Meet the Team

FRCPC Program – R5

Dr. Omar Damji

Dr. Omar Damji

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.

Dr. Brett Shaw

Dr. Brett Shaw

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!

Dr. Miles Hunter

Dr. Miles Hunter

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!

Dr. Tyson Savage

Dr. Tyson Savage

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 and dancing using unconventional moves. 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.

FRCPC Program – R4

Dr. Sean Crooks

Dr. Sean Crooks

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!

Dr. Dana Stewart

Dr. Dana Stewart

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!

Dr. Meaghan Mackenzie

Dr. Meaghan Mackenzie

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!

Dr. Zoe Polsky

Dr. Zoe Polsky

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.

FRCPC Program – R3

Dr. Cody Dunne

Dr. Cody Dunne

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!

Dr. Cara McCulloch

Dr. Cara McCulloch

Medical Student Liaison

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!

Dr. Jason Elzinga

Dr. Jason Elzinga

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!

Dr. Natasha Goumeniouk

Dr. Natasha Goumeniouk

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.

FRCPC Program – R2

Dr. Kira Genise

Dr. Kira Genise

Kira hails from the nations capital where she completed her undergraduate and medical degrees. Having lived briefly in BC, she got a taste of the mountain life and yearned for adventure in the wild west. She traded politics and BeaverTails for the excitement of Calgary and mountains. When not saving lives, she spends her time outside running, biking, hiking and camping.

Dr. Scott Wakeham

Dr. Scott Wakeham

Scott was born and raised in Dawson Creek, BC. After making the leap across the border and graduating from pharmacy school at U of A, Scott moved to Ontario and graduated from medical school at Queen’s University. He’s excited to be back in Alberta and a few provinces away from bagged milk. Scott enjoys hiking, kayaking, camping, baking, cross country skiing, and yoga. As an escape room enthusiast, he is also excited to see where he can escape from in Calgary. Academically, Scott’s early interests are in toxicology, addiction medicine, and health advocacy.

Dr. Bobby Johnston

Dr. Bobby Johnston

Walks like a model, acts like a clown, and throws more shade than a lamp. Interests include resuscitation, addictions, teaching people how to cook (especially when it’s their recipe and didn’t ask for help), grown up sleep-overs with his best friend, rock-climbing, back-country everything, avoiding butterfly jumps in barre, and indigenous health. Bobby started his health care journey in critical care nursing, and is incredibly excited to take the leap into Emergency Medicine in Calgary Alberta learning from amazing physicians. On Wednesdays he wears pink, and he can usually tell when it’s raining

Dr. Duncan Simmons

Dr. Duncan Simmons

Duncan was born and raised in Cow Town. He completed a degree in Life Sciences at Queen’s University, and medical school at the University of Alberta. Outside of the hospital, Duncan can be found cooking, playing volleyball or hockey, skiing, biking, or fly fishing.

FRCPC Program – R1

Dr. Mary Fremont

Dr. Mary Fremont

Mary was raised in the backcountry of Bancroft, a small rural town in Ontario. Making maple syrup and stacking firewood were common themes of her childhood. She moved to the big city to pursue her BSc in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Guelph, her MSc in Exercise Physiology at McMaster and then medical school at the University of Toronto. Mary’s interests include prehospital care, trauma and rural medicine. She enjoys running, snowboarding, hiking and camping (can’t wait for the mountains!).

Dr. Jonathan Wong

Dr. Jonathan Wong

Jonathan was born and raised in Calgary. Prior to medical school, he completed a degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Calgary and worked as an Engineer-in-Training for two years. He traded in spreadsheets and calculations for a pair of scrubs and a stethoscope while completing medical school at the University of Calgary. Jonathan is excited to join an amazing group of Emergency Medicine physicians and residents in Calgary. Outside of medicine, he can be found on the pitch playing soccer, hiking, golfing and planning his next adventure.

Dr. Dirk Chisholm

Dr. Dirk Chisholm

Dirk was born and raised in Calgary, where he also completed his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology and worked in a variety of settings as a Primary Care Paramedic. After a brief jaunt up the QEII for medical school at the University of Alberta, he is excited to join the amazing Emerg team back home in Calgary, and to once again have Chinooks. His early interests are in prehospital, transport and disaster medicine and outside of work loves trail running (slowly), hiking, skiing and spending too much money on coffee.

Dr. Julia Madill

Dr. Julia Madill

Julia was born and raised in Edmonton, AB. She completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Alberta and worked as Registered Nurse in the NICU at the Foothills Medical Centre prior to starting medical school in Calgary. Academically, Julia is interested in medical education and women’s health in the Emergency Department. Outside of medicine, Julia loves to dance, hike, travel, spin, and practice yoga. She can cook a mean bowl of Kraft Dinner, owns more house plants than she can responsibly care for, and can expertly fold a fitted sheet. In her spare time, you’ll find Julia at the dog park with her pup or exploring a new local restaurant with her pals!

Staff

Dr. Catherine Patocka

Dr. Catherine Patocka

Program Director (FRCPC Program)

Madhavi Talasila

Madhavi Talasila

Program Administrator – FRCPC and CCFP(EM)

Dr. Anjali Pandya

Dr. Anjali Pandya

Assistant Program Director (FRCPC Program)

Dr. Jason Fedwick

Dr. Jason Fedwick

Program Director (CCFP-EM Program)

CCFP-EM Program

Dr. Colleen Jackson

Dr. Colleen Jackson

Originally from the small BC town of Mackenzie, I made many moves back and forth across the Alberta/BC border before settling in Calgary for undergraduate (BSc (Kin)), Master's and Medical degrees. I then returned to my small town root for residency, completing my training with the Rural Alberta South Family Medicine program. I am thrilled to be coming back to Calgary for the Emergency Medicine Enhanced Skills Program. Outside of work I can be found running, biking, reading, or playing lawn, board, or any other kind of games

Dr. Peter Warrington

Dr. Peter Warrington

I am originally from Olds, Alberta. I completed undergrad in North Carolina, medical school in Edmonton and family medicine residency in Victoria. Outside of work, I have the obligatory EM resident interest in hiking, skiing and other outdoor activities. I am looking forward to a busy year

Dr. Danny Liang

Dr. Danny Liang

I grew up in Toronto, stayed in Southern Ontario for my undergraduate in engineering and medical school, then my love of the mountains took me to BC for my residency at the Vancouver Fraser site. Some of my biggest interests are medical device design, POCUS, global health and urban planning. Outside of work, I enjoy playing basketball, travelling, mountain biking, hiking and learning new languages. I am very excited to move to Calgary and explore the Rockies more, and to get to know everyone in the Calgary EM family

Dr. Brendan Kelliher

Dr. Brendan Kelliher

I’m very happy to be back in Calgary for a year of EM! From Victoria BC originally, I spent most of my youth chasing a rugby ball. After a few years and many collisions, I discovered that my body would only tolerate so much. I exchanged my cleats for a stethoscope and never looked back. After a great 3 years of med school in Calgary, I completed my Family Medicine training in Perth, Ontario. My time in Perth sparked an interest in rural Emergency Medicine so I’m thrilled to be getting some extra training! On my days off I can be found hiking, skiing, or inhaling ice cream.

Dr. Travis Novak

Dr. Travis Novak

Travis grew up in Lethbridge Alberta (aka Lethvegas), and completed his undergraduate degree in Minnesota. He played hockey professionally before deciding it was time to find a real job and started medical school at the U of C, where he also completed his residency. Interests include golf, hockey, skiing, fishing, and spending time with friends and family. He is very excited to start the EM program with a great group of co-residents.

Dr. Hannah Duyvewaardt

Dr. Hannah Duyvewaardt

Hello, I am Hannah “Du-Vard” (I know, lots of extra letters). After spending most of my youth in Cochrane, I have been in Kelowna for the past 14 years. I am so excited to come back to Alberta, I mean what 32-year-old doesn’t dream of moving into their parents’ basement? All kidding aside, the opportunity to train in the Calgary program and live near family again is a dream come true. Making the move with me, is my husband, our one-year-old son, and our labradoodle. Outside of the ER, I am up for any team sport or outdoor activity, live music, or finding the best coffee shop in town.

Dr. Kira Gangbar

Dr. Kira Gangbar

I’m a Queen’s Medicine graduate currently completing my CCFP through UBC’s Rural Okanagan program, and couldn’t be happier to be joining the Calgary EM crew. I grew up in Toronto, but please don’t let that scare you off. Prior to medicine, I spent over a decade working as a whitewater canoe guide up in the Territories, and I spend any free time playing outside— paddling, climbing, hiking/scrambling, and skiing (and more recently learning to mountain bike). Academically, I’m a wilderness medicine nerd with a passion for simulation-based education. Looking forward to the coming year of adventures and learning!

Dr. John Wink

Dr. John Wink

I grew up outside of Edmonton and completed my undergrad at the UofA. I then made the move down to Calgary for medical school and liked it so much that I’ve made it my home ever since. I spent the last 2 years completing my Family Medicine residency in Calgary/Black Diamond, and I couldn’t be happier to now join the Calgary EM program! When I have free time, I am always looking to get active outdoors for skiing, biking, fishing, and hiking.

Dr. Jim Soetaert

Dr. Jim Soetaert

I am proud to call Villeneuve, Alberta, my hometown. I worked several years as a paramedic in the Edmonton area before completing my medical degree at the University of Calgary. Southern Alberta became my home while doing my residency in Rural Family Medicine in Medicine Hat. The great outdoors is a passion of mine which includes hunting, ice fishing, baseball, water skiing and riding horseback. I look forward to this new adventure with the Calgary EM team!