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 25 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 part-time instructor at the University of Manitoba for the School of Medical Rehabilitation and on occasion she speaks at the University of Manitoba Continuing Education Case Management Certificate Program. She has attended numerous meetings and conferences, presenting studies regarding return to work and psychosocial factors. Recently, she was featured on Breakfast Television in a segment about keeping a balance between physical and mental health during work and ergonomics of computer workstation. Currently, Lorraine is working on the development of a research study about Psychosocial Risk Factor Testing and Functional Capacity Evaluations. She is also fluent in Ukrainian.
Lorraine holds the following certifications:
Lorraine has the following professional associations:
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, 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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