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)