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Meet Our Team:
Liz is the mother of Malachi, a child with HD, as well as the inspiration and creator behind the campaign “Shit Happens.” Liz is a Co-Investigator of this project, and an active participant in this research with her two-dimensional background as a caregiver and as an expert of advocacy. Swish Productions Ltd. is a public relations company that is owned by Liz, and has been involved with the monitoring of the campaign sites, the campaign strategy and public relations relating to Shit Happens campaign since inception. Her inspiration is to raise awareness of HD, and to promote families in achieving the answers they need for dealing with the day-to-day questions that come with being a caregiver of a child with HD.
Dr.Kristy Wittmeier, PT, MSc, PhD
Dr. Wittmeier is one of the lead researchers for this project. Kristy is a physiotherapist, researcher and the Director of Knowledge Translation at the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation. She is passionate about using research to improve patient outcomes, and is excited to work with caregivers and clinicians on this important project to address knowledge needs related to Hirschsprung’s Disease.
Dr. Richard Keijzer, MD, PhD, MSc
Dr.Keijzer is a Pediatric General Surgeon at the Winnipeg Children’s Hospital who is experienced in the care of families affected by HD. Also a Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba researcher, he has travelled afar from Rotterdam, The Netherlands to further explore his research of babies born with congenital anomalies from lung development (congenital diaphragmatic hernia and pulmonary hypoplasia). He provides leadership in this project as a Co-Investigator, and is inspired by the collaboration of caregiver, researcher and clinician. This unique interaction within the sphere of social media use in health care has peeked his interest. Click here for more on Dr. Keijzer.
Cindy Holland, NP
Cindy Holland, a Co-Investigator of this project, is a Nurse Practitioner for the Pediatric Surgery service at the Winnipeg Children’s Hospital. She graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2005 with a Masters of Nursing in the NP program. She has been a Pediatric Nurse in various roles since 1996. Cindy assists the Surgical team in managing children admitted to the hospital with their surgical issues. She also supports the children and families in the community with issues and questions they have at home, liaising with the Surgeon. She educates nurses and families on managing HD and assists in developing written material and system processes. She is an invaluable resource to critically appraise the evidence within this project and develop any guidelines for managing issues related to HD.
Dr. Melanie Morris, MD, FRSCS
Dr.Morris is a Pediatric General Surgeon that has recently joined the Department of Surgery and Urology in Winnipeg. She is a Co-Investigator in this project and provides her expert opinion into the direction of this project. Dr. Morris did her pediatric surgery training at Ste Justine Hospital in Montreal in addition to a Pediatric Urology fellowship. She has interests in furthering the understanding of Hirschsprung’s Disease as well as the impact on parents. Her other areas of interest include humanitarian efforts, she travels to Kenya for outreach projects in pediatric surgery and pediatric urology.
Kendall Hobbs-Murison, RN BN
Kendall is the study coordinator for this project. She works clinically as a Pediatric Surgical & Burn Nurse at the Winnipeg Children’s Hospital, inclusive of providing postoperative care and management of complications for children with HD. She has a special interest in improving the quality of care for the pediatric population. Inspired by this project because it is parent initiated, she aims to build upon her experience in continuous quality improvement to achieve the goals of this team.