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Spotlight on Healthcare

Q&A with… a Child Psychologist
Dr. Heather Switzer, Regina General Hospital, Saskatchewan

My name is Dr. Heather Switzer and I’m a Child Psychologist.


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Q&A with… a Nurse Coordinator
Paula Barrett, IWK Health Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

My name is Paula Barrett and I am the Pediatric Cystic Fibrosis Nurse Coordinator at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I have been a nurse at the IWK for the past 36 years and I have been the CF Nurse Coordinator for the past 30 years.  Our clinic follows about 95 patients from the Maritime Provinces. 

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Q&A with… a Nurse Coordinator
Grant Hoffert, Victoria Adult Cystic Fibrosis Clinic

Grant Hoffert, Nurse Coordinator for the Victoria Adult Cystic Fibrosis Clinic

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Q&A with… a Respirologist
Julian Tam, Saskatoon Adult Cystic Fibrosis Clinic

My name is Julian Tam. I’m a respirologist and the director of the Saskatoon Adult Cystic Fibrosis Clinic. I completed a Cystic Fibrosis Canada Clinical Fellowship at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto in 2014 followed by a fellowship in Lung Transplantation at Toronto General Hospital. I’ve been working at the University of Saskatchewan since 2015.

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Q&A with... a physiotherapist
Stephanie Spencer, Health Science Centre in St John’s (Newfoundland)

I am Stephanie Spencer. I am the physiotherapist with the Adult CF Team with joint coverage responsibilities to the Pediatric CF Clinic in St John’s, Newfoundland. I am a graduate of Dalhousie University with Kinesiology and Physiotherapy degrees in 1994 and 1996 respectively.


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Q&A WITH… Respiratory Therapists
Brent West and Eva Leek, St. Michael’s Hospital (Toronto)

Our names are Brent West and Eva Leek. We work as Registered Respiratory Therapists within the division or Respirology at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto.  As Respiratory Therapists, we provide respiratory education and support to individuals living with cystic fibrosis and other respiratory and cardiorespiratory disorders.  We have both worked as part of the CF Team, under the direction of Dr. Elizabeth Tullis, since the program transitioned from The Wellesley Central Hospital in 1999.

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