Asthma Canada has a team of Certified Respiratory Educators (CREs) located in regions all across the country. These individuals are experts in the field of asthma and allergy education and we are pleased to be able to connect you with them directly through our Asthma & Allergy HelpLine.

Have questions? Call our Asthma & Allergy HelpLine at 1-866-787-4050 to speak with one of our Certified Respiratory Educators who will have an answer to help you better manage your asthma and allergies.

Annette Stuart
Registered Respiratory Therapist, CRE, CTE
Annette has a strong work history in Acute Care and the Community settings and currently works as a Respiratory Therapist in a rural community hospital where she has developed programs in COPD self-management, pulmonary rehabilitation, smoking cessation and staff health and wellness.
Cliff Donally
Registered Respiratory Therapist , CRE
Cliff Donally graduated from the Saint John NBCC Respiratory Therapy program in 2006, he became a Certified Respiratory educator in 2010. In addition to working in the Horizon Health Asthma clinic he currently works as a community based and acute care Respiratory Therapist.
Joanne Tignanelli
Certified Respiratory Educator, TEACH
Joanne Tignanelli has worked as a Registered Respiratory Therapist for over 20 years at the North Bay Regional Health Centre. She is a Certified Respiratory Educator, she has a diploma in healthcare management, her TEACH certificate for smoking cessation counselling and a certificate in Outdoor Air Quality and Health and the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI).
Joyce Yee
Registered Respiratory Therapist, CRE
Joyce Yee is an advocate for empowering people to self-manage chronic lung disease. As a Certified Respiratory Educator, she provides asthma and COPD patients with the skills and knowledge they need to increase their quality of life and decrease their dependence on the healthcare system.
Peter Daugulis
Registered Respiratory Therapist, B.Sc., CRE
U of Waterloo, Fanshawe College Certified Respiratory Educator Staff Therapist Burnaby and Peace Arch Hospitals
Susan Haskell
Registered Respiratory Therapist, CRE
Susan is from Newfoundland and works as a smoking cessation counselor and respiratory therapist. She is a Certified Tobacco Educator and Certified Respiratory Educator.
Sylvia Grutzmacher
Registered Respiratory Therapist , CRE
Sylvia graduated as a Respiratory Therapist in 1983 and achieved certification as a Respiratory Educator in 2008. She currently works in Community Integrated Health Services providing Asthma and COPD Education Clinics, Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Home Oxygen Therapy and Community Respiratory Therapy.
Tracy Cushing
Registered Respiratory Therapist, CRE CTE
Tracy Cushing has been a Respiratory Therapist for 20 years and has worked in Canada and the Middle East. She has worked with Respirologists in the research of COPD and pulmonary rehabilitation, and as an instructor at the Dalhousie School of Health Sciences in Respiratory Therapy.
Sheena Yurchak
Sheena is a Registered Respiratory therapist with over ten years of experience. She has worked in several areas including acute care, home care and for the last five years in a respiratory health clinic. In her current role, she performs Pulmonary Function testing, Allergy testing and Education for Asthma and COPD patients. She believes in educating Patients is an important part of helping them manage and maintain their respiratory health.