Meet The Team

North Bay

Thunder Bay

Sault Ste Marie

North Bay

Rob McKay

Registered Respiratory Therapist
& Manager

Sarah Hinschberger

Registered Respiratory Therapist

Dina Gentile

Office Administrator

Melissa Laferriere

R.P.N. – CPAP Consultant

Bio

Rob graduated from Canadore College’s Respiratory Therapy program in 2003. After a brief stint working in Saskatoon at the Royal University Hospital, Rob came back to North Bay and has been working in home care since 2005.

In 2016, Rob joined Northern Respiratory as the Manager. With a client centered focus, it is Rob’s goal to provide top-level service for every client. Rob is usually in the office with one of our CPAP clients, but also backs Casey up with the oxygen clients. If you have a question about oxygen or CPAP, Rob is the guy to ask.

Rob enjoys his time off with his wonderful wife and children. The whole family can usually be seen on one of the city’s soccer fields in the summer.

Bio

Sarah graduated from Canadore College in 2014.

Sarah’s previous experience will be a great asset to our company and the clients that she works with. Her previous employer has said that she is an excellent therapist who is always working to make the lives of her clients as good as it can possibly be.

Sarah is fluent in English and French. Sarah is very excited to be working in her hometown area again.

Bio

Dina has been working here at Northern Respiratory since it opened in 2001.

She is the backbone of our office. She greets our customers by name when they walk in and helps them find the items they need. If you need a replacement mask, part or filter, Dina can help you out. Dina also does our billing and invoicing in the office. In her spare time, Dina leads an active life filled with exercise and healthy eating (most of the time).

Bio

Melissa graduated from Canadore College’s Practical Nursing program in 2015 and joined Northern Respiratory in January 2016.

She has become an excellent and caring CPAP Consultant. Melissa ensures that each client is given the time they need to understand their CPAP equipment. Her ability to find the right mask for each client helps them get a great sleep as soon as possible.

Melissa enjoys spending time with her husband and her son when she is not at work.

Rob McKay

Registered Respiratory Therapist & Manager

Bio

Rob graduated from Canadore College’s Respiratory Therapy program in 2003. After a brief stint working in Saskatoon at the Royal University Hospital, Rob came back to North Bay and has been working in home care since 2005.

In 2016, Rob joined Northern Respiratory as the Manager. With a client centered focus, it is Rob’s goal to provide top-level service for every client. Rob is usually in the office with one of our CPAP clients, but also backs Casey up with the oxygen clients. If you have a question about oxygen or CPAP, Rob is the guy to ask.

Rob enjoys his time off with his wonderful wife and children. The whole family can usually be seen on one of the city’s soccer fields in the summer.

Sarah Hinschberger

Registered Respiratory Therapist

Bio

Sarah graduated from Canadore College in 2014.

Sarah’s previous experience will be a great asset to our company and the clients that she works with. Her previous employer has said that she is an excellent therapist who is always working to make the lives of her clients as good as it can possibly be.

Sarah is fluent in English and French. Sarah is very excited to be working in her hometown area again.

Dina Gentile

Office Administrator

Bio

Dina has been working here at Northern Respiratory since it opened in 2001.

She is the backbone of our office. She greets our customers by name when they walk in and helps them find the items they need. If you need a replacement mask, part or filter, Dina can help you out. Dina also does our billing and invoicing in the office. In her spare time, Dina leads an active life filled with exercise and healthy eating (most of the time).

Melissa Laferriere

R.P.N. – CPAP Consultant

Bio

Melissa graduated from Canadore College’s Practical Nursing program in 2015 and joined Northern Respiratory in January 2016.

She has become an excellent and caring CPAP Consultant. Melissa ensures that each client is given the time they need to understand their CPAP equipment. Her ability to find the right mask for each client helps them get a great sleep as soon as possible.

Melissa enjoys spending time with her husband and her son when she is not at work.

Thunder Bay

Steve Lavery

Manager

Frank Stella

Registered Respiratory Therapist

Tara Prosser

Registered Respiratory Therapist

Rachelle Wood

Registered Nurse

Bio

Steve attended Lakehead University in the Honours Bachelor of Science Chemistry program.

He has worked in the home health care field in Northwestern Ontario for the past 18 years with a background in client care, operations, logistics and project management. He has worked diligently with organizations and agencies, who help people overcome any obstacle to accomplish their goals. He appreciates contributing to the success of others and brings that passion to everything he does be it volunteer work, organizational projects or personal life. In his spare time, he enjoys the outdoors, local sports teams and connecting with people throughout the region.

Bio

Frank Stella is a Registered Respiratory Therapist in Thunder Bay.

He attended Southern Alberta Institute of technology and graduated in 1989. Following 2yrs of practice in Calgary General he moved to Dubai where he went on to become Chief of Cardiopulmonary Services. After 15yrs at Tawam Hospital Mr. Stella joined General Electric healthcare as Clinical Sales Specialist for Middle East, Africa and Eastern Europe. Frank returned to Thunder Bay in 2012 where he spent some time working at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, Medigas, and Glaxo Smith Kline before returning to General Electric as an Application Specialist for Respiratory. Frank currently resides in Thunder Bay and is an avid outdoor enthusiast who can usually be found hiking and mountain biking with his dog Rockie.

Bio

Tara graduated as a Registered Respiratory Therapist from New Brunswick Community College in 1996.

Tara continued on to complete her Bachelor of Health Science degree from the University of New Brunswick in 1999. She brings over 20 years of experience in a variety of fields including acute care, home oxygen, CPAP therapy, and business development. She is dedicated to putting the needs of her clients first to ensure their safety and comfort while on therapy. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys at their trailer, enjoying both summer and winter activities.

Bio

Rachelle graduated from Confederation College’s Registered Nurse program in 2001 and has been practicing nursing for over 16 yrs.

She has gained experience in a variety of areas of nursing but has a passion for community nursing which she has been providing since 2013. Rachelle believes in building long lasting, trusting relationships with all her clients and the paramount importance of providing ongoing support. In her spare time, Rachelle is busy raising her 3 children with her husband and loves spending her summers outdoors with family and friends camping, fishing and Kayaking.

Steve Lavery

Manager

Bio

Steve attended Lakehead University in the Honours Bachelor of Science Chemistry program.

He has worked in the home health care field in Northwestern Ontario for the past 18 years with a background in client care, operations, logistics and project management. He has worked diligently with organizations and agencies, who help people overcome any obstacle to accomplish their goals. He appreciates contributing to the success of others and brings that passion to everything he does be it volunteer work, organizational projects or personal life. In his spare time, he enjoys the outdoors, local sports teams and connecting with people throughout the region.

Frank Stella

Registered Respiratory Therapist

Bio

Frank Stella is a Registered Respiratory Therapist in Thunder Bay.

He attended Southern Alberta Institute of technology and graduated in 1989. Following 2yrs of practice in Calgary General he moved to Dubai where he went on to become Chief of Cardiopulmonary Services. After 15yrs at Tawam Hospital Mr. Stella joined General Electric healthcare as Clinical Sales Specialist for Middle East, Africa and Eastern Europe. Frank returned to Thunder Bay in 2012 where he spent some time working at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, Medigas, and Glaxo Smith Kline before returning to General Electric as an Application Specialist for Respiratory. Frank currently resides in Thunder Bay and is an avid outdoor enthusiast who can usually be found hiking and mountain biking with his dog Rockie.

Tara Prosser

Registered Respiratory Therapist

Bio

Tara graduated as a Registered Respiratory Therapist from New Brunswick Community College in 1996.

Tara continued on to complete her Bachelor of Health Science degree from the University of New Brunswick in 1999. She brings over 20 years of experience in a variety of fields including acute care, home oxygen, CPAP therapy, and business development. She is dedicated to putting the needs of her clients first to ensure their safety and comfort while on therapy. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys at their trailer, enjoying both summer and winter activities.

Rachelle Wood

Registered Nurse

Bio

Rachelle graduated from Confederation College’s Registered Nurse program in 2001 and has been practicing nursing for over 16 yrs.

She has gained experience in a variety of areas of nursing but has a passion for community nursing which she has been providing since 2013. Rachelle believes in building long lasting, trusting relationships with all her clients and the paramount importance of providing ongoing support. In her spare time, Rachelle is busy raising her 3 children with her husband and loves spending her summers outdoors with family and friends camping, fishing and Kayaking.

Sault Ste Marie

Kori Wickstrom

Registered Respiratory Therapist

Stacie Truman

Registered Nurse

Alison Reive

Registered Respiratory Therapist

Bio

Kori is a dedicated and passionate Registered Respiratory Therapist who graduated from Fanshawe College in 2016.

Since graduating Kori has worked in home care and acute care at Sault Area Hospital. She prides herself on advocating for patients and clients to give them the best possible care they can receive. Building relationships and helping clients improve their quality of life through high quality respiratory care is what she strives for.
Born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Kori is devoted to the community and the people in it. Having recently returned from living in Australia for 2 years, she has a renewed sense of community and is excited to help the people of Algoma live healthier more comfortable lives.

Bio

Stacie is a graduate of Sault College’s Registered Nurse program and has lived and worked in Sault Ste Marie all her life.

She brings over 20 years of experience in the Oxygen and CPAP industry with roles in both patient care and management. She is dedicated to the community of Sault Ste. Marie and to providing top-level service to every client. Stacie is a compassionate and knowledgable Registered Nurse who puts the needs of her clients first to ensure their safety and comfort while on therapy. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband and their four children and one grandchild. Stacie truly loves people and that love is displayed through all of her interactions within the community.

Bio

Alison is a Registered Respiratory Therapist committed to providing respiratory care in both the acute and community care settings.

After spending 7 years in Southern Ontario post secondary education, Alison returned to her home town of Sault Ste Marie in 2019.

In her spare time she enjoys hiking, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.

Kori Wickstrom

Registered Respiratory Therapist

Bio

Kori is a dedicated and passionate Registered Respiratory Therapist who graduated from Fanshawe College in 2016.

Since graduating Kori has worked in home care and acute care at Sault Area Hospital. She prides herself on advocating for patients and clients to give them the best possible care they can receive. Building relationships and helping clients improve their quality of life through high quality respiratory care is what she strives for.
Born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Kori is devoted to the community and the people in it. Having recently returned from living in Australia for 2 years, she has a renewed sense of community and is excited to help the people of Algoma live healthier more comfortable lives.

Stacie Truman

Registered Nurse

Bio

Stacie is a graduate of Sault College’s Registered Nurse program and has lived and worked in Sault Ste Marie all her life.

She brings over 20 years of experience in the Oxygen and CPAP industry with roles in both patient care and management. She is dedicated to the community of Sault Ste. Marie and to providing top-level service to every client. Stacie is a compassionate and knowledgable Registered Nurse who puts the needs of her clients first to ensure their safety and comfort while on therapy. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband and their four children and one grandchild. Stacie truly loves people and that love is displayed through all of her interactions within the community.

Alison Reive

Registered Respiratory Therapist

Bio

Alison is a Registered Respiratory Therapist committed to providing respiratory care in both the acute and community care settings.

After spending 7 years in Southern Ontario post secondary education, Alison returned to her home town of Sault Ste Marie in 2019.

In her spare time she enjoys hiking, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.