Champlain Regional Stroke Network Steering Committee


Heidi Sveistrup - Chair, CRSN Steering Committee & Education Representative
Heidi Sveistrup, Full Professor in Rehabilitation Sciences, is at the University of Ottawa since 1993. She is interested in understanding how posture and balance control change in people of all ages and has completed studies of participants ranging from 3 months to 90 years old. Along with her students and collaborators, she addresses questions such as: a) how do children and adults maintain or regain their balance either when they expect to fall versus when they lose their balance unexpectedly; b) how effective are various balance retraining interventions such as Tai Chi and virtual reality with children and adults; c) how are assistive and mobility devices used; and d) what are effective resources for community falls reduction programs. Dr. Sveistrup holds peer-reviewed operating funds from NSERC, CIHR and other sources as well as a personnel development award from the MOHLTC, Ontario.
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Anne Mantha -  Co-Chair, CRSN Steering Committee & Bruyere Continuing Care Administrative Liaison  
Anne has been appointed the Interim Program Director, Care of the Elderly, Rehabilitation and Palliative Care at Bruyère Continuing Care. She is accountable for the overall leadership and management which include directing, planning, organizing, controlling and evaluating all activities in order to provide high quality services delivery and patient's safety. In 1980, Mrs. Mantha began her career as a nurse. Then, in 1987, she obtained her first managerial position as Nursing Coordinator. Subsequently, she held a number of health care leadership and administrative positions such as the following: Staffing Coordinator, Clinical Resource Nurse, Project Manager, Clinical Manager, Director of Scheduling and Nursing Resources at Bruyère Continuing Care. Mrs. Mantha brings a wealth of management and clinical knowledge and experience. She holds a Bachelor degree in Nursing Science (Université du Québec à Hull) and a Masters in Public administration (École nationale d'administration publique).
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Leah Bartlett, MSc - Champlain Local Health Integration Network Representative
Leah is a member of the Health System Planning team at the Champlain LHIN.  She graduated with a Master’s of Science in Community Health and Epidemiology from Dalhousie University and has an interest in health planning, population health and client experience.
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Dr. Grant Stotts - Medical Director, Champlain Regional Stroke Network
Dr. Stotts' background includes medical school training at the University of Calgary, neurology residency in Ottawa as well as fellowship training at The Cleveland Clinic.  After 6 years of working in a private general neurology practice, Dr. Stotts moved to the Ottawa Hospital in 2006 and has since developed a focus in stroke neurology.  He is the Founder and Past Director the Ottawa Stroke Research Group and since January, 2013 has been the Medical Director for the Champlain Regional Stroke Network.  He has clinical and research interests primarily in acute stroke and neurological management. 
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Christine Yang, MD, PhD, FRCPC - Rehabilitation Medical Director, Champlain Regional Stroke Network
Dr. Christine Yang is a specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She obtained her Bachelor of Medicine and Ph.D degree in Neuroscience in China, and received her Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation specialty training at The University of Saskatchewan in 2006.  Following that, she joined the Department of Medicine in the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Yang is the Medical Director of the Stroke Rehabilitation Program at the Elisabeth Bruyere Hospital. She is also specialized in spasticity management, is an electromyographer at The Ottawa Hospital, and a consultant physiatrist at the Queensway Carleton Hospital. Dr. Yang's stroke-related research interests include stroke rehabilitation efficiency, responsiveness of botulinum toxin and ultrasound guidance, neurogenesis post stroke, and outcomes of return to work and drive in young patients following stroke.
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Fred Beauchemin - Rehabilitation Network of Champlain Representative &  Regional Stroke Centre Admin Liason
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Mary Egan, BSc OT, MSc, PhD,  - Long Term Care Representative
Mary Egan is the Director of the PhD Program in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Ottawa and Scientist at the Bruyère Research Institute. She is currently Chair of the Community and Long-term Care Committee of the Champlain Regional Stroke Network. Her research interests include evidence-based practice in rehabilitation, the impact of engagement in personally valued activities on physical and emotional well-being, and coordination of care.
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Abe Schwartz - Stroke Survivor Representative
Born March 26, 1946. Raised in Montreal, B.A. from Sir George Williams University, 1968. MLS from McGill University, 1971. Worked at The National Library of Canada, Corrections Canada, Dept. of Foreign Affairs, CRTC and the Gloucester Public Library. Abe had a heamorragic stroke in 2000, a TIA in 2009 and an ischemic stroke in 2010. He became the Chairman of the Board of the newly formed Stroke Survivors Association of Ottawa in 2005 and has served in that capacity since then, except for a one year period between 2009 and 2010. Abe is also a member of the Seniors' Transportation Committee of The Council On Aging; the Citizen's Council on Drugs of the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long term Care; and, the Patient and Family Advisory Council of the Vascular Coalition.
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Krista Breithaupt, BA, MA, PhD - Patient and Family Advisory Committee Representative
Krista has a B.A. in developmental psychology from Carleton University, with an M.A and PhD. In Educational Measurement from the University of Ottawa.  She has 25 years experience in the management, coordination, and implementation of high-stakes assessments required for licensure and certification of professionals.
Krista retired in 2012 as Director of Research & Development, Medical Council of Canada. In that role, she created and managed a five-year strategic plan for research related to the modernization examinations required for the licensure of physicians in Canada.
Prior to this position, Krista spent ten years as Director of Psychometrics and Research for the American Institute of Certified Professional Accountants. Krista led the development and management of the computerized Uniform CPA examination. Krista has a research background spanning population health, epidemiology, nursing, psychology and education. Her expertise as a methodologist and statistician have also led to her appointment as Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa.
Throughout her career, Krista has been active in many  volunteer roles within her professional association, The National Council on Education and has chaired and participated in numerous committees. Krista has an extensive publication history in respected scientific journals. She has collaborates with an international network of experts in psychometrics. Krista has been an invited presenter at international conferences for Accounting, Education, Medicine and computerized testing.
After retirement, Krista continues to publish. She has also returned to hobbies of painting, swimming and hiking outdoors in the Ottawa area. Krista enjoys volunteering several days a week with Ottawa Volunteers in Education, where she teaches primary school students.
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Beth Brownlee - District Stroke Centre Administrative Liaison (Pembroke Regional Hospital)
Shelley Coleman - Glengarry District Memorial Hospital Admin Liaison
Michael Kroon - Cornwall Community Hospital Admin Liaison
Lianne Learmonth - Queensway Carleton Hospital Admin Liaison
Glenda Owens and Jeanne Bonnell- Champlain LHIN, Home and Community Care Representatives 
Denise Picard-Stencer - Hawkesbury and District General Hospital Administrative Liaison 
Suzanne Robichaud - Hôpital Montfort Admin Liaison

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Champlain Regional Stroke Network The Ottawa Hospital - Civic Campus Civic Parkdale Clinic, Main North 1053 Carling Avenue Ottawa, ON K1Y 4E9

Phone: 613-798-5555 x 16153
SPC Phone: 613-798-5555 x 16156