Graduate: Marianne Tavares
I am a health care professional who has always worked in conventional health care organisations. I feel very fortunate in this because it means that I have to offer is available to everyone, regardless of ability of pay - and this is important to me. However, it also means that I am somewhat clueless when it comes to running a business!!
“I loved the Advanced Graduate Program. Because it took me longer than I had expected to complete, I think I learnt even more because I had to keep repeating modules before moving to the next!”
Marianne was a registered nurse in the UK for 30 years and has a Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Counselling. She worked in complementary therapies in palliative care in the U.K. for 10 years prior to emigrating to Canada about three years’ ago. Marianne is now Complementary Therapy Consultant at Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital, north of Toronto. She leads the integrated complementary therapy program at the hospital’s palliative care unit. The team of complementary therapists provides Massage/Aromatherapy, Reiki and Therapeutic TouchTM at the hospital and Hill House Hospice, using an integrated approach which includes engaging in psycho-spiritual support. As a member of the interdisciplinary team, she works closely with doctors, nurses, social workers and the spiritual care team. In 2011 she published Complementary Therapy Standards with Hospice Palliative Care Ontario, as well as an evidence-based book on Integrating Clinical Aromatherapy in Specialist Palliative Care.