Meet our Doctors
Dr. Tung (Tom) Nguyen, MD, BSc, FRCPC
Dr. Nguyen graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Western Ontario, in London, Ontario. He completed Neurology residency training at the University of Ottawa. Prior to this, he had completed training in Family Medicine at the University of Western Ontario, and worked as a family physician, emergency physician and hospitalist.
He has active privileges at the Ottawa Hospital as well as the Montfort Hospital. His main areas of clinical interest in Neurology are the management of spasticity and post stroke care, as well as headaches. He is also active in the training of medical students and residents in both English and French programs.
He is the founder of Booth Neurology clinic, which has become of the largest outpatient Neurology clinics within the province.
Dr. Nguyen is fluent in English, French and Vietnamese.
Dr. Vivien Parker, MD, BSc, FRCPC, CSCN (EMG)
Dr. Parker graduated from medical school at McMaster University and completed her neurology residency training at the University of Ottawa. She completed her EMG certification with the Canadian Society of Clinical Neurophysiologists (CSCN). She has been part of Booth Neurology clinic since its inception.
She sees patients in her EMG clinic with peripheral nervous system disorders including mononeuropathies, plexopathies, radiculopathies, myopathies and neuromuscular junction disorders. She also sees patients with various neurological conditions such as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, migraines (including performing botulinum toxin injections for chronic migraines), stroke, and Parkinson disease.
Dr. Parker is an associate in the Division of Neurology at The Ottawa Hospital. She works in the Neurovascular Unit (Stroke team), treating patients presenting with acute stroke.
She travels to Iqaluit, Nunavut several times per year to provide neurological care to the northern communities in the Baffin Island region.
She enjoys teaching trainees (medical students and residents) at Booth Neurology clinic, at The Ottawa Hospital and in Iqaluit neurology clinics.
Dr. Chantel Barrett, MD, FRCPC
Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders
Dr. Barrett completed her MD and residency training at Memorial University of Newfoundland before moving to Ottawa in 2014 to pursue a fellowship in Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders at the University of Ottawa.
Dr. Barrett balances her outpatient practice at Booth Neurology and the Movement Disorders Clinic at The Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus. She also serves the larger community as a whole by performing spasticity injections at several local long term care facilities. Currently she is the primary investigator of the PRESENCE study: Effect of LY3154207 on Cognition in Mild to Moderate Parkinson’s Disease Dementia.
Dr. Alison Anton, BSc, MD, FRCPC, CSCN (EMG)
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Dr. Anton completed her medical degree at the University of Saskatchewan. She completed her Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation training at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Anton is accredited by the Canadian Society of Clinical Neurophysiologists in electromyography.
In addition to Booth Neurology, Dr. Anton is currently on staff at The Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre and serves as a visiting specialist at the Timmins and District Hospital. She has been appointed as a Lecturer for the University of Ottawa.
Her clinical interests include electromyography, peripheral nerve injury, neuromuscular diseases, spasticity, and stroke.
Dr. Shreyans Shah, MD, FRCPC, CSCN (EMG)
Dr. Shreyans Shah is an Adult Neurologist with an interest in General Neurology and Neuromuscular Diseases.
Dr. Shah trained in Neurology at Queen’s University. He then completed a fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology at Harvard University. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada and is certified in EMG by the Canadian Society of Clinical Neurophysiologists. He is member of various professional organizations including the American Academy of Neurology and American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine.
Dr Abdallah Hadj Tahar, MD, PhD, FRCPC
Parkinson’s disease and Movement disorders
After finishing his MD degree in Tunisia, Dr Tahar completed graduate studies, culminating in Master and PhD in neurosciences at the université Laval with Dr. Paul Bédard, movement disorders neurologist and researcher. He then did a post-doctorate on motor learning at the université de Montréal with Dr Julien Doyon neuropsychologist and researcher.
Dr Tahar did his neurology residency at the université Laval and then completed a fellowship in movement disorders with Dr Grimes at the University of Ottawa where he worked as an assistant professor for 3 years. Dr. Tahar is currently the head of the Neurology department at the hôpital de Hull in Gatineau.
He currently practices as a neurologist and specialist in movement disorders in both Ottawa, Ontario and Gatineau, Québec at the Booth Neurology clinc and the Clinique Neuro-Outaouais, respectively.
Dr Tahar has published more than 30 papers in leading neurology and neurosciences journals and also presented multiple abstracts in both national and international meetings, and congresses.
Dr. Karen Ho, MD, FRCPC
General neurology, Multiple Sclerosis, Migraines and Epilepsy
Dr. Achelle Cortel-LeBlanc, MD, FRCPC
Dr. Cortel-LeBlanc undertook her medical training at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia – her hometown. She then completed her Neurology residency training in Ottawa, Ontario, and adopted the city as her new home. She has a keen interest in stroke prevention, women’s neurology, as well as health systems and quality improvement. She is fluently bilingual both English and French.
Interests outside medicine include escape rooms, travel, interior decor, soccer, wine pairing, and spending quality time with her family and friends.
Dr. David Mai, BsC, MD, CCFP (SEM) Dip Sport Med
Dr. David Mai is a sport and exercise medicine specialist with interest in diagnostic musculoskeletal and ultrasound guided injection.He is a fellowship trained in sports and exercise medicine physician who has practiced in Ottawa since 2003. He provides bilingual sport and exercise medicine, osteoarthritis, fracture management with custom bracing/casting, concussion management consults for patients of all ages for primary care orthopaedic, musculoskeletal, and sport and exercise related conditions as well as work-related (WSIB/CSST). He has specialist training in diagnostic musculoskeletal and interventional ultrasound techniques. He performs on-site injections of cortisone, viscosupplementation and platelet-rich plasma (PRP).
He has extensive relationships with orthopaedic surgeons, physiatrists, neurologists, allied health professionals (physiotherapists..) etc. to facilitate further care.Dr. David Mai is originally from Ottawa. He did his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at the University of Ottawa. His Medical School training was at the University of Western Ontario where he was involved in intramural sports and raced mountain bikes at the provincial level. He completed his Family Medicine Residency, Emergency Medicine and Sport Medicine Fellowship training at the University of Western Ontario. He has been published in Orthopaedic and sport medicine journals. He has also given sports medicine, exercise medicine and concussion presentations at the local, national and international levels and currently teaches at the University of Ottawa Medical School. He is fluent in English, French and Vietnamese.
He is currently the past-program director for the University of Ottawa Sport and Exercise Medicine Training program. He is the team physician for the University of Ottawa men’s hockey and men’s rugby teams and Canadian Men’s Volleyball Team. He has been the chief medical officer for many local, provincial national and international events locally and abroad. He is part of the Ottawa Race weekend, Montreal Formula 1, NASCAR Trucks medical teams. He is also trained as an emergency medicine physician who has done ultrasound assessments in the emergency room and at major sporting events.He enjoys cycling, kite-surfing, car racing, snowboarding, photography and the latest technology and computers in his spare time.