Dr. Kate Forman – My name is Kate Forman and I moved to the Kootenays in 2012. I am originally from the United States, having lived and worked all over, but I have found myself here in an outdoor paradise that I have no intention of leaving. Besides obstetrics, I provide some general family medicine care as a locum physician and work in the oncology unit here at KBRH. I love skiing, white water rafting, and dogs! I'm usually the chatty one in the clinic who loves any and all questions. I'm looking forward to meeting each and every one of you.
Dr. Jennifer Dressler – I’m a family doctor living and working in the West Boundary. While my main practice is in Grand Forks and Greenwood, my passion for maternity care brings me over the pass to Trail to work with Aspen. I went to medical school in Saskatchewan, followed by rural a family practice residency in Kelowna, which brought me to the Kootenays. I did an extra fellowship in high risk and surgical obstetrics in Surrey, BC to be able to provide caesarean sections. I love road biking, cross country skiing and hiking. My husband and I have two kids, two dogs, chickens and a lot of wildlife on our acreage in Grand Forks. I’m thankful to be a part of your care team!
Dr. Megan Taylor – Hi, I am Dr. Megan Taylor. I grew up on a farm in rural Alberta and my first medical experience was giving injections to baby pigs! I attended medical school at the University of Alberta in Edmonton and then completed my Family Medicine Residency at the University of British Columbia. After completing residency I moved back to Alberta where I worked in the small town of Lacombe for 9 years. But eventually even being close to my extended family wasn’t enough to make me put up with Alberta winters! So 11 years ago my family and I moved to Castlegar and fell in love with the Kootenays. I am passionate about maternity care, even after 20 years every delivery still makes me a little teary! I am excited to meet you and be part of your journey.
Dr. Kate Gapp – After growing up in southern Alberta, I completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Life Sciences and Psychology at Queen's University. I then moved westwards to attend medical school at the University of British Columbia, finally settling in the Kootenays to complete my Residency in Rural Family Medicine through UBC and then start my practice. Being involved in maternity care is one of the most rewarding aspects of my job. In my spare time you'll find me hiking, biking, skiing, practicing yoga and playing guitar.
Dr. Meghan Jensen – I grew up in Cranbrook and did my training at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. When I finished my residency in Rural Family Medicine I was eager to move back to the beautiful Kootenays and settle down with my family. Now I live and work in Castlegar and provide maternity care at KBRH. I see prenatal and post partum patients in both Trail and Castlegar. I have four lovely children (3 of whom were born with FOBC). I am so grateful to work with this amazing team of doctors,nurses and Sue. I feel passionate about woman's health and prenatal/postpartum care. There is no greater privilege than being part of the miracle of birth, life and the growing of families.
Dr. Eric Dalla-Lana - I grew up in Edmonton and did my training at the University of Alberta. It has been an honor to help with women’s health care, including maternity, for over three decades. My practice is in Fruitvale where I reside with my wife and dog. My three grown sons have all left to pursue their passions.
Dr. Miles Smith – Dr. Smith has been with the OB clinic in Trail since its inception in 2001. Dr. Smith settled in Rossland in 2001 after completing his medical training in Edmonton, AB and his family medicine residency in Chilliwack, BC. He added caesarean sections to his repertoire with extra training in Surrey in 2007. He currently works at the Associate Medical Clinic in Rossland when he’s not at the Obstetrics Clinic. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, and mountain biking or skiing, depending on the weather.
Dr. Sasha Cihal - I am a locum family doctor, new to the Kootenays in the Spring of 2019 where I fell in love with the outdoor opportunities and the friendly community. I did my Medical school in Calgary and residency training in Chilliwack where I practiced afterwards until I realized I was too far from a ski hill! I have practiced obstetrics at BC women’s in Vancouver, in Surrey and in Chilliwack and have really enjoyed working with Aspen clinic with such a great and supportive team of people. It is a privilege to be involved in the celebration of life, and I am looking forward to being a part of your beautiful journey through pregnancy.
Staci Carey- I have been a unit clerk at KBRH for 10 years. Just recently I got this job permanently and quickly realized it is my “dream job”. I couldn’t be happier coming to work with all the amazing patients and physicians. I grew up in Fruitvale but moved to Alberta for schooling till I met my husband in Calgary. We moved to the Kootenay’s to start a family and now have two children, one dog and one cat. I have many artistic hobbies and also have a passion for fostering kittens.
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