Team

Dr. William Miller’s 2021 Research and Staff team consists of PhD and Masters students, research staff, as well as undergraduate Work Learn students. The majority of Dr. Miller’s research is conducted at the Rehabilitation Research Program (Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute) based out of the GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre.

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PhD and Masters Students

Isabelle Rash (PhD Student)

Coming from advertisement, marketing and R&D, Isabelle is currently a PhD Student in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of British Columbia with Dr. Brodie M. Sakakibara and Dr. William C. Miller supervising. In the previous Master of Digital Media program, she learned how to be proficient in building, managing and leading digital media projects. With a strong interest in the health-tech industry, her PhD studies focus on combining rehabilitation for stroke survivors with new technologies. 

 

 

Himani Prajapati (PhD Student)

I am currently a first year PhD student at the University of British Columbia in Rehabilitation Sciences under the supervision of Dr. William C. Miller. I have completed a Bachelors in Physiotherapy and Masters in Neuro Physiotherapy and also possess a clinical background in Neuro Rehabilitation. I am interested in Rehabilitation Interventions focusing on balance, mobility and fatigue in people with spinal cord injury consequently aiming to ameliorate quality of life.  

 

 

Elham Esfandiari (PhD Student)

Elham Esfandiari is a PhD student in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of British Columbia under the supervision of Dr. Bill Miller. Her educational and clinical background is in prosthetics and orthotics. Her research will focus on the effect of an mHealth (mobile health) approach to promote self-management after lower limb amputation.

 

 

 

Gordon Tao (PhD Student)

Gordon is a PhD student at the University of British Columbia in the Rehabilitation Sciences graduate program with Dr. William C. Miller supervising. He completed his BSc in Life Sciences at Queen’s University and his MSc in Rehabilitation Sciences at McGill University. Gordon is passionate about the role of assistive technologies in supporting independence and improving quality of life. His research interests include digital media and virtual reality applications for health as well as stakeholder-driven evaluation of assistive technologies. His doctoral research focuses on the design of digital games for rehabilitation.

 

 

 

Farzad Ravari (PhD Student)

With a background in a Masters of Public Health (MPH), Doctor of Medicine (MD) and Specialist Orthopaedic Surgeon from Iran, I am pursuing a PhD in Rehabilitation at the University of British Columbia. My research interest stems from my experience in computer-based rehabilitation for management of gait disorders, balance training, brachial plexus injuries, dorsalgia, radiculopathy, sciatica, spondylosis, and muscle training in brain stroke and cerebral palsy.

 

 

Pegah Derakhshan (PhD Student)

Pegah Derakhshan is a first-year PhD student in Rehabilitation Science under the supervision of Dr Bill Miller and Dr Ben Mortenson. Pegah completed her medical degree in Iran, and her research focused on patients with spinal cord injury. 

 

 

 

Research Staff

Noah Tregobov (Research Coordinator, University of British Columbia)

Noah completed his Bachelor of Science with a Specialization in Life Sciences at Queen’s University. He is passionate about developing innovative solutions to improve the lives of individuals with spinal cord injury. He plans to pursue a career combining healthcare and research.

 

 

 

 

Staci Mannella (Research Assistant, University of British Columbia)

Staci is a Master’s student in the School of Kinesiology at the University of British Columbia and is working as a research assistant for the lab on SSLOPE (Supporting Snowsports Leisure Opportunities for PEople with disabilities). Her research aims to explore the intersections of disability sport culture, experiences of impairments, and athlete mental health. Staci’s interest stem from her own experiences as a 2x visually impaired Paralympic alpine ski racer (Sochi, 2014, PyeongChang 2018). For Staci this research is deeply personal and following the completion of her masters she hopes to pursue a doctorate to continue contributing to this under explored body of scholarship.

 

Natalie Yu (Work Learn Student, University of British Columbia)

Natalie is currently an undergraduate student majoring in Behavioural Neuroscience. She is passionate about accessibility to mental health care and supporting individuals in the health care system. She is exploring different career path options in the public health field as well as in psychology.

 

 

 

Heather Cathcart (Work Learn Student, University of British Columbia)

Heather is a 3rd-year undergraduate student at UBC majoring in a combined major in Chemistry, Life Sciences and Earth & Environmental Sciences. She is passionate about improving others’ quality of life, rehabilitation and public health. Heather is exploring multiple career paths but hopes to pursue a career in health care.

 

 

 

Kai Leong (Work Learn Student, University of British Columbia)

Kai is currently a Microbiology and Immunology student at UBC. He is particularly passionate about geriatrics, public health, and technology and would love to pursue a career that integrates the three. Though he is still in the career exploration phase, Kai is very interested in pursuing a career in rehabilitation medicine.

 

 

 

Olivia Yung (Work Learn Student, University of British Columbia)

Olivia is currently a Kinesiology student at UBC. She is passionate about sharing her love for sports and enjoys building community through recreational activities. She plans to pursue a career in health care, but when she’s not studying, you can find her paddling in an outrigger canoe or in the mountains.

 

 

 

Parmeet Matharu (Student Volunteer, University of British Columbia)

Parmeet recently completed his Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. Parmeet is passionate about giving back to the community whether it be coaching, volunteering, or firefighting. He is pursing a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy at UBC.

 

 

 

Carissa Chan (Student Volunteer, University of British Columbia)

Carissa is currently a biology student at UBC. She is interested in how rehabilitation and access to technological resources can enhance one’s quality of life. Though she is still exploring potential career directions, she hopes to pursue a career within healthcare.

 

 

 

Nicholas Feng (Student Volunteer, University of British Columbia)

Nicholas is currently a Kinesiology student at UBC. He is passionate about finding barriers to accessibility in his community and supporting individuals in their interests in sports and development. He is exploring different career paths but hopes to pursue a career in health care. Outside of school, he enjoys exploring the local food scene and various physical activities.

 

 

 

Monica Anand (Student Volunteer, University of British Columbia)

Monica recently graduated from the University of British Columbia in the Faculty of Science majoring in Biology. She has been passionate about sports and leadership since a young age and is intrigued to understand how rehabilitation and assistive technology impacts recovery. Monica wants to give back to the community by learning more about program development and the usage of technologies ultimately to create programs inclusive for all. Currently she is exploring different career streams in the health care field and studying further at UBC.