Sue graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1980 with a BScPT and worked at Grand River Hospital in Kitchener as staff physiotherapist until 1988 when she started working with the Arthritis Society’s Arthritis Rehabilitation and Education Program (AREP) in Kitchener, ON.
She has been active in the assessment and management of people living with arthritis and has developed and presented education programs for people with different types of arthritis and for healthcare professionals who wish to enhance their competency in arthritis care.
In 2009, she completed the Advanced Clinician Practitioner in Arthritis Care program through the University of Toronto and St Michael’s Hospital. She provided ACPAC support in the Pediatric Rheumatology Clinic at Children’s Hospital in London ON and for local physicians and rheumatologists in Guelph and Kitchener-Waterloo from 2009 - 2021. Her passion has been the development of models of care that improve timely and appropriate access to care for people living with arthritis.
Sue has been a member of the Arthritis Health Professions Association for over 33 years and served as President of the organization 2018-2020 during which time she was focussed on the development of a Strategic Plan and promoting collaboration with CRA, ORA and ARP. She was awarded the AHPA Extraordinary Service Award in 2021 and the AHPA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2022.
In 2022, Sue was awarded the Leadership and Advocacy Award from the Ontario Physiotherapy Association, a Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Woman of the Year Award for her Professional activities and the Association of Rheumatology Professionals Ann Kunkel Advocacy Award.
Sue recently retired from the Arthritis Rehabilitation and Education Program of the Arthritis Society and is enjoying her new role as proud Grandma to 3 wonderful granddaughters.