Inspired Breathing Virtual Conference 2022

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Dr. Colin Ellis

Dr. Colin Ellis MD, FRCPC, Respirology

Dr. Colin Ellis is a Respirologist and Sleep Medicine specialist based in Saskatoon. He is also an Assistant Professor in the Division of Respirology, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine, University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Ellis completed his Internal Medicine residency and Respirology fellowship at the University of Saskatchewan. He then completed a fellowship in Sleep Disorders Medicine at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Ellis has clinical interests in sleep disordered breathing and the respiratory management of neuromuscular disorders, and is passionate about helping patients and caregivers living with sleep apnea.

Dr. Donna Goodridge

Dr. Donna Goodridge RN, PhD

Dr. Donna Goodridge is the Director of the Respiratory Research Centre at the University of Saskatchewan and a Professor in the Division of Respirology, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, University of Saskatchewan. She has received extensive training in realist evaluative approaches and mixed methods, and uses these methodologies in current projects related to improving health service delivery. She has a research interest in how mindfulness-based approach may improve the wellness of people with respiratory illnesses. Dr. Goodridge also serves on the Lung Association, Saskatchewan Board of Directors.

Dr. Sarah Oosman

Dr. Sarah Oosman BSc, BScPT, MSc, PhD

Dr. Sarah Oosman is a physical therapists and an Associate Professor, School of Rehabilitation Science, University of Saskatchewan. She is deeply committed to Indigenous community driven action research that leads to the development and implementation of culture-based, meaningful health promoting interventions across the lifespan. Dr. Oosman brings a team science approach to her research focusing on community perspectives of healthy aging within, between, and across generations, connecting seniors to youth in ways that are strongly grounded in Indigenous worldview. 

Ms. Kelley Bush

Ms. Kelley Bush Health Canada

Since 2008 Health Canada’s National Radon Program (NRP) has made significant strides in educating the public and key stakeholders about radon, conducted research to better understand the radon situation in Canada and established the Canadian infrastructure and required resources to take action, test and mitigate, to reduce indoor radon. Kelley Bush has been the Manager of the National Radon Outreach Program since 2008 at Health Canada’s Radiation Protection Bureau. Prior to joining Health Canada Kelley worked in the private sector as a marketing and sales management professional in the IT industry. Kelley holds a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours in Marketing from Concordia University.

Dr. Anne-Marie Nicol

Dr. Anne-Marie Nicol MES, PhD

Anne-Marie holds a PhD in Health Care and Epidemiology from UBC and a Master’s in Environmental Studies from York University. She is an Associate Professor at Simon Fraser University in the Faculty of Health Sciences where her areas of research include human health risk assessment, environmental health, and knowledge translation. Anne-Marie also works as a Knowledge Translation Scientist at the National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health (NCCEH), which is supported by the Public Health Agency of Canada. Anne-Marie supports the Healthy Indoor Environments program at the BC Lung Foundation to promote policies that improve indoor air quality. Anne-Marie is a core team member for the Take Action on Radon (TAOR) program.

Ms. Jennifer May

Ms. Jennifer May BEd

Jennifer May is the Vice-President of Health Promotion and Government Relations for Lung Saskatchewan. Jennifer manages provincial respiratory health promotion activities including; education, prevention and cessation initiatives, advocates for tobacco control, radon awareness and environmental issues, and is the co-founder/adult advisor of the provincial Youth4Change group. Her passion is advocating for change to protect public health and has participated in government relations and advocacy efforts that have led to Saskatchewan's provincial tobacco legislation in 2004, an asbestos Bill in 2013, and vaping legislation in 2020, as well as scores of other policies and municipal bylaws. Jennifer convocated with a Bachelor of Education degree in the 90's and her 24 year career in lung health includes two streams; as an advocate working at Lung Sask, and as a bureaucrat in the Tobacco Control Programme at Health Canada. Jennifer is a national spokesperson for many respiratory related topic areas.

Dr. Julian Tam

Dr. Julian Tam MD, FRCPC, Respirology

Dr. Tam is a respirologist and director of the Saskatoon Adult Cystic Fibrosis Clinic. He completed his lung transplantation and cystic fibrosis fellowships at the University of Toronto, and his Respirology fellowship and Internal Medicine residency at the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Tam and his team of research colleagues affiliated with the Respiratory Research Centre have discovered a new understanding of cellular defects related to Cystic Fibrosis. Their findings were published in the highly regarded journal Cell Reports on Oct. 5, 2021, and could help pave the way for treatment of the disease. 

Ms. Jessica DeMars

Ms. Jessica DeMars BscPT 

Jessica graduated from the University of Alberta in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy (with distinction) and is the owner of Breathe Well Physio. In 2010, she traveled to New Zealand to become certified in the BradCliff Method® of breathing retraining.  In 2016 she completed further certificates with the Graduate School of Behavioral Health Sciences which allows her to focus on the behavioral aspects of dysfunctional breathing. Clinically, her interests lie in working with individuals with chronic disease and complex needs. With the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, she quickly recognized the implications of Long COVID and has become an ally and an advocate, taking on the role of Co-Director of Advocacy for the Long COVID Physio executive board. 

Dr. John Froh

Dr. John Froh MD, CCFP-EM

Dr. John Froh, an emergency medicine doctor, is the deputy chief of the Saskatchewan Health Authority's COVID-19 response. Dr. Froh holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Science from the University of Regina, as well as a Medical Degree from the University of Saskatchewan.  He completed his residency in Family and Emergency Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan.  He has been a leader in EMS, ER and critical care transport (STARS).  He has special clinical interests in resuscitation, simulation and disaster medicine. ​Dr. Froh grew up on the shores of Echo Lake in southern Saskatchewan, where his parents worked at a nearby tuberculosis sanitarium. As such, Dr. Froh’s family has deep ties to the Lung Association, Saskatchewan (formerly known as the Anti-Tuberculosis League). 

Dr. Stephen Field

Dr. Stephen Field MD, FRCPC, Respirology

Dr. Stephen Field is a respirologist and clinical professor at the University of Calgary. He trained at McGill and was a CLA research fellow at the Meakins-Christie Laboratory supervised by Drs. Peter Macklem and Alejandro Grassino. He joined the University of Calgary in 1983 and has won awards for undergraduate, resident and continuing medical education. He has a large respiratory consultative practice and works in the tuberculosis, nontuberculous mycobacterial clinics. He cofounded the Calgary COPD and Asthma Program and founded the Calgary Chronic Cough Clinic.

Ms. Diane Conley

Ms. Diane Conley RRT, CRE

Ms. Diane Conely is a Respiratory Therapist, a Certified Respiratory Educator (CRE), and a Cough Education Consultant at the Calgary COPD and Asthma Program. Diane’s responsibilities include educating Asthma, COPD and Chronic Cough patients in Respiratory Specialty Clinics and Community Clinics in Calgary. She was involved in the development of the CRE-led Chronic Cough Clinic in 2006, and was an executive committee member for Respiratory Healthcare Professionals in 2013 and 2014.  Diane also serves the Lung Association, Saskatchewan as a RESPTREC faculty mentor, providing support to respiratory educators across Canada.

Ms. Donna Turner

Ms. Donna Turner RRT, CRE

Donna Turner received her bachelor of science from the University of Saskatchewan and a diploma in Respiratory Therapy from Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. She has worked in acute care and home oxygen, and currently works at the Cooperative Health Centre in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Donna is also a Certified Respiratory Educator (CRE) who serves as a long-standing RESPTREC faculty mentor. In 2017 she became a Bradcliff ® Method Practitioner and continues to share her wealth of knowledge through Lung Association, Saskatchewan support group opportunities. Donna also serves on the 2022 Inspired Breathing Conference planning committee.

Dr. Erika Penz

Dr. Erika Penz MD, FRCPC, Respirology

Dr. Erika Penz is a respirologist and faculty member at the Division of Respirology, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. She is also the Program Director of the Adult Respirology Training Program. Dr. Penz has research training and expertise in health economics and health policy, specifically cost-effectiveness analysis alongside clinical trials, use of decision analytic models in cost-effectiveness studies, and systematic review and meta-analysis in diagnostic accuracy studies. She is a researcher, investigator, and collaborator on a number of projects, including evaluating lung cancer screening and costs of care, sleep-disordered breathing diagnostic pathways, chronic inflammation in the lung, COPD clinical pathway implementation and the effect of tele-health interventions on patient satisfaction, wait times and healthcare resource utilization.

Ms. Margot Gough

Ms. Margot Gough Saskatchewan Cancer Agency

Margot Gough (she/her) grew up in Saskatoon, on Treaty 6 territory and Métis homelands. She is a white settler who studied community health and health promotion at the Université de Montréal after a degree in Sociology at the UofS. She has spent much of her career to date engaging a wide variety of communities within academic, health, and non-profit work. This has included projects in the areas of food insecurity, transit, smoking, culturally safe and inclusive care, and more. Margot is passionate about health equity and is working on listening more than she speaks so that she can get out of the way when those with relevant lived/living experience are generously willing to contribute their expertise.

Dr. Brian Graham

Dr. Brian Graham PhD, Professor Emeritus

Dr. Brian Graham is a world-renowned researcher on pulmonary function studies. Dr. Graham is the lead author of the 2019 ATS/ERS Spirometry Standards and a RESPTREC key opinion leader. He is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Saskatchewan in the Division of Respirology, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine and has been a member of the Division since 1976. He served as the CEO of The Lung Association – Saskatchewan from 1985-2016. Dr. Graham has served on several, provincial, national, and international committees and task forces related to lung health. He has most recently been a co-chair of the joint American Thoracic Society and European Respiratory Society task force in charge of developing international standards for the measurement of diffusing capacity of the lung for carbon monoxide.

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