THE MEDICAL ADVISORY BOARD

Dr. Mark Matsos

Adult Rheumatologist

Dr. Mark Matsos is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology, McMaster University. His academic and clinical interests include the management of Systemic Lupus Erythematous (SLE), inflammatory arthritis and young adults with pediatric onset rheumatic disease. He is a clinician with the McMaster University Lupus Clinic, investigator in multiple clinical trials, and medical advisor to Lupus Canada. He is a member of the Lupus Clinical Investigator Network (LuCIN), a collaborative organization of academic lupus clinics throughout North America dedicated to the identification and study of novel therapeutics to treat SLE.

Dr. Matsos works in close collaboration with pediatric colleagues in the Rheumatology Transition Clinic at McMaster Children’s Hospital working to improve the care of patients with JIA and childhood onset SLE as they transition to adult care. Dr. Matsos is looking forward to building a better understanding of the challenges facing young adults with rheumatic illness and advocating for improved support and better outcomes for these patients through Take a Pain Check.

Dr. Meghan Ryan

Rheumatology Fellow

Dr. Meghan Ryan is a pediatric rheumatology fellow from the United States. She was born and raised in the state of Iowa where she obtained my medical degree as a Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.). She has 2 small boys and a husband who is also in pediatrics. She enjoys spending time with family, playing cards, golfing, and doing crafts. Dr. Ryan is honoured to be apart of this podcast. She hopes to learn more about the patient perspectives so that she can be a better physician.

Laurie Proulx

Canadian Arthritis Patient Alliance, Vice President

Laurie Proulx was diagnosed with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis when she was 14 years old; the diagnosis drastically changed her life. She struggled for many years, but found a voice through the Canadian Arthritis Patient Alliance, where she is an executive and long-term board member. She advocates for patient-centred health policies in pharmaceutical policy, research, and inclusive work policies. She provides part-time consulting services to research teams, not for profit organizations and work as an HR professional. Laurie is a mom to two amazing kids, married for close to 20 years, and resides in Ottawa, Ontario. Laurie is excited to contribute to the arthritis community by supporting the next generation!

Julie Herrington

Advanced Physiotherapist Practitioner, ACPAC


Julie has been a practicing physiotherapist for over 20 years with the last 14 years focused in Rheumatology, working for The Arthritis Society. She recently graduated from the Advanced Clinical Practitioner in Arthritis Care (ACPAC) program at the University of Toronto. Since then, she has been working in an advanced practice role at McMaster Children's Hospital in the Pediatric Rheumatology department, as well as in the Young Adult Transition Clinic. She has a passion to support young adults as they move from pediatric to adult care and is excited to join the Medical Advisory Board with Take a Pain Check to further the supports available to this specialized population.

Dr. Elizabeth Stringer

Pediatric Rheumatologist

Dr. Stringer is Pediatric Rheumatologist and has been working at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia for the past 13 years. She has been an East Coaster for most of her life, but took 3 years to do her rheumatology training at SickKids in Toronto. She has a hockey-loving, 9 year old son named Adrian and she is known for my love of animals, especially cats. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga and trying to stay physically fit -- mostly to keep her sanity in these recent crazy times. She loves her job and the rheumatology team at the IWK! Dr. Stringer is very interested in transition care and the experience of adolescents and young adults with rheumatic disease. She is looking forward to learning and contributing her knowledge and expertise as a pediatric rheumatologist.

Dr. Karine Toupin April

Scientist, Researcher, Occupational Therapist

Dr. Karine Toupin April is an Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa and is affiliated with the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Research Institute. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy and undertook graduate and post-graduate training in public health and epidemiology. She has research expertise in chronic disease management, patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs), shared decision making, patient engagement in research and knowledge translation. Her work has included research in pediatric and adult rheumatology, with experience in conducting systematic reviews and developing PROMs, clinical practice guidelines, patient decision support interventions and self-management tools. Her main research project aims to develop, evaluate and implement a web-based decision support intervention called, JIA Option Map, to help youth with juvenile arthritis choose among pain management options with their families and health care providers. She believes that Take a Pain Check is a great initiative which will help to advocate for the best care and information for young people with rheumatic conditions. She is thrilled to provide Take a Pain Check with innovative and evidence-based content.