Meet the Team
Teamwork divides the task and multiplies the success.
Each year, the CAOT Conference is planned, coordinated and organized by a dedicated conference team made up of CAOT members that are local to the conference destination. From logistics to member outreach to planning and supporting plenary and break-out sessions, the CAOT Conference would simply not be the success that it is without the hard work of the conference team. Our thanks to you!
Heather Cutcliffe is the Registrar for the PEI Occupational Therapists Registration Board and does some casual work/projects for Health PEI. She has been an occupational therapist (OT) for 39 years and by report, her family and friends tell us, “she has not quite figured out what retirement really means!”
Manon Gallant graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 2008 and is an OT on the Provincial Acute Stroke Unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH). She is the Chairperson of the PEI Occupational Therapists Registration Board and an active member of her OT community. Manon has a passion for traveling and enjoys the outdoors.
Heather Gauthier has been an occupational therapist for 14 years and currently works on an ambulatory service for stroke survivors.
Yvonne Thompson has been an occupational therapist for 23 years; 21 years working together with children. Traveling, skiing and paddleboarding are just a few of her passions.
Karla Crawford graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 2004 with a Masters of Science in OT and then again in 2016 with a Masters of Clinical Science in Driving Rehabilitation Therapy. She works at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital on the Provincial Rehabilitation Unit and is the supervisor of OT. Some of her life passions and hobbies include: her family, travelling, teaching fitness, archery and camping.
Marilee Miller graduated from The University of Western Ontario in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy and completed a Master of Health Studies through Athabasca University in 2013. She has worked as an occupational therapist in the United States and Canada and currently works as an occupational therapist for the Prince Edward Island Home Care Program. Marilee is currently the CAOT Board Director for PEI and in her spare time she enjoys spending time with family, travelling, teaching and practicing yoga, and running.
Colleen MacPherson has been an occupational therapist for 15 years and currently works in Home Care. Colleen is actively involved in the PEI Occupational Therapy Society and just recently finished her term as Chair of the PEI Registration Board. In her free time, Colleen enjoys gardening and caring for animals on her hobby farm.
Katie Verhulst graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 2009 with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy and has been practicing on Prince Edward Island since then. She is currently employed in an inpatient mental health setting. Katie is the spokesperson for the PEI OT Society and the secretary for the PEI OT Registration Board. Katie and her husband own a dairy farm in rural PEI and she enjoys being a new mom, gardening, travelling, and teaching group fitness classes.
Conference Scientific Program Committee
Conference Scientific Program Committee Chair: Mary Forhan PhD OT Reg (AB)
Mary is an assistant professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Alberta. Mary has over 25 years of clinical experience. She leads a program of research aimed at improving the quality of life and reducing the disability experienced by persons living with obesity.
Sharon Brintnell worked primarily with adults with mental illness but also individuals with neurological disorders. Educated as both a physical and occupational therapist, her interests have focused on the biopsychosocial perspective of a person’s everyday functioning.
Julie Brose is an Occupational Therapist with over 14 years of experience working across the continuum of care, including outpatient, hospital and home care settings. Alongside working on the palliative home care team, Julie also founded the in-home rehabilitation company Enable Health Ltd. and is doing a PhD in Occupational Therapy, researching occupational engagement in palliative care. She enjoys cooking, cycling and cross country skiing with her husband Jeff, a fellow occupational therapist.
Shu-Ping Chen is an occupational therapist who is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Alberta. Dr. Chen’s teaching and research focus on people with mental health issues, including two main themes: social inclusion for individuals with mental illnesses and mental health promotion. She has expertise in research related to stigma reduction, recovery, and substance misuse.
Katie Churchill is the provincial Senior Practice Lead for Research and Role Optimization in Alberta Health Services. Katie is passionate about evidence-informed practice and is currently leading the rehabilitation research strategy for allied health in Alberta Health Services. Katie holds an academic appointment in Clinical Neuroscience with the University of Calgary and one in Rehabilitation Medicine with the University of Alberta.
Kimberly Coutts is a Sessional Instructor for the University of Alberta (Calgary Centre) Department of Occupational Therapy. Kimberly's background as a clinician includes serving pediatric and adult populations in acute, rehabilitation and community settings.
Sandra Hobson is Professor Emerita in the School of Occupational Therapy at Western University, where she taught from 1991-2014. She also holds an Adjunct Faculty appointment at Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences, where she has done online course development and teaching in the field of workplace health and disability management. She is a life member of CAOT and currently serves on the board of the Canadian Society of Occupational Scientists.
Michele Moon works at the University of Alberta’s Department of Occupational Therapy as a sessional instructor. She is a consultant in program development and evaluation and has clinical experience in pain management and mental health.
Ben Mortenson is an assistant professor in the department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of British Columbia. He has been a CAOT conference reviewer (regular and occupational science streams) since 2002. He will be the scientific chair for the upcoming CAOT conferences in 2018 and 2019.
Susan Mulholland is the Coordinator of the University of Alberta MScOT satellite program in Calgary. When she's not working you'll find her playing in the mountains...hiking, skiing, climbing etc!
Elly Park, completed her PhD in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta in 2015 and she is currently a Post-Doctoral Fellow funded by the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA), NCE, as well as AGE-WELL, NCE. Her current research is looking at digital storytelling and people with dementia.
Shanon Phelan is an assistant professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Alberta. Her program of research focuses on understanding and improving participation, inclusion, and social justice for children with disabilities and their families. Shanon is also interested in disability studies, child culture, school-based practice, research ethics and professional ethics.
Mary Roduta Roberts is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Alberta. Mary's clinical experiences have been in acute geriatric psychiatry and in the community with Home Care. Her program of research is in professional and interprofessional education with a focus on student assessment and evaluation of practice competencies.
Cori Schmitz is the Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta. Her professional and research interests include fieldwork and clinical education, professionalism and therapeutic use of self in OT Practice, and inter-professional collaboration and teamwork.
Elizabeth (Liz) Taylor is the Associate Dean in Professional Programs & Teaching Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Aberta. Her currentresearch includes: Interprofessional competencies in health science programs, OT education and rural practice and Siblings of individuals with schizophrenia.
Katelyn Teske is an occupational therapist who graduated in 2014 from the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta. Katelyn had worked in both community and acute care settings before joining Dr. Forhan's team to deliver custom bariatric support garment clinics.
Catherine Vallée is an associate professor and the director of the occupational therapy program at Université Laval. Her work focus is on mental health services and interventions, psychosocial rehabilitation and the development of occupational science.
Catherine Vallée est professeure agrégée et directrice du programme d’ergothérapie à l’Université Laval. Elle s’intéresse plus particulièrement à aux services de santé mentale, à la réadaptation psychosociale ainsi qu’au développement de la science de l’occupation.
Karin Werther is a Clinical Instructor at the University of Alberta in the Department of Occupational Therapy. She completed her Masters of Rehabilitation Science (MRSc) from the University of British Columbia in 2013 and graduated with a Bachelors of Occupational Therapy from the Hogeschool Heerlen, the Netherlands in 1997. Her area of interest is in neurosciences, (interprofessional) education and learning.