Our Staff

Thais Coutinho

THAIS COUTINHO, MD
Chief, Division of Prevention and Rehabilitation
Chair, Canadian Women's Heart Health Centre
University of Ottawa Heart Institute
Assistant Professor of Medicine
University of Ottawa

Dr. Thais Coutinho joined the University of Ottawa Heart Institute as a Clinician-Scientist.  In 2017, she was appointed Chief of the Division of Prevention and Rehabilitation and Chair of the Canadian Women's Heart Health Centre.  She is also an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. See full bio at pwc.ottawaheart.ca

 

Andrew Pipe

ANDREW PIPE, CM, BA, MD, LLD (Hons), DSc (Hons)
Division of Prevention and Rehabilitation
University of Ottawa Heart Institute
Professor, Faculty of Medicine
University of Ottawa

Dr. Andrew Pipe was formerly Chief of the Division of Prevention and Rehabilitation at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute and is a Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Pipe continues his clinical and research activities within the Division. He received his MD from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, in 1974. Dr. Pipe is Canada's foremost expert on smoking cessation. He was instrumental in the development of the widely adopted Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation at the Heart Institute. See full bio at pwc.ottawaheart.ca

 

Robert Reid

ROBERT REID, PhD, MBA 
Deputy Chief, Division of Prevention and Rehabilitation

Robert Reid is Deputy Chief of the Division of Prevention and Rehabilitation at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, and a Full Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. He is one of Canada’s leading health behavior change experts, particularly concerning smoking cessation, physical activity promotion, dietary change and cardiovascular rehabilitation. His research is funded by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, the National Cancer Institute of Canada, the Canadian Tobacco Control Research Initiative, the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion, the Change Foundation, and Health Canada. See full bio at pwc.ottawaheart.ca

 

Michele TurekMICHELE A. TUREK, MDCM, FRCPC
Co-Chair, Canadian Women's Heart Health Summit
Canadian Women's Heart Health Centre
Associate Professor of Medicine and Staff Cardiologist
University of Ottawa Heart Institute and the Ottawa Hospital

Dr. Michele Turek is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa, staff cardiologist at the Ottawa Hospital and University of Ottawa Heart Institute. She was the co-chair of the 2000 Consensus Conference on Women and Ischemic heart disease for the Canadian Cardiovascular Society. Her expertise is in clinical cardiology, heart disease in women, echocardiography, pre-operative assessment and cardio-oncology. She is a medical advisor for the Canadian Women's Heart Health Centre and the co-chair for the 2016 and 2018 Canadian Women's Heart Health Summit.

 

Lisa McDonnell

LISA MCDONNELL, BSc, MSc, EMBA
Manager, Prevention & Wellness Centre and Canadian Women's Heart Health Centre
Division of Prevention and Rehabilitation

Lisa McDonnell is the Program Manager for the Prevention & Wellness Centre initiatives and the Canadian Women’s Heart Health Centre, within the Division of Prevention and Rehabilitation at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. Lisa has been with the University of Ottawa Heart Institute since 2005 and was formerly the Clinical Manager of the Behavioral Research Department within the Division of Prevention and Rehabilitation. She provided leadership and clinical trial management to various research projects and evaluations across the cardiovascular disease spectrum for risk factor management. See full bio at pwc.ottawaheart.ca

 

Nadine Elias

NADINE ELIAS, BSc, Kin
Facilitator, Prevention & Wellness Centre
Division of Prevention and Rehabilitation

Nadine is a Prevention and Wellness Program Facilitator within the Prevention and Wellness Centre. Nadine has been with the University of Ottawa Heart Institute since 2005. She initially worked with the research team, as an Educator, looking at behavioral counseling and health impacts of CVD risk factor interventions in the prevention and treatment of CVD.  Since 2011, Nadine has played a role in the planning and development of prevention and wellness activities for family members of patients with CVD and has also focused on employee wellness and community outreach activities. See full bio at pwc.ottawaheart.ca

 

Natalie MartinNATALIE MARTIN, BSc
Facilitator, Prevention & Wellness Centre
Division of Prevention and Rehabilitation

Natalie is a Facilitator with the Prevention and Wellness Centre.  She has been with the University of Ottawa Heart Institute since 2013, initially she worked as a Facilitator with the Healthy Schools 2020 Program.  As a Facilitator with the Prevention and Wellness Center, Natalie provides one-on-one counseling to individuals in the CardioPrevent clinical program, and is involved with the planning and implementation of the program.  CardioPrevent  provides referred patients with a personalized lifestyle intervention, to lower their cardiovascular disease risk, through behavioural counseling. See full bio at pwc.ottawaheart.ca

 

Sarah Ives

SARAH IVES, BA, MA
Facilitator, Prevention & Wellness Centre
Division of Prevention and Rehabilitation

Sarah Ives is a Facilitator in the Prevention & Wellness Centre for the CardioPrevent clinical program which helps patients make healthy lifestyle changes through behavioral counseling. Sarah has worked in a hospital research setting since 2008 and is a certified health coach and peer leader that leads workshops for people living with chronic conditions. Her current work is geared towards facilitating the development and implementation of the Women's Heart Health Centre, raising awareness about women's heart health and teaching self-management strategies to women and their families. See full bio at pwc.ottawaheart.ca

 

Courtney WestcottCOURTNEY WESTCOTT, BSc, MSc
Facilitator, Prevention & Wellness Centre
Division of Prevention and Rehabilitation

Courtney Westcott is a Facilitator in the Prevention & Wellness Centre, facilitating the development and implementation of the Women's Heart Health Centre and the Virtual Care Program. She also takes part in community outreach initiatives to create awareness pertaining to the prevention and management of cardiovascular disease. Courtney received her Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics from the University of Ottawa, and her Master's of Science in Clinical Physiology from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. She is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). See full bio at pwc.ottawaheart.ca

 

Deborah Younger-LewisDEBORAH YOUNGER-LEWIS, RN, BScN, BKIN
Nurse Educator, Prevention & Wellness Centre
Division of Prevention and Rehabilitation

Deborah Younger-Lewis is a Registered Nurse in the Prevention & Wellness Centre at the Unviersity of Ottawa Heart Institute. Since 2008, she has worked at the Heart Institute in various departments, including Cardiac Surgery and Cardiac Rehabilitation. Deborah is a Nurse Educator, providing community outreach through health education presentations. She also facilitates the development, planning and implementation of educational programs for the prevention and management of cardiovascular disease. Deborah received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Ottawa, through the Algonquin College collaborative program im Pembroke, Ontario. She received her Bachelor of Kinesiology from Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Deborah's areas of interest include women's heart health and promoting healthy lifestyle changes, as well as the overall health of individuals in rural communities. See full bio at pwc.ottawaheart.ca

 

Carita KerolaCARITA KEROLA, RN, BScN, MN, CCN(c)
Facilitator, Prevention & Wellness Centre
Division of Prevention and Rehabilitation

My name is Carita Kerola, I was born and raised in Sudbury, Ontario. I realized at a young age that I wanted to care for people, so nursing was a natural fit. I completed my BScN at the University of Ottawa, and after graduating worked at The Ottawa Hospital in Nephrology. Two years later, I transferred to The University of Ottawa Heart Institute, in Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery where I was a staff nurse for 8 years. Here I really grew to appreciate teaching my patients about their illness and how to manage it. In 2016, I completed my Masters in Nursing with a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Education. I look forward to providing my clients in the CardioPrevent program a customized program that is based in best practice guidelines, but is also patient centered.

 

Karine SavardKARINE SAVARD, BScHK, MHK
Facilitator, Prevention & Wellness Centre
Division of Prevention and Rehabilitation

Karine Savard is a facilitator for the Prevention & Wellness Centre and the Canadian Women's Heart Health Centre. She is the project lead for the Virtual Care Program, an interactive e-health platform designed to educate and motivate individuals to manage and improve their heart health.  Karine has been at the Heart Institute since 2013 and has worked with various projects such as the FrancoForme program, Heart Wise Exercise and the Women@Heart program in the Division of Prevention and Rehabilitation.

Karine received a Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics (B.Sc. spécialisé en sciences de l'activité physique) from the University of Ottawa. During her undergraduate studies, Karine had the opportunity to study in the Sports Faculty at the University of Aix-Marseille in Marseille, France. She also completed a Master's in Human Kinetics with a Concentration in Intervention and Consultation at the University of Ottawa in 2015. 

 

Amanda PinchAMANDA PINCH
Administrative Coordinator, Prevention & Wellness Centre
Division of Prevention and Rehabilitation

Amanda is the Administrative Coordinator with the Prevention and Wellness Centre where she is supports the Quit Smoking Program, Virtual Care, CardioPrevent, and Women@Heart Programs. She has a love of food and fitness and has been involved in the health and fitness industry since 2011 as an energetic Group Cycling Instructor, a dedicated Personal Trainer, and a motivational community educator. She is dedicated to assisting others in their journey towards lifelong health by focusing on progress, not perfection and using life's perceived roadblocks as opportunities for personal development. 

 

Lisa ComberLISA COMBER, BA, KTPC
Knowledge Translation Officer
Division of Prevention and Rehabilitation

Lisa Comber has a degree in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario, a diploma in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources from Algonquin College and Knowledge Translation Professional Certification from The Hospital for Sick Children's Learning Institute. She has over 11 years experience within the area of learning and development in both high tech and healthcare settings. Lisa has been with the University of Ottawa Heart Institute since 2009 and is currently the Knowledge Translation Officer for the Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation and the Canadian Women's Heart Health Centre. She manages websites, develops and refines educational and promotional tools, coordinates workshops and online training as well as the Annual Ottawa Conference: State of the Art Clinical Approaches to Smoking Cessation and the 2016 and 2018 Canadian Women's Heart Health Summits.