Partners for Healthier Weight

The Healthier Weight Team

Partners for a Healthier Weight

The PfHW team is comprised of the health professionals noted below.

Our Team

T. Michael Vallis, Ph.D., R. Psych.

Co-Director

Dr. Vallis is a registered health psychologist practicing at the Capital District Health Authority, Halifax, and cross-appointed to Dalhousie University as Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Adjunct Professor in Psychology. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario, London and his main area of expertise is in…

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Tom Ransom, MD MRCSC

Co-Director

Dr Tom Ransom is a staff endocrinologist at the QEII Health Sciences Centre and is an assistant professor of medicine at Dalhousie University. Prior to the study of medicine he obtained undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Toronto in nutrition with the focus of his Master’s research…

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Krista Leck Merner, BScNH Kine, PDt

Manager of PfHW, Professional Dietitian

Krista received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition (Honours) and Kinesiology from Acadia University. She went on to complete her Dietetic Internship and is a registered member of both the Nova Scotia Dietetic Association and Dietitians of Canada. Krista has been working within the fields of fitness and…

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Dayna Sherry, Ph.D., R. Psych

Psychology Team

Dr. Dayna Sherry is a registered Clinical Psychologist. She obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in health psychology from the University of British Columbia. In addition to her work at Partners for Healthier Weight, she works as a Clinical Health Psychologist at the QEII Health Sciences…

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Suzanne Farmer, Psychologist (Cand.Reg.)

Psychology Team

Suzy is a licensed Clinical Psychologist (Candidate Register).  She completed her undergraduate training at Mount Saint Vincent University, and received a Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology from Acadia University.  Suzy’s training is grounded…

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Marsha Drysdale

Medical Office Assistant

Pending

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Samantha Hoskin

Administrative Assistant

Pending

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Daralyn MacLean, RN BScN

Program Nurse

Daralynn graduated from Dalhousie School of Nursing in 2003.  During her first year of nursing school there was a lot of talk around health promotion and disease prevention; Daralynn knew then this is where she needed to be.  Daralynn’s nursing career began in general medicine and palliative care, then…

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Krista Courtney-Cox, RN, BScN

Team Nurse

Krista Courtney-Cox began her nursing career after receiving her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Dalhousie University in 1992. She has a unique mix of work experience in acute and chronic disease management in a clinical setting, community health promotion, and research. The majority of her career has been in…

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Joanne Courtney-Walker, RN

Team Nurse

Joanne Courtney- Walker received her degree in Nursing from Dalhousie University in 1984. She has had a diverse work experience beginning in the bone marrow transplant and cardiovascular units in Vancouver. In 1987 she returned to Halifax and continued her career in the cardiovascular ICU. Joanne has worked in…

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Robin Williams, RN, BScN

Program Nurse

Robin received her degree in nursing from The University of Western Ontario in 2004.  In her ongoing practice of labour and delivery nursing, she first became involved with clients who struggled with weight management by identifying various barriers to optimal care faced in the perinatal setting, ranging from before…

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Norma Campbell, BSc. HN(Hon), PDt., CDE

Professional Dietitian

Norma is a Professional Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator.  She has worked extensively with community based programs, mainly focusing on chronic disease management and research, for nearly a decade.  Norma received her BSc. in Human Nutrition (Honors) from St. Francis Xavier University in 2003 and is currently working toward…

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Monica Holmes, BScNH, PDt

Team Dietitian

Monica is a Registered Dietitian with the Nova Scotia Dietetic Association. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition with Honors from Acadia University, and completed a post-graduate dietetic internship at the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax. Monica recently joined the PfHW team in February 2013.…

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Mark Rogers, Professional Dietitian (Candidate)

Nutrition Team

Mark Rogers discovered his passion for food and cooking early in life, pursuing an education and career in the culinary arts. Working in restaurants with a commitment to supporting local and sustainable producers sparked an interest in the greater food system, which eventually led him to an education in…

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David Lee, BSc Kinesiology

Physiotherapist

David started off with a love for fitness and exercise, after completing his Kinesiology degree and working in the health and fitness industry his interests grew. He came to understand that in order to help people improve their health and fitness, he needed to have a better understanding of special…

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Erica Bowie

Physiotherapy Team

Erica brings to Partners for Healthier Weight a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from the University of South Carolina and a Master’s Degree in Physiotherapy from Dalhousie University. Erica is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. She enjoys combining her passion…

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Andrew Bilz, Physiotherapist

Physiotherapy Team

I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy at the University of Western Ontario in 2001.  After graduation, I worked as a physiotherapist at three different hospitals in rural Northern Ontario, over a span of almost ten years.  Having only two physiotherapists in town meant having to cover…

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