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Our Council and Our Committees

Our Council

NLCHP is governed by a Board made up of one representative from each health professional group and six government-appointed public representatives.

Executive

Elected Members

Executive

last updated: September 21, 2023

Katherine is a Registered Dental Hygienist and a member of the Newfoundland and Labrador College of Dental Hygienists.

last updated: September 26, 2023

Dr. Brake-Patten holds a Degree in Science, Doctor of Chiropractic and Master of Education. Her practice includes a full-time RMT. In May 2019 she celebrated 25 years of clinical practice winning a national award for community service and leadership in Toronto. Dr. Brake-Patten also teaches anatomy and physiology to paramedicine students at the College of the North Atlantic. She has served on various community organizations and has taken many leadership roles including currently sits as volunteer Mayor for the town of Kippens. She was finance chair for five years leading up to the mayoral position keeping a balanced budget for one of the only debt free towns in NL. She is past president of the Stephenville Rotary Club, Bay. St. George Chamber of Commerce and Newfoundland Labrador Chiropractic Association.

She has worked diligently for her profession lobbying the government for privileges for chiropractors in NL and then finally signing the Hospital x-ray privilege agreement in 2002. She now sits as VP of the Newfoundland Labrador Chiropractic Association. She is president of the Stephenville Historical Society, opening the Regional Museum of Art and History in 2011. She sits on the Residential Support Board, a board to assist individuals with disabilities live in the community in a family environment. She has also recently been appointed to the NL Arts Council and College of the North Atlantic Board of Governors.

She and her husband formed a charity, Hope For Ryan Incorporated. They have opened a day camp, Camp Evergreen, for families living with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She is also a licensed guide for hunting, fishing, camping and canoeing, commissioner of oaths and marriage commissioner. She is the mother of three university-aged children and a foster parent since 2016. Dr. Brake-Patten is a very hard worker and takes any challenge very serious. She is happy to serve and will do whatever possible to advance our province and our people.

Elected Members

last updated: November 4, 2022

Allison Robbins received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics from Memorial University (2017) and a Master of Science degree in Audiological Sciences from University College London in London, England (2019). Allison is employed as a registered audiologist with Eastern Health at the Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre in St. John’s, NL. Allison dedicates her time to many professional associations, such as SAC and NLASLPA, and currently serves as co-chair of the NLASLPA conference planning committee, as well as a member of the education committee. Outside of audiology, Allison is an experienced dance instructor and performer and holds her associate diploma in tap dance from the International Society of Teachers of Dance (2017). She teaches tap, jazz, ballet and pre-school dance and also serves as a member of the Dance Teachers’ Association of NL. She has been a dance company member of TaDa!’s production of “Our Divas Do Christmas” since 2014.

This is her first term serving as council representative of CASLP-NL.

last updated: November 4, 2022

Cheryl Bailey is a Registered Respiratory Therapist for over 26 years with many of these years being in a leadership role. The focus of her career has been in the area of neonatal and pediatric care. During this time, she has worked in the intensive care environment, pulmonary function laboratory, neonatal transport team, and currently as the clinical leader of respiratory services at the Janeway Child Health Centre of Eastern Health. As clinical leader, she is responsible for the development, implementation, and coordination of respiratory therapy practice as it relates to pediatrics in the province. She acts as an interdisciplinary liaison for respiratory education for staff and other partners throughout the province including areas outside of Eastern Health. She participates in many committees and has served as the college representative on the NLCHP QA committee for over five years. As of Sept 2018, she became the Chair of the NL College of Respiratory Therapists (NLCRT) where she hopes to use these collaborative skills to address regulatory issues facing the profession and improve communication to the members of their College.

last updated: November 20, 2023

Gladys is a public representative.

last updated: November 20, 2023

Joshua is a public representative

last updated: November 4, 2022

Judy Davidson is the Chair of the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Newfoundland and Labrador (CASLP-NL). Judy completed her graduate training in Communication Disorders at the University of British Columbia and worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist with various adult populations based at the DR L.A. Miller Centre in St. John’s. Following 18 years of front-line clinical practice, Judy transitioned to roles in health care management and is currently the Professional Practice Consultant for Speech-Language Pathology and the Manager of Audiology for Eastern Health. Recognizing the privilege of self-regulation, Judy is pleased to represent the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Newfoundland and Labrador.

last updated: November 4, 2022

Kenny is a Registered Acupuncturist and an executive member of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Newfoundland and Labrador (CTCMPANL).

last updated: March 15, 2024

Penny Carroll is a Registered Dental Hygienist and Chair of the Newfoundland and Labrador College of Dental Hygienists.

last updated: November 4, 2022

Sarah Donnelly Harnum is the Chair of the College of Midwives of Newfoundland and Labrador and a proud half-Newfoundlander. After graduating from the McMaster Midwifery Education Program in 2012, she spent the next seven years practicing in Hamilton, Ontario before relocating to Carbonear, NL in 2020. Since January 2021, she has been working in Central Newfoundland as a registered midwife and looks forward to the day when women across the province have choice in their reproductive care provider. Aside from the obvious joy of supporting women and catching babies, Sarah particularly enjoys education as a clinical preceptor and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Our Committees

The NLCHP Council has four standing committees including: the Registration Committee, the Quality Assurance Committee, the Complaints Authorization Committee, and the Finance and Human Resources Committee.

NLCHP Committee Membership

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