Ms. Kathy Walker graduated from the University of Waterloo with an Honours degree in kinesiology and followed that with a diploma in respiratory therapy. She has been at The Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre since 1991. Kathy and her colleagues have been exploring alternative non-invasive ventilation techniques in neuromuscular diseases since 1992 with Dr. Doug McKim, one of Canada’s leading respirologists in this field. The clinic has over 100 neuromuscular patients managed non-invasively at home on bilevel or volume ventilators. The non-invasive alternative techniques developed by the CANVent team keep the patient out of the hospital resulting in an improved quality of life.