Our Team

Tracey Thorne

(working as Dr Tracey Thorne Inc)
BSc MD CCFP

Tracey was born and raised in the beautiful Annapolis Valley in rural Nova Scotia. She graduated from Dalhousie Medical School in 2007 and did her residency training in Family Medicine in Prince George. She moved to Gabriola in 2009. Tracey is passionate about rural living and community health. She does a lot of work with the Rural and Remote Division of Family Practice, both engaging in local projects and collaborating with communities across Vancouver Island. She is a founding member of the Gabriola Health and Wellness Collaborative. Dr. Thorne also works at the Youth Wellness Clinic in Nanaimo.

When not at work Tracey loves exploring the tide pools and forest trails of the Salish Sea with her husband, two boys and their elderly dog. She collects a lot of books, convinced that someday she will sit down and read them all.

Maciek Mierzewski

(working as Dr Maciej Mierzewski Inc)
CCFP  Maciek mówi po polsku.

I was born in 1979 in the gray communist-lead harbour city of Gdynia in Poland. I went to school like everybody else, had the same shoes like everybody else, had to queue for toilet paper like everybody else. Poland in the 1980s was a very miserable place.

As a boy, all I wanted to do is to go to one of the Pacific coconut islands – I have seen a picture of one in a magazine.

Inspired by Jacque Cousteau, I started diving first in my bath, then any body of water I could find.

At the age of 14, I managed to convince the Gdansk shipyard diving team to train me. Not a small feat in communist reality as recreational divers were all treated as spies. After training, which included preparing for the event of a nuclear bomb going off underwater, I got my certificates. To this day I am not exactly sure how to see a nuke coming during a dive and know where to point my heels… but I stay vigilant.

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We all had one book about diving. My wet suit was 3 numbers too big for me and the Baltic Sea did not treat me kindly. Memories stay forever.

But I got lucky: in 1989 there was a bloodless revolution in Poland and for the first time the communists agreed to share some power in the country. Then lucky again: Poland joined the European Union in 2004 and suddenly the whole world opened up to all. We finally could have a passport and travel.

In 2005 I married the most wonderful woman and we have lived happily ever after.

The very same year I graduated medicine at Medical University of Gdansk. My first job was working as a junior doctor in the National Health Service — in Hull, Humberside in the UK. Over the next 6 years I worked in a number of hospitals in Bridlington, Scarborough, Gloucester, Manchester and Stockport. Like for every junior doctor the work was in a variety of clinical specialities. My GP training finished in 2011. I became a doctor in the small village of Hadfield, near Glossop in Derbyshire. In 2013 I came to visit Gabriola Island, BC and could not leave. Now I work with the most wonderful medical team north from the South Pole.

When you are a doctor, changing countries twice tends to get some people working for the General Medical Council and the College of Physicians and Surgeons very excited. In fact, I went through so much “red tape” it would have been enough for the whole of my Polish family to survive all those years of communism without having to queue for the toilet paper.

From the time I was 15 till I had my daughter – 15 years later, I spent most of my money and energy on diving. After moving to the UK I was doing deep technical wreck diving. Together with Global Underwater Explorers we were trying to identify unknown wrecks scattered on the bottom of English Channel and North Sea.

During that time brother-in-law “infected” me with the interest for triathlon. I was racing more and more and finally in 2013 I managed to finish the Ironman race in Bolton. It took me only 15hrs 51min and 59 seconds. My Polish father-in-law commented on the event – “You did ok”.

Then we started having children. I quickly realized that everything we have done before was much easier and more logical. With the family expanding my diving and triathlons dispelled like morning mist burned off by the sun… I would never change that.

Last year I bought a very old and very big diesel motor boat. 95% time spent together I am trying to stop her from sinking. Usually I am trying to be “a glass half full” kind of a guy but my “Rocinante” takes it far too seriously…

The pacific coconut islands are still a mirage but the day will come…

Clare Gibbs

MD CCFP
(long-term locum GP)

Clare is originally from Victoria, and has been coming to Gabriola since the 1990s (though only in more recent years as a doctor). As our long-term locum, she fills in for the other doctors when they are away. She received her medical training at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, and completed her residency in rural family medicine in southern Alberta, before returning to the west coast.

Clare also works with the Canadian Red Cross as part of their Emergency Response Unit. She has a strong interest in international and low-resource medicine, and has worked in hospitals in Sudan and Zambia as well as in the Moria refugee camp in Greece. More often though, you can find her on Gabriola running, hiking, swimming, and cycling…and in the clinic!

Jennifer Lewis

Nurse Practitioner
MScN, NP-C (Family)

Jennifer was born in Southern California; her favorite place growing up was the Pacific Ocean,  though now the Salish Sea has taken the number one spot on her ‘favorite places’ list.  She is a scavenger of found objects that she uses in her little studio to create odd things.

After practicing as a registered nurse in both ICUs and ERs, Jennifer obtained her MScN degree from Gonzaga University in Washington State and has worked as a nurse practitioner in Trauma, Emergency, Urgent care and Family medicine. The majority of her practice as a nurse practitioner has been in rural areas, often in locations with limited resources.

Jennifer has worked to advance health equity, and has volunteered at free and mobile clinics for migrant, marginalized and disenfranchised populations with little or no access to medical care.  She has also worked to advance women’s health initiatives in the Washington State government.  One of her life’s goals is to ensure that anyone in need of medical attention receives the care they need.

Her partner found Gabriola on a camping trip and came home with tales of a paradise island (he has traveled extensively, so that really is saying something.) After raising two children, which she considers one of life’s great adventures, Jennifer, her partner, and their three dogs moved to the island. She pinches herself daily, as working at the Gabriola Medical Clinic is the culmination of a dream.

In her free time, Jennifer also enjoys paddle boarding, hiking with her dogs,  organizing and reading books, knitting, gardening, and watching the ocean.  Basically, she is interested in lots of ‘stuff.’  She also loves playing cribbage on the deck with her partner (she lets him win), with dogs (Lilli, Maggie, and Izzy) at their feet.

Dr. Ramak Shadmani and Dr. Erin Cusack

Bio’s coming soon…

Medical Office Assistants

Carol Farr

Clinic manager

After completing the Medical Office Assistant Certificate from VIU, she went straight to work in a busy walk-in clinic in Nanaimo. From there she moved to the Gabriola Community Medical Centre where she has had the opportunity to use all her technical and interpersonal skills in the community that she loves and has lived in since 2002. Caroline is committed to ongoing professional development as it applies to health care in rural communities. She has completed training in Emergency Social Services, Mental Health Emergencies, and Health Emergency Management.

Natalie Godin

MOA  Natalie parle français.

After some wandering, a fateful visit brought Natalie to Gabriola in 2002, where she found the home she was looking for. After a stint raising babies, baking, and making coffee, Natalie found the perfect way to serve her community in health care. A background in science and education has given her an appreciation and compassion for helping those who need it, and feels that she has achieved her goal of contributing to her community in a meaningful and fulfilling way by working as an MOA at the Gabriola Medical Clinic.

Jessica Smith

Jessica started her 18 year health care career at the BC Cancer Agency in Vancouver working in the clinical trials department. She then moved to Gabriola in 2006 to be closer to family and began working as the Medical Office Assistant at Gabriola Family Medicine. She worked in that position for 14 years until that office closed and then transitioned to the Gabriola Medical Clinic. She is happily married with three children. Her passions include hiking, camping, backpacking and fishing.

Attached Staff

Attached Staff works with (not for) the clinic

Angela Pounds

Social worker

Angela was born in K’ómoks territory, she has lived in the traditional territory of the Snuneymuxw people since 1986. Angela spent her childhood on Gabriola and returned to the community in 2010. Angela is a registered social worker and has worked within the health care system for the last 10 years, currently she works with Island Health as a Mental Health and Substance Use Clinician.

Cathy Fox

Mental health and addictions nurse

Cathy Fox is an RN who works for people struggling with mental health and/or substance use issues. Cathy is a community outreach nurse with experience in crisis counselling, harm reduction, homelessness issues as well as psychiatric emergency response. Cathy believes that everyone of us could use a little extra support sometimes, and is honoured to deliver that with the compassionate health care team on Gabriola.

Cathy also digs gardening, having a sense of humour and wearing stripes with plaids.

Cathy holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) with honours from the University of Victoria.

We believe there are around 800 patients on Gabriola who are not registered with a primary care provider. Our aim is that everyone on the island who wants a GP at our clinic can receive it.

During the pandemic, we’re doing our best to accommodate everyone on Gabriola. Call us on (250) 247-9922.

Please understand that we are not a walk-in clinic. For more information about our services during the pandemic, click here and for emergency care, click here.

Recruitment

Looking to join our team? For more information, see here, or call (250) 247-9922 to speak to Dr. Maciej Mierzewski or any of the doctors. We’d be delighted to tell you more.

Be sure to check some of our accomplishments on our Clinic Achievements page.

Get In Touch

Phone & Fax

P. (250) 247-9922
F. (250) 247-9162

Hours

Mon-Wed:  9am to 4pm
Thursday:  10am to 4pm
Friday: 9am to 3pm

Address

695 Church Street
Gabriola BC V0R 1X3

Gabriola Medical Clinic

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