Our Team

CCMI has three wonderful groups working towards our continued development

CCMI Board CCMI Admin Team |Faculty Content Experts

 

CCMI Board

We are a non-profit based in British Columbia and registered as a non-profit in both the US (Washington State) and Canada. Our Board consists of health care professionals and members of the public interested in promoting health.

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Joan Hill, Secretary/Treasurer

A chartered accountant, Joan Hill has worked in the not for profit healthcare field for the past 10 years. She has also served as Treasurer on several not for profit boards.

 

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Brian Austin, Board Chair

Brian Austin is Associate Director of Group Health Research Institute’s MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation, which he co-founded in 1992 and Deputy Director of RWJF’s National Program Learning from Effective Ambulatory Practices.  Mr. Austin is also a member of the executive leadership team of GHRI, which conducts epidemiologic, health services, behavioral, and clinical research addressing a wide and evolving range of clinical and public health questions.

 

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Betty-Ann Busse, Member

Betty Ann has over 40 years leadership and executive experience across the health care services continuum in three provinces in Canada. Betty Ann has always had a strong interest in supporting systems development of the broader definition of health, primary care reform and improving chronic disease management.

CCMI Administrative Team

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Connie Davis, CCMI Co-Director

Connie is a nurse practitioner dedicated to improving partnerships between professionals and the people they serve. She is adjunct faculty for the University of British Columbia. She coordinates the activities of the Centre for Collaboration, Motivation and Innovation and is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers.
Read Connie’s profile here.
Connie’s website and blog are here

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Kathy Reims, CCMI Co-Director

Dr. Reims is a Board-Certified Family Medicine physician who is a Principal of CSI Solutions, LLC and its Chief Medical Officer. She currently co-directs the Centre for Collaboration, Motivation and Innovation (CCMI), a non-profit organization dedicated to building skills and confidence for better health and health care. She has served as an Improvement Advisor and Faculty for numerous health systems improvement projects and has a strong interest in patient engagement so as to respectfully include patients’ values and preferences in their care. Dr. Reims continues to be actively involved with Denver Health and Hospital’s Lowry Clinic as a volunteer preceptor serving a diverse population from around the world and holds an appointment of Assistant Clinical Professor Department of Family Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. She was a National Health Service Corps Scholar, has over 25 years of clinical experience with underserved populations and has served as Medical Director for two Federally Qualified Health Centers. Dr. Reims received her MD degree from Baylor College of Medicine, completed her Family Medicine residency at Roanoke Memorial Hospitals and is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT).
Read Dr Reim’s profile here

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Mike Hindmarsh, Director of Operations

Mike Hindmarsh is an established healthcare improvement consultant offering strategic planning, project direction, practice coaching and technical assistance for implementing quality improvement programmes in primary, specialty and ancillary care settings. Mike has continued his work that began as the Managing Director of Clinical Improvement under the guidance of Ed Wagner, MD, MPH of the MacColl Institute in Seattle, Washington. Along with Dr. Wagner, Mike and his colleagues created the Chronic Care Model – a system redesign strategy to improve the care for chronically ill patients. For the last 20 years Mike has directed and advised over 200 clinical improvement efforts, and continues offering his expertise in the design and development of dissemination strategies for implementing the Chronic Care Model and the Patient-Centered Medical Home in the United States, in Canada, and internationally.
Read Mike’s profile here
Mike’s website is here

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Damara Gutnick, Director of Quality and Research

Dr. Gutnick is an internist with a special interest in depression and collaborative care for chronic disease. She is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry at New York University and a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. At the NYC Health and Hospitals’s Corporation, Dr. Gutnick supports collaborative care implementation efforts through team coaching in systems redesign and development of patient centered communication skills.
Read Dr Gutnick’s profile here
Dr Gutnick’s website is here

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Alice Domes, Brief Action Planning (BAP) Coordinator

Alice Domes has devoted her career to improving the health of individuals and populations as a public health nurse and in management positions. She has lead tobacco cessation programs, chronic disease management efforts and had training in public participation methods and motivational interviewing. Her experience in system design and quality improvement allow her to work with organizations and individuals to achieve their goals.

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Sam Burnett, Director of Programs

Sam Burnett is a trained qualitative researcher who is dedicated to helping people to learn skills for communicating effectively in team environments. He helps to coordinate many of the activities at CCMI.  Sam enjoys a diverse array of responsibilities at CCMI-from being a first point of contact with our collaborators, to managing proposals, leading projects, organizing staff, maintaining our website and managing our collaborator database. His role touches on most of the organizational work within our non-profit organization.  Sam’s background includes studying communication between patients and their care teams as well as the communication methods adopted by professionals.

Faculty

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Connie Davis, RN, MN, ARNP

Connie is a nurse practitioner dedicated to improving partnerships between professionals and the people they serve. She is adjunct faculty for the University of British Columbia. She coordinates the activities of the Centre for Collaboration, Motivation and Innovation and is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers.
Read Connie’s profile here.
Connie’s website and blog are here

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Alice Domes, RN, BSN

Alice Domes has devoted her career to improving the health of individuals and populations as a public health nurse and in management positions. She has lead tobacco cessation programs, chronic disease management efforts and had training in public participation methods and motivational interviewing. Her experience in system design and quality improvement allow her to work with organizations and individuals to achieve their goals.

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Lori Godin, RN,

Lori is a registered nurse with 31 years of experience in a variety of settings such as the intensive care unit, home and community care, and the coordinator of a Seniors Clinic. Lori has a special interest in chronic disease self-management and Older Adults. Lori holds certification in Gerontology nursing with the Canadian Nurses Association, Brief Action Planning training, standardized patients and as a coder with the Center for Collaboration, Motivation and Innovation. Lori is passionate about sharing her knowledge with others to benefit the people we serve in our journeys within our careers and our personal lives. Lori currently works in Fraser Health, one of the health authorities in British Columbia and is a project leader for the transformation of the Community Home Health program.

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Damara Gutnick, MD

Dr. Gutnick is an internist with a special interest in depression and collaborative care for chronic disease. She is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry at New York University and a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. At the NYC Health and Hospitals’s Corporation, Dr. Gutnick supports collaborative care implementation efforts through team coaching in systems redesign and development of patient centered communication skills.
Read Dr Gutnick’s profile here
Dr Gutnick’s website is here

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Kriss Haren, MA, MS

Kriss is a supervising clinical counsellor with 30 years experience. She has worked in trauma response in both outpatient and inpatient settings and has extensive experience training health care professionals in brief interventions. She is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers.
Read Kriss’ profile here.

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Kathy Reims, MD

Dr. Reims is a Board-Certified Family Medicine physician who is a Principal of CSI Solutions, LLC and its Chief Medical Officer. She currently co-directs the Centre for Collaboration, Motivation and Innovation (CCMI), a non-profit organization dedicated to building skills and confidence for better health and health care. She has served as an Improvement Advisor and Faculty for numerous health systems improvement projects and has a strong interest in patient engagement so as to respectfully include patients’ values and preferences in their care. Dr. Reims continues to be actively involved with Denver Health and Hospital’s Lowry Clinic as a volunteer preceptor serving a diverse population from around the world and holds an appointment of Assistant Clinical Professor Department of Family Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. She was a National Health Service Corps Scholar, has over 25 years of clinical experience with underserved populations and has served as Medical Director for two Federally Qualified Health Centers. Dr. Reims received her MD degree from Baylor College of Medicine, completed her Family Medicine residency at Roanoke Memorial Hospitals and is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT).
Read Dr Reim’s profile here

 

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Bernice has an extensive nursing background having worked in a variety of settings in areas of clinical practice, education, and administration in Saskatchewan, Alberta and the Yukon. For the past 22 years she has been privileged to work with First Nations communities in BC in a variety of nursing roles encompassing community health, home care, diabetes programming, management, consultation and education. Bernice has a special interest in chronic disease self-management support skills. She holds certifications as a trainer, standardized patient and coder in Brief Action Planning with the Center for Collaboration, Motivation and Innovation.

 

 

Content Experts

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Steven Cole, MD

Dr Cole is Professor of Psychiatry at Stony Brook University and originator of the Brief Action Planning and Comprehensive Motivational Intervention (CMI™) approach. He is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers.
Read Dr Cole’s profile here.

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Dr. Nisha Dogra, BM, MRCPsych, MA, PhD

Dr. Dogra is a professor of Psychiatry Education and Honorary Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Greenwood Institute of Child Health, University of Leicester, UK. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Learning and Teaching and the Academy of Medical Educators. She has developed innovative programs to teach cultural diversity and leads a research program on effective methods of diversity training for medical students and healthcare professionals, young people’s perceptions of mental health services, and child mental health and diversity.
Read Dr Dogra’s Profile here

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Dr. Heather Gainforth applies principles from Health Psychology to motivate behaviour change.  She is currently completing a post-doctoral fellowship at University College London, UK. Her work focuses on understanding the process of putting knowledge into practice, developing and evaluating knowledge mobilization and health promotion interventions; and examining influences that foster behaviour change.
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Ellen Goldstein, MA, MFT

Ellen is a Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in trauma healing. She is currently in a doctoral program at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis for Public Health Leadership. Ellen supports organizations and systems to translate trauma-informed principles into practice, which includes training in trauma-specific modalities that address the neurobiological impact of trauma.

April Lawrence

April Lawrence, MA Planning, Co-Active Coach

April is CCMI’s content expert for Engagement. She works to ensure multiple stakeholder voices are part of improvement projects. She engages staff, providers, executives, patients and service users with equal ease, though engaging more vulnerable, less-often engaged client populations is her passion and expertise. By designing relevant, safe and accessible engagement processes she ensures that fewer resources need to be devoted to creating “buy in” later because collective ownership of the proposed change can be created from the very start. April also designs and delivers training to support better communication for providers, patients and teams.
Read April’s profile here

 

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Kate Harrison Whiteside

Kate is a plain language advocate and communication practitioner. With her company, Key Advice and Services, she works with government, business, non-profit and community organizations providing writing and editing, plain language and online communication services, training and advice. Kate also loves making videos, hiking and writing fiction.

See Kate’s profile here
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