Our Team

DeerFields Clinic in the Greater Toronto Area, is home to a very talented team of medical, health, and administrative professionals — each dedicated to delivering the very best in client care. We invite you to browse the members of our health team below to learn more about them.

Medical Team

DR. RANDY KNIPPING BSC, MD, CCFP

DR. RANDY KNIPPING BSC, MD, CCFP

Medical Director & Co-Founder

Dr. Randy Knipping obtained his BSc (Honours Biology) summa cum laude from McMaster in 1981, and published two peer reviewed research articles in neuroendocrinology (brain hormone biochemistry) and molecular biology. He completed his MD training at the University of Toronto in 1985 graduating with the highest academic standing in the final clinical year of medicine. He has completed post graduate training in Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine & Trauma, Aerospace Medicine, Clinical Psychology, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, Accident Investigation & Forensic Medicine, and Integrative Medicine.

Since graduation, Dr. Knipping has held several prestigious professional appointments including Chief of Emergency Medicine at Trillium Health Centre, founding Medical Director of the Cleveland Clinic in Canada, Medical Support Specialist for the Transportation Safety Board of Canada and Coroner for the Province of Ontario. He is senior aviation medical examiner for the US Federal Aviation Administration and Transport Canada. In 2014 he was appointed Affiliate Physician for Virgin Galactic performing preflight examinations for private and commercial astronauts.

Dr. Knipping has a special interest in human performance psychology and lifestyle medicine, inspired by his work with pilots and air traffic controllers whose careers are dependent on their health and who are highly motivated to actively engage in prevention. He observes that most of the patient’s he cared for in his 30 year career in emergency medicine had preventable disease, and yet the health care system failed to effectively prevent premature and catastrophic disease.

Dr. Knipping met his business partner Jim Wilson during an executive health examination while he was director of the Cleveland Clinic in Toronto and they became instant friends, sharing a vision of executive health that extended well beyond the annual examination by including quarterly follow ups focused on lifestyle including nutrition, fitness, stress, sleep, toxins, epigenetic, metabolic and hormone balancing so that rather than marking the decline in mental and physical functional capacity observed with passive or sedentary aging, the outcome would be optimizing functional capacity and restoration of biological youth. The goal is to achieve a long flight, with a smooth landing!

Today DeerFields is growing, with the addition of many new health care professionals dedicated to meeting all of your conventional and integrative health goals. Book a complementary clinic visit or Zoom Telehealth needs assessment today to begin your journey in slowing, stopping and in many cases reversing the biological aging process so that you can enjoy a long, healthy and productive life.

Dr. AARON VAN GAVER, BSc ND

Dr. AARON VAN GAVER, BSc ND

Naturopathic Doctor

Dr. Van Gaver is a licensed naturopathic doctor and certified addiction counsellor with additional training in acupuncture and recovery coaching. His areas of focus are in helping individuals with hormone balancing, gut health, cardiovascular support and addiction/mental health issues. Dr. Van Gaver completed his naturopathic training at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2003, and completed a two year associateship in Vancouver in bioidentical hormone replacement and IV vitamin/nutrient therapy. He also completed schooling to become and addiction counsellor, and is certified by the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation.

Dr. Van Gaver supports his patients by meeting them where they are in their health struggles, and motivating change from within. By setting attainable short term goals, he has found patients are more able to commit to their health and wellness through the use of coaching. Dr. Van Gaver has a daily meditative, and journalling practice, and has been playing piano and other musical instruments for over 30 years. His practice reinforces self care, counselling and therapeutic/recovery coaching techniques. His motto is “you take the first step, and I’ll walk with you the rest”. For him, naturopathic medicine is a blend of art and science; the art of listening and being present, with the science of research and wisdom of our ancestors.

Human Performance Team

ANTHONY BARSBY, MFSc, CEP, Pn1

ANTHONY BARSBY, MFSc, CEP, Pn1

Director of Human Performance

Anthony graduated Magna Cum Laude from York University with a Degree in Kinesiology & Health Science (BSc). During his undergraduate he also completed a Certificate in Fitness Assessment & Exercise Counseling where he specialized in VO2max testing and Human Performance Appraisals in Dr. Veronica Jamnik’s Human Performance Lab. In addition, Anthony recently completed his Master’s Degree at York University.

As Director of Human Performance, Anthony oversees the day-to-day operations of DeerFields Human Performance Lab. While working with clients, he provides comprehensive protocols and coaching to assist clients in achieving their goals.

Anthony is a Certified Exercise Physiologist through the Health and Fitness Federation of Canada. Certified in Functional Movement Screen & Y-Balance Test assessments. Precision Nutrition Level 1 certified. Heartmath Coach Certified (HRV). Outside of work, Anthony enjoys spending time with family & friends, all things car related and still works in Dr. Jamnik’s Human Performance Lab.

AMANI THOMAS, MFSc, CEP

AMANI THOMAS, MFSc, CEP

Human Performance Specialist

Amani graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education in 2016. There she was awarded a four-year athletic scholarship for Division 1 women’s soccer. She worked as a personal trainer for two years before deciding to further her education at York University in Toronto where she completed a Master’s degree in Kinesiology and Health Science.

She is a certified exercise physiologist through the Health and Fitness Federation of Canada. At DeerFields, Amani assesses and examines physical fitness components and creates personalized fitness programs that promote lifestyle improvements and optimal health. Outside of work, Amani enjoys traveling and spending time with family.

JESSE NG, BSc, CEP

JESSE NG, BSc, CEP

Human Performance Specialist

Jesse graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and Health Science from York University.  By drawing on his experiences in VO2max testing, firefighter performance testing in Dr. Veronica Jamnik’s lab, personal training, and his own weight loss journey, Jesse found that fitness and health extends far beyond weight loss. His approach to exercise is to have individuals train according to their lifestyles. Similar to how athletes train specifically for their sport to gain a competitive advantage, so should the general population train to enhance their quality of life.  He believes everyone can learn to move well regardless of age, and that moving better translates to a life of optimal physical performance. At Deerfields, Jesse utilizes this approach to assist clients in achieving their health and fitness goals.

Jesse is a certified exercise physiologist with the Health and Fitness Federation of Canada. He is an avid mountain biker, enjoys playing music, and loves exploring the great outdoors with friends and family.

Clinician Team

KIRAN VERMA

KIRAN VERMA

Health Service Provider

Kiran Verma MD is a Canadian born International Medical Graduate who received her postgraduate training in family medicine, obstetrics & gynecology and pediatric endocrinology in Chicago before returning to Canada. She is a Physician Assistant working under direct supervision of licensed doctors providing direct patient care with a focus on preventive medicine, metabolic and hormone optimization and specific services to female patients who may prefer a female health care professional for some aspects of their care.  She provides clients with medical support including understanding and managing their health problems and goals, medications, natural products, referrals, and diagnostic imaging and laboratory testing. She also serves as the Medical Lead for VLP and VIP members for all unscheduled medical services to ensure rapid assessment and co-management with the most responsible physician.

In addition, Kiran assist Dr. Knipping and other Physician’s by managing prescriptions, referrals, and supporting female clients, while also serving as client liaison. Kiran can be reached via email at kverma@deerfields.ca or at 416-253-9769.

Operations Team

KEVIN ROY

KEVIN ROY

President & General Manager

Kevin is proud to lead a tremendously passionate team at Deerfields and hopes to inspire others to approach their health & vitality in the unique and comprehensive way we do at DeerFields.

Kevin is a graduate of Laurentian University (1986) and has spent much of his career working in the health sector. Prior to joining DeerFields, he spent many years with G.E. Healthcare in the position as Account Manager responsible for major hospitals and purchasing groups throughout Ontario and Manitoba. He has also worked in similar roles with Baxter Canada and Sanofi-Aventis where his “customer comes first” approach was invaluable in forging solid relationships.