About the Authors
Kylie James, B.Sc, (O.T.), CNP
Kylie graduated from Auckland University in New Zealand with a Bachelor of Health Science in Occupational Therapy in 1996. She has worked for over 15 years as an occupational therapist in New Zealand, England and Canada. She is also a Certified Nutritional Practitioner having graduated with first class honours from The Institute of Holistic Nutrition in Toronto, Canada. Kylie runs a successful nutrition business specializing in neurological conditions, mental health, weight management and digestive issues. She has presented at the National Spinal Cord Injury Conference and Brain Injury conferences across the province.
Kylie specializes in the field of illness and injury, in particular people living with spinal cord injuries, chronic pain and brain injuries and various other health issues, both as an occupational therapist and as a nutritionist. She became increasingly dedicated to researching nutrition and spinal cord injuries when her one and a half year old nephew sustained a tetraplegia in 2009.
Kylie is also a certified personal trainer and a competitive athlete. She has competed for her country at a national & international level.
Joanne E. Smith, B.A., BRT Dip, CNP
Joanne is a graduate of the Institute of Holistic Nutrition in Toronto and holds a degree in psychology from York University, as well as a diploma in radio & television broadcasting from Seneca College. As a Certified Nutritional Practitioner, she runs a successful nutrition business specializing in providing optimal nutritional health for people with disabilities, with special interest in spinal cord injury. Joanne has presented at conferences across Canada.
Her expertise in the disability community comes from her personal experience of living with a spinal cord injury for twenty-five years, as well as her years as host and producer of two national television programs focusing on in-depth stories about Canadians with disabilities, the Gemini-award winning
CBC show Moving On, and Accessibility in Action.
Joanne’s dedication to raising awareness and improving the lives of Canadians with disabilities led to
her receiving the King Clancy Award in 2006, being inducted into the Terry Fox Hall of Fame in 2007,
and being honoured with the Gabriel Award in 2008.
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