Our Team

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Joy Albuquerque

Medical Director
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Joy Albuquerque

Medical Director

MD, MA, FRCP

Dr. Joy Albuquerque completed her medical training in Manitoba then worked as a general practitioner for a few years prior to specializing psychiatry, completing her FRCPC training in Ottawa 1997. With a longstanding interest in mental health advocacy, she chose to round out her education through graduate training in philosophy (MA 2007).

Dr. Albuquerque joined the OMA’s Physician Health Program in 2004 to develop its services for doctors with mental health problems and, in 2017, accepted the position of medical director. Her role has evolved beyond the management of mental health conditions to expertise in the field of risk management of physicians and their work. Dr. Albuquerque is regularly invited to present on issues related to physician health and well-being. She has written and published on topics of physician health, burnout and resilience.

Dr. Albuquerque practices at St. Michael’s Hospital and is assistant professor at the University of Toronto, Department of Psychiatry.

Outside of medicine Joy is an avid reader of classics and fiction. She and her husband enjoy long-distance walking and have been going on annual walks for over 15 years.

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Laura Mattila

Senior Director
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Laura Mattila

Senior Director

MA

Ms. Laura Mattila joined the OMA as the Senior Director for the Physician Health Program in 2020. Laura completed her Master of Arts degree from the University of Toronto with a specialization in Sociology of Health and Mental Health and has completed professional development through the Rotman School of Management and the Mental Health Commission of Canada.  Laura has more than 10 years of experience in healthcare leadership including at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto as well as at Sault Area Hospital (SAH) in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Laura has held volunteer executive board of director positions in the non-profit sector in the areas of mental health and women’s employment. 

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Ted Bober

Director of Clinical Services
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Ted Bober

Director of Clinical Services

MSW, RSW

Mr. Ted Bober is the director of clinical services at the Physician Health Program. He has over 30 years of experience as a hospital administrator and clinician working with community and hospital-based mental health and addiction services. As a social worker, Ted believes that helping responses need to address immediate needs in practical terms and over time include a social justice and advocacy approach to reduce stigma and barriers to treatment while increasing compassion and support from one’s professional community and workplace.

Ted has a keen interest in enhancing professional health and peak performance during high-stress-high stakes work. He has served as a consultant to first responders following disasters in Canada and the US and provided training to organizations such as the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, Ministry of the Attorney General and Indian Residential School Adjudication Secretariat. He has presented at scientific conferences in Canada, the USA, and the UK and is the co-author of the book "In the Line of Fire: Traumatic Stress in the Emergency Services" published by Oxford University Press.

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Michael Kaufmann

Founder and Emeritus Medical Director
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Michael Kaufmann

Founder and Emeritus Medical Director

BSc, MD, CCFP, FCFP, dip. ABAM

Dr. Kaufmann graduated with a degree in medicine from the University of Toronto in 1979. He completed his training in family medicine at the University of Toronto then received certification from the College of Family Physicians of Canada in 1981. The College of Family Physicians honoured him in 1991 with a Fellowship award.

After 14 years of practising family and addiction medicine in rural Ontario, in 1995 Dr. Kaufmann became the founding director of the Physician and Professionals Health Program (PHP) of the Ontario Medical Association - a service designed to assist doctors and other health professionals with substance abuse, psychiatric disorders and other personal health problems. He received certification in addiction medicine from the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) in 1996 and the Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM) in 2000. He is presently a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and a diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine.

Dr. Kaufmann is a past chairman of the Canadian Physician Health Institute Advisory Committee, the Physician Health Committee of the Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine and the Canadian Physician Health Network, a national affiliation of physician support programs.

In 2003, Dr. Kaufmann was awarded a Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in recognition of his work in the field of doctors’ health. In 2007, he received the Courage to Come Back award from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and in 2009 he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement in Addiction Medicine Award from the Addiction Medicine Section of the Ontario Medical Association. In 2015, Dr. Kaufmann was the recipient of the Misericordia award from the Canadian Medical Association recognizing his career-long contributions to the field of physician health.

Dr. Kaufmann is an invited speaker, teacher and consultant nationally and internationally and has written extensively on the subject of doctors’ health.

Dr. Kaufmann retired from the PHP on May 1, 2017, and was honoured as emeritius medical director with the PHP for his service. Dr. Kaufmann is still involved in physician health, but has more time for his other interests, including music, writing and travel.

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Lisa Lefebvre

Associate Medical Director
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Lisa Lefebvre

Associate Medical Director

MDCM, MPH, CCFP(AM), CCSAM, DABAM, FASAM, CMRO

Dr. Lisa Lefebvre joined the OMA’s Physician Health Program (PHP) as an associate medical director in September 2014. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto and is cross appointed in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Lefebvre completed a fellowship in addiction medicine at the University of Toronto in 2006. She became a diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine in 2009 and completed her Master of Public Health degree at the University of Toronto in 2011. In 2016, Dr. Lefebvre became a fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and was granted a Certificate of Added Competence in Addiction Medicine in 2019—the inaugural year for this certification. Dr. Lefebvre is also certified by the Medical Review Officer Certification Council (MROCC).

Dr. Lefebvre served as program director of the University of Toronto Addiction Medicine fellowship for seven years. During this time, the program underwent a significant expansion, culminating in its accreditation by the American Board of Addiction Medicine in 2013. Dr. Lefebvre continues to supervise fellowship level trainees.

Dr. Lefebvre is the immediate past chair of the Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine Education Committee and is co-chair of the Ontario College of Family Physicians’ new Practising Well Program. Dr. Lefebvre developed an interest in physician advocacy early in her career and served as an OMA Council delegate from 2008 to 2014 and as a CMA council delegate from 2011 to 2017. Her clinical interest lies in occupational addiction medicine with a particular focus on safety-sensitive workers as well as in the treatment of opioid use disorder.

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Jon Novick

Associate Medical Director
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Jon Novick

Associate Medical Director

Dr. Jon S. Novick is a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst and addiction medicine specialist who runs a private practice in Oakville, Ontario and is an associate medical director with the OMA Physician Health Program in Toronto. He attended McGill University for medical school followed by residency training in adult psychiatry at Brown University and Long Island Jewish Medical Center, and psychoanalytic training with the Toronto Psychoanalytic Institute.

As an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto with a focused interest in medical psychotherapy, he has supervised and mentored many students and residents during the past two decades. He also served as the first Career Exploration Faculty Lead and the first Director of the Career Advising System with the MD Program at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Novick is certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, the American Board of Preventive Medicine (Addiction Medicine), and as a Medical Review Officer. He is also a fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

In addition to assisting physicians struggling with mental health and addiction problems, he enjoys helping learners with career development and established physicians find the best work-life balance. Originally from the United States, Dr. Novick now lives in the Greater Toronto Area with his husband and two kids. He is a proud member of the MTV Generation.

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Kirat Klair

Operations Manager
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Kirat Klair

Operations Manager

Ms. Kirat Klair has been with the OMA’s Physician Health Program (PHP) as an operations manager since 2019. Kirat holds a Masters of Health Informatics degree from the University of Toronto.

Prior to working at PHP, Kirat has worked in medical case management, clinical research, and has co-published a Canada’s Health Informatics Executive Forum white paper on enterprise innovation with Digital Health Canada.

Kirat manages, executes, and implements technical and operational responsibilities for the PHP case management system in collaboration with OMA technology and multiple external stakeholder groups. As well, Kirat manages and oversees overall program operations and business processes, analytics and reporting, and quality improvement and quality assurance initiatives within the PHP.

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Jordanna Graves

Clinical Coordinator
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Jordanna Graves

Clinical Coordinator

MSW, RSW

Ms. Jordanna Graves joined the PHP as a clinical coordinator in 2007. Jordanna has a Masters of Social Work from the University of Toronto, Bachelor of Applied Science with a specialization in family and social relations from the University of Guelph, and a certificate in dispute resolution from York University.

Jordanna's previous work experience includes case management and counseling individuals with substance use, problem gambling and mental health disorders. Jordanna is registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.

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Beth Collison

Clinical Coordinator
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Beth Collison

Clinical Coordinator

M.S.W., R.S.W

Ms. Beth Collison joined the OMA’s Physician Health Program (PHP) in the role of clinical coordinator in 2019. Beth has a Master of Social Work degree from Carleton University and a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of British Columbia. She also has a post-graduate certificate in addiction studies from OISE/Toronto Advanced Professionals Education and has completed training in CBT, motivational interviewing, and many other modalities.

Prior to working at the PHP, Beth worked for several years as a therapist in community-based substance use and mental health treatment and held various roles in employee assistance and health-care settings. Beth is registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.

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Dijana Jovic

Senior Administrator
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Dijana Jovic

Senior Administrator

Ms. Dijana Jovic joined the Physician Health Program in October 2018 as a senior administrator supporting the PHP assessment process. Dijana has a bachelor’s degree in economics, a certificate in business management from Ryerson University, and Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institute.

Dijana contributes to various PHP projects and is an active member of the PHP quality improvement and quality assurance project team. Dijana’s previous work experience includes roles in research and business/project management within the health-care system.

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Colleen Good

Clinical Coordinator
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Colleen Good

Clinical Coordinator

MSc OT Reg. (Ont)

Ms. Colleen Good has been with the Physician Health Program as a clinical coordinator since 2015. Colleen is a status-only faculty member at McMaster University and also at the University of Toronto’s Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy where she was a clinical associate from 2012 to 2014. Colleen is an occupational therapist registered in the province of Ontario. Colleen has worked in the field of mental health and addictions for over ten years.

She has worked clinically as an occupational therapist in the field of community mental health as well as in the forensic mental health system.

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Eva Ingber

Clinical Coordinator
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Eva Ingber

Clinical Coordinator

M.S.W., RSW

Ms. Eva Ingber has been working in the role of clinical coordinator since June 2015. Eva has a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto, and is a registered social worker. She is also a member of the International Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT).

Prior to working at the PHP, she has been working in private practice, and facilitating training on motivational interviewing for health-care professionals. Eva worked for twenty years at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health as an advanced practice clinician, trained staff in concurrent disorders and motivational interviewing. Eva was a manager of the Women’s Addiction Program and a therapist.

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Tereena Berry

Senior Administrator
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Tereena Berry

Senior Administrator

Ms. Tereena Berry joined the OMA’s Physician Health Program (PHP) as a senior administrative assistant in May 2015. Tereena has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and a background in financial analysis and reporting with 10 years of experience at Coca-Cola Bottling Ltd. as a sales analyst. A shift in her career interests, and some experience in various reception and office administration roles took her in the direction of medical administration and an opportunity to work for the OMA. Tereena currently supports various members of the clinical team while actively contributing to the program’s special projects.

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Tania Campbell

Clinical Coordinator
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Tania Campbell

Clinical Coordinator

MSW, RSW

Ms. Tania Campbell has been working with the Physician Health Program as a clinical coordinator since 2018. Tania has a Master of Social Work degree from York University, and a Bachelor of Social Work from Ryerson University.

Prior to joining the PHP, Tania worked as a social worker and addiction therapist in an outpatient treatment program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health for 12 years. Tania has provided education and training to health care professionals about mental health and addiction, as well as providing training in cognitive behavioural therapy.

Tania works as a psychotherapist in private practice, providing support to individuals who struggle with mental health and substance use related issues. Tania is registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, as well as the Ontario Association of Social Workers.

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Poly Christou

Senior Administrator
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Poly Christou

Senior Administrator

Ms. Poly Christou joined the PHP as a senior administrative assistant. Poly graduated from Ryerson University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Business Management Degree (major in accounting and finance) and worked in the insurance industry in administrative roles for 20 years. She first joined the OMA's insurance services department back in November 2004. Her role until April 2015 was that of senior service administrator where she was active in developing service and process initiatives to improve member experience, leading primary business cycle projects, preparing reports and handling complex member insurance inquiries. Poly currently provides administrative support to various members of the clinical team while actively contributing to the program’s special projects.

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Anna Kopowska

Senior Administrator
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Anna Kopowska

Senior Administrator

Ms. Anna Kopowska joined the OMA’s Physician Health Program (PHP) as a senior administrative assistant in November 2006. Anna provides administrative support to various members of the clinical team and provides reception duties while actively contributing to the program’s special projects. Anna is certified in early childhood education, medical office assisting, communications, marketing and advertising. She has held various administrative positions, sales coordinator and sales representative positions for several publications of Today’s Parent Magazine (Professional Publishing) and Rogers Media.

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Ania Mielniczek

Senior Administrator
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Ania Mielniczek

Senior Administrator

Ania.Mielniczek@oma.org

Ms. Ania Mielniczek joined the OMA’s Physician Health Program (PHP) as a senior administrative assistant in June 2014 covering a one-year maternity leave. In March 2015, she transitioned into a permanent role as a senior administrative assistant supporting the director, administration, and other team members as needed. In addition, she supports the financial operations of the PHP while actively contributing to the program’s special projects. Before joining the PHP, Ania held various roles as an executive assistant. Her most recent experience was at Kobo Inc. where she supported the executive vice-president and general manager.

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Rosa Parsons

Senior Administrator
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Rosa Parsons

Senior Administrator

Ms. Rosa Parsons joined the OMA’s Physician Health Program (PHP) as a senior administrative assistant in March 2015. Rosa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto. Rosa provides administrative support to various members of the clinical team while actively contributing to the program’s special projects. Rosa has held several administrative roles, including, the high-tech industry, human resources and health care. Rosa previously worked as an administrative assistant for the client services section of the Toronto Central CCAC. In that capacity she supported six managers and their teams of front-line staff (in hospitals and community) in all aspects of their administrative needs.

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Mary Vidaic

Senior Administrator
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Mary Vidaic

Senior Administrator

Ms. Mary Vidaic joined the OMA’s Physician Health Program (PHP) as a senior administrative assistant in April 2014. Before joining the PHP, Mary had a long work experience with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) working in number of administrative roles, her latest position was as the executive secretary of the chief operating officer at the WSIB. In her current role, Mary supports various members of the clinical team while actively contributing to the program’s special projects.

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Danijela Ninkovic

Clinical Coordinator
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Danijela Ninkovic

Clinical Coordinator

RN, BScN, CPMHN(C)

Ms. Danijela Ninkovic, RN, joined the OMA’s Physician Health Program (PHP) in 2018. Danijela’s strong passion for physician health brought her to the PHP where in her role of clinical coordinator she supports and advocates on behalf of physicians across Ontario.

Danijela is an internationally educated registered nurse with 25 years of experience in a variety of clinical settings including CAMH and St. Michael’s Hospital. She worked in the psychiatric emergency department and urgent care program and was actively involved in internal and external projects, including the Registered Nurses of Ontario (RNAO) fellowship implementing RNAO best practice guidelines across psychiatry and addiction services at St. Michael's Hospital. With over 15 years of work in crisis intervention Danijela’s focus has been mental health and addiction. She holds the Canadian Nurses Association certification in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing (CPMHN(C)).

Ms. Ninkovic has successfully presented her scholarly work in global forums, linking the European and North American settings that influenced her practice. She is currently pursuing a graduate degree as a Masters in Health Management (MHM) candidate at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.

Throughout her career, she has valued the work of the interdisciplinary team and is actively involved with a number of PHP projects with a goal of improving supports for medical students and physicians across Ontario.

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Michael Pett

Clinical Coordinator
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Michael Pett

Clinical Coordinator

MSW, RSW

Mike is a clinical social worker with 25 years of clinical experience in adult mental health and addictions. He received his Master of Social Work degree from Carleton University in Ottawa Ontario and is a registered social worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.

Prior to coming to the Physician Health Program, Mike worked at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health as a front-line clinician and advanced practice clinical leader. He worked in a number of clinical settings including the schizophrenia program, concurrent disorders program, and the forensic mental health program providing direct client care, clinical supervision, clinical consultation and capacity building

In his spare time, Mike enjoys playing, coaching, and watching baseball, basketball and hockey and driving his three sons all over the city to ensure that they get to the field or rink on time.

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Wendy Ross

Clinical Coordinator
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Wendy Ross

Clinical Coordinator

MSW, RSW

Ms. Wendy Ross joined the OMA’s Physician Health Program (PHP) in July 2019. Wendy is a registered social worker whose career spans over 40 years. She has held both administrative and clinical positions in health care which has included the management and development of numerous addiction and mental health programs. Additionally, Wendy has chaired multiple committees addressing child abuse, woman abuse, concurrent disorders, diversity, crisis intervention, suicide risk assessment and prevention and program advisory committees including consumer and family participation.

Wendy has provided clinical services to various populations including older adults, individuals, couples, and families in the area of bereavement, couple and family conflict, mental health, and addiction problems, and occupational and/or personal stress. She has additional accreditation in family and elder mediation.

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José Silveira

Associate Medical Director
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José Silveira

Associate Medical Director

B.Sc., M.D., FRCPC, Dip ABAM

Dr. José Silveira is an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and is certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Psychiatry. He is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine and is accredited by the American Society of Addiction Medicine since 2004. Over the past 22 years, Dr. Silveira has worked at the Academic Health Sciences Centers, a community teaching hospital and works extensively with community-based physicians through the Ontario College of Family Physicians and the Center for Effective Practice.

Since 2012, Dr. Silveira has been an addiction psychiatrist with the National Basketball Association (NBA) / National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) Player Assistance/Anti-Drug Program Clinicians Network. His leadership experience spans 20 years and includes departmental chief, medical director, chair of the Medical Advisory Committee (MAC) at St. Josephs Health Centre-Toronto (SJHC), and co-chair of Corporate MAC for Unity Health Toronto. He has also served as chair of the SJHC Quality of Care Committee and chair of the Credentialing Committee. 

Dr. Silveira’s professional focus is to support the delivery of mental health and addiction care through primary care and community networks. He has worked closely with the Ontario College of Family Physicians since 2001 facilitating continuing education workshops for primary care physicians and was on the steering committee of the Ontario College of Family Physicians Collaborative Mental Health Network until 2020. As a mentor in the latter program, Dr. Silveira has provided support to family physicians across Ontario since 2001. Working with the Centre for Effective Practice, he has been an invited lead or committee member on several point-of-care tools to assist primary care providers in managing complex conditions. He has served as a psychiatrist providing shared care with numerous CHCs and FHTs throughout his career and has developed and delivered peer reviewed workshops and seminars based on naturally emerging clinical dilemmas derived from case discussions with primary care providers. Dr. Silveira has been nominated and/or received 12 teaching awards over the course of his career.

Melissa Stewart

Senior Administrator

Melissa Stewart

Senior Administrator

Ms. Melissa Stewart joined the Physician Health Program in May 2018 as a senior administrator. Melissa has over 15 years experience as an administrative and executive assistant primarily in the medical and telecommunications fields, with experience in staff management and process development.

Melissa has a Diploma in applied Information Technology, a Certificate in business management, and a Certificate in Digital Marketing. Melissa provides administrative support to various members of the clinical team while actively contributing to the program’s special projects.