People profiles

Allegra

Allegra

Kinesiology, Co-op

What I like best about my program is the sense of community!

William

William

Health Studies, Co-op

The Health Studies program not only looks at human health from the level of the cell, it also looks at health from a systems-level creating innovative solutions for complex health challenges. 

Jibin Yu standing in an atrium.

Jibin Yu

Aging, Health and Well-being PhD Candidate (Recreation and Leisure Studies)

Experiences while travelling can have a profound impact on an older person’s well-being. Jibin Yu brings a new perspective and looks to expand our understanding of how tourism, well-being, and aging are connected.

Vanessa V.

Vanessa V.

Health Studies, Co-op

What I like most about Health Studies is that it combines courses in both the natural sciences and the social determinants of health, allowing students to be well-rounded and appreciate a holistic approach to healthcare.

Emily T.

Emily T.

Kinesiology, Co-op

From dissecting cadavers, getting involved in research, and working with varsity athletes - there are so many ways to get involved in the Kinesiology community and have fun at the same time! 

Elena

Elena

Kinesiology, Co-op

Kinesiology is such an interdisciplinary program. In the first two years, we get exposed to so many different subjects such as biomechanics, exercise physiology, neuroscience, and so much more. The freedom you then get in the upper years really gives you the opportunity to explore the subject areas you want to learn about in more detail.

Katie

Katie

Health Studies, Co-op

What I like best about my program is that I’m able to apply my learning from the classroom into my everyday life, and that I will be prepared for any health-related career I choose.

Kimberly Lopez standing in hallway of long-term care home

Kimberly Lopez, PhD

Recreation and Leisure Studies (Aging, Health and Well-being). Assistant Professor, University of Waterloo

Kimberly Lopez gives a voice to those who provide care within the long-term care sector using innovative research approaches to uncover racialized, gendered, and classed issues that structure care labour.

Janette Smith

Janette Smith

Commissioner of Public Works, Region of Peel

Janette Smith is the Commissioner of Public Works at the Region of Peel.  She began her leadership role in Public Works in January 2017 after a twenty-seven year career in Health Services.  Within Health Services, Janette held a number of progressive leadership positions including:  Commissioner of Health Services, Director of Long Term Care, and Director of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention.

Jason

Jason

Public Health, Co-op

I like the atmosphere that surrounds Public Health as well as the Faculty of Health. I have always had an enjoyable experience with my peers and professors!

Vanessa R.

Vanessa R.

Health Studies, Co-op

The thing I like most about my program is the sense of community. I like how open everyone is to helping each other and asking each other questions.

Caitlin McArthur standing in hallway

Caitlin McArthur

Aging, Health and Well-being PhD Candidate (Kinesiology)

Caitlin McArthur is on a mission to improve rehabilitation for residents living in long-term care. As a physiotherapist, her first-hand knowledge is an integral aspect that guides her doctoral research.

Kavini

Kavini

Health Studies, Co-op

I like that Health Studies allows me to explore various fields of health care through my classes. Coming into university I knew I wanted to pursue a health care profession but I was never set on a specific field. To have the opportunity to customize my degree depending on the specialization I choose is perfect for me!

Jeff Payne

Jeff Payne

Director, Partnerships at Golf Canada

Jeff is Director, Partnerships at Golf Canada, where he is responsible for integrating brands throughout the organization’s portfolio of assets, from the RBC Canadian Open and CP Women’s Open to Youth Development to Team Canada. He has spent his career in sports marketing, working for and with teams in the NHL, NBA, MLS, NFL, English Premier League, Serie A and the Canadian Olympic Committee.

Jayna

Jayna

Recreation and Leisure Studies

I enjoy that my program has allowed me to study recreation in the broad sense and take courses in tourism, sports business, and therapeutic. 

Bakhtawar

Bakhtawar

Health Studies

I like the flexibility my program offers. This program is really great, especially if you know you want a career in the healthcare field but just can't decide which one or don't know yet! Health Studies will definitely offer you some clarity in one way or another.

Andrew sitting at his office desk in front of computer displays showing brain image

Andrew Robertson, PhD

Kinesiology (Aging, Health and Well-being). Post Doctorate Fellow, Sunnybrook Research Institute and University of Toronto

Andrew Robertson continues to work with new and innovative technologies to improve the lives of stroke patients. His training in the Aging, Health and Well-being doctoral program prepared him to continue with his research as a doctoral fellow.

Kobisha

Kobisha

Health Studies, Co-op

I like that Health Studies gives me the opportunity to explore health from many different perspectives! The program has introduced me to a vast number of fields within health and several different careers that I can potentially pursue. 

Lauren H.

Lauren H.

Recreation and Sport Business, Co-op

I enjoy how small my program is. There are only about 75 people in Recreation and Sports Business in my year so I get to know a lot of the people in my classes and it makes it easy to talk to people in class or even outside of class.

Krista

Krista

Kinesiology, Co-op

I love how flexible Waterloo Kinesiology is! The first two years are packed with foundational courses, but then I can tailor my degree my way with the amount of electives we get in upper years.

Maisha

Maisha

Health Studies, Co-op

I love that I have the opportunity to learn about health from a holistic perspective and apply my knowledge both inside and outside the classroom. The program and professors foster an incredible community where anyone will feel welcome and excited to learn!

Rebecca Genoe standing in front of a fall coloured tree

Rebecca Genoe, PhD

Recreation and Leisure Studies (Aging, Health and Well-being). Associate Professor, University of Regina

Rebecca Genoe has long known that her life's work would be in the field of aging research. Now as an Associate Professor at the University of Regina, she recalls how her time at the University of Waterloo prepared her for academic life.

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Christina Hassan

Co-Founder of FullSoul Canada

As a recent Master of Public Health (’16) graduate and a Law student at the University of Calgary, Christina dedicates her time and energy to growing FullSoul Canada, a social enterprise she co-founded to equip hospitals in developing countries with medical delivery kits.

Jessica H.

Jessica H.

Health Studies

I like that my program offers multiple minors/specializations which allowed me to pursue a gerontology minor. I also like the flexibility of my program as there are a lot of free electives.

Norma Jutan sitting at a desk with a computer screen in front of her

Norma Jutan, PhD

Public Health and Health Systems (Aging, Health and Well-being). Methodologist, Canadian Institute for Health Information

Norma Jutan's in-depth experience working with big health data in her Aging, Health and Well-being doctorate made her a perfect candidate to continue working with these numbers as a Methodologist after her studies.

Meagan C.

Meagan

Kinesiology, Co-op

My program is amazing because it combines a basic foundation in science and math to various aspects of human health and how it impacts physical activity. It is the perfect pre-med pathway for me since it combines those necessary sciences with things that I am passionate about - nutrition, exercise, and wellbeing! 

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John Lohuis

Former CEO and GM, Niagara Parks Commission

John (BA '76) has had a very diverse career in both private and public sectors that include Ministries of Correctional Services, Health and Natural Resources. He is still active in promoting parks issues within CPRA and as a Board member of the Leisure Information Network. John is also a Board member of the Niagara Sports Commission where he is busy with a bid for the Canada Summer Games for Niagara. 

Mawj

Mawj

Health Studies, Co-op

I love that my program teaches me about multiple different aspects of health and not just the classic sciences. I love that I'm learning how to make health more accessible and make the world a better place through health. 

Ashley Flanagan standing in hallway

Ashley Flanagan

Aging, Health and Well-Being PhD Candidate (Recreation and Leisure Studies)

Ashley Flanagan brings gender identity and aging to the forefront in her dissertation research by challenging the way we currently think about and understand successful aging.

Rajan

Rajan

Health Studies, Co-op

I really enjoy the variety of courses we take, not only do we cover the physiology of diseases, but also take a look at the upstream social determinants of health. Health Studies is a great program for really exploring different avenues in the field of health care. 

Sydney

Sydney P.

Therapeutic Recreation, Co-op

I choose Waterloo Therapeutic Recreation because I knew I wanted to help people coming into university but I didn’t know exactly in what capacity. Coming into first year in general Recreation and Leisure studies allowed me to try a little bit of each Recreation program and choose what I liked best: Therapeutic Recreation!

Luke Turcotte sitting in chair with two older adults conversing in the background

Luke Turcotte

Aging, Health and Well-being PhD Candidate (School of Public Health and Health Systems)

Luke Turcotte studies large health databases in order to determine which factors influence the path to recovery for rehabilitation patients. The goal of his dissertation work is to help older adults regain function and achieve independence again.

Shelby

Shelby

Health Studies, Co-op

I like that my program provides me with enough electives to pursue a minor or double major in Psychology!

Gord Hirano.

Gord Hirano

Occupational Therapist and Executive Director, Hamilton Program for Schizophrenia

Janna Marvyn.

Janna Marvyn

Neuro-Physiotherapist and Clinic Manager, Pillars of Wellness

Karen Hoodless.

Karen Hoodless

Professor, Advanced Ergonomics Studies Program, Fanshawe College

Karlee Hall.

Karlee Hall

Registered Physiotherapist and Clinic Owner, The Physio Room

Kyle Train.

Kyle Train

Group and Life Disability Trainer, Sun Life Financial

Laurie Vanderhaeghe.

Laurie Vanderhaeghe

Senior Clinical Orthotist, Ron Joyce Children's Health Centre

Paige Hall.

Paige Hall

Case Management Consultant in Group Disability Claims, Sun Life Financial

Ashley Gallant.

Ashley Gallant

Destination Project Manager, St. Jacobs, Grand River, Waterloo

Julie Thompson.

Julie Thompson

Director of Community Engagement, Community Justice Initiatives

Lindsey Oretan.

Lindsey Oretan

Recreation Therapist, R/TRO, CTRS, Grand River Hospital – Specialized Mental Health Program

Mary Afable.

Mary Afable

Recreation Therapist, Grand River Hospital, KW Health Centre

Sara Middleton.

Sara Middleton

Director, Community Impact, United Way Elgin Middlesex

Emilia Bozzo.

Emilia M. Bozzo

Speech Language Pathologist and Owner of Emilia M. Bozzo Speech and Language Services

Gaby Sabados.

Gaby Sabados

Registered Midwife, St. Jacobs Midwives

Grace Tang.

Grace Tang

Doctoral student, University of Toronto, St. Michael's Hospital Hematology-Oncology Clinical Research Group

Heather McCully.

Heather McCully

Health Promotions Specialist, City of Hamilton Public Health Services

Kristen Sears

Kirsten Sears

Acting Supervisor, Halton Region Public Health

Thivaher Paramsothy.

Thivaher Paramsothy

Vice President of Growth at Adracare

Aisley

Aisley

Public Health, Co-op

I like the broad scope of study in public health, you get the best of both worlds understanding the effects social and natural sciences have on individuals and the population.

Manasa

Manasa

Public Health

I like that my program allows me to understand health care from a different perspective, at a population level. I also like that my program offers room through electives to explore other areas of interest. 

Katherine

Katherine

Kinesiology, Co-op

I like the sense of family the Kinesiology program has, and the willingness everyone has to help each other. 

Avonae

Avonae

Health Studies, Co-op

I like the versatility of my program and the opportunities it presented to gain experience in different health science domains. I especially love the focus on upstream elements through investigation of the social determinants of health.

Sean

Sean

Kinesiology, Co-op

What I like best about my program are the opportunities that we have to do real hands-on work in labs and apply what we learn in our classes.

Anya

Anya

Public Health, Co-op

I like how supportive the entire Faculty of Health is. The Public Health advisors are especially accessible and truly want the best for everyone in our program. They often go above and beyond to watch us succeed and know us personally. You really get a chance to get to know each person and you honestly build a little community on campus! There is so much to love about the Public Health program here at Waterloo. From the caring support system to the engaging, thought-provoking subject matter which draws on skills from different disciplines – you can't go wrong!

Lexie

Lexie

Health Studies, Co-op

My program is very multidisciplinary and allows me to explore an extensive variety of subjects ranging from how the Canadian health system works to how the cells in our body function.

Noah

Noah

Kinesiology

It's the perfect program to learn about the human body.

Muskaan

Muskaan

Health Studies, Co-op

I like that Health Studies focuses not only on the scientific areas of health but also on the social aspects such as the social determinants of health. I also love the diversity of this program as it allows us to learn about various fields of health care.

Niko

Niko

Health Studies, Co-op

What I like best about my program are the students and faculty.

Averyl

Averyl

Public Health, Co-op

I like the multidimensional approach to use when we think about health.

Kayla

Kayla

Health Studies, Co-op

I like the opportunity we have to learn about health holistically by integrating knowledge from both science and health courses. Each course you take whether it be science, social science or health builds on to each other and allows you to view health from a different lens. I also enjoy the upstream approach we take when looking at the social determinants of health and public health intervention.

Amanda

Amanda

Kinesiology, Co-op

I like the wide range of course options, relevant lab experiences, and passionate faculty members. 

Priya V

Priya V.

Health Studies

I love how welcoming and inclusive the professors and student body are. Everyone is always smiling and ready to lend a hand!

Rachel

Rachel

Health Studies, Co-op

I like the tight knit community in the Health Studies program. There is so much room to grow, both inside and outside of the classroom, and further your dreams - whether that be through specializations, research or minors.

Ayesha

Ayesha

Public Health, Co-op

I love that my program allows us to take various electives throughout the years! These electives have allowed me to take many different courses that interest me.

Amanjot

Amanjot

Health Studies, Co-op

I like that Health Studies allows me to learn and explore many different aspects of health and the many ways in which we can improve health through upstream measures rather than just focusing on helping one during the disease stage.

Lauren M.

Lauren M.

Therapeutic Recreation, Co-op

My favourite part about Therapeutic Recreation is all of the hands-on experience we get throughout our degree! Many of our courses include experiential learning components and we have a practicum and internship. 

Harkomal

Harkomal

Kinesiology, Co-op

The best thing I like about my program is all the lab experiences we receive in our first two years.

Katrin

Katrin

Therapeutic Recreation, Co-op

My program is really social! This was really nice because coming into university can be overwhelming but being able to make friends easily was nice. As a student who is registered with AccessAbility I have had great experiences working with my profs to make things more accessible for me. I have been able to explore so many other courses as well, and am currently looking into a biology minor.

Salva

Salva

Health Studies, Co-op

The Health Studies program offers a multidisciplinary approach to health and healthcare and considers many approaches to treating illness and preventing disease. I love the variety of courses taken during my degree; courses rooted in the sciences, social sciences, and public health!

Lindsay

Lindsay

Public Health, Co-op

I like that my program covers the broad systemic factors that cause disparities in health like poverty, climate change, and more.

Bahja

Bahja

Health Studies

I love how the Health Studies program highlights key global health issues and while also getting key scientific information about the human body.

Riana

Riana

Recreation and Sport Business, Co-op

I chose the recreation and sport business program because it allows me to combine my two passions together: business and sports! This program provides me with the knowledge I need to not only excel in a business career but also provides me with the real-world experience needed to pursue a career in the sports industry. 

Ash

Ash

Kinesiology

I love how Kinesiology at Waterloo allows students to take part in a variety of foundational courses from biomechanics to neuroscience. In the first two years of the degree students are introduced to a vast variety of different specialities in the health field, which I feel allows students to discover what they are most passionate about!

Kaileigh

Kaileigh

Recreation and Sport Business, Co-op

I like that my program allows me to combine my passion for sports and interest in business and bring them together for interesting learning opportunities. Other universities don't provide a program similar to this one and I like that class sizes are small so we can develop a strong sense of community with other students. I have a passion for sports but I also enjoy the business areas of sports and this program allows me to study both. 

Abanoub

Abanoub

Health Studies

The best thing I like about my program is learning health from multiple perspectives and how interesting the courses are. You really get exposed to a more holistic approach to healthcare and you also have the opportunity to choose a specific minor/specialization depending on your interests!

Lucy

Lucy

Public Health, Co-op

I really like how the program offers many electives that allow me to explore other subjects such as history, psychology, and sociology.

Rina

Rina

Therapeutic Recreation, Co-op

I like that my program is hands-on and I get to implement what I learn within the community. In one of my classes, I was able to apply what I learned when completing an accessibility assessment of a building on campus!

Bhiraamy

Bhiraamy

Kinesiology, Co-op

I love that my program offers a wide variety of courses not only in core sciences and kinesiology courses but also math, psychology and sociology in first and second year and then gives us the freedom to adapt a minor or two with our free electives in upper year.

Tianna

Tianna

Kinesiology, Co-op

I love how Kinesiology offers a variety of courses that match my interest and can help me with my career path. I personally love the lab courses because they are very interactive and provide a lot of hands-on experience.

Shenise

Shenise

Health Studies

I enjoy that the Health Studies program includes applied sciences as well as social sciences which I believe are equally important. Health Studies also allows for flexibility so that I can take electives that fit my personal and academic interests. This program has helped me to discover newfound interests in healthcare.

Neha

Neha

Public Health

What I like best about my program is the global impact of public health research and the scope and variety of professions that one could go into following a public health degree.

Sam

Sam

Therapeutic Recreation

In addition to the close tight-knit community, what I love most about the program is that it is very hands-on, which has helped me both gain perspective and further develop my skills.

Kirsthen

Kirsthen

Kinesiology

I love that for the first few years of my program, we are taught foundational concepts that will help us in choosing whatever courses we would like to take in the future. The program is very flexible which is motivating since I know that I can tailor my degree and broaden my knowledge in a way that I know I would enjoy and be successful in!

Akshaya

Akshaya

Public Health, Co-op

Not only do we study the physiology of diseases, we also examine determinants of health at the population level. Public Health is a great program for exploring different tracks in the field of health care. The program is intensive and allows me to draw on knowledge and skills from a variety of disciplines such as public policy, health science, epidemiology, behavioural sciences, etc. to critically assess a broad spectrum of public health issues. Lastly, the Co-op option provides the opportunity to gain practical work experience during which you can figure out what types of careers you are interested in within health care.

Danielle

Danielle

Health Studies, Co-op

I love the health courses I get to take and explore. I went into University not knowing which path I wanted to take in my career, but through the program I have been introduced to many different fields that exist in the healthcare system that I never knew existed. With co-op as an option, I not only have the opportunity to learn about these fields, but work in them and carve a unique and meaningful career path for myself.

Viv

Viv

Public Health, Co-op

My favourite part about my program is the community. It is a decently small program so I am able to make meaningful connections with my classmates. Everyone is always willing to help out, friendly and approachable.

Hannah

Hannah

Tourism Development, Co-op

I love to learn with friendly and knowledgeable professors while also having the ability to meet many new friends! The tourism industry is always changing and adapting which provides very interesting course material! 

Maya

Maya

Kinesiology

I love that my program has a variety of labs that give you a hands-on learning experience. It makes it easier to apply the content you learn in class to real-life situations.

Ivy

Ivy

Recreation and Leisure Studies, Co-op

The best thing about Recreation and Leisure Studies is the flexibility of the program, allowing me to explore more of my interests from other faculties and learn from others. Not to mention, I absolutely love how this program contributes so much in the impacts of individuals' health and overall well-being.

Shajanthini

Shajanthini

Health Studies, Co-op

I like the variety of health courses the Health Studies program requires, which allows me to see health through a multidisciplinary approach.

Sylvia

Sylvia

Kinesiology, Co-op

What I like best about my program is the people! I couldn't ask for better peers, professors, advisors, etc. to support me throughout my undergrad. 

Nahomi

Nahomi

Public Health, Co-op

I like that my program provides its students plenty of opportunities to explore various health-related topics. I find that I'm never uninterested in any of the material we cover in each of our courses, which allows me to truly enjoy what I learn.

Oumar

Oumar

Kinesiology

I like how customizable my degree is to my preferences and plans for the future. You typically complete all your prerequisite courses in your second year, leaving your last two years in Kinesiology completely open with any electives you want to take!

Jacob

Jacob

Recreation and Sport Business, Co-op

What I like best about my program is that everyone is a community that not only works together to improve our collective knowledge of the business side of sports, but also that we all share a passion for sports. 

Archana

Archana

Health Studies, Co-op

I admire how versatile and diverse the program is, it allows me to keep my options open while exploring each field of interest. The program also allows me to learn about courses that aren't strictly related to chemistry or biology as well. Ultimately, I gain knowledge in many different areas such as HLTH, PSYCH, CHEM, BIO and KIN!

Justin

Justin

Kinesiology, Co-op

I love the versatility of this program and how it really lets you go down the path you want to take. The first two years give you a solid understanding of the various Kinesiology topics that are out there, and then from there you can really specialize in a topic, if you desire to do so!

Mehak

Mehak

Health Studies, Co-op

I love that all the students and staff are extremely helpful and care about each and everyone's mental health.

Ramandeep

Ramandeep

Kinesiology, Co-op

What I like best about my program is the extensive support and care that professors provide students with. They will go above and beyond to support you with whatever it may be. This really helps develop a sense of community and create such a strong and positive faculty environment.

Umang

Umang

Recreation and Sport Business, Co-op

I like how the professors are very kind and willing to help you, and answer any questions and/or concerns you may have.

Maria

Maria

Health Studies

I love that my program explores the intersectionality in health. I believe that it is important to learn about different identities and circumstances that affect one's health. Also, beyond the biomedical lens of health, I love that Health Studies explores other aspects of health such as mental health, access to healthcare and resources, health-related technologies and much more!

Leiann

Leiann

Kinesiology, Co-op

I like the wide variety of kinesiology courses our faculty has to offer. There are courses on topics you never would have thought or known about.

Safaa

Safaa

Health Studies

The thing I like the most about my program is how great a balance it has between the natural sciences and public health subjects. There is also a great amount of flexibility within the program which allowed me to go on a study abroad!

Scarlett

Scarlett

Kinesiology, Co-op

What I like best about my program is the courses. My favorite course is KIN 100 with the lab. I found it very useful during my co-op as a physiotherapist assistant.

Amna

Amna

Public Health, Co-op

My program has taught me to think about different factors such as biology, environment, and socioeconomics in discussions about health. This holistic approach when it comes to the health of individuals and communities is what I like best about the Public Health program.

Zana

Zana

Health Studies

What I like most about Health Studies is that it has prompted an immense curiosity and passion for the field of health, starting at the cellular and physiological level and expanding into system-level thinking surrounding broader social factors of health.