I am an Advanced Practice and Certified Enterostomal Therapy Nurse, currently pursuing a PhD in Nursing at Queens University. I have lectured nationally and internationally on wound and ostomy care and have published extensively on ostomy and wound care related topics. I am the co-chair and a founding member of the International Skin Tear Advisory Panel. My current area of research interest is skin health in the frail elderly, with my PhD thesis focusing on identifying the risk factors associated with skin tears in the elderly population. In 2016 I received the Registered Nurses of Ontario (RNAO) Leadership Award in Nursing Education (Academic), the prestigious Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) Order of Merit for Nursing Education and a Canadian Nurses Foundation Scholar award.
I am an Adjunct Professor with the University of Western Ontario Masters in Wound Care Program, a visiting lecturer with the McGill University School of Nursing, a faculty member of the Canadian Association of Wound Care’s Wound Care Institute and an external marker for the International Interdisciplinary Wound Care Course at the University of Toronto. I am an international expert reviewer for the Joanna Briggs Institute in Adelaide, Australia and an international member of the pressure ulcer clinical guidelines development panel for the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care (USA).