About

The Al & Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre (Centre) is a facility in the Family and Community Medicine Program at Toronto Western Hospital. Equipped with an Acoustic Studio and Movement Assessment Studio with a sprung floor to aid in diagnosis and treatment. The Centre is the only clinic of its kind in Canada that specializes in serving the entire artistic community.

The Centre is an integrative outpatient clinic offering both medical and complementary care. Clinic services include acupuncture, chiropractic medicine, craniosacral therapy, registered massage therapy, MBCT group programs, naturopathic medicine, physiotherapy, psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, and shiatsu therapy. There is also a Nurse Practitioner to care for all patients and access to a family physician.

The Centre’s team specializes in addressing the specific healthcare needs of artists providing a holistic approach to health within an evidence-based framework. Our patients include students & staff of post-secondary arts institutions, and professional creative and performing artists of all ages. Through the Joysanne Sidimus Fund, services are subsidized for artists in financial need so they only pay a small fraction of the cost.

Our Philosophy

Vision

Our vision is to have a positive impact on the overall health and wellbeing of professional creative and performing artists.

Mission

Our mission is to advance local, national and international standards of excellence in health care for professional artists through our activity in:
Patient Care – Delivering comprehensive patient-focused care that integrates comprehensive health care to professional artists.
Research – Conducting research specifically related to the health concerns of professional artists.
Education – Communicating our body of knowledge to professional artists and other healthcare providers

Philosophy of Care

The Al & Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre (Centre) recognizes that professional creative and performing artists belong to a unique occupational group. As such, their health concerns are often specific to their profession and to their particular emotional and socio-economic circumstances. At the Centre, professional artists have access to quality healthcare professionals who value health promotion and education. As such, our healthcare providers work in partnership with artists to identify and address their health care needs.

“What we do on stage or in front of the camera is so physical, and we can’t be sick. If we’re sick, we don’t work. So, you know that old saying ‘the show must go on'.”

- ​Sheila McCarthy – Actor

Upcoming Workshops

Yoga & Song

June 10, 2017

This one-of-a-kind workshop, hosted by The Al & Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre, presents yoga as a tool for artists to find freedom of self-expression in both their artistic media and the sweet mundane of everyday existence. Life is noisy these days. With the power of social media, ...

Body/Mind/Spirit

May 18, 2017

*Please note that due to overwhelming response, this program is now full.   This innovative 7 session psychotherapeutic program integrates restorative yoga, self-compassion skills, and mind-body medicine to cultivate resilience in artists and cultural workers. Each week you will participate ...