ECHO Chronic Pain/Opioids Interprofessional Specialist Team

Dr. Ruth Dubin, Family Physician
Co-Chair of ECHO Ontario Pain and Opioid Stewardship 
Dr. Dubin has practiced family medicine in Kingston since 1987. In 2013, she changed her scope of practice to chronic pain, with a special interest in Mindfulness, Self-Management, and Exercise to treat this complex condition. Dr. Dubin has chaired the College of Family Physicians of Canada chronic pain committee since 2011. Dr. Dubin is a diplomat of the Canadian and American Academies of Pain Management, and an assistant professor (adjunct) at Queens University.

Dr. Andrea Furlan, Physiatrist
Co-Chair of ECHO Ontario Chronic Pain and Opioid Stewardship (UHN)
Dr. Andrea Furlan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto, and a staff physician and scientist at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. She developed the Opioid Manager, a point-of-care tool for physicians using opioids for chronic pain.

Dr. John Flannery, Physiatrist
Executive Team Member of ECHO Ontario Chronic Pain and Opioid Stewardship (UHN)
Dr. John Flannery is the Medical Director of the Musculoskeletal (MSK) Rehabilitation Program at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. In 2014, he was awarded the title of best Physical Medicine and Rehab doctor in Toronto by Toronto Life Magazine.

Dr. Andrew Smith, Neurologist
Executive Team Member of ECHO Ontario Chronic Pain and Opioid Stewardship (UHN)
Dr. Smith is a Neurologist and Addiction Medicine specialist with a focus in pain at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). He completed his medical training at McGill University and residencies at University of Washington School of Medicine and University of California, Los Angeles.

Dr. Paul Taenzer, Psychologist 
Executive Team Member of ECHO Ontario Chronic Pain and Opioid Stewardship (UHN)
Dr. Taenzer is an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor in the departments of psychiatry, medicine and oncology at the University of Calgary. He received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from McGill University and co-founded the Calgary Chronic Pain Centre. He is now semi-retired and lives near Kingston

Dr. Carlo Ammendolia, Chiropractic
Dr Carlo Ammendolia is the Director of the Chiropractic Spine Clinic and the Spinal Stenosis Program at the Rebecca MacDonald Centre for Arthritis and Autoimmune Diseases at Mount Sinai Hospital. He received his MSc degree in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research in 1999 and in 2005 his PhD in Clinical Evaluative Sciences from the University of Toronto. Dr. Ammendolia is an Assistant Professor in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, the Department of Surgery and the Institute of Medical Sciences at the University of Toronto. In 2012, Dr. Ammendolia was recipient of the Professorship in Spine Award from the Department of Surgery in the Faculty of Medicine. In 2015 he was award the Chiropractor of the Year Award from the Ontario Chiropractic Association and in 2016 the Researcher of the Year Award from the Canadian Chiropractic Association. Dr. Ammendolia has been in clinical practice for over 30 years and now combines clinical practice and research in the area of non-operative treatment of mechanical, degenerative and inflammatory spinal disorders with a special interest in degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis.

Jessica Babineau, Clinical Librarian
Jessica Babineau, MLIS is an Information Specialist at Toronto Rehab – University Health Network. As a librarian, her role is to the support the ECHO community by finding evidence to questions that arise throughout ECHO sessions, or when further information is needed on a topic. To help you further keep abreast in newly published chronic pain literature,  she also posts relevant new resources on the message board.

 

Mandy McGlynn, Physiotherapist / ACPAC
Mandy McGlynn graduated from the Physical Therapy Program at the University of Toronto in 1994.  In 2005, she completed her Master of Science degree in the department of rehabilitation sciences at the University of Toronto. Most recently she did the Advanced Practice Clinician in Arthritis Care (ACPAC) course to become a Physical Therapy Practitioner. Mandy has a wide-range of expertise.  She has worked in Rehabilitation at Toronto Rehab since 1998. Since 2004, Mandy has been working in the MSK Rehab program as an Advanced Practice Leader (APL). The APL role is a leadership role which is interprofessional and focuses on Best Practice. Currently she is now working 50 percent of the time as an APL and 50 percent as a PT Practitioner.

Laura Murphy, Pharmacist
Laura Murphy, PharmD, ACPR, BScPhm, RPh is the Pharmacy Clinical Site Leader at Toronto Rehab,  University Health Network.  As a pharmacist member of an interprofessional chronic pain team, her work with patients is focused on best possible medication histories, assessment of medications for appropriateness, efficacy, safety and interactions, patient education and motivation and opioid management including detailed plans and support for opioid rotations and tapering.  Laura also lectures in the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy at U of T, is a mentor for the Pharmacist Mentoring in Addiction and Pain (PMAP) through CAMH, and is also part of the National Faculty on the Use of Opioids in Chronic Noncancer Pain.

Amy Robidas, Registered Nurse
Amy Robidas is a Registered Nurse (RN) and certified rehab nurse currently employed in the outpatient Musculoskeletal (MSK) and Multisystem rehab Program at Toronto Rehabilitation.  Her role includes work with patients in all phases of the pain spectrum, from acute to chronic.  She is the co-author of the patient guidebook to responsible opioid use ‘My Opioid Manager’ and the accompanying iphone/Android app.  Amy has an Honors Bachelor of Health Sciences from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Toronto.

Lucy Ruggiero, Social Worker
Lucy has a Master’s of Social Work from the University of Toronto. She has been practicing for over 15 years. I have a background in oncology. I assist patients who have psychosocial challenges in managing their pain condition to optimize their values and quality of life. I provide psychosocial assessments and intervention, and offer resource, adjustment and supportive counselling services. I also co-facilitate the Pain-Self-Management group. I collaborate with the interdisciplinary team and community based providers.

Dr. Orit Zamir, Psychiatrist
Orit Zamir, MD MSc is a psychiatrist with a focus in chronic pain and psychotherapy. Located at Toronto Rehab, Mount Sinai Hospital and a community practice.