St. Joseph's Care Group - Chronic Pain Management Team, in partnership with The Ottawa Hopsital

Meet the hub:


Dr. Bryan MacLeod, MD, CCFP, FCFP  - Co-Chair & Executive Committee

SJCG, Thunder Bay, ON

Bryan MacLeod is the Pain Medicine Lead for St. Joseph's Care Group’s Chronic Pain Management Program. He cut his teeth as a rural family doc in Marathon, Ontario after graduating CCFP from the Northwestern Ontario family medicine program in 1998.  
Other interprofessional passions include: geriatrics, rheumatology and palliative care.  He is an active Associate professor at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, where he teaches their only 3 hour lecture on pain.
Research interests include Chronic Pain in the ER, chronic pain education, and The Indigenous Pain Reality, all @PainResearchNWO (twitter)
He is a father of and cab driver for three busy increasingly adult, teenagers.  His passions include: his family, Improv theatre, basketball, and of course medical education


Patricia_Pic.jpgDr. Patricia Poulin, PhD, C.Psych - Researcher & Operational Committee

TOH, Ottawa, ON

Dr. Patricia Poulin is a Clinical, Health, and Rehabilitation Psychologist at The Ottawa Hospital Pain Clinic and Associate Scientist at The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. She has been working in the area of chronic pain management since 2012. She has particular interest in the use of mindfulness-based interventions for pain, as well as in the evaluation of innovative programs for people who live with chronic pain. Dr. Poulin is one of the principal investigator on the Chronic Pain Network (CIHR Strategy for Patient Oriented Research Network in Chronic Diseases). She loves to swim and garden with her toddler and has a blended family of rescued cats with her husband.



McDonaldJennifer.jpgDr. Jennifer McDonald, MD, FRCPC, CSCN Diplomate (EMG)

TOH, Ottawa, ON
Dr. Jennifer McDonald is appointed to the Department of Medicine in the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and cross-appointed to the Department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine. She is a Lecturer at the University of Ottawa and a Clinician Teacher. Dr. McDonald graduated from McGill University (2007) with a B. Sc (Hon) in Microbiology and Immunology. After obtaining her M.D. from the University of Toronto (2011), she completed her residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Ottawa (2016). With a special interest in musculoskeletal and neuropathic pain, Dr. McDonald pursued additional fellowship training in Pain Medicine at the University of Toronto, Department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (2017). She also passed the American Society in Regional Anesthesia (ASRA) Pain and Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Certificate Exam (2017). Dr. McDonald’s clinical interests include complex musculoskeletal medicine, sport medicine, electrophysiology and comprehensive pain management, including interventional procedures. Her academic interests include developing and formalizing an interventional musculoskeletal pain curriculum to include ultrasound-guided and fluoroscopically-guided procedural skills.

Kim-(1).jpgKimberly Forshaw - OT Reg (Ont.)

SJCG, Thunder Bay, ON

Kim grew up in Thunder Bay and received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Lakehead University. She then completed her Masters in Occupational Therapy at the University of Manitoba. She has worked as an OT in a variety of settings including community, acute care, orthopedics, and palliative care. Currently, Kim is working on the Chronic Pain Management Team at St. Joseph’s Health Centre. Kim is passionate about Regional outreach. She values multi-disciplinary care and take a holistic approach to caring for clients with chronic pain. Outside of work, Kim is a busy “hockey” mom of three energetic young boys.

Kerri.jpgKerri-Lynne Capulak-Andrychuk - M.A. C. Psych Assoc.

SJCG, Thunder Bay, ON

Kerri-Lynne is a Psychological Associate and a proud team member with the Chronic Pain Management program at St. Joseph’s Care Group.  Kerri was on the team that created this program in 1998.   She provides assessment, treatment and education to clients through the PACEIT program at St. Joseph’s Health Centre and at Outreach programs in primary care clinics in Thunder Bay.  Kerri received her graduate degree from the University of Minnesota – Duluth.  Infertility, post partum depression and critical incident debriefing are other professional interests.  Kerri believes in following a balanced family oriented lifestyle and spends quality time with the four males in her life; husband, son, bichon frise and guinea pig. Spending time with her twin sister, god-daughter and parents are also a high priority. She has recently taken up skiing for the first time, so she can keep up with her snowboarding son on the slopes.

Juliepic.jpgJulie Besse - Registered Dietitian, B.Sc. RD

SJCG, Thunder Bay, ON

Born in Laval near Montreal, Julie Besse has studied Dietetics at Laval University. Looking to increase her skills in the English spoken Language, she opted for a 2 year job experience in Thunder Bay in Long Term Care and Orthopedic Rehab at Hogarth-Westmount Hospital. The 2 years has now become 28 years, of loving the North Western Ontario lifestyle.  It is in around 1992 that along with a social worker that she initiated the “Chronic Pain Syndrome lectures” which have since become the Chronic Pain Management Program of St. Joseph’s Care group. Her position as a Registered Dietitian has offered a variety of settings, from Home Care, Outpatients, to Neurology Rehabilitation, Brain Injury Rehabilitation and Sub-Acute Care, including being the Nutrition spokesperson for the Rheumatology Outpatient program. It is only for the last year that she has started working in the Mental Health field and returned to the Chronic Pain program bringing her expertise in neurobiology, auto-immunity and inflammatory nutrition health.  Julie is a proud mother of a very independent 17 years old daughter. In her free time, Julie is an avid sailor along with her spouse, having circumnavigated Lake Superior, explored Lake Huron North Channel, and the Thousand Islands of the St.Laurent seaways. She has also crossed the gulf Stream and explored some of the Bahamas and Caribbean Islands by sailboat. She is an avid photographer and artist, and enjoys what nature has to offer with the land of the Sleeping Giant.

Karen_Pic.jpgKaren St. Jacques - PT Reg. (Ont.)

SJCG, Thunder Bay, ON

Karen, BSc PT, is a physiotherapist who has dabbled in chronic pain since the early 90’s. She joined the St. Joseph’s Care Group Chronic Pain Management Team in 2003 where she balances her time between clinical work and Team Lead. She currently co-chairs Health Quality Ontario’s Chronic Pain Quality Standard Advisory Committee. When she is not at work Karen can be found active somewhere in the great outdoor playground that the local ski areas, hiking trails, soccer pitches or Lake Superior has to offer.

JDumond_Pic.jpgJen Dumond, Health Sciences Librarian, MLIS

Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM), Thunder Bay, ON

Jennifer Dumond is the Education Services Librarian at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Health Sciences Library.  She joined NOSM in 2005 following completion of a Master of Library and Information Sciences (MLIS) degree at Dalhousie University.  Her professional interests include critical information literacy, critical thinking, evidence-based medicine, and curriculum development and instructional design. As Education Services Librarian, she develops and coordinates all library instruction for NOSM learners, staff, and faculty; acts as liaison librarian to the Undergraduate Medical Education (UME); and is the librarian tutor for the Family Medicine evidence-based medicine (EBM) program on the Thunder Bay campus. In her spare time she enjoys baking, creating collages, and exploring Thunder Bay’s many trails with Maisie Doggs, her feisty Shih Tzu sidekick.

Mark_Pic.jpgMark Halabecki - Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW, CTE

SJCG, Thunder Bay, ON

Mark grew up in Murillo (just outside of Thunder Bay) and received a Bachelor of Administration degree and Honours Bachelor of Social Work degree from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. He has worked in a variety of settings with different populations, including: children and adolescents with mental health issues in an outpatient setting; adults in an acute inpatient setting; adolescents and adults with mental health issues in various outpatient clinics, nurse practitioner-led clinic, and a long-term care home; and is currently employed by St. Joseph's Care Group Chronic Pain Management Program at St. Joseph’s Health Centre. Mark is passionate about being an advocate for his clients and continues this through his work on various volunteer boards of directors and as a volunteer fire fighter and emergency first responder in his community. Mark is excited to see how ECHO will help enhance the work of the participants through their collaboration with each other and with the ECHO hub, and also in the care that is provided to the individuals we all serve.

Andrew_Pic.jpgAndrew Koscielniak - R. Kin, CSEP CEP

SJCG, Thunder Bay, ON

Andrew spent almost five years working in exercise rehabilitation with the cardiac and oncology populations prior to joining the St. Joseph’s Care Group’s Chronic Pain Management team in 2013.  Andrew has always been passionate about helping clients achieve their physical goals and, as a result of this passion, he and his kinesiologist colleague developed a Chronic Pain Management Community Fitness Program.  Graduates of the Chronic Pain Management Program can continue to participate in a group fitness class in a community setting.  Andrew has also developed a strong interest in interprofessional practice, program evaluation and research.  Andrew is excited to be a part of ECHO and the opportunities to collaborate and increase client health outcomes.

KarenH_pic-(1).jpgKaren Holroyd - RPh (Registered Pharmacist)

SJCG, Thunder Bay, ON
Karen graduated from the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Manitoba. She moved back to Thunder Bay to work at McKellar General Hospital (now known as TBRHSC) until 2003 when she joined St. Joseph's Care Group. She was a Structured Practical Experience Program (SPEP) Student Teaching Associate for the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy 4th year program from 2005-2011. She has also enjoyed working with the Rheumatic Disease Program since she started at SJCG. The ECHO project is an exciting and new experience Karen is looking forward to being involved with.

Project ECHO® Operational Team at St. Joseph's Care Group:

Program Manager:  Alison Warwick -
Learning Facilitator: Donna Garstin -
Researcher: Tim Larocque -
phone: 807-624-3400 

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