness of children and their families through prevention and treatment of any condition that may impact on their physical, emotional, and psychosocial health.

    Your children’s health and wellness is priceless and our priority!



  • Contact Us



    Monday: 8:00am-9pm

    Tuesday to Friday: 8:00am-5:00pm

    Saturday and Sunday: 8:00am-3:00pm

    Please note that the phones lines are closed from 12:30-13:30 during the lunch break. 


    CALL US AT 450-687-6888

    For emergency appointments or check-ups, select option 1.

    For consults with specialists, select option 2.

    Healthcare professionals, please select option 5. 

    For the Family and School services, press extention 113



    You can also email us at


    Please contact us if you have any questions regarding our services:
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  • Frequently
    Asked Questions

    Are you a private clinic?

    Agoo became a public clinic in September 2014. All of our medical services are covered by RAMQ. The only services that are charged are accessory fees for procedures, vaccins and visits with other healthcare professionals such as psychologists and physiotherapists.


    Are ear piercings offered at AGOO?

    We have certified nurses and nursing assistants who perform ear piercings on site. We also offer EMLA cream to numb the area.


    Is Dr.da Costa taking new patients?

    Unfortunately, Dr.da Costa will not be accepting new patients as his practice is full for the moment. There is, however, a waitlist that you may add your child's name to.


    I recently gave birth, how do I get access to an AGOO physician or my pediatrician is retiring, are any of your doctors accepting patients?

    We currently have a wait list for check ups with a family doctor and we would be happy to add your child or children to this list. We are unable to confirm the wait times for appointments. However, our team is ever growing and we will have several new family doctors joining who are ready to take on new patients as of September 2016. As such, we predict that the wait times will likely drop. If your child needs to consult a specialist like a pediatrician for a specific issue, please send us a copy of the referral from your doctor.  


    Do you have a walk-in clinic?

    Agoo sees emergency visits by appointment only.


    Do you see adults at agoo?

    Agoo is a clinic for children only.


    Do you accept referrals from other clinics?

    Yes we do. For more information on our services click here.


    For more information on appointments, click here.


    Are your hiring?

    Yes we are. We are actively looking to recruit the following professionals and employees:


    Family Doctors




    Occupational Therapist



    If interested, please send your CV and cover letter to


  • News



    Published on 2019-03-09

    AGOO's sleep nurse, Ayleen Gelbart, specializes in NIGHTIME SLEEP LEARNING and DAYTIME NAP LEARNING for newborns, infants, toddlers, pre-schoolers and older age children.

    AGOO offers neuropsychological evaluations using a multidiciplinary approach.



    He accepts referrals for: 

    • Congenital abnormalities
    • Solid and soft tissue tumors
    • Chest, chest wall, head and neck conditions


    Published on 2016-05-06


    Call us now at 450-687-6888 to book an appointment or click here to go to online booking.



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    What's New At AGOO
  • Ayleen Gelbart, RN,

    Ayleen is licensed by the “Ordre des Infirmières et Infirmiers du Québec” since 2000 and is fluently bilingual in French and English. She has professional nursing experience in multiple settings such as the ER at the Montreal Children’s Hospital where she worked for 14 years as a Nurse and Charge Nurse, the Lakeshore General Hospital as the Coordinator of Nursing Activities, various pharmacies as a Public Health Nurse, and has recently joined Petits Pieds at AGOO to administer pediatric vaccinations as well as help families experiencing sleep difficulties with their little ones.  Ayleen has taken many additional Nursing courses throughout the years to advance her practice like Nursing with Childbearing Families, Pharmacological Knowledge for Nursing, and Family Nursing to name a few.

    Aside from her extensive Nursing background, Ayleen has significant expertise in baby and child sleep learning as she has been helping families experiencing sleep issues since 2006. She has worked with clients both locally and even internationally to help families enjoy a peaceful and restful night’s sleep. Complementary to her work helping families with sleep, Ayleen has also taken courses in Child Development through Concordia University, as well as infant feeding with the World Health Organization, in order to provide a full range of expertise when working with each baby and family. Ayleen became interested in pediatric sleep after her own experiences with post-partum depression and severe insomnia after the birth of her second daughter.

    Ayleen truly has the Mind of a Sleep Learning Consultant, the Soul of a Pediatric Nurse, and the Heart of a Mom.




  • Lora Lehr, Psy.D






    Dr. Lora Lehr, Psy.D, is a member of the Order of Psychologists of Quebec. She is experienced in neurodevelopmental disorders and learning disabilities in children and adolescents and has led group therapies for Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Dr. Lehr specializes in the assessment of neurodevelopmental disorders including ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disability and learning disabilities. 

    She provides individual therapy for children and adolescents with anxiety, depression, ADHD, lack of motivation, and social difficulties. Sheapplies psychology to help youth athletes maximize their wellbeing, enjoyment, and sport performance. She offers group therapy for difficulties with executive functioning (e.g., attention, planning and organizing). Dr. Lehr also provides coaching and consultation for parents of very young children with behavioral issues.







  • Adriana Gentile, Speech & Language Pathologist


    Motivated by her passions for language and childcare work, Adriana received a Masters of Science - Applied at McGill University  and is a licensed member of the “Ordres des Orthophonistes et Audiologistes du Québec.” Her practical experiences in schools, rehabilitation centers and specialized programs have trained Adriana to work with children of all ages with various speech, language and learning difficulties. Her primary interests include early language delays, reading and writing difficulties and emergent literacy impairments in preschool and school aged children.   

  • Marisa Marino, Physiotherapist

    Marisa graduated in 2007 from Sacred Heart University in Connecticut with her doctorate in physical therapy. She began working at a comprehensive therapeutic center for children with special needs in New York. She gained valuable experience treating in clinic, school and home settings there and became trained in aquatic therapy, infant massage, and neuro-developmental treatment. Marisa then went on to become a New York City Early Intervention provider with focus on children 0 to 3 years old with torticolis, plagiocephaly, genetic, neurological and musculoskeletal syndromes as well as various gross motor developmental delays. She also became level 1 certified in Cuevas Medek Exercise.


    Upon moving to Montreal, Marisa became a full time student to learn French and passed the ministry french exam in March 2017. Marisa is also a member of the OPPQ (l’ordre professionnel de la physiothérapie du Québec).


    Marisa is passionate about children and their well being and is part of the talented and dedicated AGOO family to make a positive impact in the lives of children and their families.



  • Isabelle Bisaillon, Occupational Therapist










    As a graduate from Université de Montréaland member of the Ordre des ergothérapeutes du Québecsince 2006, she has been working with a pediatric population for 12 years: working with psychiatric clientele for 2 years in the public system followed by 10 years in private practice. Trained in neurodevelopment, with among others, the Padovan method of neurofunctional reorganization and the primitive reflexes approach, she works with children from the ages of 0 to 10 years old presenting functional difficulties. 

    Her field of practice includes children presenting motor difficulties, difficulties with sensory information processing, cognitive issues, motor language disorders, and emotional and behavioral difficulties.


  • Audrey Perreault Ph.D Neuropsychologist

    Audrey Perreault, Ph.D., is a clinical neuropsychologist member of the Quebec Order of Psychologist (OPQ) and of the Quebec Neuropsychological Association. She holds an Attestation for the evaluation of neuropsychological disorders. Her focus resides in assessing children and adolescents presenting different neurodevelopmental (e.g. Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder, learning disabilities, Tourette’s, Autism Spectrum Disorders, intellectual disability, Intellectual Giftedness, etc.), psychiatric (e.g. anxiety, depression, etc.), and neurological conditions (e.g. epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, etc.).


    Audrey Perreault completed her undergraduate degree in psychology at Concordia University, where she graduated with distinction. She then pursued her doctoral studies in clinical neuropsychology, research and intervention, at Université de Montréal. Throughout her education, she participated in many research projects which have resulted in multiple scientific publications. Her doctoral thesis obtained exceptional mention. Finally, she has accumulated considerable clinical experience working with a diverse clientele in both private and public sectors, such as the Douglas Mental Health University Institute, the Montreal Neurological Institute, and the Montreal Mental Health University Institute.





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  • Ariane Ratelle Trudel, Speech-Language Pathologist

    Member of the Québec Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (QASPLA) since the fall of 2016, she first worked in the school environment in Montréal. Her clientele consisted of elementary school children ranging from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds. During her studies, she completed her university internships working in a rehabilitation centre with clients of the preschool and elementary school ages suffering from various problems ranging from; hearing loss, dyspraxia, dysphasia, and voice disorders. Furthermore, she worked in a hospital setting with an adult clientele who had acquired language disorders as well as problems with swallowing (dysphagia, dysarthria, and aphasia). Her fields of expertise include language delays, developmental language disorders, dyslexia-dysorthography, dyspraxia, joint disorders and associated language disorders such as; autism spectrum disorder, overall developmental delay, learning disabilities, etc., among preschool, middle school and secondary school aged clients.


  • Nour Wattar, Nutritionist

    Nour completed her undergraduate degree in Nutrition with distinction from the University of Alberta. She did her dietetic internship in multiple sites and hospitals. Driven by her passion for the profession, she pursued a Master of Science in Nutrition and Metabolism.  Her thesis was on Maternal Essential Fatty Acid Status During Pregnancy and Postpartum and Infant Outcomes.

    Aside from Nour’s numerous awards and research collaborative work in Nutrition, she translated Leslie Beck’s “The Complete A-Z Nutrition Encyclopedia” to Arabic. 

    Nour enjoys coaching clients and helping them achieve their health goals. She is a member of the Ordre Professionnelle des Dietetistes du Quebec, Dietitians of Canada, Canadian Nutrition Society, and Réseau Nutrition Familia.

    Outside work, she enjoys playing with her children, exercising, baking and exploring new recipes!






  • Cindy Aguilar, clinical nurse

  • Annie Drouin, PhD Candidate in Clinical Psychology

    Expert in Pediatric Health Psychology.

    She is currently completing her Doctoral degree at the University of Ottawa and has recently completed her Residency in Pediatric Health Psychology at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, NS. She is registered on the candidate registry of the Ordre des Psychologues du Québec since 2017.  She offers services in French, English and Spanish.

    Annie has extensive experience working with children, adolescents and their families who present with a breadth of mental health conditions, as well as acute and chronic medical conditions including, but not limited to, chronic pain, cancer, diabetes, sepsis, scoliosis, encopresis, cerebral palsy, Crohn’s disease, muscular dystrophy, traumatic brain injury, fibromyalgia, and obesity. She assists patients and their families with managing the behavioural and psychological difficulties that may arise from accepting and adjusting to a medical diagnosis. She also works with children and adolescents who fear going to the doctor or have difficulty completing medical exams or following medical regiments, including taking their medication, respecting food plans, wearing glasses, or using hearing aids.

    Annie also completes psychodiagnostic assessments with children and adolescents who present with behavioural, developmental, emotional, or academic difficulties.

    Annie recognises the importance and value of patient-centered care. She works in close collaboration with all members of the family to develop treatment plans and recommendations that are useful to the realities of individual families. She also works in close collaboration with the team of professionals already involved in the child’s care to further facilitate adjustment and continuation of care.



  • Marie-Ève Bouffard, Orthopédagogue

    ​Marie-Eve Bouffard, Orthopédagogue




  • Allixia Blouin, Speech and Language Pathologist

    Driven by a firm belief that communication is the essence of human interaction, Allixia knew from a young age that she wanted to help individuals communicate. Bilingual in French and English, Allixia is licensed by the « Ordre des Orthophonistes et Audiologistes du Québec » (OOAQ). She has experience in a variety of settings, including a school board, university clinic, hospital and a public health unit with patients having a wide range of speech and language difficulties. Allixia had the opportunity to pursue work experience in France, where she was exposed to an array of disorders in patients ranging from infants to adults. Her desire to help individuals reach their full potential coupled with her passion for working with the preschool and school-aged population as a Speech-Language Pathologist will ensure high-quality service towards her clients. Areas of interest are the following: preschool and school age language delays, articulation disorders, autism, down syndrome, reading and writing disorders (dyslexia) and emergent literacy difficulties.



  • Fotini (Tina) Sampalis
    Founder & President

    • Obtained her Medical Doctor (MD) Degree at the University of Patras (Greece), Dermatology at Göttingen University (Germany) and Marselisborg University (Denmark), Pediatric, General and Oncology Surgery at the University of Athens (Greece), graduate training (PhD) in Surgical Research at the University of Athens (development of Scintimammography) and a second PhD in Epidemiology and Experimental Surgery at McGill University (development of the Advanced Breast Biopsy Imaging - ABBI).


    • Her work has assisted the development of Scintimammography and the ABBI, an Advanced Breast Biopsy Imaging system which allows the microinvasive excision of breast tumours less than 1mm in diameter through a mechanically controlled digital robotic stereotactic surgical apparatus.


    • Inventor of novel patented omega-3 phospholipids as bioactive pharmaceutical ingredients effective for the prevention and treatment of hypertriglyceridemia (multiple patents worldwide).


    • Pioneered the worldwide industry for omega-3 phospholipids


    • In September 2013 Dr. Sampalis founded the “agoo Children’s Health & Wellness Center”, the first multidisciplinary comprehensive pediatric and adolescent children’s medical center


    • Recipient of the Deka Innovation Award by The Hellenic Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, Innovation Award of 2011, Genesis Gala held by BioQuebec, Educational Speakers Bureau in the Canadian Faculty of Medical Speakers for Miraluma (Scintimammography) Breast Imaging, Educational Speakers Bureau in the United States Faculty of Medical Speakers for Miraluma (Scintimammography) Breast Imaging


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  • Derek da Costa, MDCM
    Family Medicine

    Derek da Costa

    Dr. Derek da Costa earned his medical degree at McGill University and has been practicing as a family doctor in emergency medicine and pediatrics since 1989. He currently practices at the ER at St. Mary's Hospital as well as at Agoo Health and Wellness Center where he follows children. Prior to studying medicine, Dr.da Costa earned a Bachelor's of Science degree also from McGill University in Physiology. He also pursued graduate studies in Neurophysiology in the United States. When not seeing patients, he remains involved in Medical Education as an assistant professor at McGill, an Osler Fellow and an LMCC/OSCE examiner. He has also moderated several Continuing Medical Education (CME) conferences and is a clinical investigator at the MUHC Vaccine Study Centre.


  • Nicole Audet, MD, MA
    Family Medicine

    Dr. Nicole Audet teaches and practices family medicine at University of Montreal. Bestseller and Award wining author. She has received several national and international literary awards.  Her passions are paediatrics, teaching and writing. She has a medical pedagogy Master degree.




    English books

    • Strike At Charles’ Farm (Fall 2015)
    • Are You Eating My Lunch? (Fall 2015)
    • Parents for Sale (Authorhouse), 2015
    • Readers’ Favorite 5 Stars and 51 positive review on Amazon
    • Dragonfly Books Award Honorable mention in chapter book category.
    • New York and Hollywood Book Festivals Honorable Mentions

    French Books

    • Félix and Boubou series, the magical stethoscope, published by Boomerang.
    • L’otite de Lucas (Lucas' Otitis), 2012
    • La chasse aux poux (Hunting Lices), 2012
    • Un vaccin pour Joëlle (A vaccine for Joel), 2013
    • La Gastro-entérite de Léal (Lea's Gastroenteritis), 2013
    • Les allergies de Gabriel (Gabriel's Allergies), 2014
    • La varicelle de Sabrina (Sabrina's Chickenpox) 2014
    • Le bras cassé de Gabriel (Grabiel Broke His Arm), 2015
    • La magie du corps humain (The Magical Human Body), (Fall 2015)

    Your Health Info Guide, at Guy Saint-Jean publisher, 2012.

    • Vente de parents, Boomerang, (Fall 2015)
    • The Fairy Cookies, collective storytelling My Christmas stories, Andara publisher, 2013
    • Chicken Soup For The Quebecers Soul (2 stories), 2012

    To order her books from Authorhouse, call this Department

    Authorhouse 877 820 5393 ext 5022


    Nicole Audet, médecin de famille et écrivaine

  • Rebecca Kennedy, MD
    Family Medicine

    Dr. Rebecca Kennedy is a graduate of the faculty of medicine at the University of Calgary, class
    of 2012. She moved to Montreal to complete her family medicine residency with McGill
    University at St. Mary’s Hospital. During her training she developed a love of community
    paediatrics and chose to focus her medical practice on the care of children and families. Dr.
    Kennedy also has an interest in teaching the next generation of medical students and family
    medicine residents, and holds a faculty appointment with McGill University.

    Dr. Kennedy’s journey toward a career in medicine is unique. After 3 years working as an
    Interior Designer for an architectural firm in Calgary, Alberta, she was presented with an
    opportunity to volunteer on a hospital ship in West Africa for 5 months. The experience had a
    significant impact, and in 2001 she decided to leave her career in interior design to volunteer full
    time for a not-for-profit organization that served poor communities in several resource-poor
    countries around the world. Following the tsunami of 2004, she joined a disaster relief team to
    Sri Lanka to help those affected. It was there that she met several doctors with the skills and
    training she longed to have. She returned home inspired to go back to school to pursue a
    career in medicine. She continues to maintain an interest in global health, and values
    opportunities to use her medical training to serve those less privileged both at home and

    At the end of a rewarding day at the clinic, Dr. Kennedy happily spends her time with her
    husband and her own two young children.


  • Ludmila Kireva, MD
    Family Medicine

  • Mihaela Ionita, MD
    Family Medicine

  • Delphine Remillard-Labrosse, MD
    Family Medicine

  • Jeanne Cadieux, MD
    Family Medicine

  • Maroua Abderrahman, MD

  • Samantha Dankoff, MDCM,

  • Bruce D'Souza, MD

  • Kathryn Samaan, MD
    Pediatric Allergist

  • Dr.JP Capolicchio, MD, FRCSC, FAAP



  • Preetha Krishnamoorthy, MDCM
    Pediatric Endocrinology




  • Sheila Venkatarangam-Jacob, MD, FRCP
    Pediatric Pneumologist and sleep specialist

  • Sherif Emil, MDCM, FRCSC, FACS, FAAP
    Pediatric Surgeon


    Professor of Pediatric Surgery, Surgery, and Pediatrics

    Director:Division of Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery

    Associate Chair: Education and Departmental Citizenship

    Department of Pediatric Surgery, The Montreal Children’s Hospital


    Dr. Sherif Emil is Director of the Division of Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, Associate Chair for Education and Departmental Citizenship in the Department of Pediatric Surgery, and Professor of Pediatric Surgery, Surgery, and Pediatrics at McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He also co-directs Canada’s first multidisciplinary Chest Wall Anomalies Clinic at the Shriners Hospital for Children.


    Dr. Emil was born in Cairo, Egypt and grew up in several developing countries where his parents practiced as physicians.  He moved to the US in 1982 to start his undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, graduating cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. He completing his medical degree at McGill University, and his residency in general surgery at Loma Linda University in California. During his residency, he spent two years in laboratory research at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. After completing his pediatric surgery fellowship at McGill, He returned to California in 2001 to join the surgical faculty at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), where he was rapidly promoted to the rank of Associate Professor.  He led the Division of Pediatric Surgery at UCI from 2005 until 2008, when he was recruited back to McGill as chief of pediatric general and thoracic surgery.


    Dr. Emil has been active in basic and clinical research, publishing more than 90 manuscripts and several book chapters on many topics in pediatric surgery.  His laboratory research on inhaled nitric oxide in the 1990’s produced the first publications on this topic in the surgical literature.  His more recent laboratory research focused on finding alternatives to fundoplication for gastroesophageal reflux disease.  He is also actively engaged in several prospective studies and clinical trials, looking at outcomes of a variety of pediatric surgical diseases. His research results were covered nationally in Surgery News and several of his patients’ stories have been recently featured on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, as well as the local Montreal press.  He was named one of America’s Best Doctors in 2007, and one of Canada’s Best Doctors for the years 2009-2014.


    Dr. Emil has a passion for teaching, and is involved in teaching and mentoring activities spanning undergraduate students to physicians in practice. He was honored with several major teaching awards during his career.  He has had a keen interest in health care policy since his residency years.  His work with medical students on the drive for national health insurance earned him the American Medical Student Government Leadership and Service Award in 2008, and the privilege to give the UCI School of Medicine Commencement address in 2010.  His article, The Quest for Significance, based on that commencement address was published in the Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons, and gained wide traction within the surgical community.  Dr. Emil also has an ongoing interest in international surgery, and has participated in four missions to  Africa where he operates, teaches, and lectures. He has written about his mission experiences in The Globe and Mail, and his recent “Dispatches from Rwanda” have been widely disseminated on line. He has recently been appointed to the Board of Directors of Mercy Ships Canada.    


    Dr. Emil is a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada, the American College of Surgeons, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.  He has served as program chair for the Surgical Section of the American Academcy of Pediatrics and chair of the workforce committee of the Canadian Association of Pediatric Surgeons. He is an active member of  several other professional organizations including the American Pediatric Surgical Association, the Pacific Association of Pediatric Surgeons, the International Pediatric Endosurgery Group, the Pacific Coast Surgical Association, and the Association for Academic Surgery. 


    In 2012, Dr. Emil was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Governor General of Canada for his service to children around the world and his academic accomplishments in pediatric surgery.



  • Mallory Chavannes, MD
    Pediatric Gastroenterologist

  • Dr. Marie Gdalevitch, MD, FRCS(C),
    Orthopedic Surgery

    Dr. Marie Gdalevitch completed her medical school and orthopedic residency at McGill University. Following residency, Dr. Gdalevitch completed her first fellowship in limb lengthening and deformity correction at the International Center for Limb Lengthening in Baltimore, Maryland. Her second fellowship was in pediatric orthopedics at the Childrens Hospital at Westmead in Sydney, Australia. Upon her return to Montreal, Dr. Gdalevitch practiced at the Shriners Hospital and The Montreal Children's Hospital and has recently moved her practice to Verdun Hospital.




    Dr. Gdalevitch treats both adults and children in the following specialties:

     Limb Lengthening and Deformity Correction of upper and lower extremities with novel techniques. Limb reconstruction is often required in cases of congenital deformities, post-traumatic bone loss or due to infection in the bone;


    Hip reconstruction for children, adolescents and young adults – including hip arthroscopy, surgical hip dislocations and hip distraction;


     Osteogenesis imperfecta and other metabolic bone diseases as well as skeletal dysplasia;


     General orthopedics - including an interest in hallux valgus (bunions).


  • Rafif Zarka, M.P.A.

    Rafif Zarka graduated from the University of Montreal with a Bachelor’s degree in 2010 and a Master’s degree in 2011. She works in the private sector as well as in the public sector, at the Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal. She specializes in pediatric audiology and has a particular interest in the evaluation of central auditory processing disorders. She is also involved in the clinical education of audiology students from the University of Montreal.



  • Elizabeth Triassi, MA

    As the director of Family School Services Elizabeth’s focus is to cater to families who need guidance and support in regards to finding the right social and mental health services to foster positive developmental growth.

    Parents are always welcome to call to learn more about our professionals and the services we offer within our multidiciplinary collaborative approach. 



    With the goal of enhancing emotional intelligence, Elizabeth offers a specialized form of individual and group intervention by building social emotional learning skills for the 21st century. She specializes in working with children with behavioural difficulties. Elizabeth's primary goal is be be a child advocate. She helps children be treated as they should be, with kindness. Her clientele consists of children and teens with social-emotional difficulties, stress related issues, ADHD, ODD,  language difficulties, and autism. In addition, Elizabeth educates parents on how children of all ages can engage adaptively with the technological world. Elizabeth's research focuses on the ways in which interactive digital media is transforming interpersonal relationships.

    For more information on the services we offer at Agoo please call:


    Elizabeth at: 450-687-6888 ext 113




  • Alba Rosa (Rosie) D’Andrea, P.S.W. M.S.W
    Social Worker

    • Professional Social Worker and Part-Time Professor at Concordia University Faculty of Education.
    • Masters Degree in Social Work at McGill University and over 20 years of work experience with children and families. Her area of expertise involves intervention with families in crisis, adolescents at risk, child development and parenting issues.
    • Her clinical approach is family centered and solution focused approach. Problem-solving strategies and communication techniques with parents and children exhibiting disruptive behavior, anxiety, depression, stress, anger management, and addictions.
    • Her intensive work with families and children has allowed her to develop a level of expertise around parenting and child development. 


  • Angela Stratigakis,
    Speech Language Pathologist

    Angela received her Bachelor of Arts degree, with distinction, from McGill University. She then earned her Master of Medical Science in Clinical Communication Studies from the University of Sheffield, in England, training her to become a speech-language pathologist. Angela has been working for a local school board for the last four years, where she has worked closely with elementary school students with a range of diagnoses by providing ongoing speech and language therapy and collaborating with other members of a multidisciplinary team. Angela is specialized in assessing and providing intervention to school age children with speech, language and learning disabilities and particularly enjoys working with preschool age children with speech/language delays. Angela works with clients from various backgrounds in English, Greek and French. She enjoys working in a clinic setting because of the naturalistic, focused and consistent nature of the intervention, which demonstrates how goals can develop over time, and progress can be achieved with the right support.



  • Maria-Lisa Bozzo, S-LP
    Speech & Language Pathologist



    Maria-Lisa completed her Master’s Degree at the University of Toronto in 2010. Upon completion of her degree, she worked at The Montreal Fluency Center. She then joined the multidisciplinary team at Agoo in November 2013. Her role at the center includes providing assessments and treatment to preschool and school-aged children with various speech and language difficulties. Particular areas of interest include early language development (expression and comprehension), articulation, emergent literacy, and stuttering.


    Maria-Lisa is a member of SAC (Speech-Language and Audiology Canada) and is OOAQ (Ordre des orthophonistes et audiologistes du Québec) certified. 


  • Stefanie Cortina, M.H.Sc,
    Speech & Language Pathologist



    I have a special interest in communication disorders that affect the pediatric population. I have a Master of Health Science in Speech-Language Pathology degree from the University of Toronto, and have had the opportunity of working with toddlers, pre-school, elementary and high-school students with a wide range of speech, language, and swallowing disorders in various settings (e.g., public and private health care systems, rehabilitation centers, hospitals, school board). I am a Certified member of Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC) and am licensed by the Ordre des Orthophonistes et Audiologistes du Québec (OOAQ). I have developed a true appreciation for the value of communication and strive to provide individuals with the opportunity to reach their maximum potential. I am fluent in English, French, and Italian, and am enthusiastic about meeting the unique needs of bilingual and multilingual individuals.


    Areas of specialization:

    • Preschool and School Age Language Delays (3 months – 18 years)
    • Reading and Writing Disorders (Dyslexia)
    • Apraxia of Speech
    • Stuttering
    • Voice Disorders
    • Swallowing Deficits
    • Articulation Disorders
    • Autism
    • Down Syndrome
    • Language-Based Learning Disabilities

  • Georgia Vlachos, RN

  • Sarah Zahabi,

  • Vanessa Moniz,
    Office Manager

  • Elizabeth Triassi, Director of
    Family & School Services



    As the director of Family School Services Elizabeth’s focus is to cater to families who need guidance and support in regards to finding the right social and mental health services to foster positive developmental growth.


     After a parent, doctor, or school makes a request for a child to see our professionals or doctors, Elizabeth will call the parents and discuss their options to help service their child’s needs.



    With the goal of enhancing emotional intelligence, Elizabeth offers a specialized form of individual and group therapy by building social emotional learning skills for the 21st century. Her clientele consists of children and teens with social-emotional difficulties, anxiety, ADHD, language impairments,

     and autism. In addition, Elizabeth educates parents on how children of all ages can engage adaptively with the technological world. Elizabeth's research focuses on the ways in which interactive digital media is transforming interpersonal relationships.



    For more information on the services we offer at Agoo please call:


    Elizabeth at: 450-687-6888 ext 113


    Or email


  • Dr. Julia von Oettingen, MD PhD MMSc

    Dr. Julia von Oettingen is a pediatric endocrinologist at the Montreal Children's Hospital and Assistant Professor at McGill University. She obtained her MD (2008) and PhD (2009) degrees from the University of Leipzig medical school in Germany, and a master of medical sciences degree (2015) from Harvard Medical School. She completed her residency in pediatrics at the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, and her fellowship in pediatric endocrinology at Boston Children's Hospital, both in Boston, USA. Dr. von Oettingen has been working in Liberia and Haiti to establish pediatric diabetes care, and is a site adviser to the International Diabetes Federation’s Life for a Child program in Liberia and Haiti. She is the founding medical director of a pediatric chronic care center in Haiti, and technical adviser for pediatric endocrinology to Partners in Health. She leads the Pediatric Endocrinology Education Program for Haiti with support from the Pediatric Endocrine Society and the European Society for Pediatric Endocrinology. She is a member of the Pediatric Endocrine Society International Relations Council, and an executive committee member of Global Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes (GPED). Her clinical and research interests are diabetes and endocrine conditions in non-Caucasian populations, and chronic care delivery in resource limited settings. 


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    A pediatric allergist/immunologist is specialized to treat your child for the following:

    • Asthma
    • Hay fever (allergic rhinitis)
    • Sinusitis
    • Eczema (atopic dermatitis)
    • Hives (urticaria, welts)
    • Severe reactions to foods, insect stings, and medications (anaphylaxis)
    • Immune disorders that lead to the following:
      • Frequent sinusitis, pneumonia, or diarrhea
      • Thrush and abscesses that keep coming back
      • Severe, unusual infections​​


    Please note that your child needs a referral to see the allergist. Please fax (450-687-7222) or email ( the referral in order for us to book the appointment.



    Types of testing done in our clinic: 

    • Inhalant allergies (dander, mold, pollen, dust, pet hair, etc)
    • Food allergies (cow's milk protein intolerance, other)
    • Insect desensitization (wasps, bees, other)



    Please note that all tests for allergies to medications and/or insect bites have to be done at the hospital and are NOT offered at agoo. However, the initial consultation can be done at our clinic and then your child can be put on a waitlist at the hospital for testing. Challenge tests also need to be done in hospital.


    We offer skin prick testing and blood tests for allergies. 


    ​​You have an appointment with Dr.Samaan for allergy testing coming up? Here is what you need to know: 

    • No anti-histamines are to be taken 7 days prior to the appointment or less as these medications can interfere with the allergy test results (claritin, benadryl, reactine, etc)
    • The consultation is covered by medicare, however there are fees for the supplies used for the allergy tests that vary from 25-50$
    • Your appointment will take anywhere from 20-40 minutes
    • In order to avoid no show fees, you must call to cancel your appointment at least 24 hours in advance


    For more detailed information, please click the memory-aid below: 






    Medical consultations are covered by medicare (RAMQ) and are offered by our pediatric endocrinologist, Dr. Preetha Krishnamoorthy from the Montreal Children's Hospital.


    *Consultations are by referral only.


    She is accepting to see patients for the following conditions: 

    • Short stature/Tall stature
    • Polycystic ovary syndrome
    • Early or delayed puberty
    • Thyroid disorders
    • Obesity
    • Dyslipidemia
    • Gynecomastia
    • Diabetes
    • Other








    • Lacerations (sutures, glue)
    • Minor head injuries
    • Foreign object removal
    • Sprains & other limb injuries
    • Umbillical complaints (cauterization)
    • Nosebleeds                                                     
    • Asthma & other respiratory problems (cough, shortness of breath)
    • Allergies
    • Rashes
    • Diarrhea, vomiting
    • Fever
    • Runny nose
    • Earaches
    • Headaches
    • Urinary complaints
    • Other childhood infections or complaints


                                                                                          For serious emergencies, call 9-1-1

                                                                                               To speak with a nurse, call 8-1-1



    For same day emergency appointments, our phone lines open at 8am everyday. Please call 450-687-6888 and leave a message in the emergency voicemail. If we do not return your call by 10am then all of our emergency spots for the day have been filled. We will also open up some emergency appointments with Bonjour-santé. 


    *Please note that Dr.Derek da Costa, Dr.Nicole Audet and Dr.Ludmila Kireva ONLY accept their registered patients for emergency appointments. Any appointments booked with these doctors through Bonjour-santé for non-registered patients will not be honored. 




    We have a strong team of General Physicians specialised in Family Medicine at agoo that will be your first line of healthcare and will follow you and your children throughout their formative years from birth to 18 years old.  To learn more about our staff of highly trained doctors and staff, see our Meet agoo page by clicking here.


    Routine check-ups are strongly recommended at 2, 4, 6, 9, 12, 18, and 24 months, then every year after that for general health evaluations and routine examination.


    Please call us at 450-687-6888 to inquire about your child and to book your appointments!







    Our doctors welcome new patients from birth to 18 years:


    • Newborn care
    • Well-baby/child care
    • Adolescent medicine



    Does your child suffer from any of the conditions below:

    • Sleep disorders
    • Insomnia
    • Asthma
    • Chronic trouble breathing


    If so, come with a referral to see our pediatric respirologist!


    Dr. Sheila Venkatarangam Jacob (Respirologist with a specialization in sleep disorders) has joined the agoo team!


    By referral, the specialist will now be accepting new patients at her new location at agoo. Consultations are fully covered by RAMQ. Furthermore, we have the advantage of very short waiting times.


    Ask your doctor to refer you at your next visit!



    agoo now offers urological consultations and treatments performed by Dr Jean-Paul Capolicchio, renown pediatric urologist.  He has an interest in all aspects of pediatric urology, with a special expertise in antenatal hydronephrosis and minimally invasive surgery. Our clinic offers newborn to 18 year old patients the possibility to consult in pediatric urology.  


                                                     List of office procedures:



    • Esthetic circumcision*


    • Urinary incontinence*



    • Esthetic teenage circumcision*             


    *Fees for in-clinic esthetic surgical procedures will apply


    We are now equipped with a Uroflow system for urinary flow and residual urine evaluations by diagnostic ultrasonography for children.  It is our pleasure to welcome you with referral:


    • Fast appointments with Dr Jean-Paul Capolicchio are now offered with referral
    • We use Uroflow equipment, a non-invasive new technology to complete the evaluation in less than 30 minutes
    • The results will be immediately available to the patients, following your appointment


    Your child has an appointment with Dr.JP Capolicchio for a circumcision? Here is what you need to know: 


    • Please give your child a bath prior to the visit
    • Bring extra diapers
    • The baby may feed up to 30 minutes before the surgery (you will be able to feed your child immediately after the surgery in the breastfeeding room) 
    • If your child uses a pacifier, please bring it to the visit
    • You may bring Tempra or Tylenol to the visit 
    • Xylocaine is used as the local anesthetic 
    • The procedure for order children is done at the hospital under sedation which is more pleasant and avoids traumatizing the child. Teenagers can also be done in the office under local anesthesia. 





    Agoo works in collaboration with a selected few organizations and companies that share the same vision; to help children reach their full potential. These organizations work closely with agoo within their own specialization.







    Children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), developmental delays, and other related disorders often struggle when learning to speak, acquire skills, and integrate into different settings. We believe that their learning should be fun, positive, and interactive! 

    Services include:

    • ABA therapy and language stimulation programs
    • Socials skills instruction
    • Behavioural support services
    • Shadow support and group integration services

    Our Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA Therapy) services use Verbal Behaviour (VB) and your child’s motivation and interests to teach functional skills across all key areas, such as:

    • Commmunication skills
    • Cognitive abilities 
    • Social skills
    • Play skills
    • Independence
    • Challenging behaviours
    • Integration into group settings
    • And so much more!

    For more information please contact our Family & School Services Department 


    Telephone: 450-687-6888 ext. 113






    Families could be given the gift of sleep with the help of a sleep nurse! Clinique AGOO’s sleep nurse has worked with thousands of families over the years and offers a unique approach to the traditional sleep work. Given her medical background and experience as a pediatric nurse, coupled with the child development and infant feeding courses she has completed, she has the Mind of a Sleep Learning Consultant, the Soul of a Pediatric Nurse, and the Heart of a Mom.

    Services offered for families: 

    • Ensuring safe and healthy sleep primarily for the 0-5 population i.e. newborns, infants, toddlers and preschoolers, but can work with older children on a case-by-case basis as needed
    • Establishing age/stage appropriate night and nap sleep and feed (milk and solids) schedules 
    • Navigating and troubleshooting sleep issues like teaching babies how to sleep independently for nights and naps, early rising, frequent night waking, nap transitions, unsafe sleep practices, growth and developmental milestones, teething, illness, crying
    • Supporting families during the implementation of new sleep structures and plan
    • Demystifying preconceived notions and beliefs surrounding sleep as well as understanding the science underlying sleep
    • Providing a personalized and unique approach to sleep-learning for both short and long-term sleep success - this is not a quick fix!






    There may be times when your child/adolescent has difficulty expressing or dealing with his or her emotions. Your child/adolescent may be facing difficulties with their social interactions or they may be struggling to cope with school demands and everyday life. If you have any concerns regarding your child's behaviour or if there are any other issues that you feel has had a negative impact on your child and your family, our experienced psychologists conduct psychological services to help your child/adolescent and your family.

    Our team of psychologists offers personalized therapy for children. Each child will have a tailored therapy plan pertaining to their specific situation and their objectives and goals for therapy. The psychologist and child will work towards achieving these objectives and goals to assure long-term well-being. 

    The services offered by our team of psychologists are:

    • Mental health conditions/disorders (e.g., Depression, Anxiety)
    • Developmental Disorders (e.g., ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder)
    • Acute/Chronic Diseases
    • Self-esteem issues
    • Loss and Grief
    • Behavioral problems (e.g., Oppositional, Defiant)
    • Emotional regulation difficulties
    • Adjustment difficulties
    • Attachment difficulties
    • Support for families 






    Offsite services

    (schools, daycares and at home)


    We come to you!

    We are here to help!

    We ensure the best care to our clients seeking improved outcomes with our unique, collaborative and thorough approach.


    We could help answer the following questions:


    Questions we help answer:

    •    A child has been diagnosed with a developmental delay, physical or learning disability, what is the best plan of action for them? 

    •    How do I best prepare my child for the transition to a school setting? 

    •    The child’s school or daycare has suggested additional support. Where do I seek services? 

    What services do we offer? 

    •    Workshops, trainings and consultation in specialized topics. 

    •    Modification and implementation of intervention behavior plans (IBP) and Individual Education Plans (IEP) 

    •    Conduct speech and language, cognitive, motor, developmental and behaviours screenings, evaluations and intervention plans 

    •    Conduct a collaborative plan between the family and school environment for consistent support

    Who hires us?

    §  Parents 

    §  Schools 

    §  Daycares

    §  Organizations

    §  Communities

    §  School boards

    Who Is On Our Team?



    Workshops to help teachers/educators learn about how emotions, cognition, stress and anxiety affect learning in students. Creates, modifies and implements Individual Education Plans (IEP). Screening for behavioural, cognitive, learning and developmental delays.

    Speech and Language Pathologist

    Empowers and enables children by providing assessment, treatment and management of communication and swallowing disorders affecting children.

    Occupational therapist

    Offers assessment & treatment focused on helping children with a physical, sensory, or cognitive disability be as independent as possible in all areas of their daily lives. 

    Clinical Social Worker

    Intervention with children exhibiting disruptive behaviour, anxiety, depression, stress and tantrums. Positive strategies are provided to the family. 


    Enhancing social emotional learning through workshops for teachers and educators. Creates modifies and implements behaviour intervention plans for the 21st century learners. 


    Offers offsite one-to-one or group facilitation aimed at managing and enabling positive behaviours and learning new skills for children with special needs.




















    Consentement FRANÇAIS

    Consent form ENGLISH






    Orthophonie/Speech and language therapy 

    Ergothérapie/Occupational therapy



    Agoo Academy /Orthopédagogie

    Parentale/Parenting expert (social work)


    1) 0-5 years old: Baby, toddler and prescholer/Bébé, Bambins er Enfants d'âge préscholaire

    Developmental History Questionnaire ENGLISH - Daycare

    Questionnaire Histoire du développement de l'enfant FRANÇAIS- Garderie 

    Developmental History Questionnaire ENGLISH - Parents

    Questionnaire Histoire du développement de l'enfant FRANÇAIS- Parents  


    2) 5-11 years old: School aged children/Enfants d'âge scolaire

    Developmental History Questionnaire ENGLISH - School

    Questionnaire Histoire du développement de l'enfant FRANÇAIS- École 

    Developmental History Questionnaire ENGLISH - Parents

    Questionnaire Histoire du développement de l'enfant FRANÇAIS- Parents  


    3) 12-17  years old: Pre-Adolencent/Pré-Adolescents et Adolescents

    Developmental History Questionnaire ENGLISH - School

    Questionnaire Histoire du développement de l'enfant FRANÇAIS- École 

    Developmental History Questionnaire ENGLISH - Parents

    Questionnaire Histoire du développement de l'enfant FRANÇAIS- Parents  



    Questionnaire Français

    Questionnaire ENGLISH



    Questionnaire Français

    Questionaire English



    Questionnaire Français

    Questionnaire English






    This laughter group is dedicated to families. Age doesn’t matter, all that does are parents and their children wanting to laugh together.


    Need something to do with your child that will bring you closer together?


    Sharing a laugh bridges the gap between people. Who more to benefit from this then parents and their children. Through laughter, parents and children will get to experience joy at its purist moments. Parents get busy and society teaches children that being with their parents isn’t the norm. This group will end that norm and bring back the essence of bonding between parent and child. Laughter yoga was invented by Dr.Kataria.


    Laughter Yoga is about getting the benefits of laughter without needing a reason to laugh. The Yoga is for the breathing and meditation part of the session. There will not be any demand of physical poses.


    You can RSVP by calling Agoo at (450) 687-6888 ext 113 as there is maximum of 12 Participants. Or email



    Insults to nervous system (brain, spinal cord, nerves) can have long lasting effects of individual functioning and performance in daily activities leading to difficulty in participation at school, sports, poor quality of life and decreased productivity.


    Neuro-physiotherapy is directed towards minimizing consequences from the damage, increase physical function and improve performance on activities. The therapy is directed at improving balance and coordination, improving fine and gross motor functions, strength and endurance training that are critical to independent function in daily life. Physiotherapy in neurological conditions is a combination of therapist’s guided movements as well as structured environment to enhance learning. Therapy is focused to provide interactive therapeutic environment to maximize function while tapping brain’s plasticity to improve function. The aim of intervention is to provide repetition of movements so as to enhance motor control and learning within an environment that is motivating yet challenging for success.


    Neurodevelopmental therapy

    Neurodevelopmental treatment (NDT) is a hands-on treatment approach used by physiotherapists in management of neurological conditions, such as cerebral palsy, head injury, spinal cord injury, neurodegenerative conditions. NDT focuses on postural control;facilitation of optimal movement patterns in children with disordered movement control, impaired walking performancewith the goal to optimize function, improve balance and coordination and maximize independence in activities. People following neurological insults have limited (restricted) movement patterns that limits smooth trajectory of arms of legs. Repeated and correct movement patterns have shown to improve motor performance. NDT is based on guided or facilitated movements while stimulating tactile, vestibular, and somatosensory receptors within the body. NDT emphasizes on alignment, postural control, weight shifts and movement control while inhibiting untoward movement patterns and facilitating typical movement pattern eventually leading to acquisition of skill.NDT affords continuous assessment and modulation of therapist’s assistance throughout the movement execution.


    During the first appointment, the child will undergo assessments for tone, postural control, various test to assess physical function both performance and capacity assessments for balance, walking, depending on the condition. All assessments, goal settings and exercise program are mapped with parents and child's schedule. Clients receive a tailored therapy plan based on their assessment to help them achieve their full potential. Targeted goals and treatment plan will be periodically reassessed.


    Health issues:

    • Improve static and dynamic balance and co-ordination
    • Functional re-training
    • Improving walking performance
    • Strength and endurance training
    • Reducing spasticity
    • Improving arm and hand function, eye-hand co-ordination
    • Training on dual task performance

    Services offered:

    • Pediatric Neuro-physiotherapy
    • Neuro-developmental therapy
    • Home exercise plan

    Health Conditions:

    • Cerebral palsy
    • Developmental delay
    • Various genetic syndrome o Spinal cord injuries
    • Multiple Sclerosis
    • Spinal dysraphism


    For more information please contact our Family & School Services Department 

    Telephone: 450-687-6888 ext. 113










    Agoo believes in newborn screening to detect congenitial hearing loss at birth. We preform audiology screening for newborns to one year olds. 


    When a child is experiencing a speech, language, communication or development delay, they are referred to an audiologist to rule out possible hearing loss. If a hearing loss is diagnosed, patients and families are given information and strategies to help with communication challenges, are provided with the appropriate therapy, and are referred to the right resources for treatment (ENT if surgery is deemed necessary or a hearing aid specialist if hearing aid are considered). Audiology evaluations are completed at agoo for children from three years old to adults. 


    Central Auditory Processing (CAPS) Disorder affects up to 5% of school-aged children. These students have difficulty processing the information they hear and are usually characterized as “poor listeners”. They have normal hearing ability, but there is a disconnect between what is heard and what is understood. These children’s brains interpret sounds differently than those of others.


    CAPS testing is administered to assess for auditory processing disorder for children form 7 years old and older. 


    For more information please contact our Family & School Services Department 

    Telephone: 450-687-6888 ext. 113










    The psychoeducator works with people who are coping with adaptation issues reflecting on their behaviour. He or she evaluates various issues and offers unique solutions to those individuals. In order to offer an efficient and rigorous intervention plan, the psychoeducator:

    • Evaluates the psychosocial adaptation and the adaptive abilities of the person through participatory and systematic observation, various questionnaires and standardized tests;
    • Builds a program, offers an intervention plan and sees to its application;
    • Evaluates the results and efficiency of the intervention.


    Depending on the particular dynamics of the person, the psychoeducator organizes and uses the client’s environment to support him or her in the adaptation process.


    For more information please contact our Family & School Services Department 


    Telephone: 450-687-6888 ext. 113







    An Orthopedagogue is a profession, which specializes in the field of educational sciences. The main goal of an orthopedagogue is to assess and intervene with children who suffer from learning disabilities, such as reading, writing, mathematics, etc… An orthopedagogical evaluation consists of identifying the child’s learning disability, as well as overall knowledge and cognitive processes. They also taking into account other factors, such as family and school. 

    Services offered to families :

    • Anglophone or Francophone children of school age (between 5 to 16 years old).
    • Development of reading and writing skills (English)
    • Development of mathematical skills and reasoning
    • Strategy development and work autonomy
    • To identify and evaluate learning disabilities/difficulties (speaking, reading, writing, mathematical reasoning, etc…)
    • To create learning intervention programs for schools and teachers 
    • Provide advice to parents based on intervention programs (Both in French and English)
    • Activities to do at home


    For more information please contact our Family & School Services Department 

    Telephone: 450-687-6888 ext. 113







    Are you questioning yourself about whether your child has motor developmental delays? Has your child injured himself practicing a sport? Does your child have back pain or knee pain? Book an appointment now with our physiotherapist to get a full evaluation and treatment plan as well as answers to all your questions! 

    The pediatric physical therapist specializes in the evaluation and treatment of:
    -        Motor developmental delays, these include all global motor skills that the child acquires over the first year of life in order to be able to control the neck, the arms, the legs and the trunk. These skills will help the child to roll, sit down, stand up and walk
    -        Congenital torticollis
    -        Plagiocephaly
    -        Musculosqueletal injuries
    The physical therapist determines the reasons behind the motor developmental delay whether it is a difficult delivery, a premature birth or an abnormally high or low muscle tone.
    It is important to remember that pediatric physical therapy is not only for babies and toddlers. Pediatric physical therapists can also work with all children and adolescents under the age of 18. They can evaluate and treat problems related to sports injuries, chronic pain as well as develop a treatment plan for rehabilitation after a surgery or a fracture.



    Pelvic floor physiotherapy

    1. Women who have urinary incontinence following birth
    2. Women who would like to get back to training and who need strengthening exercises for the pelvic floor and the abdominals
    3. Women who have back pain during pregnancy or after giving birth
    4. Women who have an organ prolapse 


    For more information please contact our Family & School Services Department 

    Telephone: 450-687-6888 ext. 113







    Our nutritionist provides an individualized approach to health and wellness across the entire lifespan. A holistic evidenced-based approach is followed to coach children and their parents achieve their health goals.


    Areas of specialization:






    Diabetes type 2

    Food allergies and intolerances

    Infant nutrition and feeding practices

    Introduction to solids

    Prenatal nutrition

    Selective “picky” eating

    Weight management


    For more information please contact our Family & School Services Department 

    Telephone: 450-687-6888 ext. 113







    The psychopedagogist's approach is to advocate for children and their families. Help them to build emotional intelligence, to learn the skills they may be lacking rather the focusing on the behaviour they may be exhibiting. Psychopedagogy offers a specialized form of individual/group therapy for the 21st century learner.

    Psychopedagogists work closely with the family, school and child that may or may not be diagnosed with Autism, ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Language Impairment and anxiety.

    Social-emotional learning

    An interactive individual/group therapy (age appropriate) that helps children or adolescents focus on the five main competencies to build emotional intelligence skills:

    • Self-management (self-control and regulation of emotions)
    • Self-awareness (self-confidence)
    • Social-awareness (social skills)
    • Responsible decision-making skills
    • Relationship skills (friendship skills)

    Services consist of:

    • Child advocate
    • Individual and Group Therapy
    • Conducting  and implementingcollaborative behaviour intervention plans for the child's school
    • Consultation and workshops for daycares and schools

    For more information please contact our Family & School Services Department 

    Telephone: 450-687-6888 ext. 113























    Neuropsychology is a field interested in establishing a relationship between the brain’s functioning and the child’s behaviours, which not only includes the child’s cognitive functioning (e.g. language, perception, memory, attention, executive functioning, etc.) but also behavioural (e.g. impulsivity, aggression) and psychological (e.g. anxiety, depression) manifestations. The goal of the neuropsychological assessment is to establish a profile of the child’s strengths and weaknesses to better understand the origin of difficulties experienced, which may be consequent to neurological, neuropsychiatric, and/or learning problems. Through the assessment, the child’s needs are put forward. Depending on the difficulties manifested, subsequent consultations with other professionals may be necessary (e.g. psychologists, occupational therapists, speech therapists) to help improve weaknesses noted. Recommendations will also be proposed to assist the family and the school. In addition, compensatory strategies can also be put forward to help the child palliate difficulties experienced.


    Possible reasons for consultation:

    • Intellectual disability
    • Intellectual Giftedness
    • Attention and executive difficulties (e.g. impulsivity, planning, organization)
    • Learning problems (e.g. reading, writing, math)
    • Motor difficulties (e.g. dyspraxia)
    • Visuo-perceptual problems  
    • Behavioral difficulties (e.g. opposition)
    • Social problems
    • Tics
    • Neurocognitive difficulties associated to neurological conditions (e.g. epilepsy)
    • Neurocognitive difficulties associated to different psychological or psychiatric conditions (e.g. anxiety, depression)
    • Neurocognitive sequelae due to traumatic brain injury



    For more information please contact our Family & School Services Department 

    Telephone: 450-687-6888 ext. 113









    Problem-solving strategies and communication techniques with children, adolescents and parents are developed; also included is a collaborative approach working with the child's milieu (community, daycare, school).

    The social worker works with families and children experiencing a life crisis such as a loss.

    The social worker will introduce the family to support coping skills. Emergency appointments are available.

    Co-parenting and Positive Parenting Programs are offered individually or in a group setting to meet the growing needs of childhood development and to promote healthy parenting styles addressing childhood behaviors.


    For more information please contact our Family & School Services Department 

    Telephone: 450-687-6888 ext. 113









    Speech-language pathologists use a variety of speech therapy techniques to improve a child’s ability to communicate. Many factors can interfere with a child’s ability to speak, including physiological difficulties, hearing problems, cognitive and neurological challenges, and genetic disorders.

    Speech-related difficulties can include concerns about not speaking at all, stuttering, pronunciation or voice. Language-related difficulties can include concerns about vocabulary, grammar, comprehension discourse and social-emotional expression.

    A speech and language pathologist works with a child, one-on-one or in a group, using activities and exercises targeted to their specific needs. 

    Speech-Language Pathologists can help by assessing children with a view to determine if their speech and language skills are appropriate, providing play-based intervention, parent strategies and resources.

    Possible reasons for a consultation:

    • Developmental language delay 
    • Phonological delay 
    • Articulation Disorders 
    • Reading and writing
    • Stuttering 
    • Dysorthographia 
    • Dyslexia
    • Childhood apraxia of speech
    • Voice disorder  
    • Autism 
    • Social communication


    For more information please contact our Family & School Services Department 

    Telephone: 450-687-6888 ext. 113








    Occupational therapists are health care professionals that come together with other professionals such as Speech Pathologists, Physiotherapists, Psychologists and more in order to help your child gain independence in their  daily life. They are here to improve your child’s everyday skills, which are also known as their ‘occupations’. Specific areas that are usually focused on by occupational therapists are self-care skills, school readiness, play skills and lastly, sensory processing  social and emotional regulation. Occupational therapists are here to encourage your child and give them their sense of independence in order to accomplish their day-to-day occupations.

    Occupational therapists at our clinic offer:

    • Individualized intervention plans and early intervention services to infantsand toddlerswho have, or are at risk of having developmental delays
    • Services outside of the clinic such as home visits, schools, and daycares.
    • Parental coaching and training.
    • Recommendations in order to promote the child’s participation in their daily activities, including leisure activities. 

    Possible reasons for a consultation:

    • Developmental disorders (Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, etc…)
    • Cognitive deficits 
    • Learning disorders (Dyslexia, writing, reading)
    • Fine and gross motor difficulties (movement disorders)
    • Children with difficulties feeding and/or swallowing 
    • Acquired brain injury 
    • Cerebral Palsy 
    • Down Syndrome
    • Sensory issues 


    For more information please contact our Family & School Services Department 

    Telephone: 450-687-6888 ext. 113



  • CPR



    First Responders in CPR/AED/First Aid are adaptive to life and death situations. With the knowledge of knowing what to do in life threatening situations, one will gain confidence. Confidence in knowing that they are capable of being a leader in a challenging situation. Individuals who take the course get a card certification that is recognized by the Heart and Stroke foundation.


    Course we offer


    Basic Life Support Provider (BLS provider/anaphylaxis 1.5h): 

    The new Health care provider course for all Health Care Professionals. This includes Nurses, Physical therapist and others. This course does have an exam at the end. Course is about 6 hours. 


    First aid/Daycare/Severe Allergic Reaction: 

    This course is directed to daycare educators, Teachers, Attendants, Special Educator Technicians and all employees who work with youth and children. This course is either a refresher (6h) or a full on course (8h)


    Heart Saver CPR AED Family and Friends: 

    Just got a new born? Found out someone you care about has a heart condition? Want you and your family to be ready for anything and everything? Then this is the course for you. When asking for this course, please let us know if there is a specific situation you want Chris to go over and he will ensure he covers it in depth during the course. This course is about 5 hours.



    You can RSVP by calling Agoo at (450) 687-6888 ext 113 . Or email





    Dear Colleagues,


    On behalf of the agoo Children's Health & Wellness Center, I would like to invite you to visit us and consider joining our team.


    My colleagues and I have worked very hard to build a medical center where children feel at home, in a pleasant environment but also trustworthy and effective for both doctors and parents.


    On the professional side we are proud to say that agoo offers an amazing opportunity for medical specialists and other healthcare professionals to be part of a multidisciplinary team, working together in a single facility towards better patient management.  Please note that patients are never charged for registration or any services covered by medicare.


    I invite physicians who wish to be part of a dynamic team to join us and benefit from a state-of-the-art health facility serving a huge population of suburban families. We are particularly interested in pediatricians, family doctors, adolescent medical specialists, otorhinolaryngologists, dermatologists, & ophthalmologists, but welcome anyone who feels they would like to share our vision of delivering above-average quality of care to our pediatric & adolescent patients.


    Agoo offers electronic medical records (Medesync), spacious and child friendly offices and separate waiting rooms for sick children. 


    Furthermore, everyone at agoo is offered an excellent opportunity for top of the line clinical research, publications and conferences with all the support required on site.


    Clinic hours are flexible and ideal for full or part-time availabilities including evenings and weekends. We offer opportunities for multi-discipline workshops, CPR accreditation, and many more as we are definitely interested in new concepts and ideas.


    I am hoping that you will find the time to visit agoo on site or virtually through our website and click here for an introductory presentation to our clinic.


    I would appreciate the opportunity to discuss with you possible ways that we can work together.


    Looking forward to meeting you soon.




    Dr Tina Sampalis


    Founder & President

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  • 2-day workshop. Over 2 consecutive weeks. 2 90-minute sessions



    ATELIER: MMT CLASS SERIES - Discover Infant Massage


    2-day workshop. Over 2 consecutive weeks. 2 90-minute sessions










  • PPREP - Childbirth Classes

    If you are interested in registering please complete this form and send it to


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    Is your child having social emotional difficulties at home or school?

    Has someone recommended for your child to be evaluated and you do not feel comfortable doing so?

    Is your child diagnosed with a disability?


    We at Agoo Children's Health Center Centre de santé pour enfants are here for you. We offer an intensive summer program that will help your child learn skills using interactive play therapy. Our goal is to prepare you and your child for the new school year to come.


    We now offer an intensive 2-week summer program for elementary school students that need assistance in learning social and emotional skills using interactive experiential play therapy. The program is broken down in three parts.


    Part 1: A meeting with the family to observe the dynamics.


    Part 2: There will be a school visit associated with each participant, in order to help facilitate a better learning environment.


    Part 3: The group program that consists on working on the following skills:


    •Self-management (self-control and regulation of emotions)

    •Self-awareness (self-confidence)

    •Social awareness (social skills)

    •Responsible decision-making skills

    •Relationship skills (friendship skills)

    Part 4: Parents will take part in the experience by participating in a separate 3-hour group session, to learn skills to help their child develop emotional intelligence.


    Part 5: An exhibition gathering for all group members and their families to showcase their work within a community.


    In addition, an individual problem-solving assessment, as well as a list of recommendations, will be provided.


    Insurance receipts are offered under ANQ (l'Association des Naturothérapeutes du Québec).


    Please contact for more information.



  • Terrific


    When a child has a big tantrum, they won't listen to reason. Punishments, consequences and time-out don’t work.  


    Our Terrific Toddlers class caters to parents with children between 0 to 5 and will cover the following themes (among others): 

    - Developmental Milestones and Stages
    - Tantrums
    - Feeding, routines and potty training
    - Power struggles and dealing with “no”
    - The value of play

    Terrific Toddlers will run through 6 sessions of 3 hrs min each.  

    Classes are kept to a maximum of 10 participants, call to reserve today!


  • Parental
    Training I

    At this age, it is very important to feel accepted by peers. Kids are sensitive to feeling left out. They often compare their physical appearance and abilities with friends.


    The P.E.T. I session  focuses on parenting issues for parents with children between 4 and 12 years of age.  Some of the issues covered in the P.E.T. class are:

    - Developmental stages
    - Talking so that your child will listen
    - Understanding your childrens’ messages
    - Peer pressures and school relations
    - Conflict resolution


    P.E.T. I runs through 7 sessions of 3 hours each.  


    Classes are kept to a maximum of 10 participants, call to reserve today!

  • Speech-therapy parent-child course

    Parent-child course available for children between the ages of 18 months and 3 years old. 


    Call us to put your name on the waiting list!


  • Parental
    Training II

    Parenting teenagers comes with a special set of challenges - and a special set of rules.
    The P.E.T. II session  focuses on parenting issues for parents with children between 12 and 18 years of age.  Some of the issues covered in the P.E.T. II class are:

    - Developmental stages
    - Talking so that your child will listen
    - Peer pressures
    - Staying connected with your teenager
    - Myths and misconceptions about teenager behaviours


    P.E.T. II runs through 9 sessions of 3 hours each.  

    Classes are kept to a maximum of 10 participants, call to reserve today!































    Vous n’avez qu’a nous envoyez une requête par fax  450-687-7222 ou courriel RDV@AGOOMD.COM avec:

    1. la spécialité demandée et la raison de consultation
    2. le nom et numéro de licence du médecin clairement indiqué
    3. le nom de l’enfant, date de naissance, numéro RAMQ et DEUX numéros de téléphone où rejoindre le patient/parent. 
    4. Le numéro du fax du médecin/clinique qui a fait la demande de consultation
    5. Une fois la demande reçu, votre nom sera placé sur notre liste d'attente et nous vous contacterons pour vous donner un rendez-vous. 



    *Les consultations médicales sont couverts par la régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ)














    Welcome to agoo online booking service. We are pleased to serve you to the best of our ability.

    Note: this service is only for emergency.


    Please complete and submit the form below. You will receive an e-mail notification within 2 business days allowing you to access your account and initiate your online booking experience. We are hoping you will find everything satisfactory. Please feel free to send us your comments at; your feedback is important to us.
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    My child is sick and I want to know the easiest way to get an emergency appointment, what should I do?


    The number of emergency spots that are available each day can vary. We prioritize patients that are registered with family doctors at agoo for these spots. If there are many spots available, we then open up Bonjour-Santé for the public. 


    You can see if we have spots available by visiting the following website and entering the Agoo clinic name: 



    Our phone lines open at 8am 7 days a week. If your child is not a registered patient at agoo, we will put their name on a waitlist for an emergency appointment and give priority to registered patients. If there are still spots available, then you will get a call back just after 10am to book the emergency appointment. If you do not receive a call back, it is because all of the emergency spots have been filled for the day. 


    **Please note that we do not, under any circumstances, book emergency appointments via email.


    I am a registered patient with Dr.Ludmila Kireva or Dr.Nicole Audet and I need to book a check-up with my child's family doctor, how do I do this?


    For more information, please see the online booking page. 


    I booked an appointment on Bonjour-Santé with Dr.Ludmila Kireva or Dr.Nicole Audet and I would like to also have an appointment for vaccines at the same time, how do I do this?


    Please notify one of the receptionists if you know that you would like vaccine appointments with your check ups. We will put a note in your file and make sure to book the appointment with vaccines every time. Otherwise, if there is no note in the file, you will receive a call from one of the receptionists if your child is due for vaccines at the time of your check up and you will be able to confirm whether or not you would like to also book a vaccine appointment. 


    If Dr.Audet and Dr.Kireva accept to see my other child and I would like to book their first time check up with them on Bonjour-Santé, can this be done?


    First time visits with these doctors absolutely need to be booked either by phone or email. The first time visits are longer and a patient file needs to be created. We thank you for your understanding. 



  • Career Opportunities

    ~~If you are interested in becoming part of our team, we welcome you to send your resume at



    We are currently recruiting a part-time receptionist who is available weeknights and Sundays.


    We are also currently recruiting a part-time nurse or nurse's aid.





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