Clinician & OHT Impact Fellow

Born and raised on the traditional lands of the Fort William First Nation, in a city now known as Thunder Bay, Jen is an Indigenous clinician and scholar who is passionate about improving health systems in the North. Jen is a registered Occupational Therapist (OT) and holds a Master of Public Health degree. She is currently completing her Doctor of Science in Rehabilitation and Health Leadership at Queen’s University. Her research focus is culture, equity, and justice within professional practice and organizational development. As a clinician, Jen has worked in acute, tertiary, and community-based health settings as an OT and has enjoyed working with a variety of client populations across the lifespan in phys-med and mental health. Jen is an advocate for implementing trauma-informed and culturally safe philosophies as actionable steps towards social justice goals. Her curiosity and big picture thinking means that she constantly looks for opportunities for innovation and quality improvement.  Aside from clinical practice, Jen has worked in systems-level planning and implementation within mental health and addictions and has assisted in the development of multi-sectoral initiatives aimed at improving health outcomes for people in Northwestern Ontario.