Meet Our Team

Our trusted experienced team is here to support you and your health 7 days a week.

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What is the Ontario Prevention Clinic?

We are Ontario’s HIV treatment and prevention professionals. We provide improved PrEP access to all Ontarians through our combined online clinic and pharmacy. In addition to PrEP, we also help with managing HIV treatment medications and offer free convenient shipping across Ontario.

Since launching in 2019, we have provided care to over 2,000 Ontarians.

Our clinic connects you to a FREE online PrEP prescribing service, provides increased discretion, free shipping, and offers access to experienced pharmacists 7 days a week. We also have an on-site clinic in Toronto & Ottawa if you’d like to come have support in person.

HIV Pharmacist Drew Schonbe for The PrEP Clinic by Ontario Prevention Clinic

Drew Schonbe

aka Pharmacist Drew • He/Him

RPh, AAHIVP, Certified HIV Pharmacist & Chief Wellness Officer

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Pharmacist Drew is a certified HIV Pharmacist and completed his pharmacy education at The University of Toronto. Before launching The PrEP Clinic, he was the pharmacist-owner of central Ontario’s only Safer Space and LGBTQ+ focused pharmacy. He currently teaches at Georgian College educating future healthcare professionals on empathy, sexual health, and fighting HIV stigma.

While Drew’s prior pharmacy provided a weekly PrEP Clinic, he would get calls from all over Ontario wanting the service. This led him to want to break down barriers and provide a consistent high-quality service that anyone could access no matter where they lived in Ontario. In 2019, he launched The PrEP Clinic and the rest is history. He is proud to have expanded access and care to more people than before in this innovative and effective way.

Pharmacist Drew regularly presents to other healthcare professionals across Canada on LGBTQ+ inclusivity in healthcare practice and on encouraging PrEP and HIV care uptake. He previously was the recipient of a Canada-wide pharmacy award for his role in supporting patient sexual health. His prior pharmacy was also awarded with the Reader’s Choice Pharmacy of the Year Award and Simcoe Pride’s Business of the Year award.

In 2020 he co-authored a national guide for pharmacists on PrEP and PEP. Many pharmacists currently working in PrEP care have been educated on PrEP because of Drew, including other online PrEP service providers.

He is a firm believer education should be universal and no one should be left out of the conversation when it comes to HIV. Drew is passionate on fighting stigma, especially on spreading the U=U message.

Drew is the proud dog dad to Achilles (who also works with us) and guncle to Evan, Maya, and Sadie.

Clinical Team

The Ontario Prevention Clinic is proud to collaborate with the clinical team from Equality Access Care.

Luc Cormier He/Him NURSE PRACTITIONER

Luc Cormier
He/Him

Nurse Practitioner

Luc completed the Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner program at University of Ottawa and has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing (CNO Number). He is fluent in French and provides bilingual services. 

His clinical work has largely centered on harm reduction, mental health, addictions, homelessness, sexual health, and HIV care. During this time, he played an active role in implementing a rapid access addiction medicine clinic as well as supervised injections services within a community health centre in downtown Ottawa.

As a firm believer in harm reduction, Luc believes it is important to increase access to a wide variety of proven HIV prevention strategies such as PrEP, and to provide evidence-based information to help individuals make informed decisions and gain greater control over their health and wellbeing. 

When he’s not breaking down barriers to care he enjoys performing in plays and musical theatre. Luc is a proud dog dad to Huxley.

Linh Dieu She/Her NURSE PRACTITIONER

Linh Dieu
She/Her

Nurse Practitioner

Linh completed her Nurse Practitioner studies at the University of Toronto and Nursing Degree at the University of Guelph. She currently works in a hospital emergency department and has a decade of experience there on the front lines. She provides care in English & Cantonese.

Linh strongly believes in harm reduction and fighting stigma related to sexual health and recreational drug use. One of her favourite programs with the clinic is our free naloxone shipping program that educates a wider audience on this life-saving kit while improving access across the province.

When she takes a break from caring for patients she loves to go out and surf!

Paul Jeffrey He/Him NURSE PRACTITIONER

Paul Jeffrey
He/Him

Nurse Practitioner

Paul holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Missouri, and a Master in Nursing from the University of Toronto with a specialty as an Acute Care Adult Nurse Practitioner. 

He currently works as a full-time professor at a school of nursing, and as an air medical practitioner. His clinical background is extremely diverse, having worked in both the Emergency and Primary Care settings in Canada, Uganda, and Australia.

Paul is a vital member of our team and frequently makes himself available beyond our appointment schedule to make sure people have access to the care they need. He is proud to be providing PrEP and testing services to people in smaller towns in Ontario who have been ignored for too long.

Andrew Peltier He/Him NURSE PRACTITIONER

Andrew Peltier
He/Him

Nurse Practitioner

Andrew completed his Nurse Practitioner studies at Ryerson University. He has experience in hospital and community practice and currently works in the HIV department at an Ontario hospital.

Andrew has a special interest in gay men’s health and is proud to be part of a welcoming sex positive space in the province. In addition to online appointments Andrew is on-site every Monday for our walk-in sexual health clinic. Through this he has helped hundreds of patients with in-person testing and treatment, continuing to provide care when many sexual health clinics are unable to during COVID.

Andrew believes empathy, respect, and understanding are crucial in caring for patients and is proud to be part of a team that lives by this.

Randall Gutierrez
He/Him

RSW, LLM, Counsellor

Randall is a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and completed his Masters in Social Work at California State University. He has an LL.M from Osgoode Hall as well as more than 16 years of experience as a counsellor, case manager, and advocate. Randall provides services in English and Spanish.

His focus includes newcomers to Canada, People of Colour, the LGBTQ2S community, individuals with disabilities, and people living with HIV.

Randall is interested in different counseling options has additional training in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) as well as Hakomi and EMDR.

Randall incorporates empowerment, sex-positivity, and strength-perspective interventions into his counselling. He is proud to be part of a service that is breaking down barriers to access and addressing more than medication including sexual health and mental wellness.

Our clinic fully sponsors counseling services and there are no fees for your phone or video session. Randall has already helped many patient’s using our service. Learn more about this service here!

Pharmacy Team

Here for you 7 days a week until midnight.

Andrew Joaquin
aka Pharmacist Joaquin • He/Him

RPh, Pharmacist

Joaquin is a clinical pharmacist and completed his pharmacy education at the University of British Columbia. For the past decade he has worked as a clinical hospital pharmacist with a focus on infectious disease, pediatrics, and gay men’s health.

He is passionate about improving access to care and understands the unique challenges that people of different backgrounds may face in the medical system. Joaquin is proud to be part of a team that was the first to expand targeting PrEP to a wider audience while making it more readily available in underserviced communities.

Joaquin’s actual first name is Andrew, but as the third Andrew (no more please!) he goes by his last name – Joaquin.

Pamela Ip
aka Pharmacist Pam • She/Her

RPh, Pharmacist

Pamela is a hospital pharmacist and completed her education at McGill University and The University of Toronto (PharmD). Pam has a special interest in LGBTQ+ health and was previously the co-chair of PharmaPride at the University of Toronto.

Since graduating she continues to present regularly on LGBTQ+ health topics to educate other healthcare professionals on providing more inclusive care.

She was very excited to join The PrEP Clinic after learning about Pharmacist Drew’s work in HIV care when she was a student.  While HIV can affect people outside of the LGBTQ+ community, she feels there has been an unmet need for care for this population regionally and is proud to be filling in this gap in healthcare.

Pamela’s recent interests are learning more about skincare and hoarding house plants (you can never have too many!)

Mark Naccarato
aka Pharmacist Mark • He/Him

RPh, Pharmacist

Mark is a clinical pharmacist and has specialized in HIV care for over a decade. Over the years Mark has collaborated with numerous HIV specialists across Toronto while working at both the St. Michael’s Hospital – Positive Care Clinic and with family physicians providing HIV care within the St. Michael’s Family Health Teams. He completed his pharmacy education at Wayne State University. 

Mark has devoted his career to helping people living with HIV as well as marginalized and under-served communities. He works to educate other healthcare professionals and collaborated with the University of Toronto to develop an education program for future physicians on HIV care. He has authored or co-authored over 20 publications and presents regularly at research conferences.  Mark is also known for innovative problem solving as well as sporting a man-bun.  

Riya Joshi
She/Her

RPhT, Patient Care Specialist

Riya is a registered pharmacy technician and graduate of Georgian College. She has extensive experience in harm reduction and sexual health. Previously she worked with Pharmacist Drew in Barrie in the region’s only Safer Space and LGBTQ+ inclusive pharmacy. She is fluent in Hindi and Gujarati.

With 1 in 4 women living with HIV she believes too often women are left out of the conversation. Riya is passionate about spreading the message on PrEP for Women and to Love Positive Women.

Before relocating to Canada, Riya was alarmed to see sexual and gender minorities in her home country facing significant discrimination. She wants to make sure everyone, especially newcomers who may have previously faced persecution, know they are welcome and have an ally in Riya.

Jessica Chaplin
She/Her

PA, Patient Care Specialist

Jessica has been a Pharmacy Assistant for several years and completed her training at Trios College. With her previous experience she had the opportunity to work with a diverse group of patients from all backgrounds. 

She is excited to be part of a healthcare initiative that is truly making a difference in so many people’s lives. Jessica believes everyone should have access to whatever care they need and being able to support people on that journey gives her a great sense of fulfillment. When she isn’t supporting patient care, Jessica loves to work on sewing projects (sewing buddies anyone?) and exploring new types of music. 

Achilles the Dog (The PrEP Clinic / Ontario Prevention Clinic)

Achilles
He/Him

VP of Cuteness & Patient Comfort

Achilles may only be a few months old, but he has taken the world by storm. Achilles has helped many patients feel more at ease during lab work and vaccinations. His pet peeve is people asking if someone is “clean” to determine their HIV status.

Visitors to our Toronto location can see him during our Walk-in Sexual Health and PrEP Clinic on Mondays as well as during our walk-in pharmacy hours. 

Pharmacist Drew is his dog dad and claims he’s a very good boy. When Achilles isn’t providing patient comfort, he enjoys belly rubs, likes to play hide-and-go-seek, and go jogging.