I was born and raised in Grimsby, Ontario, a small-town known for peaches, pears, and housing-developments (and at one time the highest ratio of Tim Horton’s franchises to citizens). After completing my BSc and MSc in Health Science at University of Western Ontario and Brock University respectively, I was accepted at UBC to complete my PhD in Experimental Medicine. I have collaborated with Dr. Krassioukov (and lab members) on a number of projects spanning Paralympic cardiovascular evaluations to aortic stiffness after chronic autonomic dysreflexia.
My specific research interest is cerebral blood flow regulation, primarily focused on those with spinal cord injury. I just completed a clinical trial examining the influence of midodrine hydrochloride on cerebral blood flow regulation and cognitive function in acute high level spinal cord injury patients. I also currently examine cerebral blood flow regulation and arteriosclerosis in those diagnosed with refractory schizophrenia. My interests outside of academics include: soccer, American football, travel, dining, music, current events, and occasionally discussing politics.
Funding: Heart and Stroke Foundation; Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research.