Samir Gupta is a clinician-investigator, an adjunct scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital, and an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He completed a fellowship in Knowledge Translation after his Master’s degree in clinical epidemiology. His main research interests are in rare lung diseases and in knowledge translation in primary care across the spectrum of respiratory illness, with the use of electronic tools in particular, and in the area of asthma in particular. He serves as a Vice-Chair of the Canadian Respiratory Guidelines Committee.
Leahanne LeGrow, RD, MAN was appointed as the Manager for the Provider Education Program at The Lung Association in December 2015. She is a Registered Dietitian with experience in program management, adult education and chronic disease prevention. In Leahanne’s most recent role she was the Professional Educator for the Central East LHIN Self-Management Program. In this position, she had the opportunity to define policies, priorities and procedures for the Health Care Provider Training program. As part of the Self-Management team she worked collaboratively to expand their strategic plan, developing goals, and objectives for monitoring activity progress and tasks.
Leahanne completed her master’s degree at the University of Guelph and her research focused on adult education and program development. She has fostered her interpersonal communication skills in specialized courses and workshops on conflict resolution, dispute negotiation, motivational interviewing and inter-professional practice.
Gemma is a Registered Respiratory Therapist and Certified Respiratory Educator. Along with her experience in delivering acute RT care in the hospital setting, she has worked in several areas of outpatient clinics including, Pulmonary Function Labs, Sleep Clinics, COPD and Paediatric Asthma Clinics . She is a neonatal resuscitation instructor and is now with the Ontario Lung Association, Provider Education Program, focusing on curriculum and program development. Gemma is also the provincial co-ordinator for the Emergency Department Asthma Care Pathway across Ontario. As a provider education program developer, she works on implementation and evaluation of continuing medical education programs and materials on respiratory disease across the province, with a keen interest in program evaluation and respiratory research.
Natasha Khalfan is the PEP Training Coordinator with the Lung Association. Natasha graduated from the University of Toronto; she holds an Honours BSc with a major in Health Studies as well as a Masters in Public Health specializing in Health Promotion. She is responsible for the planning and coordination of local and regional training programs and events throughout Ontario. Natasha has a background in planning, implementing and evaluating projects specifically in the areas of Chronic Disease Prevention and Management. Her experiences also include engaging with Health Service Providers in the community with respect to integrating regional primary care services.