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Meet the Speakers at Horizon’s 13th Annual Wound & Skintastic Day

Kathy Esligar

Kathy Esligar is a Canadian Nurses Association-certified nurse specialized in wound, ostomy and continence (NSWOC). She was instrumental in establishing the first Enterostomal Therapy (ET) position in River Valley Health (now known as Horizon Health Network’s Upper River Valley area). Kathy presently consults patients in ostomy care clinics and in-home settings.

Sarah Nabuurs Martin

Sarah Nabuurs Martin is a Registered Dietitian based out of Horizon’s Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital in Fredericton. She has experience in various settings including Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Oncology, Palliative Care, Geriatric Rehab and Surgery.

Dr. Gwyneth de Vries

Dr. Gwyneth de Vries serves as an Assistant Professor, Surgery, with Dalhousie University and Memorial University and has a clinical practice based in Fredericton. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada, and has been recognized for her collaborative research in foot and ankle orthopaedics, twice receiving the Outstanding Clinical Study Award at the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society annual meeting. She is a peer reviewer for sport and exercise literature and foot and ankle education. Dr. de Vries is a collaborator with the New Brunswick Institute for Research, Data and Training and Choosing Wisely New Brunswick, and this year is an invited speaker at the annual meetings of the Canadian Orthopaedic Association and the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine. Dr. de Vries is a champion of multidisciplinary assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions and of care plans to optimize patient outcomes and minimize costs to the health care system.

Crystal McCallum

Crystal McCallum is the Director of Education at Wounds Canada. She has a Degree in Nursing from the University of Windsor and a Master of Clinical Science (MClSc) in Wound Healing from Western University. Crystal has worked in the acute, community and long-term care sectors in both a traditional nursing role and as a wound consultant. She was also previously the Clinical Lead for the South West Regional Wound Care Program. Crystal is also a lecturer with Western’s MClSc (Wound Healing) Program.

Timothy K.S. Christie

Dr. Timothy Christie is the Regional Director of Ethics Services for Horizon. Prior to returning to New Brunswick in 2006 he was the Health Care Ethicist for the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver. Dr. Christie earned a BA (first class honours) and MA from the University of New Brunswick, a PhD from the University of Ottawa, and a Master of Health Science degree (MHSc) in Epidemiology from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Christie is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Bioethics at Dalhousie University. He supervises graduate students and has taught medical ethics at the University of British Columbia, University of Victoria, the University of Ottawa, and the University of New Brunswick Saint John Campus.

Dr. Ian Wilson

Dr. Ian Wilson is a Plastic Reconstructive and Hand Surgeon who was born in Ireland and received his surgical training in the USA. He now lives and works in Prince Edward Island. He has a Master of Public Health from the University of Minnesota (1999), where he majored in epidemiology with an emphasis in biostatistics and outcome-based research. He completed his General Surgery training at the University of South Florida in 2002 and his Plastic Reconstructive training at Augusta University in 2006. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, 2008-28 (Recertified 2016) and of the American Board of Surgeons, 2003-2023 (Recertified 2014). His research includes the publication of sentinel articles, peer review journal articles, a book chapter. He’s received an award from the Plastic Surgery Research Council and was awarded the Webster International Cleft Surgery Fellowship with Interplast in 2007 for Burn Reconstruction and Hand Surgery. He has volunteered in 50 missions with Operation Smile, Rotaplast International, ReSurge International and Doctors Without Borders and is an active delegate as a surgeon for the Canadian Red Cross’s Emergency Response Unit.
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