Brenna Kaschor

Brenna Kaschor MD, PhD, CCFP

Dr. Brenna Kaschor is a Family Physician with multiple and varied interests and experience. She completed her PhD in Biochemistry at Western University, followed by medical school and family practice residency at the Schulich School of Medicine.

She has received the designation of GP – Focused Practice dermatology and runs the Primary Care Skin Procedures Clinic.

She has also completed additional training in mental health and addiction medicine, working in inpatient and outpatient mental health at London Health Sciences Center (LHSC), and currently manages the Addiction Medicine service at the Victoria Campus of LHSC. She works and advocates for harm reduction and evidence-based treatments for individuals with substance use disorders.

Dr Kaschor is the Founder, Owner and Medical Director of Prisma Health Care Collaborative, a medical clinic in London, Ontario. She is also the founder and one of the directors of GROW: Grounded Roots, Open Wings, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to prevent and treat adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and prevent the intergenerational transmission of trauma. She strongly believes that the focus of our health system should be fostering wellness, rather than treating disease. The first 5 years of life are the most important for intellectual, emotional and physical development and investment here provides dividends many times over later on in life.

She has authored many peer-reviewed publications about the effects of early development on disease later in life and her research focuses on how we can identify, assess, prevent and treat toxic stress.

She enjoys cycling, running, and rock climbing with friends, and most importantly spending time with her twins.

Areas of Expertise

  • Public speaking
  • Education
  • Medical advisory
  • Medical writing
  • Quality Improvement in healthcare

Education

  • CCFP, Family Medicine, Western University
  • PhD, Biochemistry, Western University Residency
  • MD, Schulich School of Medicine, Western University
  • HBSc, Biology, University of Windsor

  • Family Physician/Hospitalist, Adult Eating Disorders and Addiction Medicine, London Health Sciences Center
  • Focused Practice – Dermatology, Primary Care Skin Procedures Clinic
  • Adjunct Research Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Department of Psychiatry, Schulich School of Medicine, Western University
  • Cross Appointments in Pediatric General Surgery, Otolaryngology / Head and Neck Surgery, Medicine, Psychiatry

  • Founder and Medical Director, PRISMA Health Care Collaborative
  • Founder and Director, G.R.O.W. – Grounded Roots; Open Wings
  • Coordinating Council, Middlesex London Ontario Health Team
  • Executive Council, London Middlesex Primary Care Alliance

  • Lubanska, Dorota & Market-Velker, Brenna & Decarvalho, Ana & Mikkelsen, Tom & Fidalgo da Silva, Elizabeth & Porter, Lisa. (2014). The Cyclin-like Protein Spy1 Regulates Growth and Division Characteristics of the CD133+ Population in Human Glioma. Cancer cell. 25. 64-76. 10.1016/j.ccr.2013.12.006.
  • Market-Velker, B.A. & Fernandes, A.D. & Mann, M. (2010). Side-by-Side Comparison of Five Commercial Media Systems in a Mouse Model: Suboptimal In Vitro Culture Interferes with Imprint Maintenance. Biology of reproduction. 83. 938-50. 10.1095/biolreprod.110.085480.
  • Market-Velker, Brenna & Zhang, Liyue & Magri, Lauren & Bonvissuto, Anne & Mann, Mellissa. (2009). Dual effects of superovulation: Loss of maternal and paternal imprinted methylation in a dose-dependent manner. Human molecular genetics. 19. 36-51. 10.1093/hmg/ddp465.
  • Velker, Brenna & Denomme Tignanelli, Michelle & Mann, Mellissa. (2012). Embryo Culture and Epigenetics. 10.1007/978-1-61779-971-6_23.
  • Velker, Brenna & Denomme Tignanelli, Michelle & Mann, Mellissa. (2012). Loss of Genomic Imprinting in Mouse Embryos with Fast Rates of Preimplantation Development in Culture. Biology of reproduction. 86. 143, 1-16. 10.1095/biolreprod.111.096602.

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