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Allan Waters Family Simulation Centre

Dr. Doug Campbell, Medical Director

Doug CampbellDr. Campbell graduated in medicine from the University of Calgary in 1997, and completed his residency at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto in 2001. In 2003, he completed a neonatal fellowship at the University of Toronto.

He joined St. Michael’s Hospital in 2003 where he is currently the director of the neonatal intensive care unit and deputy chief pediatrics. He is also an assistant professor, department of pediatrics at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Campbell received simulation training at Stanford University and is a simulation lead, at the University of Toronto’s division of neonatal-perinatal medicine. He is a member of the Canadian Pediatric Society National Resuscitation Program executive committee and research committee.

In 2012, Dr. Campbell was awarded the Marvin Gerstein Award chosen by the pediatric residents of the University of Toronto for outstanding teaching.

Ryan Brydges, Research Director

Ryan BrydgesDr. Brydges obtained his MSc and PhD from the Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto. He then completed an NSERC postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Glenn Regehr at the University of British Columbia.

Dr. Brydges conducts research in three related domains: (i) clarifying how healthcare trainees and professionals manage (through self-regulation) their life-long learning, (ii) understanding how to optimize the instructional design of healthcare simulation (and other technology-enhanced learning modalities) for training and assessment of healthcare professionals (iii) identifying best practices in the training and assessment for bedside invasive medical procedures (e.g., lumbar puncture, central line insertion, thoracentesis).

Through studies of self-regulation and simulation, Dr. Brydges aims to understand how training interventions translate into healthcare professional’s behaviours. Most specifically, his work with procedural skills will serve as a proof of concept for developing novel model of ‘competency-based education’ in both academic and community hospital settings. That research arm will have implications for patient care as well as health care system reform (e.g., identifying a need for specialized procedural service teams), and healthcare resource utilization (e.g., providing input to Choosing Wisely initiatives).


Nazanin Khodadoust, Director, Technology Integrated Education

Nazanin KhodadoustNazanin Khodadoust is the Director of Technology Enabled Education and responsible for providing comprehensive strategic and operational oversight for Simulation, Telemedicine, e-Learning/LMS, and Health Information & Knowledge Mobilization Programs at Unity Health Toronto.

Nazanin is a Registered Nurse and an education leader with 20 years of experience in hospitals and academic settings.  She holds a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing, MBA in Healthcare, and has received simulation and business training at Harvard Medical School.  She holds numerous postgraduate diplomas in education, leadership and technology enabled learning and has extensive experience in development, implementation and management of education programs. Nazanin has represented our institution on various national and international platforms.


Lindsay Beavers, Manager, Simulation Program

Lindsay BeaversLindsay is a passionate physiotherapist and educator who has worked in various leadership, operational, education and clinical roles in both hospital and academic settings over the past 13 years. After first participating in simulation training in Melbourne, Australia, Lindsay brought her passion back to Canada. In 2012, Lindsay became the Simulation Lead for the Ontario Internationally Educated Physical Therapy Bridging Program at the University of Toronto, responsible for the design, delivery and evaluation of simulation. She also supported the Masters of Physical Therapy Program for their simulation needs.

Lindsay has an undergraduate in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo (2004), a Masters of Physiotherapy (2006) from the University of Western Ontario, and completed the University of Toronto’s Centre for Faculty Development Education Scholars Program in 2016. 

Lindsay manages all aspects of operational, financial and personnel activities for the Simulation Program across Unity Health.


Kristen Daly, Simulation Educator

Kristen DalyKristen joined the simulation team in 2017. Her passion for simulation dates back many years to integrating moulage and detailed patient histories while teaching BLS and lifeguarding. Having completed more formal education, she has redirected her goals towards applying simulation to improve patient care through education, quality improvement, research, and human factors. As a Simulation Educator, she works with faculty to develop and continuously improve simulation activities using best practices. This includes writing objectives based on needs, designing dynamic scenarios, and facilitating engaging debriefs. Kristen is also a Respiratory Therapist, who derives great satisfaction from a good, productive suction. She continues to practice clinically at St Michael’s and Toronto Western Hospitals. She previously completed her BSc in Biochemistry, and looks forward to never setting foot in a lab again.

Christine Léger, Simulation Educator

Christine  LégerChristine is a critical care Physiotherapist who has been practicing clinically at St. Michael’s Hospital for more than 10 years. It was her passion for education and interest in simulation that spurred her transition into the simulation educator role here at the Allan Waters Family Simulation Centre in 2017. Her current responsibilities include assisting with the creation of simulation programs for various user groups, educating faculty about simulation best practices and how to integrate simulation into curriculum, as well as identify opportunities for simulation research within the organization.  Christine remains highly involved as a facilitator and lecturer for the U of T Physiotherapy program and the IPE portfolio. When she’s not at work, Christine is dreaming up her next travel adventure or is out sailing on Lake Ontario.

Paula Iantomasi, Simulation Educator

Paula IantomasiPaula Iantomasi began her career in healthcare in 1998 as a Respiratory Therapist (RT) at St. Michael’s Hospital.   Her passion for quality in health care and education led her to join the SMH simulation team as a simulation coordinator at the Allan Waters Family Simulation Centre in 2007. It was here her love for simulation grew!  She briefly returned to her roots as a clinical RT in 2012 and put her simulation experiences to good use, leading education and QI initiatives for the RT department. She is excited to join the simulation team for the next year while Christine is away on her maternity leave.  Returning as a Simulation Educator, Paula is looking forward to working with faculty and the team to contribute to the great work being done in developing and continuously improving the use of simulation in education, research, and quality initiatives. 

Hentley Small, Simulation Specialist

Hentley SmallHentley has diplomas in Journalism and Electronics Engineering Technology and previously worked as a manikin service technician on the bench and in the field.

He has been in simulation for over 18 years and brings a wealth of knowledge from the technical side to the Sim team. His responsibilities include setting the simulation environment for learners and facilitators, and maintaining the simulation equipment. On occasion he also lends his technical expertise in areas of manikin maintenance and scenario programming.

He has a passion for helping learners enhance their competency and enjoys seeing their progression.


Sue Zelko, Simulation Specialist

Sue ZelkoSue Zelko has been a member of the St. Michael's team for nine years, working in the Cardiovascular Department prior to starting her position as Simulation Specialist in August 2013.  She studied Interior Design and had a career working with people with disabilities with organizations such as the March of Dimes.

Her responsibilities include setting up the learning environment for students and instructors prior to their arrival, operating the software for simulated scenarios and maintaining equipment to ensure all participants have a safe and enriched learning experience.  

Sue is a valued member of the front-line team.  She brings with her enthusiasm and a passion for excellence.


Dr. Andrew Petrosoniak, Translational Simulation & Clinical Integration Lead

Andrew PetrosoniakDr. Petrosoniak is an emergency physician and trauma team leader at St. Michael's Hospital. He’s an assistant professor at the University of Toronto and an associate scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute. He's the lead for Translational Simulation & Clinical Integration at St. Michael's Hospital. A role focused on using simulation to connect with patient outcomes and clinically relevant results.  His research work focuses on using in situ simulation to improve patient safety and optimizing skill acquisition of rarely performed procedures. He also applies simulation to inform design within newly constructed clinical environments. He publishes and speaks regularly on using in situ simulation, healthcare design and trauma care.


Jamie Howarth, Administrative Coordinator

Jamie HowarthJamie Howarth joined the Allan Waters Family Simulation Centre (AWFSC) in October 2018, as the Administrative Coordinator. He has been working in project oriented healthcare environments for over 3 years, and holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) designation with the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Jamie actively leads operational improvement projects that take place within the Simulation Program, and manages all aspects of administration including but not limited to scheduling, financial billing and program communications.