JACLYN FISHER EDUCATION SYMPOSIUM SPEAKERS
The Jaclyn Fisher Education Symposium is pleased to bring you a variety of expert speakers who can discuss the impact of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis on the mind and body. You can learn more about our speakers below.
Dr. Gad Friedman
Dr. Gad Friedman is a gastroenterologist at the Jewish General Hospital (JGH) and an Associate Professor at McGill University. Driven by strong interests in endoscopy, inflammatory bowel disease, and irritable bowel syndrome, he completed fellowships in both gastroenterology and interventional endoscopy. His greatest passion is teaching. At McGill, he spearheaded the creation of an accredited nurse education program in gastroenterology. Increasing their knowledge in the field has led to a positive impact in the care they are able to provide to patients. The first of its kind in Quebec, this program is now in its eighth year.
Dr. Friedman teaches fellows, residents, students, and nurses; but most of all, he loves teaching his patients. To facilitate patient education, he created a website (www.ourdigestivehealth.com) that helps patients better understand their digestive system and some of the common symptoms they face.
Dr. Dean Tripp
Dr. Tripp is Full Professor in the Department of Psychology, Anesthesiology and Urology at Queen’s University. He is also the current Chair of the Queen’s General Research Ethics Board (GREB), and is the High Performance Mental Training Coach for the Department of Athletics. Dr. Tripp has published over 80 peer-reviewed publications and chapters, five treatment manuals, and has developed 14 CME accredited Pain Education conferences in Kingston and has been nationally and locally awarded for his excellence in teaching and research and his primary research area has focused on pain and psychosocial factors associated with self-regulation across abdominal-pelvic conditions.
Natasha Haskey has been a practicing dietitian for over 20 years and is currently pursuing a PhD under the supervision of Dr. Deanna Gibson at the Centre for Microbiome and Inflammatory Disease Research at the University of British Columbia – Okanagan campus in Kelowna, British Columbia.
Natasha’s PhD work focuses on how components of the diet, in particular fat, influence inflammation and the gut microbiome in IBD. Natasha is also a co-author of Gut Microbiota: Interactive Effects on Nutrition and Health. One of the first textbooks in Canada to provide a broad overview of gut microbiota and nutrition, with a focus to engage and inform dietitians and other healthcare professionals about the microbiome.
Lynn Wachman has been a practicing Ayurveda practitioner for 10 years and lives in Montreal, Quebec. Lynn bridges the divide between the worlds of Western and Eastern medicine, helping her clients to achieve optimal wellness. She works with large groups in health care settings, and with individual clients in person or online.
Lynn trained as a nurse at John Abbott College and the University of Montreal, where she completed a Bachelor of Science degree. She worked as a registered nurse for twenty-five years in a wide range of specialties. In 2009, she began the journey to expand her expertise through intensive immersion in Eastern Medicine.
Dr. Rhonda Zwingerman
Rhonda Zwingerman is a fertility specialist in Toronto. She completed her medical degree at Queen's University followed by her residency in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Alberta. Upon returning to Toronto, she completed her Masters degree in Health Services Research and her fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, both at the University of Toronto. Her research interests include preimplantation genetic testing, early pregnancy care of fertility patients, and obstetrical outcomes after IVF. Dr. Zwingerman recently left her position as a fertility specialist at Mount Sinai Fertility in order to start her own full-service fertility clinic in Toronto.
Dr. Martha Dirks
Dr. Martha H. Dirks MDCM, FRCPC is an accomplished pediatric gastroenterologist at CHU Sainte Justine since 2002. She is also the Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Université de Montréal and Director of gastrointestinal endoscopy and video capsule endoscopy. She has 18+ years of clinical experience with primarily pediatric IBD and has seen many families make the transition to adult IBD care. Dr. Dirks is also a member of the Quality Improvement and Evaluation Commitee at CHU Sainte Justine.
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