Obstetrics & Gynecology Residency                       University of Toronto

Faculty of Medicine

Toronto, Ontario


Doctor of Medicine (MD)                                           University of Ottawa

Faculty of Medicine

Ottawa, Ontario


Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Postdoctoral Fellowship 

The Ottawa Hospital Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine / University of Ottawa – Faculty of Medicine

Ottawa, Ontario


Topic: A pilot study examining the effects of ‘The 5As for Healthy Pregnancy Weight Gain’ on MD weight management dialogue and maternal-fetal clinical outcomes

Mentors: Dr. Erin Keely (Endocrinology/Obstetric Medicine) & Dr. Kara Nerenberg (Internal Medicine/Obstetric Medicine)

Funding: CIHR Allied Care Provider Postdoctoral Fellowship ($110,000 over two years)

Awards/Recognition during postdoc: 

  1. Carleton University Co-Op Student Mentor of the Year. ZM Ferraro and K Fung Kee Fung for supervisory role with summer student Rachael Page. March 2015.
  2. Best new professional oral presentation at The 4th Canadian Obesity Summit. Toronto, ON. April 28, 2015.
  3. Runner-up, Best oral presentation at the Canadian Obesity Student Meeting – CON Waterloo, ON. June 19, 2014.

Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario  

Ottawa, Ontario


Fellowship in the Clinical Research Unit at the Children’s Hospital Research Institute with the Healthy Active Living and Obesity (HALO) research group with collaborative efforts with Dr. Andree Gruslin’s lab in the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute Chronic Disease Program

Focus on translational research ‘from bench to bedside’ in maternal-fetal medicine and pediatrics

Experience with Epidemiology, randomized controlled trials (RCTs), case-control studies, intervention trials, clinical studies and cell-based experiments

Minor, Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc)                        University of Ottawa

Ottawa, Ontario


Faculty of Health Sciences, Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences

Awards during BHSc:

  • Dean’s Award of Excellence (top GPA in the program 3.99/4.00)
  • Dean’s Honour List

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)                                           University of Ottawa

Ottawa, Ontario


Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Human Kinetics (physiology)

Dissertation title:

‘An examination of maternal contributors and potential modifiers of fetal growth in pregnancy’

Funded by the Ontario Graduate Scholar Program

Awards during PhD:

  • Dissertation nominated for Governor General’s Gold Medal University wide thesis prize
  • Canadian Obesity Network `Rising Star’ Award, 2012
  • University of Ottawa Dean’s Scholarship, 2012
  • Ontario Graduate Scholar (OGS) Doctoral Research Award, 2009-2012
  • Canadian Obesity Network Travel Awards, October 2009, 2010
  • University of Ottawa Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies travel awards, 2008,2011,2012
  • Graduate Student Association (GSAED) – Special project fund (for training in advanced placental methodology)
  • University of Ottawa Doctoral Research Scholarship; January 2008-2012
  • University of Ottawa Excellence Scholarship; January 2008-2012
  • Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario trainee fellowship; 2008-2012

Master of Science (MSc)                                                     University of Guelph

Guelph, Ontario


College of Biological Sciences, Department of Human Health & Nutritional Sciences

Awards during MSc:

  • Frances Hucks Memorial Research Scholarship; March 2007
  • Graduate Students’ Association Volunteer of the Year; Spring 2007
  • University Graduate Scholarship (UGS); Fall 2006

Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology, Honours (BKin)              McMaster University

Hamilton, Ontario


Department of Kinesiology

Awards during BKin:

  • Dr. Mary Keyes Award for Citizenship & Leadership, 2006
  • Marauder Scholar Award for Excellence in Academics and Varsity Sport (cycling), 2004-2006
  • Deans’ Honour List, 2004-2006
  • McMaster Entrance Scholarship, 2002
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