Advisory Committee 

Maureen Sawyer

Maureen Sawyer has been a registered physiotherapist in good standing for 31 years. She Graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Health Science in Physiotherapy in 1989 summa cum laude, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from McMaster University in 1986 summa cum laude. She received her CDT credentials for lymphedema treatment in 2008. 

Her career started with 10 years in neurological pediatrics. Since 1998 she was a sole practitioner in her own practice. The first 10 years in orthopedics and the last 11 years in lymphedema management. The primary focus in the lymphedema practice is treatment of cancer patients with the largest population being Breast Cancer. Her work focused on education and promotion of self-care management; demonstrating techniques for self-drainage, skin care, exercise and the importance of taping. She has extensive experience in treatment of mild to severe lymphedema. She has done several educational in-services presentations for nurses, doctors and patients on lymphedema management.

Throughout her career she attended more than 30 post graduate courses in neurology, orthopedics, vestibular, and lymphedema education.

Ms. Sawyer, has recently retired from active practice to pursue her passion in lymphedema management through education and awareness. Her vision is to help ease the journey physically, mentally and emotionally for those who develop lymphedema.

Debra Heming

Debra Heming has over thirty-seven years of experience in Home Health Care in Canada.  Debra started her Home Health Care career with Doncaster Medical.  Doncaster Medical was acquired by Shoppers Home Health Care and Debra continued her successful career with Shoppers Home Health Care, a division of Shoppers Drug Mart.

Debra has held many positions with Home Health Care, including Store Manager, Sales Representative, Sales Management, Operations Manager and District Manager.

Currently Debra is a National Accounts Manager for Sigvaris Group Canada. SIGVARIS GROUP is committed to helping people feel their best with high-quality and innovative offerings in medical compression therapy. Every day. Worldwide. Our portfolio caters to a wide range of different needs and indications.  

Debra is responsible for Complex Care and Lymphedema within the Sigvaris Portfolio.   Debra recognises the need to raise awareness and advocate on behalf of LE patients and wants to contribute to make that happen.

Maria Wood

Maria is a certified compression fitter specializing in custom garments for lymphedema patients at Adapt Home Health Care. She been with the company for 14 years

In the past Maria has volunteered for many non profits benefiting survivors of domestic violence, Financial resources for Women and Children, The sexual Assault centre of Peel , and the Princess Margaret Hospital. 

Education and awareness is very important  when working  patients, to help them understand how lymphedema is controlled and to live a better life. 

Alla Hardoon

Soft Touch Mastectomy was founded by owner and medical director Alla Hardoon and originated as an extension of Care-Med Ltd.

Alla has over 14 years of extensive health care experience in Toronto. She acquired her first medical degree in 1988 as a Registered Nurse. She continued her studies in the fields of internal medicine, orthopedics, biomechanics, Primary and Secondary Lymphedema, Post Mastectomy Care, and specializes in Oncology Lymphedema.

Alla is currently a public speaker and educator on the subject of medical compression wear in the field of primary and secondary Lymphedema

With her skilled and compassionate medical team, Alla provides an extraordinarily comforting and nourishing space for everyone. Her quality of care is superior, and she will always go above the call of duty, to ensure that everyone is cared for.

Soft Touch is ADP (Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care), ODSP (Ontario Disability Support Program), Insurance Company approved Fitter and Vendor.

Sophia White 

Sophia found her passion with lymphatics over 10 years ago when she began working in custom fitting at the retail level. Since then, Sophia has expanded her knowledge by becoming a Certified Lymphedema Therapist as well as well as annually continue her learning. Sophia has been employed as a National Clinical Advisor of Lymphology with Essity Canada for 5 years now and continues to share her passion with healthcare professionals, fitters and patients.  Her Role with Essity Canada allows her to advise and provide recommendations for complex lymphedema cases, educate, and ultimately be a resource for Canada.

Gloria Anthony

Experienced marketing manager with a demonstrated history of working in the health industry. Skilled in Communication, Project Management, Publicity and Marketing, and Event Management. Strong marketing professional with a bachelor's degree focused in Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication from Universite du Quebec a Montreal. I have a Diploma of College Studies in Business Administration and have also completed a CCPE certification in 2016 to enhance my competencies within the healthcare industry. 

For the past 2 and half years, I have managed the national marketing at medi Canada. medi is a world leader in the compression industry. 

With over a decade of experience within the marketing and communications industry, I have made a career of delivering results and successfully completing projects I take on. Through my results-oriented approach and my ability to adapt, I lead my teams to win. I am always looking forward to new challenges. I have a young child at home and am a sports enthusiast. I love to travel and learn about novelties within the health care industry. 

 Medical Advisory Committee 

Dr. Gregory Czarnota

Chief, Department of Radiation Oncology
Head, Radiation Treatment Program
Radiation Oncologist and Clinician Scientist
Department of Radiation Oncology, and Physical Sciences Platform
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and Sunnybrook Research Institute
Professor, Departments of Radiation Oncology and Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto 

Dr. Gregory Czarnota is a Radiation Oncologist and the Chief of the Radiation Oncology Department at the Odette Cancer Centre. He is Professor in the Departments of Radiation Oncology and Medical Biophysics at the University of Toronto and Senior Scientist and Director of the Odette Cancer Research Program at Sunnybrook Research Institute. He is also at the Sunnybrook Research Institute.

Dr. Czarnota’s research is focused on developing methods to detect apoptosis and other forms of cell death in response to cancer therapy, and his work has revolutionized the detection of cell death by ultrasound imaging.

Dr. Lukasz Boba

Board-certified Vascular Surgeon via the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (FRCSC). 


Dr. Boba completed his Vascular Surgery Residency at the University of Toronto and Vascular Surgery Advanced Aortic fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in the US. He is trained and experienced in both Endovascular and Vascular open surgery to treat both Artery and Vein conditions. He is also certified as a Registered Physician in Vascular Ultrasound Interpretation by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers. 

Additionally, Dr. Boba has extensive emergency medicine experience and completed the family-emergency residency at the Western University and Northern Ontario School of Medicine. He graduate from Jagiellonian University Medical College. 

Dr. Boba is interested in global health, education and quality improvement research. He regularly attends local and international conferences to update his clinical knowledge and experience. 

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