Champlain Regional Stroke Network Team

CRSN Management Team




Sean Gehring, BSc (OT) MBA - CRSN Director

The Director is responsible for the development of a regional plan for stroke care across the continuum, which builds upon the existing networks, resources and capacity within the Champlain LHIN. Sean obtained his Master of Business Administration from Bradford University in the UK and also has his B.Sc. Occupational Therapy from Queen’s University.

Sean became the Clinical Manager of various streams of tertiary Ambulatory and Rehabilitative care at The Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre starting in 2011. Most relevant to the CRSN was the position of Clinical Manager of the Neuromuscular Care stream.

Having served on the board of two community health organizations, Sean maintains an active interest in healthcare reform and in the broader community. Sean has participated in both Regional and Provincial committees lead by the Ministry and the Champlain LHIN. In addition to the Director role, Sean continues to be the Manager of the Ottawa Hospital’s International Business Development portfolio. 


Marianne Thornton, BScPT, MA (Human Kinetics) - CRSN Education Coordinator

Marianne is the Education Coordinator for the Champlain Regional Stroke Network (CRSN). Prior to commencing this position in 2011 Marianne worked as the physiotherapist with the best practice team for the CRSN. She has participated on numerous conference planning committees regionally, provincially and nationally and has experience in teaching and research.


Aline Bourgoin, RN BScN CNN(C) - CRSN Stroke Prevention Coordinator

Aline obtained her Bachelor of Nursing Science degree at the University of Ottawa in 2002. In 2010, she obtained her certification in Neuroscience Nursing through the Canadian Nurses Association. She is also an active member of the Canadian Association of Neuroscience Nurses. Her nursing career has been focused solely in Neurosciences care. She started her nursing career on the Neurosurgery ward at the Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus and advanced her career as a part-time professor with the University of Ottawa. In 2008, she joined the Champlain Regional Stroke Network as the Stroke Prevention Coordinator/Nurse specialist. Her current projects include the expansion of Stroke Prevention services within the Champlain region as well as nursing research, education and publication.


Whitney Kucey, BHK, MHA - CRSN Acute Care Coordinator

Whitney graduated from the Masters of Health Administration program at the University of Ottawa in 2009, completing her residency at The Ottawa Hospital, with a focus on Alternate Level of Care (ALC) Patients. She worked on a Gestational Diabetes Project, developing an automated reminder system. Whitney joined the Champlain Regional Stroke Network in June 2011, as the Acute Care Coordinator. Her portfolio includes tracking door-to-needle time, telestroke and developing and maintaining Stroke Units for the Champlain Region. She has most recently been working on setting up a Stroke Unit at The Ottawa Hospital, General Campus, where all stroke patients will be clustered onto a single unit. Whitney also enjoys Event Planning, and successfully raised over $100,000 for CHEO and The Ottawa Hospital Dental Clinics through a Gala held in November 2011. 


Beth Donnelly, BBA, MHA - CRSN Coordinator for Rehabilitation, Community, and Long-Term Care              

Since beginning this role, Beth has undertaken the second phase of planning the Champlain Regional Stroke Rehabilitation System, work that includes defining stroke rehabilitation service standards and significant deficits to ensure that stroke patients in the region receive the appropriate level of care. Before joining the CRSN Beth completed her Masters in Health Administration at the University of Ottawa and residency at Accreditation Canada where she was successful in the creation of a strategy to both educate and provide resources to client organizations around the use of indicators and measurement for improvement. Prior to moving to Ontario in 2011, Beth was employed as a Contract Manager in Procurement at the Saint John Regional Hospital in New Brunswick, where she gained experience in leading interdisciplinary teams of clinicians and non-clinical staff, project management, customer service, and supply chain management. Beth also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Hon. Marketing) from the University of New Brunswick.



Laura Dunn, BA - CRSN Administrative Assistant

Laura completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English literature at the University of Guelph. She started with a career in Financial Services, becoming a Customer Service Manager in 1994. She was accredited as a Financial Advisor in 1998 upon completing the Canadian Securities Course. After moving to Ottawa, she began work in medical administration at a busy veterinary hospital, helping to make significant improvements to the hospital's inventory management system. As the treatment zone coordinator, she collaboratively worked to uphold the gold standard of veterinary excellence, maintaining the practice's accreditation with the American Animal Hospital Association. She enjoys problem solving and organizing details behind the scenes to contribute to the success of the team.


CRSN Best Practice Team


Isabelle Martineau, RN, BScN - CRSN Stroke Nurse Specialist

Isabelle obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from McGill University in 1993. She started her nursing career at the Montreal Neurological Hospital (MNH)as a Neuroscience nurse. After working for 5 years in neurology, neurosurgery, and epilepsy,she then took a position as the Assistant Head Nurse at the MNH. During that time,she obtainedher Certification in Neuroscience Nursing.She joined The Ottawa Hospital as the Neurology Liaison Nurse. In 2004,she joined the Champlain Regional Stroke Network as the Stroke Nurse Specialist.


 Olawande Olaniyan, RN, MSc.N, PHC-NP - CRSN Stroke Nurse Specialist

Olawande has been with the Ottawa Hospital since 2011, developing her stroke expertise in both the Emergency Department and Neuroscience Acute Care Unit.  She has a firm commitment to continuing education having completed her Masters of Science in Nursing/ Primary Healthcare Nurse Practitioner and has been a Clinical Instructor with the University of Ottawa.  Olawande also has experience working as a Northern Community Health Nurse and in Mental Health.



Anik Laneville, OT Reg. (Ont.) - CRSN Occupational Therapist/Ergothérapeute

Anik graduated from the University of Ottawa in 2008 and has been an Occupational Therapist with the Ottawa Hospital for the past 9 years.  During this time she developed her acute care experience in Nephrology and Cardiology, and held a split role for 2 years with the Geriatric Medicine Consult Team and the acute stroke unit at the General campus.  It is within these roles that she developed her expertise in clinical stroke care and implementation of best practices.  

Anik brings to the CRSN a broad background in patient and staff education.  She is a Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA) Coach, has played an active role in departmental educational session planning and in developing multiple Corporate patient information booklets.  This strong commitment to Corporate initiatives has also been shown through her involvement with the Corporate Delirium Committee,  Interprofessional Care (IPC), and as a Surveyor for both the Readmission Project and the Prevalence Study.  She has shown strong leadership within the Occupational Therapy discipline being involved with the OT National Exam, Occupational Therapy Executive Council and a preceptor of multiple OT/OTA students.


Moira Teed, MSC, MSW, RSW - CRSN Social Worker

Moira Teed has been a Clinical Social Worker with The Ottawa Hospital for the past 5 years. Moira has also worked with The Ottawa Hospital Quality and Patient Safety Department on projects related to best practice standards for surgical procedures, hand hygiene, service excellence training for hospital staff and patient perception of care. Prior to this, she worked with The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care - Toronto - on the Ontario Hospital Report Card Project for Mental Health. Her academic background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology/Commerce from Mount Allison University, Masters of Science in Marketing and Consumer Studies from the University of Guelph, and a Masters of Social Work from Carleton University. Moira has published both qualitative and quantitative research articles on topics ranging from the mental reasoning behind problem gambling to indicators for quality health care. She has also conducted multiple presentations at academic conferences, led sessional instruction at Carleton University and the University of Guelph, and is an instructor for the University of Ottawa Medical School Interviewing Skills course. 

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Karen Mallet, MHSc, MEd, SLP(C) Reg. CASLPO - CRSN Speech-Language Pathologist

Karen has been working as the Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) on the Best Practice Team with the CRSN since 2004. Her academic background includes a Master’s in Education – Counseling and a Master’s in Health Sciences – Speech-Language Pathology, both from the University of Ottawa.Karen has lectured at the University of Ottawa’s Medical School and Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology Program. She has given many educational sessions on dysphagia and communication throughout the Champlain Region; and has been a collaborator in developing the Heart and Stroke’s 2010 Tips and Tools for Everyday Living’s Meal Assistance and Special Diets Module.In her spare time, she volunteers with Team Canada Healing Hands as a trainer, educator, team leader and Board Member. Most of her volunteer work has been in Haiti, where she helps train and educate Haitians to be their own health care providers in order to help develop a sustainable rehabilitation system. 


Dana Guest PT, BSc PT - CRSN Physiotherapist/Physiothérapeute

 Dana graduated from McGill University in 1996 and has been a Physiotherapist with the Ottawa Hospital since 2004.  She started her career at the Ottawa Hospital within the stroke rehabilitation program at The Rehabilitation Center.  She has extensive clinical experience working with neurological patients and has devoted her post graduate training specifically to treatment of the stroke population. During her 15 years working inpatient rehabilitation in both Ottawa and Toronto she has had the opportunity to be involved in the development and implementation of many policies and procedures, clinical pathways, guidelines, patient and staff education tools as well as training modules both for physiotherapy and the allied staff.  Recently Dana has been in the Clinical Expert position on the Short Term Rehabilitation program and fulfilled an Interim Professional Practice Coordinator role at the General Campus of the Ottawa Hospital.  She brings to the network the strong leadership and skills she aquired in program evaluation and development, resource optimization, change management, knowledge translation and best practice initiatives. Dana is passionate about providing evidence based best practice and is excited to be joining the Champlain Regional Stroke Network in her new role.


TOH Stroke Prevention Team


Sophia Gocan, RN, MScN, CNN(C) - CRSN Stroke Prevention Nurse Specialist

Sophia is a Stroke Prevention Nurse Specialist within the Champlain Regional Stroke Network at the Ottawa Hospital. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Western Ontario in 1996 and completed her Master of Science in Nursing at the University of Ottawa in 2012. Sophia was born and raised in South-Western Ontario. She has also lived in Charlottesville Virginia for 3 years and has spent the past 12 years in Ottawa. She has been working as a neuroscience nurse for 16 years. In addition to her clinical responsibilities, Sophia is involved in smoking cessation research in both Stroke Prevention and Primary Care. She has an interest in neurological nursing assessment and she completed an Advanced Clinical Practice Fellowship on this topic.

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Brammiya Sivakumar RN, BScN, CNN(C )  - CRSN Stroke Prevention Nurse

Brammiya obtained her Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Ottawa in 2007. She has over 8 years of experience as an RN in the neuroscience field, providing care to both children and adults. She started her career in the Neurosurgery, Neurology and Trauma unit at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. In 2011, she moved to Ottawa and joined the Neuroscience Acute Care unit team at the Ottawa Hospital, Civic Campus. In 2015, Brammiya joined the CRSN Team as the Stroke Prevention Registered Nurse, helping patients and their families reduce the risk of stroke.

Serena Serena Clarke - CRSN Stroke Prevention Administrative Coordinator

Serena obtained her Medical Office Administration Diploma from CDI College in 2005, and continuously pursues new educational opportunities to enhance her knowledge and skill sets. She is strongly committed to quality and improvement of care. In 2011, Serena received a TOH Quality Award with the Stroke Prevention Team for her role in the creation of a centralized referral process. She brings creativity to her work and supports innovations within the CRSN.  Serena's compassion for others makes her an excellent point of contact for stroke patients. She treats all with the respect and consideration that she would want for her own family.


Hannah Lilly, BA (Hons)- CRSN Stroke Prevention Administrative Coordinator

Hannah received an honours BA from St. Francis Xavier University in 2009. After graduation, she designed and supervised a number of community health projects in West Africa, and worked in a pediatric acute care setting in a mobile medical clinic. Upon her return to Canada, Hannah began volunteer work in pediatric palliative care in Ottawa and found a true passion for its philosophy of family and patient-centered care. Hannah brings this philosophy to her work with the CRSN. She strives to keep communication with each patient and their loved ones open and inclusive, to ensure that they receive exceptional service with the Stroke Prevention Clinic.



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(from left to right) Karen Roosen (District Stroke Coordinator),Lisa Keon (Stroke Prevention Clinic RN), Dr. Debbie Timpson (Stroke Prevention Clinic Physician), Alexis Weisenberg (Stroke Prevention Clinic Unit Clerk), andRachael England (District Stroke Centre Clinical Educator)




Contact us

Champlain Regional Stroke Network The Ottawa Hospital - Civic Campus Civic Parkdale Clinic, Main North 1053 Carling Avenue Ottawa, ON K1Y 4E9

Phone: 613-798-5555 x 16153
SPC Phone: 613-798-5555 x 16156