Meet the members of our Medical Advisors Team.

Karen Bruton

Karen Bruton  RN BScN MCISc-WH CETN(C) (North Saanich, BC)

My passion for nursing has permitted me to work in many diverse areas of health care in which I have been able to empower and integrate knowledge translation to interdisciplinary healthcare professionals. I have over 29 years of experience as a frontline health professional, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Professional Practice Leader, Clinical Educator, Team Leader, Nursing Supervisor and Charge Nurse.
Healthcare settings include community hospital, teaching hospitals, homecare, nursing homes, industry and private practice. Nursing environments include Medical Surgical ICU, Neuro Trauma ICU, Emergency Department, Hemodialysis, Acute Medical Surgical Wards, Continuing Care, Restorative Care, Palliative Care, Rehab Unit,
I have kept up my frontline practice while working in non-frontline roles. I believe strongly in understanding and experiencing the complex issues that face frontline health professionals in trying to provide excellent patient care. This is essential in being able to support frontline staff in non-frontline roles.

Jo-Ann L. Tremblay, Ostomate, Author (Ottawa, ON)

After lifesaving emergency surgery, Jo-Ann has had her colostomy since July 2011, her positive outlook on life has enabled her to thrive her life changing alteration. A 2nd chance at life is the icing on the cake, the cherry on top. Her journey inspired her to write 4 books; “Better With a Bag than IN a Bag” – from the brink of death to recovery through humour and inspiration, “Another BAG Another DAY” – Creating a new Lease on Life in a New World, “BAGs Around the World” – thoughts and words offering solace & inspiration to ignite the human spirit, “Why Buttercup Wears a BAG!” – a book for young children features Buttercup a mouse with an ostomy, together with her friends they embark on an adventure as they learn that with or without an ostomy everyone is amazing, and can to anything they set their minds to. Jo-Ann’s desire to share awareness and advocacy further inspired her to create the blog, “THE OSTOMY FACTOR”,, enjoyed by ostomates around the world.

My goal while working with the Ostomy Canada Society, as an Ostomy Lifestyle Expert, is to spread awareness, education and uplift people about life with an ostomy, through sharing tips I have learned along the way, and answering your questions with the intent on helping to make your life easier.”

J. Tremblay
Shabita Teja

Shabita Teja, BScP  (Abbotsford, BC)

After completing her year of sciences at the University of the Fraser Valley, Shabita Teja was accepted into the Bachelor of Pharmceutical Sciences degree program at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver.

Having many health challenges herself, Shabita has been on ‘both sides of the counter’, so to speak, where she has been both the patient and the pharmacist. She has lived with an ileostomy for over two and a half years. Today she doesn’t have an ileostomy, but has a J-pouch and has lived with that since 2006. She is a regular volunteer with Ostomy Canada Society where she is a part of the Visitor Program and writes an “Ask Your Pharmacist” column. She currently writes a similar column for the South Asian Woman magazine.

Shabita is in her third year of studies at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine and as a gastrointestinal and chronic pain patient herself with training in natural health products, strives to bridge the gap between conventional and alternative medicine to not only treat but support her patient’s health and well being. She has seen first hand that the balance between acute and supportive drug and non drug therapy is the key to wellness. Check out Shabita’s website Bridge the Gap Health for more information

Rory Hornstein, RD, BEd  (Calgary, AB)

Rory Hornstein, RD, BEd. is a Registered Dietitian specializing in nutrition for sports, exercise, weight management (adults and pediatric/adolescent), eating disorders and body image, food intolerances/allergies, immune system enhancement, and digestive disorders.

Rory is the Nutrition Consultant to the Glencoe Club, Heavens Fitness, Calgary Weight Management Centre, Canada Western Summer Games, Back and Body Health, The Snore Centre, Healthy Heart Sleep Company, and to Mount Royal University recreation services in Calgary. She is the designated person for nutritional consultation at the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinic, Division of Gastroenterology at the University of Calgary through her private practice. She is a member of Dietitians of Canada, The College of Dietitians of Alberta, and had four years experience as Co-Chair of DC’s practice group of sports nutritionists (Sports Nutrition Network).

An AFLCA certified Fitness, YogaFit and Pilates (MAT I/MAT II) instructor at Heavens Fitness, Rory has had over 12 years experience. Her strong health and wellness background and visionary approach to learning make for a very stirring combination in the fields of nutrition and physical activity. Her goal is to educate by integrating her knowledge and skills in the fields of nutrition, fitness and health promotion. Rory is a certified Bariatric dietitian empowering her clients to become “intuitive eaters” and reach their goals; one bite at a time. She uses a “non-dieting” approach and encourages her clients to adopt an overall healthier lifestyle for achieving their goals.

At the age of twelve, Rory was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. After years of trying to heal, Rory realized the power of using diet in conjunction with traditional medicine to control her inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), rather than allowing it to control her. Nutrition became the link between feeling sick and feeling well. Rory has been in private practice for ten years and specializes in nutrition and inflammatory bowel disease while sharing her personal experience and expertise.

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Rory Hornstein
Andy Manson

Andrea Manson RN, BSN, NSWOC, NCA

In 1989, Andy Manson joined her mother Helen, founder of the Ostomy Care & Supply Centre, and began a 30-year career as a trailblazer and advocate for people with an ostomy. Andy has been a central figure in ostomy care locally, nationally and internationally and today the Ostomy Care Centre is what it is because of Andy. The Ostomy Care and Supply Centre was started with modest goals: dealing with issues like skin irritation, hernia belt fittings, and centrally, helping people learn to live full lives with an ostomy. Under Andy’s guidance, the Centre became a port in the storm for people all over BC, and beyond. As products evolved, so did Andy’s practice. She used her nursing knowledge, unique visuospatial abilities and drive for excellence to hone her skills. Despite having a focus on simplicity, her care plans achieve excellent outcomes, as anyone who has received care from Andy knows. From her years of experience pioneering various techniques she has developed her own set of rules and knows when to break them. She continually looks for ways to solve problems, looking well outside the box when necessary. Andy has been a strong advocate for ostomy awareness and has done some amazing things in support of that: she has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and trekked in Iceland with Rob Hill of IDEAS ( She has served on the Board of Ostomy Canada Society, formerly the United Ostomy Association of Canada, a volunteer organization for those with ostomies. She was awarded the ET Nurse of the Year in 2014 and has been a part of groups of expert ostomy nurses from around the world as they created guidelines to help guide practice throughout the world, and other tools to help improve the lives of people with an ostomy. Andy also undertook the Nurse Continence Advisor program at McMaster University and used this knowledge to help people with urinary and fecal incontinence. Even before I started working here, I knew Andy by reputation. If you had an ostomy question, she was the one to ask. She is regularly asked for her wisdom and insight from her peers. Being invited to join the team was an honour as I was inspired by the level of care and commitment here; I learned from clinicians who had spent decades learning and improving their practice. Even they benefited from working alongside Andy, as she shared what she had learned with all of us, and demonstrated how to be creative in problem-solving. You may not be aware of it, but this service and model of care are unique in Canada, and even the world. Without charging patients or the health care system, it has managed to provide critically essential care to people experiencing everything from an unusual occurrence to the full crisis related to their ostomy. People are able to get expert help in a timely way so they can get on with the more important work of living. The impact of this service cannot be overstated; Andy has supported thousands of people and their families as they navigate the time after surgery and life after recovery. If you’re reading this, you know well how challenging this can be. Many of you have formed years-long relationships with Andy, and I know she has a special place in so many hearts. When I first met Andy in 2012, she told me she still got “juiced every day” about the work she does, after more than 20 years. Her engagement with, and commitment to the community has been reciprocated through the trust and gratitude from patients and their families, her regard throughout Canada and the US from her peers, and the legacy she leaves in the Ostomy Care and Supply Centre.

January 2020 Vancouver Ostomy High Life Bulletin

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