OPA Wound Care Management Program Instructors2019-03-06T11:08:19-04:00



The Ontario Physiotherapy Association partnered with experts from the Canadian Physical Therapy Wound Care Collaborative to provide this unique, comprehensive, evidence-based series of courses to prepare PTs and other health care professionals working in all areas of health care in the prevention, and management of wounds.



 Dr-Pamela-E-Houghton-pictureDr. Pamela E. Houghton

Dr. Pamela E. Houghton is Full Professor in the School of Physical Therapy at Western University, London, Canada. In 2007, she launched the Masters of Clinical Science program in the field of wound healing which she currently Chairs, and is a full time faculty instructor.  This innovative graduate program is the only one in Canada that uses distance education methods to provide specialized training for an interdisciplinary group of experienced clinicians who treat people with chronic wounds.

Dr. Houghton leads an active research program at Western that is dedicated to implementing evidence informed wound assessment tools and advanced treatments for people with chronic wounds.  She is best known for her research and education about electrical stimulation therapy used to accelerate wound closure.  Recently her work led to the development of Canadian Best Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Pressure ulcers in people in Spinal Cord Injury.  Pamela is a licensed Physical Therapist and member of the Canadian Physical Therapy Wound Care Collaborative which is dedicated to promoting the important role of Physical Therapists on Interprofessional wound care teams.

Ethne-Nussbaum-pictureEthne L. Nussbaum, PhD., M.Ed., BSc.PT

Dr. Nussbaum is an Associate Professor at Western University, London, Ontario within the MClSc degree in the wound healing field and is an affiliate scientist at Toronto Rehab Institute, University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario. The focus of her research is soft tissue repair with special emphasis on the effects of ultrasound, laser light and ultraviolet radiation on wound healing. Her work is published in numerous international peer-reviewed journals and she has been an invited speaker at many national and international conferences on wound healing and on the evidence base for use of electrophysical agents.

She has received the prestigious Silver Quill Award (2007) for the best quantitative research in Physiotherapy Canada as well as the Colin Wolff Award for Excellence in Continuing Medical Education, University of Toronto. She also received a staff excellence award from Mount Sinai Hospital, where she practiced as a physical therapist and conducted most of her research. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Society of Electrophysical Agents.

She has held research grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, The Physiotherapy Foundation of Canada, the University of Toronto, Medical Education Research Fund, The Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation and the Bickell Foundation of Canada.


Lyndsay Orr, PT

Lyndsay Orr is a registered physiotherapist and is the Clinical Lead of the South West Regional Wound Care Program. Lyndsay graduated from Western University with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy in 2000 and with a Master’s of Clinical Science in Wound Healing (MClSc-WH) in 2008, and is currently a PhD(c) at Western University in the School of Physical Therapy.

Lyndsay has gained clinical experience in home and in hospital for the pediatric, adult and geriatric population in all areas including complex care, acute medicine, and rehabilitation. Her scope of practice includes the assessment and treatment of neuromuscular, musculoskeletal and cardiorespiratory systems as well as complex wound management and treatment for which she is rostered through the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario. Lyndsay is well versed in providing patient and clinician education, and has been published in international journals and best practice guidelines.

 Deirdre-O'Sullivan-Drombolis-pictureDeirdre O’Sullivan-Drombolis, PT

Deirdre is currently the physical therapist at Fort Frances Tribal Area Health Services where she is part of an interdisciplinary team servicing First Nations children under the Child’s First Initiative. This team is currently building this program and it is one of the first of these such teams in Canada. She also the Wound Care Resource for both the nursing unit at this organization and Riverside Health Care, the local hospital in Fort Frances. She also does homecare visits for the local LHIN providing a very broad range of physical therapy services.

She is currently on the Board of Directors Canadian Association of Wound Care and is also Co-editor of Diabetic Foot Canada. Deirdre has participated in multiple best practice guidelines in wound care and has provided education to many disciplines in the area of wound care. She has published many articles in both peer reviewed and non-peer reviewed articles.