2020-2021 – Department of Physical Therapy Exceptional Achievement and Recognition Awards
The Department of Physical Therapy community lost two long-time members recently.
Joan Pape graduated as a PT in 1949 and was a U of T Arbor Award Winner in 2014. She was president of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association from 1966 to 1968 and assistant executive director from 1973 to 1988.
Joan Mesley headed physiotherapy departments at Workmen’s Compensation and Toronto Rehab, among many other roles.
Exceptional Achievement Recipients
Dean Lising – Professional Development
Dean Lising has led Professional Development (PD) with PTs/teams in roles such as Team-Based Practice/Education Lead, Director, BOOST! Team-Based Care (Centre for Interprofessional Education (CIPE), University of Toronto (UT)), IPE Scholar-in-Residence (Centennial College), Manager Academic Affairs (St. Michael’s Hospital), Professional Practice Leader, Centre Coordinator of Clinical Education and practicing PT (William Osler Health System). He is also faculty in PD programs: PT Practice within the Canadian Health Care Context Course (UT), VITAL Virtual Teaching (CIPE), Quality Improvement Foundations (IDEAS Ontario), and Teaching and Learning for Collaboration (Centre for Faculty Development) and holds a status lecturer appointment at the Department of Physical Therapy. He has produced publications in QI, team dynamics, team resilience and covid-19 innovations.
Lakshmi Matmari – Professional Development
Lakshmi is an internationally educated Physiotherapist and Clinical Education leader at UHN and Faculty in the OIEPB Program. As a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality, Lakshmi is passionate about Quality Improvement and enjoys finding ways to improve care. Over the last decade, she has taken on a variety of leadership roles that have shaped practice and education. This has included exciting projects such as program-level implementation of length of stay targets and creating a new physiotherapy role in the Interventional Pain Clinic. Lakshmi is currently exploring writing about the impact of culture and relationships on lateral leadership roles.
Leslie Soever – Practitioner
Leslie Soever received her physiotherapy degree from the University of Toronto in 1984, and MSc from The Institute of Medical Science and Collaborative Program in Bioethics, at the University of Toronto in 2002. In 2008, Leslie completed the Advanced Clinician Practitioner in Arthritis Care (ACPAC) Program and in 2018-19 was the inaugural fellow at Toronto Western Hospital Interprofessional Arthritis Care Fellowship. Leslie is a Clinical Lecturer in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto. She has worked in various roles including clinical, professional leadership, management, and research. Combining extended scope clinical and research skills is her passion, which she does currently at Toronto Western Hospital as a physiotherapist practitioner, in the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery. Leslie is also Associate Director of the ACPAC Program.
Sunita Mathur – Research
Sunita Mathur is physiotherapist and an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto. She directs the Muscle Function and Performance Lab, and conducts research on skeletal muscle dysfunction and sarcopenia in people with chronic disease. The main clinical populations include chronic lung disease (COPD, interstitial lung disease and cystic fibrosis), people undergoing lung transplantation, and people post-critical illness. She is also the co-founder and co-Chair of CAN-RESTORE, a national network dedicated to improving health of solid organ transplant recipients through exercise and physical activity.
Tricia Twogood – Education
Tricia holds a BScKin from the University of Calgary (2006), a MScPT from U of T (2009) and a MClSc from Western (2014). Most of her clinical career has been focused on orthopaedics and she is a fellow of the Canadian academy of manipulative physical therapists (FCAMPT). In 2013, she opened her own private practice where she continues to work today (MOVE Pain Care). Since 2016, Tricia has been an instructor in the MScPT program at U of T and is currently the academic lead for Unit 2 and the co-lead for Unit 1. She is also an instructor in the Advanced Integrated Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy program offered by the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.
Recognition Award Recipients
Individual Award Recipients
Anne Ayling Campos
Stephanie Dos Santos
Ali (Allison) Drynan
Harikrishnan Gopalakrishnan Nair
Dorothy Zammit Martaus
Ali (Allison) Drynan
Roxanne (Roxy) Azoory
Team Award Recipients
Ildiko Parniczky, Linda Sumiya
Giancarla Curto-Correia, Robyn Davies, Marie Eason-Klatt, Peter Dennis Garcellano, Grace Karam, Marieve Karman, Fang Lu, Malaika Mvungi, Mitsuko Takeuchi
Megan Au, Karen Bang, Brenda Elliott, Heather Kwok, Alan Le, Vanessa Pavani, Daniela Soares
Pat Gornicz, Elza Kertsman, Cathy Relf
Nicola Bell, Julia Filinski, Derek Glazier, Jeff Kestenberg, Samantha Lombardo, Irene Nicolakis, Jackie Panagakos, Brianna Reed, Dolly Singh, Veleka Thelwell
Lilibeth Pastolero, Mayra Serpa Tarazona
Sonia Bibershtein, Debbie Childerhose, Chandra Farrer, Harikrishnan Gopalakrishnan Nair, Gillian Grant, Mireille Landry, Tania Obljubek, Rebecca Shantz, Sharmilla Subramanian
Jeffrey Andrion, Lindsay Beavers, Alison Bonnyman, Lisa Caldana, Elisabeth Despres, Mae Kwan, Stephanie Lurch, Lakshmi Matmari, Erin Miller, Robin Prince, Martine Quesnel, Sharon Switzer-McIntyre, Alana Tintse
Rajni Batta, Preeti Dhende, Harsharn Gill, Pat Gornicz, Cathy Hare, Elza Kertsman, Kirsten Labaj, Anne Murray, Cathy Relf, Meera Wong
Martine Quesnel, Meredith Smith
Sonia Bibershtein, Debbie Childerhose, Celeste Corkery, Harikrishnan Gopalakrishnan Nair, Tania Obljubek
Anne Cho, Esther Chung, Vera Fung, Hina Khatri, Jean Yee
Rosemarie Gowland, Henriette Grootenboer, Aileen Ho, Hannah Ho, Samantha Hu, Tiffany Hung, Jessica Huynh, Gina Lam, Christina Simion
Stephanie Bahn, Daniela Bremner, Monica Czosniak-Stern, Robin Deliva, Blythe Owen, Sejal Patel-Modi, Emma Schoo, Arusha Sood
Stacey Burns-Hogan, Trinette Kaunds, Danielle Touseant, Vaiva Underys
Kyla Alsbury-Nealy, Kainat Bashir, Shawna Cronin, Kristina Kokorelias, Michelle Legasto, Tyler Saumur, Arrani Senthinathan
Kristin Musselman, Kara Patterson, Martine Quesnel
Michelle Duong, Sarah Gregor, Laura Hussey, Stephanie Lurch, Sofia Provad, Natalie Pusateri, Laura Tambosso, Queenie Wu