Sam was born in Victoria and was raised back and forth between a rural farm in Saskatchewan and on beautiful Vancouver Island.
After a few years as a paramedic with the ambulance service in various parts of BC, he transitioned into the Island Medical Program. Sam is involved with teaching & simulation with the medical school in Victoria as well as the paramedic academy.
He is currently specializing in an Emergency Medicine Residency at UBC, but is excited to always keep his passion for EMS and field medicine alive! Will never get tired of throwing in an IV.
PCP MD FRCPC (EM)
Physician Facilitator Team
Dirk grew up in Calgary, and after a short jaunt up the QE2 for Medical School in Edmonton, he is now back in Calgary as an Emergency Medicine resident.
Having worked as a Primary Care Paramedic before medicine, Dirk has a keen interest in remote, austere and transport medicine and still works as a paramedic and resident physician with Canada Task Force 2.
While he’s a city boy, he spends most of his spare time playing in rural Alberta and is super excited to help support rural physicians grow skills to take care of the sickest patients in some of the most challenging circumstances in medicine!
PCP MD, PGY-3 (EM)
Physician Facilitator Team
Mary grew up in the sticks of Bancroft, Ontario where she developed her love for the outdoors and passion for rural medicine.
She was the co-chair for the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada Student Committee and spent much of her time in rural EDs while studying medicine at the University of Toronto. She eagerly joined the Calgary Emergency Medicine Program and hopes to support rural medicine throughout her career.
Recognizing rural resuscitation is uniquely challenging, she is excited join the RnR team to support learners, and hopefully learn a few things herself.
Kira completed medical school in Ottawa, ON before trading in lakes for mountains and joining the Calgary Emergency Medicine Residency Program.
Her academic interests include simulation, resuscitation and transport medicine. The RnR program is the perfect for avenue for pursing these passions while exploring the joys and challenges of working in resource limited settings.
Natasha grew up on one of BC’s many small coastal islands, where her first experiences with the emergency medical system involved helicopters, water taxis, and ferries. She is a graduate of Queen’s Medicine, where she completed an integrated rural clerkship and spent much of her educational time in rural EDs. Having recently made her way back to western Canada, she is now training in the FRCP Emergency Medicine program in Calgary.
Natasha’s interests lie in simulation, human factors, and transport medicine. She is as enthusiastic about the outdoors as she is rural resuscitation and hopes to grow with the program to foster skills to help her best serve a community that lets her balance medicine and the mountains.
Tristan is a (permanent) transplant from Calgary to the wonders of island living.
In addition to completing the FRCPC emergency medicine residency program in Victoria, Tristan has a masters degree in Disaster Medicine.
Tristan is also involved with the BC Mobile Medical Unit providing on-site clinical training throughout Rural British Columbia, and has an interest in emergency medical care in rural and austere environments.
Aimee grew up in Canmore, Alberta and was lucky enough to learn medicine in over 20 rural communities across five provinces and territories.
You can now find her practicing as a rural generalist between the Saanich Peninsula, the Bow Valley and the Arctic circle. In her other waking hours, she chairs the Rural and Small Urban section at CAEP and explores the outdoors.
She understands the challenges with maintaining high acuity and low volume resuscitation skills, especially while working in a rural setting. She is passionate about rural medicine and supporting other rural physicians in obtaining competence and confidence in critical skills, while bringing evidence-based high-quality care to the patients in their communities. She looks forward to learning along-side all of you.
Colton grew up as a farm kid while being the black sheep in a family of veterinarians. He comes by rural honestly having grown up, playing junior hockey, and working as a mechanic in rural towns before pursuing medicine.
Colton has recently completed a fellowship in Family Practice Anesthesia at the University of Calgary. When he is not in the hospital you can find him hiking, biking, climbing, skiing, camping, or playing hockey.
With a passion for learning and a love of rural critical care Colton looks forward to helping out the rest of the team and fellow rural generalists provide enhanced patient care.
Jyl grew up on a farm in Saskatchewan so rural medicine has always been an interest. After completing med school and a family residency in Saskatchewan, she moved to Edmonton to complete a year of emergency training. The bulk of her career has been spend in Yellowknife.
In Yellowknife she got the opportunity to practice emergency medicine, family practice, hospitalist and anesthesia. She was the medical director for the air ambulance and got the opportunity to see many small communities.
The north provided amazing experiences both professionally and personally, meeting her husband there (plus she became a pretty good fisherman)
Two children later, Jyl now lives in Calgary working just outside the city in urgent care and has a part time family practice in the city.
She is new to the RnR program and is excited to be part of the team.
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Colin is a graduate of UBC’s Island Medical Program. The acuity and breadth of Rural Emergency Medicine captured his interest early on in his medical career.
While in medical school, Colin co-chaired UBC’s province-wide Mass Gathering Medicine Club, a group dedicated to providing enhanced training to medical students to facilitate their involvement in field-hospital medicine at remote music festivals, Ironmans and community events.
Colin is also passionate about Point-of-Care Ultrasound (PoCUS), dedicating extracurricular time to enhancing his skills and teaching, as well as conducting research on the use of PoCUS to improve patient care in rural environments like the Pemberton Music Festival.
He is looking forward to honing his skills through residency and promoting advances in rural resuscitation and Emergency Medicine.
BSc MD FRCPC(EM)
Physician Facilitator Team
Besides practicing as a physician in rural emergency departments and urgent care centres, Anthony is an event doctor at music festivals, sporting events, and local mass gatherings.
He enjoys creating and producing things! This includes innovative curriculum in his role as a medical school course chair, movies for 48-hour film contests, and atypical medical simulations. He has designed and facilitated in-situ music festival medical simulations, online music festival medical simulations, in-flight medical emergency simulations, lifeguard simulations, teamwork simulations in the form of an escape game, on-call simulations using escape game puzzles, and code blue simulations using sticky notes to post orders.
Anthony is excited to contribute his experience in simulation innovation and facilitation to RnR Rounds, where he can learn with others and from others.
BHSc(Hons) MD CCFP(EM)
Director of Education | Physician Facilitator Team
Jonathan Wallace is the physician equivalent of a hobo. He roams the Canadian Wilderness in an electric car or single-engine Cessna to help out rural/remote hospitals in need.
Jonathan practices various combinations of emergency medicine, GP-anaesthesia, rural critical care, transport medicine, ultrasonography and/or chronic pain management depending on location and need. He also has an obsessive-compulsion to teach and share hard-earned rural medical wisdom with anyone who cares to listen.
Jonathan is a retired magician, likes to eat chocolate, plays the ukulele while singing to himself and has a wife and two kids who support and inspire him everyday.
MD CCFP(EM,FPA) RDMS
Director of Logistics/Finance | Physician Facilitator Team
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