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Disease Awareness Webinars

Lupus Canada is pleased to present the Let’s Talk Lupus – Disease Awareness Webinars sponsored by AstraZeneca and GSK. This program will consist of an informative and interactive series of webinars for all Canadians impacted by lupus. Each month we will offer a new topic. Please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin to learn more about our upcoming webinars.

What’s Happening in Lupus Research

On May 26th at 7:00 pm EST Lupus Canada will be joined by Dr. Christine Peschken who will discuss what is happening in lupus research. Please click on the following link to register for the webinar

Christine Peschken, MD MSc FRCPC

Dr. Christine Peschken is a Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Community Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba.  She is the current Division Head for the Division of Rheumatology, as well as acting Division Head for the Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Manitoba.

She established the University of Manitoba Lupus clinic at the health sciences Centre in Winnipeg in 2002.  She received her medical degree (with distinction) from the College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, and trained in General internal medicine and rheumatology at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba.  She completed a Master’s degree in epidemiology and biostatistics at McGill University and the University of British Columbia prior to joining the faculty of medicine at the University of Manitoba in 1999.

Dr Peschken is an established investigator in outcomes in systemic lupus erythematosus, with special emphasis on and expertise in health disparities in vulnerable populations with lupus.  She is a member of the Systemic Lupus International Collaborating Clinics (SLICC), and is the chair of Canadian network for improved outcomes of systemic lupus erythematosus (CaNIOS).

Cannabis and Lupus

On July 21st at 7:00 pm EST Lupus Canada will be joined by Fonda Betts who will discuss cannabis and lupus. Please click on the following link to register for the webinar 

Fonda Betts, Master Cannabinologist (MC)

Ms. Betts, Founder and CEO of the Greenleaf Medical Clinic (est. 2011), created the company’s vision of “Enriching and improving the quality of life for patients through the use of medical cannabis”. The company’s core values of leadership, passion, education and commitment are driven through the company’s promise of maximizing patient outcomes.

Fonda’s extensive knowledge of cannabis comes from studying Cannabinoids in Clinical Practice from the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine, patient assessments, and collaboration with cannabis physicians and industry leaders.

She has assessed and developed customized treatment plans for more than 15,000 patients. Her work and dedication have gained her recognition as a leader in cannabinoids.

Ms. Betts continues to focus on bringing the benefits of cannabis to all adults, whether they are patients, adult consumers or simply interested in learning more about cannabis and how to use it safely.

The Benefits of Chiropractic Care

On April 21st Lupus Canada hosted the “Benefits of Chiropractic Care” webinar presented by Dr. Heather Bailey. As mentioned in the webinar, the link for the Rapid Access Clinics for Low Back Pain is A video recording of the webinar is available below for viewing.

Dr. Heather Bailey, B.H.K., D.C.

Dr. Bailey graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 2012 with both honours and clinical honours. Her undergraduate degree is in Human Kinetics (Kinesiology) from the University of Windsor. Her first position as a Chiropractor found her working in downtown Toronto where she worked alongside a family doctor, physiatrist, orthopedic surgeons (specializing in knees and feet), kinesiologist and personal trainers. She has a very strong exercise and rehabilitation background, and believes the key to any successful recovery comes with changing how the body works through exercises. She also stays up to date on current research and “best-evidence” practices.

In July of 2015, Dr. Bailey took part in the PanAm Games as part of the volunteer medical staff, providing chiropractic services as well as assisting the first responders for the athletes, coaches and owners at the Caledon Horse Park.

Dr. Bailey is also a part of the Low Back Rapid Access Clinic, where patients receive rapid low back pain assessment, education and evidence-based self-management plans. It is designed to decrease the prevalence of unmanageable chronic low back pain, reduce unnecessary diagnostic imaging as well as unnecessary specialist referral. It also aims to reduce wait times for specialist referral when necessary. It is a part of the Local Health Integrative Network and is OHIP funded (referrals to this particular program must be made through a family doctor who is registered with the program).

She is a member of both the College of Chiropractors of Ontario and the Ontario Chiropractic Association.

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