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Our Students

We admit 10-12 students each year (May start). Our students work in a mix of hospital settings, community settings, the health service planning sector and the health regulatory sector. All of our students are based in Canada, from Whitehorse and Vancouver in the west, to St. Johns and Halifax in the east, and many points in between. The program is available to international students.

Below you will find our student profiles.

                            

Sabrina Adair

Name: Sabrina Adair
Advisor: Dr. Nicole Bobbette
Position at Application: CEO/Founder
Place of Employment: Enabling Adaptations Inc.
Academic Background: Master of Science, Occupational Therapy, Dalhousie University

Juvy Alix Name: Juvy Alix
Advisor: Dr. Afolasade Fakolade
Position at Application: Clinical Resource Coordinator
Place of Employment: Providence Healthcare - Unity Health Toronto
Academic Background: Masters of Applied Disability Studies, Brock University
Rhona Anderson Name: Rhona Anderson
Advisor: Dr. Marcia Finlayson
Position at Application: Occupational Therapy Academic Clinical Educator & Education Lead for Toronto Rehab
Place of Employment: 
University Health Network
Academic Background: Master of Science, Occupational Therapy, Dalhousie University
Research Proposal Title: Creating a high performing healthcare system by preparing future health professionals to lead
Teresa Avampato

Name: Teresa Avampato
Advisor: Dr. Marcia Finlayson
Position at Application : Accreditation Lead and Program Coordinator for OTA & PTA Program
Place of Employment: Durham College
Academic Background: MSc, Occupational Therapy, University of Western
Research Proposal Title: Supporting Intraprofessional Collaboration Preparation for Occupational Therapist (OT) and Occupational Therapist Assistant (OTA) Students in Ontario: A Three Phase Mixed Methods Study

Nagham Azzam Iqbal

Name: Nagham Azzam Iqbal
Advisor: Dr. Janet Jull
Position at Application: Outpatient Social Worker - Developmental Pediatrics & Rehabilitation
Place of Employment: Hamilton Health Sciences - Ron Joyce Children's Health Centre
Academic Background: Master of Social Work, McMaster University 

Faith Balshin Name: Faith Balshin
Advisor: Dr. Mohammad Auais
Position at Application: Associate Clinician
Place of Employment: Reflection Centre
Academic Background: Master of Science, Rehabilitation Science, McMaster University & Master of Arts, Counselling Psychology, Yorkvillle University 
Jessica Bergervin Name: Jessica Bergevin
Advisor: Dr. Kathleen Norman
Position at Application: Physiotherapist and Physiopilates Instructor
Place of Employment: Synergy Physiotherapy and Pilates
Academic Background: Master of Science, Physical Therapy, Queen's University 
Mary Bertone Name: Mary Bertone
Advisor: Dr. Kathleen Norman
Position at Application: Director and Associate Professor
Place of Employment: 
University of Manitoba, School of Dental Hygiene
Academic Background: Master of Public Health, University of Manitoba
Jennifer Bertoni

Name: Jennifer Bertoni
Advisors: Drs. Nicole Bobbette & Marcia Finlayson
Position at Application: Interprofessional Educator (Adult and Forensic Mental & Health Addications)
Place of Employment: Thunder Bay Regoinal Health Sciences Centre 
Academic Background: Master of Science, Occupational Therapy, Queen's University & Master of Public Health, Lakehead University 

Kimberly Blitz Name: Kimberly Bitz
Advisor: Dr. Marcia Finlayson
Position at Application: Occupational Therapist
Place of Employment: Saskatchewan Health Authority 
Academic Background: Master of Science, Occupational Therapy, University of Alberta
Research Proposal Title: Missed Opportunities: Advancing Canadian Occupational Therapy Practice for Harm Reduction Among Women Who Consume Alcohol
Katelyn Bridge

Name: Katelyn Bridge
Advisor: Dr. Dorothy Kessler
Position at Application: Occupational Therapist
Place of Employment: Modern OT Therapy Services
Academic Background: Master of Science, Occupational Therapy, Queen's University

 

Sarah Burt- Hawco Name: Sarah Burt-Hawco 
Advisor: Dr. Marcia Finlayson
Position at Application: Occupational Therapist
Place of Employment: Eastern Health 
Academic Background: Master of Science, Occupational Therapy, Queen's University
Research Proposal Title: Empowering Community-Dwelling Older Adults to Become Self-Advocates for Health Care Services  
Cortney Clark Name: Cortney Clark
Advisor: Dr. Janet Jull
Position at Applicaiton: Indigenous Access and Recruitment Coordinator
Place of Employment: Queen's University, Faculty of Health Sciences
Academic Background: Bachelor of Arts, Social Sciences & International Relations, Western University 
 Kristin Collins

Name: Kristin Collins
Advisor: Dr. Dorothy Kessler
Postion at Application: Occupational Therapist
Place of Employment: North York General Hospital
Academic Background: Master of Science, Occupational Therapy, Queen's University 

                          

Kaitlyn Dewhirst Name: Kaitlyn Dewhirst
Advisor: Dr. Rosemary Lysaght
Position at Application: Clinical Mental Health Program Specialist
Place of Employment: 
Government of Northwest Territories
Academic Background: Master of Science, Occupational Therapy, Queen's University
Research Proposal Title: Are we ready for integrated service delivery (ISD)? Measuring the Organizational Climate for ISD: An explanatory mixed methods study
Colleen Dunphy Name: Colleen Dunphy
Advisor: Dr. Kathleen Norman
Position at Application: Manager, Collaborative Practice & Education
Place of Employment: St. Michael's Hospital
Academic Background: Master of Science, Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto
Research Proposal Title: Translating Cancer Rehabilitation Clinical Practice Guidelines into Competencies for Physiotherapists in Canada
Heather Edward

Name: Heather Edward
Advisor:  Dr. Megan Edgelow
Position at Application: Deputy Chief Operations
Place of Employment:
Frontenac Paramedics
Academic Background:
Master of Arts,  Leadership, University of Guelph

Julie Entwistle

Name: Julie Entwistle
Advisors: Drs. Megan Edgelow & Kathleen Norman
Position at Application: Deputy Registrar
Place of Employment: College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario
Academic Background: Masters of Business Administration, Wilfred Laurier University

Sandra Ezepue

Name: Sandra Ezepue
Advisors: Drs. Afolasade Fakolade & Setareh Ghahari
Position at Application: Health Promotion Specialist
Place of Employment: East Mississauga Community Health Centre
Academic Background: Master of Public Health, Brock University 
Research Proposal Title: Project Holistique: Developing and pilot testing an onilne stigma reduction education program to improve access to skin and soft tissue infections support and treatment for people who inject drugs

Deborah Francis Name: Deborah Francis
Advisor: Dr. Janet Jull
Position at Application: Clinical Assistant Professor - Occupational Therapy Programs
Place of Employment: D'Youville College 
Academic Background: Master of Science, Health Science Education, McMaster University
Research Proposal Title: A critical race informed narrative inquiry of a Canadian university told by racialized students
Shannon Gravelle Name: Shannon Gravelle
Advisors: Drs. Beata Batorowicz & Sandra Fucile
Position at Application: 
Occupational Therapist
Place of Employment: 
St. Amant - Outreach Therapy
Academic Backgroud : Master of Science, Occupational Therapy, University of Ottawa
Tabitha Hemp Name: Tabitha Hamp
Advisor: Dr. Setareh Ghahari
Position at Application: Patient Services Manager
Place of Employment: 
Home and Community Care Support Services
Academic Background: Master of Science, Occupational Therapy, McMaster University
Toni Harrington Name: Toni Harrington
Advisors: Dr. Megan Edgelow
Position at Application: Director, Complex Care and Specialty Services 
Place of Employment: Homewood Health 
Academic Background: Master of Applied Science, Occupational Health Science, McGill University & Master of Social Work, Memorial University
Lauren Hershfield Name: Lauren Hershfield
Advisor: Dr. Sandra Fucile
Position at Application: Occupational Therapist
Place of Employment: 
BC Childrens Hospital
Academic Background: Master of Science, Occupational Therapy, University of Toronto
Sophie Labossiere Name: Sophie Labossière
Advisor: Dr. Vincent DePaul
Position at Application: Occupational Therapist
Place of Employment: Correctional Services Canada
Academic Background: Master of Science, Occupational Therapy, University of Ottawa
Cheng Jung Lin Name: Cheng Jung Lin
Advisor: Dr. Janet Jull
Position at Application: Occupational Therapist
Place of Employment: 
Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay
Academic Background: Master of Science, Rehabilitation Therapy, Queen's University
Research Proposal Title: Adaptation of a Training Program for Cree Paraprofessionals in a Remote Cree Community of James Bay: A Community-Based Participatory Research Study

                            

Name: Heather MacLeod
Advisor:
Dr. Dorothy Kessler
Position at Application:
Senior Geriatric Acessor/Clinical Team Leader
Place of Employment:
Bruyere Continuing Care
Academic Background:
Master of Science Occupational Therapy, Dalhousie Universtiy 

 

Name: Sara MacNaull
Advisor: 
Dr. Heidi Cramm
Position at Application: 
Program Director
Place of Employment: 
The Vanier Institute of the Family
Academic Background: Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership, Carleton University
Research Proposal Title: 
Understanding the Lived Experiences and Perceived Impacts of Incarceration on the Well-being of Adult Family Members

 Katya Masnyk

Name: Katya Masnyk
Advisor: Dr. Kathleen Norman
Position at Application: CEO
Place of Employment: 
Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators
Academic Background: Master of Science, Maternal and Child Health, The John Hopkins University
Research Proposal Title: We need to talk; Incorporating the patient voice into a structured critique of the physiotherapy communication competency. 

 Deni Melim Name: Deni Melim
Advisor: Dr. Beata Batorowicz
Position at Application: Teacher, Education with a Community Partner Program(ECPP), Trauma Responsive Elementary Classroom
Place of Employment: 
Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board
Academic Background: Master of Education, Queen's University 
Research Proposal Title: A narrative inquiry into the leadership practices of principals and vice-principals as they introduce a school-wide trauma informed approach
Dianne Millette  Name: Dianne Millette
Advisor: Dr. Kathleen Norman
Position at Application: Registrar and CEO
Place of Employment: 
College of Physical Therapists of British Columbia
Academic Background: Master of Health Science Health Administration, University of Toronto
Research Proposal Title: The "How and Why" of Continuous Professional Development Selection by Physiotherapists in Canada
 Linda Ngan Name: Linda Ngan
Advisors : Drs. Mohammad Auais & Janet Jull
Position at Application: Project Manager
Place of Employment: 
Toronto Acquired Brain Injury Network
Academic Background: Master of Science, Rehabilitation Therapy, University of Toronto
 Katrina Pollock

Name: Katrina Pollock
Advisor: Dr. Janet Jull
Position at Application: Manager of Research and Consultative Services
Place of Employment:
Tlicho Government Hotiitseeda Program
Academic Background: Master of Arts, Public Administration and Public Policy, Concordia University

 Sharondeep Randhawa

Name: Sharon Randhawa
Advisor: Drs. Setareh Ghahari & Heather Aldersey
Position at Application: Clinical Supervisor
Place of Employment:
Centre for Autism Services Alberta
Academic Background:
Master of Science in Behaviour Analysis, Simmons University 
Research Proposal Title: Exploring the decision-making experiences of providers and culturally and linguistically diverse caregivers in autism services: an interpretative description

Name: Josee Seguin
Advisor: Dr. Stephanie Nixon
Position at Application: Coordinator, Developmental and Rehabilitation 
Place of Employment: CHEO, Ottawa Pediatric Hospital
Academic Background: Master of Science, Rehabilitation Therapy, Queen's University

 

Avita Sharma  Name: Avita Sharma
Advisors: Drs. Rosemary Lysaght & Megan Edgelow
Position at Application: Registered Clinical Counsellor
Place of Employment:
Progressive Rehab
Academic Background: Master of Education, Counselling Psychology, University of British Columbia
Research Proposal Title: Examining the relationship between vocational rehabilitation service provision and work outcomes for injured workers in British Columbia: An exploratory retrospective study
 Lisa Vaters Name: Lisa Vaters
Advisor: Dr. Heidi Cramm
Position at Application: Family Coordinator
Place of Employment:
Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services
Academic Background: Master of Science, Botany & Plant Physiology, University of Guelph
 Gurech James Wai

Name: Gurech James Wai
Advisor: Dr. Mohammed Auais
Position at Application: Senior Planner - System and Service Planning, Planning and Performance
Place of Employment:
Alberta Health Services
Academic Background: Master of Public Health, University of Alberta
Researh Proposal Title: Toward a transformational roadmap to end pj paralysis: a mixed methods study to inform a scale-up strategy for patient ambulation in Alberta Health Services Hospitals

 Susanne Watson




Name: Susanne Watson
Advisor:
Dr. Janet Jull
Position at Application:
Professional Practice Lead, Allied Health 
Place of Employment:
Northern Health Authority
Academic Background:
Bachelor of Health Science, Physical Therapy, McMaster Unversity

 Laura Williams

Name: Laura Williams
Advisor: Dr. Nora Fayed
Position at Application:
Senior Director, Patient Experience and Engagement
Place of Employment:
University Health Network
Academic Background:
Master of Social Work, York University 

  Name: Lawrence Yu
Advisors: Dr. Jordan Miller
Postion at Application: Senior Physiotherapist
Place of Employment: Adelaide Health Clinic
Academic Background: Master of Science, Physical Therapy, McMaster University 

 

Our  Recent Alumni

Below you will find our alumni profiles.

Name: Candi Raudebaugh
Advisor: Drs. Marcia Finlayson & Kathleen Norman
Position at Graduation: Instructor
Place of Employment: Red Deer Polytechnic
Dissertation Title:
Life Skills Training for Therapy Assitant Students: An Explanatory Sequential Mixed Methods Study

 

Name: Karen Shannon
Advisor:
Dr. Beata Batorowicz
Dissertation Title:
Leading and Learning: Effective collaboration in rehabilitation services in schools.