About

About

I design (mainly medical) products and experiences in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

I am fortunate to contribute to innovative projects with an array of engineers, speech language pathologists, audiologists, otolaryngologists, neurosurgeons, prosthodontists, orthopedists, technicians, technologists, business professionals, designers, artists, researchers, educators and a whole bunch of amazing patients. 

I am also an instructor at the University of Alberta with a focus on teaching students to problem solve for health and hospital based scenarios.

Medical Tech

Medical Tech

Mobili-T is a portable therapy system for individuals with swallowing disorders, with particular focus on head and neck cancer. The system gives patients the freedom to perform prescribed daily exercises at home while electronically updating clinicians regarding their progress.

The design of the system was recognized as a Notable in the 2017 Core77 Awards and also won the Community Choice Prize for Research and Strategy. You can check that out on Core77 HERE.

You can also read much more about the project HERE.

It was designed and developed by a multi-disciplinary team in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada with funding from the Alberta Cancer Foundation.

Research

Research

Understanding patients as humans before trying to appropriate technologies is imperative to designing meaningful interventions.

I perform patient focused research and translate those findings into physical/digital products, experiences and research tools. In the case of head and neck cancer research, there are often instances where communication is difficult for the patient (for example, if a portion of their tongue has been removed they may have difficulty verbally communicating). This shouldn’t exclude them from contributing to our understanding of their needs and wants - so research methods are adapted to better suit their constraints.

This includes the development of studies such as cultural probes - this is a research kit that is sent home with individuals to help inform and inspire design decisions related to things like how cancer impacts their daily schedule (increased appointments, fatigue, ability to concentrate on tasks). The kits are designed to be understandable and straightforward and may include tasks like a camera journal, a quiz to test their knowledge of visual icons used in apps, and journals with various prompts related to the impact cancer has on their lives and relationships.

Ideation

Ideation

Working in concert with patients, clinicians, engineers and researchers - I develop concepts for medical products and experiences through a foundation of empathetic research. Anything a patient interacts with, whether this is a physical device, digital experience, education materials or the communication channels between patient and clinician - I design, prototype, and test -  and then work collaboratively with the team to help choose the most impactful path forward.

Collaboration

Collaboration

I guide teams through design sprint sessions to collect existing information, establish knowledge gaps and identify areas of opportunity. This is accomplished through idea generation sessions that are collaborative and visual. The goal with design sprints is to learn the strengths and weaknesses of a project while forming directions for development at an early stage so that viable ideas can be prototyped, tested and vetted.

Medical Modeling

Medical Modeling

I have dedicated a significant portion of my career to the implementation of technologies such as computer-aided design and 3d printing into workflows for reconstructive medicine. This includes the design and fabrication of surgical training models for reconstructive procedures, the fabrication of patient specific 3d printed surgical models, the digital planning for procedures such as mandibular or maxillary reconstruction and the design and fabrication of cranioplasty implants due to cancerous tumors or head trauma.  I have designed and taught (with some amazing colleagues) workshops for a variety of international medical professionals on topics ranging from digital workflows for fabricating facial prosthetics to a pre-fabricated fibular flap surgery workshop.