Nicole Barre, BSc, MSc, MD, CCFP
Family Physician, Ambleside Medical Centre, West Vancouver, BC
Dr. Barre is a family physician working in a group practice in West Vancouver. She in active in teaching and is involved in the UBC Family Practice Coastal Site Family Medicine Residency Program, and is Clinical Instructor through UBC. She has a special interest in geriatric medicine, and is working as the Medical Director at Maison Senior Living in West Vancouver. She had a BSc (Honors) from Queen’s University, a MSc from the University of London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and a MD from UBC. She did her family medicine training and received her Certification in Family Medicine (CCFP) at Queen’s University.
Dietitian, Vancouver, BC
Sandeep Bhatha is a UBC educated and Vancouver Hospital trained registered dietitian as well as a certified diabetes educator. She has worked in a variety of outpatient and community settings over the past 20 years. Early on in her career, Sandeep felt compelled to shift her approach as a health care provider when she saw that clients often knew what they should do to improve their health but struggled with how to take and maintain those first steps. Rather than telling clients what they should do and expecting change, Sandeep instead, partners with her clients and focuses on their desired health outcomes. Together, they explore the individual’s health beliefs including their relationship to food so that once ready, they can confidently make a plan to move past barriers and initiate long term changes to their health. Sandeep firmly believes in a client centred approach and places value on keeping it simple. Currently, she is working on becoming a life coach with the International Coaching Federation and resides in the Lower Mainland with her husband and two children. Sandeep is delighted to be part of the Zili initiative to help improve lives through prevention.
Callie Bland, BSc, BSN, RN, CPCC, PCC
CEO, Executive Coach and Registered Nurse, Coach Callie, Vancouver, BC
Callie Bland is an Executive Coach and Registered Nurse with 15 years experience in both public and private healthcare systems in Canada and the US. Clients often work with Callie at a time of transition or growth and she helps them to discover and leverage their strengths, increase awareness of blind spots and achieve results both personally and professionally.
She is an expert facilitator and specializes in helping physicians, allied healthcare professionals and healthcare leaders to enhance they way they communicate, collaborate and lead. Callie is passionate about improving healthcare experiences for both providers and patients.
She holds a BSc from the University of Victoria and a BSN from the University of British Columbia School of Nursing. She has numerous coaching certifications and designations from the Coaches Training Institute, International Coach Federation and LEADS Canada and is a workshop facilitator with UBC CPD.
Laureen Jan Block
Workshop Facilitator, Santa Tierras
Energetic Healing Practitioner, Private Practice
Laureen completed her BA (languages) at SFU and her Marketing Management Certificate at BCIT. She pursued a career in Marketing for an international software company, and taught Marketing at BCIT for over 20 years. In addition to teaching in the classroom, she designed and taught online marketing courses at BCIT.
Laureen’s life long passion for healing, prevention and wellbeing, led her to study and teach Indigenous Peruvian healing. Her desire to facilitate an empowered approach to wellbeing took Laureen high up into the Andes, where she studied with the Shaman (Indigenous Healers of Peru) and received the Rites of Passage from Q’ero Elder, Don Manuel Q’espe. Laureen has a vision to preserve and incorporate ancient healing techniques into modern day living. Whether facilitating healing workshops or working with clients in her Private Practice, Laureen embraces a vision that includes empowering people to take responsibility for their health and for living a joyful life, driven by passion and purpose.
One of Laureen’s greatest joys is spending time with her adult children, who continue to inspire her with their creativity and wisdom. She loves hiking, biking, bootcamp, reading, and is passionate about watching and supporting independent films.
Annie Chou, BSc (Hons), MD, FRCPC Cardiology, FRCPC Internal Medicine"
Cardiologist, North Shore Heart Centre, Lions Gate Hospital, Vancouver, BC
Dr. Annie Chou is a locally-trained, board-certified Cardiologist. She completed her undergraduate studies in Honours Physiology in 2004, obtained her Medical Degree in 2009, completed 3 years of Internal Medicine Residency in 2012, and finished 3 further years of Cardiology Fellowship in 2015, all at the University of British Columbia and on the Dean’s List. Annie has extensive research experience and has presented and published on several topics in Cardiology; specifically, Women and Heart Disease, Electrophysiology, Acute Coronary Syndromes, and Addictions and Cardiovascular Disease. Annie is the only female cardiologist on the North Shore and provides call coverage at Lions Gate Hospital.
For both her work AND her personal life, Annie is constantly aware of the six pillars of health, as each also contributes significantly to heart health. She tries to run 10 km every other day, eat a salad every day, and stay connected with herself and her friends/family. As a bonus, Annie is passionate about travelling and enriching her understanding of our world’s cultures and beauty.
Kerstin Gustafson, MD, FRCSC, NCMP
Obstetrician/ Gynecologist, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
Dr. Gustafson is originally from Victoria, BC. After undergraduate and graduate school at the University of Toronto, Dr. Gustafson completed Medical school at UBC. She completed residency in OB/Gyn at the University of Alberta. For the last decade she has practiced Obstetrics and Gynecology in South Surrey/White Rock. She is a North American Menopause Society (NAMS) certified menopause practitioner. She is a consultant in Osteoporosis at BC Women’s Hospital and a Peace Arch Hospital. She is an Assistant Professor at UBC in the department of Ob/Gyn. She has been an invited speaker at events across the country including the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada annual meetings, and community events such as the Vancouver Zoomer show. She enjoys swimming and raising her teenagers.
In terms of how I stay healthy now, I find a lot of joy in spending time with my children. They are young competitive swimmers and at the age of 40 I took up competitive swimming myself! I'm actually going to my first swim meet this weekend! I find being in the water is very relaxing and there's a certain joy to being weightless! I also volunteer as the social coordinator at their swim club, that way I get to use a different side of my brain and my kids also get to see me playing a different role than just either Mommy or Doctor.
Keyvan Hadad, BSc, MD, MHSc, FRCPC, FAAP
Pediatrician, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
Dr. Keyvan Hadad is a Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of British Columbia and a Consulting Pediatrician at BC Children's Hospital and BC Women's Hospital. He is the recipient of multiple Postgraduate Teaching Awards in Family Practice and the British Columbia Children’s Hospital Outstanding Hospital-Based Pediatrician. He is a Past President of the North Pacific Pediatric Society and a former Medical Director of the Intermediate Nursery at BC Women’s Hospital.
Maureen Mayhew, MD, MPH, CCFP
Family & Public Health Physician, Clinical Professor, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
Dr. Maureen Mayhew’s diverse medical career has taken her across Canada and into countries in Africa and Asia. She graduated from McGill Medical School 30 years ago and over a decade later completed a Master’s at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her goal was to bring health to patients and something was missing. Wanting more, she completed a two year fellowship in research at the University of British Columbia and published about health plights of immigrants and refugees. As a Clinical Professor at the University of British Columbia, she teaches medical and graduate students. A lifelong health nut, her current goal is to boldly celebrate her truth by integrating authenticity, connection and mind-body medicine into her own life and the work she does. She is currently writing a memoir about her 11 years of medical service in Afghanistan.
Maureen mcgrath, RN, NCA
Host, Sunday Night Sex Show, News Talk 980
CKNW, Vancouver, BC
Maureen McGrath hosts the Sunday Night Sex Show on News Talk 980 CKNW in Vancouver, British Columbia a live listener call-in radio program where she "talks the taboo." Maureen is the Executive Director of the Women’s Health Initiative Network. She is the author of the book, Sex & Health: Why One Can’t Come Without the Other. Maureen is an RN entrepreneur, a researcher, consultant and Sexual Health Educator in private practice in North Vancouver. She is a Huffington Post blogger. A sought-after speaker, she is the recipient of the 2009 Vancouver Coastal Health Nursing Excellence Award, a YWCA Women of Distinction Finalist and the 2016 Vancouver Board of Trade Women’s Leadership Circle, Wendy McDonald Community Catalyst Award. Maureen is a TEDx speaker and her talk on the Sexless Marriage has been viewed over 3.2 million times. She is passionate about raising awareness about male violence against women.
Diane McIntosh, BSc Pharmacy, MD, FRCPC
Psychiatrist, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
Dr. McIntosh graduated from Dalhousie University, where she completed an undergraduate degree in pharmacy before completing her medical school training and adult psychiatry residency. She is a clinical assistant professor at the University of British Columbia and has a busy private practice. She is extensively involved in continuing medical education programs to colleagues nationally and internationally, with a focus on rational pharmacology. She has a particular interest in the neurobiology of mood and anxiety disorders. Dr. McIntosh sits on the Board of Directors of CANMAT, the Canadian Network For Mood and Anxiety Treatments and the Advisory Board for CADDRA, the Canadian ADHD Research Association. She blogs about mental health issues for Huffington Post Canada.
Kevin Mcleod, MD, FRCPC
Internal Medicine Specialist, Lions Gate Hospital, Vancouver, BC
Kevin has been in practice for 13 years as an Internal Medicine Specialist on the North Shore and Lions Gate Hospital. He travels to Whitehorse 8 times per year to provide Internal Medicine care. His passion is disease prevention and he has run the North Shore Cardiac rehab program ever since starting at LGH. In an effort to improve the outcomes for patients with chronic disease he started Liberation Fitness 4 years ago. He has a focus on cardiac care, diabetes, and management of patients with more complex chronic disease. His goal is to prevent and where possible reverse the conditions that lead to disability and shortened life spans in our community. He has a busy family with 4 kids, a loving wife, 2 dogs, and 8 fish but by the time you read this he might be down to only 6 fish!
Siobhan O’Connell, Dip. Physio MCPA
Director, Trimetrics Physiotherapy Clinical Pilates and Complementary Health
President, Pilates Association of Canada, Vancouver, BC
Siobhan is a graduate in Physiotherapy of University College Dublin, Ireland1979. After moving to Vancouver in 1982 she gained wide general experience in Vancouver General and Lions Gate hospitals before entering private practice to specialize in musculoskeletal and orthopedic medicine.
Her personal core values are reflected in her professional model of Integrated Medicine. This recognizes the inseparable relationship between health of body, mind and spirit. In 2001, she founded Trimetrics Physiotherapy, Clinical Pilates and Complementary Health Clinic to commit fully to these values and deliver a unique more personalized model of care to Vancouver clients unsatisfied with “ quick fix “ approach. She believes in a comprehensive, sustainable, integrated approach to whole health.
Siobhan has supported her training in traditional orthopedic manual therapy, with further training in Clinical Pilates, Somatic Movement, Myofascial Release, Craniosacral Therapy (Upledger), Acupuncture, Functional Dry Needling (IMS), Peer Counseling (UBC) . She currently a student at Chopra Center where she is studying Ayurveda and certification in Primordial Sound Meditation under global mind – body health visionary, Dr Deepak Chopra.
Away from her clinic, Siobhan loves to garden, cook, hike, travel, study, listen to music, and host friends and family for fabulous feasts and juicy conversations whenever possible!
Jennifer Prince, MD, FRCSC
Board-certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Surrey, BC
Dr. Prince is a board-certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon working out of Royal Columbian and Surrey Memorial Hospitals. She trained at both the University of British Columbia and the prestigious Buncke Clinic, in San Francisco. She enjoys a broad practice with a mix of both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, and is an attending staff surgeon with the Division of Plastic Surgery of UBC. A large part of her practice involves the treatment of skin cancer and breast surgery, and she performs complex reconstructive procedures for patients who have had traumatic hand and facial injuries, burns and cancer removal. Her aesthetic practice ranges from body contouring, breast surgery, to facial rejuvenation surgery. She feels privileged and humbled to be involved in her patients’ lives and gets profound satisfaction from the impact her surgery can have on a patient’s function and quality of life. Outside of medicine, she is married and the mother of two school-aged children. She enjoys an active outdoor lifestyle with her family.
Lead Teacher, Dancing for Parkinsons, Vancouver, BC
Megan Walker Straight has been teaching contemporary dance since the 1980’s when she performed in the acclaimed New York City dance companies of Merce Cunningham, Lucinda Childs, Douglas Dunn, and Kenneth King.
Megan holds a BA in Dance from the University of California, Berkeley. She trained in the Hunter University of New York Masters program in Dance Therapy and at the Helix Institute for Psychotherapy and Spiritual Healing also in NYC. She has been teaching Contemporary dance in the School for Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University since 2000. In 2013 she was named a Cunningham Fellow by the Merce Cunningham Trust and has re-staged his dances in both NYC and Vancouver.
In 2015 Megan began her involvement with Dance for Parkinson’s and was awarded an Olie Westheimer Fellowship for research by the Brooklyn Parkinson’s Group and the Mark Morris Dance Group in New York. She is teaching dance class for people living with Parkinson's in West Vancouver and Vancouver.