Research Team

CURRENT MEMBERS

Kendra Zadravec  

PhD Student

Kendra is a first year PhD student supervised by Dr. Kristin Campbell. Kendra completed her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at the University of Victoria in 2018, and her Master of Science in Rehabilitation Sciences with the Clinical Exercise Physiology Lab. Her current research focuses on how to minimize the prevalence of upper limb dysfunction after breast cancer surgery using physiotherapy. In the future, she hopes to contribute to the body of knowledge that aims to improve the quality of life and clinical outcomes among cancer patients through exercise. During her free time, Kendra can be found running by the ocean, reading, listening to music, and spending too much money on coffee.


Sam Myers

PhD Student

Sam is a first year PhD student supervised by Dr. Kristin Campbell. She grew up just across the border in Seattle, WA where she received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Pacific Lutheran University and Master of Science in Exercise Science from Central Washington University. Once she learned exercise improves quality of life in cancer survivors it became her passion. Her Master’s thesis examined the effects of initial fitness level on biopsychosocial outcomes in a 12-week cancer rehabilitation program. Upon graduation, she has worked as an exercise physiologist in a variety of settings including clinically in Cardiac Rehabilitation, in the community as a personal trainer for cancer survivors, and in research at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Sam is looking forward to expanding her knowledge in exercise oncology research and hopes to demonstrate rehabilitation programs should be standard care throughout the cancer survivorship continuum. In her free time, she enjoys spending sunny days outdoors in the PNW hiking and cycling and when it’s raining loves quality time inside with her husband and chihuahua mix, Rocky.


Hannah Schulte

Research Coordinator

Hannah graduated from the University of Alberta in 2018, with Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences. She moved on to complete her Master of Science in Rehabilitation Sciences with the Clinical Exercise Physiology Lab in 2021. Her MSc research focused on the effect of body composition and sociodemographic/psychosocial factors on cancer outcomes in colorectal cancer patients. As a research coordinator, she supports the MoVE with Lung Cancer exercise program. In her free time, Hannah can be found at the rink playing Ringette, in the mountains hiking or skiing, or at the multitude of local coffee shops.


Sarah Campbell

Research Coordinator

Sarah graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. In the CEPL, she supports the study on the SIRvivor BC exercise program for men with prostate cancer, while assisting with neuropsychological assessments for the ACTIVATE trial. Outside of work, she can be found walking her chihuahua or hiking in the summer, and snowshoeing or reading in the winter.

 


Kelly Mackenzie

Research Manager

Kelly is the research manager for the CEPL, overseeing many of our trials. She is a clinical exercise physiologist with a MSc from University of Alberta (2000). She has both a strong academic teaching background and clinical research experience. As a clinician, Kelly works with clients through their cancer rehabilitation as well as those with complex medical conditions. She enjoys tapping into her creative side to find suitable movement options that work for the clients. When not working, you will most likely find Kelly on a bike or exploring local beaches and forests with her husband and crazy dog!


Natalie Fujisawa

Research Coordinator

Natalie is a Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist and is working as a Research Assistant for the ACTIVATE, CHALLENGE, BE BALANCED and BE FIT trials. Natalie completed her Bachelors of science in Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University with a concentration on active health and rehabilitation. She has worked for several years as a Kinesiologist helping a wide variety of clients increase physical activity and function. Natalie has been active all her life and played sports including soccer, volleyball and ultimate. Outside of the lab, Natalie enjoys weight training, hiking and drinking coffee.


Rafael Fujita

PhD Student

Rafael is a visiting PhD candidate co-supervised by Dr. Kristin Campbell. Rafael completed his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (2016), and his Master of Science in Physical Activity and Sports (2019) at the University of São Paulo (Brazil). His current research focuses on investigating the impact of co-contraction training as a possibility to maintain the strength and quality of life in patients with colorectal cancer undergoing chemotherapy treatment. In the CEPL, Rafa is learning about exercise for cancer survivorship through our different research projects, allowing Rafa to increase his knowledge to then implement in his PhD project. In his free time, Rafa can be found skateboarding around Vancouver, snowboarding in the mountains or playing frisbee/volleyball in the beaches. Everything related to sports, Rafa is up for trying!


Gillian Smith 

Master Student

Gillian is joining the CEPL as an MSc student in Rehabilitation Science. Gillian graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Science in Physiology. She then worked as a Research Assistant at Montreal Children’s Hospital, researching pediatric cancer predisposition syndromes. She is excited to combine her previous cancer research experience with her passion for exercise!


Christy Yu 

Research Assistant 

Christy is a 5th year undergraduate student pursuing her Bachelor in Kinesiology at University of British Columbia. She is passionate in exploring the benefits of exercises and working out with different clinical populations. In her free time, she enjoys going on hikes, hitting the slopes at local mountains, baking for her friends or food hunting around Vancouver!