Doug Beemer, Manager, Wound Care Champion Program
Doug is the Manager for the Wound Care Champion Program. He is a Registered Nurse and has worked in the private sector for over 25 years. He has held various sales and product management roles in companies such as Philips Medical, GE/Ohmeda, Covidien and Medtronic. Doug has come out of retirement to join the Wounds Canada Institute as the Education Manager for the Champion Program
Crystal McCallum, Director of Education
Crystal is the Director of Education at Wounds Canada. Her education includes:
- A Degree in Nursing from the University of Windsor, in 2004
- A Master of Clinical Science (MClSc) in Wound Healing degree from the Western University, in 2009
Crystal has worked in the acute, community and long-term care sectors in both a traditional nursing role and as a wound consultant. She was also previously the Clinical Lead for the South West Regional Wound Care Program.
In addition to her position as Director of Education at Wounds Canada, Crystal works as a Lecturer for Western’s Advanced Health Care Practice- Wound Healing Program.
Primary Care Lead
Dr. Evans is the Medical Director of the Wound Healing Clinic at Women’s College Hospital, involved in research and teaching. She also is a full-time family physician in the community. Dr. Evans is part of the faculty of the International Interprofessional Wound Care Course (IIWCC) through the University of Toronto. She is senior faculty for Wounds Canada to support the development of interprofessional education programs for clinicians as well as delivery and evaluation of these programs. Dr. Evans is now co-chair for the Diabetic Task Force for Wound Canada.
Darren Levine EdD, is an independent consultant supporting organizations to reimagine possibilities in today’s changing landscape. As a grant writer, social innovator and leadership educator, Dr. Levine’s work focuses on cultivating workplaces that inspire and engage, where all members can discover their creative potential and exercise leadership for innovative change.
Over the past twenty-five years, Darren has held a variety of management roles and has exercised leadership in several contexts including the not-for-profit and public sectors. Darren is Associate Faculty in the School of Leadership at Royal Roads University where he teaches graduate courses in organizational leadership and supervises student research. Darren holds a Doctor of Education (2010) and a Master of Education (2002) from the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (2010) along with a Bachelor of Arts from York University (1999). He also holds a Graduate Certificate in Values-Based Leadership from Royal Roads University (2018) and Leadership for the 21st Century Executive Education Certificate from Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University (2015).
Pat Coutts RN
Patricia Coutts is a registered nurse and a past president of Wounds Canada formally the Canadian Association of Wound Care. A leading wound expert who has lectured across the world, she has published in numerous journals and has been involved in wound research. She has been a preceptor for hundreds of health care professionals. She has experience in many areas of nursing, including medicine, surgery, family practice, psychiatry. Pat is currently employed as a wound care clinician and clinical trial coordinator at the Toronto Regional Wound Healing Clinic in Ontario. She has made significant contributions to the well-known RNAO Best Practice Guidelines, which have been used both nationally and internationally to improve patient outcomes.
Sasangi holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Toronto with a Major in Health Policy Studies and a Double-Minor in Psychology and Anthropology. This year, she will be completing her Post-Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management from Seneca College.
Celine Bryenton is currently the Education Coordinator for the Wound Care Champion Program. Celine is a graduate of the Humber College Business Management Program and has been with Wounds Canada since 2011
Dr. Murphy is a nurse specialist in complex vascular wounds who has worked with her team to develop a multi-professional Limb Preservation Clinic. Dr. Murphy has been a nurse for over 30 years and completed a degree in Tissue Viability, Master of Clinical Science in Wound Healing, and PhD investing healing challenges in a vascular population. Her research included an RCT on ultrasound debridement in the vascular population.
Dr. Murphy is President of NSWOCC and co-chair of the RNAO ostomy guideline update, Chris is a core faculty member of the Western University MClSc Wound Healing program.
Pamela E. Houghton is Professor Emerita in the School of Physical Therapy at Western University, London, Ontario, Canada where was a full time faculty member for over 25 years. In 2007, she launched the Masters program in the field of wound healing (MClSc-WH) which is a unique graduate degree program offered via distance education to variety of health care professionals delivering wound care across Canada.
Dr. Houghton’s active research program at Western has included evaluating advanced wound treatments including electrical stimulation therapy (E-Stim), that stimulate faster healing of pressure injuries and other types of chronic wounds.
As a Physical Therapist (retired), Pamela led the implementation of a community-based pressure injury management programs for people with spinal cord injuries and was involved in the development of an interdisciplinary wound care service for people with diabetic foot ulcers.
Doug has been working as a physiotherapist in Calgary for nearly 30 years. He graduated from the University of Alberta Rehabilitation Medicine Department with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy with Honors in 1992. He has worked with the Calgary Health Region and Alberta Health Services since then first working as a rotating therapist. He developed an interest and began specializing in acute and chronic wound care. He completed the International Interprofessional Wound Care Course in 2007.
Initially working with the adult population at the Calgary General and Peter Lougheed Hospitals, he moved to Alberta Children’s Hospital in 2006 to begin work as the Burn Clinic Coordinator and Clinical Lead of the Outpatient MSK Physiotherapy group. His current position includes burn and wound care, burn rehabilitation and treatment of a variety of pediatric musculoskeletal conditions along with the administrative duties of a clinical lead.
Doug has presented at local and international wound and burn meetings. Recently, he took a student at the Children’s Hospital from the Wound Continence and Ostomy Institute.
He has as few publications including:
- Baron, D Minor Pediatric Burns. Wound Care Canada 2009;7(2), 10-14.
- Jeschke M, McCallum C, Baron D, Godleski M, Knighton J, Shahrokhi S. Best practice recommendations for the prevention and management of burns. In: Foundations of Best Practice for Skin and Wound Management. A supplement of Wound Care Canada; 2018
As well he is involved in a new research project involving the treatment of pediatric burn scars with fractionated CO2 laser alongside the Plastic Surgery team at the Alberta Children’s Hospital.
Outside of work, Doug enjoys riding anything with two wheels but mostly mountain biking. He is also a Level 1 certified bicycle fitter working occasionally at a local bike shop.
Kristen is an Advanced Clinical Nurse with expertise in wound care. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree through Lakehead University and has also obtained a Master’s Degree through Western University for the Master of Clinical Science in Wound Healing program. Kristen has experience in providing wound education and care to patients and families in a variety of settings, such as long-term care, acute care, outpatient care, and in correctional institutions.
Kristen currently resides in Thunder Bay, Ontario and works full-time in Corrections and casually/part-time as a professor at Lakehead University teaching the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.
Kristen brings knowledge in wound care pathophysiology, management, and best practice. She has always been committed to deliver a patient-centered care approach and engage in collaboration with patients, families, and healthcare teams to achieve optimal outcomes.
Janet L. Kuhnke is a nurse researcher and NSWOC Nurse Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence Care. She is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at Cape Breton University. Before coming to the academy, Janet lived and worked as a clinical nurse and educator in rural communities in British Columbia, alongside Aboriginal members and communities.
Janet is active in Wounds Canada as a program evaluator and NSWOC, and advocates for prevention of diabetes related foot ulcers and amputations.
Janet completed her doctoral studies in psychology focused on the quality of life – spiritual and mental health well-being while living with diabetic foot ulcers; Two-Eyed Seeing principles guided this work. Janet researches in community with persons living with skin, wound, ostomy and continence issues.
Janet continues to coach and mentor students in baccalaureate and master qualitative research projects and thesis. She supports initiatives to prevent intravenous skin abscesses and access to acute care services.
Richard Bishop is a Registered Nurse with experience in long-term care & community care with the majority of his time in the acute care setting. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Brock University, Masters of Nursing from Charles Sturt University and the International Interprofessional Wound Care Course at the University of Toronto.
Richard is the Professional Practice Clinician for Skin and Wound Care at Halton Healthcare, a tri-site community hospital group providing care to the residence of Oakville, Milton and Halton Hills. He is also an Assistant Clinical Professor for MacMaster University, Faculty of Family Medicine. In these roles Richard enjoys promoting best pratices in wound prevention and management, building capacity amongst the multidisciplinary health care team.
Louise Forest-Lalande is an ET nurse from Montreal, Canada. She is mostly known for her expertise in Paediatric ET Nursing. She is actively involved in ET nursing and wound care organisations and she is Past President of the World Council of Enterostomal Therapists (WCET). She has been teaching and lecturing in many countries. In 2019 she led a project with a group of paediatric stoma care experts to develop the Global Paediatric Stoma Care Best Practice Guidelines.
Jolene Heil RN, ET, MClSc(WH)
Jolene gained an interest in wound management as an undergraduate nursing student. She continued pursuing her interest by taking the International Interprofessional Wound Care Course (IIWCC) at The University of Toronto and the Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continent Canada Nursing Education Program. She then went on to complete the Master of Clinical Science in wound healing degree from Western University in 2012.
Jolene currently works as a Clinical Nurse Specialist – Wound Care at Providence Care Hospital in Kingston, Ontario. She leads an interprofessional wound care program for the nine inpatient units as well as providing wound care consultation for community members living with neurological conditions.
John Hwang MD FRCSC
John is a general surgeon and physician lead at the Fraser Health Complex Wound Centre in British Columbia. He has specific interests in the optimal delivery of interprofessional wound care as well as physician engagement in quality improvement.
Lauren graduated nursing school in 1990 in South Africa. Shortly after, she moved to Canada to be with her family. In 1996, she completed her Intensive Care certificate and worked as an ICU nurse. She developed a passion for wounds and ostomy and attended Emory University to complete her Wound, Ostomy and Continence certificate in 2006. Following certification, Lauren established the WOCN program at Richmond Hospital. In 2011, she moved to community nursing care where she expanded her knowledge caring for individuals with wound, ostomy and continence concerns. In 2020, she completed her Master of Clinical Science - Wound Healing at Western University. She currently works in Vancouver both at Vancouver General Hospital part time, and at Macdonald's prescriptions as a certified WOCN.
Lauren has been an active participant on the Regional Committees for Wound, Ostomy and Therapeutic devices and recently joined the Provincial Skin & Wound Committee. She was the recipient of the CRNBC Award for Nursing Excellence in 2011
Lauren is a dedicated and compassionate wound, ostomy and continence nurse who strives for excellent patient care. She is passionate about advancing the practice of WOC nursing and has spoken at conferences and published articles and posters to help educate others.
She volunteers for the United Ostomy Association in facilitating the 20-50's support group and is an active writer for their magazine, The Vancouver Highlife.
David Keast BSc(Hon), MSc, DipEd, MD, FCFP(LM), CCFP, FCFP(LM)
Dr. Keast is the Medical Director of the Chronic Wound Management Clinic at the Parkwood Institute in London Canada. He is Clinical Adjunct Professor of Family Medicine, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University (London). Dr. Keast is an Associate Scientist, Lawson Health Research Institute, Parkwood Institute Research. He is Co-director of the Canadian Lymphedema Framework and President of the World Alliance for Wound and Lymphedema Care.
Charis Kelly received her Nurse Practitioner designation in 2004. She has worked at SickKids since 2000 and currently is the NP managing Burns/Complex wounds since 2007. Charis provides comprehensive care to patients and their families throughout the entire continuum of care. She is highly skilled at providing pain and anxiety management for this vulnerable population ensuring optimal quality of care throughout their entire journey. She independently leads her own NP Clinic where she effectively cares for her patients and families in collaboration with the Burn Team. She has played a valuable role having SickKids recognized as the first Verified Pediatric Burn Program in Canada as well as creating the First Pediatric Laser Therapy Program for Burn Scar Modulation in Canada. Charis’s contributions have been recognized locally by her peers as well as provincially having received the 2012 Grace Evelyn Simpson Reeves Excellence Award and the 2013 Toronto Star Nightingale Award.
Linda Norton is an Occupational Therapist who is passionate about the prevention and management of chronic wounds. Her diverse experience in settings that include hospital, community and industry; and roles that include clinician, educator, manager, and researcher give Linda a unique perspective. Linda is the Education and Client Relations Specialist at Motion Specialties. She teaches at two Ontario Universities. In addition to consulting on several best practice documents, she was the lead author on the Pressure Injury Prevention and Management Best Practice Recommendations for Wounds Canada (CAWC).
Idevania Costa RN, NSWOC, PhD
Dr. Idevania Costa is an advanced clinical nurse with expertise in the management of complex wounds. She was educated in Brazil and Canada as a registered nurse and researcher and has over 24 years’ combination of clinical, teaching and research experience. Dr. Costa is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at Lakehead University, Founder of Advanced - Wound Care Consultancy & Education Inc., and a member of national and international wound care societies. She has published articles in peer-reviewed journals, lectured nationally and internationally, and has been the recipient of multiple national and international awards in recognition of her work a wound care nurse and researcher. She is also the co-founder and lead of Patients' Voices nd Story and an advocate for patient empowerment.
Devon Jahnke D.Ch, IIWCC, CDE
Devon is a registered Chiropodist and Diabetes Educator. Currently working at HSN, Centre for Complex Diabetes Care, and Vascular ACU 1 interdisciplinary wound and limb salvage clinic. She completed the International Interdisciplinary Wound Care Certification (IIWCC) in 2005. Devon has participated in clinical research trials for Diabetic Foot Ulcers, with Medicor Research. She became faculty for Wounds Canada in 2014. She has helped deliver and bring various workshops across Ontario including “Diabetes Healthy Feet and You” peer education program and foot screening to the Diabetes Education Programs in the NELHIN. She was a member for HQO, Wound Care Quality Advisory Committee and Ontario Health Technology Advisory Committee. She sits on the NELHIN Diabetes Foot care Working Group.
Kelly Sair BScPT, MClSc (WH)
Kelly Sair has been a physiotherapist for 26 years and is actively involved in education, wound management, and the use of adjunctive therapies. Kelly completed her Masters of Clinical Science with specialization in wound healing at Western University in the Fall of 2017. Kelly has worked for Alberta Health Services since 1994 and is currently the Clinical Educator for the Consult and Treat Team in Calgary Integrated Home Care. Kelly works in a collaborative multi-disciplinary wound clinic that manages complex patients with complex wounds.
Deirdre O’Sullivan Drombolis BScPT, MClSc (WH)
She is physical therapist who is passionate about physical activity and how important it is for everyone to care for their bodies, spirits and minds. This passion spillsover in to her practice in wound care, with the belief that in order to help patients with chronic wounds we must help them to live healthier lives. Born and raised in North Western Ontario, she is also a determined advocate for equal and timely access to effective and efficient care for all. She practices this, teaches this, writes about this, and advocates for this locally and nationally.
Sunita Coelho BSN, RN, IIWCC
Sunita Coelho is a wound care nurse with over 25 years of experience in wound care. She was the charge nurse for the Wound Care Clinic at Women’s College Hospital from its inception in 1995 until 2018. During her time at Women’s College Hospital, she was preceptor to nursing students from the Lawrence S. Bloomberg, School of Nursing, U. of T., many of whom went on to pursue careers in wound care. In 2011, she was the recipient of the Preceptor Recognition Award awarded by the Council for Ontario Universities Programs in Nursing (COUPN) for demonstrating outstanding performance in her role as preceptor and mentor for a nursing student. She is on the faculty of the IIWCC (International Interprofessional Wound Care Course)
Sunita currently works at the Toronto Regional Wound Healing Clinic and at the Toronto East Vascular Clinic.
Heidi Smith BSc, RN, IIWCC, NSWOC, WOCC(C)
Graduate of the International Interprofessional Wound Care Course through the University of Toronto. 11 years in chronic wound management with the past 8 years focused in the care of diabetic foot ulcers and diabetic foot complications as a member of the Primary Care Diabetes Support Program team at St. Joseph’s Health Care, London, ON. Graduate of the University of Guelph and Fanshawe College, London, ON.
Karen is an RN PhD, who currently is the adjunct faculty for the Master’s of Clinical Science in Wound Healing at Western University in London ON. As well she is the President of the International Skin Tear Advisory Panel (ISTAP). She has functioned as an advanced practice nurse in Wound Care and Continence, and recently completed her education as a Nurse Specializing in Wounds, Ostomy at the Academy of NSWOC Canada. She is faculty at the RNAO Wound Care Institute.
Karen was the co-chair of the RNAO BPG on Pressure Injuries and the Canadian BPG on Pressure Ulcer prevention and Treatment in the SCI populations. She has been a panel member on the International Skin Tear Advisory Panel and Incontinence Associated Dermatitis International Best Practice Principles. Karen has a strong interest in skin health and frequently speaks and publishes on this topic.
Alan Rogers BChB, MMed, FC Plast Surg, FRCSI, FACS, MSc
Dr. Rogers completed his medical degree at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in 2002. Following internship and community service, he was a clinical fellow in plastic surgery at the Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead in England (2005/2006). He undertook general surgery (2007 to 2010) and plastic surgery (2010 to 2014) specialty training in Cape Town. After a fellowship in Total Burn Care at the Ross Tilley Burn Centre (RTBC) at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, he took up his current position as attending burn surgeon. Dr. Rogers was awarded an FRCSI in 2016 and an MSC in Quality lmprovement from the University of Toronto in 2017. His clinical and research interests include reconstructive surgery for burn injuries, complex wounds, pressure sores and scars.
Marlene Varga MSc
Marlene Varga has been a registered nurse for over 30+ years at Covenant Health in Edmonton, Alberta. Marlene developed an interest in skin and wound care early on in her career and was influenced by several wound care leaders. She completed an MSc in Wound Healing and Tissue Repair at Cardiff University in 2013 and continues to volunteer as an honorary tutor to support students and enhance her knowledge and experiences. Marlene worked as a wound care nurse in acute care for several years and in 2016 transitioned to a new role as a clinical nurse specialist leading the development, implementation and evaluation of an organizational pressure injury prevention program. Marlene is a leader in the Wounds Canada Community of Practice leadership initiative. She is an advocate for prevention, wound management and patient education and engagement. Marlene enjoys animals, traveling, reading, golf, pickleball and yoga in her free time.
Dr. Virginie Blanchette is the first podiatrist PhD in Québec and has been an associate professor in the podiatric medicine program at Université du Québec at Trois-Rivières since 2014. Her research specialty is limb preservation, dedicated to the prevention and management of diabetic foot ulcers and their complications, with a team approach within a patient-oriented research. She is a Diabetes Action Canada trainee as well as a research fellow among David G Armstrong's team in Keck School of Medicine at University of Southern California. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Wounds Canada since June 2021. She joined the Diabetic Foot Canada Task Force in 2019 to help to prevent, manage and address the deficit in awareness, knowledge and funding of diabetes-related foot complications, preventable amputations and loss of life for people living with diabetes in Canada.
Barbie Murray, BScN, RN MCISc-WH Barbie Murray has been a nurse for 36 years and actively involved in nursing education and wound management. After completing her Master of Clinical Science in Wound Healing at Western University in 2011, Barbie served as the Academic Dean for the Faculty of Health Sciences at Victoria University in Uganda, Africa. She has participated in CMEs for advanced wound care practices in Canada, East Africa, and the United Arab Emirates. Currently employed as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Barbie co-ordinates a multi-disciplinary leg ulcer clinic, which manages complex wounds through vascular, orthopedic, plastic surgery and infectious disease services. Barbie is currently President of the Wounds Canada Board of Directors, and serves on a number of regional and national committees dedicated to advanced wound care practices.