Clare graduated from the University of British Columbia (UBC) with a combined degree in Occupational and Physical Therapy, and has maintained both qualifications. She has worked in hand therapy since 1989 and is the owner of Island Hand Therapy Clinic with 3 locations in the greater Victoria area in British Columbia. She mentors her staff, and regularly supervises students from both the UBC Master in Physical Therapy (MPT) and Master in Occupational Therapy (MOT) programs, as well as from other universities.
Teaching is part of Clare’s belief in the importance of on-going learning. She authored the student textbooks, teaches and examines related subjects for dance teachers, including anatomy, injury prevention, growth and development.
Clare was one of the first learners to begin the online programs and in 2010 graduated with a Masters in Rehabilitation Science. Her major project was a quantitative study looking at two protocols for post-operative treatment of extensor tendon lacerations. She has presented these findings at conferences, workshops, and in the UBC Research Relay Webinars.
She is now an instructor in RHSC 503 Reasoning and Decision Making, and RHSC 509 Facilitating Learning in Rehabilitation Contexts. Having seen the evolution of this program from the pilot courses to a full online Masters program, she is thrilled to be facilitating and giving other learners the same opportunities. “It is such an exciting way to expand practitioners’ knowledge base and application within their chosen field while continuing to work and live in their own community.”