Setting the PACE: ‘Priorities for Achieving Clinical Excellence’

An NP-led Interprofessional Conference

Friday, September 15, 2017

The Nurse Practitioner Association of Canada (NPAC AIIPC) represents nurse practitioners (NPs) nationally. The North East Nurse Practitioner Network is a new network for NPs practicing in a variety of practice settings in the north. Their members are a voice for NPs in this region and provide opportunities for learning and connecting with peers and interprofessional colleagues. NPAC AIIPC and the North East Nurse Practitioner Network are working together to offer an NP-led interprofessional conference on Friday, September 15, 2017. The conference includes topics of interest to physicians, registered nurses, midwives, social workers, dieticians and more. Mainpro accreditation for some presentations.



NE LHIN: Overview of Patients First…and the work of aligning primary care with home and community care

Dr. Paul Preston

Dr. Preston has practiced in Northeastern Ontario for more than 30 years in a variety of roles – hospital ED doctor, Chief of Primary Care at North Bay Regional Health Centre, family physician at the Blue Sky Family Health Team, and medical director in long-term care working with the frail elderly. After serving three years as the North East LHIN’s Primary Care Lead on a part-time basis, the NE LHIN is pleased to welcome him on board as the province’s first full-time Vice President, Clinical for the renewed LHIN.

North East LHIN Patients First and Primary Care

Application of a Chronic Pain Pathway in Primary Healthcare

Panel presented by the Sudbury District Nurse Practitioner Clinics

Catherine Cervin

Dr. Catherine (Cathy) Cervin has been at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine in the position of Associate Dean Postgraduate Education, since September 2011. She is a family physician who grew up in southern Ontario, went to medical school at the University of Toronto, finished her family medicine residency at Dalhousie and then practiced full scope family medicine in Northern Ontario (Timmins and Sault Ste. Marie) for seven years before embarking on an academic career in the Department of Family Medicine at Dalhousie. While at Dalhousie, Dr. Cervin took on a number of roles – Hospital Chief of Family Medicine Department, Residency Program Director and Interim Department Head of Dalhousie Family Medicine.

Professional interests include social accountability, educating for comprehensive primary care, curriculum development, learning portfolios, communication skills and cultural competency.

Bev Castonguay

Bev is a Registered Social Worker who has worked in the primary care setting for six years. She maintains a varied interest in mental health and an ongoing interest in exploring the links between the brain, mental health, and pain. She has played an integral role in the development of the Chronic Pain Pathway and continues to shape the pathway’s future.

Jana Carter NP-PHC IBCLC

Jana has been with SDNPC since 2009. She enjoys the opportunity to explore varied interests in primary care. Pain management is climbing its way up the list given the many co-morbidities and potential impact on quality of life.

Arro Barry

Arro is a Registered Nurse that has always had a hand in primary care (and when she didn’t, she missed it). She has have been working in the role of program coordinator at the Sudbury District Nurse Practitioner Clinics since 2010 and has had the opportunity to develop practices and opportunities for patients within the clinic. The Chronic Pain Pathway was just such an endeavour and one she is excited to share today.

SDNPC- Chronic Pain Pathway – NP Conference 2017

Deprescribing – needs assessment and clinical considerations

Laura Hill

Laura attended McMaster University for her BScN, York University for her MScN and University of Toronto for her Post Master’s NP-Adult courses.  She has worked in a variety of settings, including outpost work, the local Emergency Room as an NP and currently working at the Short Term Assessment and Treatment (STAT) program of Health Sciences North which is a geriatric outpatient clinic that aims to maintain patients over the age of 65 safely in their own homes.  Laura also enjoys doing “research on the side” with some friends from Laurentian University and recently has been working on Advanced Care Planning with this group.  Laura is on the Executive for the SDNPLC board, the Chair of the Professional Council of Nurse Practitioners at Health Sciences North, and recently completed the Leadership Training Program for NICHE.  When she is not working, she and her husband are entertaining a hilarious toddler named Charlotte and would prefer to live at the lake, but settles for all weekends being spent there with her family and pack of dogs

Lucio Fabris, B.Sc.Phm., CAE

Pharmacist/Owner, Med-I-Well Services

Lucio Fabris is the president and owner of Med-I-Well Services. He is a pharmacist licensed with the Ontario College of Pharmacists for 36 years and a Certified Asthma Educator. He has also received specialized training in anticoagulation management.

Lucio’s background in pharmacy and comprehensive knowledge of the health care system has been an essential component of Med-I-Well Services’ success since its launch in 1998. Lucio has experience in community and hospital pharmacy and home care services. He also has extensive experience researching best treatment options for a variety of medical conditions and teaching health care providers how to apply information from medical studies to the care of their patients.

Lucio has worked extensively with older adults through his work with retirees at various companies, his long term care experience and retirement home experience. He has worked for many years in palliative care and has helped many patients deal with chronic pain. Lucio has worked on many research projects involving Older adults and determining optimum programs for safe and wise use of medications.

Med-I-Well Services has initiated a very innovative Medication and Wellness program for private companies which has helped improve the health and well-being of the employees, retirees and their families.

Lucio and his team at Med-I-Well Services provide pharmacy services to City of Lakes Family Health team and the Sudbury and District Nurse Practitioner Clinics.

Through his work with Med-I-Well Services, Lucio has been recognized nationally by the Canadian Pharmacists Association for outstanding innovation and commitment in pharmacy practice.


What’s New for Optimizing COPD Care in 2017?


Charles K.N. Chan M.D., FRCPC, FCCP, FACP

Dr. Charles Chan received his M.D. from the University of Toronto, Canada. He completed his Internal Medicine & Pulmonary Medicine training at the University of Toronto, Canada & Yale University in the USA. Dr. Chan was a Visiting Scholar at the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program.

Dr. Chan is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto (U of T). His current hospital leadership role is Executive Vice-President responsible for Clinical Programs, Quality & Safety. Dr. Chan’s current university leadership role is Vice-Chair of the Department of Medicine, responsible for Clinical Faculty Affairs & Finances at U of T.

Dr. Chan is the past-President of the Ontario Thoracic Society. He was an examiner for the adult Respirology examining board of Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada. Dr. Chan also serves on several CPSO committees related to physician practices, and served as Chair of the Provincial Physicians Leadership Council of the Ontario Hospital Association and co-chair of the Physicians Hospital Issues Committee of the Ontario Hospital association & Ontario Medical Association.

Dr. Chan has served or chaired numerous regional / provincial / government, national and international consensus guidelines groups or expert panels for treatment guidelines for respiratory conditions. Dr. Chan has also served as board members for several non-profit foundations including Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation and the Toronto General & Western Hospitals Foundation.

AIR Program with Video

Brief Intervention Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in Primary Healthcare

Stacey Roles RN, MScN

Stacey Roles is an Academy of Cognitive Therapy (ACT) Certified Trainer Consultant and Certified Cognitive Therapist and is also credentialed with the Canadian Association of Cognitive Behavioural Therapies. She is an Advanced Practice Nurse, an Adjunct professor at Laurentian University with the School of Nursing, and is Psychotherapy Faculty in the Psychiatry Program at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM). Stacey also maintains a private practice.

Peter Pagnutti, RN

Peter Pagnutti is a Registered Nurse/Case Manager and is a certified Cognitive Therapist with the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. Peter has been working in the mental health field for over 20 years. He has experience working with clients who suffer from severe mental illness in both hospital and community settings and maintains a private practice.

The ADHD Journey

Angelina Wiwczor

Angelina Wiwczor is a Nurse Practitioner with 16 years of extensive pediatric nursing experience in both the hospital and community setting. Having a special interest and passion with children’s health, Angelina went on to further her education becoming a Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner in 2009 and a Certified Asthma Educator in 2011. She is faculty for the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. She continues to work with the pediatric population in a variety of outpatient clinics that include; the ADHD clinic, the BALANCE Program with a focus on pediatric obesity treatment, the Pediatric Asthma Education Clinic and the Gender Transition Clinic at the Northeastern Ontario Health Centre for Kids at Health Sciences North.

The ADHD Journey

 Myofascial Pain Assessment and Alternative Treatment Options

Jenine Saunders

Jenine Saunders is a Somatic Therapist with an undergraduate degree in Physiotherapy. She also holds certifications as an advanced MELT Practitioner, and STOTT Pilates Rehabilitation Specialist and is the founder and director of Pilates Pro Rehabiliation & Conditioning Centre which offers therapy and conditioning classes to improve functional movement patterns and reduce pain that has become chronic from years of repetitive movement or trauma. Jenine has created a unique sanctuary that fuses neuromuscular facilitation of the Pilates method with the neurofascial science of the MELT Method.

Fascia One

Fascia Two

Choosing Wisely Canada – Towards the National Nurse Practitioner List

Jennifer Fournier NP-PHC, B.A., MHS, PhD (c)

Jennifer has served as the national Co-Chair for the Choosing Wisely Canada Nurse Practitioner campaign. She is a primary healthcare nurse practitioner who is completing her PhD in the Rural and Northern Health Research Program at Laurentian University. Jennifer teaches in the School of Nursing at Laurentian University and has clinical experience in a variety of models of care including both urban and rural settings. Research interests include nurse practitioner job satisfaction, retention, career trajectories and quality and efficiency in primary healthcare.

NPAC Choosing Wisely Presentation







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