Andrea Neufeld, MScN, RN, APN: Andrea has been a pediatric nurse at Children’s Hospital in London for the past 25 years, most of which has been spent as a Nurse Practitioner with the Pediatric Neurosurgery Team. In an earlier time, she taught Child Health Nursing at the University of Western Ontario and coordinated various research studies on pediatric kidney disease and childhood injuries and prevention for Health Canada.
Andrea received her Baccalaureate and Master’s Degree in Nursing Education from the University of Western Ontario. In 1998, she received her post-graduate certificate as a Tertiary Care Nurse Practitioner. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, the Canadian Association of Neuroscience Nurses, and the RNAO Pediatric Nurse Interest Group. She was a prior recipient of the Clinical Practice Award of Excellence from Sigma Theta Tau International and a recent recipient of the Surgery Clerkship Nursing Award from the Schulich School of Medicine for her contribution to enhancing medical student learning at London Health Sciences Centre. Her most challenging accomplishment is being the mother of 3 active boys.
Andrea works as a member of the Pediatric Neurosurgery Team and can be found in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She is actively involved in the clinical care and education of children and families with health concerns involving the central nervous system. Andrea is a member of the Medical Advisory Board for the Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association of Ontario.
Connie Castillo, MS, NP-PHC
Connie has been a professional nurse for 19 years since receiving her Bachelor of Science from the College of Nursing at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She then completed a trauma and critical care internship at Parkland Hospital in Dallas. After several years of working as an emergency room and trauma nurse, Connie completed her Master of Science and received her certificate as a Family Nurse Practitioner at Texas Woman’s University in 2001. She worked in various emergency and surgical settings as a Nurse Practitioner prior to moving to Toronto in 2004.
Once in Toronto, Connie worked in the emergency room and with the orthopedic oncology team at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. After taking time off to care of her daughter, Connie joined the Spina Bifida/ Spinal Cord Injury Clinic at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in 2013. She is currently developing a transition model of care for individuals with spina bifida. Connie is involved in the clinical care and education of adolescents and their families with spina bifida and spinal cord injury. Once these individuals graduate from Holland Bloorview, Connie continues to see them at the Anne Johnston Health Station, a community health centre located in Toronto. She oversees the clinical management of their spina bifida as well as providing support in transitioning from pediatric to adult health care.
Herta Yu, RN, MN, APN
Paediatric, Nurse Practitioner, Department of Neurosurgery, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto.