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The Northern Studies Stream

The Northern Studies Stream (NSS) program was created in 1990 as an integral part of McMaster University’s physiotherapy and occupational therapy new baccalaureate degree programs. The NSS program mandate is to:

  • increase students’ awareness and knowledge of the social determinants of health unique to northern and rural communities
  • increase students’ awareness of First Nations health concerns and practices
  • provide students with the skills required for the unique practice of rural healthcare
  • facilitate the recruitment and retention of rehabilitation professionals in Northern Ontario
  • facilitate professional networking amongst rehabilitation providers in Northwestern Ontario

Through the NSS Program, McMaster Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Speech Language Pathology students have the opportunity to complete a clinical placement in Northern Ontario.

Further Information

Learn more about the Occupational Therapy Northern Studies Stream.
Learn more about the Physiotherapy Northern Studies Stream.

Contact Information

For general inquiries, please email: hsplacements@nosm.ca.

Our Team of Clinical Liaisons East

Clinical Learning Liaison – Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, Health Sciences – Cindy Davis-Maille, MCl.Sc.
Northern Ontario School of Medicine at Laurentian University
935 Ramsey Rd
Sudbury, ON P3E 2C6
Email: cdavismaille@nosm.ca

Cindy completed an Undergraduate Degree in Psychology from Laurentian in 1998, a Masters of Clinical Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Western University in 2001. Cindy is a Registered Speech-Language Pathologist and holds the rank of Lecturer with the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.  In addition to her work at NOSM, Cindy operates a private practice in the District of Timiskaming. Cindy and her family returned to Kirkland Lake following her studies to provide a much needed rehabilitative service to her community.  Cindy and her husband (Dan) are active volunteers in their community, lending a hand when needed.


Clinical Learning Liaison, Occupational Therapy  – Grace King, OT Reg. (Ont.), MScOT

Northern Ontario School of Medicine at Laurentian University
935 Ramsey Rd
Sudbury, ON P3E 2C6
Email: grking@nosm.ca

Grace completed her Bachelors of Science with a Subject of Specialization in Life Sciences at Queen’s University and a Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto.  After finishing her education, Grace moved to Northeastern Ontario where she has worked as an occupational therapist in a number of different sectors.  Grace currently works in homecare and school health in First Nation communities.  Grace and her husband live on Manitoulin Island, where they enjoy the outdoor opportunities available year-round.


Clinical Learning Liaison, Physiotherapy  – Derek Weiss, PT, M.Sc.PT, B.P.H.E (Hons.), FRCms

Northern Ontario School of Medicine at Laurentian University
935 Ramsey Lake Rd
Sudbury, ON P3E 2C6
Email: dweiss@nosm.ca

Derek completed an undergraduate degree in Physical and Health Education from Laurentian University in 2012 and a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from Queen’s University in 2015. Derek is a registered physiotherapist and owner of AMP Physiotherapy Sudbury. He lives in Sudbury, ON and loves calling Northern Ontario home. Derek loves spending time outdoors with his wife, two daughters, and their beloved dog.

Our Team of Clinical Liaisons West

Clinical Learning Liaison, Physiotherapy – Brock Chisholm,B.Sc.P.T.

Northern Ontario School of Medicine at Lakehead University
955 Oliver Rd
Thunder Bay, ON P7B 5E1
Email: bchisholm@nosm.ca

Brock Chisholm has been the Manager of Rehabilitation at the Lake of the Woods District Hospital in Kenora since 1993. After graduating in 1989 from the University of Toronto, he initially worked as a staff Physiotherapist at St. Joseph’s Care Group in Thunder Bay, where he specialized in rheumatology and geriatrics.  In addition to his current management and clinical role at the LWDH, Brock is also the Physiotherapy Clinical Learning Liaison with the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Rehabilitation Studies Program, through which he supports student placement activities and Continuing Professional Development for Physiotherapists in Northwestern Ontario.


Clinical Learning Liaison, Physiotherapy  – Regan Bolduc, OT Reg (Ont), BHScOT, HBKin

Northern Ontario School of Medicine at Lakehead University
955 Oliver Rd
Thunder Bay, ON P7B 5E1
Email: rbolduc@nosm.ca

Regan completed his Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology with a minor in Gerontology at Lakehead University in 1996.  He then went on to complete his Bachelor of Health Sciences in Occupational Therapy at McMaster University in 1998.  Regan has worked as an Occupational Therapist in a variety of health care settings including acute care, rehabilitation, long term care, and community rehab in both Thunder Bay and Hawaii.  Regan is currently a Clinical Learning Liason for Occupational Therapy at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.  Being an avid outdoorsman, Regan and his family enjoy the world-class paddling, skiing, fishing, and hunting opportunities Northwestern Ontario has to offer.


Clinical Learning Liaison, Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology – Sarah Tinkler-Josephi, MSc., S-LP (C), Reg. CASLPO

Northern Ontario School of Medicine at Lakehead University
955 Oliver Rd.
Thunder Bay, ON P7B 5E1
Email: stinklerjosephi@nosm.ca

Sarah completed a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Lakehead University in 2006, and a Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Alberta in 2009. Sarah is a Registered Speech-Language Pathologist and practices in Thunder Bay, working with both children and adults. She enjoys spending time with her husband Mike, and their two young children, Norah and Quinn.

Our Communities

The walls of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine are the boundaries of Northern Ontario that span thousands of kilometres and include Indigenous, Francophone, remote/rural communities, and urban centres. The representative selection below profiles site’s location, history, economy, and health and education resources.
Learners work closely with other health care professionals in a variety of practice settings including large hospitals, small rural hospitals and community practices, Local Health Integrated Network (LHIN) and private practice. Community-based placements are located in Fort Frances, Kenora, North Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, and Timmins, as well as in many smaller centres throughout Northern Ontario. (Read about NOSM’s partner communities.)