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Interlake-Eastern RHA welcomes two new physicians and a nurse practitioner to the Pine Falls Health Complex

Two new physicians and a nurse practitioner are accepting patients in the Pine Falls Health Complex. The physicians are also taking call in the adjacent Pine Falls hospital emergency department. Meet the practitioners providing health care in Pine Falls:

Dr. Mena Bassily

Dr. Mena Bassily graduated from the Faculty of Medicine-Menoufia University in Egypt and then worked at the university as an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, Public Health and Epidemiology. He obtained his master’s degree in Community Health Sciences from Menoufia University in Egypt and a doctoral degree (PhD) in Public Health and Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health in the USA. He completed additional medical training at University of Manitoba this summer.

“Since my childhood, I dreamed of being a physician as I was touched by the idea of being able to reduce patients’ suffering. I particularly chose family practice because of the ability of family physicians to have a holistic approach to patients' health and to be the front line in disease diagnosis and management,” says Dr. Bassily, “My aim is to provide high-quality health care to my patients in the Pine Falls community and its neighborhood.”

He is especially interested in chronic disease management and emergency medicine which will serve him well in his role at the Pine Falls Health Complex.

“I chose the Pine Falls community as it offered me the opportunity to work in a busy emergency room as well as a personal care home, in addition to my regular duties in the Primary Health Care Clinic. This health model that splits time between acute and chronic disease care is the best model to match my interests.”

Dr. Bassily has an eight year old son who is in the local French immersion school and he has a two year old daughter who is discovering the world of Lego. His wife is a substitute teacher who just completed a postgraduate diploma in teaching methods.

He enjoys travelling, fishing, biking, table tennis and chess.

Dr. Gulniyaz Abisheva

Dr. Gulniyaz Abisheva completed her medical doctor degree training in Kazakhstan, has earned a PhD and recently completed additional training at the University of Manitoba this summer. Dr. Abisheva has a special interest in women’s health, dermatology and cancer care. She has completed additional training on thyroid and breast cancer at Hiroshima University in Japan.

“My desire to help people, and my family influence, made me want to be a physician,” says Dr. Abisheva, “I’m in love with the natural beauty of Pine Falls - it reminds me of Kazakhstan.”

She has a spouse and one child whom she enjoys spending time with after work hiking and doing other outdoor activities. She also enjoys landscape design and painting in her spare time. She speaks English, Russian, German, Kazakh and Turk and has been to Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East, most of Europe and South America.

Jesse Lamoureux, NP

Nurse practitioner, Jesse Lamoureux holds a bachelor of nursing and masters of nursing (giving him his nurse practitioner title) from the University of Manitoba. He was born in Pine Falls and spent the majority of his childhood growing up in the area.

“Being on the border of the Canadian Shield and the Prairies gives us access to an amazing environment. There is lots to explore and do, and we also have great diversity of people within our area,” says Jesse, who enjoys fishing and the outdoors, “This gives us a unique cultural perspective, especially when we come together and build relationships and futures for our communities.”
He is Métis and loves working with people who reflect the diverse cultures of the area.
Jesse became a nurse practitioner because he wanted to provide health services to his home community.

“I wanted to extend my nursing practice into primary care and help strengthen health for people in our community. The nurse practitioner role is interesting as it blends the approach of the nurse with delivering healthcare and modern medicine.”

Patients can make an appointment with either physician or nurse practitioner by phoning the Pine Falls Primary Health Care Complex at (204) 367-2278.  Please be sure to have your Manitoba Health card available when calling to make an appointment.

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