I have been a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Neurology at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto since 1996. My sub-specialty expertise is in multiple sclerosis and demyelinating disease, infantile spasms, new onset seizures and neuromuscular disorders. Working in both inpatient and ambulatory settings, I provide education, support and advocacy to children and their families, and professional consultation and education throughout the hospital and in the community. I also offer nursing leadership in the development and implementation of quality improvement initiatives.
I obtained by Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Western Ontario and Master of Health Sciences from McMaster University. I have maintained my Certification in Neuroscience Nursing in Canada – CNN(C) since 1999, and have been a Multiple Sclerosis Certified Nurse – MSCN since 2002. I also have an adjunct clinical appointment with the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto and an appointment as a Project Investigator with the SickKids Research Institute.
Active in numerous professional organizations, I was an ACNN Board member from 2005 to 2012 – Director (2005-2008), President-Elect (2008-2009), President (2009-2011) and Past President (2011-2012). I am also a former Director on the Board of the International Organization of Multiple Sclerosis Nurses (IOMSN) (2006-2012) and was recently appointed to the Multiple Sclerosis Nurses International Certification Board (MSNICB) (2016). I am a peer-reviewer for manuscripts submitted to the Canadian Journal of Neuroscience Nursing. I have presented extensively at national and international meetings, and published a number of articles and book chapters within my area of expertise, including the neurological disorders in children section of the 4th, 5th and 6th (in press) editions of the AANN Core Curriculum for Neuroscience Nursing.