Professionally, Dara has been practicing social work in Toronto, Canada for over 15 years. Her focus includes assisted fertility/infertility counselling as well as research in mental health. She is committed to providing service that is inclusive, anti-discriminatory and non-judgmental.
Dara holds a Master degree in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Toronto and Bachelor Degrees from York University (BSW) and McGill University (BA).
She is a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers (RSW), a member of the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society (CFAS) and the Canadian Counselling Special Interest Group (CCSIG) of the CFAS, as well as a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and the Mental Health Professional Group (MHPG) of the ASRM.
Dara is also a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW) and a professional member of the Infertility Awareness Association of Canada (IAAC).
She works closely with professional and community organizations, and is a regularly invited speaker at a Toronto-based LGBTQ community centre, presenting at their parenting programs.
In her daily practice, Dara draws from numerous therapy models, including: Solution-Focused/Oriented Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Structural and Systems Therapy.
In 2001, while experiencing her own struggles with infertility, Dara became very involved in the developing legislation around Assisted Human Reproductive Technologies. She was invited to speak before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health in 2002 and continued to consult with Assisted Human Reproduction Canada (AHRC) for many years. Dara continues to work with professional and public stakeholders to inform and advocate about issues relating to Assisted Reproduction (AR) and infertility.
Personally, after surviving many years of infertility and undergoing numerous tests, medications, surgeries, unsuccessful intrauterine inseminations (IUIs) and in-vitro fertilizations (IVFs), Dara and her partner turned to gestational surrogacy. Today, they are the very lucky parents of two daughters; each one carried by a different and wonderful Gestational Surrogate.
Dara feels very fortunate that her professional training, her personal experience with infertility and her family’s journey through surrogacy (twice!) combine to provide a unique and empathetic perspective for her clients. Her ability to respond to the particular needs of Intended Parents as well as Donors and Surrogates allow her to provide support and guidance that gets to the heart of the matter, while being respectful, helpful and compassionate.