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CHAI Health Advocates are professionals with extensive nursing, paramedicine, social work, or medical backgrounds. They have deep experience and expertise in the Canadian healthcare system, so they know and understand the intricate workings of the system. They know what questions to ask and whom to ask. As a result, they are uniquely positioned to help you or your loved ones navigate an often confusing system.

All our Canadian health advocates possess exceptional interpersonal skills. This enables them to liaise, on your behalf, between a wide array of medical professionals. It also means they can always provide you with a clear picture of what’s going on and why.

See Health Advocate Services to learn more about what CHAI’s patient advocates do and how they can help you.

Meet Our Health Advocates
Sandi Vandermark
Sandi Vandermark
After 20 years of experience in various facets of healthcare, I have been drawn to providing a voice for those who need it most. My passion lies in supporting people in trialing times with compassion and empathy.

Sandi Vandermark

Registered Nurse, Health Advocate, Gerontology, Home Care, Reiki Alternative Health
Alberta Patient Advocates
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Heather Bottoms
With over 30 years of experience as an RN, I have worked across many disciplines—Palliative Care, Pediatric and Adult Oncology, Cardiology, and Occupational Health. I know that having one of the best healthcare systems in the world means nothing if the care isn't coordinated effectively.
Carmen Hintz
My dedication has always been to clients and their families. Advocating for patient rights, promoting a patient’s independence, and supporting patients through difficult decisions has always been of utmost importance.
Evan Janz
Navigating the healthcare system is challenging. With me and CHAI on your side, we will help to ease that burden and give you the peace of mind needed to know that you are fully supported as you move forward with the health of yourself and those whom you love.

Evan Janz

Registered Nurse, Health Advocate
Alberta Patient Advocates
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Nikolas Croker
My pursuit has always been one-on-one care, as I thrive in that dynamic and like to provide clients with focused and compassionate care. Giving back is my purpose and I am happy to work alongside you through your next steps with whatever your needs might be.

Nikolas Croker

Licensed Practical Nurse, Health Advocate, Elder Planning Counselor
British Columbia Patient Advocates
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MaryJane Johnson
My approach to care is patient centered and I approach each client with respect and compassion and assess the needs and wants individually. My passion for palliative/end of life care will provide you with quality of life, advanced care planning, education, and a holistic approach to your care needs.

MaryJane Johnson

Registered Nurse, Health Advocate, Hospice/Palliative Care
British Columbia Patient Advocates
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Blair Goodman
I have significant experience in many areas, including Home and Community care, Palliative care, Long Term Care and more recently as an Infection Control Practitioner. I have the knowledge to actively support and navigate my patients and families through our healthcare system to get the best possible outcome for them.
Terry Hawrysh
A life-changing personal health experience has motivated me to contribute my lived experience and expertise towards developing a more effective, accessible, and equitable patient-centric health care system. One that delivers superior patient outcomes and quality of life.
Missie McIntosh
Throughout my career and life, I have been advocating for the medical and emotional needs of my patients, family members, and friends. It has taught me that the process is so much better when you’re supported by someone with experience. I am honored to be your advocate and a source of support.
Michelle Reimer
From experience on a professional level and a personal level, I know how easy it is for someone ‘to fall through the cracks’ and/or not get the care they need. While working as your advocate, my purpose and goal is to help you and your loved ones navigate through the health care system, so you have more time and energy to focus on yourself and your loved ones.

Michelle Reimer

BNSc, Certified Diabetes Educator, Health Advocate
Manitoba Patient Advocates
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Angela Hunt
Working as a Registered Nurse for 18 years has given me a strong foundation in nursing care and one of the most valuable things I have learned is how to be present and supportive with my patients. Resources are not easily attainable or widely known to everyone and I am here to help you so that you don’t have to face challenging healthcare experiences alone.

Angela Hunt

Registered Nurse, Health Advocate
Ontario Patient Advocates
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Theresa Erb
I have had the privilege of being a nurse for 28 years, with 27 of those years working with children of all ages and medical complexities at BC Children’s Hospital. My goal as a health advocate is to use my experience to help you know and understand your health, and help you navigate the system to get the supports you need to optimize your wellness goals.
Sandra Irvine
I have been a Registered Nurse for 36 years and have experience in a diverse array of healthcare disciplines. Throughout my career, I have advocated for patients and for those in my personal life to receive the best possible care. I am passionate about helping and empowering others on their health journey, in order for them to live their best life and to go beyond surviving, to thriving.

Sandra Irvine

Registered Nurse, Health Advocate
Ontario Patient Advocates
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