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.

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.

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. 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. 

 

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.

 

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. 

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.

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. 

 

‎Danielle is very happy to be part of the South Hill Family team. She completed her medical degree at McGill University and then returned home to beautiful Vancouver to complete her medical residency at UBC with a focus on reproductive, sexual and transgender health. She enjoys working in general family practice, delivering babies, and helping her patients work towards their health and wellness goals in a way that they find meaningful. In her spare time she likes to attempt to play music, read, craft and play board games.

 

‎Lauren Galbraith is a family physician with a full-scope family practice in Nelson and Salmo, BC. She started providing gender affirming care in summer 2019 after completing a mentorship at the Trans Specialty Clinic during her UBC Fellowship in Reproductive and Sexual Health. She now offers gender affirming primary care, hormone and surgical readiness assessments to folks from the Kootenays and beyond. Although providing care to gender diverse folks is only a portion of her practice, she hopes to be able to offer more services in the future, such as to youth including puberty blockers once she acquires the knowledge and expertise. Other special interests include offering first trimester medication and procedural abortions, contraception and working with the Options Clinic for Sexual Health, both locally and provincially. She is actively involved in teaching medical students and residents from UBC and makes sure to introduce aspects of gender affirming care during their patient encounters. 

‎Lu Lam, M. Ed. C.C.C. is a Chinese-Taiwanese trans-identified Clinical Counsellor, Clinical Educator, and Mindfulness Consultant in private practice with a Master’s of Education in Counselling Psychology (OISE, UT).  Lu’s been supporting trans, non-binary and gender expansive communities for over 12 years, specializing in an intersectional anti-oppression approach. He has developed trans affirming curriculum for health institutions and post-secondary organizations in both Toronto and Vancouver. Lu holds over 22 years of experience in front line counselling and program design for communities who have been marginalized. He teaches mindfulness to transform the trauma of cultural oppressions and trains mental and primary health professionals in clinical resilience. To find a wakeful balance in his work, Lu has a daily mindfulness practice of 12 years, wild swims and cherishes his family time.  Lu’s a settler learning to be a guest on the unceded lands of the Musqueam,  Squamish and Tsleil- waututh First Nations.

Cora Beitel is a midwife and community organizer whose people are settlers of European Jewish ancestry. They work and live on the traditional and unceded homeland of the Coast Salish peoples. Cora is a founding member of the Strathcona Midwifery Collective, a practice located in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver where they serve a diverse clientele, including many queer and trans clients. As well as providing midwifery care, they run a Trans and Queer Pregnancy and Parenting group and provide education on inclusive care to diverse health care providers in the hospitals and in community settings. When not working, they are spending time with family, sharing food, on their bike or out in nature as much as possible.

 

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 and works with Trans Care BC on supporting the development and coordination of youth and family friendly services in this region.

 

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