Our Council

The work of the College is directed by our Council, similar to a Board of Directors, whose job it is to represent the interests of the public. I.e. the patients who seek the services of a Chiropodist or Podiatrist (member). The Council is made up of professional members who have been elected by their peers, representatives from the Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences and members of the public who have been appointed by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. The Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA) and the Chiropody Act gives the College its mandate to regulate its members. It also allows healthcare consumers a strong voice in the regulation of our members by requiring an equitable balance of public appointees and elected professionals on College Council.

Members of the College Council are actively involved in determining the rules that govern the profession. When developing new policies or initiatives, the College consults widely and asks for input from a variety stakeholders. Registrants in particular are asked to provide information, opinions, and feedback. The College ensures that not only is input sought, but that results are shared and improvements are implemented.

 

Current Council Members

PRESIDENT

Peter Stavropoulos, Podiatrist

Since 1994 Peter has served the Kitchener-Waterloo region as a podiatrist in private practice. Prior to establishing his podiatry practice, Peter graduated with a B.Sc. from McMaster University in chemistry, following which he attended the chiropody program at George Brown College. Peter subsequently attended the podiatry program at the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio in 1989. Following Peter’s completion of the podiatry program, he completed his surgical residency at Genesee-Wheelock Memorial Hospital in Flint, Michigan. Peter has served as a past president of the College of Chiropodists and earlier served as past president of the Ontario Podiatric Medical Association as well as serving on the Board of the Canadian Podiatric Medical Association.

VICE-PRESIDENT

Matthew Doyle, Chiropodist

Matthew Doyle is a Chiropodist from Waterloo, Ontario. Matthew happily owns and operates three clinics located in Waterloo and Guelph. He has always had a keen interest in protecting the public and making sure the people of Ontario have access to great podiatric care. Having spent the last 4 years on college council and serving on multiple committees, Matthew is happy to assist the council in helping the college fulfill its mandate.

ELECTED MEMBERS

Melanie Atkinson, Chiropodist

Melanie graduated from the London Foot Hospital and School of Podiatry, U.K. in 1988. After working in England, looking for a new challenge, she came to Canada to teach at the Ontario Chiropody Program in Toronto for three years. Enjoying her teaching contract at the Michener Institute, she continued to oversee Chiropody students on placements for several years after moving to the Ottawa area. Always looking for professional self improvement, Melanie completed a Podiatric Research Degree from Brighton University, U.K., her thesis was published in The Journal Of American Podiatric Medical Association in 2000. Melanie has worked in Hospitals, Diabetes Clinics, Community Health Centres and Private Practice in the Ottawa and North Grenville areas, acquiring a wide variety of experience. As a recipient of the Paul Harris Award, from Rotary International, Melanie was recognized for her years of dedicated volunteer work, setting up programs to reduce the rate of amputations due to diabetes in Caribbean countries. In founding Body and Sole Foot Care Clinic, a milti-practitioner Chiropody Clinic, in 2011, her goal is to be accessible and available to help as many people as possible maintain mobility and quality of life. Melanie has been a Council member of the College of Chiropodists of Ontario since 2020, serving on several committees and assisting with Registration examinations. She was elected to the Executive Committee October 2022.

Edward Chung, Podiatrist

Ed is a professional member of Council who enjoys private practice in the Toronto area since 1993.  Ed believes it is an honor and a privilege to serve at our regulatory College.

Matthew Andrade, Chiropodist

Matthew Andrade is a chiropodist who was born and raised in Toronto. He is committed to upholding the highest standards of professionalism and ethics in the field and is passionate about protecting the public’s health and safety. He is excited to bring his professional expertise to the College’s Council and contribute to the organization’s mission of promoting excellence in healthcare.

Chad Bezaire, Chiropodist

Chad began his healthcare journey ten years ago during his university studies as a co-op student, where he was among the top three selected from his class. Chad’s knowledge and enjoyment for providing healthcare services grew daily, and his experience led him to the field of Chiropody. Chad has continued to receive training in different surgical practices to provide to his patients and prides himself on providing a full-scope Chiropody clinic.  Chad currently owns/operates his own private practice and is looking forward to providing his knowledge as a clinician and entrepreneur to Council and continuing to strengthen our profession and provide safe care to patients in the province of Ontario.

Donna Shewfelt, Chiropodist

Donna Shewfelt D.Ch. has been a Member of the College of Chiropodists of Ontario since July 12, 1999. Donna has evolved and grown her private practice over the last 24 years, and, with a lot of hard work, has made it into a very successful full scale Chiropody Practice. She enjoys being a Member of the College Exam Committee for over 4 years and helps with the Registration Examinations. She is on many other College Committees as well. Donna became a Council Member to give back to her Profession, Students, Colleagues and the Public which she finds very rewarding. 

Andrew Klayman, Podiatrist

Jannel Somerville, Chiropodist

SELECTED MEMBERS

Deborah Loundes, Chiropodist

Deborah Loundes is a Professor, Chiropody Faculty, at The Michener Institute of Education at UHN.  As a faculty member for the past 15 years, she has been involved in the training and education of many Chiropody students in both the classroom and in the clinical setting.  Deborah is a graduate of the Michener Institute Chiropody Program and has worked in both private and public chiropody clinics.  Prior to graduating from the Michener Institute, Deborah completed her BSc., Biology at York University and has since completed a Clinical Masters in Wound Care at the University of Western Ontario and the IIWCC course through the University of Toronto.   Deborah has been a registrant of the COCOO since 1999 and is the current selected academic council member.

PUBLIC APPOINTEES

Jim Daley

Jim Daley graduated from the University of Waterloo in 1979 with a Bachelor of Environmental Studies – Honours Co-op Geography. After graduation he joined Bank of Montreal. Beginning in 1984 he served in a variety of roles in Commercial Banking  He retired in 2014 as the Senior Manager Commercial Banking Support for the Kitchener – Hamilton District. He then served as Acting Director of Specialized Lending at Manulife Bank in Waterloo, Ontario in 2015-16 and worked on several other projects until March 2021. Jim earned the Certified Management Accountant designation in 1990 and was awarded the FCMA designation in 2014. Throughout his career, Jim has served on a variety of non-profit boards. He was a Director of CMAO beginning in 2009. He served as Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee, Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee in 2013-2014 and served as Chair of the Board until the passage of legislation amalgamating the accounting profession in 2017. Jim was actively involved in the merger of Ontario’s CMAs, CAs and CGAs under the CPA banner including serving on the CEO Selection Committee and the Transition Committee.  Jim is also a Chartered Director and is Audit Committee Certified. Jim was appointed as a Public  representative to the Council of the College of Chiropodists of Ontario and currently serves on the Executive Committee and is Chair of the Audit Committee.

Allan Katz

Allan Katz lives in Kingston and is the principal of an independent health system planning and consultancy practice and teaches part-time at the health care administration program at St. Lawrence College. In addition to his COCOO appointment, he also serves on the Frontenac Lennox & Addington Ontario Health Team; chairs of the Stroke Network of Southeastern Ontario, and sits on the board of Ontario 211 Services. Allan has held senior leadership roles at Riverside Health Care; the South East Community Care Access Centre; the Health Care Network of Southeastern Ontario; the Deep River and District Hospital; the Northeastern Ontario Regional Cancer Centre; and the Muskoka/Parry Sound District Health Councils.

Winnifred Linker

Winnie has experience working in Human Resources and Organizational Development in senior roles across a variety of industries including provincial and municipal governments, private industry, non-profit and consulting.  Some of her key strengths include strategy, people management, leading projects and operations, governance, communications and negotiations.  She has a passion for developing organizations and individuals to strive for excellence, and encourages collaboration and thinking outside of the box.  Winnie has a BA in psychology, an MBA, and is a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL).  She has actively participated on many College Committees with a focus on protecting the public, and helping support and guide the College as it moves forward in its goals and objectives to achieve its mandate.  Winnie is honoured to have been appointed to the College Council in 2017, and also serve as Chair of the Performance and Compensation Committee.

Ramesh Bhandari

Ramesh graduated from Pokhara University in Nepal in 2004 and began his teaching career in 1993. Ramesh has taught upper Kindergarten, and he was a Program Coordinator for an undergraduate program from 2006 to 2010 at Tribhuwan University. After immigrating to Canada in 2011, he graduated with an advanced Diploma in Computer Networking in 2013. Additionally, he has graduated in two other programs: Software engineering and Health informatics in 2019. Ramesh is currently working as a data analyst, mainly focused on diabetes analysis, extracting the data from available public health data. He was appointed as a public member to the College Council in 2022.

Reshad Nazeer

Andrew Simmons

Orlando Moreno