Asthma Canada has a team of Certified Respiratory Educators (CREs) located in regions all across the country. These individuals are experts in the field of asthma and allergy education and we are pleased to be able to connect you with them directly through our Asthma & Allergy HelpLine.

Have questions? Call our Asthma & Allergy HelpLine at 1-866-787-4050 to speak with one of our Certified Respiratory Educators who will have an answer to help you better manage your asthma and allergies.

Joanne Tignanelli
CRE, TEACH
Joanne Tignanelli has worked as a Registered Respiratory Therapist for over 20 years at the North Bay Regional Health Centre. She is a Certified Respiratory Educator, she has a diploma in healthcare management, her TEACH certificate for smoking cessation counselling and a certificate in Outdoor Air Quality and Health and the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI).
Joyce Yee
RRT, CRE
Joyce Yee is an advocate for empowering people to self-manage chronic lung disease. As a Certified Respiratory Educator, she provides asthma and COPD patients with the skills and knowledge they need to increase their quality of life and decrease their dependence on the healthcare system.
Sylvia Grutzmacher
RRT, CRE
Sylvia graduated as a Respiratory Therapist in 1983 and achieved certification as a Respiratory Educator in 2008. She currently works in Community Integrated Health Services providing Asthma and COPD Education Clinics, Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Home Oxygen Therapy and Community Respiratory Therapy. Sylvia is fluent in English and French.
Jo-Anne St-Vincent
RN, CAE
Jo-Anne St-Vincent is an RN and Certified Asthma Educator. She has been involved in Asthma and Allergy related research, education and clinical practice since 1988. Jo-Anne presently works as an asthma and allergy educator at a Children’s Hospital. Her work involves the management of severe asthma, food allergies and eczema. She is passionate about ensuring patients have the information they need to make health related decisions that are best for them. Jo-Anne is fluent in French and in English.
Holly Mitchell
RRT, CRE
Holly has been a practicing RT in her home province of Nova Scotia for 15 years, obtaining first her Asthma Educator certification in 2006, and going on to complete her Respiratory Educator in 2007. Throughout her career, Holly has worked in various capacities including both hospital based and community respiratory education, program development, pulmonary rehabilitation, and currently works in the community with home oxygen and sleep therapeutics.