Doctor of Philosophy, Rehabilitation Science, MSc, BSc OT(c), erg
Tatiana Ogourtsova is a Site Researcher in Pediatrics at the Research Center of the Jewish Rehabilitation Hospital (CISSS Laval, site of CRIR) and an Assistant Professor at the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, McGill University.
Leigh Dickson is a mother of three kids, aged 10, 8, and 6. Her 8 year-old son is hearing impaired and is diagnosed with cerebral palsy. For a large part of her career, she has worked in health education research. She is excited to be a part of this team and to work towards bridging the gap between research and practice, as well as putting the knowledge and advances made in research directly into the hands of parents of children with disabilities to improve their quality of living.
Jean-Pierre Calisto is the father of Mikael, a 14 year old boy who was born with
heart and brain malformations. Mikael has cerebral palsy and suffers from partially
controlled refractory epilepsy. Despite everything, Mikael is a child who is full of life, always in a good mood, and who loves people.
Jean-Pierre is honored to be part of this great team of parent advisors and to have the opportunity to share his experience and ideas. He is confident that together, we will be able to accomplish great things and thus improve the quality of relations between health professionals and parents of children with special needs.
Natalina Pace is a single mom of two boys with autism (Luca and Alessio, 21 and 13 years old) for over 7.5 years now. Her journey began the better part of 18-19 years ago! Natalina also has the privilege of working in the field for two years now, with families like hers, through the Agape HEY Program (Healthy Early Years). Parents of children with special needs can attend a series of four workshops, unique to Laval, offered in English for parents like me. The Agape HEY Parent Workshops are offered virtually four times in during the year (Jan., March, May, and Oct.). There is also the Agape HEY Parent Support Group, which is also offered virtually, once per month. And finally, there is the Agape HEY Playdate, held once a month on Saturday afternoons.
Georgia Iliopoulos lives in Montreal with her husband and daughter, Odessa, who is 3 years old. She is a graduate of McGill University, where she completed her masters of occupational therapy. Georgia worked as a clinician in geriatric rehabilitation for several years in Montreal. Following her daughter’s diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, Georgia decided to shift her focus professionally to gain knowledge and experience in pediatric rehabilitation. She joined the RESI-ALLIANT KID parent-advisor team because she hopes that her personal and professional experiences can contribute to projects that help support families like hers.
Galil is a third-year Occupational Therapy student at McGill University. Over the course of his bachelor's degree, he has been involved in different projects to complement the Occupational Therapy curriculum with learning through research. Pediatric research is a field that particularly interests Galil and that he finds very valuable--specifically due to its symbolism of hope and growth. In the RESI-ALLIANT KID lab, Galil is a research assistant and is involved in helping advance the projects and communicating with the parent advisory group
Jessica is a McGill MSc Rehabilitation Science student at RESI-ALLIANT KID laboratory. During her first year with the lab, she looks forward to learning about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children with physical disabilities. She hopes to understand how clinicians working in pediatric care can support the mental health concerns among their patients and their family members. Over the course of her graduate degree, she is interested in finding ways improve the lives of children with brain-based developmental disabilities and their families.