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.

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.
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.