Hub Team

Dr. Bryan MacLeod, MD, CCFP, FCFP  – Co-Chair & Executive Committee

SJCG, Thunder Bay, ON

Bryan MacLeod is the Pain Medicine Lead for St. Joseph’s Care Group’s Chronic Pain Management Program. He cut his teeth as a rural family doc in Marathon, Ontario after graduating CCFP from the Northwestern Ontario family medicine program in 1998.  
Other interprofessional passions include: geriatrics, rheumatology and palliative care.  He is an active Associate professor at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, where he teaches their only 3 hour lecture on pain.
Research interests include Chronic Pain in the ER, chronic pain education, and The Indigenous Pain Reality, all @PainResearchNWO (twitter)
He is a father of and cab driver for three busy increasingly adult, teenagers.  His passions include: his family, Improv theatre, basketball, and of course medical education

Dr. Patricia Poulin, PhD, C.Psych – Researcher & Operational Committee

TOH, Ottawa, ONDr. Patricia Poulin is a Clinical, Health, and Rehabilitation Psychologist at The Ottawa Hospital Pain Clinic and Associate Scientist at The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. She has been working in the area of chronic pain management since 2012. She has particular interest in the use of mindfulness-based interventions for pain, as well as in the evaluation of innovative programs for people who live with chronic pain. Dr. Poulin is one of the principal investigator on the Chronic Pain Network (CIHR Strategy for Patient Oriented Research Network in Chronic Diseases). She loves to swim and garden with her toddler and has a blended family of rescued cats with her husband.

Dr. Daniel James, MD MA FRCPC

The Ottawa Hospital

Originally from Toronto, Dan did a couple of undergrads and a master’s at U of T. On his summers off, he was a wilderness guide for over 10 years. Dan studied Medicine at Western and completed his residency training in Emergency Medicine in Ottawa, where he now lives with his wife and two sons. Dan is an emergency physician at The Ottawa Hospital, and in December 2019 he will be completing another residency program, in Pain Medicine.

Kerri-Lynne Capulak-Andrychuk – M.A. C. Psych Assoc.

SJCG, Thunder Bay, ON

Kerri-Lynne is a Psychological Associate and a proud team member with the Chronic Pain Management program at St. Joseph’s Care Group.  Kerri was on the team that created this program in 1998.   She provides assessment, treatment and education to clients through the PACEIT program at St. Joseph’s Health Centre and at Outreach programs in primary care clinics in Thunder Bay.  Kerri received her graduate degree from the University of Minnesota – Duluth.  Infertility, post partum depression and critical incident debriefing are other professional interests.  Kerri believes in following a balanced family oriented lifestyle and spends quality time with the four males in her life; husband, son, bichon frise and guinea pig. Spending time with her twin sister, god-daughter and parents are also a high priority. She has recently taken up skiing for the first time, so she can keep up with her snowboarding son on the slopes.

Julie Besse – Registered Dietitian, B.Sc. RD

SJCG, Thunder Bay, ON

Born in Laval near Montreal, Julie Besse has studied Dietetics at Laval University. Looking to increase her skills in the English spoken Language, she opted for a 2 year job experience in Thunder Bay in Long Term Care and Orthopedic Rehab at Hogarth-Westmount Hospital. The 2 years has now become 28 years, of loving the North Western Ontario lifestyle.  It is in around 1992 that along with a social worker that she initiated the “Chronic Pain Syndrome lectures” which have since become the Chronic Pain Management Program of St. Joseph’s Care group. Her position as a Registered Dietitian has offered a variety of settings, from Home Care, Outpatients, to Neurology Rehabilitation, Brain Injury Rehabilitation and Sub-Acute Care, including being the Nutrition spokesperson for the Rheumatology Outpatient program. It is only for the last year that she has started working in the Mental Health field and returned to the Chronic Pain program bringing her expertise in neurobiology, auto-immunity and inflammatory nutrition health.  Julie is a proud mother of a very independent 17 years old daughter. In her free time, Julie is an avid sailor along with her spouse, having circumnavigated Lake Superior, explored Lake Huron North Channel, and the Thousand Islands of the St.Laurent seaways. She has also crossed the gulf Stream and explored some of the Bahamas and Caribbean Islands by sailboat. She is an avid photographer and artist, and enjoys what nature has to offer with the land of the Sleeping Giant.

Karen St. Jacques – PT Reg. (Ont.)

SJCG, Thunder Bay, ON

Karen, BSc PT, is a physiotherapist who has dabbled in chronic pain since the early 90’s. She joined the St. Joseph’s Care Group Chronic Pain Management Team in 2003 where she balances her time between clinical work and Team Lead. She currently co-chairs Health Quality Ontario’s Chronic Pain Quality Standard Advisory Committee. When she is not at work Karen can be found active somewhere in the great outdoor playground that the local ski areas, hiking trails, soccer pitches or Lake Superior has to offer.

Jen Dumond, Health Sciences Librarian, MLIS

Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM), Thunder Bay, ON

Jennifer Dumond is the Education Services Librarian at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Health Sciences Library.  She joined NOSM in 2005 following completion of a Master of Library and Information Sciences (MLIS) degree at Dalhousie University.  Her professional interests include critical information literacy, critical thinking, evidence-based medicine, and curriculum development and instructional design. As Education Services Librarian, she develops and coordinates all library instruction for NOSM learners, staff, and faculty; acts as liaison librarian to the Undergraduate Medical Education (UME); and is the librarian tutor for the Family Medicine evidence-based medicine (EBM) program on the Thunder Bay campus. In her spare time she enjoys baking, creating collages, and exploring Thunder Bay’s many trails with Maisie Doggs, her feisty Shih Tzu sidekick.

Mark Halabecki – Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW, CTE

SJCG, Thunder Bay, ON

Mark grew up in Murillo (just outside of Thunder Bay) and received a Bachelor of Administration degree and Honours Bachelor of Social Work degree from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. He has worked in a variety of settings with different populations, including: children and adolescents with mental health issues in an outpatient setting; adults in an acute inpatient setting; adolescents and adults with mental health issues in various outpatient clinics, nurse practitioner-led clinic, and a long-term care home; and is currently employed by St. Joseph’s Care Group Chronic Pain Management Program at St. Joseph’s Health Centre. Mark is passionate about being an advocate for his clients and continues this through his work on various volunteer boards of directors and as a volunteer fire fighter and emergency first responder in his community. Mark is excited to see how ECHO will help enhance the work of the participants through their collaboration with each other and with the ECHO hub, and also in the care that is provided to the individuals we all serve.

Andrew Koscielniak – R. Kin, CSEP CEP

SJCG, Thunder Bay, ON

Andrew spent almost five years working in exercise rehabilitation with the cardiac and oncology populations prior to joining the St. Joseph’s Care Group’s Chronic Pain Management team in 2013.  Andrew has always been passionate about helping clients achieve their physical goals and, as a result of this passion, he and his kinesiologist colleague developed a Chronic Pain Management Community Fitness Program.  Graduates of the Chronic Pain Management Program can continue to participate in a group fitness class in a community setting.  Andrew has also developed a strong interest in interprofessional practice, program evaluation and research.  Andrew is excited to be a part of ECHO and the opportunities to collaborate and increase client health outcomes.

Jana McNulty – RPh, BSc Pharm, CDE

Centre for Effective Practice – NW LHIN

Jana was born and raised in Miramichi New Brunswick and went on to obtain her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy Degree from Dalhousie University. Upon graduation, she moved to Toronto where she practiced pharmacy in the community setting for over 7 years. More recently, she has taken on the role of an academic detailer with the Centre for Effective Practice where she provides an educational outreach service to family physicians in the North-West LHIN. She obtained her opioid dependence treatment certification through the University of Toronto, which further supports her academic detailing work that places strong focus on chronic non-cancer pain and safer management of opioid therapy. In her spare time Jana loves to travel, snowboard, Soul-Cycle, and spend time with her family, friends and fat fur-baby, Charlie (the cat).”

Project ECHO® Operational Team at St. Joseph’s Care Group:

Program Manager:  Tim Larocque –
Researcher: Donna Garstin –
Learning Facilitator: Tyler Drawson –

Phone: 807-624-3400