Meet the Team

Ontario Breastfeeding Network opened its doors in February 2015. The clinic operates on weekdays and is staffed by an experienced lactation consultant and counsellors who assist new mothers and babies with breastfeeding.

An onsite experienced Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) provides breastfeeding support to the mother with support from a Pediatrician.

Our team consists of Pediatricians and experienced Lactation Consultants and Lactation Counselors.


Tehmina Amer MD, FRCPC

Consultant Pediatrician

Dr. Amer completed her pediatric training from McMaster in 2012. Since than she has been providing quality pediatric care to families in and around Ancaster and Brantford.


Asim Salim MD, FAAP, FRCPC

Consultant Pediatrician

Dr. Salim obtained his MBBS from Dow Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan. He completed his general pediatric training at the Medical College of Ohio. After that, he took 2 years of training in pediatric gastroenterology. He eventually settled in Brantford where he established his practice as a Consultant Pediatrician.

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Dr Fatima Bhetasi MBBS, DCH, ABP, FRCPC, FABM

Consultant Pediatrician

Dr. Bhetasi is based in Welland, Ontario. She is a fellow of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine. She serves as a Regional Education Lead for McMaster Univ. Niagara Campus.
She also serves as a President of Niagara South Medical Society and Treasurer for the Pediatric Section of OMA.

Joan Hepp

Joan Hepp, RN, IBCLC

Senior Lactation Consultant

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Oksana Laurinaviciene, IBCLC

Lactation Consultant


Simone Coulter, BScN, RN, IBCLC

Lactation Consultant


Amanda Antal

Experienced Lactation Counselor


Bethany Heintz RPN, IBCLC

Lactation Consultant


Ashley Pickett IBCLC

Lactation Consultant

Laura GoodBrand

Laura Goodbrand, RPN, IBCLC

Lactation Consultant


Tania Heinemann RHN, RNCP, IBCLC

Lactation Consultant

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Fara Patterson, BAH, BScN, RN, IBCLC

Lactation Consultant

Krista Hilton

Krista Hilton, IBCLC


Lactation Consultant


Maryam Azhdari, BHSc- Midwifery, IBCLC

Lactation Consultant

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Dr Jabeen Fayyaz

Consultant Pediatrician