WellnessOptions

Editorial Team

Lillian So Chan, Editor, WellnessOptions

Lillian is the founding editor of WellnessOptions magazine and the author of the book WellnessOptions Guide to Health published by Penguin Books.

A veteran journalist and an experienced patient, Lillian has over thirty years experience in journalism and editing. She has established unique editorial directions for several award-winning publications including WellnessOptions magazine. She has worked for Maclean’s, Canada's largest news magazine, and served as a Governor and Deputy Chairperson of the Board of Governors at the Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada, and as a board member of the North-South Institute of Canada.


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Hilda A Donhoffer, MD, FRCPC, Co-editor, WellnessOptions

Hilda Donhoffer, MD, FRCPC, is a physician and clinical biochemist with extensive medical laboratory experience. She was the Laboratory Director of the former Wellesley Hospital, a teaching hospital, in Toronto, Canada, and Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto.

She is also the former Chair of the Section of Laboratory Medicine and life long member of the Ontario Medical Association.Presently she is on courtesy staff at St Michael's Hospital in Toronto, canada.


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Manny W Radomski, PhD, Co-editor, Exercise & Sleep Section Head, WellnessOptions

Manny W Radomski, PhD, received his BSc, MSc and PhD at the University of Toronto in biochemistry/physiology. From 1984 to 2001, he was the Director General of the Defence and Civil Institute of Environmental Medicine (DCIEM) of Canada.

He has held cross-appointments as a full professor in the Departments of Physiology and Community Health in the Faculty of Medicine, and in the Faculty of Physical and Health Education at the University of Toronto. He is currently Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto.

Other positions he has held include: Scientific Advisor to Chief of Air Staff, Defense Canada; the Canadian Air Senior National Representative in the collaborative research agreement with the United States Air force; a board director of the Canadian Defence Research and Development Executive Committee; a member on the NATO Research and Technology Agency/Human Factors and Medicine (RTA/HFM) Panel; the Canadian National Leader of the “Human Resources and Performance Group” of The Technical Cooperation Program (TTCP); a board director of the Institute for Space and Terrestrial Science of the Ontario Government’s Centres of Excellence; an advisory board member of the International Scientific Committee on Blood Substitutes and the Harsh Environments Initiatives International Advisory Board (Newfoundland) of C-CORE.

He was former Editor-in-Chief of the Undersea Biomedical Research Journal; is a member of the scientific committee of the Polish Hyperbaric Research Journal; and serves as a referee for the Aviation, Space and Environmental Medicine Journal among other scientific journals.

He has published on diving and aerospace medicine, human performance and protection, stress endocrinology, sleep and sleep deprivation, tropical medicine, and circadian disorders.

Currently, he is the Chair of the Board of Directors of a long-term care health facility.


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Michael F Filosa, PhD, Co-editor, WellnessOptions

Michael Filosa, PhD, has been a faculty member at the University of Toronto for more than 30 years. he has published many articles on his research in cell biology. His research interests are in molecular biology, plant and animal science, and biochemistry.


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Stuart MacLeod, MD, PhD, FRCPC

Stuart MacLeod, MD, PhD, FRCPC, is the Executive Director of the Child & Family Research Institute in Vancouver, the Vice President for Research Coordination and Academic Liaison of the Provincial Health Services Authority of British Columbia, Canada, and an Assistant Dean (Research) and Professor of Pediatrics of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

He spent 14 years at the University of Toronto (pharmacology, clinical biochemistry, pharmacy, medicine and pediatrics), and held hospital appointments at the Toronto Hospital, the Hospital for Sick Children, and the Addiction Research Foundation. In 1987, he became Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University and in 1992, the founding director of the Father Sean O’Sullivan Research Centre at St. Joseph’s Healthcare, Hamilton, Canada..

His main research interests are in clinical pharmacology, adverse drug reactions, drug policy, and optimal drug use for children, as well as in international health and medical education. Stuart MacLeod is an Editorial Advisor of WellnessOptions, and has been a regular columnist responsible for the Health Research Column since issue #28.


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Ali Okhowat, HBSc, MD, Section Editor, Books, WellnessOptions

Ali Okhowat, MD, is a physician, bioethicist, and humanitarian worker who is interested in the application of health technologies to a variety of sectors, from humanitarian action to personal well-being.

He is currently working at the World Health Organization’s Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office (EMRO) as a Health Emergencies Officer in the Emergency Response and Operations unit. In this capacity he is responsible for supporting WHO's humanitarian health response activities in EMRO countries, including in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Somalia, and Afghanistan, among others.

Prior to joining the WHO, Ali worked with the International Committee of the Red Cross in Gaza, Tajikistan, and Afghanistan. He is a licensed physician in Canada, having trained at the University of Toronto (U of T) and McGill University and is a PhD Candidate in Bioethics at the University of Montreal.

While a medical student at U of T, Ali spearheaded a national medical student wellness campaign as the National Wellness Officer of the Canadian Federation of Medical Students. His interests on the healthcare worker wellness have evolved with his roles in the humanitarian sector. To this end, he is currently researching how wellness technologies can help to reduce stress, enhance work-related fulfillment, and improve performance for professionals working in high-stress environments.


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Moses Wong, Art Director, WellnessOptions

Moses Wong is the Art Director of WellnessOptions, responsible for its corpoarte branding, publications, websites, and products. Moses graduated from the renowned Rhode Island School of Design in the United States. He is an award-winning art director and designer specialized in corporate branding, annual reports, editorial and interface design. Moses has been the art director of WellnessOptions since its inception. His designs and creatives are instrumental in branding the WellnessOptions’ signature ‘look', and winning magazine cover award for WellnessOptions magazine. He also designed, illustrated and produced the Wellness Options Guide to Health book published by Penguin Books Canada.


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Gerald Walton Paul, BA, M Div, M Th

Gerald W. Paul was ordained by The United Church of Canada in 1957 and served in Ontario parishes as minister in Manitouwadge, North Bay and Kincardine. He was the first interdenominational chaplain at Carleton University (1964-70), director and creator of programs bridging campus, faith communities and global concerns at Iona College, and chaplain to the University of Windsor (1970-77).

With his family, he explored the simplicity lifestyle: exchanged car for bicycles, ate nutritionally, reduced consumption, walked daily, contributed to developing nations, and lived by the motto, “live simply that others may simply live. Together, with his wife Shirley, they spoke to many groups and institutions on the subject, ran seminars and were covered by newspapers and other media including national magazines.

In 1983, he and Shirley made a grand change. Gerald left parish and university work in order to write full time. Shirley became executive secretary to the Kingston General Hospital Board. Gerald won first place in the essay division of Writer’s Digest Competition in 1984.

His essays and columns have been published in over 25 magazines and newspapers including: Chatelaine, Readers Digest, Christian Century, Clergy Journal, Canadian Author, Windsor Star, Hamilton Spectator and over 950 columns in The Kingston Whig Standard.

The categories of his publications are: philosophy, ethics, biography, perennials, nature, and health. An as yet unpublished self-help book, Gazing at the Greeen, shows how viewing nature from different angles of vision prevents lifestyle illnesses, restores and enhances well-being and enables ordinary people to move toward wholeness.


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Alain Buguet, MD, PhD

Alain Buguet, MD, PhD, specializes in neurophysiology. He served as a General in the French Army Health Services and is the former deputy director of the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Marseilles, France. He is an international expert on sleep in stressful environments and sleeping sickness. He has authored over 500 publications and received many awards.


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Michael Audet, BA, BCom, BEd

Michael Audet holds three degrees from the University of Toronto, in Commerce, Religious Studies, and Education. He enjoys independent music recording and copy-editing.

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