Renal Patient and Family Advisory Council

The Renal Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC) at Halton Healthcare is comprised of patients, family members, care givers and staff from within the Nephrology Program. The PFAC members listen to patients, family members and caregivers to improve on the patient experience. The members also collaborate and advise on services and care delivered to renal patients at the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, the Burlington Dialysis Centre and the Independent Dialysis Program (dializing at home).

Committee Members

PFAC Committee Members serve a two year term with an option of a two year renewal. If you are interested in joining PFAC please email

John Henley (Co-Chair)John is a Burlington resident and attends the Burlington satellite site. He originally started in the Kidney Function Clinic and then started hemodialysis at OTMH, later transitioning to home dialysis.
Deb Peacock (Co-Chair)Deb is the Patient Care Manager at the Burlington Dialysis Centre, a satellite hemodialysis unit of the Regional Halton Healthcare Nephrology Program. A Registered Nurse for over 35 years, Deb has worked in a variety of clinical areas in both point of care and management positions including surgical services, cancer care, critical care and nephrology. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from McMaster University and a Masters in Nursing from Athabasca University. Deb is passionate about how evidence based nursing and life-long learning contribute to a positive patient experience.
Elizabeth GuertinLiz volunteers with dialysis patients at our Burlington Dialysis satellite and with patient transport at the OTMH. Liz joined the PFAC because she is passionate about helping other people.
Ann McfarlaneAnn has worked at OTMH for 29 years and has been with the Nephrology Program since it opened at Halton Healthcare in 1997. Currently she provides Social Work Coverage for Hemodialysis patients.
Fran McleanFran started her kidney journey in the Kidney Care Clinic at the Oakville site in 2012, and started on hemodialysis at the Burlington Dialysis Centre in 2013. She is an active member of PFAC and joined the committee to be more up to date with what is happening in dialysis.
Nick PhillipsNick originally started in the Kidney Function Clinic before transitioning to the Independent Dialysis Program. Nick did a combination of Peritoneal Dialysis and in-centre hemodialysis (at the Burlington satellite site) prior to his kidney transplant in March 2017. Given his dual treatment modalities and transplant experience, he offers a unique perspective and voice for PFAC.
Rebecca PurdieRebecca has worked at the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital since 2012. Prior to joining Halton Healthcare, she worked for several years at Mount Sinai Hospital in high risk obstetrics, as well as Child Protection in both London and Mississauga. Currently, she provides Social Work coverage for patients in the Kidney Care Clinic, and the Independent Dialysis program.
Marisa ReiseMarisa joined Halton Healthcare in 2012. She works primarily at the Burlington Dialysis Centre and now also provides support to some of the OTMH hemodialysis patients. Prior to working in our renal program, Marisa worked in Calgary with Alberta Health Services with the Seniors Home Care team and also with a geriatric assessment clinic.
Gerry VercaigneGerry is an Oakville resident who started his dialysis at OTMH in 2016. A few weeks prior, a surgical dialysis loop operation was performed on his left arm. Since that time he has had the opportunity to both learn and observe what dialysis does for him.


The Kidney Foundation of Canada's peer support program is available to help anyone touched by kidney disease.