After my grandfather was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, I made it my goal to improve the daily lives of people affected by neurological disorders.
I am a Post Doctoral Fellow at The Centre on Aging, University of Victoria. My research is truly interdisciplinary; integrating physiology, gerontology, and population health research to improve well-being in all persons living with neurological disorders.
My most recent post doctoral work has focused on categorizing the physical, cognitive and neuropsychiatric symptoms that influence well-being in dementia caregivers (funded CIHR & MSFHR). I am interested in whether caregiver well-being is influenced by moderator variables, such as symptom expression and prognosis patterns in Alzheimer’s disease, Dementia with Lewy Bodies and especially Parkinson’s disease related Dementia. This work aims to support independent living, reduce distress and healthcare utilization, which may have significant public health implications.
I completed my PhD at the University of British Columbia (Okanagan, 2012). My research aimed to support independent daily function in Parkinson’s disease. My work in this field has helped understand Parkinson-related changes to muscle activity (electromyography), and consequences for physical function and frailty, especially in females (funded CIHR/Parkinson Soc Canada).
My MSc research (the University of Western Ontario, 2008) developed a scale to assess burden in Parkinson’s disease caregivers. Results from this study demonstrated greatest burden resulted from constant worrying about how PD symptoms impacted functional ability and safety.
I am a yoga instructor and value yoga for its ability to improve physical and mental well-being, stress, energy and mood. I teach Yogadopa, Parkinson’s focuses yoga classes.
Here you’ll find Parkinson’s disease information, yoga inspirations and some of my daily adventures! THANKS for following along! much love.