Work-Related Asthma Provider Education Program
Dr. Ryan Smith, BASc, MSc, MB BCh BAO, RCPC, is a practicing consultant pediatrician in Orillia, ON. He obtained a degree in Applied Sciences in Chemical Engineering in 2005 and a Master’s of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences prior to starting medical training in Cork, Ireland in 2007. He recently completed his residency at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and is now Associated Staff Pediatrician at Orillia Soldiers Memorial Hospital. Dr. Smith has a strong interest in Pediatric Asthma. He has been first author on two published studies in the area and has been a requested reviewer for international journals on pediatric asthma and asthma and endocrinology. He also serves as associate editor for Paediatrics and Child Health, the journal of the Canadian Paediatric Society. More recently, he has joined as a consultant for two provincial committees on Asthma, supported by The Lung Association-Ontario and he will be taking over the position of Medical Director for the Regional Pediatric Asthma Clinic at Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital.
Ms. Jennifer Olajos-Clow, RN(EC) is a Master Prepared Nurse Practitioner and Certified Respiratory Educator who has worked extensively in the field of Respirology and Chronic Disease Management for the past 25 years. Jennifer has been involved with the Lung Association both as a volunteer and staff. She was involved in the revision of the Primary Care Asthma Care Map and is the former provincial coordinator of the Ontario Lung Association’s Emergency Department Asthma Care Program. She has collaborated with the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario in the development and publication of both the Adult and Pediatric Asthma Best Practice Guidelines for Nurses and is on faculty with the Queen’s University School of Nursing at the lecturer level. She is currently working at Kingston Health Sciences Centre – Kingston General Hospital site in the Medicine Program focusing on inpatient diabetes and outpatient sleep disorders.
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.
Dr. Dhenuka Radhakrishnan is a pediatric respirologist at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Ottawa. She is an executive member of the Ontario Thoracic Society and has participated in the development of provincial and national guidelines for the diagnosis and management of childhood asthma. Her research interests include the use of health administrative data to investigate predictors and outcomes of severe asthma in childhood.
Jennifer MacKinnon, B.Sc., RRT, CRE is a Respiratory Therapist and Certified Respiratory Educator with a background that includes twenty years working in respiratory home care. During this time she had the opportunity to lead healthcare teams and implement many community based programs and services. In 2016, she joined The Lung Association’s Provider Education Program team as Curriculum Developer and in 2017, became the Program Manager. She has a strong interest in promoting respiratory health and her interests include patient and provider education and quality improvement in healthcare.
Lana Biro is a Registered Respiratory Therapist and a Certified Respiratory Educator at The Lung Association – Ontario. She has a strong interest in promoting respiratory health and has been with The Lung Association for over ten years, answering calls on the provincial Lung Health Information Line, providing counselling and guidance to patients, caregivers and health-care providers on a variety of lung health issues, such as asthma, COPD, smoking cessation and air quality.
Lana is a trainer for RESPTREC®, facilitating workshops for health-care professionals on asthma, COPD, Spirometry and Education for Chronic Disease. She is also a CAMH/TEACH-trained facilitator for Motivational Interviewing workshops.
Lana has been involved with various lung health advocacy initiatives, including work with the Lung Health Ambassadors, Breathworks®/COPD newsletters and Lung Health/COPD support groups in Ontario. Lana enjoys organizing in-services and educational presentation for health care providers, as well as participating in various educational opportunities.
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.