Online Master Program Graduates Leaders in Rehabilitation

MRSc 2008 Spring Grads (left-right): Betty Yundt, Dale Graham,
Sue Stanton (associate professor/ program coordinator) and Kathy Burton.

The second graduating class of the UBC Master of Rehabilitation Science (MRSc) demonstrates the strong interdisciplinary nature of the program. Two physical therapists, Dale Graham and Betty Yundt joined occupational therapist Kathy Burton and athletic therapist Noreen Ortilla to celebrate the successful completion of five years of online studies.

All four graduates completed their masters while working full-time. The program offers part-time study with assignments that facilitate immediate application of new knowledge to practice and a major project that fosters leadership by exploring new ways to provide and support rehabilitation practice.

About the Graduates

Kathy Burton was an occupational therapist on the Mental Health and Addictions Team in New Westminster BC but is now a school occupational therapist for the Centre for Child Development. She credits the master's program for giving her the confidence to move to another area of practice, but at the same time she left a legacy behind. Kathy's major project explored people with psychiatric disabilities' perceptions of the value of participating in program development.

Read about Kathy's research: Involving people with psychiatric disabilities in the development of an art program


Dale Graham is a Community Practice Resource Physiotherapist for Home and Community Care in the Vancouver Island Health Authority, a promotion she obtained halfway through her master's studies. Her major project involved piloting a falls prevention program for community-living seniors requiring home support services

Read about Dale's research: Piloting a falls prevention program for community-dwelling seniors receiving home support services: A qualitative evaluation


Noreen Ortilla, also from Vancouver Island, is an athletic therapist in private practice who teaches in the Centre for Sport and Exercise Education at Camosun College. Her research into peer health education programs will improve the program development of student placements in community service.

Read about Noreen's research: Exploring peer health and wellness education programs in six post-secondary educational institutions in Canada


Betty Yundt, a physical therapist from Hamilton, Ontario, works at both the McMaster Children's Hospital and the CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research where she is the interim knowledge transfer coordinator. As with the others, she chose a research project directly related to her work which will lead the way to revising the information-giving practices of health care providers.

Read about Betty's research: Perceived information needs of parents with young children with physical disabilities