Presenter: Manuela Joannou

Manuela Joannou is a family physician and emergency medicine physician currently practicing in Perth, ON. She is also the Medical Director of Tay River Reflections Medical Spa in Perth since 1999. Dr. Joannou graduated from the University of Ottawa Medical School in 1990. She completed her Family Medicine Residency at the University of Ottawa in 1992 and then achieved Special Competency in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care from the University of Ottawa in 1993. She was awarded the Frank P Craft Graduation Award for Excellence in Family Medicine. Dr. Joannou has worked in various Emergency Departments including the Ottawa General and Ottawa Civic Hospitals, and in a number of community hospitals for 25 years. She has a special interest in psychotherapy and has been leading discussion groups and wellness programs and speaking at public events and conferences for the past 10 years. She has a specific interest in the field of PTSD in First Responders and Military Personnel. Dr. Joannou has been actively researching this field for a number of years and is aware of what programs and services are currently available in Canada. She has put together a novel program that addresses not only the psychologic and physical symptomatology of PTSD, but also the moral injury component.