Clinical Mentorship Call

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

These Zoom 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.

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. 

 
Jamie Tourond (she/her) is a family nurse practitioner (NP-F) in Abbotsford, BC. Prior to her NP-F role she worked as a critical care RN at the Abbotsford Hospital. She graduated from the University of Northern British Columbia in 2015 with a Master of Science in Nursing with a special focus on First Nation Health. Since becoming an NP-F she has worked at the Abbotsford Foundry and the Sumas First Nation Clinic serving a diverse population. 
 
Her desire to increase access to quality gender-affirming care quickly grew when the needs in her community were evident. Since 2017 she has been providing weekly trancare clinics with an amazing multidisciplinary team at the Foundry. She is a hormone and surgical readiness assessor, and provides ongoing care for many trans youth and adults in Abbotsford. She thoroughly enjoys this work and is often saying it is the most rewarding part of her career. 

Dr. Ashleigh Yule (she/her) is a registered psychologist specializing in child and adolescent mental health with a focus in transgender health and neurodiversity. Ashleigh provides gender affirming counselling, assessment, and consultation services for gender diverse children, adolescents, and their families. She works in private practice in Calgary and as a visiting professional in remote and rural areas of Alberta and the North West Territories. She is also a psychological consultant with the Institute for Sexual Minority Health in Montréal, Québec. In addition to her work in transgender health, Ashleigh has a 20-year background in autism assessment, treatment, and research. She is a sessional instructor in the Educational Studies in School Psychology program at the University of Calgary and completed her PhD at the Autism Spectrum Research, Education, and Training (ASERT) laboratory there. Ashleigh’s dissertation research focused on centering the experiences and perspectives of transgender autistic individuals to ensure that medical, mental health, and research narratives amplify the voices of those with lived experience and first-person expertise. She is accountable to the trans and autistic communities.

 

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. 

 

Mel’s current and past work in trans health centers around improving patient care and health equity for trans people. Mel has been involved in creating educational materials for healthcare workers and healthcare students in the field of pharmacy and medical imaging. After obtaining their certification as a medical radiation technologist, Mel entered the Doctor of Pharmacy program at the University of British Columbia where they are currently a student. Projects that Mel has been involved in includes being a member of the working group that created Identity Matters: Affirming care for LGBTQ2S+ patients, a course that teaches medical radiation technologists how to provide better care for patients who are LGBTQ2S+ and creating content as part of the BC Community Advocates Program. Mel approaches trans health through a strength-based lens and strives to integrate care that is gender affirming into the clinical space.

 

Sharmeen Mazaheri finished UBC Rural Family Medicine training in 2006. She was a rural locum GP + ER physician until 2010. After working in various communities such as Hazelton, Quesnel and Haida Gwaii she settled on Vancouver Island in Courtenay BC. In 2015, wanting more out of her regular family practice, she began providing gender affirming care. At this time she provides consultation for: surgical readiness, hormone and puberty blocker readiness as well as ongoing management for gender diverse youth as well as adults. She is a RACE line consultant for gender medicine. Sharmeen also works at Foundry in Campbell River and will be working at the new Foundry in the Comox Valley providing gender affirming care to youth. She is thankful to her mentors, specifically Dr Marria Townsend, Dr Gail Knudson and Dr Dan Metzger who have helped her grow professionally as a care provider.

 

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.

 

Lauren is the Nurse Educator at Trans Care BC, where she helps develop clinical education and resources for care providers. She is particularly interested in updating clinical resources and guidelines to include considerations for gender-affirming surgeries and hormone therapy. Lauren is responsible for the Sexual Health Screening Guidelines in Trans Care BC's Primary Care Toolkit, which provide screening recommendations that are based on an individual's anatomy and hormone status, instead of gender.

 

Nazanin is a clinical counsellor, advocate and activist living on the traditional, ancestral, unceded lands of Musqueam, Squamish and Tseil-Waututh First Nations. Currently, she is providing clinical supervision in gender-affirming and anti-violence sector, as well as working with Rainbow Refugee Society as Support Manager serving LGBTQI+ refugees and new comers, in addition to her. Private practice.

 

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.

 

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