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Here is the Executive of the Oncology Division!

All positions are traditionally for a two-year term. If you are interested in volunteering to the division executive and help shape its future, please contact the Chair of the Oncology Division at oncology@physiotherapy.ca

Anne Rankin, Chair

Anne Rankin graduated from McGill University in 1979 with a BScPT and received her MScPT from the University of Western Ontario in 1997. She has worked at BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver for the past 12 years and as well works part time at University of British Columbia as an Assistant Clinical Professor coordinating the pediatric, integumentary, women’s health, endocrine and pharmacology streams of the curriculum. She is active within the PABC (BC Section of the CPA) volunteering on the Public Practice Committee.

 

 

Chiara Singh, Treasurer

Chiara graduated from UBC and has worked at Surrey Memorial hospital for the past 20 years and is currently the Clinical Supervisor of the Mat/Child/Youth and Surgical Programs and the Co-Chair of the Fraser Health Authority Physiotherapy Professional Practice Committee. Her clinical work includes adult and pediatric oncology. Chiara has also carried out research in the field of oncology looking at arm morbidity after breast cancer surgery. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor at UBC. She is also active within the PABC as a board director and a liaison to their Public Practice Advisory Committee.

 

 

Colleen Dunphy, Secretary

Colleen graduated from Dalhousie University in 2006, where she was a student CPA member, and served as secretary of the National Student Assembly. After a brief stint in both public and private settings in her home province of Newfoundland, Colleen moved to Toronto to pursue other opportunities.

She spent several years in the intensive care unit at Mount Sinai before moving into the Practice Lead role for oncology, general medicine and nephology at University Health Network in 2009. Here Colleen developed a keen interest in oncology and realized that was where her passion for physiotherapy should be focused. Colleen has diverse oncology experience having worked in inpatient hematology, palliative care and ambulatory after care clinics, mostly with breast and head and neck cancers. Colleen has given talks on oncology and physiotherapy in various forums, from the Central Toronto District Annual General Meeting to the Kuwait Cancer Control Centre. She continues to work on making cancer rehabilitation the routine standard of care for patients undergoing cancer treatment, at any stage, and she is extremely excited to finally be part of the Oncology Division Executive.

 

 

Margaret McNeely, Knowledge Translation Committee (KTC) Representative

Margaret (Margie) McNeely is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada.  Margie is currently in a jointly funded position with the Rehabilitation Medicine Department at the Cross Cancer Institute.  Her research is in the area of impairment-based cancer rehabilitation with a focus on upper limb dysfunction and cancer-related symptoms of pain, fatigue and lymphedema.

 

 

 

Marize Ibrahim, Newsletter Co-Editor

Marize Ibrahim attained a Bachelor of Kinesiology and Physical Education from the University of Toronto and a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from McGill University. She is a member of the Professional Order of Physiotherapy of Quebec, (OPPQ), the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA), and is an executive oncology division team member with the CPA.

Marize has been working with a diverse cancer population at the Segal Oncology Center, (with Hope & Cope) at the Jewish General hospital in Montreal, Quebec. Keeping with the growing evidence based practice, she is actively involved in clinical research projects housed at the Jewish General Hospital in oncology rehabilitation and is a guest lecturer in the Faculty of Physical Therapy at McGill University. Furthermore, she has taught continuing education courses offered through the OPPQ and CPA. Marize is a licensed Lymphedema Therapist from the Casley-Smith International School, Bone Fit Trained Specialist through the Osteoporosis Canada and received specialized training in movement system imbalance. In her spare time, Marize is a Canadian National Paralympic Medical Swimming Classifier who volunteers with an incredible and inspiring group of Canadian para-swimming athletes across the country. 

 

Jenna Smith, Newsletter Co-Editor

Jenna Smith-Turchyn obtained her MSc(PT) in 2009 from McMaster University. She recently completed her PhD at McMaster University in 2018 in the area of knowledge translation and breast cancer rehabilitation. Jenna has worked with diverse cancer populations at a private clinic in Hamilton, Ontario and through research at the Juravinski Cancer Centre. She is a Sessional Instructor in the Physiotherapy Program at McMaster and is currently completing a postdoctoral fellowship in the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Toronto. Her research interests include physical activity and cancer, chronic condition management, and accessibility of physiotherapy services for hard to reach populations. 

 

Denise Lai, Education Coordinator

Denise Lai has a BScPT from McGill University. She was one of the founding executives of the Oncology Division. In addition to working clinically in various areas, she has conducted research in the areas of identifying barriers for oncology patients to access rehabilitation, education needs of physiotherapy leaders, and barriers to return to physical activity following GI surgery. She was previously a Community Advisor of Toronto’s Princess Margaret Hospital for 6 years. Denise currently holds a Lecturer appointment to the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto. In addition to teaching and serving on various committees at the university, she is the Physiotherapy department representative in the development of the Faculty of Medicine’s IPE Palliative Care curriculum. She is also actively involved in the Ontario Internationally Educated Physical Therapy Bridging Program, serving as a clinical facilitator for their oncology and workplace integration modules, and instructing the online Physical Therapy Practice within the Canadian Health Care System course.