COVID-19: A Mini-series

Part 1: The Role of Rehabilitation in COVID-19

MSc-PT students Bernice Lau & Chelsea Chua have a conversation with Dr. Larry Robinson, Siobhan Donaghy & Jennifer Shaffer from St. John’s Rehab to discuss the role of rehabilitation in response to COVID-19. The WHO presentation referred to in the podcast can be viewed here.

Transcript: Part 1: The Role of Rehabilitation

Episode Credits
Podcast Hosts: Bernice Lau & Chelsea Chua
Executive Producer: Kyla Alsbury
Production Team: Bernice Lau, Lucas Crosby
Audio Editors: Mikaela Stiver & Lucas Crosby
Music: Kyla Alsbury & Kyle Nealy
Promotional illustrations: Mikaela Stiver
Featured Speakers:
Dr. Larry Robinson, St. John’s Rehab, Sunnybrook Hospital
Siobhan Donaghy, OT, St. John’s Rehab, Sunnybrook Hospital
Jennifer Shaffer, PT, St. John’s Rehab, Sunnybrook Hospital


Part 2: Working as a PT during the pandemic

Mikaela & Kyla have a virtual sit down with fellow PhD student, Michelle Legasto, about her experiences working as a PT during the pandemic. Michelle shares how she coped with working in a new environment, the unique challenges she faced, and strategies that she and her colleagues used to maintain their own mental health.

Transcript: Part 2: Working as a PT during the pandemic

Episode Credits
Podcast Hosts: Mikaela Stiver & Kyla Alsbury
Executive Producer: Kyla Alsbury
Production Team: Mikaela Stiver, Kyla Alsbury, & Lucas Crosby
Audio Editors: Mikaela Stiver & Kyla Alsbury
Music: Kyla Alsbury & Kyle Nealy
Promotional illustrations: Mikaela Stiver
Featured Speaker:
Michelle Legasto, PT, MScPT, Hon. BSc.


Part 3: Perspectives on Living with Disability during the Pandemic

RSI alumni Ana & David have a conversation with Dr. Susan Jaglal & John Shepherd from the University of Toronto to discuss the perspectives of people living with disability during COVID-19. We discuss handwashing and mindfulness for those with spinal cord injury.

Transcript: Part 3: Perspectives on living with disability during the pandemic

Episode Credits
Podcast Hosts: Analyssa Cardenas & David Houston
Executive Producer: Kyla Alsbury
Production Team: Kyla Alsbury & Lucas Crosby
Audio Editors: Lucas Crosby & Nivetha Chandran
Music: Kyla Alsbury & Kyle Nealy
Promotional illustrations: Mikaela Stiver
Featured Speakers:
Dr. Susan Jaglal, PhD, Interim Chair, Dept. of Physical Therapy  John Shepperd, PhD Student, RSI


Part 4: Housing is Healthcare

Analyssa Cardenas and Mikaela Stiver speak with palliative care physician, Dr. Naheed Dosani, about his work with individuals experiencing homelessness or structurally-vulnerable conditions, the Region of Peel COVID19 Homeless Response, systemic inequities, advocacy in healthcare, and more! For more information, check out the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness and Recovery for All campaign, or follow Dr. Dosani on Twitter, Instagram, & TikTok.

Transcript: Part 4: Housing is Healthcare

Episode Credits
Podcast Hosts: Analyssa Cardenas & Mikaela Stiver
Executive Producer: Kyla Alsbury
Production Team: Analyssa Cardenas & Mikaela Stiver
Audio Editors: Bernice Lau & Mikaela Stiver
Music: Kyla Alsbury & Kyle Nealy
Promotional illustrations: Mikaela Stiver
Featured Speaker: Dr. Naheed Dosani


Part 5: The Student Experience

We turn to the Temerty Faculty of Medicine graduate students in rehabilitation, physiotherapy and medicine for their take on how the pandemic impacted their studies, career prospects, and daily life. Join hosts Bernice Lau and Mikaela Stiver exploring themes around short-term changes in clinical and research programs, departmental and university responses to COVID-19, projected long-term impacts on the future of healthcare, and potential ‘silver linings’!

Transcript: Part 5: The Student Experience

Episode Credits
Hosts: Mikaela Stiver & Bernice Lau
Executive Producer: Kyla Alsbury & Julia Rybkina
Audio Editors: Julia Rybkina, Lucas Crosby, & Mikaela Stiver
Music: Kyla Alsbury & Kyle Nealy
Promotional Illustrations: Mikaela Stiver