Assistant Professor, Status Only
Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
KITE – Toronto Rehab, UHN
I am an Occupational Therapist by training, and an Affiliate Scientist, KITE Research Institute. I have been a practicing occupational therapist since 2001 with areas of expertise in neuro-rehabilitation with a focus on stroke, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury and acquired brain Injury. I have been practicing advanced, evidence-based interventions to treat and manage spasticity, with an emphasis on restoring function and improving quality of life.
My current research and clinical practice focus on patient and family goal-based intervention using the ICF model. My research interest areas are neuromodulation (sEMG, NMES/FES) coupled with traditional rehabilitation modalities such as exercise, massed practice, splinting/serial casting after upper limb paralysis or nerve transplant in individuals with stroke or SCI.
During COVID-19, I have pivoted to providing assessment and treatment via telerehab to patients with spasticity at Toronto Rehab. I am an active member of the peripheral nerve transplant team and act as research therapist in the Upper Extremity NeuroRestorative and Innovations Lab at Lyndhurst Centre. Currently, I am analysing an international dataset to define the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on students and faculty members in different countries.
Rehabilitation Modalities (e.g.,sEMG, NMES/FES); Orthotics; Spacticity; Stroke; Upper Limb Function