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.
Callie Bland, BSc, BSN, RN, CPCC, PCC
CEO, Executive Coach and Registered Nurse, Coach Callie, Vancouver, BC
Callie Bland (Coach Callie) is an Executive Coach, Registered Nurse and CEO of Coach Callie Consulting Inc. She has over 15 years experience working in both public and private healthcare systems in Canada and the US. Callie partners with clients to support them in a variety of areas including leadership development, team functioning, effective communication, career transition, personal resilience, and work/life satisfaction.
Callie has created and facilitated leadership development workshops for physicians, allied healthcare professionals and healthcare leaders. She helps organizations to create a culture that leverages the strengths of individuals and optimizes team performance to improve patient care.
Lori A. Brotto, PhD., R. Psych.
Professor, Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of British Columbia, Executive Director, Women's Health Research Institute of BC, Vancouver, BC
Dr. Lori Brotto is a Professor in the UBC Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and a Registered Psychologist in Vancouver, Canada. She is the Executive Director of the Women's Health Research Institute of BC located at BC Women’s Hospital. Dr. Brotto holds a Canada Research Chair in Women's Sexual Health. She is the director of the UBC Sexual Health Laboratory where research primarily focuses on developing and testing psychological and mindfulness-based interventions for women with sexual desire and arousal difficulties and women with chronic genital pain. Dr. Brotto is an Associate Editor for the Archives of Sexual Behavior, has over 160 peer-reviewed publications, is the Sexual Health expert writer for the Globe and Mail, and is frequently featured in the media on topics related to sexuality. Her book, Better Sex Through Mindfulness: How Women Can Cultivate Desire is a trade book of her research demonstrating the benefits of mindfulness for women’s sexual concerns, by Greystone Publishing, released in April 2018.
Annie Y. Chou, 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.
Genesa Greening, CFRE
President & CEO, BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre Foundation, Vancouver, BC
Genesa M. Greening is an advocator and disrupter committed to transforming the public discourse on women’s rights. She has been a senior executive in the not-for-profit sector for over 20 years and has led and advised more than twenty charitable causes to fundraise over 250 million dollars in British Columbia, the United States and abroad. She served as the Executive Director of First United, an inner-city organization committed to the struggle for social justice, offering advocacy, hospitality, and housing. Prior to that, she served as Acting Chief Operating Officer of Dream Corps a social justice incubator in Oakland, California founded by civil rights lawyer, former White House staffer, and CNN political correspondent Van Jones. Genesa also held senior roles with KCI (Canada’s largest fundraising consultancy firm), working extensively with VGH + UBC, Surrey Memorial, Royal Columbian, Burnaby, and Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundations, among others.
As President + CEO of BC Women’s Hospital Foundation she has led the organization through a strategic re-envisioning to become a pan provincial organization committed to ensuring women have access to the highest quality healthcare when, where, and how they need it.
Dedeshya Holowenko, B.Sc (gold medal) MD, CCFP-EM, FCFP
Vice Chair, North Shore Division of Family Practice, Strategic Lead, Physician Focus Initiatives,
Family Physician, Women's Health & Menopause Management, Patient and Physician Advocate
Dr. Holowenko moved from Winnipeg with her family in 2013. She has a family practice in West Vancouver and also works at Capilano University in there Student Health Clinic. Dr. Holowenko enjoys teaching medical students and residents at her clinics.
Over the last few years Dr. Holowenko has become more involved in local health initiatives, such as working to establish a local chronic pain clinic, opioid withdrawal clinic, and education sessions on marijuana use. She has been supporting collaborative efforts with Vancouver Costal Health, the North Shore Division of Family Practice, community and hospital partners.
Dr. Holowenko is very much enjoying Vancouver and the surrounding areas. She is very much looking forward to the summer months when she enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking and paddle boarding in the summer.
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.
Sonya Kashyap, MD, MSc, MSc Epi, FRCSC, FACOG
Medical Director, Genesis Fertility Clinic, Vancouver, BC
In 2013, Dr. Kashyap became the medical director and owner of Genesis Fertility Centre. She is most proud of how Genesis has since elevated the bar for outcomes in assisted reproductive technologies and IVF in Vancouver and Canada.
Dr. Sonya Kashyap is now the new reproductive endocrinology and infertility ( REI) graduate fellowship program director for the UBC. She was competitively selected to direct, teach and mentor the next generation of physician leaders in the fields of REI, IVF ( in vitro fertilization) and ART ( assisted reproductive technologies).
Dr Kashyap is passionate about helping individuals and couples build families how and when it is best for them and with the best chances possible. Genesis Fertility Centre had the first egg freezing baby in Vancouver and she also loves to see women empowered by understanding their reproductive options. She believes that reproductive freedom is essential to experience equality at home and work.
Trina Larsen Soles, BA, MSc, MD
President, Doctors of BC
Dr. Trina Larsen Soles is a rural generalist GP who has practiced in Golden BC for 31 years. She was the only woman physician when she joined the group and started out doing a lot of well woman care and obstetrics. She is in a group practice and her work includes clinic, ER, hospital inpatients, obstetrics, oncology and palliative care, and teaching. She is finishing her term as President of Doctors of BC. She has an interest in advocacy for system change, particularly around patient access issues, rural patient transport issues, and highlighting the challenges and work of physicians. She was previously the President of the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada and has been involved in health policy at both Doctors of BC and the CMA. She has been married for 31 years and has three grown children.
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!
Bob Mehr, R.Ph, FIACP
Founder, President & CEO, Pure Integrative Pharmacy, Vancouver, B.C
Bob Mehr has over twenty-eight years of experience in the pharmacy practice. He is the founder & president of PURE INTEGARTIVE PHARMACIES. Beginning his career in healthcare as a Compounding Pharmacist, Bob has developed into a business innovator and industry leader. He began Pure Integrative Pharmacy from the understanding that our approach to health and wellness needed to head in a new direction. Focusing on preventative medicine and promoting vitality, Bob’s vision was to combine a holistic and integrative health model with traditional pharmacy services. In realizing his vision, Bob has managed to create pharmacies like no other.
Bob takes an active role in community by participating in charitable events and holding regular health seminars and has been a philanthropist in the area of health and education. He has an enthusiastic, helpful and vibrant attitude, and it translates into every Pure Pharmacy location. Three things that Bob values most: family, community and health. His devotion to the pharmacy profession earned him the title of top Compounding Pharmacist and many prestigious awards in the field of pharmacy in Canada. Bob is a member of many reputable professional associations including the BC College of Pharmacists, the British Columbia Pharmacy Association, the Professional Compounding Center of America, International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists, and the University of British Columbia Alumni.
Chief Strategy Office, BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre Foundation, Vancouver, BC
Jen Murtagh is driven by making positive impact and change in her community. As Chief Strategy Officer of BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre Foundation, she contributes to the advancement of both women and newborn health in our province. Previous to joining BC Women’s, Jen held positions as CEO of Minerva BC and Executive Director of CKNW Kids Fund.
Jen is a Business in Vancouver Forty Under 40 Alumni, recipient of the TELUS Women of Promise Award by the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade and a finalist for the YWCA Women of Distinction Award in the community building category. She sits on the WNORTH Conference Board of Advisors and Little Flower Academy Board of Directors. She lives in Steveston and is both a mom (and stepmom) to four children.
Lois Nahirney, PHD.
Founder, President & CEO, dnaPower Inc. and SkinDNA Canada Inc., Vancouver, BC
Dr. Lois Nahirney is the Founder, President and CEO of dnaPower Inc. and SkinDNA Canada Inc. Her businesses are revolutionizing preventative healthcare by bringing state of the art DNA information to people to help them make better diet, fitness and health decisions based on their unique genetic makeup.
Lois advised the BC government on gender equity as Chair of the Premier’s Women’s Economic Council, and creates impact in the community as Chair of the Vancouver Women’s Executive Network, Co-Chair of the BC Economic Forum: We for She, board member for Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards, and board member of Vietnam Education Society, a family charity that builds schools in Vietnam and sends girls at high-risk of being trafficked to summer camps and school on scholarships.
For her work, Lois has been recognized with awards from Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100, BIV Influential Women in Business, YWCA Women of Distinction and BC Business Women of Influence.
Lois has studied, lived, worked and traveled around the world. She is a yoga, travel and hiking enthusiastic, has traveled over 65 countries, climbed Kilimanjaro and many peaks in Peru, Tibet and Nepal. She has a special affinity for Asia where she adopted identical twins from Vietnam, one who is transgendered. She lives in North Vancouver with her family, dog and cats.
Desiree Nielsen, BSc, RD
TV Host, The Urban Vegetarian Co-founder, My Healthy Gut, Vancouver, BC
Desiree Nielsen is a registered dietitian in private practice, with a focus on plant-based, anti-inflammatory and digestive health nutrition. She received her degree from the University of British Columbia and completed her dietetic internship at Capital Health (now Alberta Health Edmonton). She is the host of The Urban Vegetarian on Gusto TV and the author of Un-Junk Your Diet and the upcoming Eat More Plants, both books on anti-inflammatory living. A regular contributor to local and national media, Desiree is passionate about sharing practical and progressive nutrition advice to help people live their healthiest lives while advocating for advances in nutritional care. She sits on the board of the Institute for Personalized Therapeutic Nutrition and is the co-founder of MyHealthyGut, the world’s first complete nutritional self-management app for celiac disease.
Siobhan O’Connell, Dip. Physio MCPA
President, Pilates Association of Canada, Certified Chopra Meditation Instructor, Vancouver, BC
Siobhan is a graduate of University College Dublin, 1979. 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 orthopaedic 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 which is now well supported by an increasing body of medical evidence. Siobhan has supported her traditional training in Orthopaedic manual therapy, with further advanced training in Clinical Pilates, Posturology, Somatic Movement, Myofascial release, Cranio-sacral therapy (Upledger), Acupuncture, Functional Dry Needling (IMS), Peer Counselling (UBC) .She is now delighted to be certified by world thought leader in mind body medicine, Dr Deepak Chopra to teach Primordial Sound Meditation for stress management and wellbeing, one to one and in workshop format. She is the founder and director of Trimetrics Physiotherapy Clinical Pilates and Complementary Health (2001) currently the only physiotherapy clinic in Canada to offer these integrated services.
Away from her clinic, Siobhan loves to garden, cook, hike, travel, study, listen to music and host family and friends for fabulous feasts and conversation whenever possible.
Claire Snyman, BSc. Diet, Postgrad. Dip.DieT
Author, Speaker, Patient Advocate, Two Steps Forward, Vancouver, BC
Claire Snyman is an author, blogger and advocate for patient and healthcare collaboration. She is passionate about inspiring people to put their health in their own hands. After her diagnosis with a non-malignant brain tumor and brain surgery, she realized the importance of partnering with her health care team and being her body’s own advocate.
Claire has developed a TEAM Approach for Empowering Patients, which helps people transition to being activated patients – ones who can collaborate effectively with their health care team. She recently spoke at TEDxStanleyPark 2018 and speaks at various other health-related conferences. She is co-author of a collaborative patient-neurosurgeon scientific study and is currently in the initiation phase of a second study. Claire lives in Vancouver with her husband and son and in her spare time, you can find her out in nature, enjoying the beauty of Vancouver.
AlLison Sutton MD, FRCPC, FAAD
Dermatologist, Sutton Cosmetics, Vancouver, BC
Dr. Allison Sutton is a Dermatologist in Vancouver, BC. She opened her Vancouver Cosmetic and Medical Dermatology practice in 2015 after working as the Director of Aesthetic Dermatology for the University of Texas’ Health Sciences Centre in San Antonio. She is passionate about skincare and helping patients feel their best. Dr. Sutton received her medical degree from the University of British Columbia, completed her residency in Dermatology at the University of Toronto, and did a fellowship in Aesthetic Dermatology in San Antonio, Texas. She is both a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada as well as a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology.
She has received numerous awards including the 2015 Super Doctors® Rising StarSM for being an outstanding practicing doctor in Texas, a national Excellence in Resident Teaching Award from the Canadian Dermatology Association and she graduated from medical school with the Gold Medal and the honour of being a Wesbrook Scholar. She has been recognized for both professional and academic excellence throughout her entire career.
Niamh Tallon MB BCh BAO, FRCSC
Clinical Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia, Fertility Specialist, Olive Fertility, Vancouver, BC
Dr. Niamh Tallon received her medical training at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. She went on to complete a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Saskatchewan and then came to Vancouver to pursue a fellowship in Gynecologic Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (GREI) at the University of British Columbia.
In addition to having a busy private practice treating fertility at Olive Fertility Centre, Dr. Tallon is a Clinical Assistant Professor at UBC and actively involved in resident and medical student teaching. She works as part of a team of healthcare providers at the women’s reproductive health program, BCWH, dealing with early pregnancy complications.
Dr. Tallon’s special interest includes the impact of aging on fertility treatments and developing strategies to overcome this. She has co-authored a guideline for fertility preservation in reproductively aged women, and is passionate about empowering women with knowledge about their own reproductive health.
Dr. Tallon lives in Vancouver with her husband and 2 children. Her own fertility challenges have given her a special empathy and understanding of what her patients are going through.
District General Manager - Western Canada, Tesla
Fereshteh Zeineddin is a retail executive with over 10 years of experience working for a number of global brands. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Marketing from UBC and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School. Fereshteh started her professional career as an Account Executive with L’Oreal Canada. After completing her MBA in 2010, she joined Louis Vuitton and took on the role of Client Development and Business Analysis Manager at the Canadian headquarters in Toronto. Through her many interactions with the stores, Fereshteh quickly discovered a passion for retail operations and people management. Since that time, she has held retail management positions with Louis Vuitton Hotel Vancouver, Nordstrom Vancouver and Tesla. She is currently the District General Manager for Western Canada at Tesla. Fereshteh and her husband Ahmad live on the North Shore and spend much of their free time with their two daughters, Zoya and Hannah, at local mountains, beaches and parks.