About Metaphase: Background and Credentials


Keep it simple. Make it cost and time effective. Let us manage the details. Metaphase combines scientific research experience and project management expertise with a communications specialization. We evaluate your requirements, agree on a process for moving forward, and then implement a plan from start to finish. Our success is measured by your results.


Chrystal Palaty, PhD, is the owner and Principal Consultant of Metaphase Health Research Consulting Inc. Chrystal received her PhD from the Experimental Medicine Program, Department of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. After completing post-doctoral research at the University of Toronto and at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, she returned to Vancouver and served in managerial positions in the not-for-profit and private sectors. In 2007 she founded Metaphase to provide consulting services specifically to health and medical research organizations. This has now expanded with Metaphase providing services to the pharmaceutical industry and to corporations outside of the scientific sector.

Chrystal’s superpower is being able to review very large amounts of complex information – scientific literature, advisory board meetings, strategic consultations or evaluation documents – and summarize them concisely and in context in scientific papers, meeting reports, strategic documents and business cases.

Chrystal works effectively with all levels of an organization including executives, project managers, subject area specialists, physicians, scientists, patients and community representatives. She has outstanding organization skills with a proven ability to work with others to effectively design, implement and successfully complete projects.


Metaphase collaborates with Lee Bougie, from Lee Bougie Health Consulting, to provide an expanded scope of services to clients in the area of clinical research. Lee Bougie completed her MSc in Experimental Pathology at the University of Alberta, in addition to training in Medical Laboratory Sciences. After working in scientific research for several years, she moved into clinical research, and now has more than 20 years of experience working in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry. Lee has experience in all phases of clinical trials, including extensive work in the area of investigator-sponsored studies. She started Lee Bougie Health Consulting in 2012, working on protocol development, case report form and study documents, and advisory board meetings. Lee also trained and works as a Holistic Nutritionist. She teaches science courses at a nutrition school, and is available to present science based nutrition workshops.

To expand our range of services, Metaphase collaborates with Nigel McNabb who is a partner at Succeed Solutions. The Succeed Solutions focuses on Strategy, Design (Architecture), Performance Management and Benefits Realization all supported through strong change management and communication. The method he uses for delivering business improvement is structured, well founded and proven to deliver results. Metaphase’s clients will benefit from Nigel’s enthusiasm, strong work ethic, his open and collaborative working style, and a keen focus on delivering measurable and sustainable results.  Nigel’s work experience is supported by an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business, Diploma in Environmental Health from BCIT and a B.Sc. in Biology.  


Metaphase draws on a professional network to meet your strategic requirements. Our team members include:  
  •      Transcriptionists to accurately document meetings and interviews
  •      Editors, writers and proofreaders with a range of experience and expertise
  •      Graphic designers and visual artists for diagrams, illustrations and lay out
  •      Web design experts
We are pleased to provide referrals to any of our trusted colleagues.