Start-up experience Interns


Mairin Hogan

Hello! My name is Mairin Hogan, a second-year master’s student in the Clinical Vision Sciences Program at Dalhousie University. Previously, I completed my Bachelor of Science (Medical Sciences) degree at Dalhousie University in 2019. Growing up in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, I would take yearly trips to the IWK Health Centre Eye Care Clinic, where I was diagnosed with ocular strabismus and diplopia. These visits ignited my interest in the visual sciences and contributed to my appreciation of positive patient-clinician interactions. Within the Clinical Vision Sciences Program, my clinical appointments facilitate my training in the field of orthoptics, while my current research is interested in understanding the onset of deprivation-induced myopia and novel amblyopia treatments. I am incredibly excited to have the opportunity of working with the Electric Puppets company, as the application of virtual reality technology in medical assessments and procedures has the potential of revolutionizing the field of ophthalmology and beyond. In my free time, I enjoy exploring the wonderful coffee shops and small businesses Halifax has to offer, watching horror movies and volunteering with CNIB Halifax.  


Alyne Teixeira

Alyne is a pharmaceutical researcher with 10+ years of experience in both industry and academia. She is currently in her last year of her PhD in Biomedical Engineering at Dalhousie University. Alyne is committed to advance evidence-based healthcare communications to broad audiences and wants to pursue a career in the medical affairs field.


Twitter: @AlyneGTeixeira


Emma Smeltzer

Hello! I am a third year graduate student in Clinical Vision Science and currently working on my thesis project with Electric Puppets. I recently certified as an orthoptist and enjoy working with children. Some passions I plan to combine with my orthoptic career include increasing patient education, mental health awareness, and field advancement through technology.


Meghan Rossi

Meghan Rossi is a Clinical Psychology PhD student at Dalhousie University in the Couples and Sexual Health Laboratory. Her main research explores the factors that promote couples’ sexual well-being during challenging life events (e.g., medically assisted reproduction, transition to parenthood). As a developing scientist-practitioner, Ms. Rossi is excited to expand her research and clinical skills to examine a novel internet-based intervention for anxiety and depression – Tranquility – with the support of Pulse. With the growing need for online mental health interventions, this is a crucial area of research that is necessary to improve the effectiveness and accessibility of mental health supports.


Twitter: @RossiMeghan

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Michael Barrett

I am a passionate researcher and innovator currently pursuing a Master's in Health Informatics. I have experience with UX, data science, and am trained in project and knowledge management. My goal is to work in collaborative environments to drive change that improves patient welfare. I am a big believer in learning and continuous improvement.

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