Sandra Easson-Bruno joined North Simcoe Muskoka Specialized Geriatric Services (NSM SGS) in March 2016 as its inaugural Director. In this role, Sandra provides leadership and oversight to the planning, implementation and evaluation of all aspects of the program. She builds collaborative relationships, champions quality care and advocates for programming, funding and system change.
Heather Bullock currently serves as Vice-President, Partnerships and Chief Strategy Officer, Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care, as well as Assistant Professor, McMaster University.
Dr. Kathleen Bingham is a psychiatrist with the North Simcoe Muskoka Specialized Geriatric Services. Dr Bingham completed her medical degree at Western University and her psychiatry residency at the University of Toronto. In 2018 she completed a PhD with the University of Toronto’s Institute of Medical Science. She is a clinician-investigator, and her research focuses on cognition and everyday functioning in late life depression. Her clinical work involves treating older adults with mood disorders, dementia, and other psychiatric conditions in hospital, long-term care and the community.
Her goal as part of SGS leadership is to promote high quality, patient-centred, equitable and accessible care for older adults in our region via collaboration among the SGS team, community partners, patients and families.
Dr. Geoff Daniel is a Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care Geriatric Psychiatrist working on the NSMSGS Mental Health and Behaviour Support Services integrated team. This experience in clinical, leadership and research aspects of geriatric psychiatry, along with his passion for collaborating, ensures that geriatric psychiatry, behaviour support services and geriatric medicine strive for optimal integration, communication and efficiency.
Dr. Daniel does not have a full bio on the site at this time.
Shelley Cameron, Performance and Quality Lead, brings a vast array of healthcare experience to her role with 18 years’ of clinical experience and leadership. Shelley supports performance evaluation and improvement as well as the advancement of program quality improvement initiatives, within NSM Specialized Geriatric Services.
Prior to joining the NSM SGS program, Shelley served as Chief Executive Officer for Helping Hands, Orillia, a Community Support Service agency that supports seniors live independently in their homes, while maintaining and enhancing their quality of life. Prior to that she was the Manager of Community Services for the Victorian Order of Nurses in Barrie, and a Clinical Manager for the Barrie and Community Family Health Team, overseeing the development and implementation of several services and programs including the Aging Well Clinic and the Lung Health program.
Shelley believes that system transformation is key to ensuring our NSM residents receive the right care, in the right place at the right time. She is very keen to bring that interest and belief to NSM SGS while supporting continued quality improvement and working to further enhance meaningful patient/client/family/caregiver experiences.
Shelley is a Registered Nurse with a BScN from York University, as well as a Clinical Leadership Certificate. She is currently working on her Masters in Health Management from McMaster University.
Nancy Hooper, Manager, Geriatric Mental Health (LTC), brings more than 18 years clinical experience and leadership to the NSM SGS program. She provides leadership and oversight of the day to day operations for the Geriatric Mental Health (LTC) team.
Nancy joined the NSM SGS program in 2017 as the team lead of the Geriatric Mental Health Community Team. Nancy has held various clinical positions within Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care including the Community Consultation Services - Geriatric Psychiatry team and as an inpatient nurse on the Bayview Dual Diagnosis Program.
Nancy is a Registered Nurse with a BScN from York University. She holds certification in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing from the Canadian Nurses Association, and is a recipient of the 2017 Core Value Award for Leadership at Waypoint.
Annalee King, Manager, Geriatric Mental Health – Community, brings more than 25 years’ clinical experience and leadership to the NSM SGS program. She provides leadership and oversight of the day to day operations for the Mental Health Services, actively building collaborative relationships with all stakeholders and advocating for person centered care.
Prior to joining the NSM SGS program, Annalee held various positions with Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care including team lead in Central Intake, project coordinator for the development of Central Intake and inpatient nurse on the Horizon Program for Geriatric Psychiatry.
Annalee believes strongly that communication, team work and trust are key to a successful team. While agreeing that standardization and processes are important for high functioning teams, Annalee considers the ability to foster creativity and collaboration amongst the team is of equal or greater value.
Annalee is a Registered Nurse with a BScN from Laurentian University. She has held a certificate in Gerontology since 2001 from the Canadian Nurses Association, and is a recipient of the Core Value Award at Waypoint for Leadership.
Sylvia Naughton, Manager, Geriatric Medicine, brings more than 25 years of nursing experience including nursing in remote northern settings, emergency and community nursing and research and telemedicine. She provides support for the planning and development of clinical geriatric services, at both regional and local levels.
Prior to joining the NSM SGS program, Sylvia held various positions with Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital interim manager of professional practice, manager for Patient Flow, Utilization, Float Team, Discharge Planners and After Hours Administrators, and Integrated Regional Falls Program, emergency department nurse. In addition, Sylvia was seconded to the Ontario Telemedicine Network as the Regional Program Manager, a position she held until 2009.
Sylvia believes strongly in fostering partnerships and enabling leadership in others. She is detail focused and determined to understand processes to enhance problem solving.
Sylvia is a Registered Nurse having graduated from the Vancouver General Hospital School of Nursing. She has a post degree certificate in Emergency Nursing, CNA Certification in Geriatrics, an Osgoode Health Law Certificate and Osgoode Elder Law Certificate.
Tamara Nowak-Lennard joined North Simcoe Muskoka Specialized Geriatric Services in spring 2016 as the Clinical Manager / Clinical Nurse Specialist responsible for professional development, organizational leadership, evidenced-based best practice and educational activities. Tamara has over 30 years of nursing experience and since 2001 has worked in various advanced practice and leadership roles with a focus on providing care to seniors living with frailty.