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Paediatric Advanced Care Team Staff

General Inquiries: pact.info@sickkids.ca

555 University Avenue

Room 5401
Toronto, ON M5G 1X8
Phone: (416) 813-6905
Fax: (416) 813-7999

Nadeera Carranza- Administrative Assistant & Patient Information Coordinator 

Phone (416) 813-6905

Email: nadeera.carranza@sickkids.ca

Jenny Loor, Administrative Coordinator

Phone: (416) 813-7654 ext. 202698

Email: jenny.loor@sickkids.ca

Clinical Team

Shaindy Alexander - Grief Support Coordinator (until fall 2019)

Shaindy Alexander has been at SickKids for 16 years, having completed her Bachelor of Arts in psychology and post graduate degree in Child Life at McMaster University in Hamilton. Clinically, prior to this role, Shaindy worked as a Certified Child Life Specialist in various areas across SickKids.  In 2018, she joined PACT as one of the Grief Support Coordinators.  Shaindy’s clinical areas include: Emergency, PICU, Surgery (5th and 6th floors) and the Haematology/Oncology program. Shaindy can be reached at: shaindy.alexander@sickkids.ca (416) 813-7654 ext. 201775

Caroline Bennett, RN, MN – Clinical Nurse Specialist

Caroline Bennett completed her undergraduate nursing degree at University of Western Ontario. Caroline’s nursing career started at The Hospital for Sick Children on the Haematology/Oncology inpatient unit where she has worked for six years. Caroline completed her master's in clinical nursing at the University of Toronto in 2014 and is currently on maternity leave in the role of Clinical Nurse Specialist with PACT. Caroline's email is caroline.bennett@sickkids.ca (416) 813-7654, ext. 202288.

Joanna Humphries, MD , BSc. - PACT Physician

Joanna is a paediatrician with the Paediatric Advanced Care Team (PACT). Joanna studied at Oxford University in England where she completed her bachelor's in physiological sciences and then went on to medical school. She returned to Toronto to complete her paediatric residency training at The Hospital for Sick Children. She continued her training at The Hospital to Sick Children, completing fellowships in community paediatrics and paediatric palliative care. Joanna's clinical interests include advanced care planning and childhood grief. Joanna can be reached at joanna.humphreys@sickkids.ca or at (416) 813-2877.

Lori Ives-Baine, RN, BscN, MN (CPB, CWT) - Grief Support Coordinator

Lori Ives-Baine has been a nurse at SickKids for 28 years, having completed her undergraduate degree in nursing at McMaster University and her master's in nursing and bioethics at the University of Toronto. Clinically, Lori worked in the NICU for 23 years, as a staff nurse and then as the program's bereavement coordinator (19 years). In 2013, Lori has joined PACT as one of the Grief Support Coordinators. Lori is also a teacher (George Brown, U of T and UOIT) and researcher (UOIT and York University) and is passionate about ensuring best practices in end-of-life care and bereavement. Lori values the support that can be provided to families and staff and looks for creative ways to continue that support. Lori's clinical areas to support include: Cardiac Critical Care, NICU, 4D and the 7th floor. Lori can be reached at lori.ives-baine@sickkids.ca (416) 813-6782.

Sarah Lord, MD, MHSc., BSc. - PACT Physician

Sarah is a staff physician on the Paediatric Advanced Care Team (PACT). She completed her undergraduate studies in life sciences at Queen's University and medical school at the University of Toronto. Following her general paediatrics residency training (University of Toronto), she stayed on to do fellowship training in paediatric palliative care at SickKids and to pursue an MHSc in bioethics at the University of Toronto. She works with PACT as well as the Paediatric Medicine and Complex Care programs at SickKids. Sarah can be reached at sarah.lord@sickkids.ca or 416-813-7654 ext. 201820

Francis Macapagal, RN, BScN, MN - Clinical Nurse Specialist

Francis Macapagal has been a nurse at SickKids for 13 years and is currently a Clinical Nurse Specialist on the Paediatric Advanced Care Team (PACT). Francis completed his Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Masters of Nursing at Ryerson University. In his current role he provides education, support and comprehensive coordination of care to children with potentially life-limiting illnesses and their families. Francis also supports the interprofessional healthcare team in providing care to these patients and families through staff mentorship and education. In his spare time Francis enjoys rock climbing and cycling​.  francis.macapagal@sickkids.ca​ (416) 813-8332

Kate Nelson, MD,  - PACT Physician (MLOA until June 2019)

Kate Nelson is a staff paediatrician on the Paediatric Advanced Care Team (PACT). Kate completed undergraduate degrees in English and chemistry at the University of Missouri-Columbia and received her medical degree from Harvard. Following a general pediatrics residency at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, she completed a fellowship in pediatric palliative care at Children's Hospital Boston. At SickKids, she is also a Janice Rotman Fellow in homecare innovation and an academic general paediatrics fellow, pursuing a PhD in clinical epidemiology at the University of Toronto looking at patient-centred outcomes for children with severe neurologic impairment. Kate can be reached at katherine.nelson@sickkids.ca (416) 813-6905.

Adam Rapoport, MD - PACT Physician and Medical Director

Adam Rapoport is a general paediatrician with a Masters in Bioethics. His palliative care career began in 2009 when he joined the Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care at Mount Sinai Hospital, as their pediatric consultant. In July 2011 Adam became the first medical director of the Paediatric Advanced Care Team (PACT) at SickKids. This service provides both inpatient and outpatient care to children with life-threatening illnesses, and their families. In 2013 Adam became Medical Director at Toronto’s first pediatric residential hospice – Emily’s House. Adam’s academic work focuses on the intersection of his three primary interests: Paediatrics, Palliative Care and Ethics. Adam can be reached at adam.rapoport@sickkids.ca (416) 813 6905 ext. 206905.

Norah Shaughnessy, MSW, BA - Grief Support Coordinator (LOA until August 2019)

Norah Shaughnessy completed her bachelor of arts at Queen’s University in Kingston, and then went on to complete a Master of Social Work at Carleton University in Ottawa. Norah has completed internships at both the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa and at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. Norah worked at Camp Oochigeas for six years where she developed the full time in-hospital and in-city programs for children and their families in the oncology units. Norah joined PACT in 2013 as one of the Grief Support Coordinators. Norah's clinical areas include: Emergency, PICU, Surgery and the Haematology/Oncology program. Norah can be reached at: norah.shaughnessy@sickkids.ca (416) 813-7654 ext. 201775

Kevin Weingarten, MD - PACT Physician

Kevin Weingarten is a physician on the Paediatric Advanced Care Team (PACT) at The Hospital for Sick Children, in Toronto. After completing his residency in paediatrics, he went on to do fellowships in paediatric haaematology/oncology (at SickKids) and pediatric palliative care (at Boston Children’s Hospital) Kevin is currently working on his Masters in Bioethics at the Joint Centre for Bioethics at the University of Toronto. Kevin can be reached at kevin.weingarten@sickkids.ca (416) 813-7500.

Kim Widger - PACT Nursing Research Associate

Kimberley Widger is a nursing research associate at The Hospital for Sick Children and an associate professor at the the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto. Kim worked with Dr. Bonnie Stevens for her post-doctoral fellowship, which was focused on knowledge translation and end-of-life pain management for children. Kim’s doctoral research was a multi-centre study to develop and test an instrument to measure the quality of care provided to dying children and their families from the perspective of bereaved parents. Kim was previously a clinical nurse specialist with the Pediatric Palliative Care Service at the IWK Health Centre. Kim can be reached at kim.widger@sickkids.ca (416) 978-7925.

Rebecca Williams, NP, RN - Nurse Practitioner (MLOA until March 2019)

Rebecca Williams has been a nurse practitioner on the Paediatric Advanced Care Team (PACT) since 2012 after completing her combined Master's in Nursing and Paediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner at the University of Toronto. Prior to that she worked as a registered nurse on the Haematology/Oncology in-patient unit at The Hospital for Sick Children on the Haematology/Oncology in-patient unit for six years.  Rebecca can be reached at rebecca.williams@sickkids.ca (416)-813-2268.