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Celebrating Allied Health Professionals!

Celebrating Allied Health Professionals!

Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Kristin Schafer

My name is Kristin Schafer. I am a Certified Prosthetist. I am a graduate of Laurentian University with a BSc (Kinesiology), and George Brown College's post-graduate diploma program in Prosthetics and Orthotics. I became nationally certified in both the US and Canada in 2000 and 2001, respectively, and have been working at HSN since 2002.

I entered into this field with the aspiration to change lives for the better and to help people become independent once again. I am a creative person with good hand skills and a keen eye for proper body mechanics, so this field was perfectly synched to the way my brain sees the world. I got lucky to find this field of health care!

25 years after graduation I still feel like what I do makes a difference. There are new challenges in our health care system that have become a much stronger bulwark of late but I strive to continue to provide the things my patients need: patience, attention, and a guiding hand (or foot, as it were!) It is my absolute privilege to work with this patient population and I hope my patients feel cared for; because they are. 

Chris Frattini

My name is Chris Frattini and I have been with HSN since 2001. Being a physiotherapist has been a very fulfilling career. The greatest reward I get is seeing my patients regain their independence and having an improved quality of life. I have enjoyed working with many colleagues over the years as part of a team without whom these goals would not have been achieved.


Viktor Bulic, Julie Mazzuchin, Monica Irvine, Maggie McDougall, and Vicky St. Germain

The Hand and Upper Limb Rehabilitation program fields over 1200 referrals annually, from specialists such as Plastic and Orthopaedic surgeons. Our team consists of four Occupational Therapists and an Occupational Therapy Assistant. We are small, but mighty! 

With over 53 years of combined experience, we aid in the rehabilitation of hands following injury and/or surgery. Our goal is to assist our patients in regaining their function, independence and supporting reintegration into their daily lives and roles. We love the complexity and creativity that our role has to offer!