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Members of the NSCIBD Team

Dr. Jennifer Jones, MD, MSc, FRCPC (IBD)

Dr. Jennifer Jones, MD, MSc, FRCPC (IBD)

 

Bio

Dr. Jennifer Jones, MD

Dr. Jennifer Jones, MD is an Associate Professor of medicine at Dalhousie University and Team Lead of the Nova Scotia Collaborative Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (NSCIBD) program at the QE II Health Sciences Center in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Dr. Jones Completed her core gastroenterology training at Dalhousie University in 2004 and went on to do a clinical and research fellowship in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases at Mayo Clinic Rochester in 2004 and 2005 under the mentorship of Drs. William Sandborn and Edward Loftus. From there she completed her MSc in Epidemiology while working in the IBD program at the University of Calgary, Calgary AB. Between 2008 and 2014 Dr. Jones started as an Assistant Professor of medicine developing the first provincial IBD program at the Royal University Hospital (University of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Health Region). In 2014 Dr. Jones returned to Halifax to take on her new role in the NSCIBD program. Her clinical and research passions relate to quality improvements through collaborative care initiatives and patient centered program development, care access, nutritional intervention, and use of population-based data to evaluate IBD outcomes.

Dr. Sunil Patel, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Sunil Patel, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Stacey Williams, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Stacey Williams, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Ian Epstein, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Ian Epstein, MD, FRCPC

 

Bio

Dr. Ian Epstein, MD

Dr. Ian Epstein is a graduate of Dalhousie Medical School, 2004. He completed Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology training at Dalhousie and has been in practice here since 2009. Clinical interests include IBD and functional bowel disorders. He has an active clinical practice with a large focus on IBD and endoscopy. Academic interests include medical education and endoscopy. He is currently serving as the Program Director for Dalhousie’s Internal Medicine Residency training program.

Dr. Steven Gruchy, MD, MSc, FRCPC (therapeutic endoscopy)

Dr. Steven Gruchy, MD, MSc, FRCPC (therapeutic endoscopy)

Dr. Wendy Winsor, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Wendy Winsor, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Dana Farina, MD, FRCPC (therapeutic endoscopy)

Dr. Dana Farina, MD, FRCPC (therapeutic endoscopy)

Dr. Des Leddin, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Des Leddin, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Geoff Williams, MD, FRCPC (therapeutic endoscopy & EUS)

Dr. Geoff Williams, MD, FRCPC (therapeutic endoscopy & EUS)

Dr. Geoffrey Turnbull, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Geoffrey Turnbull, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Chad Williams, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Chad Williams, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Jaclyn Flemming, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Jaclyn Flemming, MD, FRCPC

Dr, Johan Van Limbergen, MD, PhD, FRCPC

Dr, Johan Van Limbergen, MD, PhD, FRCPC

Dr. Anthony Otley, MD, MSc, FRCPC

Dr. Anthony Otley, MD, MSc, FRCPC

Nurse Practitioners

Barbara Currie, IBD NP

Barbara Currie, IBD NP

Kelly Phalen-Kelly, IBD NP

Kelly Phalen-Kelly, IBD NP

Nurses

Jessica Robar, RN IBD Nurse Navigator

Jessica Robar, RN IBD Nurse Navigator

Allied Health Professionals

Ashley Stordy, Registered Dietician

Ashley Stordy, Registered Dietician

Cathy Doyle, Registered Dietician

Cathy Doyle, Registered Dietician

Dr. Michael Vallis, PhD, R Psych

Dr. Michael Vallis, PhD, R Psych

 

Bio

Dr. Michael Vallis, PhD, R Psych

Dr. Vallis is a registered health psychologist practicing at the Capital Health, Halifax, and cross-appointed to Dalhousie University as Associate Professor in Family Medicine and Psychiatry and Adjunct Professor in Psychology and Health and Human Performance. He obtained his Ph.D. and M.A from the University of Western Ontario, London, and his B. Sc. From Dalhousie University. His main area of expertise is adult health psychology, with an emphasis on diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular risk and gastroenterology. He has developed the Behaviour Change Institute, a training program for lifestyle counselling skills for physicians, nurses, dietitians and other healthcare providers. He regularly supervises clinical and academic students at Dalhousie and is active in research on motivation, behavioural change and adaptation to chronic disease. He is an Associate Editor of the Canadian Journal of Diabetes and Clinical Obesity, is the Canadian Lead for the Diabetes Attitudes, Wishes and Needs 2 study (DAWN2), is the Canadian Co-Lead and on the International Steering Committee of the IBD Connect project. He was recently awarded a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Government of Canada on the recommendation of the Canadian Diabetes Association.

Jason Kennedy, Pharmacist (BioScript)

Jason Kennedy, Pharmacist (BioScript)

Carly Nichols, Registered Dietician

Carly Nichols, Registered Dietician

Lindsay Boisvenue, Registered Dietician

Lindsay Boisvenue, Registered Dietician

Consulting Physicians

Dr. Marie Laryea, MD FRCPC(Hepatology)

Dr. Marie Laryea, MD FRCPC
(Hepatology)

Dr. Christopher Kenyon, MD, FRCPC(colorectal surgery)

Dr. Christopher Kenyon, MD, FRCPC
(colorectal surgery)

Dr. Paul Johnson, MD, FRCPC(colorectal surgery)

Dr. Paul Johnson, MD, FRCPC
(colorectal surgery)

Dr. Katerina Neumann, MD(colorectal surgery)

Dr. Katerina Neumann, MD
(colorectal surgery)

Dr. Shelly McNeil, MD, MSc, FRCPC(Infectious diseases)

Dr. Shelly McNeil, MD, MSc, FRCPC
(Infectious diseases)

Research

Phyllis Durning, RN

Phyllis Durning, RN

Shari Smith

Shari Smith

Courtney Heisler, MSc

Courtney Heisler, MSc

 

Bio

Courtney Heisler, MSc

Courtney Heisler, MSc. is a Research Associate with the Nova Scotia Collaborative IBD Program. With a background in epidemiology, her interests focus on translating clinical research into direct health outcomes for patients by recognizing multiple factors that influence health outcomes through collaboration clinical science, population health, and health services.

Julia Morrison, BSc

Julia Morrison, BSc

 

Bio

Julia Morrison, BSc

Julia Morrison obtained her Bachelor of Science degree with a Double Major in Microbiology and Music from Dalhousie in 2017. After working in the QEII Health Sciences Centre as a Gastroenterology Summer Research Student for two years, she is now working with the NSCIBD as a Research Assistant, working on both investigator-driven projects and clinical trials.

Leah Cahill, RD/PDt, PhD

Leah Cahill, RD/PDt, PhD

 

Bio

Leah Cahill, RD/PDt, PhD

Leah Cahill, RD/PDt Phd is the Howard Webster Department of Medicine Research Chair, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, with a cross-appointment to the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology. She is also an Affiliated Scientist with the Nova Scotia Health Authority and a Visiting Scientist at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. She is a licensed and registered dietitian.

Her research interests include dietary and genetic origins of cardiometabolic disease (cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes) and immune-mediated disease (inflammatory bowel disease, leukemia), nutritional sciences and dietetics (in-patient, out-patient, and public health), and patient-centered research. Her work aims to identify the optimal eating practices and the biological pathways, proteins, and microbiota that are important for the prevention and treatment of cardiometabolic and immune-mediated disease, researching at both the patient and population levels.

Olga Kits, Qualitative Methodologist

Olga Kits, Qualitative Methodologist

Slava Khovratovich, MSc

Slava Khovratovich, MSc

 

Bio

Slava Khovratovich, MSc

Slava obtained his MSc in biomedical sciences from Russian State Medical University. After working in Europe (4 completed vision research projects with Belarus National Academy of Science and 5 completed clinical trials with pharmaceutical products of the Schering-Plough company) he moved to Ontario, where he coordinated oncology survey with the Princes Margaret Hospital and Cancer Care Ontario. Slava is currently working as a research assistant with NSCIBD on the SPOR-IMAGINE study (Inflammation, Microbiome, and Alimentation: Gastro-Intestinal and Neuropsychiatric Effects: the IMAGINE-SPOR chronic disease network). As a research assistant, Slava is involved in patient recruitment, collecting samples, reporting data, and communicating with other study sites.

Administrative Team Leads

Patricia WymanAdministrative Team Lead

Patricia Wyman
Administrative Team Lead

Gina Goris-SlaunwhiteClinical Team Lead

Gina Goris-Slaunwhite
Clinical Team Lead

Rachel Tucker

Rachel Tucker

Where to find us

9th Floor Victoria Building
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3H 2Y5

Telephone: 902-473-6456
Fax: 902-473-4406