Ali AlasmariUBC PhD Student, Rehabilitation Sciences

Ali is a PhD student in the Rehabilitation Sciences program at the University of British Columbia. He holds masters and bachelors degrees in respiratory therapy from Georgia State University. While studying and training in Georgia, he achieved professional credentials from the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) including Registered Respiratory Therapist, Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Care Specialty, and Pulmonary Function Technologist. He is also an active member of the American Association for Respiratory Care. He is interested in postgraduate work in the area of cardiopulmonary rehabilitation with a focus on evaluating adherence of COPD patients to therapeutic interventions, including exercise programs in the pulmonary rehab facility. He is looking forward to returning to Saudi Arabia and teaching at university while conducting clinical research to shape the younger generation into qualified individuals capable of achieving the country’s goals of progress & development. In his free time, he enjoys outdoor activities with his 3 silly, beautiful kids.




Ori BenariUBC MSc Student, Rehabilitation Sciences

Ori is an MSc student in the Rehabilitation Sciences program at the University of British Columbia.  He completed his B.Sc. in Life Sciences at Ben-Gurion University, Israel.  Ori’s research emphasizes on developing a decision making tool for Acute Exacerbation of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (AECOPD) patients.  In his free time, Ori enjoys playing basketball, hiking, and jogging.








Madeline Laberge – Royal Roads University MA Student, Disaster and Emergency Management

Madeline Laberge is an MA student at Royal Roads University in the Disaster and Emergency Management program and joined the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Research Laboratory in October of 2015. For her thesis she hopes to examine personal disaster preparedness and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. She works at Vancouver Coastal Health as a registered respiratory therapist and recently worked as the interim staff educator for Vancouver Acute Respiratory Services. Outside the lab, Madeline enjoys hiking with her dog Winston.







Darrel Hagel – UBC MSc Student, Rehabilitation Sciences

Darrel Hagel is a graduate student in the Faculty of Medicine Rehabilitation Science Online Program working towards his Masters of Rehabilitation Science degree. Darrel currently resides in Penticton BC where he works in orthopedics, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation. Darrel’s current research project is looking at patient perceptions of group medical visits after discharge from cardiac rehabilitation. Outside of his research and work responsibilities Darrel can be found mountain biking and skiing with his family in the beautiful Okanagan valley