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. Beth Clark:

Dr. Clark is a clinical ethicist whose work focuses on increasing access to care for marginalized communities. 
 
Dr. Clark completed a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies at The University of British Columbia, with a dissertation on healthcare and ethical decision making among trans youth, caregivers, and healthcare providers in British Columbia. Several peer-reviewed papers have been published based on this work and other research projects on trans healthcare.
 
At Brandeis University, Dr. Clark currently holds the Allen-Berenson Fellowship in Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, conducting research on moral objection to gender-affirming care and teaching courses in feminist bioethics and transgender health.  clinical ethicist whose work focuses on increasing access to care for marginalized communities. 

Dr. Clark completed a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies at The University of British Columbia, with a dissertation on healthcare and ethical decision making among trans youth, caregivers, and healthcare providers in British Columbia. Several peer-reviewed papers have been published based on this work and other research projects on trans healthcare.Dr. Alice Virani:

Alice Virani is the Director of the Clinical Ethics Service for the Provincial Health Service Authority of BC and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Genetics at the University of British Columbia. Alice serves on the Canadian Panel on Research Ethics and the Public Health Ethics Consultative Group for the Public Health Agency of Canada. She also currently co-chairs the Provincial Healthcare Ethics Advisory Team for COVID-19. 
 
Before moving into ethics, Alice was a genetic counselor in the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York. She has a masters in Human Sciences from Oxford University, a masters in Genetic Counseling from Sarah Lawrence College, a masters in Public Health from Columbia University, and a PhD in Genetics and Ethics from UBC. Alice’s research interests relate to genetic and genomic medicine, public health ethics and pediatric bioethics.At Brandeis University, Dr. Clark currently holds the Allen-Berenson Fellowship in Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, conducting research on moral objection to gender-affirming care and teaching courses in feminist bioethics and transgender health. 

Dr. Danya Fox:


Danya Fox is a pediatric endocrinologist at BC Children's Hospital where she works in the Gender Clinic as part of a multi-disciplinary team. She completed her pediatrics residency and pediatric endocrinology fellowship at BC Children's Hospital, as well as a Master of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. She first began working with transgender and gender diverse youth in 2015 during her fellowship, during which time she trained under Dr. Daniel Metzger.


Dr. Pam Narang:


Dr. Pam Narang is a Registered Psychologist and Clinical Instructor in the UBC Department of Psychiatry, working at BC Children's Hospital and in private practice. Her work is focused on children, adolescents and their significant caregivers. She often offers assessment within a training/teaching capacity to learners, and peer consultation with colleagues in the areas of psychological assessment, treatment, diversity, and gender-affirming care.

 

Adrienne Smith is a lawyer who represented a youth who was at the BC Supreme Court challenging an injunction their parent got from the court to stop their chest construction surgery. The ruling from BC Supreme Court Justice, announced January 18, 2021, means the youth can proceed with their chest construction surgery. Adrienne will provide an explanation about the legal implications of treating youth, given the court's decision.

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. 

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. 

After completing her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2013 at UBC, Nicole pursued additional training at the University of Ottawa.  She completed a Fellowship in Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology in June 2014.  She also added a Health Care Education Scholars Program Diploma from the Academy for Innovation in Medical Education to her list of accomplishments.

 

She has joined the UBC Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology as a Clinical Assistant Professor, and the medical staff at BC Women's Hospital, BC Children's Hospital and Vancouver General Hospital.  Her adult general obstetrics and gynecology referral practice is based at the Diamond Health Care Centre.

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. 

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.ngrid 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.

 

‎​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. 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.

 

Dr. 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.

 

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. 

 

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