Distinguished Rehabilitation Science Alumni Awards

On October 3rd, 2017 the SRS held a dinner to honour the 2017 SRS Distinguished Alumni Award Winners. This award was established in 2012 in recognition of the 20th Anniversary of our first graduating classes in Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy.

Congratulations to the 2017 Award Winners:

  • Greg Spadoni, RS (Class of 2002),
  • Sukaina Dada, OT (Class of 2009),
  • Stephanie Hill, MHM (Class of 2016)
  • Carmen Kirkness-Asche, PT (Posthumous Award– Class of 1994)

Greg Spadoni – Rehabilitation Science – Class of 2002

Greg graduated from McMaster’s Physiotherapy Program in 1996 and from the Rehabilitation Sciences Program with his Master of Science in 2002. Greg has shown commitment to the physiotherapy profession and to the School of Rehabilitation Science for over 2 decades. As a lifelong learner Greg also advanced his knowledge and teaching skills through the International Federation of Orthopedic Manipulative Physical Therapists and through the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. He recently became a member of an elite group having received Clinical Specialty Certification in Musculoskeletal Practice from the CPA. Greg has held various roles within the School of Rehabilitation Science and has been a sessional instructor in the Physiotherapy Program since 2001 and holds the rank of Associate Clinical Professor. He has instructed hundreds of physiotherapy students and many clinicians through his manual therapy courses. His commitment to evidence based practice has resulted in 9 peer reviewed publications. He is the Director of Peak Performance Physiotherapy.

Sukaina Dada – Occupational Therapy - Class of 2009

Sukaina graduated from McMaster’s Occupational Therapy Program in 2009. Sukaina is the founder and president of SMILE Canada Support Services, an organization dedicated to providing support and developing awareness of the limitations faced by children living with disabilities in the Muslim community. During the time Sukaina was at McMaster, she initiated and developed an evidence-based research project entitled, “The lived experience of Muslim children with disabilities and their families”. This work contributed to the development of evidence to support SMILE Canada. She is passionate about helping Muslim Communities become physically and socially accessible and inclusive. She has served Muslim communities in Canada and the United States for over ten years and has been part of many organizations including Global Deaf Muslim and American Muslim Health Professionals Enabled Muslim Advisory Committee. She and her sister published a children’s book this summer entitled, “A Bedtime Prayer for Peace”. She has shown exceptional advocacy and leadership skills as evidenced through her passion for her work and commitment to her goals.

Carmen Kirkness-Asche – Physiotherapy (Posthumous Award) – Class of 1994

Since graduating in 1994 from the Physiotherapy Program at McMaster Carmen contributed to the profession of physiotherapy as a skilled clinician, outstanding researcher and exemplary mentor to students and staff. Following her physiotherapy studies Carmen completed a MSc from McGill University and a PhD from the University of Utah. She then became a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria where she was also the Assistant Director of the Centre for Outcomes Research. Her productive research career focusing on health outcomes related to post-surgical orthopedics, mobility and cancer, back pain, and osteoarthritis, resulted in extensive publications and presentations.  She was also a gifted athlete and a member of the Canadian National Women’s Field Hockey Team. Her achievements portray her outstanding motivation and dedication for continuous improvement through her own education, teaching of others and research to improve the future of physiotherapy.

Photo- Left, Tania Brittain and Barb Pollock, centre, accepting on behalf of Carmen Kirkness-Asche

Stephanie Hill – Health Management – Class of 2016

Stephanie graduated with a BASc in Nutrition and Food from Ryerson University in 2009. She received her Masters of Health Management from McMaster in 2016. She has practiced as a Registered Dietitian for the past seven years at Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care where she has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to her profession and the advancement of dietetics in the field of mental health. As examples, she advocated for inclusion of dietitians on clinical patient meetings. She made dietetic practice more visible by creating a designated place to find nutrition related patient information on patient charts. She co-led the creation of the HEALING Group for the promotion of the physical health of patients.  Stephanie has also made a strong contribution to clinical practice through her scholarly activities and is the principal investigator on two practiced-based research projects: a program evaluation of an outpatient treatment program for Metabolic Syndrome and a comparison of the effectiveness of intensive dietitian services on a mental health population versus outcomes to a group receiving the standard of care.

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