Dr. Alexandra Segal, C.Psych. completed her B.A. in Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley and went on to complete her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology in New York City.
After becoming registered to practice in Ontario, she decided to further her training in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and completed the core curriculum, special topic workshops, and clinical supervision at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy (Dr. Aaron T. Beck created Cognitive Behavior Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania in the 1960s and later established the Institute https://www.beckinstitute.org). In 2017 Dr. Segal became a Diplomate and Certified Cognitive Behavior Therapist with the Academy of Cognitive Therapy (http://www.academyofct.org/page/Certification). Dr. Segal is also a Certified Cognitive Behaviour Therapist with the Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies. In 2022 Dr. Segal attained the designation of Beck Institute CBT Certified Clinician.
Dr. Segal has been part of the multidisciplinary team at the Bariatric Medical Institute (BMI) since 2008. She provides assessment and treatment on issues such as body image, self-esteem, depression, anxiety, stress, relationship difficulties, and grief and loss. This helps people with areas of their lives that can have a significant impact on lifestyle and weight.
Pavlov's training began before conception, as both her parents are accomplished Therapy Dogs. From the time she was born, Pavlov was exposed to a wide variety of sensory experiences and training to prepare her for her chosen field. Her first few years were filled with obedience classes and socialization training. She received her Canadian Kennel Club Canine Good Neighbour certification on April 21, 2013. Pavlov graduated from Therapy Dog school later that spring. All her hard work and training culminated in passing the Ottawa Therapy Dog examination in November 2013.
Pavlov has worked as the reception area greeter at the Bariatric Medical Institute (BMI). She was also an invited guest at Bayview Public School, where she and Dr. Segal met with a group of students to supplement a learning module on "visiting dogs". Currently, Pavlov is Dr. Segal's co- therapist at BMI.