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Expert Opinion For Defence & Plaintiff Counsel





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Medico-Legal Expert Witness Services

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We are a small, personal firm assisting with your Legal Expert Needs. Providing expert opinion for hundreds of Cases Since 2009. Trial Attendance.


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in Nursing or Allied Health



Over 100 Experts. Some Have

Over 30 to 50 Years of Experience. 


From Intensive Care to Obstetrics, Wound Care,

Neurosurgery to Long Term Care, Respiratory Therapy, Chiropody, Midwifery & More.


We Ensure Excellent Report Writing from our Experts.


Registered Nurses,

Respiratory Therapists,

Nurse Practitioners,

Paramedics, Midwives, Dietitian,

Chiropodists and More. 



Sullivan Nurse Consulting provides pre-screened, highly credible independent NURSING & ALLIED HEALTH experts to assist both defence and plaintiff law firms, insurance companies, independent medical examiners, healthcare reciprocals, commissioners and more. Each consultant applies their unbiased, independent, expert opinion on the standard of care in health law and medical malpractice cases.  

Our consultancy is built on the 25+ years of general and specialized ICU clinical Nursing Experience of Ann Sullivan RN who is presently practicing in a major Toronto teaching hospital in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU).  Ann has leveraged her advanced nursing and analytic abilities into a key legal nurse expert witness role. She also leads the vetting process to find the best expert fit for legal firms across Canada and her experience as qualified expert witness has been an asset. 


'It is very exciting to lead a team of over 100 Independent Experts and work with the most well-respected lawyers & law firms across Canada.'.

I invite you and your law firm team to contact me as I will find you highly credible nursing or allied health experts to assist you with your medical malpractice cases’.


Ann Sullivan, RN

President & Lead Consultant

 Supreme Court
Lead Nursing Consultant


Contact Ann directly to discuss your expert requirements


 Adult Intensive Care (ICU)/Critical Care
Cardiovascular Intensive Care (CVICU) 
Post Operative Care
General Medical/Surgical
General Nursing
Medical/Surgical Ward Nursing

Ann's advanced nursing and analytic abilities have allowed her to transfer seamlessly into a key legal nurse consultant and expert role. Ann has 25+ years of nursing experience in both community hospital and Health Sciences Centre settings. Additionally, she has worked as a Clinical Nurse Educator for the George Brown College Critical Care Nursing Program while dedicated to working over 20 years in the Intensive Care Unit (Cardiovascular Specialty) at a major Toronto Health Sciences Centre. In 2019, Ann attended trial and was accepted within the Alberta Court system as a qualified Intensive Care Unit and General Ward Nurse Expert Witness.

Labour & Delivery Nurse 

Karen has over 20 years in Labour and Delivery (L&D) at a major teaching centre in Toronto. She is frequently in charge of her unit and has participated in the MORE program (Managing Obstetrical Risk Efficiency), which is well known to most hospital OBS units and focuses on improvement and risk management. She was also a member of the IHI team (Institute for Health Improvement), which contributes to improve perinatal care in the L&D unit. Her contribution was to complete chart audits to identify gaps in care and improve the quality of the services delivered to patients. Additionally, Karen is an instructor of the fetal health surveillance in labour course and teaches classes consisting of physicians, nurses and midwifes employed at her hospital. 

Wound Care Nurse Expert

Allison is a Certified Enterostomal Therapy Nurse, with 30+ years of nursing experience in both community and acute care settings. For the past 11 years Allison has been an integral part of the Inter professional Wound Care Team at a Major Toronto Health Sciences Centre, providing consultative assessment, clinical care, follow up and education focused on wound care practice. Additionally, she has completed the International Interdisciplinary Wound Care Course(Masters level) at the University of Toronto. Allison has authored or co-authored many wound care poster presentations and has spoken at numerous conferences and seminars.


Emergency Department Nurse Expert

Susan has over 30 years of experience and has practiced the last 25+ years at a Toronto-based Health Sciences Centre in Emergency and Trauma Care. Her roles include, but are not limited to, working in collaboration with the entire Healthcare team, the patient and their families. Susan is responsible for Primary Care of Emergency and Trauma patients with her functions being intervention, education and patient advocacy and recently received 2 Service of Excellence Awards from the Office of The Patient Experience. 


Post Anaesthetic Care Unit Nurse Expert 
(Recovery Room)

Emergency Room Expert

Deborah is a nursing leader with 25+ years of nursing experience.  The last 8 years she has been practicing in the Post Anaesthetic Care Unit (Recovery Room) in addition to working in the Emergency Department.  Previous experience includes travel nursing as well as various roles at a major health sciences centre in Toronto as staff nurse, member of the nursing practice council, Research Coordinator and Clinical Care Leader. 


Operating Room Nurse Expert

Kerrie has been nursing in the Operating Room for the last 16 years and is highly trained in all areas of the hospital OR, especially General Surgery, Orthopaedics, Plastics, Gynecology Oncology, Gynecology, Thoracics, ENT, Labour and Delivery, and Trillium Gift of Life Organ Harvesting as RNFA (designated RN First Assist) and RN in Circulating and Scrub roles. Kerrie is presently practicing at a Toronto Hospital and also Manages the OR at a personal surgery centre.  Her past experience includes private clinics in Plastic Surgery, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery & Dermatology.  Kerrie recently received certification in Medical Device Reprocessing through MDRAO.


Operating Room Nurse Expert

Kulwinder has 28 years of experience as an Operating Room nurse.  Experience includes, but is not limited to: 
Orthopaedics, Neurosurgery, Spinal, Urology, Gynecology, Plastics General Surgery – laparoscopic, open general surgeries and Minor surgeries as well as Opthalmology surgical procedures. Kulwinder has excellent communication skills, both oral and written and is fluent in 3 languages (English, Punjabi and Hindi). Kulwinder is a leader in her area of practice with consistently high rating hospital performance reviews.


Perinatal Nurse Expert (Obstetrics)


        *Proficiently bilingual                                English/French      

With over 13 years of practice in obstetrical nursing, Luiza is currently a Team Leader in Labour and Delivery at a major Toronto Health Sciences Centre. She is a participant in the internationally recognized Practical Obstetric Multi-Professional Training (PROMPT) Program, as well as the Managing Obstetrical Risk Efficiently (MOREob) Program. Luiza is a Perinatal Clinical Instructor for the University of Toronto, where she has also served as a guest lecturer in fetal health surveillance. As a frontline nurse, she also had the unique opportunity of consulting on her unit’s customization of Cerner Powerchart Electronic Medical Record (EMR) and Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE).

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  Emergency Department               Nurse Expert

Since 2009 Kassandra has worked in a busy Ottawa area Emergency Department. In 2014 she started as a Team Leader, providing leadership support to the entire Emergency team. As a front-line leader her role includes, but is not limited to; serving as the main point of contact for front line clinical operations in the Emergency Department, being responsible for distribution of workload amongst all staff, prioritization of patients waiting to be seen, staffing, providing expert clinical support, collecting data regarding standards of care on the unit and coordinating follow-up of quality assurance measures for diagnostic and laboratory testing. She has also completed an Advanced Clinical Practice Nursing Fellowship related to care of the elderly in the Emergency Department. As a result of this fellowship, she became a published author, with an article published in the Journal of Emergency Nurses Association of Ontario and has spoken at several conferences including the National Emergency Nurses Affiliation Pan-American Conference. She also served as Clinical Informatics Coordinator in the planning and implementation of an electronic documentation and tracking system in the Emergency Department.

BScN, RN, CONC (c)

Oncology Nurse Expert
Chemotherapy Nurse Expert

Dayna has been a leader in Oncology for the last 18 years at a major Health Sciences Centre in Ontario.  As a dedicated health care professional Dayna’s expertise encompasses a diverse skill set in the areas of chemotherapy administration and radiation treatment.  She is a member of the Patient and Family Centre Care Team, empowering individuals and their families through dedicated analysis of cancer care and is accountable to her profession as demonstrated through evidence based learning and furthering educational opportunities.

British Columbia

Cardiac Catheterization
Lab & Intensive Care Nurse Expert


Lisa has been nursing for over 25 years, presently practicing with over 11 years in the Cardiac Cath Lab at a major Toronto centre.  Prior to specializing in the Cath Lab, Lisa assisted in the start-up of a Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit at a major Health Sciences Centre where she was involved in the development of policies and procedures for her unit.  In 2018, Lisa returned to the Intensive Care Unit practicing at a rural hospital.

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RN, BSc (Hons), BA
British Columbia

Medical/Surgical Ward Nurse

Pre-Operative, Surgical Step-Down

& Day Surgery Expert

Corrine is presently practicing with 35 years dedicated to medical/surgical ward nursing, including but not limited to thoracic, gynecology, plastics, orthopedics, vascular and general surgery.  Her additional experience is in Pre-Op Clinic, Day Surgery and most post-op surgical areas including the Surgical Step-Down Unit.  Corrine has experience in leadership roles such as precepting and managing nursing units as a Patient Care Facilitator. 


Geriatric Nurse Expert

Long Term Care Nurse Expert

Retirement Home Nurse Expert

Seniors Care Nurse Expert

Expert in Care Homes for the Developmentally Delayed

Ms. Ritson received a National Nursing Award for her practice and is a nursing leader with over 40 years nursing experience in both Canada and The United Kingdom.  The last 18 years Ms. Ritson has been involved in a leadership role managing seniors care in Retirement and Supportive Living Settings in British Columbia.  Prior experience includes many areas; more specifically to her senior care specialty, Ms. Ritson has 12 years in management as Director of Care and Care Coordinator for two long-term care facilities with 75 and 85 residents respectively.  Additionally, she has worked in various clinical nursing areas in hospitals and care facilities (Canada and England). Ms. Ritson was responsible for preparing and presenting workshops and lectures to groups consisting of doctors, facility managers, pharmacists, government officials and the public and has served as Board Member for a ‘not for profit seniors’ retirement community.

Geriatric Nurse Expert

Long Term Care Nurse Expert

Retirement Home Nurse Expert

Seniors Care Nurse Expert


Ms. Macdonald is a Nursing leader with over 40 years experience in both Canada and the United Kingdom.  For the last 12 years, Ms. Macdonald’s focus has been in Long-Term Care as General Manager/Site Leader/Director of Care for Long-Term Care facilities, including campuses of care at various British Columbia locations.  Ms. Macdonald has collaborated and engaged with all stakeholders to ensure provision of safe, quality, ethical care and service for residents and their families.  She is familiar with relevant regulations and Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) policies and procedures in relation to care home pandemic preparedness, outbreaks and management.  She is a leader with integrity who supports and builds team capacity to improve standards of care.  Prior to her nursing roles in Canada, Ms. Macdonald was employed in the UK as Staff Nurse/Senior Staff Nurse in various areas of practice including Intensive Care, Renal Dialysis and Medical/Surgical Wards.


             Geriatric Nurse Expert

Long Term Care Expert

 Seniors Care Nurse Expert




Aleksandra is a Certified Gerontological Nurse with experience in both non-for profit and for-profit Long-Term Care (LTC) facilities in Ontario. She is a leader in her practice who possesses a wide foundation of skills in Long-Term Care from the delivery of care to clients, to operational leadership roles as Nurse Manager, Director and Administrator. Aleksandra has been responsible for the clinical, financial, human resources, regulatory and policy compliance for nursing departments of large LTC facilities.  Aleksandra has also been responsible to ensure enhanced infection control measures (IPAC) to effectively control the spread of COVID-19 during her tenure as Executive Director and participated in the Ontario Health “Now is the Time to Act- Part 2 Long-Term Care Staff and Partner Voices from the COVID-19 Pandemic, November 2020”. Aleksandra is recognized by senior management and corporate leaders as a key LTC operations resource. She has completed several advanced certifications and courses in Geriatric Care and Management, including the Certificate in Elder Law at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. Additional experience includes Health Care Consent Volunteer, Advanced Care Planning and Regional Champion for Hospice Palliative Care Ontario.


Pediatric Nurse Expert

Critical Care Transport for

Pediatric & Neonatal Expert

Laura is a Certified Pediatric Critical Care Nurse, with 15 years experience working in a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at a major tertiary hospital.  For the past 12 years, Laura has been working as a Transport Nurse for both neonatal and pediatric patients, serving the province of Ontario.  Additionally, she is a certified A-EMCA with the Ministry of Health.

        JENNIFER MAUNDER           RN, BScN, MN, ENC (C)

Emergency Room Nurse Expert

Community Hospital


Jennifer has been a Registered Nurse for 20 years. For the past 9 years, Jennifer has been Clinical Coordinator for Critical Care & Medicine at a Community Hospital in Ontario.  In addition to holding several advanced Emergency competencies Jennifer is a Certified Emergency Nurse with 11 years experience.  Jennifer has also acted as Clinical Nurse Educator for an Ontario Nursing School.



   Advanced Care Paramedic Expert

Gregory is an Advanced Care Paramedic with a Large Urban Paramedic Service for over 25 years providing patient care in Emergency settings following Ontario Basic and Advanced Life Support Standards.  Gregory works alone on the Response Unit as a highly resourceful, innovative and committed paramedic, with the ability to manage the most demanding situations. He possesses excellent interpersonal communication skills in situations involving both patients and team members and is preceptor and mentor to Advanced Care Paramedic Candidates and provides Field Experience to College Students working towards their Primary Care Paramedic Diploma.

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Special Care Nursery (Level II NICU) & Post-Partum Expert

Angela is a nursing leader with 30 years experience in a community hospital setting in Ontario where she primarily provided care to neonates in a level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit setting.  Angela would also rotate to the Post-Partum Care Unit to care for new moms and their babies. She has acted as Charge Nurse and Mentor to new nursing staff and students and collaborated with physicians, midwives, social work, and public health to ensure best possible patient outcomes.   Additionally, Angela facilitated policy development and implementation in consultation with the clinical educator and collaborated with senior management for the decentralized hospital Ethics Committee.

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Geriatric Nursing Expert

Community Nursing

Medical/Surgical Nursing

Complex Continuing Care

Long Term Care

Certified Nurse Continence Advisor

Jennifer has been an RN since 2006 with experience in general medicine, complex continuing care, long term care and as clinical instructor. She currently works in an advanced practice role as a Geriatric Outreach Nurse in one of Canada's largest community hospitals.  Additionally, Jennifer is a Certified Nurse Continence advisor, a unique certification in Canada that focuses on urinary and gastrointestinal issues in the elderly population.


Acute Care Spinal Cord Injury

Neurosurgery Nurse Expert

Orthopedic Nurse Expert

(Head & Spinal Cord Injury)

Halo Traction Expert

Sophie has over 25 years experience and is presently practicing at a major Toronto Health Sciences Centre.  Sophie is a well-respected leader and teacher in her area of expertise in neurosurgery as well as orthopedics and has acted as her Hospital's Halo Fixation Nurse Expert.  Most recently, Sophie has been accepted within the Alberta court system as a qualified neurosurgical nurse expert witness.

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NURSE PRACTITIONER (Primary Health Care)

Nurse Practitioner Expert

General Nursing Practice

Rural & Community Healthcare

Acute Care Geriatrics

Long Term Care

Kathryn’s experience encompasses 30+ years in emergency, geriatric, pediatric, community and rural environments with focus on providing health care to those with limited access to services. She holds specialty certification in Primary Health Care and Gerontology and currently maintains full time clinical practice delivering emergency outreach service to the Long Term Care sector.


Organ Transplant Nurse Expert

(Heart & Lung Transplant)

Adult Intensive

Care/Critical Care (ICU)

Adult Cardiovascular Care (CVICU)

Kelly is a dynamic Registered Nurse practicing since 2002 at a major Toronto Health Sciences Centre. Kelly has extensive experience in her highly specialized area of cardiovascular surgery intensive care unit, is often in charge of her unit and is a well respected teacher and mentor to new nurses. 

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Geriatric Nurse Expert

Long Term Care Expert

Retirement Home Expert

Seniors Care Nurse Expert

Heather is a highly motivated nursing leader of 29 years who has a diverse leadership background within the Ontario healthcare system with a focus on Long-Term Care, Retirement and Seniors Care. As a former inspector and division manager with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care she has vast knowledge in government legislations and quality risk management strategies. Currently as the Quality Risk and Patient Relations manager within the Acute Care sector, Heather is a key liaison with insurance adjusters and the hospital representative for Examination Discoveries. In this role she is responsible for the management of potential and actual legal claims and works in collaboration with hospital legal counsel. Additionally, Heather received an A.C.E Award for the Long-Term Care Home Quality Inspection Program and recently received a Certificate in Negligence & Claims Management in Healthcare and 

a Certificate in Health Law from Osgoode Hall School of York University.


Public Health Nurse 

(Mothers, Newborns & Children)

Reproductive & Sexual Health

Labour & Delivery

Postpartum Care

Prenatal Instructor

COVID-19 Outbreak Management

Laura has been a Public Health Nurse for 16 years.  She is passionate about Public Health and has held many different roles over her career including Preceptor, Community Liaison and she has sat on various committees and working groups.  Laura provides nursing care in rural communities with a focus in Family Health: Reproductive Health, Healthy Babies and Children Home Visiting.  Her roles include but are not limited to: Consultant, Educator, Case Manager, Community Developer, Facilitator, Advocate, Counselor, Communicator, Collaborator, Researcher and Evaluator, Social Marketer and Advocate with participation in policy formation.   Additionally, she is an integral member of the public health team and provides public health nursing services based on Public Health Principles, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.

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     Obstetrics/ Labour & Delivery 

                    Nurse Expert

Galina is a dynamic Obstetrical nursing leader presently practicing since 2007 at a major Toronto Hospital Birthing Centre. Her experience is as staff Registered Nurse providing care to low to high-risk obstetrical patients and as unit Team Leader where her duties include, organizing, managing patient flow, and coordinating of nursing assignments. Galina has been involved in several Obstetrical research projects and she is a member of the Hospital’s Interdisciplinary Maternal Newborn Care Committee which develops, reviews, implements and evaluates policies and procedures for the Birthing Unit and Post-Partum Care Unit. Additionally, Galina is a member of the Hospital’s Nursing Advisory Council that supports the advancement of professional nursing practice to promote excellence in quality patient care.

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Adult Intensive Care Nurse Expert

Medical/Surgical Specialty

ACCESS & Hospital Supervisor Nurse Expert

Max has been a Registered Nurse and Leader since 2002 specialized in Critical Care/Intensive Care at a major Toronto Centre.  He holds several advanced nursing certifications and acts as staff nurse, charge nurse, hospital supervisor and is a member of the ACCESS response team.  Max received the Gerald P. Turner Excellence Award in Education and prior to his nursing career he spent 10 years at the Department of National Defence/Canadian Forces with a specialty in Engineering. 

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          Cardiac Catheterization

                Lab Nurse Expert

Christine is a dedicated Registered Nurse of 22 years, presently practicing since 2012 in the Cardiac Catheterization Lab at a major health centre in Ontario.  She is highly skilled in monitoring and caring for patients with diverse cardiac care needs and works closely with Cardiologists and Cardiac Surgeons.  Christine's prior experience is in the Intensive Care Unit and in 2010 she was nominated for the Florence Nightingale Nursing Award.

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DCh, MCISc (Wound Healing), HBSc

Registered Chiropodist

Foot and Wound Specialist


Eliot is a Registered Chiropodist who graduated from the Chiropody program at the Michener Institute of Education at UHN in 2011. He also completed the Master of Clinical Science (Wound Healing) program at Western University in 2014. Eliot has received several awards for academic excellence at the postgraduate and graduate levels. Eliot has had clinical experience working as a Chiropodist in ambulatory care wound and Chiropody clinics at a major Health Centre in Toronto.  Currently, he is an Associate Professor at the Michener Institute of Education at UHN involved with didactic, lab simulation and clinical teaching for prospective Chiropodists. Eliot has received an award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching and Supervision, his research paper was published, and he has been Co-speaker and Co-presenter at conferences for the Wounds Canada (formerly Canadian Association of Wound Care).


   Post Partum Care Nurse Expert


Jennifer has been a Registered Nurse since 2001 at a major teaching hospital in Toronto, Ontario, providing care, education and comprehensive assessments of women and newborns following childbirth. Jennifer is an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant, CPR Instructor and was Clinical Instructor for the Nursing program at a Toronto University.  In 2005, she received the Excellence in Nursing Practice Award at her hospital.

DCh, BSc Pod Med
MCISc Wound Healing

Registered Chiropodist

Foot and Wound Specialist

Ann-Marie is a registered chiropodist who graduated from the Michener Institute Chiropody Program with over 30 years of experience; working in hospitals, rehabilitation, complex continuing care, long-term care, home care, and private practice based settings managing foot and ankle related complications.

For the past 13 years, Ann-Marie has been a member of an Interprofessional Wound Care Team at a large tertiary academic hospital specializing in the high-risk foot, limb salvage and advanced wound care. She works on interdisciplinary committees, professional associations, conferences, and is an active member of the College of Chiropodist of Ontario. As well, she provides expert opinion to Health Quality Ontario and Ministry of Health on foot and wound related projects.


Adult Nurse Practitioner Expert

Cardiology Nurse Expert

Rural/Outpost/Nursing Station Expert

Emergency Department Expert

Maria has been a nurse for 17+ years and for the past 8 has been practicing as a Nurse Practitioner at major centres across Toronto.  Additionally, Maria has been traveling for the last 13 years to remote areas in Canada for short stints as an RN within the community and outpost emergency departments.  She also does weekend locums as a staff RN in Toronto Emergency Departments.  Maria has been adjunct professor for the University of Toronto completing several nursing publications.  In 2014, Maria received the Excellence in Ambulatory Practice Award and the Jessie Young Scholarship Award.


Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse Expert

Sandra has been a dedicated Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Registered Nurse for almost 30 years at a major sick children’s hospital, caring for the most fragile critically and chronically ill neonates.  Sandra acts a staff NICU nurse Resus Nurse and Team Leader and is very involved in her position as preceptor to new staff, PICC Line nurse in addition to working with other senior NICU nurses to develop a reference manual for both new and experience nurses.  Sandra has won several awards for education and leadership and was nominated by peers for the Toronto Star Nightingale Award.



Labour & Delivery Nurse Expert

Pamela is an RN of 27 years with expertise as a visionary and transformational obstetrical leader with success in accelerating cultural change and organizational results.  She is influential in orchestrating educational activities to support multidisciplinary, high performing teams in the management of acute obstetrical emergencies and high acuity, low opportunity events while incorporating crisis management and high reliability principles.  Pamela is an accomplished RN with expertise spanning 3 decades across the realms of obstetrics, professional practice, surgery, and clinical informatics with a proven track record of influencing and inspiring individuals and teams to build strong levels of credibility, accountability and engagement to provide the highest level of care. 


Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Expert

Sarah has been a psychiatric nurse for 35 years, practicing 20 years in the Emergency Department at a major Health Sciences Centre in Toronto as part of a psychiatric team and presently practicing in the Psychiatric Outpatient Department.  Sarah has her
Certification in Psychiatric and Mental Health through the Canadian Nurses
Association and has years experience working with psychiatric patients
through the emergency crisis team, inpatient psychiatric unit and in the
community.  Sarah recently appeared on air with CBC and 680 radio Morning Show to discuss her expert opinion on police involvement in the mental health crises in the Toronto communities. 

RN, BScN, MN, CONC (c)


Oncology Nurse Expert

Fatima holds a specialty certification in oncology and is a leader in her practice dedicating the last 10 years to caring for oncology patients.  Since 2015, Fatima has acted as Clinical Nurse Practice Leader (Educator) at a Regional Cancer Centre and has received the Betty Watt Prize for Courageous Leadership in Nursing as well as the Frank Gerstein Advanced Education Award for Palliative Care.


Pediatric Respiratory Therapist Expert

Cristina has been a pediatric Respiratory Therapist for the last 12 years at a major Sick Children’s Hospital in Toronto. Cristina has experience as Clinical Educator and acts as Charge RRT in the Pediatric Intensive Care Units.  She is a member of the Respiratory Therapy Council and member of the Leadership and Professional Practice Guidelines (PPG) Committee.



   RN, BScN, MN, WOCC(C)




              Orthopedic Nurse Expert

              Wound Care Nurse Expert

             Wound Care Nurse Expert

Julie has been an RN for 19 years with the last 11 years acting as a certified Wound, Ostomy and Continence Clinical Nurse Specialist at a major Toronto Hospital.  Julie has extensive experience working collaboratively with patients, families and the interprofessional team in an acute care setting to continually strive for excellence in family and person-centred care.  As an advocate and leader in her practice, Julie facilitates sustainable evidence-informed care through implementation and evaluation of best practice guidelines, as well as dissemination of knowledge via her publications and conference presentations.




Kim-Marie has been an RN for 25 years.  For the last 18 years, she has been working as staff nurse on the Orthopedics Ward at a major Toronto Centre.  Her orthopedic practice includes, but is not limited to, surgical and orthopedic oncology with the administration of chemotherapy and biotherapy agents.   Kim-Marie collaborates with the interdisciplinary team, providing unit-level leadership as charge nurse and support to consolidating students and new nurses.  For the last 9 years Kim-Marie has acted as co-chair for the unit practice council where she helps facilitate the platform from which frontline staff and administration have the space to raise patient care issues and develop quality improvement initiatives.  In addition to her orthopedic specialty, Kim-Marie holds a Wound Care Certification specializing in wound, ostomy and continence.     

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                 NANCY WATTS                           RN BScN MN PNC (C)                         

         Hemodialysis Nurse Expert

    Obstetrical/Labour & Delivery Nurse 


Deanna has been an RN for 28 years.  The last 18 years she has dedicated her practice to a Hemodialysis Unit at a mid sized hospital in Ontario caring for both inpatients and outpatients.  Deanna has acted as team lead and is involved with the Multi Care Kidney Clinic providing assessment and education to patients with end stage kidney failure.  Deanna is also a preceptor to new nurses and collaborates with team members to best support best practices for her patients.   Prior nursing experience includes 10 years at a medical/urology unit. 

Nancy is a Nursing leader with over 40 years’ experience. Her primary focus has been on Quality and Patient Safety in Perinatal Nursing that includes excellence in complex patient care planning, interdisciplinary staff and patient education, and evidence informed practice. Nancy has experience in Obstetrics as Staff Nurse, Clinical Nurse Specialist and Educator and has recently moved into the Manager role for Quality and Patient Safety at a large teaching hospital in Toronto. Since 2004, Nancy has been a University Sessional Instructor for the Master of Nursing Program (ANP) and a Fetal Health Surveillance Instructor. In additional to her many publications and professional membership, Nancy received a Clinical Practice Award at her present hospital in 2018, the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) Millennium Fellowship in 2003 and a London Health Sciences Centre Professional Clinical Award in 2003.


Pediatric Respiratory Therapy Expert

Ainsley is a leader in Respiratory Therapy with 14 years experience at a
major sick kids hospital in Ontario.  Her experience includes, but is not
limited to providing respiratory therapy to pediatric patients in a ward
setting, in the emergency department as well as caring for the most fragile
and critically ill in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.  Ainsley is very
involved in teaching within the hospital, such as educating parents
regarding how to care for their children in the community who are on home
ventilation therapy.  Additionally, she is a Pediatric Advanced Life Support
(PALS) instructor, preceptor to new staff and students and in the In-Charge role which involves working with the complex care team providing parent teaching, discharge planning, clinic visits of pediatric patients on vents and non invasive ventilation and with tracheostomies.


Adult Respiratory Therapist Expert

As a registered respiratory therapist for over 13 years, Dion has worked extensively in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit and Medical Surgical Unit at Toronto General Hospital.  He is also a clinical preceptor for students that are in the respiratory program.  Dion works with a variety of patients including critically ill multi-system failure to post operative recovery.  His clinical skills include but are not limited to advanced respiratory support using conventional ventilation modes to high frequency oscillation and high frequency jet ventilation.  He also has technical knowledge in clinical simulation programs.



                    RN, BAS

          Cosmetic Surgery Nurse Expert

               Post Anesthetic Care Unit

Nancy is a dynamic Registered Nurse and leader with over 40 years nursing experience.  Presently practicing the last 15 years in Cosmetic Surgery recovering clients in the Post Anesthetic Care Unit.  Additionally, Nancy practices in the Operating Room in adult cosmetic surgical areas, including day surgery, endoscopy, performing IV and phlebotomy and providing pre and post-operative teaching.

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               RN, BSc, BScN, MN

        Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse                                             Expert

Lisa-Marie has been a Registered Nurse since 2007, specializing in Psychiatry and Mental Health. She is a Tenured Professor at Centennial College, leading curriculum in Mental Health and Ethics for the Bridging to University Nursing Program. In addition to her teaching, Lisa-Marie maintains a clinical practice in Mental Health and Crisis Intervention within the hospital setting. Lisa-Marie is well versed with the Ontario Mental Health Act, DSM and Standards of Practice as outlined for both Nursing Practice as well as Mental Health Nursing.  

Our Experts




                  RN, BScN

      Pediatric Emergency/ Intensive Care                               Unit Nurse Expert


              AMY THOMPSON

           PHC-NP, BScN, MN

           Community & Long Term                  Care Nurse Practitioner Expert                                      


             ANNE DOHERTY

                   RN, BScN

                   Home Care Nurse


Christina is a dynamic Registered Nurse bringing over 25 years experience in treating pediatric patients and coordinating care with other healthcare staff. She has a proven history of leveraging critical thinking, analysis and medical knowledge to deliver superior care in the high-pressure environments of the emergency department and intensive care unit at a major children's hospital in Toronto, Ontario. 

Amy is a Registered Nurse of 22 years and a Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (NP) practicing over the last 13 years within a Rural Family Health Team providing care from newborn to end-of-life support. Amy also manages the health care needs of a long-term care facility and leads a walk-in clinic that addresses acute care needs within the community.   Additionally, she has been mentoring NP students for 9 years and in 2017 completed her Masters in Nursing with a teaching focus.

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             SANDRA MUTILVA
PhD.(c), EMBA, CRM, BHSc. RM                                  (Emeritus)



           RN, BScN, CNCC(C)

                          Midwife Expert

                 Intensive Care Unit Nurse Expert

Sandra is a healthcare leader, midwife, entrepreneur, consultant, expert witness, researcher and educator. Originally from Argentina, she emigrated to Ottawa, Canada, in 2002. She practiced midwifery and family reproductive health clinical services since 1992, first in Argentina, in global humanitarian projects and then in Ottawa from 2004 until 2017. Sandra served as chief of midwifery services at The Ottawa Hospital (TOH) from 2010 to 2016. In addition, she was co-founder of Ottawa South Midwives (OSM). Moreover, she was a neonatal resuscitation instructor (NRP) licenced from the Canadian Pediatric Society (CPS) and instructor in Advanced in Labour and Risk Management (ALARM) credentialed from the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada (SOGC). Additionally, Sandra was ranked as an associate professor and preceptor in the Midwifery Education Program (MEP).


               ARLENE GLEN


Kristin is a dynamic Registered Nurse and leader with 17 years of experience.  Presently practicing the last 13 years in the Intensive Care Unit at a large centre in Toronto, Ontario.  Kristin holds a Specialty Certification in Critical Care with honours and is a Certified Nurse in Critical Care through the Canadian Association of Critical Care Nurses.



                 RN, BScN

         Level II and III Neonatal Intensive                                  Care Nurse Expert

Arlene has been nursing for 23 years.  The last 21 years have been dedicated to caring for compromised and critically ill neonates as Arlene practices in both a level II and level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) as staff Nurse, Resus Nurse and Team Lead.  Arlene received the Pauline McGibbon Award for Innovation and Excellence in Nursing in 2015 as well as the G.P. Turner Clinical Practice Award in 2005.

Rural Nursing Expert | Surgery| Medicine |Pediatrics | Neonatal | Obstetrics & Postpartum

Since graduating in 2011, Jessica has dedicated her nursing career to practicing in a rural hospital setting in Ontario caring for various patient populations with a focus on Obstetrics (Level 1 Birthing Unit) and Surgery.  Jessica has been staff Nurse, Charge Nurse and more recently Nursing Educator.  In addition to her role as hospital Educator, Jessica remains clinically involved in patient care, is Core Team Member for the MoreOB program, Lead NRP Instructor and Fetal Heart Surveillance Instructor.



                  BSW, MSW


                  MISTY REIS

      NP (Pediatrics), BScN, MN

Anne is a Registered Nurse dedicating the last 10 years providing hands on care for patients who are at home with various disease processes and treatment requirements. Anne has advanced palliative care education through the Comprehensive Advanced Palliative Care Education Program and has been clinical instructor for nursing students.  Additionally, Anne has been recognized by her employer for nursing excellence. 



                   RN, BScN

           Tertiary Centre Ward/Unit Nurse Expert

Vanessa has been a Registered Nurse at a large centre in Toronto, Ontario since 2008 dedicating her practice as staff nurse and charge nurse on a General Surgery, Gastrointestinal and Plastics Unit.  Vanessa also cares for patients with various complex medical issues and holds advanced competencies including, but not limited to, central line care, epidural and patient-controlled analgesia management, various drains, and chest tube management, tracheostomy care as well as wound and ostomy care. Since 2014, Vanessa has been Clinical Instructor on her unit for the University of Toronto, Faculty of Nursing and has been recognized for her excellence in teaching and coaching. 



               BSc, MSc, RD

 Critical Care Registered                          Dietitian Expert

Kristen has been a Registered Dietician for the last 22 years.  She is a skilled manager, practice leader and critical care clinician with extensive experience in clinical project leadership and collaborative complex patient care at a major Ontario Hospital. Kristen manages detailed nutrition care plans for complex critically ill patients, providing frequent follow up for dynamic disease processes in a fast-paced Intensive Care Unit environment, implementing interprofessional best practice initiatives to place and care for feeding. Kristen leads clinical nutrition projects such as medical directive development & implementation, nutrition screening, standards of care to empower the Registered Dietitian group to ensure best nutrition practices.


         KAREN COLEMAN          


British Columbia

                  Hospital Social Work Expert

Pediatric Cardiology/Cardiac Surgery Expert

Pediatric/Neonatal Intensive Care

Critical Care Transport

Neurodevelopmental Outcomes

General Pediatrics

Neurosciences Nurse Expert


Nurse Practitioner 

Jessica is a registered practicing Social Worker within two major hospital corporations in the GTA. She is passionate about advocating for social justice, applying evidence-based practice knowledge that exceeds the standards of best practices and ensuring quality care for her clients. She is experienced in delivering various psychosocial interventions, integrating various treatment modalities, supporting community re-integration and facilitating discharge planning. Additionally, Jessica has over 14 years experience in an acute hospital setting in various roles including leadership and additional certifications in palliative care practices throughout the life span, cognitive behavioural therapy and dialectical behavioural therapy from the University of Toronto.

Misty has over 20+ years' experience exclusively in pediatrics and neonatology with a focus on critical care, cardiac sciences and long term neurodevelopmental outcomes of high risk infants. Paramount and embedded to Misty’s care delivery are the principles of family centred care which have been foundational to her research and publications. Working within these principles Misty has expanded care delivery by collaboratively initiating NP managed home programs including IV inotropes, IV antibiotics, pre and post-operative NG feeds, post-surgical wound care and persistent chest tube output for pediatric cardiac patients.  Misty also has extensive experience and passion in the area of audit of hospital care and outcomes which includes 7 years at the Neonatal and Infant Follow up Clinic/Western Canadian Complex Pediatric Therapies Registry, clinical lead for the Western Canadian Children’s Heart Network surgical outcomes audit (Vancouver site) and RSV data analysis of the cardiac cohort.  Education and standards for entry to NP practice is another branch of experience Misty brings with her and she is a current member of the Nurse Practitioner Examination Committee (NPEC), pediatric representative at the British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP).

Karen has dedicated her nursing career to Neuroscience Nursing.  She has been a Nurse Practitioner since 2007, specializing in Neurosurgery and more recently since 2018 in NeuroOncology at a major centre in the general Toronto area.  Karen also has experience as College Nursing Faculty for Neuroscience Nursing and is presently Adjunct Lecturer for the University of Toronto.   Karen has received several leadership awards for her practice, such as the ‘Nurse of the Year Award’ at her Hospital and has presented at several Conferences for her publications in Neuroscience.


            MARY DAWN VESSEY


               Cardiology Technologist Expert

Mary Dawn is a highly experienced Cardiology Technologist of 14 years in Toronto, Ontario.  She is a key player in the performance of cardiology procedures and responsible for assisting physicians by using various equipment to monitor, diagnose and treat cardiac conditions and disorders.


            VANESSA HOUSE

             RN, BN, CCHN (c)


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               HEDREY CHU
        Hon. BSc, BHSc, RM 

Registered Midwife Expert


*Proficiently bilingual                                English/Chinese   

Hedrey has been a Registered Midwife since 2008 presently practicing as Senior Partner at a Midwifery Collective in Toronto providing antenatal, intrapartum, and postnatal care at home, a Toronto Birth Centre and with hospital privileges at a major downtown health teaching hospital. Additionally, since 2014 Hedrey has been an Adjunct Professor of Midwifery at a Toronto University.


            SARA JOHNSTON




             JEANNE ZIELONKA 

                 NP, RN, MScN              

      Neonatal Intensive Care Unit         (NICU) Nurse Practitioner Expert

Jeanne has been a Registered Nurse for over 30 years and for the last 20, she has been practicing as a Nurse Practitioner in the NICU at 2 major Toronto Teaching Hospitals in a level 2C and Level 3 NICU.  Prior practice was as staff RN in the NICU.  Presently, Jeanne attends and is first line of high-risk deliveries, and responsible for newborn assessments and ongoing management of premature and ill neonates.  Jeanne is responsible for all procedures such as intubation, Lumbar Punctures, umbilical catheter placement and PICC insertions.  She has also established the Hospital’s Regional Neonatal Follow-up clinic, is an RSV coordinator, NRP instructor and mentor to all members of the health care team.  Jeanne is Co-Organizer of educational days and developer of monthly educational newsletters, coordinator of parent education sessions and CPR courses for families in the NICU.   Additionally, she is affiliated with University of Toronto Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing and mentor to NP students yearly. 


                    TAMI ROSS
                      RN, BScN


              Homecare/Community Care                                             Nurse Expert

Vanessa has dedicated her entire nursing career to Community Health with Nursing Registration in both Newfoundland and Ontario. Her focus is on quality care standards, team development and program support, and she has spent over 25 years working both private and public sector positions in Homecare, Public Health, Community Support and Home Health Nursing. Vanessa has demonstrated strong leadership in various clinical, administrative, education and management roles. She has completed the CNA certification for Community Health Nursing, and is actively involved in the certification process as a member of the competency review and exam development teams, as well as serving as a mentor and coach for community health nurses across Canada.  Vanessa is currently on the Board of Directors for the Community Health Nurses of Canada, and is employed as the Regional Coordinator for Acute Nursing & End of Life Homecare programs with Central Newfoundland Regional Health Authority in Newfoundland and Labrador.



                 RN, PANC(C)


          Post Anaesthetic Care Unit (PACU)                     (Recovery Room) Nurse Expert

Jennifer has been a Registered Nurse since 1994, specializing in Peri-anaesthesia and Surgical Care since 1997.  Jennifer’s experience includes, but is not limited to, caring for patients in Phase 1 Recovery post anaesthesia for general, regional, sedation and analgesia anaesthetic techniques for surgeries such as Otolaryngology, General Surgery, Gynecology, Maxillo-Facial, Orthopaedics, Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, Ophthalmology, Thoracic, Urology, Vascular and Robotic Assisted Oncology Surgery for Adult and Pediatric patient populations.  Some of the responsibilities Jennifer holds as Nursing Coordinator, is establishing a healthy workplace in the PACU for staff, physicians, learners and volunteers as well she participates in the management of staff safety by assessing, implementing and evaluating quality practice initiatives in collaboration with the interprofessional team.



              RN, BScN, MN


       Public Health Nurse Expert

Kiersta has been a Public Health Nurse leader for over 16 years, participating in several areas of Public Health programming including Tobacco Cessation, Health Connection Tele-nursing, Reproductive Health and is presently practicing in the Healthy Babies Healthy Children Program at a Public Health Unit in Ontario. She has experience with both direct client care of at risk persons and families including expectant and postpartum parents, newborns and young children as well as vast experience in guideline and policy creation to uphold both Public Health and Nursing Practice Standards within Public Health settings. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing with Honours degree from York University and a Masters of Nursing degree from the University of Toronto. She has specialized training from the Parent Child Relationship Programs at the Barnard Center with the University of Washington, as well as certificates from SickKids Hospital in Toronto in Infant Mental Health Promotion, and Postpartum Support International in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Components of Care.  With a strong passion to advocate for families living with perinatal mood disorders, she is presently a Professional National Committee Member of the Canadian Perinatal Mental Health Collaborative. In 2014, her desire to support the best practice and standard of care for nurses across Ontario led her to provide a Stakeholder Review of the RNAO’s Best Practice Guideline Working with Families to Promote Safe Sleep for Infants 0-12 months of age. 

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             BETH GHERSON

    Obstetrics/Labour & Delivery                        Nurse Expert

      Advanced Care Paramedic Expert

Sara has been a Paramedic since 2002, becoming an Advanced Care Paramedic in 2006 and then Commander of Quality Assurance and Education in 2014.  Sara is now Deputy Chief of Professional Standards for her Paramedic Service in Ontario.  Her role includes, but is not limited to, developing policies and procedures, investigating standards regarding patient care, performance management, and hiring and training of paramedic staff.  With her leadership, educator experience and hands-on role in treating patients, Sara is highly credible to speak to the standard of care as expert witness.



                     BA, RRT


       Adult Respiratory Therapy Expert

Candice is a Registered Respiratory Therapist practicing since 1998 and is currently a Senior Respiratory Therapist in the Medical/Surgical Intensive Care Unit at a large centre in Toronto, Ontario.   Candice has extensive experience in ventilation strategies as well as high frequency oscillation and is passionate about ventilation best practices and educating Nurses, Resident Physicians and Respiratory Therapy colleagues.  She also works the Medical/Surgical Wards which includes the Emergency Department, Coronary Care Unit and the Critical Care Rapid Response Team.  In 2015, Candice was the recipient of the Golden Lobe Recipient Award for excellence in practice, education, professionalism, dedication to her department and profession



            RN, BScN, MScN


    Obstetrics/Labour & Delivery                     Nurse Expert

Jennifer has been dedicated to Labour & Delivery nursing since 1998 and is presently practicing at a major Toronto Hospital.  Since 2018, Jennifer has been the Nursing Educator for her unit, responsible for providing ongoing education to current and new nursing staff.  She also participates in quality improvement plans, works closely with nursing leadership and assists in the development, implementation and evaluation of educational sessions with staff.  Prior to her Educator role, Jennifer spent 20 years providing direct care to low to high-risk obstetrical patients and was Clinical Instructor for the Mother Baby Unit.  Jennifer has her Perinatal Certification from the Canadian Nurses Association and has been a Neonatal Resuscitation Program Instructor.


        RPN, RRT (Orthopod) 

Registered Practical Nurse Expert

 Orthopaedic Technologist Expert

Beth has been a Nursing leader since 1978, starting her practice as Registered Nurse in Glasgow, Scotland.  In 1982, Beth became registered in Canada and practiced at a major Toronto Hospital as staff Nurse and Team Leader in the Intensive Care Unit.  Following her ICU experience, she dedicated 34 years practicing in Women’s Health & Obstetrical Nursing.   Most of her experience has been as Team Leader and Staff Nurse providing care to low to high-risk obstetrical patients at 2 major health centres in Toronto, Ontario. She also has experience providing care to women in an Obstetrical & Gynecological Outpatient Clinic.  Beth has been involved in several Obstetrical research projects and recently her nursing team was nominated for The Women and Children's Clinical Leadership Team Community Builder Nursing Award.  Additionally, since 2015, Beth travels remotely to the Northwest Territories providing care to various patient populations, primarily



              SADIE SATTAN                                      RN, BScN, MN

Emergency Department             Nurse Expert

Sadie is considered a dedicated and self-directed Clinical Education professional who possesses strong leadership skills and the ability to manage and motivate cross functional teams. Sadie has over 35 years of experience in various roles as a Registered Nurse and Nursing Faculty/Clinical Educator and is presently practicing in the Emergency Department at a major health centre in Toronto, Ontario. Sadie is an initiative-taker with excellent communication, problem-solving, conflict resolution, organizational and computer skills.

Michael graduated on the Dean’s list as a Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) in 2010 practicing in Urgent Care and in the Emergency Department at Major Hospitals across the General Toronto Area.  In 2012, Michael switched focus to become an RPN/Orthopaedic Technologist working in Hospital Fracture Clinics, responsible for, but not limited to, the application of splints and casts, removal of bandages, splints and sutures, pins and external fixators.  In 2015, he received an Orthopaedic Technologist Certification from the Canadian Society of Orthopaedic Technologists.  He assists physicians with X-ray interpretations as well as reductions to reset clients’ fractures with traction and casts, and orders appropriate X-rays according to hospital medical directives.  Michael is also responsible to ensure there is adequate supply of equipment and materials used in the clinic and ensures that equipment is in safe and efficient working order. In his RPN program, he was a recipient of the CarePartners Leadership Award recognizing Michael as a leader in his practice.


                 JUDY WALDMAN 

 RN, MN, NP-PHC, SANE-P, SANE-A                                                             

       Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Expert
                             Forensic Nurse
                Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner
   Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatment 


Judy has over 20 years of nursing experience in mental health including adult, pediatric, adolescent and emergency services. Over 15 years in forensics and a certified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (Pediatric and Adult/Adolescent).  Judy is presently working in a private practice setting for mental health counselling and trauma therapy.

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                 BSc, BScN, RN

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                   SUSAN FARNUM
                         RN, BScN 

        Home Care Nurse Expert

Tami has been a Registered Nurse since 1996. She has spent the last 13 years dedicating her nursing career to the Home Care profession, caring for patients in all populations with various disease processes and treatment needs.  From pediatrics to geriatrics.  Tami has extensive experience in Home Care providing care in patient’s homes and as a Home Care Educator and Clinical Supervisor.  In her role, she is involved with liaising with doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers. 


               AMY ABBOTT
                    RN, BScN


   Community Care Nurse Expert

    Homecare and Long-Term Care

Amy has an extensive background in healthcare management, acute care, palliative care and health care navigation in Ontario.  She has been nursing since 2009, with experience as both Registered Nurse and Registered Practical Nurse.   Amy’s experience has been providing hands on care for patients who are at home with various disease processes and treatment requirements and as Palliative Case Manager/Care Coordinator managing a large caseload of homecare clients. Prior to her homecare experience, Amy provided care to long term care clients and has been Manager of a Retirement Home and more recently Director of Care for a long-term care facility. In 2019, Amy received the Hospice Dufferin Palliative Care Award for her dedication and work in the palliative care community.

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                   SARA ABBS

         Registered Respiratory                           Therapist Expert

Sara is a versatile Registered Respiratory Therapist with 10 years full time experience in various areas at a Regional Health Centre in Ontario.  Sara’s expertise includes but is not limited to providing care in the following areas: Operating Room | Intensive Care Unit (ICU) | Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) | Coronary Care Intensive Care Unit (CCU) | Emergency Department | Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) | Pediatrics | Cardiac Catheterization Lab and general Hospital Wards.  Sara graduated with honours from her Respiratory Therapy program and was nominated for a Student Award at her College.  Additionally, Sara received a Learner Award of Excellence at her hospital.

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           LINDA STAPLES

      Correctional Services                          Nurse Expert

       Community Hospital                        Medical/Surgical

          Ward Nurse Expert 

Linda is an experienced correctional services registered nurse with over 40 years total of nursing experience. She has worked within the acute care setting for 17 years and has 8 years of experience within the Ontario correctional system providing hands on care to clients within a facility.  As correctional nurse, Linda was responsible for but not limited to, client assessments, medication administration, health teaching and was a primary addictions nurse. Additionally, Linda has 30 years experience working in long term care as both a Registered Nursing Assistant and Registered Nurse.


                   KATIE ELLUL
               RN, BScN, PNC(C) 

             Obstetrical Nurse Expert

             Sonography Nurse Expert

           High Risk Obstetrical Expert

Katie is a Registered Nurse with over 15 years of extensive experience in Obstetrical care.  Katie works primarily in Maternal-Fetal Medicine specializing in fetal anomalies, complications in pregnancy and assisting with fetal procedures/surgeries.  She runs a clinic focused on placenta-based complications in pregnancy which includes specialized care including consultations and ongoing primary and shared antenatal care and is a Nurse-Sonographer working towards her ARDMS certification.  Katie is also very experienced in postpartum care both in the pre-term and full-term setting.  She was previously a clinical teacher at the University of Toronto and recently has taken a leadership position which requires her to manage staff in multiple departments including scheduling, new staff orientation, training for existing staff, managing patient and staff flow to optimize efficiency and the development and implementation of program initiatives.  During COVID she has assisted with the development, implementation and management of policies and practices to ensure a safe environment for patients and staff within her program.  She has a post-gradate diploma in Obstetrical Nursing and she is Perinatal Certified with the Canadian Nurses' Association (PNC(C)).  She has been accepted to present posters at multiple national and international conferences, is published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada and is currently involved with multiple ongoing research projects.


                   JIM HEALY

Medical/Surgical Ward                   Nurse Expert

Christianna is a dynamic nursing leader practicing since 2012 at a large Toronto hospital caring for complex medical and surgical patients.  Her role has been as staff nurse, team leader and preceptor where she was responsible for creating and delivering orientation sessions for new nursing staff. Christianna has also acted as unit council co-chair where she was responsible for the planning of staff education.  In 2019, she developed a podcast for nurses called ‘At The Bedside’ through her Advanced Clinical Practice Fellowship with the RNAO where she interviewed expert clinicians and discussed research evidence and real-world clinical nursing examples.  In 2016, Christianna received a Nursing Education Award for nursing week at her hospital.

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             WENDY SMITH                                                C.P. (c)


 Emergency Department               Nurse Expert

Susan has been a Registered Nurse since 2011 and a leader in Emergency Department Nursing at a major hospital in Toronto, Ontario. As Staff Nurse she provides direct nursing care to a wide range of patient populations in an acute care setting, from neonatal to geriatric. She is responsible for the triage, assessment and treatment of infants, children and adults presenting with various symptoms/injuries and works in collaboration with the entire healthcare team. Susan is responsible for the implementation of health teaching across diverse patient populations and preceptor to newly hired nurses. Additionally, since 2014, Susan has been clinical nurse instructor for 3 Ontario Nursing degree programs. 


            MICHEALE DAVIES 
                    RN CNN(c)

Patient Administrative                   Expert

For the last 19 years Jim has been employed as a Patient Administrative Associate with the Orthopedic Fracture Clinic Team at a major centre in Toronto.  His role includes, but is not limited to, managing and acting as front-line clerk, first contact with multiple patients per week and ongoing communication with surgeons.  He is responsible for registering, prioritizing and managing patients as per standard of care policies and procedures.  On an ongoing basis, Jim liaises with the Operating Rooms, Doctor’s offices and patients


          SHARON KERR                                   RN, BScN


    Certified Prosthetist


Wendy is a well respected Certified Prosthetic Clinician with 25+ years experience in the field of custom body prosthetics.  She has worked as Staff Prosthetist at the Health Sciences Center in the Rehab Engineering Department in Winnipeg, Manitoba where she discovered the growing need for custom finger restoration.  Wendy then became an accomplished business owner of Lifeart Prosthetics Inc. in Winnipeg in 1995 where her practice is dedicated to making high quality body Prosthetics accessible to those in need. She specializes in custom designed functional and realistic body prosthetics for her clients regardless of their geography.  Her Prosthetics business grows and changes according to her clients’ needs as she designs prosthetic solutions that enable her clients to return to work and daily activities.  Wendy was awarded Certified Clinical Anaplastologist Status and in 2006 was invited to England as a guest speaker on Prosthetics for a UK Forum with attendees from around the world and have presented and lectured in Arizona, Texas, and Florida. In 2011, Wendy designed an innovative breast prosthesis unique to Bressante breast prosthetics; a company that she also founded.  Additionally, she has written several articles over the years that have been published in Prosthetic, Anaplastology and business-related magazines and journals.


             TANYA Di GREGORIO                                          RN

        Obstetrics/Labour & Delivery                                     Nurse Expert 

Tanya is an Obstetrical Nursing leader with over 18 years experience presently practicing at a large Centre in Toronto in the Labour and Delivery Unit. Tanya is highly proficient in her area of specialty with the ability to multitask in a fast paced environment.  She has exceptional time management, problem solving, decision making and judgement skills and works both independently and as a member of the interdisciplinary team. Tanya's experience includes providing direct care to low to high risk obstetrical patients and acts as Team Leader/Charge Nurse where duties include but are not limited to, organizing and managing flow and coordinating of nursing assignments. Additionally, Tanya is a member of the Obstetrical Unit Council and MOREOB team and is passionate about mentoring students and new nursing staff.


                  TRACY DUNN                                        RN, BScN, MN

        Obstetrical Nurse Expert 

Tracy has 21 years nursing experience. Her Obstetrical expertise is gained from both a major Toronto Hospital and Community Hospital Setting. Additionally, Tracy has been a Professor and Clinical Nursing Instructor.

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                  PAULA BALLAK


         Registered Practical Nurse 


Paula is a Registered Practical Nurse and has been practicing since 1989 in various settings in Ontario; working in home care, as a school nurse, and other nursing roles in the hospital setting.  Since 2010, Paula has dedicated her time as an RPN in the Community Health Centre setting while also acting as Team Lead for COVID-19 Vaccination clinics.  In her present Primary Care role, her responsibilities include triaging patients and managing caseloads, conducting preventative health visits, and collaborating with other members of the Health Care Team.  Paula is also an active member of Infection Prevention And Control Community of Practice and on the Health Centre's Joint Health and Safety Committee.


                FIL REALUBIT

        Registered Technologist


        Neuroscience                   Nurse Expert

Micheale has been a Registered Nurse for 28 years with a strong clinical background in both In-Patient and Out-Patient Neuroscience nursing in a large Centre in Alberta.  Since 1991, she has cared for patients with various neurological disorders and is a valuable team member providing educational, compassionate, inclusive care to both patient and family.  Presently, Micheale is Nurse Coordinator for the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit at her hospital.

Adult Intensive Care

Critical Care Expert

Cardiovascular Intensive Care

Rapid Response Team

Sharon has been practicing the last 18+ years at a major Toronto Health Sciences Centre where she is highly specialized in Cardiovascular Surgery Intensive Care.  Sharon's prior experience was as staff nurse in a Solid Tumour Unit and she has acted as a Clinical Instructor for the University of Ontario, Institute of Technology Nursing Program.  Sharon is also part of a highly specialized Rapid Response Team.



              RN, NP, BScN, MN  


 Neonatal Intensive Care

Nurse Practitioner Expert

Stephanie has been an RN for 11 years and is presently practicing as Nurse Practitioner in the NICU at a major Health Sciences Centre for sick children.  Stephanie was invited by the Canadian Association of Neonatal Nurses to provide an online audio seminar presentation to Neonatal Nurses across Canada. She also received the Nightingale Award that is presented each year by The Toronto Star for nurses nominated for recognition by their patients or peers.        

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                     RN PNC (C)

           Obstetrical & Special Care Nursery  (Level II NICU) Nurse Expert

Cindy is a Nursing leader with 24 years’ experience in Labour & Delivery, Post-Partum Care and Special Care Nursery (Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) in a Community Hospital in Ontario.  Cindy’s expertise includes antenatal care, intrapartum care, immediate postpartum care, breastfeeding support, infant care, and care following perinatal loss. She is responsible for assessing, analyzing, prioritizing, planning, and evaluating care in collaboration with women and families in both normal and complex obstetrical situations. In addition, Cindy is responsible for Operating Room duties such as scrubbing, circulating, and recovering of obstetrical patients.  She is Perinatal Certified, Member of the hospital’s Code Pink and Nursing Advisory Committee.


                   RN, BScN 


            Home Care Nurse Expert

Clarissa has been a dedicated Registered Nurse with over 11 years' experience in Home Health Care with a passion to deliver care to critically ill patients in the home setting.  She has a highly empathetic nature with the ability to provide holistic care to patients and their families and provides hands-on care to patients who are at home with various disease processes and treatment requirements.  Additionally, Clarissa is fluent in both English and Tagalog (Filipino).


              WENDY EDWARDS                            PHC-NP, BScN, MScN

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           RN, BScN

       Rural Patient Care                   Manager Expert

Gianni has been a Registered Nurse since 1997 and a leader in his practice with experience in acute and critical care in both rural and large centres. The last 10+ years Gianni has been Nursing Manager at various rural health care centres in Ontario and oversees multiple nursing departments such as the Emergency Department, Medical/Surgical Services, Obstetrics and Ambulatory Clinic. He develops and implements policies, procedures and monitors and evaluates clinical outcomes, patient safety initiatives, health and safety, incident management and patient feedback management. Gianni holds several advanced certifications and belongs to multiple nursing committees. His experience prior to becoming a Registered Nurse is 5 years as a Flight Paramedic.   


              MARGARET GADKE


            Operating Room Nurse Expert

Margaret is a Registered Nurse with over 38 years experience in the Operating Room with a focus on cardiac surgery. Margaret's perioperative roles have encompassed leadership, education and clinic practice as she has been Clinical Coordinator for 20 years and for 4 years acted as the OR Skin & Wound Resource Nurse. 


                ANN ZERDIN


            Medical Imaging RN Expert

       Interventional Radiology Expert

An RN for 30 years at a major Toronto Health Sciences Centre, the last 11 years Ann's nursing practice has been in the Medical Imaging department preparing and recovering patients for procedures such as CT, MRI, Ultrasound, General X-rays and Interventional Radiology (IR). Ann will also assist the team in the IR room in the event of an emergency situation.  She has been involved in curriculum development and teaching of the Emergency Certificate Program, Coronary Care Program, and testing in the Patient Assessment Course in the Continuing Education Department at Humber College.  


                    JULIE STEELE                                                 RN

        Advanced Registered                             Orthopaedic                                Technologist Expert

Fil has been an Advanced Registered Orthopaedic Technologist for the last 20 years presently practicing at major hospitals across the General Toronto Area.  He practices in the Fracture Clinic and Emergency Department, and is a Clinical Bracing Specialist involved in custom knee bracing and spinal orthosis. Additionally, Fil is a Casting Techniques Instructor holding seminars for Physicians, Medical Residents and Students.  He received his Orthopaedic Technology Diploma in 1999 and his Plastering Techniques Diploma in London, England in 2002.

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       Registered Respiratory                          Therapy Expert

Sarah is a Registered Respiratory Therapist and Certified Respiratory Educator at a major hospital in the greater Toronto area for over 30 years playing a key role in the Pulmonary Function Testing lab, Intensive Care Unit, Coronary Care Unit, Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit, Cardiac Care Unit, Emergency Department, and hospital wards. Her expertise includes invasive and non-invasive ventilator management in adult, paediatric and neonatal patients and she has the ability to work effectively in a team and independently with strong interpersonal skills and initiative.  In 1991, Sarah received the RTSO Student Achievement Award for outstanding professionalism during educational and clinical training.

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Long Term Care Nurse    Practitioner Expert

Wendy has been nursing for 24 years. The last 10 years have been dedicated to her role as Nurse Practitioner with a focus in long term care within a Nurse Led Outreach Program. Wendy provides timely, same-day access to assessments, diagnoses and treatments for acute and episodic conditions and injuries in long term care home residents. She manages the exacerbation of chronic health conditions and provides follow up for increased monitoring. Wendy assists with transitions and communication across sectors (Long Term Care/Emergency Department/Hospital). collaborating with health professionals from various programs to ensure timely access to care for residents. She also supports the capacity building of registered nursing staff and intermittently takes on the preceptor and mentor role for nurse practitioner students and novice nurse practitioners.

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    Rural Emergency Department                    Nurse Expert

Jennifer has been a Registered Nurse since 2005. The last 15 years she has dedicated to practicing full time in a rural Emergency Department in rural Ontario where she provides care to all age populations with various health problems and comorbidities. Jennifer’s roles are as staff nurse, Team Lead, and clinical resource to other areas in her hospital.  Jennifer has also trained and worked in multiple departments including Medical/Surgical, Chronic Continuing Care and Obstetrics and holds a Certification in Emergency Nursing from the Canadian Nurses Association in addition to completing several other advanced Certifications.



Stroke and Chest Pain            Nurse Expert

Julie has been a Registered Nurse since 2001 where she started her career in the Emergency Department at a Regional Health Centre in Ontario.  In 2009 Julie moved into a dynamic Nursing role at a major Stroke and Chest Pain Clinic where under the direction of a Cardiologist managed patients with stroke and chest pain to ensure appropriate treatment, testing, teaching and follow up as required with Neurology or Cardiac Catheterization referral.  Julie was also Clinic Team Leader for 4 years.

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RN, BSc, BScN, MSc(A)


       Emergency Department                            Nurse Expert

*Proficiently bilingual           English/French


Jennifer has over 18 years of experience in emergency nursing, working both in community and acute-care teaching hospitals. She has worked in various roles to provide primary care nursing for patients of varying levels of acuity. Jennifer’s focus on collaboration and communication underlies the development of therapeutic nurse-client relationships with her clients and their families.  She is an experienced CTAS certified triage nurse and has also worked as a sexual assault nurse examiner. Jennifer also works in nursing education as faculty at a Toronto-based college.



       Pediatric Home Care

               Nurse Expert

Ellie is a dynamic Registered Nurse and Home Care leader presently practicing since 1970. For most of her career, Ellie has dedicated her nursing practice to the Victoria Order of Nurses in Ontario with a focus in providing pediatric care in the home in her role as visiting nurse, shift nurse, supervisor, and clinical education manager.  Ellie has designed, developed, and presented numerous educational courses and programs for the VON, has conducted nursing seminars, and revised educational manuals & orientation packages.  Additionally, she has been a sessional professor teaching pediatric home care nursing and has received Awards of Excellence recognizing her for her innovation in pediatric care in the community.

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           Registered Medical     Radiation Technologist Expert

Rex is a dynamic Registered Medical Radiation Technologist with 29 years of experience. He is presently practicing at the largest teaching and trauma hospital in Toronto, responsible for obtaining high quality, diagnostic images in accordance with radiologist protocols.  Due to the nature of the patient population, Rex collaborates closely with other technologists, radiologists, and other healthcare professionals. 

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                    Home Care

                  Nurse Expert

Glenann has been a Registered Nurse since 1981 and for the last 20 years has dedicated her career to the home care nursing profession, caring for patients in adult to geriatric populations with various disease processes and treatment needs. In her role, she is a nursing leader liaising with doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers and oversees nursing staff in all aspects including but not limited to education. Additionally, Glenann holds a Canadian Nurses Association Certification in Hospice Palliative Care Nursing since 2008.

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British Columbia

          Operating Room Nurse               Expert - General & Cardiac                            Surgery

Lisa is a Registered Nurse leader with over 29 years of experience.  The last 22 years she has dedicated her practice to nursing in the Operating Room with the last 17 specializing in Cardiovascular Surgery.  Lisa is currently working in Cardiovascular Surgery at a large Vancouver, British Columbia hospital as OR Clinical Nurse Educator and has coordinated and implemented cardiovascular and endovascular programs. Due to her passion for her work in the operating room, Lisa continues to work shifts as a frontline OR nurse at her hospital and in 2010, she acted as Nursing Educator in South Africa with the World Health Organization.

Nova Scotia