Occupational Therapist, patient, Mindfulness Coach, published poet and author.
Jaisa Sulit practised as a neuro-rehab Occupational Therapist for six years in Ontario until 2010, when a motorcycle accident left her with a spinal cord injury (SCI). As a therapist turned patient, Jaisa participated in a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program that not only enriched her recovery, but also helped her to cope with chronic pain, stress, anxiety and depression. Jaisa has since become a qualified MBSR Teacher through the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and teaches mindfulness to patients, students and clinicians across Canada.
In 2015 Jaisa moved to Vancouver to explore the effects of bringing her SCI rehabilitation into the natural environment. Having found benefit from doing medical qigong outdoors in direct connection with land and water, Jaisa went on to become a Certified Practitioner in Medical Qigong and Chinese Shamanic Medicine.
Since sustaining an SCI, Jaisa has become a published poet, an international keynote speaker and an author whose journey of healing the body, soul and spirit is published in her book “Purpose in Paralysis: From Chronic Pain to Universal Gain.”
Jaisa is now living back in Toronto where she continues her work as a holistic Occupational Therapist.
Physical Therapist, Educational Consultant, Innovative Program and External Development Lead (Centre of Interprofessional Education), and Assistant Professor (University of Toronto, Department of Physical Therapy).
Lynne Sinclair is a Physical Therapist, an Educational Consultant and the Innovative Program and External Development Lead at the Centre for Interprofessional Education, University of Toronto (UofT). She holds an Assitant Professor appointment with the Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Medicine at UofT and an interprofessional education Scholar-in-Residence appointment at the School of Community and Health Studies at Centennial College.
Lynne is internationally invited as a keynote speaker for conferences, educational events and courses across Canada, USA, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Denmark and Switzerland. She has been a principle investigator on numerous education initiatives and research projects totaling over $5 million. Before venturing out as an educational consultant, Lynne was the Associate Director at the Centre for Interprofessional Education at UofT and also served as the Associate Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy at UofT. Lynne’s passion for interprofessional care and education was ignited during her seven years at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute where she was the Director of Education for twelve health disciplines.
Lynne has received numerous awards including the 2008 UofT Faculty of Medicine - Helen P. Batty Award in Faculty Development for Teaching Excellence; June 2013 Honourary Bachelor Degree in Applied Studies by Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning; and a 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award from The Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen’s University.
Patricia Ford is a Nurse Practitioner for the Geriatric Consultation Service at the St. Joseph's Healthcare Centre in Hamilton, Ontario and the Assistant Clinical Professor at McMaster University. Her clinical expertise is focused on care of the frail older adult population, including management of delirium, dementia and coping with caregiving. Her current clinical responsibilities include comprehensive assessment and management of frail older adults, cognitive assessments, family education, and facilitation of transitions.
Patricia is actively involved in a number of internal committees and groups including the Professional Advisory, Nursing Advisory, Quality and Patient Safety, Seniors Care Strategic Planning and Corporate Falls Prevention committees. Externally, Patricia shares her clinical expertise on the Rehab Care Alliance's (RCA) Task Group for Frail Seniors/Medically Complex and the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant (HNHB) LHIN Assess and Restore Intervention Project Steering Committee as the representative for St. Joseph's and MOHLTC RCA resource.
Patricia has authored many research articles on the topics of falls, patient-centred care, restraint minimization and senior-friendly care, and has contributed at many conferences and annual meetings including the Ontario Gerontological Association, Senior Friendly Hospital and OHA's Health Achieve.
Kim Young is an Advisor, Planning for the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant (HNHB) Local Health Integration Network (LHIN). Kim's portfolio includes rehabilitative care and integrated stroke services. Current initiatives include implementation and evaluation of Seniors Mobile Assess Restore Teams (SMART), ongoing evaluation of a community stroke rehabilitation model (CSRM), building a local Rehabilitative Care Alliance (RCA) and work with the provincial RCA to implement and evaluate the standard rehabilitative care definitions and adopt a common approach to rehabilitative care capacity planning.
Kim has worked across the continuum of care as an Occupational Therapist focused on neurological rehabilitation. She completed her undergraduate Bachelor of Arts honors degree at Queen's University. Kim completed her Occupational Therapy Bachelor of Health Sciences Degree at McMaster University. She is currently a candidate for her Masters in Arts Sustainability Studies at Trent University.
Dr. Matthew Meyer holds a Bachelor's degree from Queen's University in Biology and Human Health and a PhD from the department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University. His graduate research was awarded the Carol Buck Graduate Scholarship in Epidemiology, a CIHR Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship (Declined), a Lawson Health Research Institute Leadership award, and a 2012 CIHR Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship.
Dr. Meyer is currently a Population Health Strategist at London Health Sciences Centre and holds adjunct professorships in the departments of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry (Western University), the Ivey Business School (Western University), and the School of Rehabilitation Sciences (Ottawa University). He is also a founding partner in WorkHORSE Research Consulting Group. Dr. Meyer has served as an advisor for the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Health Quality Ontario, the Rehabilitative Care Alliance, the Canadian Institute for Health Information, CorHealth, and the Southwestern Ontario Stroke Network. His primary research interests include population health, health systems research, and health economics.
Mandy McGlynn is an Advance Practice Leader and Physiotherapy Practitioner at the Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Program at the Toronto Rehab Institute - UHN. She graduated from the Physical Therapy Program at the University of Toronto in 1994. In 2005, she completed her Masters of Science degree in the Department of Rehabilitation Science at the University of Toronto. Most recently she finished the Advanced Practice Clinician in Arthritis Care (ACPAC) to become a Physical Therapy Practitioner. Since 1998, she has worked in rehabilitation at the Toronto Rehab Institute - UHN, developing a wide range of expertise in rehabilitative sciences. In 2004, Mandy took on a leadership role as the Advanced Practice Leader in the Musculoskeletal Program focused on interprofessional collaboration and best practices. Mandy effectively splits her time between the two roles at Toronto Rehab.
Dr. John Flannery is a Physiatry graduate from Queen's University and Medical Director of Toronto Rehab's Musculoskeletal and Multisystem Rehabilitation Program, University Health Network. His wide range of expertise focuses mainly on complex rehabilitation (amputee, SCI, ABI, burn, polytrauma and peripheral nerve injury) with particular focus in complex musculoskeletal disease and chronic pain during the past 16 years.
Dr. Flannery is Co-Director of the Comprehensive Integrated Pain Program at University Health Network, as well as the Operations Committee Lead and Executive Committee Member of Project ECHO - Ontario Pain Program, which is the new initiative in Canada, funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health, to help chronic pain patients across Ontario. He is Co-Chair of the University of Toronto Centre for the Study of Pain Education Sub-Committee and sits on numerous other committees including the Toronto Academic Pain Medicine Institute (TAPMI) and the Committee for Provincial Low Back Pain: Inter-professional Spine Assessment and Education Centres.
He completed the Master Teacher Program through the University of Toronto, Department of Medicine in 2005. In May 2012, he received certificates as a trainer in Crucial Conversations and Difficult Conversations.
Academically, Dr. Flannery is a clinician-educator at the rank of Associate Professor in the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Department of Medicine at University of Toronto.
Harvinder Singh is a Clinical Pharmacist and the Clinical Coordinator of the pharmacy department at Bruyère Continuing Care in Ottawa. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy from the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto. Harvinder, along with patients, families and a multidisciplinary team was involved with the initial design, review and implementation of the 'Path to Home Passport' which is now being used in the rehabilitation population at Bruyère Continuing Care.
Jennifer Shaffer is the Professional Practice Leader for Physiotherapy for the St. John's Rehab Program of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. She is also a Lecturer with the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto. She has over 20 years of experience in clinical, leadership, teaching and research roles with a focus on orthopaedic, trauma and burn rehab.
Siobhan Donaghy is the Professional Practice Leader for occupational therapy in the rehabilitation program at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre where she collaboratively leads practice change and interprofessional quality improvement initiatives. At the University of Toronto, she is a curriculum associate at The Centre for Interprofessional Education and a Lecturer in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy.
Paul Kocher is a Volunteer Patient Advisor at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Paul's journey through Ontario's health care system started 10 years ago when he contracted necrotizing fasciitis. Following a 2 month acute stay at Sunnybrook, Paul spent 1 month at St. John's Rehab. Paul's journey has motivated him to 'give back' to the institutions and people who both saved his life and restored his quality of life by volunteering in a number of areas to help improve Ontario's health care system for future patients.
Shawn Brady is the Director of Interprofessional Practice at Providence Healthcare. He holds a BSc in Physical Therapy from Queen's University and an MSc in Rehabilitation Science fro the University of Toronto. Shawn and his talented team of practice leaders and practice consultants have worked hard to demonstrate the value of practice in achieving strategic outcomes and financial health while working in close collaboration with finance, information and performance, operations and quality.
Kathryn Walford is the Interprofessional Practice Coordinator at Providence Healthcare. Kathryn is a Registered Corporate Coach and a graduate of the Business Coaching Advantage Program. She utilizes her strengths of creativity and understanding perspectives to make education fun, interactive and ultimately effective for learners.
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