Meet the Team


FRCPC Program

Dr. Zoë Polsky

Medical Student Liaison

Dr. Catherine Patocka

Program Director - FRCPC Program

    Dr. Marc Francis

    Assistant Program Director - FRCPC Program

      Madhavi Talasila

      Program Administrator


      CCFP-EM Program

      Dr. Jason Fedwick

      Program Director - CCFP-EM Program

        Madhavi Talasila

        Program Administrator


        Madhavi Talasila

        Program Administrator

        Tris Surendra

        Administration


          FRCPC Program – R5

          Ken Chan

          UBC

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          Ken joins the Calgary EM team after completing medical school at UBC.  Since high school, he has aspired to be a cast member of the popular show “ER" and is now fulfilling his destiny in the FRCPC program.  His interests include point of care ultrasound and critical care.  Outside of the hospital, you will find him playing volleyball, coaching volleyball, and refereeing volleyball!  His idea of fun relaxing activities include spending time with his fiancé, hanging out with friends, enjoying whiskey, watching movies, building Lego models, and kicking butt on his PS3.

            Steven Liu

            U of C

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            Born in Northern China, Steven moved to Calgary when he was 14 with his parents. Calgary was such an

            awesome city that Steven stayed here from high school all the way to med school. Now he is going to

            spend another amazing five years here for Emergency Medicine training! During his spare time, he

            enjoys hiking, archery, fencing, and classical music. He is very excited to join the Calgary Emergency

            Medicine program. His main areas of interest within Emergency Medicine include Toxicology and Point

            of Care Ultrasound. He is also an avid consumer of Emergency Medicine podcasts and hopes to

            contribute to the FOAMed community in the future.

              Dave Mainprize

              Western

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              Dave is a down to earth sports fanatic who lives for each moment he can spike a volleyball, slap a puck, climb a rock, kayak a lake or run a mountain trail. He also enjoys cooking, baking pies, Bernard Cornwell books and a fine glass of wine on a summer afternoon. Being in Calgary in the Emergency Medicine program he is literally “livin’ the dream”!

                Nick Packer

                Western


                  FRCPC Program – R4

                  Ryan Wilkie

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                  Born and raised in Calgary, Ryan graduated with a Bachelor's of Science and completed two years towards his Bachelor of Nursing at the University of Calgary. He was introduced to Emergency Medicine through working as a nursing aide in the Foothills ED. Volunteering at the ACH and at ultrasound courses have developed his EM interests in pediatrics and ultrasonography. Outside of medicine, he loves hanging out with friends whether it's playing sports, rafting the Bow River, or simply binge-watching Netflix. Ryan's new favourite activity is playing hockey. His enthusiasm on the ice is often overshadowed by his lack of skill.

                    Kelsey Ragan

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                    Kelsey grew up in Kamloops, BC, where she was raised on a steady rotation of downhill skiing, mountain biking and Garth Brooks sing-alongs. Before completing medical school at U of T, she completed her BSc in Neuroscience at UBC, as well as an MPH in Epidemiology at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health in Toronto. Beyond emergency medicine, her academic interests are in harm reduction, addiction medicine and toxicology. In her free time Kelsey can be found skiing, hiking, being unnecessarily competitive on recreational sports teams, baking with the intention of sharing and conducting scholarly research on the meaning of 90’s rap lyrics. She is beyond excited to be moving back West and to be joining the amazing Calgary EM family!

                      Katie Anker

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                      Fresh off the QE 2 Highway, Katie is happy to migrate south from Edmonton to join the Calgary EM family. She grew up playing sports, taking photos and briefly running a candy store out of her high school janitorial closet. After realizing her love for running and turning left, Katie competed on the Dino’s Cross Country and Track and Field team while completing her BSc in Cellular Biology (2012). Her current academic interests include resuscitation and vulnerable populations. In her free time she loves to run (much slower than she used to), bike, partake in any mountain activity and play board games with unnecessary intensity and borderline poor-sportsmanship. She is also in the process of learning Spanish, so please habla espanPhool if you see her.

                        Ryan Allen

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                        When not working or studying, Ryan can typically be found outdoors on an inclined plane of varying degrees or in his garage tinkering. Though a native Calgarian, Ryan completed his Mechanical Engineering undergrad in Victoria (2008) and Medical undergrad in Edmonton (2016). A serial hobbyist, Ryan obtained his private pilots license in 2013. Thrilled to be stationed back home, he plans to pursue a career in EM directed towards STARS, pre-hospital care and backcountry medicine


                          FRCPC Program – R3

                          Omar Damji

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                          Move over Gordon Ramsey, there's a new resident chef in town. Omar, a native Calgarian and sports fanatic, completed his undergraduate degree in health sciences along with his masters in neuroscience in Calgary. Most recently, he graduated from medical school in Calgary. It was during his time in medical school that Omar attained perhaps his greatest accomplisment; being crowned champion of his fantasy football league. After a solid day of hiking and tennis he likes nothing better than to open the ‘ol fridge and whip up a dish while hanging out with friends and family. We're not quite at Michelin quality, but there have been some down right savoury meals. Hungry? Why wait.

                            Miles Hunter

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                            Born at the Foothills hospital and raised about 15 minutes away from it, Miles couldn't be more excited to stay in his home city to join the Calgary EM family. Miles did his undergraduate degree in Biomechanics at the UofC while playing baseball for the Dinos before starting medical school in, you guessed it, Calgary. Outside of the hospital, Miles can be found playing baseball, hockey, skiing, golfing or just smiling and thinking about sports in general. Early EM interests for Miles include sports and pre-hospital medicine. Go Jays!

                              Tyson Savage

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                              After completing medical school in Ontario at Queen's University, Tyson is
                              beyond delighted to be back in his hometown as part of the Calgary EM family.
                              His academic interests include medical education, public health, and health
                              advocacy. Prior to starting medical school, Tyson worked as a civil engineer for
                              the Alberta Government, working largely on the Stoney Trail Ring Road project in
                              Calgary. When not in the emergency department, Tyson can be found attempting
                              improvisational acting, with unconventional dance moves and surprisingly
                              inaccurate accents. He may also be spotted escaping to the mountains on a day
                              off, where he will likely write poetry about escaping to the mountains on his day
                              off.

                                Brett Shaw

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                                Bio: Hailing from the west coast of BC, Brett did his BSc and MSc at Simon Fraser University before coming to Calgary for medical school. Outside of the hospital, Brett likes to spend his time exploring the Rocky Mountains, preferably “sending" on a new rock or ice climbing route. Academic interests include research, wilderness medicine, and prehospital care. Brett is thrilled to be joining the Calgary EM team!


                                  FRCPC Program – R2

                                  Sean Crooks

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                                  Sean was born and raised in the metropolis of Thunder Bay, Ont, a town where you could film a ‘feel good’ Tim Horton’s hockey commercial on any block. Somehow, he missed the memo and managed to avoid hockey altogether. He opted for the crunchy granola sport of cross-country skiing. After high school, Sean was fortunate to be named to the Canadian National/Olympic Cross Country Ski Team based in Canmore, Ab. He spent nearly a decade training and racing in unique places around the globe. In 2010, he retired from sport and began his undergraduate studies in Kinesiology, then medical school at the University of Calgary. Since then, Calgary has been home. His partner is a nurse and they are in an exciting phase of life with 2 young children that keep them on their toes. Most free time is spent looking for adventures with the kids through hiking, cycling and skiing. Sean’s three vices include coffee, road cycling and well-curated indie rock playlists. He is thrilled to be part of the Calgary EM program and meet everyone in the department!

                                    Meaghan MacKenzie

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                                    I grew up in Edmonton (forever #loyaltotheoil) where I completed my BSc in Kinesiology, but moved to Calgary for med school and was lucky enough to be able to stay! Despite my towering 5 ft 1 inches, I grew up playing a lot of basketball and volleyball, and am always game for an arcade basketball competition. Currently I (attempt to) run triathlons, as well as snowboard and play recreational volleyball in my spare time. My goal before finishing residency is to scuba dive in almost every ocean. Looking forward to working with you!

                                      Zoë Polsky

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                                      Regardless of temperature or season, you’ll find Zoe dressed head to toe in black, and more recently head to toe in blue. After completing her undergraduate degree at McGill, and consuming a lifetime supply of Montreal bagels, Zoe moved back to her home and native land of Calgary, Alberta. Graduating from medical school at the University of Calgary, Zoe could not feel luckier to be joining the Calgary EM family! Within medicine, she has a strong interest in harm reduction and addictions medicine, and outside of medicine she is an avid hiker, road biker, and die-hard CBC radio fan.

                                        Dana Stewart

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                                        Hi! I’m a born and raised Calgarian who is beyond excited to be a new member of the EM program in my hometown! I completed medical school in Calgary after finishing my Life Sciences degree at Queen’s University. In my free time you can find me trying to relive my glory days playing intramural basketball, going to spin classes, embarrassing myself at the driving range, or simply binge-watching Netflix with friends. Looking forward to meeting you all soon!


                                          FRCPC Program – R1

                                          Cody Dunne

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                                          After nearly three decades living in a province whose entire population is less than half of Calgary’s, Cody was ready to start a new adventure on the “mainland.” Born and raised on the island of Newfoundland, he recognized early that he had none of the musical talents that Newfoundlanders were known for and turned his attention to medicine instead. He completed his BSc in Chemistry and MD at Memorial University with developing interests in medical education, resuscitation & drowning prevention. When not at the hospital, you’re most likely to find Cody taste testing the local restaurant scene, rocking out to his favourite country music at the Stampede, or exploring Calgary’s outdoors with his pup, Epi. Most importantly, he’s thrilled to be joining the Calgary EM Team and can’t wait to meet everyone in the Department!

                                            Cara McCulloch

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                                            Cara grew up in the heart of northern BC, in a small town called Smithers, before leaving to pursue a degree in Kinesiology at UBC and then her MD through the Northern Medical Program at UBC. Prior to medical school Cara spent her summers roaming the remote BC forests and putting out wildfires, all the while dreaming of emergency and flight medicine.
                                            Outside of the hospital Cara loves doing anything in the mountains, and on any given day can be found either running, mountain biking, cross country skiing, back country skiing, or rock climbing - albeit typically with more enthusiasm than true skill. She is super excited to be joining the EM team in Calgary and getting to explore more of the Rocky Mountains!

                                              Jason Elzinga

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                                              Jason was born and raised in the small town Vineland, ON, aptly named for being at the heart of Niagara’s wine country. He then completed his B.Sc. in Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo before heading to Western University for medical school. He is now excited to be moving to Calgary to be a part of the emergency medicine program. Academic interests include medical education and simulation learning, quality improvement, and health system design. Outside of medicine, Jason loves playing volleyball and hockey, as well as hiking, biking and skiing. He is looking forward to exploring all of the great outdoor activities that Calgary and the surrounding areas have to offer!

                                                Natasha Goumeniouk

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                                                Natasha was born and raised on a small rock off the coast of BC. Dreaming of the “big city” she moved to Kingston, ON to complete both a Bachelor of Life Sciences and medical school at Queen’s University. Dreaming of world class EM training and nearby mountains she is thrilled to have now moved back west to Calgary for residency.

                                                She most closely resembles an over-caffeinated puppy and constantly needs to be entertained with hobbies—feel free to take her biking, hiking, skiing, scuba diving, running, kayaking, reading, dancing, flying, or climbing. Frequent snacks are recommended.

                                                Academically, Natasha has a fond interest for aerospace and aviation as well as mentorship in medical training and simulation. When not decked out in scrubs she can be found wearing Patagonia in the wilderness or scheming up her next international adventure.


                                                  CCFP-EM Program

                                                  Dustin Janz

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                                                  I am very excited to get the year going and I feel privileged to be selected amongst this group. In a past life I worked as a forest fire fighter for the government of BC in the summers while studying at McGill before sneaking into medicine at UBC. My interests outside of medicine include reading, hockey, skiing and fishing. More recently I’ve taken to being an unpaid intern on the side at a small start up (my partners kombucha company).

                                                    Tahara Bhate

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                                                    Thrilled to be joining the EM family here in Calgary. Born and raised in Vancouver, I managed to complete 3 degrees at UBC (Undergrad (Biochem), Masters (Clin Epi) and Medical School) before finally joining the migration across the Rockies. After completing residency here, I’ve been in practice for two years here as an ICU Outreach Physician and Hospitalist, as well as being involved in QI and UME education. And while I will complain every winter about the weather, Calgary is most definitely home now! Professionally, I am really passionate about anything/everything with simulation, and also get excited about QI and health policy, so much so that I actually completed a policy fellowship sponsored by the Canadian government last year. Outside of work, I love to travel, and also enjoy anything arts and culture related – I am a sucker for street festivals. Most of all I am really into music – always happy to check out a new band or artist with any fellow residents!

                                                      Asad Hanif

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                                                      I was born in Pakistan and grew up in Toronto, Ontario. I went to University of Alberta for medical school and McMaster University for family medicine residency. Outside of medicine, I like to spend time with my wife and two kids. I also enjoy watching basketball and cricket, and reading about new electronic gadgets. My family and I are very excited to come to Calgary for next part of my training and career.

                                                        Herman Johal

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                                                        Born on the mean streets of Prince George, BC. I stayed out of trouble by playing sports year-round including basketball, soccer and boxing. Being too attached to mom’s home cooking, I stuck around Northern BC to complete my undergrad in Biochemistry as well as medical school at UBC’s Northern Medical Program. When it came time to leave the nest, I took my talents to southern Alberta in order to complete my rural family medicine residency at U of C and Lethbridge before entering the EM program in Calgary.
                                                        When I’m not in the ED I am trying to find the next pickup ball game, new biking locations, or anything active to avoid becoming obese from new eats and breweries. Academically I have interests in POCUS and critical care within the ED. Excited to meet the Calgary team and Raptors in 7!

                                                          Ben Sheppard

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                                                          Born and raised between the mountains and the ocean in North Vancouver, I completed my BSc at UVic and MD and CCFP at UBC in the Rural Okanagan Program. When the stethoscope is off, I am avid outdoor adventurer. I can be found relentlessly chasing powder days, hiking and camping in the backcountry, riding my bicycle, travelling the world and occasionally pulling out residual gymnastics talents at opportune moments. I couldn’t be happier to be joining the Calgary EM crew and look forward to the many challenges and adventures ahead.

                                                            Shelly Chopra

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                                                            Shelly Chopra was born in Vancouver, British Columbia and completed her family medicine residency program in Nanaimo, British Columbia. She is always eager to spend time outside, values building community wherever she lives, and loves to gain perspective through travel, food, and hearing people’s life stories. Her professional interests include medical education, specifically simulation-based learning and resident wellness, and healthcare systems improvement.

                                                              Daniel Metcalf

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                                                              I'm Dan. I grew up in the Okanagan, skiing Silver Star in the winter and working on my sunburn in the summer. I went to the coast and finished my undergrad and medical degree at UBC. I have spent the last two years in Abbotsford for residency. I'm very excited to be coming to Calgary for the EM program! When I'm not working, I try to get outside to hike, bike, camp or ski as much as I can!

                                                                Gregory Beller

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                                                                Hailing originally from Vancouver but growing up in remote Northern Ontario, Greg dreamt of scoring the Stanley Cup overtime winning goal. After high school his hockey adventures took him from New York City’s concrete jungle to the Deep South of Columbus, Georgia and just about everywhere in-between. As his aging body broke down he traded in his skates for a stethoscope. He completed medical school in Winnipeg at the University of Manitoba, and then Family Medicine residency in Edmonton. His interests vary paradoxically between playing hockey, skiing, and hiking up mountains to lying comatose on the couch watching the latest TV shows on his beloved projector. Greg is thrilled to be joining the EM program in Calgary!