The Centre for Clinical Trials by ICLS is actively involved in helping bring new medical therapies to the dermatology and plastic surgery fields by participating in a variety of clinical research studies. 


ICLS is a private, fully accredited, state-of-the-art dermatology and plastic surgery facility located in Oakville, Ontario, directed and overseen by our medical Dermatologist, Dr. Sheetal Sapra and Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Julie Khanna. Our doctors strongly believe that being on the forefront of medical research is an important part of their respective practices. 

Sheetal Sapra, MD FRCPC, Director of Dermatology


Dr. Sapra is not only a leader in the field of dermatology, but he is also a pioneer of new technologies aimed at improving the lives and looks of his patients. The commitment Dr. Sapra dedicates to finding the best way to restore vibrant, youthful appearance is unmatched. This has made him a part of the vanguard of modern dermatological methods, including the latest laser technologies.

Professional Affiliations

  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (FRCPC)

  • American Board of Dermatology (board certified)

  • Canadian Dermatology Association (CDA)

  • American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS)

  • American Academy of Dermatology (AAD)

  • American Contact Dermatitis Society (ACDS)

  • DASIL The Dermatologic & Aesthetic Surgery International League

  • Canadian Laser and Aesthetic Surgery Society (CLASS)

  • American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS)

  • American College of Phlebology (ACP)

Julie Khanna, MD FRCSC, Director of Plastic Surgery


As one of Canada’s leading cosmetic plastic surgeons, Dr. Khanna looks beyond the surgical procedure to the patient as a whole, from inner self to outer beauty. “Each procedure is unique to each patient. The best results come from first understanding patient needs and desires, and then providing a tailor-made solution that meets the personal expectations of that patient.”

Professional Affiliations

  • College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO)

  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (FRCSC)

  • American Board of Plastic Surgery (board certified)

  • Canadian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (CSAPS)

  • Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons (CSPS)

  • American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)

What Patients Say About ICLS Clinical Trials

"I was part of a clinical trial and my contacts at ICLS were Carly, Dynika and Jenn. They are all fantastic! They were knowledgeable and friendly. Dr. Sapra was excellent too."

"I recently took part in a comparator study overseen by Dr. Sapra at the Centre for Clinical Trials at ICLS. Dr. Sapra was very thorough in answering all questions regarding the clinical trial. I felt comfortable and safe throughout the whole process. My positive experience with ICLS, Dr. Sapra along with Jennifer eased any hesitation in taking part in clinical research in the future."

"I've completed my first clinical trial at ICLS. Upon my arrival, I was greeted by the staff members and was impressed with their kindness and dedication to their job. Carly explained the process of each step of the Clinical Trials and reassured me everything was safe and proper. She's extremely knowledgeable."


"Dr. Sapra is always kind and professional towards his patients, work and trials, hoping the best for each customer. ICLS is a great place with amazing staff and great clinical trials that will help the future of many people with acne troubles."

Our Clinical Trials Team
Dynika Macneil

Clinical Research Manager


Dynika graduated as a Laboratory Technicianin 2011 and quickly expanded her career to clinical trials in 2012 giving her experience working in Obstetrical/Newborn research as well as dermatology.

As Clinical Trials Manager, Dynika works closely with ICLS trial sponsors and her team, providing maintenance of equipment, training and development of staff in our ever-expanding Clinical Trials department. Dynika’s favorite past time is fishing with her family of six off of the dock at their cottage in Muskoka.

Carly Cowx

Clinical Research Coordinator


Carly joined ICLS with a strong background in nursing and seven years of experience in cardiac and psychiatric clinical research. With her love of teaching patients and always searching to learn new things, dermatology research is the perfect fit.

Carly and her husband love to travel and are always looking for new adventures whether it’s volcano boarding in Nicaragua or swimming with whale sharks on the coast of the Baja. She’s excited about her newest hobby of mastering the acoustic guitar.

Jenn Tran

Clinical Research Coordinator


Jenn is responsible for overseeing and providing patient care for multiple medical and cosmetic dermatology clinical studies. She is a 2018 McMaster University graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, and gained research experience in the fields of hematology, thrombosis, and sepsis. 


She holds multiple leadership positions in local, provincial, and international non-profit organizations to inspire others and invoke change through philanthropy, cultural education, healthcare advocacy, and leadership development. 

Natalie Bilkic

Clinical Research Coordinator


Natalie is one of our research coordinators here at ICLS, managing several dermatological clinical trials.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto in 2008. 


Working in clinical research for many years within various therapeutic areas has been a deeply rewarding career path. Natalie has a passion for plant-based nutrition, music, and martial arts.  Most of all, she loves being a mother to her three wonderful children.

Shirley Wong

Clinical Research Nurse

Shirley began her career in Dermatology in 2013 alongside Dr. Sapra. Recently she had the opportunity to broaden her knowledge by changing course and working with our Clinical Research Team as a Research Nurse. Shirley’s empathy and desire to help patients through new and upcoming studies makes this position an ideal fit.

Shirley enjoys being active, whether it be travelling, snowboarding in our Canadian winters or hiking with her two dogs, Murphy and Charley. She also enjoys some downtime for herself while indulging in her pottery, photography or sailing in the Caribbean.