Clinical Mentorship Call

Trans Care BC’s new clinical support initiative features weekly, lunch-hour meetings for physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, registered clinical counsellors, and registered health care professionals.

These dial-in meetings will provide an opportunity for sharing of information and resources, clinical discussion and professional networking. Rotating mentors from a variety of disciplines will be in attendance. 

Trans Care BC’s Clinical Mentorship Call is held every Thursday from 12:10 -1:00 p.m. (Pacific Time). If you would like to be involved, please email trans.edu@phsa.ca to be included on our distribution list. Meeting minutes will be made available to all members.

Get to know our mentors

Click on a session date and name to learn more about our clinical mentors.

Dana Jones is a family nurse practitioner who has been working at Rutland Aurora Health Centre in Kelowna since October 2013.   She began practicing as a nurse practitioner in 2008, and previously worked with Aboriginal communities in the Fraser Valley.  As a registered nurse, Dana worked outpost nursing in Nunavut, NWT and Northern BC, VGH ER, and the primary care clinics in Vancouver: Downtown Community Health Centre, Pender Clinic and Three Bridges.


Dana values building long term, safe, trusting, shared care relationships with patients.  She has been a hormone and surgical assessor for Transcare BC since January 2016, and has special interests in transgender health, HIV, mental health and substance use and multi-generational family care.

Sharmeen Mazaheri is a family physician with her own practice since 2013 in Courtenay BC on Vancouver Island. As of 2015 she began providing consultations for youth and adults who identify as trans or gender non-conforming. She provides hormone readiness assessments, surgical planning visits and ongoing hormone management including puberty blockers for youth. She is also a consultant for the RACE line. Her mentors include Dr Knudson, Dr Townsend and Dr Metzger.

Sharmeen Mazaheri is a family physician with her own practice since 2013 in Courtenay BC on Vancouver Island. As of 2015 she began providing consultations for youth and adults who identify as trans or gender non-conforming. She provides hormone readiness assessments, surgical planning visits and ongoing hormone management including puberty blockers for youth. She is also a consultant for the RACE line. Her mentors include Dr Knudson, Dr Townsend and Dr Metzger.Sharmeen Mazaheri is a family physician with her own practice since 2013 in Courtenay BC on Vancouver Island. As of 2015 she began providing consultations for youth and adults who identify as trans or gender non-conforming. She provides hormone readiness assessments, surgical planning visits and ongoing hormone management including puberty blockers for youth. She is also a consultant for the RACE line. Her mentors include Dr Knudson, Dr Townsend and Dr Metzger.

‎Education: University of British Columbia (UBC) BSc (Hons), PhD (Physiology), MD, FRCPC  (Internal Medicine and Endocrinology)

Education

University of British Columbia (UBC) BSc (Hons), PhD (Physiology), MD, FRCPC  (Internal Medicine and Endocrinology).


Current activities
  • Clinical Professor and Head, Division of Endocrinology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
  • Chair: Health Authority Medical Advisory Committee (HAMAC) Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) Authority. Member Senior Executive Team (SET) VCH
  • President: Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism of British Columbia
  • Consultant: Vancouver Hospital and St Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver
Current research and practice interests
  • Diabetes care system transformation:  based on linked administrative data bases
  • Telehealth: evaluation of a province-wide implementation in Endocrinology
  • Transgender Endocrine Care: author of evidence-based guidelines for endocrine care

Linda Van Pelt is a family nurse practitioner at the Northern Gender Clinic in Prince George BC. Linda's practice has focused on gender care since 2015 as a hormone and surgical assessor and primary care provider. She has taken the WPATH GEI specialized focus courses, and has co-taught the primary care GEI, and is active in the gender diverse care provider community in the North.‎

 

Dr. Kelly Mattheis (he/him) is a General Practitioner working in Vancouver Coastal Health’s Trans Specialty Care program operating out of Three Bridges Community Health Centre in downtown Vancouver. Dr. Mattheis has been caring for trans and gender diverse people since 2006 and has been an approved surgical assessor in BC since 2013.  He also holds a medical leadership role within VCH as the Medical Coordinator for Trans Specialty Care since 2016.   Dr. Mattheis is passionate about educating providers to increase the capacity for access to gender affirming care within our health care system.

 

Dr. Bruce Pipher is an Assistant Clinical Professor with the University of British Columbia in the department of psychiatry, and Clinical Director of the Interior Health Children's Assessment Network.  He has been practicing and teaching in the field of developmental psychiatry for over 20 years working collaboratively on a number of mental health initiatives both provincially and nationally.  Dr. Pipher provides mental health services to transgender youth in the Interior working with Trans Care BC on supporting the development and coordination of youth and family friendly services in this region.

 

Fin Gareau is a trans, Indigenous Two-Spirit Nurse Practitioner originally from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, who fully embraces the importance of community reciprocity. He has worked with gender diverse adults and youth and their families for over 15 years. His previous work included outreach/street nursing in the downtown eastside of Vancouver and he has worked as an NP in Island Health. Fin currently works at the Indigenous Primary Health and Wellness Home out of the Friendship Centre in Surrey BC (FRAFCA). He is honoured to be granted the privilege of providing primary health care for urban Indigenous community, and to trans and non-binary community as well. One of Fin's current focuses in his practice is to work to identify and deconstruct persistent colonized structures and ideologies of health within dominant medical systems, specifically in Indigenous and trans health care in BC. 

 

Dr. Karina Zeidler is a family physician in Vancouver. She started caring for transgender and gender diverse patients in 2012 as a resident volunteering at the Catherine White Holman Wellness Centre. She has been in practice since 2014 and the majority of the patients in her practice are transgender or gender diverse, spanning the ages of 4 to 68. In addition to providing primary care, she is also involved in all aspects of gender affirming care including hormone initiation and management, surgical planning, and pre and post operative care. She is a member of the BC Trans Care Group and regularly attends conferences and educational workshops related to gender health. 

 

Dr. Dan Metzger is a Pediatric Endocrinologist at the BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver, and a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Metzger and his colleagues at BCCH and in the community have been seeing and treating trans and gender-questioning youth since 1998.

 

Ray Croy (she/they) is a registered nurse working in Vancouver Coastal Health's Gender Surgery Program operating out of Vancouver General Hospital. Previous to joining the Gender Surgery Program she worked as the Surgical Coordinator for Trans Care BC and as a clinic nurse at VCH's Trans Specialty Clinic.  They have certified practice in STI management and contraceptive management and previously completed surgical readiness assessments under the support and supervision of Dr. Marria Townsend at Trans Care BC. Ray is experienced in coordinating and delivering post-operative care for patients who have had gender-affirming surgery. Ray is passionate about the nursing role in gender-affirming care within our health care system and collaborating with multidisciplinary teams. 

 

Ingrid Cosio has been a family physician in Prince George, BC, since 2005 when she completed her residency training. She has been providing specialized gender affirming care to patients for over 10 years. Since August 2015, Ingrid has worked along side a small team of providers at the Northern Gender Clinic to provide multidisciplinary care to gender diverse people in Northern BC. She enjoys working with Trans Care BC and local resources/groups to improve access to care for gender-diverse Northerners. Ingrid is also actively involved in the training of family practice residents in the UBC Prince George Family Medicine Residency Program.

 

J. Matsui De Roo is a third generation Japanese Canadian, mixed race, queer, trans and nonbinary settler, living and working on the unceded ancestral lands of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh nations. Matsui is a registered clinical counsellor and clinical supervisor who offers anti-oppression based education, supervision and guidance for mental health, medical and front line workers with an area of focus in Two-Spirit, trans, non binary and gender diverse wellness. Areas of specialization include resilience and healing from trauma; honouring and centering people with intersectional identities;  gender affirming sexual health and wellness; supporting individuals living with chronic pain and disability; and helping health care practitioners navigate living and working in small communities.

 

Andrea Szewchuk is a family physician working on Unceded Coast Salish Territory in Vancouver BC.  Their areas of focus within primary care include transgender health, HIV primary care, and addictions medicine. They are also an organizer with the Catherine White Holman Wellness Centre which is a free, low barrier holistic wellness centre for transgender and gender expansive people.

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