PCSC Program Team

S. Larry Goldenberg, CM, OBC, MD

Director & Founder 

Dr. Goldenberg is the Director and founder of the PCSC Program and a Professor for the Department of Urologic Sciences, UBC. He is a urologic surgeon and clinical scientist with an international reputation for excellence in prostate cancer research and treatment. He has been recognized for his contributions to health care by being inducted into the Order of British Columbia and the Order of Canada.

Celestia S. Higano, MD, FACP

Medical Director

Dr. Higano is an internationally known prostate cancer researcher and former Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington, where she practiced for 38 years.  She is currently Adjunct Professor in the Department of Urologic Science at University of British Columbia as well as the Medical Director overseeing the Prostate Cancer Supportive Care Program.

Monita Sundar, MA

Provincial Program Manager

Monita Sundar is the Provincial Program Manager for the PCSC Program. Prior to joining the PCSC Program in 2014, Monita worked in Cardiology at VGH for over 19 years  where she held diverse roles such as clinical research coordinator and project consultant. Monita earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Master of Arts in Gerontology from SFU. Her strong passion revolves around educating older adults about their health conditions and actively implementing strategies and programs aimed at improving their well-being and overall quality of life.

Ryan Flannigan, MD FRCSC

Urologist

Dr. Flannigan has recently joined the PCSC Program after having completed a 2-year fellowship in Male Reproduction at Weill Cornell Medicine and Sexual Medicine at Memorial Sloan Kettering with Dr. John Mulhall, in New York. Dr. Flannigan’s clinical practice focuses on men with male infertility, and sexual dysfunction. He specializes in medical and surgical management of erectile dysfunction, Peyronie’s disease, and low testosterone as well as treatment of infertile men. As the clinical lead for the Sexual Health Module, Dr. Flannigan will be working with the sexual health clinicians to optimize delivery of sexual health care and access to men across the province.

Judy Shih, MA

Program Coordinator

Judy is the Program Coordinator for the PCSC Program. Judy graduated with a Masters of Aging Services Management from USC and holds a Bachelor of Arts from SFU. Judy has previous experience working with a variety of non-profit organizations within the fields of health, recreation, and aging services. With the PCSC Program, Judy is the primary point of contact for patients to enroll in the program and coordinates all of the education sessions and clinics offered. Judy is passionate about providing quality and inclusive programs to older adults that promotes holistic health management and lifelong learning.

Angela Hwang, BSc

Administrative Assistant

Angela has joined the PCSC Program as our program administrative assistant. She received her degree in Global Health at the University of British Columbia. Her interest in the health field at a public and community level have developed significantly through working as a research assistant at the public health research centre. Before joining the PCSC team, she also worked as a medical assistant at different clinics around Vancouver, which she found extremely rewarding, as she was able to help provide high-quality health care services to patients.

Christine Zarowski, RN

Registered Nurse

Christine Zarowski, is the primary Sexual Health Clinician to the PCSC Program and has extensive experience as a rehabilitation nurse since 1986. Prior to joining the PCSC Program in June 2013, she worked at the Sexual Health Rehabilitation Service at G.F. Strong for 11 years, where she helped provide education and support to clients and families who experienced changes to sexuality as a result of a disability.

Meghan Lui, RN

Sexual Health Clinician

Meghan is a registered nurse with a background in spinal cord injury, bowel and bladder management, and adult/older adult community health. She is passionate about providing holistic, patient-centred care. Meghan recently joined the PCSC Program as a Sexual Health Clinician to help support patients navigating changes to sexual health and sexuality.

Nicholas Pratap, BSc, CEP

Clinical Exercise Physiologist

Nick Pratap is the Exercise Clinical Lead for the PCSC Program. Nick completed his BSc in Kinesiology at SFU with a concentration in active health and rehabilitation. He is currently certified as a Clinical Exercise Physiologist and Cancer Exercise Trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine. In addition to working with patients in the PCSC Exercise Clinic, Nick is an Exercise Physiologist for Cardiac Rehab at VGH. Nick looks forward to working with the PCSC team and using his knowledge to help patients use exercise as a staple in their treatment.

Joy Egilson, CSEP-CEP, CATA(C)

Clinical Exercise Physiologist

Joy is a certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist with an interest in lifestyle exercise for older adults. She has training and experience in working with men who have prostate cancer, and currently leads an exercise group for men through the Island Prostate Centre in Victoria, BC. Joy is also a certified Athletic Therapist with clinical experience in rehabilitating acute and chronic injury. Joy recently rejoined the PCSC Program and will be seeing patients remotely from Victoria.

Andrea Holmes, RD

Registered Dietitian

Andrea Holmes is a Registered Dietitian for the Vancouver PCSC Program. She brings 20 years of experience working in the area of oncology nutrition. First, with BC Cancer in the Department of Epidemiology as a dietitian with the Canadian Diet and Breast Cancer Study, and for the past 15 years as the oncology dietitian at HealthLink BC. During that time, she developed a strong relationship with the PCSC Program as a guest speaker for the nutrition education sessions, a presenter at professional and public conferences and a co-creator of the PCSC Program nutrition education resources. Outside of work, Andrea enjoys yoga, and walking adventures with her dog, husband and two children.

Nikita Ivanov, MN-NP

Nurse Practitioner

Nikita is a Nurse Practitioner practicing at BC Cancer – Vancouver with the Genitourinary Tumor group. In collaboration with his interdisciplinary colleagues, Nikita provides systemic treatment, evaluates treatment response, assesses and manage chronic conditions and symptoms related to the chemotherapy in patients with prostate, testicular, kidney and bladder cancers. Nikita runs monthly education sessions where he provides education on side effects management of androgen deprivation therapy to prostate cancer patients. He is also available for 1-on-1 clinic appointments for patients for more individualized support.

Marcy Dayan BSR, MHA

Registered Physiotherapist

Marcy Dayan is a registered physiotherapist with expertise in the management and treatment of incontinence, genital and rectal pain, pelvic organ prolapse, and pelvic musculoskeletal dysfunction. She has a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation and a Master of Health Administration from UBC. She presents an information session for prostate cancer patients who will be having or have had treatment on Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy for Urinary Incontinence. Marcy also runs a weekly clinic for patients post-treatment where she uses biofeedback to help manage urinary incontinence.

Anna Hudon-Kaide, BSc, MHScPT

Registered Physiotherapist

Anna Hudon-Kaide is a registered physiotherapist with a passion for helping patients with pelvic health concerns, including bladder and bowel control issues, genital pain, pelvic organ prolapse and pelvic musculoskeletal dysfunction. Anna recently joined the PCSC Program to support patients experiencing changes in bladder and bowel function along their prostate cancer journey. Anna holds a Masters degree in Physiotherapy from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alberta. 

Paul Griggs, MC, RCC

Clinical Counsellor

Paul completed his degree in psychology from the University of British Columbia and his Masters of Counselling from the City University of Seattle. As a clinical counsellor, Paul supports men, their partners and family with emotional and therapeutic support from the time of their initial diagnosis onwards. Paul uses evidence-based modalities such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and likes to incorporate Mindfulness- Based Stress Reduction Therapy (MBSR) into his clinical sessions. Before shifting his career into mental health, Paul worked for over 20 years as a business owner and executive coach.  

Daniel Munns, MC, RCC

Clinical Counsellor

Daniel is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Master’s degree in Counselling from City University of Seattle, serving the Vancouver region. He has spent the last twenty years providing wellbeing through the interconnected modalities of counselling, mindfulness, yoga and somatic therapies. Prior to his work in Vancouver, Daniel spent 15 years in Asia, studying and teaching meditation and yoga. He
uses a person-centred, interrelational approach that seeks to create a safe space with full presence for the reflection and communication of the unique challenges that men with chronic illness experience. These skilled methodalogies will be applied by Daniel within the PCSC Program.

Daniella Sare, BSc

Clinical Research Coordinator

Daniella Sare is one of the Clinical Research Coordinators for the PCSC Program. Daniella graduated from SFU with a BSc in Health Sciences in the Population and Quantitative concentration. Through her studies and her experience working in a clinical research setting at BC Cancer, she developed an interest in health research, patient engagement, and patient-oriented care. She provides assistance for the Research Team’s activities and studies, and provides a broad scope of administrative and data support within the program.

Rosalie Ho, MSc

Clinical Research Coordinator

Rosalie Ho is a Clinical Research Coordinator for the PCSC. She graduated from UBC with a Master of Science. Her thesis studied genes essential to forming cell adhesion structures called junctions. Rosalie is currently working towards her CCRP through Humber College. Before joining the PCSC, Rosalie worked in various positions, including regulatory program specialist, research assistant, and COVID lab assistant. Rosalie is passionate about promoting mental wellness and inclusivity through supporting patients compassionately.

Bill Wang, BSc

Clinical Research Assistant

Bill Wang is the Research Assistant for the PCSC Program. He holds a BSc in Honors Cellular Anatomical Physiological Science from UBC. His thesis focused on the clinical significance of genes implicated in autism using fruit flies as a model. Before joining PCSC, he had experience working in clinical research at St. Paul’s Hospital in various departments, including the Respiratory Clinic, ICU, Covid Ward, and Cardiac Ward. With a passion for patient-oriented clinical research, he supports the research team at PCSC in data entry, administrative tasks and support studies. 

CONTACT

Phone: 604-875-4485 | Phone (toll-free): 844-483-1449
Fax: 604-875-4637
Email: pcsc@vch.ca