NKS Health Biologic and Injectable Medicines
EXPERTISE IN BIOLOGIC AND INJECTABLE MEDICATIONS
     


Our Staff are experts in their respective fields – we have pharmacists that are trained specifically in biologic medicines and are able to assist with disease state management. This includes, ”what’s new with the medications”, as well as “treatment options” and how to augment medication with nutrition and appropriate supplementation. We have nurses with expertise in various areas of medication management; bone density, migraine and pain management, HIV and Hep/C as well as new emerging therapies in multiple sclerosis. Our administrative staff can navigate hurdles of insurance coverage and provide options for the best access to your medication. We have added new diagnostic services to assist in monitoring of patient's therapy including inflammation testing for Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis patients. And finally our customer liaison group ensures that our services and offerings are transferable from our offices to your clinic/office or home. NKS Health employs over 25 people in all aspects of health care – listed below are our department heads and our clinical team.

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Nancy Simonot, Founding Partner /Pharmacist /Head of Clinical Group
Nancy has spent the past 25 years in the practice and management of pharmacy and enjoys being a guest lecturer for the University of Toronto. In 2014 she was honoured by the Ontario Pharmacists Association as Pharmacist of the Year for Specialized Practice, an award she is very proud of. She has a wealth of experience in clinical trials and a reputation for being customer focused. Nancy oversees all clinical and patient care aspects of NKS Health. Over the past several years NKS Health has grown to include a team of six pharmacists dedicated to improved patient care. Nancy oversees this group. Nancy is also part of the ownership group helping to provide strategic direction moving forward.

Nancy Simonot is a finalist of the prestigious EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 Ontario Awards program for the Health category.



- Injection Training Certificate
- Lecturer for Arthritis Society
- Nutrition Certification
- Weight loss/ Women Health Certification
- Virus National Spokesperson and Expert





Read More: 2014 OPA Pharmacist
of the Year in Specialty Pharmacy



Kristen Ribble - Clinic Director
Kristen brings over 20 years of pharmacy and medical industry experience to her role as Clinic Director of NKS Health. She has been a part of our team since day one and is primarily responsible for sales throughout each of our locations. As part of the management team she oversees all aspects of NKS Health operations and specifically the growing business units in Ottawa and London. Kristen is responsible for providing our physicians, clinics, hospitals and patients a background on everything that NKS can do for their specific needs and ensuring they receive a high level of customer service.

Gavin Risi — Manager, Clinic Operations
Gavin Risi has been promoted to the position of Manager of Clinic Operations. After several years of work with NKS Health, Gavin has taken over the responsibility for several areas of our specialty pharmacy business model including managing of our compliance and testing, administration and finance. Many of our processes that ensure the excellent level of service at NKS Health are a result of his efforts. Gavin is also instrumental in connecting our services to our end user in hospitals, clinics and offices across the GTA. While working with NKS on a full-time basis, Gavin is also the acting Treasurer for the National Gaucher Foundation and pursing his MBA at the Rotman School of Business.

Petra Kodeda, B.Sc., CCPE — Biologics Clinic Manager
Petra joined the NKS Health team this past March after a 17 year career in pharmaceutical and medical sales. Petra holds a B.Sc. degree in Cellular Biology from the University of Toronto, with a minor degree in Bioethics along with Business Communications. During her almost two decade career in the Pharmaceutical Industry, Petra has had the opportunity to promote a wide range of products in many therapeutic areas, and has worked in collaboration on various projects within marketing and training. As a past Field Sales Trainer, Petra’s goal within Rheumatology and Gastroenterology sales is to promote the NKS Health advantage and to create and develop industry and organizational partnerships. Petra’s vision is to establish NKS Health as an Industry ‘gold standard’ for biologic and injectable medications and to identify opportunities to further provide our customers the highest level of service on their biologic journey.

Michelle Cline - Toxins Manager, RPhT
Michelle manages our toxin group including all aspects of our preparation and patient support. NKS Health has grown to the largest provider of therapeutic toxin in Canada. She works to ensure the smooth operation of our day to day operations – her staff oversee the medication management of our +4000 toxin patients at NKS Health where last year we dispensed over 15,000 vials of toxin. Organized and responsive to all customer and clinic/hospital needs, she is an excellent resource to assist in all matters associated with patient care especially navigating the complex environment of insurance coverage.

Serena Bobb - Biologics Manager
Serena heads up our Biologics division – her staff oversee the medication management of our +1000 biologics patients at NKS Health - organized and responsive to all customer and clinic/hospital needs. She is an excellent resource to assist in all matters associated with patient care. Serena also manages our unique compliance program to ensure that patients get their medication quickly, that their training on medication is complete and that medications are received in a timely and organized manner.

Farzan Dadfar – Pharmacist - Manager Mississauga, Certified in Biologic Treatment
Farzan is a recent graduate from the University of Waterloo – School of Pharmacy (Class of 2013) and is our managing pharmacist at NKS Health - Mississauga. He has graduated at the top of his class and has a strong interest in patient-centered care, research models and clinical trials. Prior to his pharmacy degree, Farzan obtained his B. Sc. in Biochemistry and Biomedical Science from McMaster University, with a specialization in molecular biology. Farzan’s excellent communication skills as well as his experience with “mobile pharmacy service” make him an ideal addition to our health care team. He will be working in the core areas of our pharmacy model, involving auto-immune disease management, biologic treatments, and the use of toxins for medicinal indications. Farzan will be overseeing our patient care programs while ensuring our on-going commitment to staying on the forefront of what patients need to know about.

Siraj Khan – Staff Pharmacist, Certified in Biologic Treatment
Siraj is a graduate of the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy and joined the NKS team in 2014. His excellent “bedside manner” and attention to customer service make him a perfect choice for our home visits and in-house consultations. Siraj provides patient care in biologic treatments, toxin therapy and plays a lead role in NKS Health’s Hepatitis C clinical offering. In addition to his responsibilities with patient support and patient training, Siraj also helps manage the growing pharmacy operation and the staff of Pharmacy Assistants.

Cat-Vi Nguyen – Pharmacist-Manager Ottawa
Cat-Vi is a graduate of the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto, and is the pharmacist manager at the Ottawa location of NKS Health. She is involved in conducting home visits to train patients on their injectable medications, and she also administers vaccinations to patients as part of their preparation to start biologic therapy. Cat-Vi is also responsible for managing the staff and dispensary activities at NKS Ottawa.

Bechara Haddad – Staff Pharmacist Ottawa
Bechara joins the NKS Health staff as our Ottawa based pharmacist. Graduating from the Waterloo School of Pharmacy, Bechara supports our growing Ottawa based patients and physicians.

John Park – Staff Pharmacist (PharmD)
John is a recent University of Waterloo graduate, his support work at NKS Health includes all aspects of dispensary operations. Over the past four years with us he has developed a keen interest in training and patient education as well as the unique needs of specialty pharmacy.

Taryn Araujo/Jessica Nemes – RN, Clinic Nurse
Taryn and Jessica bring over 25 years of nursing experience to NKS Health. Over the past 5 years, our nursing team, headed by Taryn, have developed infusion and injection skillsets that make them an essential part of our clinical team. From work in our infusion suite, to home visits, to hands-on assistance in the hospitals, our staff nurses have an ideal mix of competence and compassion that make them a great addition to the NKS Health team. All of our nurses have large hospital experience with Credit Valley Hospital and Sunnybrook Hospital that help keep them on the forefront of advanced patient care.

 
 

NKS Health Staff

Nancy Simonot
Partner / Clinic Pharmacist

Kristen Ribble
Clinic Director

Gavin Risi
Manager / Clinic Operations

Petra Kodeda
Biologics Clinic Manager

Michelle Cline
Toxins Manager, RPhT

Serena Bobb
Biologics Manager

Farzan Dadfar
Pharmacist Manager

Siraj Khan
Staff Pharmacist


Cat-Vi Nguyen
Pharmacist-Manager Ottawa

Bechara Haddad
Staff Pharmacist Ottawa

John Park
Staff Pharmacist (PharmD)

Taryn Araujo
RN, Clinic Nurse

Jessica Nemes
RN, Clinic Nurse