Faculty and Staff

Josee Lavoie

Dr. Josée Lavoie, PhD

Dr. Lavoie has been the Director of Ongomiizwin – Research and Professor in the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba since January of 2014. She also maintains a University appointment at the  University of Northern British Columbia. She has worked in First Nation and Inuit Primary Health Care systems since 1989. She has research expertise in health policy, financing, and contracting in health. She has been involved in the development of optimal models of contracting in health in indigenous environments in Canada, Australia and New Zealand. 



Henry Dyck
IT Support

Henry Dyck holds MSc in Physics. He has been working with the University of Manitoba since 1995. Although we share his expertise with other departments at the University of Manitoba, we are extremely fortunate to have his office at Ongomiizwin - Research as we draw on his expertise regularly to keep our networks and data systems up and running smoothly.

Chantal Edwards
Research Program Coordinator

Chantal Edwards is our Research Program Coordinator at Ongomiizwin - Research. She has been at the University of Manitoba and Ongomiizwin - Research since October of 2009. She is an integral part of our Support Unit, providing assistance with grants and overseeing grant expenditures to ensure that they comply with University of Manitoba and granting agencies' guidelines. 

Naser Ibrahim
Research Associate

Dr. Naser Ibrahim took the position of a Research Associate at Ongomiizwin - Research in June 2015. Dr. Ibrhaim completed his PhD degree in Human Nutritional Sciences at the University of Manitoba (2015), his Master’s degree in Nutrition and dietetics at the University of Toronto (2008), and his undergraduate degree in Public Health at the University of Garyounis, Libay (2002). He brings to this position extensive experience in Public Health, Nutrition, biomedical research, Cohort and Nested-Case control studies, cancer and kidney research, and data analysis.


He has published extensively in leading academic journals and has spoken at academic conferences around the world. He is currently a lecturer at the Department of Human Nutritional Sciences at the University of Manitoba and a member of an innovative research team that aims to develop community-based primary healthcare (CBPHC) models to improve the scope and delivery of CBPHC services in all First Nations Communities. 

NatalieNatalie Riediger
Assistant Professor

Dr. Natalie Riediger is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at Ongomiizwin - Research. She completed her PhD in the Dept of Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba in February 2015 earning her the Governor General Gold Medal. Dr. Riediger’s research interests include indigenous health, community-based participatory research, community nutrition, diabetes and cardiovascular epidemiology, and nutritional epidemiology. She has been involved with the research team in Sandy Bay First Nation since 2009 on a number of projects.

After getting to know community team members through these projects as well as her doctoral thesis work, Dr. Riediger led a large, mixed method, Nutrition Study in 2012 to explore factors impacting nutritional status as well as how it relates to health. She also maintains collaborations with researchers in Indigenous health in Australia initiated and funded through a CIHR Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement in 2011.  

Amanda WoodsAmanda Woods
Research Associate

Amanda Woods has been with Ongomiizwin - Research since May of 2012. Born and raised in Thunder Bay Ontario, Amanda moved to Winnipeg in 2000 to start University and make Winnipeg her home.  A graduate of the master’s program of the Department of Community Health Sciences in 2009, she has worked as a qualitative researcher in the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Nursing.  Amanda was funded though both ACADRE and NEAHR throughout her master’s degree.

Her interests include Indigenous ways of understanding and knowing, Indigenous research methodologies, traditional teachings, ceremonies, and medicine, and living life by following the seven scared teachings. Amanda has a passion for listening to and finding ways to share the voices and the stories of others. She hopes to help others understand the deeper meaning behind people’s experiences. She feels that with more understanding and acceptance of the different ways that people experience life, more positive change can occur in order to improve health outcomes for Indigenous people. Amanda loves staying physically fit and healthy through exercise and healthy eating and loves being a mom.