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It is a pleasure to introduce Team 14, heading to Nepal in the Spring of 2014.

Karen Penwell, Physiotherapist
Karen Penwell is a physiotherapist working in rehabilitation at the Dr. Leonard A. Miller Centre in St. John's, NL. She graduated from Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS with a Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy) in 2004 and has spent over seven years working as part of an interdisciplinary rehab team, treating patients and families living with stroke, brain injury, and spinal cord injury. In 2013, she travelled to Haiti with Team Broken Earth, a volunteer task force of nurses, physician, and one physiotherapist. While there, she worked with Haitian physiotherapy technicians in Port aux Prince, and supported hands on training with local rehab staff.
She has a great desire to offer continuing education opportunities, and integrate the evidence-based practice. Karen is a member of the Global Health Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and is registered with the Newfoundland and Labrador College of Physiotherapists.

Sherry Lythgoe, Physiotherapist
Sherry Lythgoe is a physiotherapist from St. John’s, Newfoundland. She graduated from Memorial University with a BSc in Biology in 2006, and completed a MSc in Physiotherapy at Dalhousie University in 2008. Since graduation she has worked with adult populations in various practice setting, including acute care, inpatient and outpatient neurological rehab, and outpatient orthopedics.
She has a strong passion for volunteerism and her profession and is thrilled to be a part of NepalAbility’s 14th team to Nepal.

Nora Cullen, Chair NepalAbility
Dr. Nora Cullen is a specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Chief of Staff at West Park Healthcare Centre. Since 2006 she has been a founding member and Chair of NepalAbility. Together with Angie Andreoli, Edith Ng and the help of many other professionals, they have built an organization that is a driving force of rehab in Nepal. She completed medical school in 1994, followed by residency at the University of Toronto and a clinical fellowship at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, Wayne State University in 1999. She works clinically with adults who have sustained a brain injury, assisting them with re-integration into the community. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto where she teaches medical students, residents and fellows. Her research interests involve long term outcome measurement following brain injury and the interventions that impact on those outcomes. Her passions include improving the quality of life of people who have had a life altering disability.


NepalAbility is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the treatment of people living with a disability in Nepal. Our mission is to support rehabilitation in Nepal by enhancing education, and service among Nepali healthcare providers, including doctors, nurses and therapists. Currently, our activities focus on raising funds to provide on-going mentorship, equipment, continuous education opportunities and teaching in response to the needs of our Nepali partners. Our overall goal is to promote quality of life for patients and families living with disability by supporting sustainable rehabilitation.

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