Heather McDonald, BSN, MS, PhD, RN is a health policy and quality officer at Seabird Island Health, and has been a nurse for more than 30 years. After working in intensive care, Heather joined GF Strong as a clinical nurse specialist. While there, she became interested in how our social world influences experiences, including our experiences with chronic pain. She has researched the impacts of chronic pain, practitioner knowledge of pain management and the effectiveness of intramuscular stimulation.
In 2011, Heather completed her PhD at UBC where she studied Aboriginal health, working with local First Nations to learn about pain and arthritis. Her studies were the start of her restorative justice journey to address healthinequities experienced by Canadas Indigenous peoples.