Meet our Experts
Our contributing authors are all are all recognized opinion leaders in the field of providing smoking cessation counseling and services to patients. Each is trained provider of the CPhA Q.U.I.T continuing education workshop. They are here to share their therapeutic, clinical and practice insight with you, alert you to new or relevant information and answer pharmacy practice-related questions relating to smoking cessation.
John Shaske: British Columbia
John Shaske is a clinical Pharmacist from B.C. with a special interest in smoking cessation. He is passionate about making an impact and helping people to quit smoking. He thinks it is the single most important thing that a smoker can do to improve their health and minimize their risk factors. John has taken every opportunity to let smokers know that he is available to help them with their needs when they are ready to talk about a smoking cessation plan. As a result, he has kept up with all the current methods of quitting smoking, from the traditional nicotine replacement methods to the psychological stages of change model. Since starting with the Q.U.I.T smoking program in 2006, he has been receiving more observations on all the types of aids including the inhalers for NRT, homeopathic medications and the non-traditional methods. This has allowed him to fully assess the smoking cessation programs, how well they work for each individual and what solutions may help people having challenges successfully completing the program. His strong background in business and marketing has enabled him to help others implement the steps required to make the necessary changes, from a traditional medication based pharmacy to a cognitive services based pharmacy, to win the battle with their addiction.
Kristine Petrasko: Manitoba
Kristine is a Pharmacist and Certified Respiratory Educator (CRE). She became a Q.U.I.T facilitator in 2006 and has run at least 3 training programs up until now. She is currently assisting with a set of programs being planned for the fall, in collaboration with the Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA), Manitoba Pharmaceutical Association (MPhA) and the Manitoba Society of Pharmacists (MSP). Her background and interest in the area of smoking cessation led her to become the new author for the 2010 Patient Self Care textbook. Most recently, she completed a certification course by taking the Training Enhancement in Applied Cessation Counselling and Health (TEACH) program offered through the University of Toronto. This is a Comprehensive Course on Smoking Cessation: Essential Skills and Strategies, which she completed this past June (2010). Kristine has also been newly appointed to the Manitoba Tobacco Reduction Alliance (MANTRA) board as of June. Kristine is currently working with the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, MB as an instructor; is a community Pharmacist at Stonewall Pharmacy, in Stonewall, MB. In the past, she also assisted with coordinating an outpatient asthma education program in Portage la Prairie, MB for almost 2 years.
Susan Beresford: Nova Scotia
Susan is a Community Pharmacist dedicated to providing innovative professional services such as smoking cessation, Medication Reviews, INR testing, community education sessions and expos. Her team has been honoured with the Commitment to Care and Service Award for Overall Patient Care in 2008 and Susan has been awarded the Commitment to Care and Service Award for Lifetime Service in 2010. She is involved provincially on committees for both NSCP and PANS as well as being an Adjunct Professor at Dalhousie College of Pharmacy. Nationally she is the Chair Elect for CPPRG as well as a Member at Large on the PC PSN Executive. Currently she is the elected NS representative on the CPhA Board. Susan is truly blessed to have become a Grandmother and Mother-in-law in recent years. “Every day is an adventure, an opportunity to excel as a professional and to grow as a person.”
Meera Bhagwan Thadani: Manitoba
Meera Thadani graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy in 1978 and Master of Science in 1987. Her ongoing commitment to patient care has included working in community and hospital settings and teaching at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Manitoba. As Instructor, Senior Instructor and Adjunct Professor, she taught courses in Pharmaceutics, Dispensing, Skills Laboratories and Natural Products. Meera was honored on numerous occasions, with the “Best Teacher” award for teaching excellence by her students. Meera has a long record of professional activities including: member of Health Canada’s Advisory Panel on Natural Health Products, the board of the Manitoba Society of Pharmacists (MSP) and contributing to the MSP journal “Communication”, serving on the board of “MANTRA” the Manitoba Tobacco Reduction Alliance and as facilitator for the Canadian Pharmacists Association’s Quit Using & Inhaling Tobacco or “QUIT” program to encourage our patients to adopt healthier lifestyles, Seniors Mobility Improvement Light Exercise or “SMILE” program, University Centre Pharmacy and the Outreach Pharmacist for “MILE” the Medication Information Line for Everyone and the 2005 recipient of the University of Manitoba Outreach Award.
Peter Zawadzki: Ontario
Peter Zawadzki is currently the Professional Affairs Executive for Pharmasave National, where he collaborates with key stakeholders to advance the profession of pharmacy and guides Pharmasave through the changing healthcare environment. Peter is equally dedicated to clinical practice as he is to advancing and promoting the profession of pharmacy. He has served on numerous committees and councils that range from a community focus to governmental policy setting. Peter is on the Board of Directors and Chair of the Association Affairs Committee for the Canadian Pharmacists Association. Peter has spoken nationally and internationally at pharmacy faculties and conferences on various pharmacy and health care issues. His passion for smoking cessation began in his teens as he watched his Mother’s quality of life deteriorate due to smoking-related conditions. He has been a facilitator for the QUIT Program and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s Clinical Tobacco Intervention Program. When the high prevalence of smoking was identified in HIV positive patients at the Immunodeficiency Clinic at the University Health Network, Peter developed a comprehensive smoking cessation consultation program for clinic patients. He worked with the clinic nurses to monitor smoking status and readiness to quit, and then referrals were made to him for a series of personalized smoking cessation sessions.