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.
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.
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!
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.
Niamh Tallon MB BCh BAO, FRCSC
Clinical Assistant Professor, UBC 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.