MEET YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS

Oak Medical Arts is operated by local health professionals who are dedicated to providing the best health care services possible. Behind our doors, you'll meet the most down-to-earth, caring, educated, and professional health care workers in Thunder Bay. We are dedicated to helping you and your family with all of your health care needs in a collaborative, supportive environment. 

SUPPORT

SUPPORT

Supporting local means that you care about the community that you live in

JOBS

JOBS

We provide over 70 team members with work in our community

COMMUNITY

COMMUNITY

Helping build a healthier community, one day at a time.

CHIROPRACTORS

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Dr.Stachowich was born and raised in Thunder Bay, ON where he graduated from Hammarskjold High School, and received his Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology from Lakehead University. Justin went on to further his education and received his Doctorate of Chiropractic at Parker University in Dallas, Texas graduating in 2014!

Justin Stachowich

DOCTOR OF CHIROPRACTIC

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Tesni has always been passionate about getting people moving and feeling their best. Her main goal as a healthcare professional is to support individuals with both acute and chronic injuries and focus on future injury prevention. Using evidence-based care, she strives to create a safe and comfortable road to recovery for patients and their musculoskeletal injuries. Her approach to care involves techniques such as soft tissue therapy, neurofunctional acupuncture, mobilization/manipulations and exercise therapy. Tesni received her Doctorate of Chiropractic from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College and both her Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology and Bachelor of Psychology from Lakehead University.

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Stefanato

DOCTOR OF CHIROPRACTIC

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Dr. Morgan received his Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay in 2017. He then attended Chiropractic college at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Minnesota, where he graduated in 2020 with Cum Laude distinction. In his care, Dr. Morgan likes to encourage activity from patients and is interested in the role muscles and tendons can play in patients’ conditions. Dylan is very passionate when it comes to staying fit to maintain a healthy lifestyle. He can usually be found running, working out, playing hockey, spending time outdoors and fishing in the summers with friends and family.

Dylan

Morgan

DOCTOR OF CHIROPRACTIC

FOOT CARE NURSES

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Lynda has always had a passion for connecting with and helping people, which led her into a career in nursing, and is excited to continue this through nursing and footcare with Oak!

Lynda

Gibbon

FOOT CARE NURSE

CLINIC MANAGER

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Breanna graduated in 2007 from Confederation College as a registered practical nurse.  Throughout her career, she has worked in many different areas including complex medical care, orthopaedic rehabilitation, clinical instructing, outpatient clinics and now she is very excited to add Footcare to her nursing practice! Breanna is a busy mother of 2 beautiful, very active children. She and her family enjoy travelling, fishing in the summer and taking trail walks with their two family dogs. Breanna is looking forward to joining the Oak Medical team!

Breanna

Atkinson

FOOT CARE NURSE

Alex graduated from Confederation College as a RPN in 2012 and has worked in various fields to contribute to her experience and knowledge. She enjoys gardening and being outdoors - swimming, camping, fishing, and hunting. She has a small hobby farm which she very much enjoys, especially with having her little sidekick (her son)! Most of all, she loves just spending time with her family and creating memories. Alex is excited to join the team!

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FOOT CARE NURSE

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Stein

KINESIOLOGISTS

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Holly graduated from Lakehead University with an Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology Degree. Since then, she has been practicing as a Registered Kinesiologist and has obtained certifications to become both a Certified Ergonomic Specialist and a WorkWell Functional Capacity Evaluator. Holly spends her spare time with her family enjoying the great outdoors. 

KINESIOLOGIST

CLINIC MANAGER

Holly graduated from Lakehead University with a Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology Degree. Since then, she has been practicing as a Registered Kinesiologist and has obtained certifications to become both a Certified Ergonomic Specialist and a WorkWell Functional Capacity Evaluator. She has a strong passion for health and fitness and truly believes in the importance of exercise as an essential means to improve health, prevent injury and increase overall well-being. Holly spends her spare time with her family enjoying the great outdoors. Outside of the office Holly can be found enjoying time on the beach at camp with her family, fishing and hunting.

Holly Ozerkevich

Holly

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Maggie is a Registered Kinesiologist and Lakehead Alumni that is passionate about fitness. In her spare time, she loves getting outside to explore the beautiful surroundings of Thunder Bay and spending quality time with her family.

KINESIOLOGIST

Michael Makela is a registered kinesiologist with the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario. He graduated with a Master’s of Science degree in kinesiology at Lakehead University in 2020. Michael is naturally competitive whether he is playing a sport or a board game. He is an avid 10-pin bowler and has represented Northern Ontario at national events. During the summer months, Michael can be found on the golf course or barbequing for his family.

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Michael

Makela

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Maggie is a Registered Kinesiologist and Lakehead Alumni that is passionate about fitness. In her spare time, she loves getting outside to explore the beautiful surroundings of Thunder Bay and spending quality time with her family.

KINESIOLOGIST

CLINIC MANAGER

Maggie is a Registered Kinesiologist and Lakehead Alumni that is passionate about fitness. Being born and raised in Thunder Bay, she is excited to join the team and make a positive impact on the community's well being. In her spare time she loves getting outside to explore the beautiful surroundings of Thunder Bay and spending quality time with her family.

Maggie Kuzmich

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Kuzmich

MASSAGE THERAPIST

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Rob recently relocated to Thunder Bay from Oshawa, Ontario. For the last 6 years, Rob has been a Registered Massage Therapist who enjoys incorporating Trigger Point Therapy into his treatments. Rob looks forward to providing pain and stress relief treatments for all clients.

Robert

Gill

MASSAGE THERAPIST

Rob has recently relocated to Thunder Bay from Oshawa, Ontario. For the last 6 years Rob has been a Registered Massage Therapist who enjoys incorporating Trigger Point Therapy into his treatments. Rob looks forward to providing pain and stress relief treatments for all clients. In Rob's Spare time he can be found exploring the new trails in Thunder Bay with his Alaskan Malamute and Chocolate Lab or enjoying a good glass of red wine!

MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELLORS

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Jay was born and raised just outside of Toronto in a small town called Port Perry.  He then moved to Thunder Bay as a National level wrestler and attended the Social Work Program at Lakehead University. In 2016 Jay moved to Thunder Bay where he became a manager in child welfare. Jay has 2 beautiful children who are also heavily involved in wrestling and soccer.

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Dooley

REGISTERED 

PSYCHOTHERAPIST

Daniel grew up in Schreiber and left in 2013 to pursue an undergraduate degree at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, ON. He completed the program, earning an Honours Bachelor of Science majoring in Psychology. In 2020 he entered the Master’s of Counselling Program with Yorkville University in Fredericton NB. He is published in the peer-reviewed academic journal and his professional interests include Positive Psychology, Strength-based approaches, Abnormal and Developmental Psychology.He is the proud owner of two rescue dogs he raised since they were puppies. One Border Collie and one Great Dane.

Tesni has always been passionate about getting people moving and feeling their best. Her main goal as a healthcare professional is to support individuals with both acute and chronic injuries and focus on future injury prevention. Using evidence-based care, she strives to create a safe and comfortable road to recovery for patients and their musculoskeletal injuries. Her approach to care involves techniques such as soft tissue therapy, neurofunctional acupuncture, mobilization/manipulations and exercise therapy. Tesni received her Doctorate of Chiropractic from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College and both her Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology and Bachelor of Psychology from Lakehead University.

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Jay was born and raised just outside of Toronto in a small town called Port Perry.  He then moved to Thunder Bay as a National level wrestler and attended the Social Work Program at Lakehead University. In 2016 Jay moved to Thunder Bay where he became a manager in child welfare. Jay has 2 beautiful children who are also heavily involved in wrestling and soccer.

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Blain

SOCIAL WORKER

CLINIC MANAGER

Jay was born and raised just outside of Toronto in a small town called Port Perry.  He then moved to Thunder Bay as a National level wrestler and  attended the Social Work Program at Lakehead University. After graduating from Lakehead, Jay followed his wife's side to Longlac Ontario as she followed her dream of being a teacher.  

 In 2016 Jay moved to Thunder Bay where he became a manager in child welfare. Jay has 2 beautiful children who are also heavily involved in wrestling and soccer. 

Tesni has always been passionate about getting people moving and feeling their best. Her main goal as a healthcare professional is to support individuals with both acute and chronic injuries and focus on future injury prevention. Using evidence-based care, she strives to create a safe and comfortable road to recovery for patients and their musculoskeletal injuries. Her approach to care involves techniques such as soft tissue therapy, neurofunctional acupuncture, mobilization/manipulations and exercise therapy. Tesni received her Doctorate of Chiropractic from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College and both her Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology and Bachelor of Psychology from Lakehead University.

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Simon graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2017 with a degree in Human Nutritional Sciences. He then completed his dietetic internship through the Manitoba Partnership Dietetic Education program in June 2018 to become a Registered Dietitian. Simons’ passion for nutrition started when he began to exercise at 18, which made him eventually realize how nutrition played a role in athletic performance and body composition changes. Simon enjoys breaking down nutrition myths and helping people perform their best at their sport. 

Simon Belanger

DIETITIAN

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Taylor is a graduate of the University of Manitoba, Bachelor of Nursing Program. She is from Flin Flon, a small town in Manitoba and just recently relocated to Thunder Bay. Taylor is passionate about community-based nursing and having the opportunity to build meaningful relationships with her clients. She looks forward to watching her clients progress to becoming the healthiest versions of themselves. When she is not at work you can find her enjoying the outdoors with her puppy Knox!

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Lawrence

OPTIFAST COORDINATOR

NUTRITION

NURSE PRACTITIONERS

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Calvin Pelletier is a lifelong resident of Thunder Bay. He attended Lakehead University where he studied Biochemistry and went on to complete a BScN. Calvin continued his studies with The University of Manitoba Critical Care Program. Calvin returned to Thunder Bay in 2008 and obtained his Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner at Lakehead University.

Calvin resides in Thunder Bay with his daughter, and in their spare time can be found traveling the world hiking to the mountain tops, camping, fishing, biking, and working on their rental business.

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Pelletier

NURSE PRACTITIONER

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Robin completed her nursing degree at the University of Manitoba in 2003.  After practicing in the acute care setting, she returned to school and completed her Nurse Practitioner certificate through the University of Ottawa in 2008.  She has been since working as a Nurse Practitioner in a family practice.  Born and raised in Thunder Bay, she returned home to raise her family in 2011.  She has always been active with sports playing competitive hockey from a young age.  She tries to promote a healthy lifestyle in all aspects of her life by being active during her workdays and homelife activities with her children like hiking, biking, skiing, and camping.  She is looking forward to developing her skills further as a provider in the sports medicine field. 

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Latimer

NURSE PRACTITIONER

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Krista worked as a Registered Nurse for ten years in emergency and cardiology before becoming a NP through Queen’s University. She currently enjoys working with the elderly but is looking forward to caring for all ages and expanding her NP skills. In her spare time she likes to read, travel, hike, and camp with family, friends, and her dog.

Krista 

Mills

NURSE PRACTITIONER

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Christy Tashjian (she/her), CPM, NP, graduated from the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing in 1994 and went on to study midwifery while working at home health agencies.  After working as a midwife in Austin for 16 years, she decided to go back to school to become a Nurse Practitioner, expanding her midwifery practice into a full spectrum women's health practice in 2014.  She worked as a midwife consultant and educator with the Austin-based Mama Sana Vibrant Woman project focusing on group pregnancy care and perinatal support for low-income people of color. Christy has also worked with and supported the LGBTQ+ community in her practices, specifically with fertility, conception and hormone therapy.  She joined the staff of Balcones Ob/Gyn for two years in 2018 to bring her varied experience in pregnancy care and women's health to a mainstream practice.   While working as a midwife, Christy was also on the board of directors of the Midwives Alliance of North America and Human Rights in Childbirth. Christy, her wife Jenni, and their 5 year old moved to Thunder Bay in 2020.  She’s spent the last two years wading through Canadian bureaucracy and recently became registered as an NP in Ontario.  She spends much of her time outside, cross country skiing and marveling at the snow in the winter, and hiking, gardening and being enamored with the Lake outside her door in the summer.  Christy is an herb crafter, fiber creatrix, hearth keeper, forest therapy guide, and mom who continues to be interested in all aspects of healthcare related to queer/trans folx and women, especially in regards to increasing access to holistic and edgy health information. 

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Tashjian

NURSE PRACTITIONER

PHYSIOTHERAPISTS

PHARMACISTS

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Robyn graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 2015, and has since worked in community pharmacy in both Saskatchewan and Ontario. In Saskatchewan, she enjoyed providing clinical care in various community pharmacies, as well as being a part of innovative health care teams that improve quality and access to chronic disease care in rural Saskatchewan. She enjoys traveling, sunshine and can always be found with a cup of coffee in hand.

Robyn

Despins

PHARMACIST -

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Robyn graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 2015 and has since worked in community pharmacy in both Saskatchewan and Ontario. In Saskatchewan, she enjoyed providing clinical care in various community pharmacies, as well as being a part of innovative health care teams that improve quality and access to chronic disease care in rural Saskatchewan. Since moving to Thunder Bay and joining Oak, she has enjoyed taking on a role both as a practicing pharmacist and the Professional Practice Manager. She enjoys travelling, sunshine and can always be found with a cup of coffee in hand.

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Jessie is a recent graduate from the University of Toronto, where she was honoured to have been elected valedictorian for her graduating class. She has a particular interest in the topic of women’s health and is passionate about improving access to/quality of LGBTQIA+ healthcare. In her spare time, Jessie enjoys instructing dance classes at a local studio traveling.

Jessie

Kajorinne

PHARMACIST

PHARMACY MANAGER

Jessie is a recent graduate from the University of Toronto, where she was honoured to have been elected valedictorian for her graduating class.

She has a particular interest in the topic of women’s health and is passionate about improving access to/quality of LGBTQIA+ healthcare. In her spare time, Jessie enjoys instructing dance classes at a local studio travelling.

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Jon is a local pharmacist and owner of our Mountdale pharmacy location. He graduated with a doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of Waterloo. Jon is a certified respiratory educator and has a strong passion for educating patients on respiratory health. Apart from pharmacy, Jon loves spending time with his wife and two daughters. He is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys his time spent hunting and fishing. 

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Potvin

PHARMACIST -

PHARMACY OWNER

Jon is a local pharmacist and owner of our Mountdale pharmacy location. He graduated with a doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of Waterloo. Jon is a certified respiratory educator and has a strong passion for educating patients on respiratory health.  Apart from pharmacy, Jon loves spending time with his wife and two daughters. He is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys his time spent hunting and fishing.

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Dawn Romeo was born and raised in Thunder Bay. She graduated in 1989 from Humber College as a pharmacy technician. Dawn has been happily married for 27 years and has 3 children and 2 dogs. In her spare time, she likes to walk her dogs and spend time with her family. Dawn has been a pharmacy technician for 32 years, and loves her job!

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Romeo

PHARMACY

TECHNICIAN

Dawn Romeo was born and raised in Thunder Bay. She graduated in 1989 from Humber College as a pharmacy technician. Dawn has been happily married for 27 years and has 3 children and 2 dogs. In her spare time, she likes to walk her dogs and spend time with her family. Dawn has been a pharmacy technician for 32 years, and loves her job!

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Shawndra has been a Pharmacist for over 14 years.   
She enjoys providing clinical services while building and maintaining patient relationships to help improve their health outcomes.When not at work, she’s busy chasing after her two young boys and enjoys exploring the waters of Lake Superior.

Shawnda

Ehelebe

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PHARMACY MANAGER

Shawndra has been a Pharmacist for over 14 years. She enjoys providing clinical services while building and maintaining patient relationships to help improve their health outcomes.

When not at work, she’s busy chasing after her two young boys and enjoys exploring the waters of Lake Superior.

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Teresa, a graduate of the University of Manitoba, has spent her pharmacy career providing the residents of Thunder Bay with exceptional health care.

Teresa appreciates travelling and the opportunity to meet new people and engage with other cultures.  She enjoys spending time with her husband, children, two Havanese dogs and can often be found tending her flower garden.

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Mirabelli

PHARMACIST -

PHARMACY MANAGER

Teresa, a graduate of the University of Manitoba, has spent her pharmacy career providing the residents of Thunder Bay with exceptional health care. Teresa appreciates travelling and the opportunity to meet new people and engage with other cultures.  She enjoys spending time with her husband, children, two Havanese dogs and can often be found tending her flower garden.

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Jean Pierre Nabarra de Benejacq, HBK, BAPsy, MA(ExP), MScPT, MClScPT WH. Born and raised in Thunder Bay, ON, Jean Pierre Nabarra has been an active athlete his entire life, including opportunities to represent his country in several international Rugby and Football tournaments. He attended Lakehead University to complete an Honors Bachelor of Kinesiology, as well as a BA in Psychology in order to better understand the mental aspects of sports and exercise. He continued his education at St. Scholastica in Duluth, achieving a Master of Physiology.  While away at school, he started training football, soccer, and MMA athletes. Upon returning to Canada, he attended McMaster University for a Master of Science in Physiotherapy. While working as a physiotherapist he saw a gap in health care regarding Wound Care, which led him to pursue a Master of Clinical Science Physical Therapy Wound Healing from Western Ontario. He was then given an opportunity to work with elite athletes in Saskatchewan, Canada. He was part of the 2018 TELUS Cup Championship with the Notre Dame Hounds, as well as Provincial Championships with Male and Female Rugby teams. He has completed several additional courses; some of which include cardiac rehab, pulmonary rehab, manual therapy, taping techniques, active release, concussion rehab, and Vertigo therapy. In his free time, he enjoys exercising at local gyms and hiking with his Blue Merle Australian Shepherd (Einstein), as well as hanging out with family and friends.

Jean-Pierre Nabarra

PHYSIOTHERAPIST

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Vince was born and raised in Thunder Bay, and grew up very passionate about sport and activity. Growing up Vince spent the majority of his time either on the soccer field or at camp fishing with my friends and family.
He began to develop a passion for health and wellness after spending many hours on the treatment table, receiving therapy of his own. It was then that he truly realized how much of a difference good rehabilitation can make in recovering from an injury or ailment. This led Vince to pursue his degree in Kinesiology at Lakehead University. From there, Vince wanted to take his career to the next level so decided to pursue a Masters in Physical Therapy at Queen's University. 

Vince

Pileggi

PHYSIOTHERAPIST

LEADERSHIP

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Bryan graduated from Dalhousie University in 2013, then returned to his hometown of Thunder Bay where he founded Oak Medical Arts. Over the last 7 years, Bryan and his team have grown Oak to six clinic and pharmacy locations across Thunder Bay. He obtained his MBA from Lakehead University, has been a speaker at many pharmacy conferences across Canada, and serves on the OPA board. He recently also opened Carte Blanche Cafe, and in his spare time enjoys playing sports and spending time at camp! 

Bryan

Gray

DIRECTOR
& FOUNDER

Bryan graduated from Dalhousie University in 2013, then returned to his hometown of Thunder Bay where he founded Oak Medical Arts. Over the last 7 years, Bryan and his team have grown Oak to five clinic and pharmacy locations across Thunder Bay. He obtained his MBA from Lakehead University, has been a speaker at many pharmacy conferences across Canada and serves on the OPA board. He recently also opened Carte Blanche Cafe, and in his spare time enjoys playing sports and spending time at camp! 

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Bryan graduated from Dalhousie University in 2013, then returned to his hometown of Thunder Bay where he founded Oak Medical Arts. Over the last 7 years, Bryan and his team have grown Oak to six clinic and pharmacy locations across Thunder Bay. He obtained his MBA from Lakehead University, has been a speaker at many pharmacy conferences across Canada, and serves on the OPA board. He recently also opened Carte Blanche Cafe, and in his spare time enjoys playing sports and spending time at camp! 

Robyn

Despins

EXECUTIVE

DIRECTOR

Robyn graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 2015 and has since worked in community pharmacy in both Saskatchewan and Ontario. In Saskatchewan, she enjoyed providing clinical care in various community pharmacies, as well as being a part of innovative health care teams that improve quality and access to chronic disease care in rural Saskatchewan. Since moving to Thunder Bay and joining Oak, she has enjoyed taking on a role both as a practicing pharmacist and the Professional Practice Manager. She enjoys travelling, sunshine and can always be found with a cup of coffee in hand.