Darren is a physiotherapist who has worked with a wide range of patients in the community-based setting. Darren previously worked on an interdisciplinary team of medical professionals, sport scientists and coaches who supported Canada’s national team athletes. Delivering integrated care to some of Canada’s best athletes and fragmented care to the broader public inspired Darren to leave high performance sport in pursuit of broader societal impact. Darren is interested in using health economics methodology to guide innovation within Alberta’s health care system.
Education and Training
Darren is currently undertaking a PhD in Health Economics under the supervision of Dr. Deborah Marshall at the University of Calgary. Darren also has a Master of Physical Therapy from the University of Saskatchewan and Bachelor of Science, Kinesiology from the University of Victoria.
Research Interests and Expertise
Outpatient physiotherapy services are delivered by the private health care sector because rehabilitation is not insured under the Canada Health Act. Listening to people who could not afford to pay for privately funded rehabilitation inspired Darren to investigate how funding models affect health outcomes. Darren’s thesis project, an economic evaluation of the Good Life with Osteoarthritis in Denmark (GLA:D) program, is evaluating the socioeconomic impacts nonsurgical care for people living with osteoarthritis in Alberta