Dr. Margittai graduated from the University of Ottawa School of Medicine, in 1983, and completed her psychiatric residency training at the University of Toronto, in 1988. The fourth and final year of her residency was split between the Clark Institute (Psychosomatics unit), and the Toronto Western Hospital (Sleep Disorders service, and the Psychiatric Consultation-Liaison service).
For the next 20 years, Dr. Margittai was head of the Psychiatric Consultation-Liaison Service, and Coordinator of Undergraduate Psychiatric Education, at Womens College Hospital. She also introduced a Derm-Psych Clinic for dermatology patients with chronic skin conditions and co-morbid mental health issues.
Concurrently, since 1996, Dr. Margittai has run a private psychiatric practice specializing in Women's Mental Health. This practice is no-longer able to accept new referrals.
In 2007, after taking a week-long intensive training course in Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction given by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn (founder of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts), Dr. Margittai joined the staff of North York General Hospital in a part-time capacity, and introduced a Mindfulness group on Friday afternoons, to better address the psychological needs of patients with chronic medical illnesses.
More recently, in 2011, Dr.Margittai relocated her private office - PsychSyt - to Yonge and Eglinton, and began offering MBSR groups there on Tuesday evenings.
NYGH - 4001 Leslie Street, Ground floor, Classroom B
How to register for afternoon MBI-CHC groups:
Dr. Margittai also offers a mindfulness program at the North York General Hospital: Mindfulness-based Interventions for Chronic Health Conditions (MBI-CHC). This is a physician-led, 9-week group program, on Friday afternoons from 1:00 to 4:30 pm.
There are three sessions offered every year: Winter - from mid-February; Spring- from the end of May; and Fall - from mid-September. These sessions last 3.5 hours, and there is an expectation that participants do one hour of daily homework, in between the sessions.
There is also an all-day silent retreat after the 6th week (Sunday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm).
For more detailed information about this Hospital-based program, please consult the following: