Dr. Murphy is a Registered Nurse and Nurse Specialized in Wound, Ostomy & Continence (NSWOC) with Canadian Nurses’ Association certification. Chris studied Tissue Viability with Professional Practice at undergraduate level, and also the Master of Clinical Science of Wound Healing degree from Western University. Her doctoral research investigated the assessment and treatment of lower extremity wounds in the vascular surgery population, with focus on ultrasound debridement and wound infection. The appearance of infection specific to the vascular population and associated protease activity were also explored. Professional activities include co- chair of the Communications Committee of the Canadian Society of Vascular Nurses, Associate Core Faculty Member and Course Examiner of the Master Clinical Science of Wound Healing graduate program at Western University, Panel Member of the 2013 RNAO Best Practice Guideline Update: Diabetic Foot Ulcers, Stakeholder of the current RNAO Best Practice Guideline Update: Pressure Ulcers. Christine is a frequent manuscript reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals and a speaker at national conferences.
Chris currently works at The Ottawa Hospital, with specialty in complex surgical and vascular surgery wounds. Her position incorporates care of patients in the pre and post- operative phase including ostomy surgeries, surgical and trauma wounds, and limb salvage management.
Additionally, Chris is an educator and mentor for health professionals interested in complex wound management.
Originally from Gloucester, England, Chris makes her home in Ottawa and is the proud mother of 3.
Nevart Hotakorzian obtained her bachelor degree in nursing at the University de Montreal in 1994 and began her career at the MUHC (formerly known as the Royal Victoria Hospital). She worked as a nurse in general surgery and vascular surgery for the first years of her career.
She became interested in advancing her studies to become a Nurse Specialized in Wound, Ostomy & Continence and graduated in 2004 from the Canadian Academy of Enterostomal Therapy (Wound, Ostomy & Continence Institute).
She currently holds a position as a Nurse Specialized in Wound, Ostomy & Continence in wound and ostomy consultations for the Jewish General Hospital at the CIUSSS West-Central-of-Montreal. She has also been the Regional Director for Quebec with Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy & Continence Canada from 2015 to 2018 and is active with the Hollister Wound Advisory Board for Quebec since 2016.
She recently completed the Leadership Program for Enterostomal Therapy Nursing Excellence from CAET in 2016. Through preceptorships for the Wound, Ostomy & Continence Institute, Nevart continues to support NSWOCC development. As nursing continues to advance, Nevart is part of the first group of nurses who obtained their right to prescribe in Quebec through RAMQ.
Corey Heerschap is the Clinical Nurse Specialist for Wound and Ostomy at the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre in Barrie, Ontario. Corey has been working in the wound care field since he graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Laurentian University in 2012. Starting as a community health nurse he worked as a Wound Care Resource Nurse, supporting and educating his peers in implementing evidence based practice. Corey completed his Master of Science in Community Health specializing in Wound Prevention and Care and the International Interdisciplinary Wound Care Course from the University of Toronto in 2015. He has also completed the CAET Enterostomal Therapy Nurse Education Program (WOC Institute WOC-EP) and is a certified Nurse Specialized in Wound, Ostomy & Continence through the Canadian Nurses Association. He completed the second cohort of the NSWOCC Building Leadership for Enterostomal Therapy Nursing Excellence Program. In his current role he works alongside the interdisciplinary team to ensure best practice wound care is being utilized throughout the health center through education, consultation, program creation and policy development. In addition to his work in the wound care field Corey has also taught in both the Registered Practical Nursing and Personal Support Worker Programs. He has also conducted and published research in the field of nursing education, with a focus on clinical education.
In her more than 30 year nursing career, Laureen’s passion has always been direct patient care. For the first 25 years after graduating with a diploma in nursing, she worked in a variety of clinical areas in acute care including surgery, pediatrics and ostomy/wound care. During this time she completed her BSN and Nurse Specialized in Wound, Ostomy & Continence Certificate. The 5 years she spent as the NSWOC at a tertiary acute care hospital was a career highlight and sparked a passion for pressure injury prevention and staff education. Laureen went on to complete her Masters in Nursing from UBC in 2014. Since leaving acute care and the bedside, she has worked in a variety of educator, management and leadership roles and is currently the Clinical Nurse Specialist for Skin and Wound Care in Interior Health. In her current role, she is responsible for promoting evidence-informed and standardized skin and wound care practices across the health authority.
Laureen is an active member of a number of regional and provincial committees including the Provincial Nursing Skin and Wound Committee, and is the chair of the Skin & Wound Value Analysis Team and IH Regional Wound, Ostomy and Continence Working Group. She has been active with NSWOCC for a number of years and was the Regional Director for BC & Yukon from 2008 to 2011. She is currently involved in the working group revising the NSWOCC Best Practice Recommendations for Enterocutaneous Fistula.
Laureen and Peter, her husband of over 30 years, are the proud parents of 3 adult children and grandparents to 4 furry granddogs. Her spare time is spent traveling (Europe is a favourite) and enjoying all that the Okanagan Valley has to offer including wine and outdoor activities.
Catherine has served as the Executive Director for Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy & Continence Canada (NSWOCC) for the past 12 years and was also the first Executive Director for the Operating Room Nurses Association of Canada (ORNAC) for 5 years.
Past experience includes serving as the Director of Global Strategic Marketing, Wound Care Core Business for ConvaTec division of Bristol-Myers Squibb in Skillman, New Jersey and Business Unit Manager for Wound and Skin Care based in Montreal Quebec prior to that. As an International Healthcare Consultant, she facilitated strategic business planning for the Board of Directors of the World Council of Enterostomal Therapists (WCET) in Hong Kong, Ostomy Canada Society and the International Skin Tears Panel (ISTAP).
A Registered Nurse with a neurosurgical ICU clinical background, she completed the International Interdisciplinary Wound Care Course (IIWCC) at the University of Toronto, studied post graduate business and completed a post graduate program in Not for Profit Board Governance at the Telfer School of Business University of Ottawa and Rottman School of Business, University of Toronto.
NSWOCC Regional Directors
Marcia Leard is a native of Prince Edward Island and has been the NSWOC at the Prince County Hospital in Summerside, PE since 2003. She graduated from the A J McMaster School of Nursing in Moncton NB in 1989 and completed her Bachelors Degree in Nursing Science at Brandon University in 1995. Marcia has experienced a diverse career including positions in emergency, obstetrics, med- surg, peds and nursing station relief in northwestern Ontario, but was thrilled to return home in 2001 and work in her home town.
Rose has a career in nursing which spans more than 20 years in a variety of nursing positions including staff nurse, educator, supervisor, faculty, researcher, special project coordinator and Clinical Nurse Specialist in Canada and Israel. In addition, she has completed certification in Personal Health 360 degrees training. Currently she is applying her passion for helping people to obtain and maintain optimal level of health as a Wound Care Nurse Practitioner at Scarborough and Rouge Hospital, a community hospital in Toronto. She also mentors and teaches students and holds an Adjunct Lecturer position at Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto as well as is a Sessional Faculty School of Community & Health Studies at Centennial College in Toronto. With proficiency in three languages, she participated in and led extensive research studies which allowed her to become a national and international speaker on a variety of ostomy and wound related topics, and publish some of her work.
She was born in Russia and immigrated to Israel when was 16. There she received her Bachelor in Nursing from Tel-Aviv University and M. Med. Sc. from Hebrew University researching telomeres in yeasts. She received her Enterostomal Therapy Certification from the CAET Nursing Education Program (WOC Institute WOC-EP) and M.Sc.N PHNP from York University in Toronto.
Rose has 3 kids and enjoys family time. She spends two weeks a year at Olympia sport camp as a nurse where she appreciates supporting kids and adolescents in developing healthy habits.
Since NSWOCs are known for their passion to help people and to improve their quality of life she wants to help our professional organization grow.
NSWOCC Core Program Leaders
Karen is currently in a full time Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) position at the Sturgeon Community Hospital in St. Alberta, Alberta. In this position she provides recommendations and education to patients and staff for the management of wounds, edema and ostomy. Karen also co-chairs the Alberta Provincial Wound Care Guides Revisions. Karen is a board member for the national Wound Care Alliance group. Prior to her current position Karen was in an CNS -ET position, position in the Home Living Program – Home Care in Edmonton, Alberta.
Before becoming an Enterostomal Therapy consultant Karen had seven years’ experience working as a registered nurse in community care in Edmonton and four years as a palliative nurse at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She has also been a CPR instructor since 2006. Karen received her degree in nursing from the University of Alberta. After finding a passion for wound care she completed the ET program with the Canadian Association of Enterostomal Therapy program. She is now a certified NSWOC – WOCC(C). Karen completed her Masters of Clinical Science – Wound Healing program at the University of Western Ontario. Karen was the NSWOCC Regional Director for Prairies/NWT and Nunavut for two terms (four years). She is currently in the Core program leader role in Research and Practice for the NSWOCC association.
Laura Robbs is a Continence Clinical Nurse Specialist at Trillium Health Partners in Ontario, Canada. As a member of the Seniors’ Health Team in an acute care hospital, she works with both ambulatory and in-patients experiencing urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence and constipation. Laura also led a recent expansion of the continence program opening four new continence clinics and home visiting for continence issues across the region. Laura has helped develop and implement hospital wide protocols related to bowel and bladder that have been effective in changing and improving nursing practice. Laura is currently the Core Program Leader for Professional Development and Practice for the NSWOCC Board and is involved as an Academic Advisor in the Wound, Ostomy & Continence Institute Wound, Ostomy & Continence Education Proragm (WOC-EP) Continence Program. Laura has completed a Master of Nursing degree and has achieved both the Nurse Specialized in Wound, Ostomy & Continence (Enterostomal Therapy Nursing) and Nurse Continence Advisor certification.
Wound, Ostomy & Continence Institute
Lina graduated from Western University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing in 1987. She completed her Enterostomal Therapy Nursing education through the CAET ETNEP (WOC Institute WOC-EP) in 1999 and her Master of Science in Nursing (thesis-based) program from Western University in 2006.
She works at the London Health Sciences Centre, currently in the role of Advanced Practice Nurse, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Certified Nurse Specialized in Wound, Ostomy & Continence where she is consulted on acute, chronic, surgical, and malignant wounds, as well as ostomy care, both in the inpatient setting as well as in the NSWOC outpatient clinic. Lina has cross-appointments to Western University both in the School of Nursing and the School of Physical Therapy, Master of Clinical Science in Wound Healing. Lina was a co-investigator in research evaluating the Malignant Wound Assessment Tool and was one of the principal investigators in a multi-national study evaluating quality of life and peristomal skin conditions. She has presented at multiple local, national, and international venues on various topics within the ostomy and wound specialties. Lina has been a member of the NSWOCC, formerly in the executive position of Secretary, as well as on the NSWOCC/JWOCN Editorial Board since its inception in 2011. She became the second NSWOCC Canadian Features Editor in 2015. Along with her Core Program Editorial Board members, Lina continues to encourage and support Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy & Continence authorship of Feature Section articles, manuscripts and presentations. Some of Lina’s most recent co-authored publications include “Differences in ostomy pouch leakage occurrences between North American and European residents” (JWOCN, 2017, 44:2) and “Peristomal skin complications are common, expensive, and difficult to manage: a population based cost modeling study” (PLoS One, 2012, 7:5)
Kimberly LeBlanc is an Advanced Practice and Certified Nurse Specialized in Wound, Ostomy & Continence working with KDS Professional Consulting. She has completed a PhD in Nursing from Queens University. Kimberly is an Adjunct Professor with the University of Western Ontario Masters in Wound Care Program and a visiting lecturer at the McGill University School of Nursing and University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine.
Kimberly is the past president of the International Skin Tear Advisory Panel and Chair of the NSWOCC Wound, Ostomy & Continence Institute. She is an international expert reviewer for the Joanna Briggs Institute in Australia and a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Advances in Skin and Wound Care. Kimberly has lectured nationally and internationally on wound and ostomy care and is considered an expert on wounds in the aging population. She has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and 3 book chapters. Kimberly’s current area of research interest is skin health in the frail elderly. In 2016 Kimberly was a World Union of Wound Healing Societies Educational Award of Excellence finalist and was awarded the Registered Nurses of Ontario Leadership Award in Nursing Education (Academic), and the prestigious Canadian Nurses Association Order of Merit for Nursing Education.
Mary is a Certified Nurse Specialized in Wound, Ostomy & Continence working as a Care Manager for Integrated Home Care for Alberta Health Services in Calgary Alberta where she manages the skin and wound services in community care.
Mary has extensive experience in the areas of ostomy, wound and continence care in acute and community settings. She received her diploma in Nursing from Foothills Hospital, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) from the University of Alberta and Master’s in Nursing (MN) from the University of Calgary. Mary completed her Enterostomal Therapy Nurse education program through Albany, NY. Mary participates on various committees and in the development of education and guidelines related to skin integrity and wound management. Mary has participated on the expert panels and presented at conferences both nationally and internationally.
Mary has held many leadership roles with Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy & Continence Canada (NSWOCC), including Professional Practice Group Coordinator, past president and is currently the Program Lead for the National Conference Planning Core Program.
Membership Coordinator & Nominations Chair
Troy graduated from Carleton University with a Bachelors of Humanities (Honours) where he developed a rich awareness of the complexity of human experience and obtained the ability to synthesize elaborate texts to produce concise and valuable content.
Troy’s experience is heavily tied to the not-for-profit sector with an emphasis on digital marketing and strategic planning. As the Co-Director and Marketing Lead for an Entrepreneurship Incubator in Ottawa, he worked with student startups to help them determine their value proposition, create a defensive business model, and especially help them.
Troy supports NSWOCC as Membership and Communications Manager through his previous experience with organizations like the Orléans Chamber of Commerce where he managed a membership of over 200 as the main liaison between members and the organization, and Wheelchair Basketball Canada as a member of a Communications team where he developed a keen ability to produce polished communications material like infographics, media releases, newsletters, videos, and more.
Jillian qualified as an RN in the UK in 1996 and went on to obtain a Bachelor of Science with honours in professional practice, becoming an Enterostomal Therapy Nurse (ET) in 2002.
In 2003 Jillian moved to Canada and completed the International Interdisciplinary Wound Care Course (IIWCC) through the University of Toronto. Since joining SE Health as a community ET in 2005 Jillian has published articles in peer-reviewed journals, obtained certification through the CNA, and completed the Masters of Clinical Science in Wound Healing program through the University of Western Ontario. Jillian has held various voluntary positions with Nurses Specialized in Wound Ostomy & Continence Canada, including Regional Director for Ontario, and currently nominations chair.
Jillian is currently in the position of Advanced Practice Leader for Wound Ostomy & Continence with SE Health.