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I teach because science is cool. Most of the amazing things that I know are science based, like how we are all made of stardust, or how in the last second your body made about 2 million red blood cells. I find the human body so incredibly fascinating and love to pass the knowledge and passion onto others. Students are always surprising me with insightful questions. In order to answer many student’s questions, I have to do some background reading, which keeps me learning. The more I learn, the more I know there is to learn.
I do a fair amount of volunteer work in my spare time. Within the last few years I have been a member of the Canadian Ski Patrol, and helped with Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign, door to door canvassing for Heart and Stroke and for the Canadian Cancer Society.
I have a Ph.D. in Cancer Biology from The University of Calgary. I ran a medical research laboratory for 8 years at the University of Western Ontario (London, ON) in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, and taught Anatomy and Physiology to both undergraduate and graduate students. Since moving to Kelowna in 2007, I have taught many physiology courses at Okanagan College and UBC-Okanagan. I started teaching Anatomy and Physiology at OVCMT in Feb 2012, and now teach Anatomy and Physiology, Pathology and parts of the team taught Integrated Sciences.