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Diabetes Boot Camp for Prescribers



Boot Camp Faculty:






Primary Care Diabetes Boot Camp For Prescribers...

Boot Camp Faculty


Diabetes Boot Camp for Prescribers was designed in response to the increasing burden on primary care in terms of diabetes management and the evolving roles for nurse practitioners, pharmacists and allied health professionals.

The Boot Camp Faculty have a 14-year history in integrated care teams and primary care-based diabetes delivery models. Read our biographies.

Betty Harvey

Betty Harvey is a Clinical Nurse Specialist/Nurse Practitioner with the Primary Care Diabetes Support Program at St. Joseph’s Health Care, in London, Ontario. She has been a Nurse Practitioner, specializing in diabetes, since 1994. Betty is also an Adjunct Associate Professor with the Faculty of Nursing at Western University. She received her BScN from the University of New Brunswick, and her MScN from Western University. Betty’s research interests include pediatric obesity, diabetes prevention, and diabetes management in high-risk, marginalized population (ethnic groups, mental health). Betty is also co-creator of the Primary Care Diabetes “Boot Camp,” a Canada-wide program designed to equip primary care RNs, NPs & AHCP with the knowledge, skills and tools needed to take on the role of diabetes prevention and management.

Highlights of Betty’s work in diabetes include:

  • Member of Health Canada Multicultural Diabetes Advisory (2001).
  • Identified as a Best Practice Model for diabetes prevention by the Canadian Ethnocultural Counsel (2003).
  • Recipient of the 2004 Association of Ontario Community Health Centres Epic Award for excellence in clinical services.
  • Recipient of the Canadian Diabetes Association, Frederick G. Banting Award (2005).
  • Featured in both the federal and Ontario Quality Health Council Reports (2007).
  • Expert Committee member, 2008 Canadian Diabetes Association Clinical Practice Guidelines.

Betty was born and raised in Central West Africa until age 19. She is Mom to daughter Megan, and is supported daily by her husband, Frank.

Amanda Mikalachki

Amanda Mikalachki is the lead CDE with St. Joseph's Primary Care Diabetes Support Program in London, Ontario. She received her nursing education at Ryerson University and Western University. Amanda has been specializing in diabetes since 2002, with experience working in different diabetes care delivery models: traditional DEC model, team and solo practice in primary care and community outreach. Amanda is also co-creator of the Primary Care Diabetes "Boot Camp," a Canada-wide program designed to equip primary care RNs, NPs & AHCPs with the knowledge, skills and tools needed to take on the role of diabetes prevention and management.

Amanda is frequently invited to give talks to the general public on consumer-related diabetes issues, and professional development talks targeting primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, pharmacists and other AHCPs. She has been a presenter at the Canadian Diabetes Association and Ontario Hospital Association conferences, and for the Chronic Disease Prevention and Management model.

Amanda's research interests include interventions promoting effective self-care and innovative service delivery models. She is a member of the 2013 Canadian Diabetes Association Clinical Practice Guidelines Expert Committee.

Stewart B. Harris

Dr. Harris is a Professor at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at The University of Western Ontario, in London, Ontario, Canada. He holds the Canadian Diabetes Association Chair in Diabetes Management as well as the Ian McWhinney Chair of Family Medicine Studies.  He has appointments in the Division of Endocrinology & Metabolism, the Department of Family Medicine and the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and is a Research Scientist at the Lawson Health Research Institute.

Dr Harris received his medical education and family medicine training from the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He obtained further training at Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, completing a master’s degree in public health and a fellowship in preventive medicine.

With a research focus on type 2 diabetes in high-risk populations including Aboriginal Canadians, new immigrant groups, patients with mental health conditions, and the application of clinical practice guidelines for the management of diabetes in primary care, Dr. Harris has published over 226 articles in major peer-reviewed journals.

He has served as a board member of numerous national and provincial diabetes-related committees including the Northern Ontario Diabetes Network, the National Diabetes Surveillance System, the Ontario Ministry of Health Task Force for Diabetes Management, and the Canadian Diabetes Association. For the Canadian Diabetes Association, he has been involved in the development of Clinical Practice Guidelines since 1998 and served as chair of the 2003 Expert Committee. In addition, he has served as both chair and vice-chair of the Clinical & Scientific Section.

Dr. Harris has received numerous awards for teaching, health care research, and service including an Ontario Ministry of Heath Career Scientist award and the Dr. Gerald S. Wong Service Award of the Canadian Diabetes Association in recognition of his significant contribution to the diabetes community. He has been inducted as a Fellow in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and has received The Hellmuth Prize for Achievement in Research at Western University. On July 1, 2015 he was appointed Member of the Order of Canada (C.M.) for his contributions to the development of strategies to manage and reduce diabetes in Aboriginal communities and other vulnerable populations.

Sonja Reichert

Dr. Sonja Reichert is an Assistant Professor and Clinician Researcher at the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine/Department of Family Medicine at Western University in London, Ontario.

After undergraduate studies in Honours Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo, and an MSc in Cardiovascular Exercise Sciences at the University of Toronto, Dr. Reichert attended medical school at McMaster University and then completed her residency training in Family Medicine at Western University. She supplemented her training with an additional year of residency in primary care-focused chronic disease management under the supervision of Dr. Stewart Harris.

Dr. Reichert's clinical and teaching time are devoted to the St. Joseph's Primary Care Diabetes Support Program and the St. Joseph's Family Medical Centre, while her research interests include diabetes, exercise and the complexities of chronic disease in primary care. In addition, she is a contributor to the 2013 Canadian Diabetes Association Clinical Practice Guidelines and the Integrated Ontario Vascular Health Strategy.

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