Professional Practice Leaders

Professional Practice Leaders are accountable for the overall delivery across multiple sites of professional, clinical and academic allied health services that are consistent with the mission, vision and strategic directions of Providence Health Care and for fostering interdisciplinary approaches to patient/resident care. The position promotes a safe environment for patients, residents, families, visitors and staff.

Harvey Bosma

Social Work

“I’m passionate about social work and health care. Grounded in the values of social justice and compassionate care, social workers are committed to supporting people to address all aspects of their lives that will enhance their well-being. In my mind, this is what patient and family-centred care is ultimately all about.”

Harvey has been part of Providence Health Care since he completed his MSW at the University of British Columbia in 1993. He has worked in a variety of clinical social work positions across several programs that included the AIDS Care Team, Mental Health, Intensive Care, and End-of-Life Care. He completed his PhD in Social Work at the University of British Columbia in 2011 and recently completed the LINX Leadership Development Program for BC health care leaders.

In 2014, Harvey became the Practice Leader for Social Work at Providence Health Care. In this role, he is responsible for the delivery of professional, clinical and academic social work services across PHC. Harvey values continuing education, training and research so that social work services at PHC are current and consistently reflect best practices. He leads a team of skilled and dedicated professionals who are strongly committed to patient and family centred care, especially for those who otherwise are marginalized or isolated. Their wealth of skills and knowledge help them to assist patients to understand and utilize a combination of personal, family and community resources to promote an optimal hospital stay, discharge and recovery.



Frances Johnson

Clinical Nutrition Services

 “It is essential that the workplace environment be a positive one. Most of us spend almost half of our waking hours at work during the week, so it needs to be a place that we enjoy.”

Frances has enjoyed working in various roles prior to her present position as Professional Practice Leader for Clinical Nutrition. She obtained her BHE in Dietetics and MSc in Human Nutrition from UBC, and completed her dietetic internship at Vancouver General Hospital. Heart healthy eating has been a major focus of her career with many years of working in the Healthy Heart program at Shaughnessy Hospital and St. Paul’s Hospital.

Together with the team of clinical dietitians at PHC, Frances strives to help patients eat well to achieve and maintain health. In doing so, she aims to enhance the dietitians’ work experience and to ensure that they have the tools they need. She also works with Sodexo dietitians and BISS contract managers, liaises with dietitians throughout the province, and collaborates with regional nutrition leaders on regional initiatives and standards. Another major part of her role is collaborating with UBC Dietetic educators in coordinating the dietetic internship component at PHC for the UBC Dietetics Program.



Heather Burrett

Occupational Therapy

“Occupational therapy is a complicated profession to describe, because our role in health care service delivery is tailored to the individual needs of our patients, residents and their families. OTs are resourceful, insightful problem-solvers. We have the unique ability to foresee and address functional challenges associated with acute or chronic health conditions. We focus on empowering people to find a way to live their definition of a meaningful life, through participation in activities, no matter what circumstances they may encounter.”

Heather has been a part of Providence Health Care since completing her BSc in Occupational Therapy at the University of British Columbia in 2003. For the next 11 years, she worked clinically across sites, covering nearly all practice areas in acute, critical care and rehabilitation, while also dabbling in private practice in the field of acquired brain injury. She was the Site Leader for OT at St. Paul’s Hospital starting in 2009, completed her Master of Rehabilitation Sciences at UBC in 2011 and began in the PPL role in January 2016, following in the footsteps of her mentors, Patti Erlendson and Remy Lim.

Heather’s areas of responsibility include practice and operational support for occupational therapists, rehabilitation assistants and recreation coordinators across PHC. From residential care, to acute, rehab, outpatient and community based inner city youth programs, staff within the occupational therapy department are committed to making a difference and improving the functional outcomes in the health and wellness of the patients, residents and families we serve.



Indershini Pillay

Speech - Language Pathology

 “Speech-Language Pathology can have a tremendous impact on communication and swallowing, and I’m committed to creating a patient-centered environment which inspires clinicians to lead effective, innovative and evidence-informed care.”

Indershini works alongside speech-language pathologists (S-LP) to treat acquired communication and swallowing disorders. She has been an integral part of organizing education opportunities for speech-language pathologists across Canada and the USA, as well as encouraging and participating in clinical research. As a practice lead, she has developed the S-LP service to ensure access to timely care at all PHC sites. Indershini has led many advancements including implementing new technologies and developing interdisciplinary dysphagia protocols to standardize care and improve patient outcomes. She is a registered Speech-Language Pathologist, clinical instructor in the UBC School of Audiology and Speech Sciences and holds a MSc degree in Communication Disorders and Sciences from the University of Oregon.


*From September 2017 to August 2018, the Professional Practice Leader for Speech-Language Pathology is Vicky Tsui (


Gabriele Yoneda


“As a Professional Practice Leader I am privileged to work with great leaders and teams, both within and external to PHC, as we together shape the health care of the future.”

Gabriele obtained her BSR (combined Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy) at UBC in 1983 and her MBA from UBC in 1990. She has worked at Providence Health Care since 1993, initially as the Director of Physiotherapy and then as the Professional Practice Leader for PHC when the multiple sites of PHC united. In this position she leads physiotherapy services from both a practice and an operations perspective. Her goal is to promote a culture that appreciates the need for continuing education and research, best practice, and the provision of quality patient and resident care.

Gabriele is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at UBC. She is an active member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and the Physiotherapy Association of BC and has been extensively involved over the years at both the provincial and national levels. She has also been actively involved with the College of Physical Therapists of British Columbia and most recently served as the Chair of the Finance Committee between 2006 and 2012.