Dr. David Podnar. C.Psych

Dr. David Podnar. C.Psych., is a registered clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Health Psychology, College of Medicine, at the University of Manitoba. He works at the Operational Stress Injury (OSI) Clinic which specializes in the treatment of trauma-related disorders among actively serving and veteran members of the Canadian Armed Forces and RCMP. He has received formal and specialized training (and actively practices) in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Prolonged Exposure (PE) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) treatment all of which are evidence-based treatments for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). He is a “quality-rated provider” for CPT having had his competency assessed by the core developers of this treatment.

Kathy Boyanisky

Starting out in Child & Family services, then Social Assistance, Kathy has worked at the WCB for over 30 years. She first worked in the Vocational Rehabilitation area, then as a Manager of Case Management, and eventually to managing the Specialized Service Unit in 2015. The unit deals with catastrophic, complex trauma/psychological claims. Her background in Social Work provided the groundwork for dealing with complex claims issues, with a focus on psychological conditions.

Pat Stone

Pat has worked at the Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba for many years and worked with complex trauma/psychological claims for the last 11 years. She is the Supervisor of Specialized Services unit. She has had psychological, trauma and crisis intervention based training and has extensive experience working directly with Psychologists in assisting injured workers in a successful return to work.

Pat and Kathy were responsible for developing the training program "Psychological Claims Management" for Case Managers. This practical training was designed for Case Managers to be able to manage basic and complex psychological claims. The training was delivered in 2018 and is now part of the Compensation Services training program.

Dr. Mandana Modirrousta

Dr. Modirrousta is an Associate Professor at the University of Manitoba in the Department of Psychiatry as well as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Physiology & Pathophysiology. She is certified in the subspecialty of Behavioural Neurology and Neuropsychiatry by the United Council of Neurologic Subspecialties.

She is a clinician-researcher and as a researcher she is the principal investigator of multiple research projects evaluating the effect of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) on a variety of neuropsychiatric disorders. Dr. Modirrousta assists with the training of both psychiatry and neurology residents in neuropsychiatry and behavioural neurology and supervising undergraduate and graduate students.

Danielle Fullan Kolton, Ph.D.

Danielle Fullan Kolton is the Department Head of Professional and French Language Services at The Manitoba Teachers’ Society. Her work focuses on the research, development, and coordination of professional learning services. She is passionate about working and learning with adult learners and supporting members in the messiness of leading and learning. She has worked as a K-12 teacher, principal, consultant, and university instructor. Danielle is a licensed Crucial Conversations Trainer.