Our Team

Our team of doctors and other health care professionals have extensive training with strong clinical knowledge and expertise in the area(s) they practice. We are committed to delivering high quality, evidence-based, patient centered care and we value dedication to patient’s care and advocacy for our patients. Our team is multicultural and multilingual; in addition to English we have doctors that speak French, Spanish, Farsi, and Mandarin. We invite you to learn more about our exceptional staff and their specialties below.

Our medical office assistants are also well-educated and trained and highly dedicated professionals who work tirelessly to ensure that the medical care at Sina Medical is provided efficiently and at its highest professional level.

Our Team

DR. SIMA AMID

FAMILY MEDICINE SPECIALIST, MD, CCFP

DR. KATAYOUN (KATHY) RAHNAVARDI

FAMILY MEDICINE SPECIALIST, MD, CCFP, COE

DR. CHEN (CHRISTINA) WANG

FAMILY MEDICINE SPECIALIST, MD, CCFP

Dr. Chrstina Wang was born in China and grew up in Vancouver; she is fluent in both Mandarin and English. She ventured to the East coast for her undergrad years and returned back home to University of British Columbia (UBC) for her medical school and residency training. She provides her patients comprehensive primary care, taking care of newborns, young families, and also geriatric patients. Having recently completed her residency training, she is a believer in “growing with my patients”. Outside of work, she enjoys reading, yoga, snowboarding and taking full advantage of the natural wonders in BC.

DR. CAROLYN PASKO

MEDICAL DOCTOR, MD, CCFP

Dr. Carolyn Pasko completed her medical degree and family medicine residency at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. She spent a few years practicing in Southwestern Ontario before moving to Vancouver in 2018. She has a special interest in women’s health (including IUD insertions and contraceptive advice) and minor procedures (including biopsies, injections and minor skin surgeries) and has completed additional training in these areas. Outside of medicine she enjoys baking, traveling and exploring the outdoors.

DR. NOOSHIN NIKOO

FAMILY MEDICINE SPECIALIST, MD, MHSc, CCFP

Dr. Nooshin Nikoo completed her medical degree in 2000. She completed her family medicine residency at University of British Columbia (UBC). She is certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CCFP ) and has a Masters of Health Sciences (MHSc) from UBC.  She is also a current Faculty Member in the Department of Family Medicine at UBC. She has a special interest in patient-centered general medicine and the health of the vulnerable.

DR. AYDIN TAVAKOLI

MEDICAL DOCTOR, MD, CCFP

Dr. Aydin Tavakoli has dual accreditation with the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the American Board of Family Medicine. He has broad interests in his medical practice and welcomes walk-in patients at Sina Medical Clinic a few days a month. He also performs some minor surgeries as well as Trigger Point Injections for pain management. He is fluent in French, Spanish, Farsi and English.

DR. ALEX SASI

MEDICAL DOCTOR, MD, CCFP

Dr. Alex Sasi is a practicing medical practitioner with special interest and training in Aesthetic Medicine including BOTOX, Dermal Filler, and Chemical Peels. He is certified through the prestigious American Association of Aesthetic Medicine and Surgery (AAAMS) in Beverly Hills and has over 5 years of experience in Aesthetic Medicine. He has succeeded to obtain fresh, rejuvenated, naturally looking skin for his patients.

DR. SAEEDREZA GANJIZADEH-ZAVAREH

INTERNAL MEDICINE SPECIALIST, MD. MHSc. ABIM. FRCPC

Dr. Saeedreza Ganjizadeh-Zavareh was born in the City of Zavareh in Iran. He was accepted to Isfahan Medical School in 1986 and after graduation he worked as a family doctor in rural cities in Iran specifically seeing patients in the area of addiction and pain management. Shortly after, he immigrated to Canada and he received his Masters of Epidemiology from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 2006. A year later, in 2007, he was accepted into Internal Medicine Residency. He received his Internal Medicine Certification from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC in 2011. He has been working as an Internal Medicine Specialist for the last 10 years. He is a Staff Internal Medicine Specialist at Langley Memorial Hospital, Ridge Meadows Hospital, UBC Health Sciences Centre Hospital, Vancouver General Hospital, and VGH – Gordon and Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre. He also has clinic associations with the Chest Pain Clinic – Langley Memorial Hospital (FHA). Dr. Saeedreza Ganjizadeh-Zavareh accepts referrals for all types of internal medicine care such as: Diabetes mellitus, Hypertension, Liver Disease – Including medication dose adjustment, Kidney Disease – Including medication dose adjustment, Dyslipidemia, Chest Pain, Dyspnea, Pain (any kind), Chronic Dizziness or Vertigo, Syncope, Jaundice, and Chronic Iron Deficiency Anemia. Urgent referrals are generally seen within one week.

DR. FARIBA MOHTASHAMI

GYNECOLOGIST (OBGYN), MD, FRCSC

Dr. Fariba Mohtashami is a Staff Gynecologist at St Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver where she is also Site Director, Postgraduate Residency Program. These positions compliment her position as Head of the Division of General Obstetrics and Gynaecology within the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia (UBC) where she is appointed as a Clinical Associate Professor. Dr. Mohtashami completed her medical degree, specialist training and residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1997 before immigrating to Canada in 2002. At the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, she gained her Canadian credentials after a 5-year residency, which she completed in 2009. At the completion of her OB/GYN residency at UBC she received the “Laparoscopy Award”, presented to the Chief Resident exhibiting the best proficiency in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. With a keen interest in advanced laparoscopic (keyhole) and hysteroscopic surgery, Dr. Mohtashami received further advanced laparoscopic surgical training during her subspecialty training at the University of Saskatchewan in 2011 – 2012. Here she completed an official Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery to achieve her professional goal of being an advanced pelvic surgeon. Gynecology practice and gynecologic surgery are her passion and reflecting this, Dr. Mohtashami is highly awarded and a regular Chair Person, Speaker and Faculty at a variety of international and national conferences and post-graduate courses in the USA, France, and South Africa. Dr. Fariba Mohtashami also trains and instructs UBC OB/GYN Residents and UBC Medical Students in gynecology and gynecologic surgery. In recognition of this, she recently was honoured with the 2019 Award for Excellence in Community Practice Teaching – VFMP. Dr. Fariba Mohtashami accepts referrals for all types of gynecological care such as: abnormal bleeding, fibroids, pelvic organ prolapse, urinary incontinence, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, and contraception. Urgent referrals are generally seen within two weeks and she offers gynecologic surgery at St Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver, and day surgery at B.C. Women’s Hospital and Heath Centre, Vancouver, and at Delta Hospital, Delta. Dr. Fariba Mohtashami is constantly improving her own skills by learning new techniques in various subspecialties of gynecologic surgery and by working with some of the best surgeons in Vancouver and the BC lower mainland on a regular basis, and world-wide e.g. Europe, USA and South Africa. Likewise, she mentors, trains and assists her OB/GYN colleagues in the Fraser Health Authority, Providence Health Care, and Vancouver Coastal Health in advanced gynecologic surgery technique. She has relocated her office to downtown Vancouver to be closer to St. Paul’s Hospital, one of UBC’s major teaching hospitals. For more information about Dr. Mohtashami, please visit https://faribamohtashami.com.

DR. HEIDI LESCANEC

NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR, ND

Dr. Heidi Lescanec, N.D. obtained her naturopathic medical degree in 2002 from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon. She is a Naturopathic Doctor with over 17 years of experience blending the latest scientific research with natural, clinically proven forms of medicine. Naturopathic Medicine is a primary healthcare system that draws upon both modern and traditional approaches in order to restore optimal health. Dr. Lescanec views health as a positive state where all systems are functioning optimally as a whole — mind, body and spirit. In her consultations she is committed to understanding an individual’s unique history and health goals. She takes the time to examine all the determinants of well-being. To do this, she utilizes a comprehensive history intake, conventional diagnostic exams, as well as functional lab testing to uncover and treat the underlying root causes of acute and chronic conditions. Dr. Lescanec’s treatments include prescription medications (like bioidentical hormones), herbal medicine, clinical nutrition, diet and lifestyle counseling, nutritional supplements, and acupuncture. Her main areas of focus are hormone health: fatigue, thyroid conditions, menstrual irregularities, menopause, fertility and pre-conception care; and digestive issues: SIBO, IBS, IBD, and food sensitivities. With vitality being the goal, she aims to empower people not only with the best medicine to transform their physical health but also the knowledge and tools to make positive sustainable changes that truly enhance their lives. A passionate whole foods chef, Dr. Lescanec brings her diverse culinary experience and knowledge of food- as-medicine into her clinical practice through culinary nutrition counseling in addition to primary care medicine.  In her spare time you’ll find her experimenting in the kitchen, hiking and exploring the coast. She also is a regular contributor to Eco-Parent magazine.

MS. MARYAM GOLDAN

CLINICAL COUNSELOR, MCP, RCC

Ms. Maryam Goldan is a registered clinical counselor and a certified EMDR therapist, with over 5 years of experience in the field of mental health and wellness. She obtained her master’s degree in clinical psychology from Adler University in Downtown Vancouver. Ms. Goldan specializes and has worked extensively with a variety of trauma and mental health issues. She offers individual therapy, EMDR, and life coaching to help her clients uncover the hidden blocks that are holding them back in life, and to empower them to utilize their inner power for transformation and happiness.

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