(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.
(working as Dr Maciej Mierzewski Inc)
CCFP Maciek mówi po polsku.
Maciek was born in 1979 in the gray communist lead harbour city of Gdynia in Poland. He went to school like everybody else, had the same shoes like everybody else, had to queue for toilet paper like everybody else. But he was 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 he got lucky again: Poland joined the European Union in 2004 and suddenly the whole world opened up to all.
In 2005 Maciek finished studying medicine in Poland, at the Medical University of Gdansk. His first job was working as a junior doctor in the National Health Service — in Hull, Humberside in the UK. Over the next 6 years he worked in a number of hospitals in Bridlington, Scarborough, Gloucester, Manchester and Stockport. Like every doctor he worked in a variety of clinical specialities. His GP training finished in 2011. He became a doctor in the small village of Hadfield, near Glossop in Derbyshire. In 2013 he came to visit Gabriola Island BC and could not leave. As for his interests, there are too many—Running, cycling, swimming, diving, boating, firefighting. I like medicine too.
(working as Dr Adam Sandell Inc)
BA BM BCh LLB MSc FRCGP CCFP Adam parle français.
Adam’s from England, where he trained and worked before moving to Gabriola in 2020, taking over François Bosman’s panel. He enjoys the breadth of general practice, caring for everyone from newborn infants to people at the ends of their lives.
With Primary Care International, Adam has trained doctors and nurses and helped develop healthcare services in Africa, India, and the Middle East for organizations including the World Health Organization and the UN Refugee Council. He also worked as a barrister in England, specializing in health-related human rights law, particularly for marginalized and vulnerable people.
(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!
Medical Office Assistants
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.
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 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 works with (not for) the clinic
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.
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 GP. We are very concerned about this and are actively trying to recruit a fourth permanent doctor. Our aim is that everyone on the island who wants a GP at our clinic can have one.
During the pandemic, we’re doing our best to accommodate everyone on Gabriola. Call us on (250) 247-9922.
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Phone & Fax
P. (250) 247-9922
F. (250) 247-9162
M, T, W & F: 9am to 4pm
Thursday: 10am to 4pm
695 Church Street
Gabriola BC V0R 1X3
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