Experienced Clinician and Educator

While studying Community Work, Elizabeth began her career in healthcare as a Crisis Intervention Volunteer (1994-1999) at the Toronto East General Hospital, and as a Volunteer Crisis Counsellor (1995-1999) at the Halton Rape Crisis Centre. After graduating with a B.S.W and M.S.W, wanting to support individuals and families facing crisis and complex illness, Elizabeth began working in General Internal Medicine at the Toronto Western Hospital in 1999. Inspired by the emotional aspects of caring, in 2000, she joined the Psychosocial Oncology Program at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and supported individuals and families from time of diagnosis through to end-of-life. 

In 2002, Elizabeth was privileged to become the first Palliative Social Worker at the largest cancer treatment centre in Canada, and was proud to be part of the interprofessional team on the Acute Palliative Care Unit from its inception. As the designated Palliative Social Worker (2002-2015), she specialized in therapeutic interventions with individuals and families facing complex illness, uncertainty and grief on the Acute Palliative Care Unit and in the Outpatient Palliative 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 illness, dying, 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 and workshops to the general public, health science learners and healthcare professionals. She collaborates on numerous 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. Elizabeth is an 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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