Dr. Rachel Barrett, MD, FRCPC
General Paediatrician, TPWG+MD
Dr. Rachel Barrett is a general pediatrician with a special interest in eating disorders in children and adolescents. She is also a lecturer in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto. Dr. Barrett completed her undergraduate and medical education at McMaster University before pursuing pediatrics training at Dalhousie University, where she was Chief Resident in her final year. In addition to her work at Toronto Psychology & Wellness Group, Medical Division, Dr. Barrett is a staff physician at North York General Hospital, where she provides consultations for children in the Emergency Department, cares for children admitted to the Paediatric Inpatient Unit, and assesses patients in the Paediatric Consultation Clinic.
While Dr. Barrett’s interest in childhood eating disorders is longstanding, her decision to focus more of her clinical practice in this area was prompted by the surge of new diagnoses during the start of the pandemic. In response to the climbing pediatric eating disorder case count, Dr. Barrett began working in North York General Hospital’s Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders program, where she continues to provide family-centred care as part of a multidisciplinary team. When working with patients who have eating disorders, Dr. Barrett provides compassionate medical care while simultaneously supporting families in navigating the healthcare system in order to access the appropriate level of care. Dr. Barrett’s style of practice is evidence-based yet individualized, recognizing the unique needs of each patient and the importance of developing a care plan that prioritizes the recovery of both physical and mental health and well-being.
Outside of work, Dr. Barrett loves singing (both in and outside of her rock music choir), cooking and exploring various cuisines, travelling, and spending time with her family.