Dr. Lauren Sharma
Lauren grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She completed her medical diploma, family medicine residency, and fellowship in Maternal and Child Health at McGill University in Montreal. She then spent a year in Newfoundland as a general practitioner, and also worked part time in sexual health and long-term care of the elderly. She is excited to be part of the South Hill team and enjoys the collaborative atmosphere. Her areas of interest are contraception, paediatrics and women’s health. Outside of work, Lauren enjoys the outdoors, art and music and her baby boy born in 2016.
Lauren is expecting her second baby and will be on maternity leave in 2019.
Dr. Karina Zeidler
Karina is a graduate of the UBC Family Practice Program. In addition, she completed three months of extra training in women’s health. She grew up overseas, is a fluent French speaker, and has lived all across Canada. She has called Vancouver her home since 2002. Her special interests are in reproductive justice, transgender health, and prison medicine. Karina also loves general every day family practice and enjoys working with people to achieve their health goals in a way that fits in with their lives and values. Outside of work, Karina loves horsing around with her children, eating out, live music, and arguing about politics.
Dr. Ian Arbuckle
Ian is originally from rural Nova Scotia. He completed his medical degree at Dalhousie University before completing his residency training at St. Paul’s Hospital. He has a special interest in men’s health and pediatric/adolescent medicine but thoroughly enjoys all aspects of family practice. Outside of work, he enjoys exploring all that Vancouver has to offer, taking in live music and having a good laugh with friends.
Dr. Jim Grant
Jim grew up on the rivers, lakes and mountains in Nelson, BC; rowing, skiing and hiking through most of his school years. In 2006, he completed his undergraduate degree in Biology at the University of Victoria where he rowed for Camosun College, volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters, and worked at the Empress Hotel. He graduated from medical school at the UBC- Island Medical Program in 2010, training primarily in Victoria but also around the province, across the country, and overseas at the Children's Hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal. Jim completed his Family Medicine Residency at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario and spent his first year in practice working in Toronto. The call of the mountains, however, brought him back home to the BC interior where he practiced as a locum physician primarily in and around Nelson for the last 2 years. He moved to Vancouver in 2015 and is very excited to have found such a great Family Health Team where he has happily put down roots to start his own practice.
Dr. Maralyn Hope
Maralyn is a graduate of UBC Medical School and the Vancouver Fraser Family Medicine residency program. She was born and raised in Vancouver and loves the west coast. She chose family practice because of the longitudinal relationships formed between physician and patients. She also loves the wide scope of practice that a family physician is exposed to. She loves working at the South Hill Health Centre as it’s a fresh and innovative approach to health care.
Outside of work, Maralyn enjoys staying active with her husband and daughter. Maralyn had her second child, a son, in 2016.
Lauren is now expecting her third baby and will be on maternity leave in 2019.
Dr. Fiona Petigara
Fiona completed medical school at UBC and was a graduate of the Calgary Residency Program. She enjoys all aspects of family medicine and also also provides maternity care at the South Community Birth Program. One of her many passions is working with children; she spent 5 years volunteering with the Canadian Cancer Society summer camps for children living with cancer. Her passion for Global Health has led her to volunteer and work in numerous countries, including Northern India and Ghana. She is an advocate for her patients and prides herself on providing compassionate and holistic care.
She has a love for languages and speaks Gujrati, Urdu, Hindi, and conversational French, Spanish, and Mandarin. Her interests include travelling the world, cooking, running at the beach, and spending time in the mountains. Fiona has two young daughters.
Dr. Dounia Kayal
Dounia is very happy to have joined the South Hill team in November 2016. She completed her medical degree at the University of Montreal and her family medicine residency at McGill University. Prior to moving to Vancouver she practiced in Montreal for 5 years in an urban center providing care to a very multicultural population. Dounia has an interest in women's health, geriatrics and loves to teach medicine. She is also a strong believer in our universal and accessible public health care system.
Dounia is fluent in French and likes to speak Spanish. She also has a good understanding of Arabic.
Dr. Rita McCracken
Dr. Rita McCracken is a fulltime PhD student at UBC studying polypharmacy and its effects on frail elders. She also practices family medicine at St. Vincent’s Langara, a residential care home, and moved her community Family Practice to South Hill Health Centre in September 2016. Since January 2010, she has been the Associate Head of Providence Healthcare’s Department of Family and Community Medicine.
Dr. Stephanie Stacey
Stephanie works as a Family Doctor at the South Hill Family Health Centre and also provides maternity care at the South Community Birth Program. She has a passion for holistic and collaborative care. Stephanie was inspired to practice maternity care by her mother, a family doctor who attend births throughout Stephanie's youth. She has special interests that include women’s health, perinatal addictions, rural practice, and geriatrics. Current research interests include identifying barriers that prevent Family Physicians from providing maternity care. Stephanie completed her MD at McGill University and residency training in the UBC St. Paul’s Family Medicine Residency program. She is originally from Alberta and still finds winters without snow a little odd. She spends her free time in the outdoors, training for triathlons, cooking, travelling and at her retreat from the world on Lasqueti island.
Stepanie will be on maternity leave in 2019.
Dr. Nicole Thong
Nicole is happy to be part of the South Hill family. Nicole was born and raised in Vancouver. After obtaining her undergraduate degree from Queen’s University, she moved back to the west coast. She completed her medical degree and family medicine residency training at the University of British Columbia. Nicole enjoys all aspects of family medicine, particularly women’s health, sexual health and mental health.
Outside of work, Nicole enjoys playing volleyball, traveling and crafting.
Dr. Justine Spencer
Dr. Spencer is originally from Nanaimo but is happy to call Vancouver home. She completed her medical education and family practice residency at the
University of British Columbia. She's excited to join the South Hill team to practice full service family practice and longitudinal care. As part of her practice, she provides maternity care with the Family Practice Maternity Service (FPMS) at BC Women's Hospital. She is passionate about attending births and has an interest in perinatal addictions, women's health and pediatrics. You can sign up for her maternity care services here at South Hill.
In her spare time she be found biking around town, running, knitting, spending time in the mountains, or planning her next trip.
Dr. Gurpreet Dhaliwal
Preety attended medical school at the UBC – Island Medical Program in Victoria, BC. She then ventured to the city of Winnipeg, Manitoba for her training in General Pediatrics, where she developed an interest in Aboriginal and Northern Health. Preety, in addition to practicing general pediatrics, is concurrently completing her subspecialty training in Developmental Pediatrics at UBC. She loves working with children of all ages. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, the outdoors and (recently) knitting. Preety is excited to be a part of the wonderful team at South Hill.
Preety had her first child, a daughter, and will be on maternity leave in 2019.
Pamal is a nurse practitioner with the South Community Birth Program. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from BCIT before attending the Nurse practitioner program at UBC. She has worked in a variety of settings including acute care and community practice. She has over 10 years of experience working in women’s health, with six of those being as a labour and delivery nurse. She holds a national certification with the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She is certified as a breast-feeding counsellor and a sexual health nurse examiner. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and daughter.
Lori is originally from California, earning a BA from University of California, Berkeley and her RN/MSN from the University of Texas, Austin. She moved to Vancouver along with her husband Sam in 1995. After working in Neonatal Intensive Care Units, Lori then worked as a nurse and lactation consultant for eleven years at SCBP in the postpartum program. Lori went back to school at the University of British Columbia to become a Nurse Practitioner and is excited to rejoin the SCBP team! She is providing prenatal care care and is teamed up with our Obstetrician, Dr Astrid Christofferson-Deb, providing high risk obstetrical care and gynecology. Lori is passionate about women's health care and has an interest in mental health. She will be offering individual and group care for our families with a focus on anxiety, depression and supporting families transition to parenthood.
Lori is a certified lactaction consultant and also works at South Hill Health Centre, focusing on primary care for refugees and new immigrants.
For fun, Lori likes food adventures, travelling and spending time with her 2 children Max and Stella.
All of our patients know or will come to know Celia! She is on the front lines and smoothly runs the day-to-day operations of our clinic. She has a Medical Office Assistant certificate and has worked in a variety of different clinical settings prior to joining our team. Outside of her work she likes to travel, read, spend time with her family, and photograph anything interesting she comes across. She likes working with our inter-professional team and enjoys the diverse patient population at South Hill. She also enjoys helping with the cute babies! As an added bonus for our patients- she also speaks Mandarin.
Robin holds a certificate as a Medical Office Assistant and has worked in the field for 13 years. She loves interacting with patients and doctors and especially loves watching families grow. She is kept very busy by her two children and when she has time, loves to be active and is always looking for new adventures. Laughter, she finds is the very best medicine.
I grew up in the Philippines and completed my Bachelors Degree in Psychology before immigrating to Canada. Once I arrived here I became a Certified Medical Office Assistant and have worked for more than 6 years at various medical facilities. I can speak fluent English and Tagalog as well. My hobbies include watching movies, travelling, appreciating art and nature, and practicing marksmanship in my spare time! I love working at South Hill and my day is extra special every time we have babies around.
Chelsea grew up in the Okanagan and holds a diploma in Community Health Care and Public Relations. She spent nearly a decade working in various positions in the field of geriatrics. For the past 4 years Chelsea has held the role as our Intake Coordinator for South Hill and South Community Birth Program. She enjoys reading, decorating cupcakes, planning baby showers and travelling. Her favourite part of working at South Hill is helping patients feel welcomed to the clinic.