Meet the Team

FRCPC Program

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Dr. Kelsey Ragan

Medical Student Liaison


Dr. Sarah McPherson

Program Director - FRCPC Program


    Dr. Marc Francis

    Assistant Program Director - FRCPC Program

      Madhavi Talasila

      Program Administrator

      CCFP-EM Program


      Dr. Aaron Johnston

      Program Director - CCFP-EM Program

        Madhavi Talasila

        Program Administrator

        Madhavi Talasila

        Program Administrator


        Judy Mackay

        Visiting Electives Coordinator


          Tris Surendra


            FRCPC Program – R5


            Paul McKenna

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            Born and raised in the province's capital, Paul plans to work tirelessly over the next 5 years to challenge the notion that 'the only good thing to come out of Edmonton was the road to Calgary'. Outside of the ED, you're likely to find him on the ski hill, golf course, or mountain bike trails. Though he won't be cheering for the Flames any time soon, he couldn't be more excited to join the amazing Calgary EM family and be closer to the mountains.


              Patty Lee

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              Patty happily returned home to Calgary after completing medical school at the University of Alberta. She loves friend workouts with the emerg crew, including spin, skiing, mountain biking and hiking. In her spare time you'll find her travelling with her husband Dorian, enjoying coffee at Monogram, and embarking on culinary adventures at home or on the town!

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                Karl Phillips

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                Prior to coming to Calgary Karl attended medical school at the University of Saskatchewan where he also finished his BA in philosophy and his BSc in physiology while playing football for the university. In the program Karl is known to dance the wildest, hug the hardest, and whisper the least. He has a very hard time turning down an invite for patio beers, or a bike ride to Prince's Island park to throw a frisbee around. When it's too cold for either of those things, he's still always down for foosball in a pub or a day trip to the mountains. Karl and his wife Leah are expecting their first baby in March 2016, and are excited and terrified for this wonderfully life changing event. Karl approves this message.


                  Natasha Wright

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                  Lovingly referred to as ‘honey mittz’ (with a z) by her co-residents is a born and raised Calgarian and likes warm hugs.
                  She enjoys martial arts, skiing, hiking and has recently discovered a new passion for indoor cycling.
                  In addition to her active lifestyle she also has the spirit of an 80 year old and enjoys knitting various creations by the fireplace while enjoying a cup of hot milk (before retiring to bed with at least 18 pillows and several knitted blankets).
                  Has additional interests in paediatric emergency medicine and end of life care.

                    FRCPC Program – R4


                    Hilary Ambrose

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                    I grew up in Calgary and then went away to complete an Honours Business Administration degree at the Richard Ivey School of Business and medical school at McGill University.  I am thrilled to be back in Calgary.  In my time off I like to ski, mountain bike and travel.  Calgary emerg is the best!


                      Sean Fair

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                      Sean lives in a world where anything is possible (at least according to his mom). Every successive year in Calgary exceeds his expectations and could he NOT be happier in Calgary! When he's not ferreting out ED procedures off-service, you can find him turning out pizzas, bisques and chateaubriand for his co-residents and making everyone else look decidedly less intense by comparison.
                      He's currently in Auckland, NZ working on a flight fellowship and growing his Hobbit feet.


                        Chase Krook

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                        Chase hails from the sleepy town of Medicine Hat, Alberta where he grew up kicking tumbleweeds, exploring the "coulees," and getting into moderate amounts of small-town trouble. He's left behind his black haired and steel studded metal band alter-ego for a different life in Calgary attempting to rock the world of some of the busiest and best ED's in Canada. He enjoys mountain biking, fly-fishing and hiking in the Rockies with his fiancé Lauren. He's a McDavidSaviour hopeful who has an interest in ED administration and patient advocacy, as well as watching videos of cats acting like dogs. He's stoked to be part of the Calgary team!


                          Ion Leah

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                          Ion was born in Moldova, grew up in Russia and has a "lovely Scottish accent."

                          He enjoys  Nordic and Alpine skiing, fishing, kayaking and loves the Rockies!


                            Katie Lin

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                            ID: Female raised on Pokemon and instant noodles

                            CC: Resident

                            PMHx: University of Calgary MD Class of 2014 (aka: Hellbenders)

                            HPI: Calgarian girl with a not-so-hidden nerdy streak who spends a gratuitous amount of time on Netflix marathons, video games, and an assortment of random hobbies (including scuba-diving, terrarium building, crocheting Mario characters, flying planes, hyperventilating on mountain bike trails, and happily bailing out on various cross-country ski tracks). Further characterized by interests in medical education, critical care, prehospital medicine, and acute stroke management.

                            Settled for medicine when her Hogwarts letter failed to arrive in the mail.  Clearly their loss.

                              FRCPC Program – R3


                              Ken Chan


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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.

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                                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


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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”!


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                                      FRCPC Program – R2

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                                      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.

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                                        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!

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                                          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.

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                                            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

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                                              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.

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                                                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

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                                                    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!

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                                                      Harinee Surendra

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                                                      I am passionate about medical education and innovation, especially simulation-based modalities. I completed medical school in Calgary, and recently graduated from family medicine residency in Toronto. Prior to returning to the University of Calgary for further training in emergency medicine, I've worked in several community and rural emergency departments in Ontario and Alberta. In my free time, I enjoy pottery, traveling the globe, hiking and kayaking.


                                                        Braden Teitge

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                                                        My family left me in this beautiful province long ago, leaving for the promised land of warm BC winters, but not before Alberta made an indelible mark on my heart. Nothing beats an Alberta summer thinking there is no better place on earth, and then questioning your life choices four months later when the air hurts your face. Most of my free time is spent outdoors, trying to keep up with my fiancé Kaela on a mountain bike, hiking boots, or skis. When I am not outside I am shouting at the TV screen watching hockey and March Madness. In fact, over the last ten years, due to years of repeated heartbreak and emotional rollercoasters, I switched from cheering for the Canucks to cheering for the Oilers. I am really looking forward to working with the very talented residents and staff here in Calgary.

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                                                          Kimchi Nguyen

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                                                          Kimchi grew up in Calgary and completed her MD/MSc at the University of Calgary. She has spent the last four years exploring British Columbia, finishing her family medicine training in Vancouver and working throughout BC. Pastimes include kicking and screaming at karate, chasing pow on her snowboard, getting lost in exotic foreign lands because of her poor navigational skills, and whipping up a batch of chia-spinach muffins (trust her - they’re not as disgusting as they sound). Kimchi is beyond excited to be coming home and joining the EM crew in Calgary.

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                                                            Jasdeep Gill

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                                                            Born and raised in Calgary, I took a detour to the University of Alberta for medical school and residency where I spent six years making great friends and memories. The draw of coming home to practice emergency medicine was too strong so I pulled a LeBron James and decided to return to where it all started. Outside of medicine you can find me playing basketball, hockey, or soccer and hanging out with my friends and extended family.

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                                                              Lucy Jiang

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                                                              Hi! I am an expert packer/mover who migrated from Ottawa to Calgary to Vancouver for med school, and back for residency. I like many things, but especially enjoy reading dystopian future novels, carpool karaoke, cooking 4-course gourmet meals for myself (just because), and dancing (salsa&hip hop!!). Looking forward to this busy, whirlwind next year!

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                                                                Amanda Schreiner

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                                                                I was born in Calgary and raised in Cochrane, Alberta. My spare time is spent trying to explore as many small towns and cities in Canada as possible. I completed Family Medicine residency in Black Diamond, Alberta and it made me love every new day at work more than the last. When I’m not hanging out in Black Diamond, you can find me attempting amateur nighttime photography of the stars or dragging my friends and family to unpopular vacation destinations that are cold, snowy, and 200 miles from the nearest mainland. I can’t wait to love what I do even more in the CCFP-EM program in Calgary.

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                                                                  Harsimranjit Singh

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                                                                  Born in India, I moved to Montreal when I was 10 years old and began my love for the Canadiens. I grew up in Calgary and completed my B.Sc. in Kinesiology and medical degree at the UofC. I decided to explore the west coast and completed my FM training at UBC.
                                                                  Being around the mountains I have come to love hiking and anything outdoors. In my free time, I enjoy binge watching Netflix, trying out all of the vegetarian restaurants in town, frequently getting my butt kicked in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and have recently gotten into road biking. I am looking forward to starting the year and meeting everyone!

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                                                                    Allison Sweeney

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                                                                    Originally from Kenora, Ontario, I grew up loving everything to do with the great outdoors. During summer months, you'd find me swimming in Lake of the Woods from sunrise to sunset. I have jumped around the provinces; completing my undergrad in Manitoba, medical school at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine and Family Medicine Residency training in Red Deer, Alberta. In my spare time I enjoy running, curling and knocking down walls for home renovation projects. I am thrilled to be joining the Calgary CCFP-EM crew in 2017!