Providers

Dr. Ardalan Ahmadi

Family Practice • Emergency Medicine

I went to medical school thinking life is going to be like the TV show "Scrubs". Boy, was I ever wrong! 

At least life was that simple for a guy growing up in Burnaby, BC in the early 2000s. Unlike all the other physicians who are now my colleagues here at Omineca Clinic, my life story is rather unexciting. It goes like this: high school, university (+ a year of research), medical school, family medicine residency in South Carolina, USA (this was definitely the one that contributed to the shiny beacon that now sits on the top of my head), and a year of practice in the Lower Mainland before moving up to Vanderhoof. 

And I have to say from my career's point of view, since coming to Vanderhoof I've been simultaneously the most excited and terrified that I've been in ... ever. There are so many chances to do fun and amazing things, and I've not had a dull day yet.

When I'm not being excited and terrified at my job, I'd like to sit on my couch, open a cold one, and watch terrible sitcoms. I also occasionally write jokes for my stand-up comedy routine that I will never perform in public.

Dr. Suzanne Campbell

Family Practice • Emergency Medicine • Obstetrics • GP Oncology

I grew up outside Vancouver and completed my BSc and medical degree at UBC. I then travelled to Kingston, Ontario to complete my family medicine residency at Queen's University. From there, I spent 5 years in a remote community in Northern Ontario before moving back to BC. In 2006 my husband and I arrived in Vanderhoof with our 2 young children and we were instantly attracted to this beautiful, friendly and active community. Our third child joined our lives the following year. I love family medicine in Vanderhoof. It is a privilege to be a part of peoples' lives, the celebrations and the challenges, from birth to death. The supportive and talented medical community here is unique and I cherish being able to work with such a great team. Outside of medicine, I love the river - walking beside it, swimming in it, skating on it (my all-time favorite). I also love to read, to bake, to play games, ride horses, garden (weeding the asparagus bed is my stress relief) and I just started learning the piano. Horses, dogs and cats complete our lives here and keep us busy.

Dr. Douwette Coetzee

Family Practice • Obstetrics • Manor Physician

Dr. Another Example

I was born and raised in South Africa. My father was a family physician in a rural town and his caring way of practising family medicine, triggered a desire in me to follow in his footsteps. I attended Orange Girl's School in Bloemfontein and graduated grade 12 in 1977. I studied medicine at the University of the Orange Free State from 1978 and graduated December 1983. I started dating the love of my life, Lukas Klopper, during my third year and married him December 1981.

We moved to Bethlehem, a beautiful rural town near the Maluti Mountains where I completed my internship at the end of 1984. I worked full time in the two local hospitals until the birth of our eldest son, Hendrik, in 1991. After 6 months of maternity leave, I worked simultaneously part- time as a sessional ER , surgical and maternity doctor in the two hospitals, and part-time in private family medicine practice. We were very blessed with the births of two more sons - Louis in 1994 and Douw in 1997.

Dr Michael Wright, North Peace Medical Clinic, in Fort St John, BC, asked me to work as a locum for Dr Markus Klaus, in his practice Dec 2003 - Jan 2004 and again for the summer and early fall of 2004. This time we took the boys along and they really enjoyed the visit to Canada! Lukas and I wrote our evaluating medical exam during Sept 2004.

I was offered a permanent position in the North Peace Medical clinic, Lukas in another clinic and we decided to emigrate to Canada in June 2005. Dr Michael Wright was and still is my mentor in Canada. We completed our LMCC 1 and 11 exams in 2006. We moved to Vanderhoof in 2007 to join the Omineca Medical Clinic family practise. Canada became our home since emigration and we were very proud to become Canadian citizens on June 28, 2012!

My main medical interest is family practise with GP obstetrics, Healthy eating for Life group clinics and I started working in the Stuart Nechako Manor in Nov 2012. GP geriatrics was one of my father's passions too.

My other passions in life are my family,quilting, knitting and playing French Horn in Gordon Lucas's Northern Orchestra. There is ample opportunities to pursue these passions in Vanderhoof. I just love living in Vanderhoof - it is a beautiful quaint rural town in the North with a friendly embracing community!

Dr. Peter de Vos

Family Practice • Obstetrics • GP Surgery • Surgical Procedures

Dr. Peter Devos

I am originally from South Africa and have been a physician in Vanderhoof for over 20 years. I have two sons who are heavily involved with sports, especialy hockey. With my wife, I enjoy the outdoors and have a passion for photography.

You can view my list of surgical procedures here for more information.

 

 

Dr. Davy Dhillon - Managing Physician Omineca Medical Clinic

Family Practice • Emergency Medicine • GP Oncology • GP Anesthetics

Dr. Davy Dhillon

Dr. Davy Dhillon grew up in Mississauga, Ontario and attended Medical School at McMaster University in Hamilton. He then did his Rural GP residency through the University of British Columbia. During this time he had his first exposure to Vanderhoof and spent a total of six months here which was a fantastic experience. Shortly after graduating from residency he did some work in Africa with MSF (Doctor's Without Borders), and then travelled north to Inuvik, NWT, to practice medicine. This is where he met his wife, Zoe. They moved to Calgary where Davy did the GP Anesthetics residency for one year. This was followed by two years in Wetaskiwin, Alberta, before they moved here, to Vanderhoof, in 2008. They enjoy running, x-country skiing and just generally being outdoors along with their 3 daughters.

Esther Ho, Nurse Practitioner

Family Practice

Esther Ho

 

Biography coming soon.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Shu Ho

Family Practice • Emergency Medicine • GP Cardiology • GP Anesthetics • Civil Aviation Medical Exams

Shu Ho

I grew up in Abbotsford and did both my Bachelors degree in Pharmacy and my medical school through UBC. I started working in Vanderhoof near the end of my family medicine residency in Prince George, and I was grateful for the opportunity to begin my practice here at St John Hospital and the Omineca Medical Clinic. In 2014 I completed my FP-Anesthesia training through UBC and further cardiac education for stress testing, and I continue to appreciate the ability to be part of Vanderhoof’s OR, ER, and stress testing services. 

 

Dr. Rebecca Janssen - Chief of Staff, St. John Hospital

Family Practice • Obstetrics • Emergency Medicine • Mental Health • Palliative Care

Dr. Another Example

I was born in North Dakota where my father worked as a rural GP. We moved back to Canada when I was a young child, and I was raised in Southwestern Ontario. I attended the University of Western Ontario for both my Bachelor of Science and Medical Doctor degrees. I moved to Victoria, BC to complete my residency training in Family Practice from UBC. 

Shortly after moving to Vanderhoof, I met a local fella here in town named Mitch. We are married and have three young children named Tommy, Alex, and Claire. Life at home is pretty busy juggling the demands of being a wife and mom. You may well see me packing my little "helpers" into the hospital on any given day!  We enjoy camping, fishing, hunting and caring for our lttle flock of chickens.

Dr. Aryn Khan

Family Practice • Emergency Medicine • Obstetrics • Endoscopy • Infant Circumcision • General Surgical Procedures • Myoactivation • Suboxone Induction

Aryn Khan

I was born in Burns Lake BC and always dreamed of becoming a rural family doctor.  The road was a bit windy, as I previously worked in laboratory sciences, biochemical sales, and as a registered dietitian.  I also took a few years to travel and study abroad in England where I met my husband Reza. In 2009, I started my medical degree at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. I managed to juggle having our first daughter Lauren between medical school and residency without taking any time off and still found time to snowboard, volunteer in Cambodia, partake in the MS off road bike tour in Hinton, and enjoy window shopping at West Ed mall.

We moved to Vanderhoof in March 2016. I am so fortunate to be able to practice close to family and friends where I grew up, but also in such a close community with loads of activities, opportunities for our family to enjoy the outdoors and an amazing group of peers. 

I love being a rural family doctor who sees a full scope of patients. I practice obstetrics with a call group, work in the ER, offer circumcisions, lumps and bumps removals, perform endoscopies and myoactivation, and have a full clinic practice. 

I absolutely love coffee, visiting with friends and family, camping, fishing, travelling, kickboxing, biking, and gardening. My life is crazy busy with three amazing kids, two dogs, three cats, one husband and the best job in the world: Rural family medicine in Vanderhoof!

View my list of surgical procedures here for more information.

Dr. Lukas Klopper

Family Practice • GP Surgery

Dr. Another Example

Growing up in South Africa as the youngest brother with 2 sisters, I had the good fortune to spend a lot of time on the family farm on weekends and holidays. Hunting, horse riding and healthy fun was always something to look forward to after school in the city.

After graduating from medical school in University of the Free State at the end of 1981 (where I met and married my lovely wife), I spent additional time training in anesthetics & O&G while waiting for my wife to complete her medical study. After her graduation we moved to Bethlehem, South Africa, in the scenic Eastern Free Sate, close to the Maluti Mountains. We worked in the local hospitals where I continued my interest & further training in surgery, while still involved in general family practice. I started private GP practice in 1990 in partnership. We were blessed with the arrival of three boys, all 3 years apart.

After my wife was asked to locum in Fort St John in 2003, I decided to locum in a different clinic at the same time. We enjoyed the new challenge so much that we decided to emigrate to the friendly people of Canada in 2005 which has since become our home. We moved to Vanderhoof from Fort St John in 2007 and our family was very privileged to attain Canadian Citizenship in 2012, on the exact 18th birthday of our middle son!

My main medical interest is performing GP surgical procedures while involved in general family practice. I still enjoy the great outdoors with fly fishing, camping, quadding, cycling and swimming.

Dr. Jun Lee

Family Practice • Obstetrics • Emergency Medicine

I was born in South Korea but grew up in the Middle East. I attended Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada for my undergraduate degree and finished my medical school at the University of Leicester, UK. I then finished my residency training in Greenville, South Carolina, USA. I like to travel, cook, and binge watch movies. 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Mike Makin

Family Practice • Obstetrics • Paediatrics • Surgerical Assisting • Sports Medicine • Preventative Medicine

Dr. Mike Makin

I grew up in South Africa and graduated from the University of Cape Town (where the world's first heart transplant was performed) in 1980. I spent two years in the army as a Doctor and then did two years of specialty training in Ob/Gyn before coming to Canada for a six month working holiday. Twenty-six years and three children later, I am a proud Canadian and hockey fanatic!

My passion is sport, most notably golf, hockey, rugby, football, soccer, baseball and basketball. My other source of entertainment is playing cards, especially bridge and poker! I am very happily married to Sally, who has kept me going through some of the difficult patches that Doctors in small towns must deal with. I have three lovely children who have caused premature baldness in me, but are lots of fun to be around.

My medical interests are; Ob/Gyn, Paediatrics, Surgery, Sports Medicine and Preventative Medicine. I have no retirement plans at present, but I ensure that I take my full holiday allowance to travel. I feel very privileged to live in the community of Vanderhoof and I have enjoyed all the opportunities that northern rural life has to offer.

Dr. Edwin Obarisiagbon

Family Medicine • Emergency Medicine

Dr. Edwin Obarisiagbon

I was born in Benin City, in the southern part of Nigeria. There I had my formal and medical education. I practiced in Nigeria for years before I relocated with my family to Canada. Moving to Canada has been a dream and when the opportunity came we could not refuse it. Vanderhoof has been an appealing and welcoming community. It has given me the opportunity to learn about rural Canada and what it has to offer. I like to spend most of my quiet and free time with my family and friends. 

 

 

Dr. Shayan Shojaie

Family Medicine • Emergency Medicine

Dr. Shayan Shojaie

I was born and raised in Tehran, Iran. I finished medical schools in Iran and completed my postgraduate training in Family Medicine at UBC in Vancouver. After meeting the medical team in Vanderhoof, I felt very privileged to have the opportunity to work along side such a team of skilled and compassionate physicians, nurses and staff both at the St. John Hospital and the Omineca Clinic. Also, the simple and healthy ways of life in Vanderhoof has been a very endearing experience. In my spare time I like to read, watch documentaries, play soccer and table tennis.

Dr. David Whittaker

Family Medicine • Obstetrics • Cesarean Section • Minor Surgical/Gynae Procedures • Emergency Medicine • Palliative Care

Dr. Shayan Shojaie

I was born and raised in Cape Town South Africa. Both my parents were physicians and so I followed in the family business. I studied at Stellenbosch University, a beautiful university town in the Cape winelands. I spent 6 wonderful years there playing rugby and cricket, tasting some wonderful wines and studying a bit too! 

While working as a young physician, I got the opportunity to work in a rural hospital in a place called Springbok in the Kalahari Desert near the border with Namibia. It changed my life and my career! I fell in love with the people and the work. The opportunity to provide excellent care close to home was a passion of my mentors and it is something that I try to emulate. 

I was lucky enough to meet my wonderful wife Ryna during this time and we have been privileged to explore the world together. We decided to come to Canada in 2012 and see what all the fuss was about! We landed in Port McNeill on the island and had 8 wonderful years there, we helped build a practice and we even made three little Canadians along the way! 

We are so excited about our move to Vanderhoof, joining this incredible medical team and being a part of this community! My work interests are longitudinal family practice, Obstetrics and Emergency care. I also provide Cesarean Section and other minor surgical procedures. My life passions are golf, travel and fishing.

 

 

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