Medical Advisory Committee

Dr. Nancy Dudek

Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee

Dr. Nancy Dudek is a Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. She received her MD from The University of Western Ontario in 1999. She became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 2004 in the specialty of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. In 2005 she completed a Master of Education program at the University of Toronto.


She has a diverse clinical practice and works at The Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre, the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. She focuses on Amputee Rehabilitation, Prosthetics and Orthotics. Dr. Dudek’s academic interests are in Medical Education. Her focus is the assessment of medical students and residents with a particular interest in work based assessment. She holds several grants related to research in this area. Dr. Dudek has served as the University of Ottawa’s undergraduate coordinator for Musculoskeletal Medicine and as the Director for the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residency Program. She is the recipient of an Ottawa Hospital Compass Award, the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada Young Educators Award and the Dr. Meridith Marks Educator Award for Innovation & Scholarship in Medical Education. She currently works as a Clinician Educator for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.



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Dr. Natalie Habra

Dr Natalie Habra is the Medical Director of the Amputee Program at the Institut de Réadaptation Gingras-Lindsay de Montréal and an Associate Professor with the Université de Montréal in the Faculty of Medicine.

After obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy at McGill University in 2000, she completed her medical doctorate and residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Université de Montréal. She pursued her interest in amputee care by completing a Fellowship in prosthetics and orthotics. Her clinical and research interest include pain and wound care in persons with amputation.

Ed Hanada

Dr. Ed Hanada, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Nova Scotia Rehabilitation Centre

Carole St-Jean

Carole St-Jean graduated as a prosthesist from Ecole d’Orthèse et Prothèse du Québec in 1981. Specialized in the fabrication of prosthetics for the lower extremities, she obtained her Canadian certification in 1983. Carole worked as a certified prosthesist in Newfoundland, Norway and Seattle, USA until 1987. Since then she has been working at the Institut de réadaptation Gingras-Lindsay-de-Montréal. She has been involved in many different organisations and projects related to her work including : project for osteointegration, the CBC exams and AQIPA (the Quebec association for health care professionals involved in amputee care) as both a Board Member and the Organizing Comittees of many AQIPA conferences.

Edith Boulianne

Edith Boulianne has been working as a prosthetist at Institut de réadaptation en déficience physique de Québec in Quebec City since 1997. She has been a Board member of AQIPA, the Quebec association for amputee care, since 2006 and now holds the position of chair. Involved in the training of Peer Visitors in the Quebec City area, she is the regional representative for the Peer Visitor Program in Northern Quebec.

Kyle Goettl

Kyle Goettl RN, BScN, MEd, IIWCC is the nurse clinician for the amputee rehabilitation program based at St. Josephs Health Care, Parkwood Hospital in London Ontario, part of. He is a member of the Canadian Association of Wound Care, the Canadian Diabetes Association and is a graduate of the International Interprofessional Wound Care Course through the University of Toronto. He is also a member of the Chronic Wound and Skin Health Care team at Parkwood Hospital.

Patrick Gross

Patrick Gross graduated from the University of Manitobain 1997 with a Bachelors of Medical Rehabilitation in Physiotherapy. He has worked with individuals with limb loss for 9 years. Currently he works at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg as the Amputee Intake Coordinator. He is a certified trainer for the peer visitor program and is the regional representative for Manitoba.

Penny Durnford


Penny is the Social Worker for Acute Care Vascular Surgery at the Halifax Infirmary, QEII Health Sciences Centre.

The QEII HSC has recently received training for amputee peer support: Train-the-Trainer and peer support training for formalizing a long standing tradition of peer support at the QEII.

Penny is an active member of the QEII Social Action Committee, the Ethics Consultation Support Team, and Vascular Surgery Quality Committee. She also guest lectures on health care social work at Dalhousie University School of Social Work.