About

My Paramedic Career

Being a paramedic was what I always wanted to do. Now I'm excited to contribute to the profession in different and innovative ways.

I started with Peel Regional Paramedic Services in May of 2005 and completed my Advanced Care Paramedic training in August 2008. Over the years, I've held a number of different roles within the service.

  • Service Instructor providing in-class, continuing professional development to the service's paramedics and working on special projects related to education, curriculum development, and paramedic recruitment.

  • New Recruit Mentor working with new paramedic recruits in a novel program developed by the service that paired two new recruits with an experienced mentor for a 2-week field orientation period.

  • Preceptor / Field Training Officer instructing primary and advanced care paramedic students during the field portion of their studies and making summative assessment decisions.

  • Honour Guard member. The Chief's Honour Guard provides a uniformed ceremonial presence at service functions, public events, and funerals for paramedics and other public safety personnel who have died in the line of duty.

  • High Risk Response Team (HRRT) leader. The HRRT was a specialized team developed at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic with the mandate of responding to the most seriously ill patients to provide resuscitative care. I was part of a small group tasked with the development, implementaiton, and evaluation of this novel program. You can read more about the project here.

September 11, 2019: Members of the Peel Regional Paramedic Services Chief's Honour Guard at the opening ceremonies for a Blue Jays game at the Rogers Centre in Toronto.

Teaching

As an educator, I use strategies grounded in principles of social and cognitive psychology to create a safe, collaborative, and evidence-based learning environment

Check out my published paper on the role of the social context in paramedic student learning and see more of my education research here

My training as an educator includes an Honours Bachelor of Allied Health Sciences with a major in adult education from the (formerly) University of Ontario, now the Ontario Tech University, a Master of Science in Health Sciences Education from McMaster University, and a Doctoral Research Fellowship at the Wilson Centre.

I started my teaching career as a contract instructor with the Sunnybrook Centre for Prehospital Medicine providing contiuing medical education to paramedics in the Greater Toronto Area in the fall of 2010.

I later held part-time faculty positions in the School of Community of Health Studies at Centennial College and the Faculty of Helath Sciences at Humber College, where I taught in the primary care and advanced care paramedic programs, respectively. At Centennial College, I was responsible for curriculum development, didactic and simulation-based instruction, and assessment of learning for a variety of core paramedic science courses. At Humber College, I taught professional practice and ethical issues, including research methods to advanced care paramedic students.

My teaching philosophy blends social learning and cognitive psychology approaches that scaffold new content through a process called schema elaboration. This technique leverages the science of associative memory formation to help learners integrate new information. At the same time, social learning approaches emphasize the broader context in which learning occurs, and focus on creating safe, collaborative learning environments.