About Us

About Us

The University of Ottawa founded Canada’s first Faculty Wellness Program (FWP).  Under the directorship of Mamta Gautam, MD, FRCPC from 2000 - 2002, the program provided educational seminars, developed a web page, and helped hundreds of faculty members access health services.

Dr. Elizabeth Muggah

Dr. Elizabeth Muggah – Assistant-Dean, Faculty Wellness Program

Dr. Elizabeth Muggah is a family physician who for the past 20 years has provided comprehensive care. She is a graduate of McMaster Medical School and the University of Ottawa Family Medicine residency program and she holds a Masters of Public Health from Harvard University. Dr. Muggah has practiced in numerous settings in Canada, the U. S. and Switzerland. She currently works at the Bruyere Academic Family Health Team in downtown Ottawa. She is an Associate Professor and Director of Quality Improvement in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Ottawa and in that role is actively involved in teaching, research, and scholarship particularly in the areas of health system change, quality improvement and physician leadership. She is passionate about physician wellness and the importance of organizational and system-wide changes to enable physicians to effectively practice in a culture that prioritizes and promotes their well-being. She's married and has two teenage children and in her spare time can be found cross-country skiing or cycling in the Gatineau hills.

Cynthia Abraham

Ms. Cynthia Abraham – Professional Counsellor, Faculty Wellness Program

Cynthia is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and has worked in the mental health field for over 10 years. She received her Masters in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy at Dublin Business School in Ireland where she lived and worked. Her work encompasses humanistic, psychodynamic, existential and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy taking into account the physical, psychological and emotional needs of the clients as well as their resources and strengths. Previous work has focused on marginalised populations and trauma and addiction. In the last few years, she has turned her attention to helping students in third level education navigate this often challenging and fundamental period of their lives. She feels passionate about her work and is committed to working with her clients to reach their goals.

The following are some of the challenges she provides support for :

  • Mood: Depression, Anxiety, Panic, Anger, Self-Esteem, Loneliness
  • Relationships (personal and professional): Conflict, Abuse, Emotional Regulation, Infidelity, Assertiveness, Intimacy, Gender and Sexual Identity
  • Life Transitions: Grief and Loss, Separation, Parenting, Leaving Home
  • Trauma: Childhood, PTSD, Bullying, Harassment, Pain Management, Sexual Abuse
  • Stress: Stress Management, Work/Life Integration, Workplace Burnout, Learning to Relax

To book an appointment with Cynthia, click here


Ms. Monica Dobie - Professional Counsellor, Faculty Wellness Program

Monica Dobie is an experienced counsellor who has worked for over 10 years at UOttawa, St-Paul University and at Maison Fraternité, a residential treatment centre for addiction in Vanier. She is a registered member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and holds a Masters’ degree in Counselling and Spirituality from St-Paul University.

Monica enjoys travelling, hiking, eating out and socializing with her friends and family, as well as spending quality time with her trusted West Highland Terrier, Piper.  She also appreciates live music, theatre and stand-up comedy.

To book an appointment with Monica, click here

Dr. Rishi Kapur


Dr. Rishi Kapur, Director of Learner Wellness,
Faculty Wellness Program

Dr. Rishi Kapur is a child and adolescent psychiatrist who is passionate about medical education and learner wellness.  He believes building healthy and sustainable clinicians starts early in medical education.  He completed his medical training in Toronto, Victoria and Vancouver and has practiced in both Vancouver and Ottawa.  He enjoys telepsychiatry and has worked in various settings including gender diversity, eating disorders, mood and anxiety disorders and outpatient mental health.  He is particularly drawn to psychotherapy with older adolescents.  In his spare time he enjoys yoga, cycling and instrumental music.

Need Help Now?Information

Mental Health Crisis Line

  • 613-722-6914
  • 1-866-996-0991

University of Ottawa Security – Emergency Line

  • 613-562-5411

PARO Helpline

  • 1-866-HELP-DOC

Ontario Medical Association / Physician Health Program

  • 1-800-851-6606
Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP)
  • Tel.:1-844-880-9142

Homewood Health

  • Tel.:1-800-663-1142

Canada Suicide Prevention Service

  • Tel: 1-800-456-4566
  • Quebec residents: 1-866-277-3553
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