Faculty and Staff Updates

Andrea Hardaker is job-sharing the Administration Manager role in the department, as well as acting the department’s project lead on the MPT Expansion. Andrea joined the department in July 2018 on a temporary basis and moved to her current role in February 2019. Andrea has had a number of other roles at UBC and has previously worked at CHES, the Allard School of Law and Classical, Near-Eastern & Religious Studies. Before starting at UBC, Andrea worked for a whale-watching company on Granville Island, first as a tour guide and then as the Manager. Her educational background is in marine ecology and she continues to volunteer in this field in her spare time. Andrea also spends her free time going to the beach or park with her 2-year old son, Jack, and her dog, Lola.



Hilary Hinksman is the Assistant to the Department Head and Department Secretary. She helps organize meetings and events, hire lab students/staff, in addition to a wide variety of other tasks. Hilary had been working with the department on a temporary basis since last August and she was the successful applicant for the position in August this year. Previously, Hilary worked in various administrative positions within the private sector, including working as an Office Manager for a local engineering firm for over 10 years. Outside of work, Hilary enjoys hiking, travelling, photography, and being a foodie in Vancouver.



Louis-Alexandre Douesnard is the new Admissions and Recruitment Manager. He is responsible for developing strategies and activities designed to attract and yield well-qualified applicants. He is also responsible for increasing applications from northern, rural and aboriginal applicants in an effort to train physiotherapists that will work in communities with high demand for their services. Prior to joining the Department, Louis worked as the Strategic Student Initiatives Recruitment Manager for McGill University’s Faculty of Engineering where he developed new initiatives to increase graduate enrollment from underrepresented populations. Louis holds a Masters Degree from UBC in Critical and Curatorial Studies and curated exhibitions in Vancouver and Montreal.



Jasmine Mason joined the department in August as the Clinical Education Manager. Jasmine works within a fantastic team on expanding the number of clinical placement opportunities for students across the province. She actively seeks to better understand the clinical education experience and to identify potential areas for improvement. She helps to retain and recognise current clinical placement sites and manages the delivery of continuing professional development opportunities for current preceptors. Jasmine’s previous experience includes work in academic advising, program management, international sustainable development and capacity building. After work hours, she spends much of her time supporting her wanna-be photography habit, exploring our amazing province, and supporting coastal conservation efforts.


Melissa Idle is the Clinical Administrator for the new UBC Physical Therapy & Research Clinic. The clinic is a student-led fee-for-service clinic that will expose students to the full scope of private clinic management. As a pilot project we are open to ideas, exploring opportunities for collaboration, and ways to integrate learning and research into the clinic. Melissa comes from a public practice background and developed and ran a student led clinic at Surrey Memorial Hospital for 5 years. Please drop by the clinic to have a look around and say hi!