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Mobile Clinic Staff

Nurse Practitioners
Maureen
Ashley

Primary Care Nurses
Kassandra
Christine

Mobile Clinic Drivers
John
Myles

Nurse Practitioners

 
Maureen





Maureen
, NP
After graduating from Health Sciences Centre (HSC) in 1993, Maureen moved to Thompson to work at the Thompson General Hospital (TGH) as a general duty nurse. From there Maureen developed an appreciation of the north and rural life. Next, she completed the specialty training to work in the renal dialysis unit at TGH and then she moved back to Winnipeg and continued to work in the dialysis units at Health Science Centre (HSC) and would fill in at the Pine Falls dialysis unit as needed. From there, Maureen moved to the fast paced environment of the emergency department in HSC. Maureen also worked in northern Manitoba with First Nation and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB) working as a community health nurse. Over the past five years Maureen work in Nunavut on an air ambulance where she would bring patients out of Nunavut to Winnipeg. Maureen graduated from Dalhousie University with a Master of Nursing degree / Nurse Practitioner and started working with Interlake-Eastern RHA in July 2015. She has worked in the Selkirk Quick Care Clinic, Gimli Hospital and Selkirk & District General Hospital ER minor treatment area. When asked about what she thinks it would be like working in a mobile clinic she says she is excited to meet the people in the communities and to bring primary care to the people. In the mobile clinic nurse practitioners and primary care nurses will be able to treat everyone from seniors, adults, families and kids. Maureen was born and raised in Winnipeg so moving to Thompson was her first experience of living in a rural community and she embraced all it had to offer shortly after becoming an outdoors enthusiast. She has canoed and/or kayaked many of the lakes and rivers in Manitoba. This past summer, Maureen went kayaking in the Churchill River with the beluga whales.
   
 Ashley

Ashley
, NP
Ashley started her career as a nurse at the pediatric intensive care unit at Health Sciences Centre. She has also worked in medical education with the University of Manitoba and adult outpatient oncology. Ashley recently completed her Master of Nursing to become a nurse practitioner and has been working for the Quick Care Clinic in Selkirk. She got interested in rural health care because of the unique challenges facing rural patients in particular, reliable access to care. Her interest in rural healthcare stems from doing her practicum at Beausejour Primary Care Clinic during her Master’s in Nurse Practitioner studies. Her favourite part of her job is learning and applying that knowledge she learned in school and mixing it with what she learns each day to contribute to better health outcomes for her patients. She is excited to expand that knowledge to the mobile clinic that will be visiting remote areas to offer primary care services and getting to know her patients one on one. Through the mobile clinic health care providers will be assigned to each community so that they can get to know their patients, their families and their environment in turn providing reliable health care. In primary care, she appreciates the time she has to develop relationships with her patients, provide education into their health to prevent critical cases. She grew up in West St. Paul and currently resides in Winnipeg but spends summers at her family cabin in the Nutimik where she enjoys swimming (no matter how cold the water is!).
   

 Primary Care Nurses

 
 Kassandra




Kassandra
, Primary Care Nurse
Kassandra has been a practicing nurse for nearly 14 years. She started her career in labour, delivery, recovery and postpartum (LDRP) at St Boniface Hospital. Over half of her career has been spent in the maternal child specialty at both St. Boniface Hospital and Women’s Hospital, including experiences in labour and delivery, LDRP, neonatal intensive care unit, intermediate care, antepartum, and some post-op Gyne. Following her time in Winnipeg, she moved regions to Interlake-Eastern RHA and began acute care nursing in Teulon’s Hunter Memorial Hospital; spending time within the ER, as well as with Teulon’s long term care clients. During her time there she also worked casually in Home Care within the Teulon community. More recently Kassandra has been working within the Public Health program & in Selkirk’s Quick Care Clinic as a Primary Care Nurse. Her various experiences make her a good fit for the mobile clinic where she will be working alongside nurse practitioners to deliver care to more isolated communities. Her favourite part of her job is having the opportunity to educate clients on ways to stay healthy and helping to facilitate access to health care services, with a focus on illness prevention to limit health problems that may escalate. Kassandra spent some time as a child living in the region on a small farm and knows the importance of health equity for all who reside in the Interlake-Eastern RHA. Kassandra lives just outside of Balmoral with her partner, on their own small hobby farm where she enjoys gardening, growing her own food, and caring for her farm animals. She has one daughter who lives in an assisted living home in Stonewall. She chooses to stay and work in the region because she appreciates the caring, friendly, supportive residents who make up the communities.
   
 Christine

Christine, Primary Care Nurse

Christine comes to the mobile clinic with 22 years of varied nursing experience in critical, neonatal, pediatric, palliative care, wound care, and home care. Most recently, she spent 15 years with our region as a home care nurse in the Stonewall area. In January 2016, she had the opportunity to explore primary care nursing and accepted a term position with the Selkirk QuickCare clinic. Primary care became a new adventure for her and in December 2016, she accepted a permanent position with the Selkirk mobile clinic team. This new position offered the opportunity to provide care to clients across the lifespan and the outreach aspect of the clinic was particularly attractive. Christine is enjoying the challenges of caring for children and working with young adults who are learning to become proactive with their health. She is looking forward to getting to know the people of the communities she will be visiting with the mobile clinic.

Christine has a very active family life with her husband, 3 sons, and 2 huskies. In the summer months you can find her family sailing, camping, hiking, gardening, and beekeeping. They are currently excited about their newest family adventure in restoring a 130-year old field stone farm house in the Interlake. She has very fond memories of visiting with her grandparents in St. Georges where she spent time cross country skiing, fishing, swimming, and foraging in the surrounding forests with her grandmother and sisters. As an avid gardener, one of her passions is learning about how to use food as medicine and how plants in our own environment can provide health treatments and support.

   
 Mobile Clinic Drivers  
   
 John Pilon
John, Mobile Clinic Driver
John moved to Lac du Bonnet from Winnipeg in 1987 with his wife, a registered nurse, and two boys. In 2012, he retired from the position as EMS Operations Manager with the former North Eastman Health Authority and spent some time taking care of his granddaughter. He brings his background as a paramedic to his role as a mobile clinic driver where they are responsible for operations and maintenance of the mobile clinic unit and welcoming clients into the clinic. John also has experience driving a tractor trailer which will come in handy maneuvering the 40 foot mobile unit that needs a special Class 3 driving licence to operate. His wife is also a nurse with the Interlake-Eastern RHA.







   
 Myles

Myles, Mobile Clinic Driver
Myles retired from Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) in 2013 in the emergency services department. He’s been retired for three years but keeps busy as a training officer for the air cadets squadron in Beausejour, as a casual school bus driver, delivering explosives (fireworks), and is even a marriage commissioner! Earlier in his career he was a volunteer paramedic. The mobile bus driver is an opportunity to use some of the skills in community service he gained as a fire chief and paramedic to bring much needed healthcare to patients in remote communities. He was born in Pinawa where he raised his four kids and he still resides there today.Myles retired from Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) in 2013 in the emergency services department. He’s been retired for three years but keeps busy as a training officer for the air cadets squadron in Beausejour, as a casual school bus driver, delivering explosives (fireworks), and is even a marriage commissioner! Earlier in his career he was a volunteer paramedic. The mobile bus driver is an opportunity to use some of the skills in community service he gained as a fire chief and paramedic to bring much needed healthcare to patients in remote communities. He was born in Pinawa where he raised his four kids and he still resides there today.

 

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