Dr. Jean Bourbeau
Jean Bourbeau is the Director of the Research Institute MUHC's Center for Innovative Medicine, the COPD Clinic and the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Unit at the MUHC Montreal Chest Institute. He has been President of the Canadian Thoracic Society. His work and research on COPD, pulmonary rehabilitation, integrated self-management programs for patients with COPD ('Living Well with COPD') have had an impact not only in the field of research, but also in clinical practice at the national and international level.
Maria F. Sedeno
Maria Sedeno is the Executive Director of RESPIPLUS, a non-profit organization committed to improve healthcare professionals and patients’ education in the respiratory field. She has co-authored and led the national and international developments of the "Living Well with COPD" and the "Living Well with Pulmonary Fibrosis" programs. These comprehensive self-management educational platforms support patients to do the necessary changes in their lifestyle to better manage their chronic disease.
Dr. Kim Lavoie
Dr. Kim Lavoie, co-lead of the International Behavioural Trials Network (IBTN) and holds the Chair of Behavioural Medicine at the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM). She is a Full Professor in the Department of Psychology at UQAM and an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at University of Montreal. She is an internationally recognized expert in motivational communication and has trained over 10000 professionals around the world.
Diane Nault has spent more than 25 years working in the field of respiratory diseases, more specifically in COPD. Through her career, she worked as a nurse clinician, a research coordinator, a clinical nurse specialist, and a care manager. She is a clinical consultant for the Réseau québécois d'éducation en santé respiratoire (RQESR). She believes deeply that guiding people with COPD towards self-management is the key for them to maintain their health and the best quality of life possible.
Becky Zucco is an exercise physiologist with over 24 years’ experience in chronic disease rehabilitation. She is the founder of OneLife Health, an organization providing prevention, rehabilitation and education services for the long-term management of chronic disease. She has written, published, and taught education courses helping patients and individuals to become better informed of the impact of lifestyle on health.
Stephanie Corbisiero is a Concordia University graduate and certified kinesiologist. She specializes in training individuals living with COPD, Parkinson’s, stroke-survivorship, and other chronic conditions. She is the OneLife Health project coordinator working with Respiplus to create the eXpand platform and its various courses.
"Thank you for designing these courses, I now have a personal trainer who has taught me to feel more confident exercising with my disease... I feel stronger and play more with my grandchildren."
"I did not use to feel confident proposing an exercise plan to my clients with COPD due to their shortness of breath. Now, I have the knowledge so I know they exercise safely and we are aware of what red flags to look for."
I am a better caregiver
"My wife has had COPD for many years now, and I did not know how to help her - especially when she had to go the emergency room for an attack of shortness of breath. Now, I feel more prepared to help her and am able to better communicate with her treating team."
"The tools that I need"
"As an asthma nurse, my patients face a variety of challenges daily. After taking the eXpand course, I feel more confident in supporting my patients to take the necessary steps to have a better life."