• Dr. Marjorie Docherty – President

    (term ending 2022) Dr. Marjorie Docherty started her career as a family physician in Slave Lake, Alberta, practising as a full-service family physician and working in emergency, obstetrics, medical evacuations and minor surgeries. Along with her colleagues, she cared for the communities surrounding Slave Lake and would fly into the community of Wabasca on a regular basis. She helped build the local medical education program and arranged ACLS training on-site for the nursing staff of Slave Lake, encouraging residents and students to come to the community. Dr. Docherty began practising in Kelowna, BC in 1988. She has served as a full-service family physician in the community since then, only recently giving up her obstetrics practice. Dr. Docherty has always been passionate about family medicine and the education of future family physicians. She enjoys being a member of the BCCFP Board and hopes to contribute everything she can to ensure the future of family medicine remains viable and sustainable.

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  • Dr. David May – Vice President

    (term ending 2022) Dr. David May has been a family physician in rural BC for more than 29 years. He has CAC in palliative care and family practice anesthesia and a consulting practice in chronic pain. Dr. May is currently the Board Chair of the Powell River Division of Family Practice and the Vancouver Coastal Divisions representative on the GPSC. During his many years of practice, Dr. May has learned the value of a cooperative approach to getting results. He joined the BCCFP Board in 2016 and was re-elected in 2019. In his ongoing work with the BCCFP, he is looking forward to continuing with the BCCFP’s advocacy work to promote the value of the high-quality care that is delivered every day by BC family physicians.

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  • Dr. Christine Singh – Treasurer

    (term ending 2023) Dr. Christine Singh is a community family physician with more than 15 years’ experience. She has experience working with marginalized populations, including aboriginal people, high-risk youth, and patients with concurrent disorders. Dr. Singh is currently working in Student Health and at a clinic for Indigenous people, as well as practicing addiction medicine. She enjoys working within an interdisciplinary team and has frequent contact with learners. Dr. Singh also has a special interest in the wellness of physicians and learners, and actively engages in measures to promote resilience, interconnection and thriving. She joined the BCCFP Board in 2016 and was re-elected in 2019.

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  • Dr. Justine Spencer – Secretary

    (term ending 2024) Dr. Justine Spencer is a full-service family physician practising in East Vancouver, including low-risk obstetrics at BC Women’s hospital. Born and raised on Vancouver Island, she completed both medical school and family medicine residency at UBC. Now in her second year of practice, Dr. Spencer has a passion for obstetrics, perinatal addictions, family plning, primary care reform, and leadership in medicine. In her final year of family practice residency, she served as the chief-resident for the UBC family medicine program. In her first year of practice she was, and continues to be, BC’s representative for the CFPC’s First Five Years of Practice Committee. Dr. Spencer brings the perspective of a recent graduate to the BCCFP Board, and she will focus on ensuring that the Chapter remains connected to the needs of medical students, family medicine residents, and family physicians in their first five years of practice.

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  • Dr. Katherine Bell

    (term ending 2022) Dr. Katherine Bell is a family physician with a full-time locum practice on Vancouver Island and a special interest in palliative care and research. She previously practiced on Prince Edward Island, where she was recognized for her advocacy work and served as a former executive member of the PEI provincial CFPC chapter. Although new to BC, Dr. Bell brings experience in working with provincial governments and health authorities in advocacy and policy development roles. Newly elected to the BCCFP Board in 2019, Dr. Bell brings the perspective of a full-time locum and she is looking forward to the opportunity to work with the BCCFP to uphold and promote family medicine and its core values.

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  • Dr. Preveena Dharmaraj

    Dr. Preveena Dharmaraj (term ending 2024) Dr. Preveena Dharmaraj is a family physician in Vancouver. She graduated from McMaster University with an Honours Bachelor of Science and worked in mood and eating disorders research at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto before completing medical school at Queen’s University and residency in the St. Paul’s Family Medicine program at UBC.   Dr. Dharmaraj’s current practice includes a mix of maternity care, general Family Medicine, Indigenous health and Urgent Care. She is a strong believer in the positive impact of longitudinal care and has a special interest in advocating for racialized populations in women’s health and obstetrics.   As a physician in her first five years of practice, Dr. Dharmaraj brings a fresh perspective and understanding of the challenges faced by new graduates and how to better support them. 

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  • Dr. Paul Dhillon

    Dr. Paul Dhillon (term ending 2024) Dr. Paul Dhillon is a rural family physician in Sechelt, BC. After completing medical school and post-graduate training in Ireland and Europe, Dr. Dhillon returned to Canada to complete his residency. He began practicing full-scope rural medicine in Saskatchewan before returning to BC. In addition to his clinical work in Coastal and Fraser Health, Dr. Dhillon is a passionate educator, teaching residence across the country as co-founder of the Review Course in Family Medicine. He is also the author of The Surprising Lives of Small Town Doctors, published by the University of Regina Press. Dr. Dhillon is also a Reservist Medical Officer and Captain with 12 Field Ambulance, Canadian Armed Forces. He is married to his Irish wife, Sarah, and is most proud of the drill and parade skills of his two sons, Darragh and Ruairí.

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  • Dr. Dan Horvat

    (term ending 2023) Dr. Dan Horvat has been involved with comprehensive, longitudinal family practice in both northern and suburban environments in BC for 26 years. He has also devoted significant effort aimed at understanding how the most effective health care systems internationally have achieved their success. Dr. Horvat has applied what he has learned through a range of leadership, governance and administrative roles with the aim of improving rural, primary and shared care health services. He is currently very involved with primary care network activities. Dr. Horvat's current roles include Medical Director, Western Communities with Island Health, Quality Initiatives Lead with the Rural Coordination Center of BC, Clinical Associate Professor with the UBC Department of Family Practice and board member of the Health Data Coalition. Dr. Horvat was elected to the BCCFP Board in 2019.

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  • Dr. Katrin Lovett

    (term ending 2024) Dr. Katrin Lovett is a family physician in Vancouver. She completed medical school at UBC and residency training at McMaster University before moving back to BC. During  her 11 years of practice, Dr. Lovett has been privileged to provide comprehensive longitudinal family practice to patients of all ages and backgrounds, with a high proportion of elderly and complex patients.  She has always enjoyed the hands-on parts of the job, and will be taking some time in 2022 to provide a more targeted service of minor office procedures, as well as being medical director of a primary care clinic.  She remains passionate about primary and preventative healthcare and believes strongly that healthy, supported family physicians are the foundation of a sustainable healthcare system and thriving population. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Lovett is passionate about teaching and mentoring medical learners, and is a preceptor for the UBC family medicine residency program. She has been consistently involved as an examiner for the SOO component of the CFPC certification examinations since 2011. She has a special interest in healthcare technology and finding ways to optimize this to provide the best possible patient care and physician support.

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  • Dr. Alicia Pawluk

    (term ending 2022) Dr. Alicia Pawluk is a full-service family physician working in Campbell River and a recent graduate from the UBC family medicine program. Her governance experience includes roles as a Clinical Advisor to the British government and Chief Resident at UBC, as well as work with both Doctors of BC and the GPSC. In addition to representing the FFY in practice, Dr. Pawluk is also a clinical faculty member at UBC. She has a passion for engaging family physicians in their first five years of practice. Dr. Pawluk feels strongly that a concerted effort to engage physicians across the province will have a profound impact on building a community of family practice in BC. She was elected to the BCCFP Board in 2019.

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  • Dr. Serena Verma

    A photo of Dr. Serena Verma (term ending 2023) Dr. Serena Verma has been a family physician in BC for over a decade. She is inspired by the care, advocacy, and adaptability of family physicians across the province. Dr. Verma has worked with the Divisions of Family Practice, UBC/CPD, Doctors of BC and the UBC Family Practice Program. These experiences, including those gained from working in both a full-service family practice and an alternatively funded clinic, have enhanced her skill set. Dr. Verma is fascinated by the many innovations in family medicine. As a BCCFP Board member, she hopes to advocate and work towards addressing the challenges faced by family physicians.”

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  • Dr. Sean Wachtel

    (term ending 2023) Dr. Sean Wachtel is a family physician and public health specialist. He currently works in rural and remote family practice and on health systems and other public health issues for the First Nations Health Authority. As a practicing rural physician, Dr. Wachtel understands the pressures faced by family physicians. As a public health specialist, he is a member of several provincial committees that represent the profession and the First Nations population in conversations with the government and other provincial partners. Dr. Wachtel has wide experience of governance, policy, primary care and public health research. He was elected to the BCCFP Board in 2019.

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  • Dr. Vincent Wong

    (term ending 2023) Dr. Vincent Wong is a family physician in the Lower Mainland. He trained initially as a pharmacist, subsequently completing medical school in UBC’s Southern Medical Program and undertaking residency training in UBC’s Vancouver-Fraser site. These experiences inspired in Dr. Wong a great interest in health systems and interprofessional collaboration, which motivated him to continue studies in UBC’s MHA program. He keeps himself busy alongside his practice by precepting learners at the UBC Health Clinic, teaching family practice and clinical skills seminars. As a BCCFP Board member, Dr. Wong hopes to inspire colleagues not only to be the best they can in their important roles, but also to seek a more sustainable and efficient system for improved population health.

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