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.

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.

Find out more on the website: www.roryrd.com

Julie Singer, BSc  (Vancouver, BC)

I have grown up and lived most of my life here in Vancouver, BC. At age 14, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease and 21 years later, after exhausting all other options, I underwent surgery for a permanent ileostomy. It has been three years since I had my large intestine removed and I am so grateful to have my life back! During this time of physical transformation, I have also undergone a career transition, from pharmaceutical sales into life/wellness coaching. My dream is to use the opportunities and gifts I have been given through this experience to inspire and empower others, especially kids/young adults, along their journeys with IBD and/or surgery.

If you are interested you can check out my personal story and blog on my website: Inside Wellness.

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

Jo-Ann Tremblay, 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 her second book, “Better WITH a Bag Than IN a Bag” – From the brink of death to recovery through humour and inspiration, published in 2012. Jo-Ann’s desire to share awareness and advocacy further inspired her to create the blog, “THE OSTOMY FACTOR”, joannltremblay.wordpress.com, enjoyed by ostomates around the world. Vice-president of the consulting firm Novacomm since 1987, and proprietor of Potentials Management since 2004, Jo-Ann is a life coach consultant for private individuals, corporations and government agencies.

“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.”

Bryce Weber, MD (Calgary, AB)

Dr Weber is a pediatric urologist currently working at the Alberta children’s hospital. He  obtained his medical degree from Univ of Alberta and completed urology residency at Univ of Toronto. He then obtained a pediatric urology fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and has be practicing as under the division of pediatric surgery in Calgary since 2011. Dr Weber is also the lead for post graduate education in Urology in Calgary and the principal investigator for several randomized controlled studies. His sub speciality interests include neurogenic bladder, renal stones and improving surgical outcomes.