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.

 
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 for 10 years. 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 works at the Abbotsford Youth Health Centre and Sumas First Nation Reserve 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 trans care clinics with an amazing multidisciplinary team at the Abbotsford Youth Health Centre. 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. 

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.

 
 

‎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. 

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. 

 
 

‎Brenden Hursh, MD, MHSc, FRCPC

Dr. Hursh is a Pediatric Endocrinologist in the BC Children’s Hospital Gender Clinic. He provides affirming care for transgender youth and their families. He is also involved in providing education and planning to support care for transgender youth around the province.

‎Lucas Wilson is the Care Team Coordinator for Trans Care BC. His background is in youth work, specifically with trans and gender diverse youth. Lucas now works with trans and gender diverse people of all ages as well as their care providers, family members and community supports.

 ‎Education:  University of British Columbia:  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


‎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. 

 

‎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.

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