About

Welcome to the Kimel Family Centre
About us

We are the first research-based community centre dedicated to reducing dementia risk and promoting healthy brain aging. Our team, led by Dr. Howard Chertkow, MD, Scientific Director, and Dr. Nicole Anderson, PhD, Associate Scientific Director, are committed to identifying your dementia risk factors and providing you with a personalized, evidence-based wellness and lifestyle programming to help reduce your specific risk factors. Open to adults aged 50 and over, our programs focus on areas such as diet and nutrition, social engagement, cognitive functioning, physical activity, and mental wellbeing.

Our Facilities

We Provide an Environment for Our Members to Grow & Excel

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The Kimel Family Centre is equipped with a gym, warm water pool, creative arts studio, open-concept theatre, and multipurpose areas for group classes and more!

We welcome innovative and passionate instructors to facilitate our full spectrum of offerings, while volunteers and students play an integral role in the day-to-day operations and growth at the centre.

Also, The Kimel Family Centre provides a “living lab” for additional research on brain healthy aging, providing leading experts with state-of-the-art office and working space.

Hours: The Kimel Family Centre is not currently open. Once open, our hours for assessments will be will be 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. As programs begin, the Kimel Family Centre hours will shift to 7 days a week, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

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What we stand for

Mission

We deliver personalized, evidence-based wellness and lifestyle programming to reduce dementia risk and sustain healthy brain aging.

Vision

We are creating a world where every older adult can maximize their brain health to live a life of purpose, inspiration, and fulfilment.

Values

We embrace our Baycrest values of innovation, compassion, advocacy, respect, and excellence in our evidence-based programming to support brain health and reduce dementia risk.

The Team

Dr. Howard Chertkow, MD

Dr. Howard Chertkow, MD

Scientific Director

Dr. Nicole Anderson, PhD

Dr. Nicole Anderson, PhD

Associate Scientific Director

Melanie Santarossa, MA, MSc

Melanie Santarossa, MA, MSc

Manager, Programs and Operations

Alyssa Manalo, R.Kin

Alyssa Manalo, R.Kin

Fitness Coordinator

Maliha Chowdhury

Maliha Chowdhury

Senior Research Coordinator

Dr. Danielle D'Amico, PhD

Dr. Danielle D'Amico, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Deanise Berba

Deanise Berba

Administrative and Research Support Assistant

Faya Zhang

Faya Zhang

Administrative and Research Support Assistant

Anna Ding

Anna Ding

Administrative and Research Support Assistant

 Marilou Tribaco

Marilou Tribaco

Administrative and Research Support Assistant

Brian Tan

Brian Tan

Research Lead

Kimel Family Centre Students

Kayla Liu

Kayla Liu

Fall 2023/Winter 2024 Student

Clara Rivaya Salvadores

Clara Rivaya Salvadores

Fall 2023/Winter 2024 Student

Kurt Thomas Sy

Kurt Thomas Sy

Fall 2023/Winter 2024 Student

Advisory Committees

The Kimel Family Centre for Brain Health & Wellness has two advisory committees composed of older adult volunteers, university students, and Baycrest staff members.

    • Visionary Advisory Committee (VAC): The VAC encourages our culture of innovation, diversity, and engagement. This group is composed of four subcommittees focused on the experiences of: Members, Instructors, Volunteers; and Student placements.
    • Business Advisory Committee (BAC): The BAC supports our financial sustainability and growth, by assessing business opportunities, suggesting new partnerships, and providing budgetary guidance.

Sign up to be a Prospective Member

The Kimel Family Centre is not yet open, but if you are eager to get your name on our Prospective Member List, please sign up.