NKS HEALTH STAFF
Our staff are experts in their respective fields – we have pharmacists that are trained specifically in biologic medicines and are able to assist with disease state management. This includes, ”what’s new with the medications”, as well as “treatment options” and how to augment medication with nutrition and appropriate supplementation.
We have nurses with expertise in various areas of medication management; bone density, migraine and pain management, HIV and Hep/C as well as new emerging therapies in multiple sclerosis.
Our administrative staff can navigate hurdles of insurance coverage and provide options for the best access to your medication. We have added new diagnostic services to assist in the monitoring of patient's therapy including inflammation testing for Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis patients.
And finally, our customer liaison group ensures that our services and offerings are transferable from our offices to your clinic/office or home. NKS Health employs professionals in all aspects of healthcare – listed below are our department heads and our clinical team.
Nancy Simonot – Founding Partner / Pharmacist / Head of Clinical Group
Nancy has spent the past 25 years in the practice and management of pharmacy and enjoys being a guest lecturer for the University of Toronto. In 2014 she was honoured by the Ontario Pharmacists Association as Pharmacist of the Year for Specialized Practice, an award she is very proud of. She has a wealth of experience in clinical trials and a reputation for being customer focused. Nancy oversees all clinical and patient care aspects of NKS Health. Over the past several years NKS Health has grown to include a team of six pharmacists dedicated to improved patient care. Nancy oversees this group. Nancy is also part of the ownership group helping to provide strategic direction moving forward.
Nancy Simonot is a finalist of the prestigious EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 Ontario Awards program for the Health category.
Injection Training Certificate
Lecturer for Arthritis Society
Weight loss/ Women Health Certification
Virus National Spokesperson and Expert
Kristen Ribble – Director of Sales and Business Development
Kristen brings over 20 years of pharmacy and medical industry experience to her role as Clinic Director of NKS Health. She has been a part of our team since day one and is primarily responsible for sales throughout each of our locations. As part of the management team she oversees all aspects of NKS Health sales and specifically the growing business units in Ottawa and London. Kristen is responsible for providing our physicians, clinics, hospitals and patients a background on everything that NKS can do for their specific needs and ensuring they receive a high level of customer service.
Paige Lemieux – B.Sc., Biologics Clinic Manager
Paige joined the NKS Health team this past March, she holds a B.Sc. degree in Chemistry from Ryerson University. Paige is responsible for providing our physicians, clinics and hospitals a background on everything that NKS can do for their specific needs and ensuring they receive a high level of customer service. Paige’s goal within Gastroenterology and Rheumatology is to promote NKS health advantages focused within Toronto and Ottawa.
Michelle Cline – Toxins Manager, RPhT
Michelle manages our toxin group including all aspects of our preparation and patient support. NKS Health has grown to the largest provider of therapeutic toxin in Canada. She works to ensure the smooth operation of our day to day operations – her staff oversee the medication management of our +4000 toxin patients at NKS Health where last year we dispensed over 15,000 vials of toxin. Organized and responsive to all customer and clinic/hospital needs, she is an excellent resource to assist in all matters associated with patient care especially navigating the complex environment of insurance coverage.
Serena Bobb – Biologics Manager
Serena heads up our Biologics division – her staff oversee the medication management of our +1000 biologics patients at NKS Health - organized and responsive to all customer and clinic/hospital needs. She is an excellent resource to assist in all matters associated with patient care. Serena also manages our unique compliance program to ensure that patients get their medication quickly, that their training on medication is complete and that medications are received in a timely and organized manner.
Farzan Dadfar – Mississauga Pharmacist Manager, Certified in Biologic Treatment
Farzan is a recent graduate from the University of Waterloo – School of Pharmacy (Class of 2013) and is our managing pharmacist at NKS Health - Mississauga. He has graduated at the top of his class and has a strong interest in patient-centered care, research models and clinical trials. Prior to his pharmacy degree, Farzan obtained his B. Sc. in Biochemistry and Biomedical Science from McMaster University, with a specialization in molecular biology. Farzan’s excellent communication skills as well as his experience with “mobile pharmacy service” make him an ideal addition to our health care team. He will be working in the core areas of our pharmacy model, involving auto-immune disease management, biologic treatments, and the use of toxins for medicinal indications. Farzan will be overseeing our patient care programs while ensuring our on-going commitment to staying on the forefront of what patients need to know about.
Siraj Khan – Staff Pharmacist, Certified in Biologic Treatment
Siraj is a graduate of the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy and joined the NKS team in 2014. His excellent “bedside manner” and attention to customer service make him a perfect choice for our home visits and in-house consultations. Siraj provides patient care in biologic treatments, toxin therapy and plays a lead role in NKS Health’s Hepatitis C clinical offering. In addition to his responsibilities with patient support and patient training, Siraj also helps manage the growing pharmacy operation and the staff of Pharmacy Assistants.
Cat-Vi Nguyen – Ottawa Pharmacist Manager
Cat-Vi is a graduate of the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto, and is the pharmacist manager at the Ottawa location of NKS Health. She is involved in conducting home visits to train patients on their injectable medications, and she also administers vaccinations to patients as part of their preparation to start biologic therapy. Cat-Vi is also responsible for managing the staff and dispensary activities at NKS Ottawa.
John Park – Staff Pharmacist (PharmD)
John is a recent University of Waterloo graduate, his support work at NKS Health includes all aspects of dispensary operations. Over the past four years with us he has developed a keen interest in training and patient education as well as the unique needs of specialty pharmacy.
Victoria Nicholson – BSc, BScPharm, London Pharmacist Manager
Victoria is our managing pharmacist at NKS Health - London. She graduated from the faculty of Pharmacy at Dalhousie University in 2012. Prior to her pharmacy degree, Victoria obtained her B.Sc. in Biology, with minors in Chemistry and Anthropology, from Wilfrid Laurier University. Victoria's positive attitude and dedication to patient care are evident in all aspects of her interactions with patients and other health care professionals at NKS Health.
Loretta Fabbri – Office Manager
Loretta manages all aspects of NKS Health operations by maintaining office systems and supervising staff. With her 20+ years of experience, she maintains office efficiency by implementing policies and establishing standards and procedures; making necessary adjustments and organizing office operations. She manages all aspects of our Human Resources by recruiting, selecting, on-boarding and orienting all new hires. She is always maintaining and upgrading her professional and technical knowledge by continuing her educational studies through the University of Toronto.
Don Swainson – Team Lead - National Programs
Don fills a new role with NKS Health as our network expands and our programs expand to support a National presence. The combination of industry experience in pharmaceuticals with companies like Eli Lilly, Novartis, and Cameron Stewart, along with his most recent work running a specialty operation in British Columbia, make him a unique and valuable new member of the NKS Health team. The mandate set out by the senior group at NKS Health is to establish a National network of expert, patient centered pharmacists, to provide a new and innovative approach to the complex space of specialty pharmacy. Don has over 30 years of pharmaceutical experience and holds a bachelors degree from McGill university.
Steven Simonot – Managing Partner
As Managing Partner and Co-owner of NKS Health, Steve is involved in all aspects of managing the non-clinical operation of NKS Health. Together with Nancy, Steve has been responsible for the development of the GTA operation, the addition of the Ottawa, London, Windsor and St. Catharines facilities as well as the new relationship with the Toronto Immune and Digestive Disease Institute (TIDHI). Steve's 30 years of pharmaceutical experience with Eli Lilly, GSK and Boehringer Ingelheim have supported the unique NKS Health model of combining a pharmacy and a pharmaceutical company model. As part of the ownership group, he is jointly responsible for all directional and strategic decisions at NKS Health. Steve has an undergraduate degree in Science from the University of Alberta and a graduate diploma in business from Queens University.