Roger has worked in primary health care since 1989. Upon graduating from Laurentian University in 1989 with a BScN, he was employed by James Bay General Hospital and shortly thereafter, transferred to Health Canada where he occupied various positions in both outpost nursing stations, education and administration in both the Moose Factory and Sioux Lookout Zones between 1989 and 1995. During his tenure with Health Canada, Roger obtained a Diploma in Outpost and Community Health Nursing from Dalhousie University in 1991. In 1996, he was hired as one of the first NPs in the North Shore Tribal Council's Community Health Access Centre program where he provided primary health care services to the First Nation communities of Whitefish Lake and Sagamok. In April of 1998, Roger became licensed as a Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner (PHC-NP) with the College of Nurses of Ontario. In 2001, he was hired by the Massey Medical Clinic where he provided PHC NP services to a rural community until 2008.
Roger has been involved in the education of NPs in the PHCNP program at Laurentian University since 1998, having taught in the Advanced Health Assessment, Therapeutics and Integrative Practicum courses of the program. In August of 2008, Roger left full time practice as an NP to pursue an academic career in the School of Nursing at Laurentian University in Sudbury. Roger now teaches in the francophone undergraduate, graduate as well as Nurse Practitioner programs.
In 2015, he completed the Interdisciplinary PhD in Rural and Northern Health at Laurentian University. The focus of his doctoral thesis is an exploration of the impact of colonization on the experience of type 2 diabetes for Aboriginal peoples living along the North Shore of Lake Huron.
Roger was a member of the inaugural Board of Directors and the President of the Board of Directors of the Sudbury District Nurse Practitioner Clinics between 2006 and 2013 and a board member and Vice Chair with the Espanola Family Health Team between 2012 and 2017. He is currently the Chair of the North East Local Health Integration Network`s Health Professional`s Advisory Committee (HPAC). Roger continues to practice as an NP at a local francophone Community Health Centre in the Sudbury region.
- CCNE (Canadian Certified Nurse Educator)
His research interests include men's health, type 2 diabetes, Aboriginal health and northern and rural health.
- Nurse Practitioner Clinics: Exploration of client satisfaction.
- The Future is the Present: Diabetes Complication Stories.
- Renewing perspectives on men's health literacy on prostate cancer and engagement along the disease continuum.
- Ideas of masculinities in Latin American countries and their influences on immigrant men's attitudes toward prostate cancer prevention- an analysis of literature.