Introducing our Career Ambassadors
Our Career Ambassadors are a team of experienced rheumatologists that have volunteered to help rheumatology or internal medicine residents, younger clinicians, and those moving to the province find success in Ontario.
We encourage anyone with aspirations to start or join a rheumatology practice in Ontario to connect with a Career Ambassador.
An Ambassador’s Role
Career Ambassadors will share their advice and experience, and help connect mentees with any available resources and supports that could help them establish a new rheumatology practice or join an existing one.
Ambassadors are affiliated with the Ontario Rheumatology Association (ORA) executive and function as a conduit to its programs and initiatives, as well as to their colleagues in Ontario’s rheumatology community.
An important facet of the Ambassador Program is to help the ORA identify and engage any aspiring or current rheumatologists wishing to help address patient access issues in communities across Ontario.
The ORA executive is committed to offering extended support to such individuals and their families, to help them get settled and start seeing patients.
Meet our Ambassadors
Dr. Stephanie Tom
Dr. Tom completed her internal medicine residency in Calgary and rheumatology training in Toronto. Following graduation, she did locums before settling into group practice in Mississauga.
As a recent graduate, Dr. Tom can advise trainees interested in learning more about setting up electives or transitioning into practice.
Dr. Carter Thorne
Dr. Thorne completed his rheumatology training in 1981 and has been working in Newmarket ever since, where his practice focuses on inflammatory diseases.
He’s a widely known and respected veteran in the rheumatology community. Dr. Thorne looks forward to sharing his wisdom with the next generation of rheumatologists as a Career Ambassador.
Dr. Jane Purvis
Dr. Purvis completed her rheumatology training in 1989 in Toronto and has been working in Peterborough since 1994. She primarily treats inflammatory diseases, along with some gout and osteoporosis.
Dr. Purvis is passionate about patient access and manpower issues in Ontario. She’s also currently on the hunt for an associate to join her practice in Peterborough.
Dr. Ashley Sterrett
Dr. Sterrett relocated to Toronto from Tampa, FL. She successfully received her license from the Royal College by training under the supervision of an Ontario rheumatologist.
Dr. Sterrett works part-time with U Ottawa and in the community. She’s a great contact for rheumatologists considering a move to Ontario.
Dr. Henry Averns
Dr. Averns trained and worked in the UK until 2006, when he moved to Canada to accept an academic appointment at Queen’s. Dr. Averns opened his clinic in 2014. He works in his local community and also flies north to treat patients in remote communities and First Nations reservations.
Dr. Averns is the current president of the ORA.
Become an Ambassador
Members of the Ontario Rheumatology Association that wish to volunteer as an ambassador are encouraged to contact
Sandy Kennedy, ORA Administrator: firstname.lastname@example.org.