Protected: Exploring How Racism Structures Canadian Physical Therapy Programs: Counter-St...

Protected: Exploring How Racism Structures Canadian Physical Therapy Programs: Counter-Stories From Racialized Students

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Nicole Hughes, MScPT

Nicole Hughes, MScPT, graduated from the University of Toronto with her Masters in Physical Therapy in 2018. Since graduation Nicole has focused her clinical practice in the areas of pelvic health and pediatrics. She feels strongly about advocating for her clients and creating genuine connections with those she works with. Nicole believes in the importance of the humanities as a path to greater understanding of the patient experience and informing a biopsychosocial approach to her practice.


Sierra Norville. MScPT

Sierra Norville. MScPT graduated from Carleton University in 2016 with a BSc in Integrated Life & Health Science and a Minor in Neuroscience & Mental Health, and from the University of Toronto in 2018 with her Masters in Physical Therapy. Since graduation her interest in humanities studies has led to a special interest in pelvic and women’s health, a population she is currently working with in the community.


Rebecca Chan, MScPT

Rebecca Chan, MScPT is a physiotherapist working at one of the leading community academic hospitals in Canada. She graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Science in Honours Biochemistry degree and went on to obtain her Master of Science in Physical Therapy degree at the University of Toronto. Rebecca is passionate about advocating for patients to access equitable health resources and using her clinical expertise with a holistic perspective to help improve quality of life among her diverse patient populations.


Raghavan Arunthavaraga, BSc

Raghavan Arunthavaraga, BSc earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of Toronto, where he now studies for his Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy. The humanities are important to him because of what they reveal to us about the complex behavioral patterns surrounding large groups of peoples. Coming from a neuroscience background, he believes that the humanities remain one of the leading sources of information on how the facets of the brain play out in broad societal organizations throughout the world across times. He thinks there is probably no better guaranteed way for societal progress to bring itself to a halt than to ignore how human societies have failed to thrive in the past.


Dan Armena, MScPT

Dan Armena, MScPT is a graduate of the University of Toronto with a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy. Prior to finishing his Master’s degree, Dan attended McMaster University and obtained his Honours Bachelors of Science in Life Science degree. Currently, Dan works full-time in a private clinic focusing on orthopedics and sports rehabilitation. Dan is an immigrant of Canada and his past experiences in his home country have shaped his growth at both a professional and personal level. Dan focuses on providing an inclusive environment for his patients, which ultimately helps their therapy and overall experience working with him.


Nazaneen Hosseinpour, MScPT

Nazaneen Hosseinpour, MScPT, is a physiotherapist specializing in musculoskeletal and oncology rehabilitation at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Centre. She graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Arts and Science, and University of Toronto with a Masters in Physical Therapy. Her interest in social justice and humanities allows her to bring advocacy into her clinical work as a rehabilitation professional.


Meredith Smith, MScPT

Meredith Smith, MScPT is an Assistant Professor in the Teaching Stream within the Physical Therapy Department at the University of Toronto. She also is the Physiotherapy Academic Clinical Educator at Toronto Rehabilitation/University Health Network and continues to practice clinically at Balance Physiotherapy. She is a graduate of the Masters of Physical Therapy program at the University of Toronto and holds a Bachelors in Physiology from Michigan State University. Clinically, she has worked with clients with a variety of conditions with a focus on clients living with neurological conditions. Meredith has also been involved in research related to racism and oppression. She feels it is important to have humanities incorporated within the curriculum for health professionals to provide a foundation in how society and culture including racism impact opportunities, education, health and access to healthcare.


Stephanie Nixon, PhD

Stephanie Nixon, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, cross-appointed at the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, at the University of Toronto, Canada. She has been a physiotherapist, HIV activist and global health researcher for 20 years. She completed her PhD in Public Health and Bioethics in 2006 at the University of Toronto, and a post-doc at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa from 2006-2008. Stephanie is co-founder and Director of the International Centre for Disability and Rehabilitation. Stephanie is a straight, white, middle class, able-bodied, cisgender, settler woman who tries to understand the pervasive effects of privilege. In particular, she draws on the humanities to understand how systems of oppression shape health care, research and education, and the role of people in positions of unearned advantage in disrupting these harmful patterns. Stephanie developed the Coin Model of Privilege and Critical Allyship as a way to translate core ideas about anti-oppression to people in positions of unearned advantage.


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