CSHT Executive Committee

The executive committee of CSHT is a voluntary group of 5 members as listed below. The committee is based regionally and changes location every 3 years.

The executive meets approximately once per month (or as needed) to review ongoing society issues and prepare for newsletter publications (Quarterly).

We are open to your comments and feedback and look forward to further developing and strengthening of CSHT. The term of the current executive runs from 2014-2017.


President
Marie Eason Klatt
Occupational Therapist, Certified Hand Therapist

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Marie graduated from the University of Toronto with a B.Sc. (O.T.) and holds a current registration to practice in the Province of Ontario as an Occupational Therapist. She has been a Certified Hand Therapist since 1998. Marie served as an elected Council Member with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario (COTO) from 2004 to 2010 and again from 2013 to 2016. She has held numerous appointments as committee chair for COTO and served one term as president of the college. She has served as the Canadian Delegate to the International Federation of Societies for Hand Therapy since 2012.

She is employed at St. Joseph’s Health Centre, (Toronto), as the Advanced Practice Clinician – Hand Therapy. Her clinical practice primarily focuses on the rehabilitation of individuals of all ages who have functional impairments of the hand and upper limb. She holds a status appointment with the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto as a lecturer. Marie graduated with a Masters of Science in Community Health from Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto focusing on health practitioner education in 2012. She has presented both nationally and internationally at peer reviewed conferences in the areas of hand rehabilitation and health practitioner education.

Vice-President
Susan Hannah
Occupational Therapist, Certified Hand Therapist

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Susan graduated in 1988 from the University of Toronto in Occupational and has worked in the field of hand therapy and upper extremity injury and rehabilitation for over twenty years. She graduated with a Masters in Education from OISE in 2008. She is certified in Hand Therapy and has presented at various national and international forums. Susan has also published a variety of papers in the Journal of Hand Therapy and the Journal of Hand Surgery.

She worked in the Toronto Western Hospital, Hand Program for 17 years before moving to Altum Health (University Health Network) in the Hand and Wrist Specialty Program. She is Education Lead for the Arthritis Program at UHN and is a lecturer and course coordinator at the University of Toronto. Susan is also Student Placement Lead for OT and PT across 10 sites of Altum Health, coordinating student placements from across the Ontario.

Susan is a passionate traveller with family and friends, cyclist, hiker and food lover!

Secretary
Maureen Riley
Occupational Therapist, Certified Hand Therapist

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Maureen graduated from the Occupational Therapy program at McGill University in 1984. She moved to Toronto to work at the Worker’s Compensation Board Downsview Rehab Centre, where she developed her passion for Hand Therapy when she joined the Hand Clinic. She moved to St. Joseph’s Health Centre, then on to St. Michael’s Hospital, where she has worked for 22 years. She received her certification in Hand Therapy in 1996.

Maureen works as an Advanced Practice Occupational Therapist in the Outpatient Hand Program at St. Mike’s, Toronto’s downtown Trauma Centre. Maureen completed the ACPAC (Advanced Clinician Practitioner in Arthritis Care) Program through the University of Toronto in 2009, and now runs a therapist-led Advanced Practice Hand Clinic at St. Michael’s. Maureen has collaborated on presentations at ASHT, IFSHT and CSHT. She holds a status appointment as Lecturer at the University of Toronto. In her spare time, Maureen is the mom of 2 teenagers and enjoys making stuff with her hands, including cakes, clothing, and new this year: felted mittens!

Treasurer
Lonita Mak
Occupational Therapist, Certified Hand Therapist

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Lonita graduated from the Occupational Therapy program at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 1983.

She immigrated to Canada with her family and joined the Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network Hand Program in 1989. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Toronto in 1993, and became a Certified Hand Therapist in 1998.

Lonita has a status-only appointment at the rank of lecturer at the University of Toronto – Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and is actively involved in both academic and clinical teaching. She has published several articles in the Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy and Journal of Hand Therapy.

Lonita enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with her family and friends.

Communications Director
Vivian Dim
Occupational Therapist, Certified Hand Therapist

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Vivian Dim is an Occupational Therapist who graduated with a Bachelors of Science in 1992 and returned to school to obtain her Bachelors in Occupational Therapy in 2000, more recently she graduated with a Clinical Masters in Wound Care. She has obtained her certification in Hand Therapy, Lymphatic Drainage (LLCC) and Wound Care (IIWCC). In 2010 she started her private clinic, Arm More Therapy after working in hospital based hand clinics for over 13years. She has also had opportunities to speak national and international on edema reduction strategies for the upper extremity.

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