Our Team


  • Kent Saylor, MD, FRCPC
    IHPP Director


  • Sadaf Farookhi, BDS, MSc
    IHPP Interim Program Manager

  • Alex Allard-Gray
    Listuguj Mi'gmaq, BSc
    IHPP Outreach Administrator


  • Calvin Jacobs
    Elder-in-Residence IHPP, Language and culture co-ordination KMHC/traditional medicine helper KMHC, Faith keeper Haudenosaunee longhouse


  • Hiba Zafran, PhD.
    IHPP Curriculum Developer

 

BIOGRAPHIES

Dr. Kent Saylor is a member of the Mohawk Nation. He received his medical degree from Stanford University and completed his pediatric residency in the United States at the University of Washington  Seattle Children’s Hospital. His Canadian training was completed at McGill University - Montreal Children’s Hospital. Since 2000, he has worked as a consultant pediatrician with the Northern and Native Child Health Program of the Montreal Children’s Hospital. As a consultant pediatrician, he has provided care for numerous Indigenous children throughout Quebec. He is the former chair of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Health Committee of the Canadian Paediatric Society. Since 2009 he has been involved with the implementation of the Indigenous Health Curriculum at the Faculty of Medicine of McGill, and became director in 2014. He is the recipient of numerous awards recognizing his dedication towards the health and well-being of Indigenous peoples.

Sadaf Farookhi is an immigrant to Canada, hailing originally from Karachi, Pakistan. Upon completing her Bachelors in Dental Surgery in Pakistan she moved to Tiohtià:ke/ Montréal to pursue an MSc in Dental Sciences- Population Health, graduating from McGill University in 2015. She has since worked on projects across Pakistan, Ethiopia, South Africa and Canada with a focus on Education and Gender. She is committed to developing a deeper understanding of the land she now calls home.

Alex Allard-Gray is a member of the Listuguj Mi’gmaq First Nation located in the Gaspé region of Quebec. Being raised by his school teacher mother, Alex came to understand the importance of higher education in the Indigenous community and was always encouraged to be an ambitious learner. Alex’s initial exposure to post-secondary education began with his participation in the 2006 Eagle Spirit High Performance Camp hosted at McGill University. This would have a lasting effect on him, as he chose to complete his B.Sc. in Physiology and Kinesiology at McGill. Alex remained involved with the Eagle Spirit Camp throughout his undergraduate studies, while participating in other Indigenous-led initiatives. This would include acting as President of the McGill Chapter of the Canadian Indigenous Science and Engineering Society and being Drumkeeper of the First Peoples’ House drum group, Medicine Bear Singers.

Calvin Jacobs is from Kahnawake. As a young child, Calvin, was introduced to the Culture and the medicines by his Aunt. For the last 25 years Calvin has worked with Traditional Elders and Medicine People gaining knowledge about tradition and culture of Haudenosaunee people. He has been working at the Kateri Hospital for the last 37 years as Rehabilitation assistant, 15 years as Language culture coordinator and traditional medicine helper. He is also a faithkeeper in the Longhouse of the Haudenosaunee. Calvin is a proud father of Two, traditional drummer and singer. He also helps to perform ceremonies and traditional healings.

Hiba Zafran, PhD, is a multiple migrant who has learnt to call Tiohtiá:ke/Montréal one of her homes. She is an occupational therapist-psychotherapist whose clinical and doctoral expertise is in youth mental health. For 15 years she worked with emerging adults experiencing suicidality, psychosis, traumas, grief, gender questioning and sexual diversity in the context of immigration, dispossession, racism and marginalization. As an Assistant Professor (Professional) in the Occupational Therapy program her pedagogical commitment is to responsive and socially accountable curricula, with a focus on experiential and transformative learning for critical reflexivity, cultural safety, equity and justice. https://www.mcgill.ca/spot/hiba-zafran

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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