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Lorraine Mischuk, CEO - Managing Clinician

Lorraine is a registered Occupational Therapist and a Certified Work Capacity Evaluator in the Manitoba Province. She received her bachelor's degree in Medical Rehabilitation in Occupational Therapy in 1989 from the University of Manitoba. Before this, she completed a bachelor's degree in Science (Honours) in Microbiology with a minor in Biochemistry in 1983 from the University of Manitoba and worked on research of arthritis.

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Lorraine Mischuk is a registered Occupational Therapist and a Certified Work Capacity Evaluator in the Manitoba Province

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Lorraine initiated her services in the public sector as an Occupational Therapist in 1989. Four years later in 1993, in association with the Canadian National Railway in its primary shops, she became the very first corporate Occupational Therapist. During her expedition at CN, she held the responsibility for implementing and developing services for occupational therapy at a significant industrial site.

Lorraine has been operating Maximize Human Capabilities – MHC Ergonomics and Occupational Therapy since 1997. Her overall work and experience spans across an impressive 31 years. During this period, she has worked with people who went through complex multiple trauma experiences and injuries, which in most cases co-occurred with other illnesses. Because of the complexity of such cases, it is common for the people involved to be affected cognitively, psychosocially, as well as physically during these illnesses and injuries. Lorraine's services also include working with individuals who went through various kinds of mishaps such as work injuries, chronic pain, vehicle accidents, anxiety and depression, arthritis, mild brain injury, fibromyalgia, and several other injuries or illnesses. For numerous employers, she carries out early on site intervention of work related accidents/injuries. Lorraine has also implemented and developed several prevention programs based on employers needs. A few examples of the companies she has worked with include forestry, education, manufacturing, mining, heavy industry, and computer-based organizations.

Lorraine has been a sessional lecturer at the sessional lecturer at the University of Manitoba – Department of Occupational Therapy in the College of Rehabilitation Sciences.and on occasion she speaks at the University of Manitoba Continuing Education Case Management Certificate Program.

Psychosocial factors can be significant barriers with rehabilitation following physical injury of illness (e.g. anxiety and depression). In addition to her clincial practice, Lorraine has developed workshops for Occupational Therapists regarding how to identify, assess, and address these barriers with all functional assessments conducted in the workplace, home or in the clinic; and how to assist our clients with regaining their active roles at home, at work and in the community.

She has attended numerous meetings and conferences, presenting studies regarding return-to-work and psychosocial factors. In 2018 Lorraine developed an integrated occupational therapy model  M.A.C., or Maximize Assessment Capabilities, to enable occupational therapists' to assess and integrate the heavily influencing interconnecting individual systems (e.g. emotional, cognitive, sensory-perceptual, physical) and the current environment. She has taught sold out workshops in Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver since launching the model. She is also fluent in Ukrainian.

 

Certifications

 

Lorraine holds the following certifications:

  • Occupational Therapy Certification
  • Certified Work Capacity Evaluation (C.W.C.E.)
  • Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP)
  • BrainFX Administrator

 

Professional Associations

 

Lorraine has the following professional associations:

  • College of Occupational Therapists of Manitoba
  • Manitoba Society of Occupational Therapists
  • Former Co-Chair of the Manitoba Society of Occupational Therapists Research Fund
  • Former Co-Chair of the Manitoba Society of Occupational Therapists Private Practice Group
  • Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists
  • Former chair of the Occupational Therapy Practice Committee with the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists
  • World Federation of Occupational Therapists
  • International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (IARP)
  • Claims Association of Manitoba

Apart from these associations, some significant highlights of Lorraine's illustrious career include her nomination for the 2012 Manitoba Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Awards sponsored by the Women Business Owners of Manitoba where she was a finalist, featured on Breakfast Television as well as her detailed interview on CTV news which was aired nationally. Lorraine was also a member and chair of a national committee on private practice with the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists.

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