Trainee Q&A: Nicole Ketter

Nicole Ketter
Supervisor: Dr. Brodie Sakakibara
Program of study: Rehabilitation Sciences

What’s your research focus?
For my thesis, I investigated the prevention and self-management of cardiometabolic multimorbidity (CM), which is the diagnosis of two or more of stroke, heart disease and diabetes. We identified depression, poor vision, high blood pressure, chronic pain and mild activity limitations as new risk factors of 3-year CM onset. We also interviewed people with CM to learn about their experiences of managing multiple chronic conditions and how they self-managed their health.

Why did you come to UBC Okanagan to pursue your studies?
I did my undergrad at UBCO and loved the campus. I met Brodie during my BSc and worked in his lab for two years as a research assistant. I knew there would be no one better to do my MSc with, so I stuck around!

What do you love about living in the Okanagan?
Being able to experience distinct seasons that bring along all the best ways to get outside and play. And the mountains of course.

Where’s your favourite place in the world to visit? And why?
Somewhere with a beach! I’m torn between Melbourne Beach in Fl, Waimea Bay and Costa Azul Beach. The sun and saltwater combination can’t be beat.

What’s your most frequently used emoji?
🤨 🤨