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Dr. Susan Adelmann

Family Medicine
Blood Tribe

Dr. Susan Adelmann is from Treaty 1 Territory, growing up in the traditional land of the Anishinaabe, Dakota, and Métis Nations (Winnipeg, MB), but have lived in Treaty 7 Territory, in the traditional land of the Niitsitapi/Blackfoot Nation (Lethbridge, AB) for the past eight years. She is grateful to the First Nations of Manitoba for allowing her European ancestors to seek refuge from the Russian Revolution in the early 1900s. She completed her undergraduate and medical schooling in Manitoba and completed a Rural Family Medicine residency program in southern Alberta in 2014. She has spent five years working on an itinerant basis in the Northwest Territories where she did full-scope family practice including clinic, hospital medicine, ER shifts, and low-risk obstetrical deliveries. Since January 2020 she has been working on the Blood Tribe reserve doing clinic and addiction medicine. She likes working in remote communities.

Dr. Susan Adelmann

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Dr. Francis Adebayo

Bio to follow.

Dr. Francis Adebayo

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Dr. Kendra Barrick

Dr. Kendra Barrick

Family Medicine Ridgeview Medical Centre

Dr. Barrick obtained her Medical degree from the University of Ottawa in 2014. Originally from Kitchener, Ontario, she moved to Calgary to start her Family Medicine residency at the University of Calgary and instantly fell in love with the mountains and the people.

Dr. Barrick's practice interests include Addiction Medicine, Palliative Care and Mental Health Counselling. Additionally, she works as a clinical lecturer at the University of Calgary and teaches medical students and residents. When not practicing medicine, you can find Dr. Barrick in the mountains running, hiking, and ice-climbing!

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Dr. TaeEun Ahn

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Dr. Ismat Ali

Dr. Ali completed her medical school at the University of Calgary and her family medicine residency at McGill (and is now reasonably fluent in French). She completed an enhanced skills fellowship in Maternal Newborn Care along with Health Equity through the University of Calgary, and also obtained her Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H). She has a strong passion for women’s health, along with health for more marginalized and vulnerable populations. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, camping and fishing.

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Dr. Kendra Barrick

Dr. Kendra Barrick

Family Medicine Ridgeview Medical Centre

Dr. Barrick obtained her Medical degree from the University of Ottawa in 2014. Originally from Kitchener, Ontario, she moved to Calgary to start her Family Medicine residency at the University of Calgary and instantly fell in love with the mountains and the people.

Dr. Barrick's practice interests include Addiction Medicine, Palliative Care and Mental Health Counselling. Additionally, she works as a clinical lecturer at the University of Calgary and teaches medical students and residents. When not practicing medicine, you can find Dr. Barrick in the mountains running, hiking, and ice-climbing!

Dr. Kendra Barrick

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Dr. Nicole Cardinal

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Dr. Onyinye Chiazor

Family Medicine

Dr. Onyinye Chiazor earned her medical degree at the Newcastle University, England. She then completed family medicine residency at the University of Manitoba and undertook an extra year of training at the University of Calgary’s Health Equity program aimed at caring for marginalized local and global patient groups. She obtained her CCFP designation in 2019. Dr. Onyi is interested in Addiction Medicine, immigrant and refugee health, indigenous health and women’s Health. Outside of work, being mum to an active toddler and infant makes life busy but fun!

Dr. Onyinye Chiazor

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Dr. Jennie Ding

Dr. Jennie Ding completed her medical degree at the University of Calgary, and family medicine residency at the University of British Columbia. She has advanced training through Harvard  Medical School’s culinary medicine program and is a member of the Institute for Functional  Medicine. Dr. Ding is interested in chronic disease management, functional and lifestyle medicine, and obesity medicine. She founded Kale Health Wellness, an online medical weight management and nutrition coaching company. Currently, she practices in Alberta, British  Columbia, and the Northwest Territories, working in rural towns, various Indigenous communities, and underserved vulnerable populations. Outside of medicine, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hiking, cooking delicious meals and practicing yoga.

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Dr. William Forsey

Background: Dr. William Forsey attended medical school at the University of Calgary, and graduated in 2020. He then went on to complete the University of Calgary Rural Alberta South Family Medicine training program in Lethbridge, AB. During training, Dr. Forsey sought out many opportunities to work with First Nations patients. He now practices full scope rural family medicine on reserve, and also works as a locum physician in Southern Alberta.

Personal: Interests include athletics, fitness, travel, investments and home DIY projects. Some of the many athletic interests include Alpine and Nordic skiing, running, hiking, badminton and squash.

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Dr. Jill Galipeau

Family Medicine
Indigenous Wellness Clinic

Dr. Jill Galipeau is a member of the Métis Nation of Alberta and completed her training in Family Medicine at the University of Alberta.

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Dr. Amy Gausvik

Family Medicine
Eden Valley Bearspaw First Nation

Dr. Gausvik finished her family medicine training in 2006 and has been working in Alberta ever since. She works on the First Nation reserve of Eden Valley as well as maternity care and delivering babies in the Town of High River. She also teaches medical students at the University of Calgary. Her loves include volunteering for medical work overseas, movie nights, and summer camping in her little trailer with her husband and 3 children. The youngest two are twins, which makes things very busy but very fun!

Dr. Amy Gausvik

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Dr. William Griffin

Bio to come..

Dr. William Griffin

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Dr. Christin Hilbert

Dr. Hilbert graduated from the University of Alberta and completed her family practice residency at McMaster University in Hamilton.    She provided full scope family practice (delivering babies to elder care) for the first 7 years of her career. During this time, she started the maternity clinic at CUPS clinic in downtown Calgary.  After taking some time off with kids, she returned to CUPS and continued her work with vulnerable populations.   After some time, she added work at the Tsuut'ina Health Centre, where she has worked for about 15 years.  In recent years she branched out into more addictions work.  PERSONAL - Having enjoyed the adventure of mothering four children, now that there's only one left at home, she is enjoying more time in pursuing her passion for singing, hiking and kayaking.

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Dr. Christine Kennedy

Family Medicine
Chipewyan Prairie First Nation, Tsuu T’ina Nation

Dr. Christine Kennedy is a physician who trained at the University of Calgary (same class as Dr. Gausvik). She is a Family Physician as well as a specialist in Public Health and Preventive Medicine and Occupational Medicine, practicing all three here in Alberta. She has lived and practiced in Wood Buffalo Region and recently moved her family back to Calgary. She is a physician with the Frail Elderly ARP, the Addictions consulting team for Rockyview General Hospital, the RAAM Clinic at Adult Addiction Services (AHS), a Family Physician for Chipewyan Prairie First Nation at the Janvier Health Centre, and has been a long term locum for the Health Centre at Tsuut’ina Nation. In the last 8 months, when she is not dealing with COVID-19 from a Public Health perspective, she looks after multiple family pets and three young children.

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Dr. Bonnie Larson

Bonnie Larson is a white settler on Treaty 7 land.  Since graduating from McMaster University in 2006 and Calgary Family Medicine Residency in 2008, she has focused her practice on accompanying people who are at highest risk of poor health outcomes on a journey towards wellness that is defined by them.  Bonnie has practiced in Indigenous and inner city communities for more than 12 years, and loves to challenge the system problems that stand in the way of equal and excellent health for all.

 

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Dr. Linda Liu

Dr. Linda Liu completed medical school and Family Medicine Residency at the University of Calgary. She has a strong passion for Mental Health, Women’s Health, and health for marginalized and vulnerable populations. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, biking, and traveling. 

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Dr. Jessica Lydiate

Dr. Jessica Lydiate

Dr. Jessica Lydiate graduated from medical school at the University of Saskatchewan in 2014. She completed residency training in Family Medicine through the University of Calgary program based out of Lethbridge, Alberta. She currently works at the Stoney Health Centre.

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Dr. Nicole Mensik

Dr. Mensik graduated her family medicine training in 2019, and has spent time working in both southern Alberta and the North West Territories. She now practices maternity and inpatient care both in High River and Rockyview Hospital, as well as locuming in Tsuut’Ina. She loves reading murder mysteries, cycling and baking.

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Dr. Alannah Martineau

Bio to follow.

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Dr. John O'Connor

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Dr. Oluseyi Oladele

Dr. Oladele practises in Edmonton in general family practice. He has worked in rural, urban and inner-city practices and is an Assistant Clinic Professor in the University of Alberta Department of Family Medicine. Dr. Oladele is a member of the Governance Advisory Committee of the  Alberta College of Family Physicians and on the Council of the College of Physicians and  Surgeons of Alberta. Away from work, he and his wife (a nurse) chase around their two young children.

Dr. Oluseyi Oladele

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Dr. Afeaje Olokor

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Dr. Lana Potts

Family Medicine
Siksika First Nation

Sookwiipamii "Last to Come In", Dr. Lana Rose Potts BScN MD CCFP is a Family Physician at the Siksika Health and Wellness Centre Niitsitapi Learning Centre and the Elbow River Healing Lodge. She was raised in the Piikani Nation in Traditional Blackfoot Territory. Dr. Potts completed a Bachelor of Science with Distinction in Nursing from the University of Alberta and went on to graduate with a medical degree from The Northern Ontario School of Medicine in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lana completed her residency training in Indigenous Family Medicine at UBC. Lana is an advocate for First Nations children. She spends her time researching methods to improve First Nations Health determinants. She is a renowned speaker and has published work on Indian Residential School and Tuberculosis. She is married to Robert Benjoe and is the proud mother to her daughter Annataki and son Nodin

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Dr. Sonya Regehr

AIVCC Medical Leave
Family Medicine

Dr. Sonya Regehr grew up in Saskatchewan before moving to Alberta to attend medical school and has been working here ever since. She has over three decades of experience as a family doctor, including working at the Tsuut’ina Health Centre from 2008 to 2020 and at AIVCC from  2020 to the present. She holds a medical lead position in the Indigenous Wellness Core, Alberta  Health Services. She also works at a PCN urgent care clinic in Calgary and enjoys supervising students and residents through the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. Outside work, she enjoys adventures in the mountains with her husband, two grown children and dog,  and practicing mindfulness with a Mindfulness in Medicine community.  

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Dr. Kirk Reid

Kirk is a recent graduate from the U of A who was raised in St. Paul, AB. As he was growing up,  Kirk participated in his family’s business and participated in many sports throughout school including hockey, volleyball, soccer and basketball. He still tries to stay active today, though usually it's chasing after a little toddler. He also enjoys board games, watching Sci-fi/fantasy movies and playing Elden Ring. 

Kirk currently works a clinic at the Saddle Lake Health Care Center and does ER shifts in  Bonnyville.

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Dr. Nadia Salvaterra

Dr. Nadia Salvaterra is a white settler on Treaty 6 land. She studied medicine at McMaster 

University and completed her Family Medicine training at the University of Ottawa. After completing her residency, Dr. Salvaterra practiced full-scope family medicine including obstetrics, anesthesia and emergency medicine, in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories for 10  years. She recently moved to Edmonton where she lives with her partner and young children.

Dr. Salvaterra has many clinical interests and is also passionate about medical leadership. She currently serves as the Department Head of Family Medicine for AHS in Edmonton.

Dr. Nadia Salvaterra

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Dr. Sara Sebastian

Bio to follow.

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Dr. Alexandra Seal

Family Medicine
Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation

Dr. Seal has been practicing medicine in Alberta since 2017. After a brief stint as a ski instructor, she went to medical school at the University of Alberta. She moved to Halifax to complete her Family Medicine residency and explore the beautiful East Coast. Since moving back to Alberta she has worked in Edmonton and Fort Chipewyan. Most of her work is in Family Medicine. She also spends part of her time working at a menopause clinic.

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Dr. Robin Simms

Family Medicine
Stoney Nakoda Nation

Dr. Robin Simms is a Family Physician who works on the Stoney Reserve in Morley, Alberta. Dr. Simms completed medical school at the University of Calgary in 2009 and went on to do her Family Medicine residency in the University of British Columbia's Northern Rural Family Medicine program. She has a special interest in working with rural/remote and Indigenous populations. Dr. Simms worked in rural BC as well as the Northwest Territories before settling in Alberta. She also has an interest in Infectious Diseases, and has done extra training in Tropical Medicine and Hepatitis C treatment. When not at work, she can usually be found exploring the mountains on foot or on skis!

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Dr. Phinda Soko

Family Medicine
Saddle Lake Cree Nation

Dr. Phinda Soko has been practicing medicine in Canada since 2002. She obtained her MBChB in South Africa where she practiced for many years before she came to Canada. She worked in Thompson and Pinawa in Manitoba before she moved her practice to Regina, Saskatchewan, and went on to work as a member of a group of physicians who kept rural Saskatchewan hospitals open in small towns like Wolsley, Lestock (in the community of Muskowekwan Indian Reserve), Wadena, Weyburn, Indian Head, Broadview, and Kipling. Duties included taking care of in-patients, clinics, and emergency department. These hospitals were threatened with closure due to doctor shortage and thanks to their hard work they were kept open until recruitment was able to address the problem. In all of the places she has worked she had a significant exposure to Indigenous populations. In 2015 she came to work in Two Hills, Alberta, where she provided services in the medical clinic and participated in Emergency Room rotation at the Two Hills Health Centre. She is currently working in the Saddle Lake Health Care Centre, providing much needed service to the Indigenous People of Saddle Lake and surrounding reserves. Dr. Soko enjoys spending time with her family and a Canadian born granddaughter, travelling, playing games, and watching movies. Dr. Soko eagerly awaits an opportunity to participate in the Alberta Indigenous Virtual Care Clinic.

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Dr. Esther Tailfeathers

Family Medicine
Blood Tribe

Dr. Esther Tailfeathers was born and raised on the Blood Reserve in Southern Alberta, graduated from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and completed her Family Medicine residency at the University of Alberta. Esther has worked in many Indigenous communities in both the United States and Canada including the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana, Fort Chipewyan in Northern Alberta, and her home community of the Blood Tribe. In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Tailfeathers currently serves as the Senior Medical Director of the Provincial Indigenous Health Hub at Alberta Health Services. Esther is most proud of organizing a relief mission to Haiti after the earthquake in 2010, leading a team of Blood Tribe paramedics, nurses and health care workers who took care of more than 2000 patients during the relief efforts. Since 2014, Dr. Tailfeathers has been a leader in responding to the Blood Tribe’s opioid crisis, including developing community strategies on harm reduction, treatment and addressing upstream determinants of health.

Dr. Esther Tailfeathers

Mental Health

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Stephanie Chisholm

Psychologist

Stephanie is a Provisional Registered Psychologist who has experience working with adolescents and adults in private practice. Her areas of focus are trauma, interpersonal relationships, depression and anxiety. She also has a special interest in working with individuals dealing with body-image concerns and disordered eating. Stephanie uses a variety of modalities such as CBT, EMDR, Mindfulness Therapies, DBT and Psychodynamic Therapies.

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Leili Heidema

Leili is a Registered Psychologist with experience providing mental health services to Indigenous peoples in private practice and the public sector. She has over 10 years of experience supervising mental health teams in remote and isolated communities of the Northwest Territories. Leili’s areas of expertise include PTSD/trauma, mood disorders and couples therapy.

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Dr. Katharine Hibbard

Kate completed medical school at the University of Alberta in 2004 and a specialization in Psychiatry in 2010. She has been practicing as a psychiatrist in Edmonton at community clinics and the Royal Alexandra Hospital.

Dr. Katharine Hibbard

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Hein Swanepoel

Registered Psychologist

Hein is a Registered Psychologist who has worked with children, adults, couples, and families in many different settings, including hospitals, schools, community mental health clinics, and private practice. Before settling down in Canada Hein lived in various countries around the globe, which gave him the opportunity to develop an appreciation for cultural diversity and unique world views. As such, his approach to counselling is based on the understanding that each person is unique, and that people are the experts in their own lives. Hein specializes in helping people heal from past trauma and live more fulfilling lives. He has provided on-reserve psychological services in more than 30 First Nations and Metis communities throughout Alberta.

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Brittany Travis

Brittany is a Registered Psychologist who has worked with a broad clientele throughout her career, including children, adolescents, adults, and elders in many different settings. Brittany has been working with First Nation community members in Northern and Southern Alberta for the past 12 years, providing both on-reserve psychological services and telehealth services. Brittany is a compassionate, creative, client-focused psychologist who enjoys collaborating with her clients while blending evidence-based therapeutic principles and strategies that meet her client’s needs.

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Jeff Armstrong – Psychologist

Jeff is a Registered Psychologist who has worked with clients of all ages and backgrounds. He has experience working in both community and hospital settings and has provided on-reserve psychological support. He practices a client-focused and culture-as-treatment approach with empirically supported interventions while respecting the individuality of his clients.

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Aaron Block – Psychologist

Aaron Block is a Registered Psychologist providing collaborative service, support, and resources to clients across the life span in schools, clinics, and private practice. Counseling and assessment are his passions, while consulting and teaching round out his practice. He is privileged and honored to join clients in their self healing journey to improve the quality and quantity of life, wellbeing, and freedom from historical and intergenerational trauma, sadness, worry, substance use, and self-defined goal achievement. Aaron cherishes providing culturally safe service from a two eyed seeing approach. 

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Lisa Harder – Provisional Psychologist

Lisa is a Registered Psychologist who has worked with adolescents, adults, and older adults in a variety of settings including private practice, inpatient addictions treatment, and corrections over the past nine years in therapy and counselling-adjacent roles.  Her primary areas of focus are trauma, mood disorders, interpersonal relationships, and addictions. Lisa believes a client-centred, holistic approach to therapy is key and enjoys working in collaboration with her clients to achieve their goals.

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Other Clinicians

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Jennifer Paul

Tansi, Washte’, Oki: I am Jennifer and from the Treaty 6 Territory, I’ve worked in the human services and healthcare field for over 20 years. I am working with AIVCC as a Patient Navigator. I look forward to working with everyone!

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Tina Ward

Tansi, my name is Tina and I am a Patient Navigator with AIVCC. I am from Enoch Cere Nation and have worked within Indigenous communities throughout Alberta. I have over 20 years of experience working within the Mental Health and Social Work fields. I look forward to working with all patients who access AIVCC.  

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Breanne

Hi! I'm Breanne. I'm a Registered Nurse working with AIVCC. I finished my BScN in December 2020 and started working in the ICU right away. My role with AIVCC is to update and fill in the missing holes in a patients chart, educate patients on different chronic conditions and cancer screening timelines, and I have also helped physicians with various tasks that arise. When I'm not working, I love playing with my dog and spending time in a studio practicing yoga or spinning on a bike!

Breanne

Clinic Staff

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Michelle

Clinic Manager

Michelle

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Paige

Medical Office Assistant

Paige

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Tania

Medical Office Assistant

Tania

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Tara

Medical Office Assistant

Tara

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Kira

Medical Office Assistant

Kira

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Kayla

Medical Office Assistant

Kayla

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Hannah

Medical Office Assistant

Hannah

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Vanessa

Medical Office Assistant

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