Experienced Clinician and Educator

Elizabeth started her career in healthcare in the Emergency Department at the Toronto East General Hospital as a Crisis Intervention Volunteer (1994 -1999), and at the Halton Rape Crisis Centre as a Volunteer Crisis Counsellor (1995 - 1999). Inspired to support individuals and families facing crisis and complex illness, Elizabeth began working in General Internal Medicine at the Toronto Western Hospital in 1999. Wanting to explore the emotional aspects of caring, in 2000 she joined the Psychosocial Oncology Program at the largest cancer treatment centre in Canada, caring for individuals and families from diagnosis to end-of-life. 

In 2002, Elizabeth was privileged to become the first Palliative Social Worker at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and specialized in therapeutic interventions with individuals and families on the Acute Palliative Care Unit and in the Palliative Outpatient Clinics. Grateful for the experiences of working in acute care, but wanting to broaden access to Palliative Care in the community, Elizabeth launched her private practice in 2015 offering psychosocial support to individuals and families of all ages facing complex illness, grief or bereavement.

An experienced educator, Elizabeth highlights the value of compassion and communication in the context of coping with complex illness, grief and loss. She teaches courses, workshops and seminars to the general public, health science learners and healthcare professionals. She volunteers for local, regional, provincial and national Hospice Palliative Care initiatives and has examined access to care and quality of life with findings published in peer-reviewed journals. In 2016, Elizabeth was honoured to receive the appointment of Assistant Clinical Professor (Adjunct) with the Department of Family Medicine, Division of Palliative Care, Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University.

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