Carmen SimaUBC PhD. Candidate: Rehabilitation Sciences

Carmen Sima is a PhD candidate in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of British Columbia. She received her Master’s degree in Biology from the University of Victoria, British Columbia (2011). Carmen is originally from Romania, where she was trained as a medical doctor at the University of Craiova (1995). Her current research focuses on the role of pulmonary rehabilitation program in improving the cardiovascular health in COPD patients. She has also an interest in the clinical application of noninvasive assessments of vascular function in COPD. In her leisure time, she likes to travel and blog about personal development and experiences.






Ali Alasmari – UBC PhD Student: Rehabilitation Sciences

Ali Alasmari is a PhD student in the Rehabilitation Science program at the University of British Columbia. Ali holds masters and bachelor’s degree in respiratory therapy from Georgia State University.  During the years of his study and training at Georgia State, he achieved many professional credentials from the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) including: Registered Respiratory Therapist, Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Care Specialty and Pulmonary Function Technologists as well as Ali currently an active member at the American Association for Respiratory Care. Ali is especially interested in doing postgraduate works in the area of cardiopulmonary rehabilitation focus on evaluate adherence of COPD patients to therapeutic interventions, including exercise programs in the pulmonary rehab facility. Ali is looking forward to returning to Saudi Arabia and teaching at the university while conducting clinical research to shape the younger generation into qualified individuals capable of achieving the country’s goals of progress and development. In his free time, he enjoys the outdoors activities with 3 silly, beautiful kids.








Ori BenariUBC  Masters of Science (Rehabilitation Sciences) Student

Ori is a M.Sc. 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.










Walden CheungUBC  Masters of Science (Rehabilitation Sciences) Candidate

Waldo Cheung is a MSc candidate in the Rehabilitation Sciences program at the University of British Columbia and is from Vancouver.  His current research is developing tools for evaluating and improving the quality of pulmonary rehabilitation programs in Canada
In his spare time he likes run, visit coffee shops, loiter in secondhand bookstores, read the works of Gaiman, and Murakami, as well as writing short stories.









Madeline Laberge – Royal Roads Masters of Arts Student

Madeline Laberge is a Masters 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 Masters of Rehabilitation Sciences Students

Darrel Hagel is 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