2023 HEALTH CARE PROVIDER OF THE YEAR NOMINEE
HEALTH CARE PROVIDER OF THE YEAR
Jennifer is an Occupational Therapist that co-founded Invisible-Care Inc after 25 years of working in community rehabilitation. Over her extensive OT career, she has focused her practice on community health and brain injury. Jennifer has always been an innovator in her rehabilitation practice and her out of the box thinking led her to look at how clients can receive care outside the traditional model.
Jennifer graduated from the University of Toronto in 1993 and started her early career in Brain Injury on the Niagara Children’s Center Multidisciplinary team. This team provided early exposure to the auto sector that inspired Jennifer to launch her own private pediatric clinic (Milestone Therapy Services) in 19909. Milestone Therapy Services focused primarily on brain injury in children and adolescents.
In 2010, Jennifer sold her practice to a larger entity focused on multidisciplinary care across the entire province, with the hope that clients’ families would be able to access care in one place and eliminate the high demands of attending multiple clinics. Jennifer has always looked for ways to provide care in the simplest manner to help reduce caregiver burden and minimize stressors in an already difficult situation.
In 2014 Jennifer joined Entwistle Power Inc. as the clinical manager and had the opportunity to lead and mentor a large group of Occupational Therapists while working with a senior group of Occupational Therapists.
Jennifer is currently the clinical director and owner of Invisible-Care Inc., a revolutionary way to access personal and rehabilitation support services through pairing technology and human care. Jennifer continues to strive to integrate innovation into rehabilitation spaces and is constantly sharing this passion through the education of both practicing occupational therapists and students. She has presented at numerous conferences and is an active presenter to the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists.
Jennifer has been a preceptor at McMaster University since 2010 and actively takes on students each year. In 2023 she began working with the School of Rehabilitation to complete research to back her innovation. Through an Evidence-Based Project, with the assistance of McMaster student Occupational Therapists, Jennifer recently completed a paper entitled “Two-Way Reminder Systems to Support Activities of Daily Living for Adults with Cognitive Impairments: A Scoping Review.”
Jennifer’s ongoing professional goal is to increase access to care for clients while relieving some of the human resource shortages that exist in community care.