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Collaborators

We use a co-operative model to augment education and prevention resources around physician wellness. Essential to this model are the contributions of our diverse collaborators, including physicians and professionals trained in other disciplines. Well Doc Alberta provides an avenue for those with physician wellness expertise to reach a broader audience and to train others to meet the increasing demands for physician wellness resources.

 

Collaborators may contribute in many ways including:

  • Sharing resources they have developed

  • Helping develop new education resources

  • Updating existing education resources (from personal or other sources)

  • Teaching education resource materials directly

  • Training other physicians to teach education resource materials

  • Helping develop or refine processes related to supporting groups to implement foundational programs at the system level

Current Collaborators

 

We currently have 59 Collaborators. We are pleased to introduce you to them all below.

Last Updated: January 23, 2024

Dr. Huma Ali, MDCM, MA (Calgary)

Dr. Ali is an Emergency Medicine Physician based primarily at South Health Campus in Calgary and a Clinical Assistant Professor, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. Dr. Ali co-leads the Calgary Department of Emergency Medicine mentorship program and is a member of their Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Working Group. She is a member of the EDI Advisory Committee to the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians Board of Directors.

 

Dr. Samina Ali (she/her/elle), MD (Edmonton)

Dr. Ali is a pediatric emergency physician at the Stollery Children's Hospital (Edmonton), a Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine (University of Alberta), and a researcher in better pain care for children. She has worked in wellness and professionalism for many years, including various past leadership roles.

Dr. Diane L. Aubin, PhD (Edmonton)
Dr. Aubin is a health systems researcher and independent consultant whose work focuses on the emotional impact of errors on healthcare workers. She is currently working with Healthcare Excellence Canada on a project to help patients and healthcare workers heal together  after harm, and is a collaborator for the Shame and Medicine interdisciplinary research project.

Dr. Chantelle Barnard (she/her), MD, FRCPC (Calgary)

Dr. Barnard is a Pediatric Hospital Medicine Physician at the Alberta Children’s Hospital and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Calgary.

Erin Botterill, R.Psych (Edmonton)
Erin Botterill is a Registered Psychologist based out of Pine Integrated Health Centre. Erin works with adults and specializes in perinatal mental health, anxiety, depression, stress reduction, and grief and loss.

Dr. Jeffrey Cao, MD, MBA (Calgary)
Dr. Cao is a Radiation Oncologist and Lead of the Oncology Leadership and Development Office at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary. Dr. Cao is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Oncology, Cumming School of Medicine, University Calgary. He is the president-elect of the Alberta Medical Association Radiation Oncology Section, and Chair of the Canadian Radiation Oncology Foundation.

 

Dr. Timothy Chan (he/him), MD, FRCPC (Edmonton)

Dr. Chan is a General Internal Medicine Physician at the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton. He is also an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Alberta and an ACP Wellness Champion.

Dr. Carli Rose Clemis, MD (Claresholm/Lethbridge)

Dr. Clemis is a Family Physician with a wide scope of practice in rural family medicine, sports medicine, and obstetrics. She works in Claresholm and Lethbridge.

Dr. Suzette Cooke, MD, FRCPC, PhD (Calgary)

Dr. Cooke is a Pediatrician within the Section of Pediatric Hospital Medicine at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. She is also the Program Director for the Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship Program, as well as a Clinician Educator, Clinician Investigator, and Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary.

Dr. Brian Cornelson, MD (Calgary)
Dr. Cornelson is a Family Physician at the East Calgary Health Centre in Calgary, and a Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary.

 

Dr. Erica Dance (she/her), MD (Edmonton)

Dr. Dance is an Emergency Physician at the Royal Alexandra Hospital and the Northeast Community Health Center in Edmonton. She is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine [at the University of Alberta] and the Clinical and Program Co-Director of the Physician and Family Support Program at the Alberta Medical Association. 

Dr. Gail Darling, MD, FRCSC, FACS (Halifax)

Dr. Darling is a Surgeon based in Halifax. She is the Dr. D Alex Gillis Professor and Head of the Department of Surgery at Dalhousie University, as well as the Head of Surgery for Nova Scotia Health Central Zone. She is the past President for the Canadian Association of Thoracic Surgery and is currently the Editor-in-Chief for Pearson’s Textbook of Thoracic Surgery.

Dr. Sandy Dong (he/him), MD, MSc (Edmonton)

Dr. Dong is an Emergency Medicine physician practicing in Edmonton. He is also a Clinical Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and the Director of Core Curriculum for Postgraduate Medical Education, both at the University of Alberta.

Dr. Janet de Groot, MD, MSc (Calgary)
Dr. de Groot is a Psychiatrist with the Tom Baker Cancer Centre and Foothills Medical Centre. Her clinical work includes providing and supervising clinicians in a psychological intervention for individuals with advanced cancer and a close other. She is a Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry, Oncology, and Community Health Sciences at the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary.

Dr. Roisin Dempsey, MD (St. Albert)
Dr. Dempsey is a Family and Emergency Medicine Physician working in St. Albert. She is also a Clinical Educator for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Dr. Ward Flemons (he/him), MD FRCPC (Calgary)

Dr. Flemons is a Respiratory Medicine and Sleep Medicine Physician based out of the Foothills Medical Centre. He is a Professor and Head of the Section of Respiratory Medicine within the Department of Medicine, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. He is also a member of the Centre for Mindfulness at the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary.

Dr. Karen Fruetel, MD (Calgary)
Dr. Fruetel is a specialist in Geriatric Medicine and is based primarily at the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary. Dr. Fruetel is an Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Education in the Department of Medicine, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary.

Dr. Rachel Grimminck (she/her), MD, FRCPC, DABPN, CGP (Calgary and British Columbia)

Dr. Grimminck is a Psychiatrist whose current clinical practice focuses on group therapy and Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy in Alberta and British Columbia. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary and Clinical Instructor at the University of British Columbia. She holds leadership positions with a province-wide group therapy program in BC and is a BC Psychiatric Association board member.  She was previously the Clinical Medical Director for Emergency Psychiatry at Foothills Medical Center and the PGME Simulation Lead for the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Calgary. Her areas of interest include emergency psychiatry, group psychotherapy, EDI and structural stigma, medical education, and physician wellness.

Dr. Jori Hardin (she/her), MD (Calgary)
Dr. Hardin is a Dermatologist based out of the Richmond Road Diagnostic and Treatment Centre in Calgary. Dr. Hardin is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Section of Dermatology in the Department of Medicine, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary.

Dr. Melanie Hnatiuk (she/her), MD, CCFP, FCFP (Calgary)

Dr. Hnatiuk is a Family Medicine Physician based at the South Health Campus Family Medicine Teaching Clinic. She is also a Clinical Associate Professor and the Lead for Faculty Wellness within the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Calgary, and a Board member for the Alberta College of Family Physicians.

Dr. Jayna Holroyd-Leduc (she/her), MD (Calgary)

Dr. Holroyd-Leduc is an academic Geriatrician and Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Community Health Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. She is also head for the Department of Medicine, academic lead of the Brenda Strafford Centre on Aging, and the Brenda Strafford Foundation Chair in Geriatric Medicine.

Dr. Shelley Howk, MD (Cochrane)
Dr. Howk is a retired Family Physician, after 25 years of practice in Southern Alberta.  She worked as a Senior Medical Advisor, Continuing Competence, for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta from 2017-2024 and continues in a supportive role in the Family Medicine Residency program at the University of Calgary.  She is passionate about physician wellness, personal and professional development, and lifelong learning.

Dr. Rabiya Jalil, MD (Calgary)

Dr. Jalil is a Family Physician with an interest in Women’s and Sexual Health, based primarily out of the Rockyview General Hospital and Sheldon Chumir Health Center. She is the Associate Dean of People, Culture and Health Promotion and an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary.

Dr. Barbara Kellner, MD (Calgary) 
Dr. Kellner is a retired Dermatologist, who practiced in Calgary. Dr. Kellner holds the appointment of Clinical Associate Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary.

 

Dr. Christine Kennedy (she/her), MD (Calgary)

Dr. Kennedy is a Pediatric Emergency Physician at the Alberta Children’s Hospital and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Calgary. She is also the Assistant Medical Director of KidSIM Simulation Program.

Dr. Atul Khullar, MD (Edmonton)

Dr. Atul Khullar is a Psychiatrist and sleep specialist. He is the Medical Director of the Northern Alberta Sleep Clinic in Edmonton and a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Alberta.

 

Dr. Susan Kuhn (she/her), MD (Calgary)

Dr. Kuhn is a pediatric infectious disease specialist at the Alberta Children’s Hospital, and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary.  Her interests include tropical medicine, migrant health, compassion, and faculty vitality.

 

Dr. Vikas Kuriachan, MD (Calgary)

Dr. Kuriachan is a Cardiologist based at the Libin Cardiovascular Institute in Calgary, who specializes in Cardiac Electrophysiology. He is Professor and Head of Department of Cardiac Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary and Alberta Health Services, Calgary Zone.

Dr. Marc-Antoine Landry, MD (Edmonton)

Dr. Landry is a Neonatologist at the Stollery Children's Hospital in Edmonton and an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Alberta. He is a Course Director of a Mindfulness Elective for medical students and residents.

Dr. Ryan Lenz, MD FRCPC (Calgary)

Dr. Lenz is a General Internist in Calgary and PGY-1 Program Director based at the Rockyview General Hospital, and a Clinical Lecturer at the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary.

Dr. Cheryl Mack, MD, MA (Edmonton) 

Dr. Mack is an anesthesiologist working with the ASSIST Program. She is also an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics as well as the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, and an Adjunct assistant professor John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre, University of Alberta. 

Dr. Sarah McPherson, MD (Calgary) 

Dr. McPherson is an Emergency Medicine Physician based out of the Foothills Medical Centre and Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Wellness in the Department of Emergency Medicine, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary.

Dr. Shazma Mithani (she/her/hers), MD, FRCPC (Edmonton)

Dr. Mithani is an Emergency Medicine Physician at the Royal Alexandra Hospital and Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton. She is also an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and the Director of the Wellness Program for the Emergency Medicine Residency Program at the University of Alberta.

Dr. Anton Nel, MD, MBChB (Okotoks)
Dr. Nel is a Family Medicine and Urgent Care Physician based out of the Mokala Medical Clinic in Okotoks. He is a Clinical Lecturer and Preceptor for the Department of Family Medicine, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. Dr. Nel is the Past Chair of the Calgary Rural PCN Provider Corp.

Dr. Robert Pauly, MD, MSc (Edmonton)
Dr. Pauly is a Nephrologist at the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton. He is a Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Nephrology, and Assistant Dean, Faculty Advocacy & Wellbeing, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Alberta.

Dr. Paula Pearce, BMBS, FRCP (UK) (Calgary)

Dr. Pearce is a specialist in Geriatric Medicine and General Internal Medicine. She is Program Director, Geriatric Medicine and Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary.

Dr. Nicole Racine, PhD, R.Psych (Calgary)
Dr. Racine is a Registered Clinical Psychologist and a Post-doctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts, University of Calgary.

Dr. Ghazala Radwi, MD (Edmonton)
Dr. Radwi is a Hematologist and Transfusion Medicine Physician. She is the Medical Lead, for Transfusion Medicine for North Sector at Alberta Precision Laboratories. She is also a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine & Pathology, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta, and the Wellness and Safety Representative on the Hematopathology Residency Committee. She collaborates with the Office of Advocacy and Wellbeing at the University of Alberta to help develop programs that support physician wellbeing. 

Dr. Gillian Ramsay (she/her), MD, FRCPC (Edmonton)

Dr. Ramsay is a General Internal Medicine and Obstetrical Medicine Physician based at the Grey Nuns Hospital in Edmonton. She is an Associate Clinical Professor within the Department of Medicine at the University of Alberta, a Physician Wellness Representative to the MSA and the Physician Wellness Committee Lead at the Grey Nuns Hospital, and an ACP Wellness Champion.

Tracey Receveur (she/her/hers), RN/BN, CWT (Community and Workplace Traumatologist) (Calgary)

Tracey is a Registered Nurse and Community and Workplace Traumatologist working for Alberta Heath Services in Provincial Medical Affairs – Diversity, Wellness and Development. She is formally trained in the delivery of Schwartz rounds.

Dr. Amanda Roze des Ordons, MD, MMEd (Calgary)
Dr. Roze des Ordons is a Medical Educator and Physician in critical care medicine, palliative medicine, and anesthesiology with affiliations at the universities of Calgary and British Columbia.

 

Dr. Shannon Ruzycki, MD (Calgary)

Dr. Ruzycki is a General Internist in Calgary, based out of the Foothills Medical Centre. She is the Associate Director of Physician Wellness and Vitality for the Department of Medicine in the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. 

Dr. Charles H. Samuels, MD (Calgary)
Dr. Samuels is a Family Physician with a specialization in sleep medicine, and is Medical Director at the Centre of Sleep and Human Performance in Calgary. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, Cumming School of Medicine and an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Calgary.

Dr. Amonpreet Sandhu (she/her), MD (Calgary)

Dr. Sandhu is a Hospital Pediatrician at the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary. She is currently the Interim Deputy Department Head Professional Affairs for the Department of Pediatrics. 

Dr. Serena Siow, MD (Calgary)
Dr. Siow is a Family Physician in Calgary. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary.

Dr. Sharron Spicer (she/her), MD (Calgary)

Dr. Spicer is a Pediatrician at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, and Associate Chief Medical Officer, Physician Experience with Alberta Health Services.  She has interests in wellness, quality and safety, and leadership development.

Dr. Jennifer Spratlin (she/her), MD (Edmonton)
Dr. Spratlin is a medical oncologist based at the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton. She is an Associate Professor in the Division of Medical Oncology, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Alberta.

Lindsay Storm, MSW, RSW (Calgary)

Lindsay Storm is a registered social worker based at the South Health Campus in Calgary. She is formally trained in the delivery of Schwartz rounds, and also operates her own counselling practice.

Dr. Amelie Stritzke, MD, FRCPC, FMH(Swiss) (Calgary)

Dr. Stritzke is a Pediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Physician at the Foothills Medical Center and the Alberta Children’s Hospital. She is also a Clinical Associate Professor and the Program Director of the Pediatric Residency Program at the University of Calgary.

Dr. Jennifer Thull-Freedman, MD, MSc (Calgary)

Dr. Thull-Freedman is a Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physician and the Quality Lead of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. She is also a Clinical Associate Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at the University of Calgary.

Dr. Sheela M. Vijay (she/her), BSc, BCR, MD, FRCPC (Edmonton)

Dr. Vijay is a General Internal Medicine Physician at the University of Alberta Hospital. She is also an Associate Clinical Professor for the Department of Medicine at the University of Alberta and an ACP Well-Being Champion.

Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, MD (Calgary)

Dr. Elizabeth Wallace is a Psychiatrist and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Calgary.  She is also a Training and Supervising Analyst with the Canadian Institute of Psychoanalysis, and she practices psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, with a focus on mental health for physicians and other health professionals. 

Dr. Sarah Weeks (she/her), MD (Calgary)

Dr. Weeks is a Cardiologist and an Associate Professor in the Department of Cardiac Sciences at the University of Calgary. She is also Assistant Dean Pre-Clerkship for Undergraduate Medical Education at the Cumming School of Medicine.

Dr. Jennifer J. Williams, MD (Calgary)
Dr. Williams is a Clinical Gastroenterologist and Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and Deputy Department Head, Clinical, Department of Medicine, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. She is the Medical Representative, South Sector, Physician Health and Diversity, Alberta Health Services, and serves on the Alberta Medical Association’s Board of Directors. 

Dr. Karen-Rose Wilson, MD (Calgary)
Dr. Wilson a Hospital Pediatrician specializing in pediatric palliative medicine at the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary.

Dr. Brian Wirzba (he/him), MD, FRCPC, FACP (Edmonton)

Dr. Wirzba is a General Internal Medicine physician based in Edmonton and a Clinical Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Alberta.

Dr. Ian Wishart, MD (Calgary)
Dr. Wishart is a Physician specializing in Emergency Medicine and Family Medicine in Calgary. Dr. Wishart is a Clinical Associate Professor at the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary.

Dr. Jennine Wismark, MD (Edmonton)

Dr. Wismark is a Family Physician in Edmonton. While serving as President of the Grey Nuns Medical Staff Association, she and her team developed a Peer Support Program and advocated for physician wellness. She is currently the Associate Chief Medical Officer, Quality, Physician Wellness and Development for Covenant Health where she continues to advocate for physician wellness programs and healthy work environments for physicians. She is a Certified Executive Coach and is looking at using coaching as a way to support both wellness and professional development for physicians. 

Dr. Michelle Zepeda, Ph.D., Prov. R. Psych (Calgary)

Michelle Zepeda is a Provisionally Registered Clinical Psychologist at the Alberta Children's Hospital in Calgary.

 

Past Collaborators

We would also like to acknowledge all the contributions from our past collaborators who have invested their time and effort to support their colleagues and profession.

  • Dr. Tom Rosenal, MD, MSc (Calgary)

  • Dr. John(y) Van Aerde, MD, PhD (Edmonton)

  • Dr. Eric Wasylenko, MD, MSc (Bioethics), BSc, CCFP (PC) (Okotoks)

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