The Philippine Working Group:
Cristina received her B.S. in Physical Therapy from the Philippines. Following three years of clinical experience as a Clinical Supervisor, she accepted a position in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as a Physiotherapist. In 2010, she joined the Society of Physiotherapists with Foreign Credentials (SPFC) and was appointed as auditor. She is an active member of International Center for Disability and Rehabilitation, Philippine Working Group (Toronto).She currently is a full time Registered Physiotherapist and her focus of practice is in geriatric rehabilitation. Cristina and her husband, Archie, live in Ontario, Canada.
Co-Vice-Chair Community Projects
• BSc Physical Therapy, Our Lady of Fatima University; Philippines
• Canadian Equivalency Studies in Physiotherapy; Ryerson University
• Certificate in Restorative Therapy
• Member, Restorative Professionals Alliance of Ontario
Juvy is a Clinical Resource Coordinator in the Adult Day Program of Providence Healthcare in Toronto, Ontario. In the past five years, she has focused on geriatric rehabilitation in various settings including home care, long term care and community care.
As an active member of the ICDR, Philippine Working Group, she advocates for the promotion of equalization of opportunities for persons with disabilities in the Philippines.
In the past, she has held positions in the Falls Prevention Committee and Behavioural Supports Ontario in the Central East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) while working at Community Nursing Home in Pickering, Ontario.
- PhD (Health; York University) (Candidate)
- MA (Critical Disability Studies; York University)
- BSc (Physical Therapy; Capitol University, Philippines; Equivalency Studies in Physical Therapy, McGill University)
Jeffrey founded the Philippine Working Group in 2007. He is a physiotherapist at the Sunnybrook Holland Orthopedic and Arthritic Centre in Toronto, Canada. He is also an Instructor and Clinical Placement Facilitator at the Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto. His academic research interests are on disability and development; landmines in the Philippines; and health policy.
- Canadian Equivalency for PT, Internationally Educated Physiotherapists Bridging Program, Ryerson University
- Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy, Our Lady of Fatima University, Philippines
- Bachelor of Arts in Humanities, University of the Philippines Diliman
She is the auditor for the PWG- ICDR and is also involved with the Society of Physiotherapists with Foreign Credentials (SPFC). She is an advocate for the rights of people with disability particularly in the Philippines where more needs to be done to raise awareness on disability issues and human rights.
Marianne Bayongan currently works as Physiotherapist Assistant at a private clinic in East York. She is still in the process of getting herself credentialled in Canada.
Zach's interest in international health stems from his experience completing an international internship in Metro Manila, Philippines. In addition to his extensive clinical experience with paediatric populations, Zach's appeal for treating athletes has driven him to become a Sport First Responder and obtain certifications in athletic taping and concussion rehabilitation. He also holds certifications in Soft Tissue Release, Functional Movement Screening (Levels 1& 2), BSN Medical Leukotaping, and Contemporary Medical Acupuncture and is pursuing a Doctorate of Physical Therapy through A.T. Still University.
A firm believer in continual education, Zach is involved in the University of Toronto's MSc Physical Therapy Program and theOntario Internationally Educated Physical Therapy Bridging Program as a clinical instructor, private tutor and laboratory facilitator. Through these roles, he is able to stay relevant with current literature in the field, and facilitate clinical reasoning among the next generation of physiotherapists. Most recently, Zach presented his research on leadership in Physical Therapy at the Canadian Physiotherapy Association's National Congress; and has two manuscripts due for publication in Physiotherapy Canada in the Fall of 2015.
Sharon Cancino (Toronto, member)
Arlyn Dadufalza (Toronto, member)
- BSc Physical Therapy, Our Lady of Fatima University (Philippines)
- Canadian Equivalency Studies in Physiotherapy, Ryerson University
- Certificate in Health Services Management, Ryerson University
Toni currently works at a long term care facility and is involved in Restorative Care and Health and Safety Management.
She is a founding member of ICDR Philippines.
She is a founding member of ICDR Philippines.
Hilda Ho (Australia, member)
Registered Healthcare professional in the Philippines: Physical Therapist, Nurse, and Midwife
Registered Practical Nurse (Ontario, Canada)
Resident Assessment Instrument Coordinator in Canada (RAI-C)
Ontario Internationally Educated Physical Therapy Comprehensive Bridging Program
University of Toronto
Academic Pathway for Nurses Bridging Program
George Brown College
Liceo de Cagayan University (Philippines):
Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy
Associate in Health Science Education
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Master of Arts in Nursing
Rodolfo has an extensive healthcare experience in various fields complemented by his outstanding
people skills that both contribute to providing quality health care to patients.
Stephanie Nixon, PhD
Executive Director, ICDR
PhD Public Health and Bioethics (University of Toronto)
MSc Rehabilitation Science (University of Toronto)
BHSc Physiotherapy (McMaster University)
BA(Hons.) Kinesiology (University of Western Ontario)
Kenneth Quismundo (Toronto, member)
He is a founding member of ICDR Philippines.
BA (Hons.), Communicative Disorders Assistant
Melanie is a Communicative Disorders Assistant at Spark Therapy, and a Patient Administrative Associate at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. She became involved in the Philippine Working Group after taking a hiatus in the Philippines to offer her knowledge and help with underprivileged children. While she was there, she was able to make ties and connections with projects in Iloilo City and has been very instrumental in setting up community projects in the area.
Bachelor of Laws, University of the Philippines
Bachelor of Arts in English, University of the Philippines
Vice-Chair of Education
- BSc (Physical Therapy, Angeles University Foundation, Philippines)
- Equivalency Studies in Canadian Physiotherapy (Thompson Rivers University, British Columbia)
Currently working in geriatrics setting, Jovy truly supports the mission, vision, and goals of PWG since its inception, serving as an advocate for Filipinos with disabilities. As a Physiotherapist practising in Canada, she is well aware that in the Philippines, poverty plays a crucial part in the neglect of persons with disabilities.
- BSc Physical Therapy, Iligan Medical Center College (Philippines)
- Equivalency Studies in canadian Physiotherapy, Thompson Rivers University
Jacquelin Rotella is currently working in a clinic in Richmond Hill. Her experience in the Philippines was with children with special needs and that is how her eyes were opened to the lack fo care and representation for people with disability, especially children.
- BSc (Physical Therapy; Our Lady Fatima University, Philippines)
- Equivalency Studies in Canadian Physiotherapy, Ryerson University
Having worked as a physiotherapist both in the Philippines and in Singapore, Gladys is based in Toronto, Canada. She has held various clinical positions in different settings including sports physical therapy. Her clinical interest is on women's health.