Current Members

Femke Hoekstra, PhD 
Post Doctoral Fellow
Email: femke.hoekstra@ubc.ca

Femke earned a Master’s degree in Human Movement Sciences from the VU University in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. In 2017, she completed her PhD at the University of Groningen, in which she focused on the nationwide implementation of a physical activity promotion program in Dutch rehabilitation care. Her PhD project was part of Rehabilitation, Sports and Active Lifestyle study (ReSpAct-study). Femke’s main research interest focuses on closing the gap between research and practice, especially in the area of rehabilitation and health promotion. Her postdoctoral research focuses on understanding the process of engaging community members into the research process. Besides doing research, Femke enjoys being outside and going for a run or hike. And since her move to Kelowna, she loves to go skiing and snowshoeing.

Michael Kennefick, PhD
Post Doctoral Fellow
Twitter: @kennefickm
E-mail: mkenn078@gmail.com

Mike completed his baccalaureate at the University of Ottawa, where he also received his MSc in Human Kinetics under the supervision of Dr. Tony Carlsen. He then went on to UBCO to complete his PhD focusing on the preparation of movement, where he was co-supervised by Drs. Chris McNeil and Paul van Donkelaar. Mike is currently extending his research in the preparation of movement as a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Brian Dalton, while also shifting focus to understand how bench research can be integrated with knowledge translation concepts with Dr. Heather Gainforth. Outside of the lab, Mike enjoys searching for hidden fishing and camping locations in the backcountry.

Miranda Cary, MSc
Research Assistant, Incoming Post Doctoral Fellow
E-mail: miranda.cary@ubc.ca

Miranda is currently finishing her doctoral degree in Kinesiology from the University of Saskatchewan. She earned her Master’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Saskatchewan in 2014. Broadly, her PhD research focuses on psychosocial factors important for adults with chronic pain to engage in regular physical activity. Miranda’s postdoctoral research focuses on implementation science, especially aims to on gain a better understanding of research partnerships and consensus methods within the area of integrated knowledge translation. Outside of research, Miranda spends time with her dog, enjoys going for hikes, and looks forward to exploring Kelowna.

Rhyann McKay
PhD Candidate (3rd year)
Email: rhyann.mckay@gmail.com

Kristy Baxter
MSc Student (2nd year)
Email: kristylynnbaxter@gmail.com

Kristy is currently in her 2nd year as a Master’s student in the Health and Exercise Sciences program. Her thesis project aims to understand how doctors establish patient-centred care, specifically therapeutic alliance, with their patients. Her project is being completed in partnership with The South Okanagan Similkameen Division of Family Practice and the Centre for Collaboration, Motivation and Innovation. Kristy enjoys cross-discipline collaboration, detail- and task-oriented work, and exploring new research methodologies. She hopes to find passion and joy in a career that allows her to use what she has learned, but also challenges her to always learn more. She is (almost) always down for an adventure and is excited for the adventures that post-grad 2019 holds.

Blake Nicol
MSc Student (2nd year)
Email: nicol.blake@gmail.com

Blake is currently in his 2nd year of his master’s degree in the ABC Lab. He is studying the screening behaviour’s of staff at women’s shelters with regards to traumatic brain injuries for women who have experienced intimate partner violence. Blake research aims to provide intervention recommendations to help promote screening of traumatic brain injuries in women’s shelters. In his spare time, Blake enjoys playing on his hockey team in the winter and going on backpacking trips in the summer.

Kelsey Wuerstl
MSc Student (1st Year)
E-mail: kelsey.wuerstl@gmail.com

Kelsey completed her Bachelor of Human Kinetics and is currently in the first year of her master’s program in the ABC Lab. She is interested in understanding the smoking cessation experiences and behaviours of individuals living with a spinal cord injury. Through collaboration with the spinal cord injury community, Kelsey aims to co-develop recommendations to develop and tailor smoking cessation services and resources to support people with spinal cord injuries that are trying to quit smoking. When Kelsey isn’t at school she can be found hanging at the end of a rope at the local climbing spots in the summer or skiing at Big White in the winter.

Clayton March
499 Undergrad
E-mail: clay.march@yahoo.ca