Program Staff



Carolin Klein, Ph.D., R. Psych

MVP Director

Dr. Klein is a registered Psychologist with a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of British Columbia (UBC). After graduating from UBC, she completed a clinical and research fellowship with the UBC Sexual Health Laboratory and a concurrent clinical fellowship with the Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Centre of Vancouver. Her clinical training has focused on applying evidence-based cognitive-behavioural and/or dialectical behaviour therapy techniques to treat a variety of concerns including sexual concerns, depression, anxiety, and personality disorders.

In addition to her involvement with the MVP, Dr. Klein works with individuals and couples in private practice who are experiencing a variety of sexual and relationship concerns or who are seeking assistance for complex, multi-systemic disorders. She previously worked as Associate Director of the UBC Psychology Clinic where she was involved in the teaching and supervision of clinical psychology graduate students. She has a background in research which has focused on furthering understanding of women’s sexual function, sexual outcomes in gender identity disorder, and outcomes related to involvement in prostitution.


Naleena Gounder, B.A.

Clinic Care Coordinator

Naleena completed her Bachelor’s in Psychology and Biology at UBC in 2001.  She has worked at the Anxiety Clinic, rehab centres and in community mental health.  In the research field, she has studied assessment and treatments for pain, depression, addictions and anxiety.  As part of Mental Health Commission of Canada’s initiative to increase the public’s knowledge on health, Naleena also teaches Mental Health First Aid.

Naleena believes that it is important for each person to take an active role in her (or his) treatment.  This can be accomplished by working closely with the team to develop a personalized multidimensional care plan.


Sarah Siva

Booking Clerk

Sarah has been working at the Diamond Health Care Centre since 2014. She books appointment and answers phone calls. She looks forward to helping patients in the MVP program.

Sydney Thomson, M.D., FRCPS

Sydney Thomson, M.D., FRCSC


Dr. Sydney Thomson is a Clinical Associate Professor at UBC. She graduated from an Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency at UBC in 1990, and did a fellowship year in Sexual Medicine at UBC in 1991. Her clinical practice has always dealt with female sexuality concerns but has become exclusively focused in this area since 1995. She has a teaching practice within the Department of Gynecology at Vancouver Hospital, and is also a consultant at the British Columbia Cancer Agency and the Center for Sexual Health in the area of female sexuality. She is the Director of Undergraduate Education for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and teaches and administrates the pelvic exam teaching for the University of British Columbia.

Leslie Sadownik, M.D., M.Ed., FRCPS

Leslie Sadownik, M.D., M.Ed., FRCSC


Dr. Leslie Sadownik is an Associate Professor in the University of British Columbia (UBC) Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and an Associate Member of the UBC Department of Dermatology and Skin Sciences. She graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science and Medical Degree. She then completed her obstetrics and gynaecology residency program at the University of Calgary. After graduation she obtained a Master’s in Adult Education from UBC. For the last decade, her clinical practice has been limited to lower genital tract disease -colposcopy, vulvar diseases and vulvar pain conditions. She is an educational consultant for the BC Provincial Colposcopy Program. She supervises the certification and CME of the provinical colposcopists. She has a strong interest in medical education and has been the Director of the Faculty Development Program for the UBC Faculty of Medicine since 2001. She has received numerous teaching awards including the UBC Clinical Faculty Teaching Award (2006) and the Association of Medical Colleges of Canada (ACMC) – Glaxxo-Smith-Kline Young Educator Award (2002).

Paul Yong, M.D., Ph.D., FRCPS

Paul Yong, M.D., Ph.D., FRCSC


Dr. Paul Yong completed a MD/PhD degree in Experimental Medicine in 2006, followed by a Residency in Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Fellowship in Endometriosis, Pelvic Pain & Advanced Laparoscopy in 2012 at the University of British Columbia. His clinical practice is focused on pelvic pain, with particular interest in endometriosis, sexual pain, painful periods, co-existing bladder and bowel problems, and pain related to the musculoskeletal system. His surgical interests include laparoscopic excision of endometriosis and prevention of adhesions in women with pelvic pain (+/- infertility). Dr. Yong is Assistant Professor in the UBC Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Division of Gynaecologic Specialties, and is actively involved in clinical and translational research for pelvic pain.

Marcy Dayan, B.S.R., M.H.A., MCPA

Marcy Dayan, B.S.R., M.H.A.

Registered Physiotherapist

Marcy Dayan is a registered physiotherapist with expertise in the management and treatment of vaginal and rectal pain, incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. Since graduating from UBC with a Bachelor’s of Science in Rehabilitation in 1984, Marcy has completed postgraduate courses in vulvar pain, incontinence, pelvic dysfunction, orthopaedics and sex education and counseling. She also has a Master of Health Administration from the University of British Columbia. Active in both clinical practice and teaching, Marcy works in both public and private practice, is a clinical instructor on the male and female reproductive systems at the University of British Columbia’s School of Physical Therapy and has presented on pelvic floor dysfunction at both medical and physiotherapy conferences.


Maryla Podgajny, B.Sc.P.T., C.F.C.I.

Registered Physiotherapist

Maryla is a Registered Physiotherapist and is certified with the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute. Her clinical interest in Women’s Health has been ongoing for many years. She has previously worked at BC Women’s Hospital and the Continence Clinic at Burnaby Hospital. In 2014 she decided to join Dayan Physiotherapy and Pelvic Floor Clinic to focus her practice exclusively on both female and male pelvic floor (bladder/bowel control, prolapse, pain) concerns, abdominal dysfunction and perinatal health.   Maryla enjoys challenges and the satisfaction of continuing to learn and grow while working with this diverse population.

Jenn Bossio, Ph.D.


Dr. Jenn Bossio completed her PhD in clinical psychology at Queen’s University and her clinical residency at Vancouver Coastal Health Authority. Her doctoral research focused on the biological, psychological, and social aspects of human sexuality. Clinically, Dr. Bossio works with individuals and couples dealing with sexual health concerns, as well as other mental health concerns such as depression and anxiety. She has worked at the Sex Therapy Service (Kingston, ON), BC Centre for Sexual Medicine (Vancouver, BC), and the Department of Gynaecological Specialties (Vancouver, BC). In her approach to treating sexual health concerns, she uses evidence-based treatments, including cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness. She also believes in a multidisciplinary team approach to health care, and that the individual is an important part of that team.

In addition to her work at the Centre for Vulvar Health, Dr. Bossio is completing a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of British Columbia within the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and the Department of Urologic Sciences. She is collaborating with the UBC Sexual Health Lab and the Prostate Cancer Supportive Care (PCSC) Program to develop and evaluate a mindfulness-based treatment for men and their partners dealing with the changes to their sexual lives brought on by prostate cancer treatments.


 Jason Winters, Ph.D.


Dr. Jason Winters received his PhD in psychology from the University of British Columbia and completed post-doctoral training in clinical psychology. During his training, he specialized in sexual problems and disorders, and has published research in the area. Currently, Dr. Winters works in private practice as a sex therapist and teaches the psychology of human sexuality at UBC. Dr. Winters is one of the facilitators of the Partner Education seminar, the Sexual Health Seminars, and the individual Sexual Health appointments at the MVP.

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Kelly Smith, Ph.D.

MVP Research Director

Dr. Smith has a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Queen’s University and completed fellowship training at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School and the University of British Columbia.

She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the University of British Columbia, a Registered Psychologist, and the Research Director for the Multidisciplinary Vulvodynia Program. Dr. Smith’s research focuses on women’s vulvar health, sexual health and vulvodynia, including the pregnancy and post-partum experiences of women with vulvodynia. Dr. Smith has been funded by the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, Canadian Pain Society, National Vulvodynia Association, and Women’s Health Research Institute and has authored several publications in the area of women’s health and genital pain. She serves on the editorial board of the Archives of Sexual Behavior.

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Lori Brotto, Ph.D., R. Psych

MVP Research Associate

Dr. Brotto has a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of British Columbia (UBC) and a Fellowship in Reproductive and Sexual Medicine from the University of Washington.

She is a Professor in the UBC Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, head of the Division of Gynaecologic Specialties, and has a small private practice as a registered psychologist in Vancouver, Canada. She is the director of the UBC Sexual Health Laboratory where research focuses on developing and testing psychological/psychoeducational interventions for women with sexual difficulties and genital pain. Dr. Brotto’s research is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Ovarian Cancer Canada, the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, and the National Vulvodynia Association. Dr. Brotto trains gynaecology residents, psychology interns, and medical students at UBC and is passionate about disseminating scientific knowledge to the public and the media. She is Associate Editor for two major journals: Archives of Sexual Behavior and Sexual and Relationship Therapy, and on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Sex Research, the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, and the International Journal of Sexual Health.

Emma Dargie, M.Sc.

MVP Resident

Ms. Dargie is a Clinical Psychology Resident with Vancouver Coastal Health, and a Clinical Psychology PhD Candidate at Queen’s University. She is a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar and published author who specialized in conducting research about the assessment and diagnosis of vulvodynia. Her additional research interests include romantic relationships, gender identities, and sexual orientations.

Ms. Dargie trained as a sex and couples therapist at the Sex Therapy Service at Queen’s University. Her doctoral training also focused on client-centered, evidence-based treatment of depression, anxiety, eating disorders, chronic pain, trauma, and psychological adjustment to disease/injury. Ms. Dargie maintains a collaborative, sex-positive, LGBTQ-positive approach to psychotherapy.


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