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Welcome to the Research Committee website! We hope you’ll find access to resources that will help you with your research, evaluation and quality improvement research journey to enhance the effectiveness of your practice and outcomes for your patients.


Respiratory therapists across Ontario will provide leadership in related research, evaluation and quality improvement research initiatives that will improve health outcomes.


To build research capacity among Respiratory Therapists (RTs) in Ontario, the RTSO Research Committee will provide a framework to guide the development of respiratory therapists’ role in research, evaluation, and quality improvement research so that Ontario RTs will be recognized as Canadian leaders in research studies and publications.

The Research Committee has developed a Framework that is aligned with the RTSO’s Strategic Plan, embodies the Committee’s Vision and Mission and guides the groups’ annual work plan and activities. The work of the Committee provides the RTSO membership with access to processes and resources to advance the profession’s leadership in research, evaluation, and quality improvement initiatives.

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The RTSO Research Committee is comprised of a group of RTSO members who come from a variety of backgrounds, work experience and locations across the province and who share a common interest in promoting and building research capacity among RTSO members and the respiratory therapy profession.

2015-16 Research Committee Members:

Co-Chair Nancy Garvey, RRT, MAppSc
Consultant specializing in health systems, research, evaluation and quality improvement initiatives.
Georgetown, Ontario

Co-Chair Brooke Read, RRT, MHS
RRT in the NICU at the London Health Sciences Centre. Brooke works part time as a bedside respiratory therapist and part time working on quality improvement initiatives.
London, Ontario

Clinical Scientist:

Mika Nonoyama, RRT, PhD
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Research areas of specialty: chronic respiratory disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), long-term mechanical ventilation, lung cancer, long-term oxygen therapy, rehabilitation/exercise, respiratory therapy and community-based care.

Assistant Professor (status only), Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto

Health Clinician Scientist, Respiratory Therapy, Sick Kids Hospital

Oshawa, Ontario


Louise Chartrand, RRT, PhD (c)
Part time professor at La Cité collégiale
Ottawa, Ontario

Marianne Ng, RRT, MHSM
Practice Leader and Allied Health Educator at Toronto General Hospital,
University Health Network
Toronto, Ontario

Ashley Waugh, GRT, B.Sc. Hons Biological Sciences & Psychology
RRT working at London Health Sciences Centre, Victoria Campus.
London, Ontario

Monica Eickmeyer, RRT, BA, MPH (c)
Full-time staff RRT at Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA); Stratford General Hospital. COPD educator Certificate (2005) – Michener Institute. Patient chart auditor and member of the Critical Care Unit Action Council (UAC) at HPHA.
Stratford, Ontario

Student Member

Perrin Michael, BPT, SRT
Student Respiratory Therapist at Conestoga College
Kitchener, Ontario

The Research Committee is a Special Interest Group of the RTSO (Respiratory Therapy Society of Ontario).

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