Kathy has worked in a variety of nursing roles in Southern Ontario and Michigan, primarily in acute oncology and palliative care since the early 80’s. During her graduate studies in the 1990s she became a Healing Touch certified practitioner. Kathy has been doing energy based healing for over 15 years in her own private practice. In 2004 Kathy became a fulltime faculty member of the McMaster/Conestoga/Mohawk collaborative BScN program. Kathy loves teaching! She also has introduced hundreds of faculty and students to Healing Touch. She designed an elective in Complementary Therapies for undergraduate nurses that launched within the last 2 years. Kathy is passionate about design issues in CAM research and the potential benefit these therapies may bring to conventional practice. Kathy plays a key role with the Healing Touch Program for over three years, including acting as the Chairperson for the Research Advisory Council.
Kathy was the first person in Canada to do research in Healing Touch as part of her Master's thesis. In 1998 she commenced her thesis with a focus on the impact of healing touch on Breast Cancer patients receiving chemotherapy. She is a published author and a very popular speaker on both sides of the border. Kathy is renowned for making research understandable and fun! She was the keynote speaker for the CTNIG 2011 Annual General Meeting and presented: “Healing Touch – Reconnecting to the Heart of Nursing Practice”. Kathy has had the opportunity to do courses with Jean Watson, and continues to maintain a friendship with one of the leaders in Holistic care.
A native Windsorite, she now resides in Kitchener with her 2 gorgeous children Alexis and Austin, and their 2 dogs Deezel and Sheela. In her precious spare time, Kathy loves to be outdoors, read (something without references) and dance (to anything!). She is also one of the two RNs who are an activist behind the resolution with the RNAO to ensure there are changes to how healthcare deals with FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder).