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Gimli and area physician couple put down roots
Dr. Andrea Fulmore recently moved her practice from Selkirk to Gimli where she joins her husband and Gimli Hospital’s chief medical officer, Dr. Jonah Fulmore who has practiced in Gimli since January 2018.
Andrea’s work focuses mostly on woman’s health, prenatal care and pre/post conception counselling. She’s also more recently taken on a role in the hospital’s dialysis unit. She continues her involvement with the group of  doctors doing deliveries at the Selkirk Regional Health Centre.
“Many of my pregnant patients previously had to travel every week or every second week to Selkirk to do prenatal care after they reached 28 weeks. By offering prenatal care in Gimli I am helping save those patients the commute by offering this service closer to their home community.”
The two physicians enjoy working and living in Gimli and think other young graduates or soon to be graduates will too. Jonah looks forward to his role in that.
“I feel fortunate to be able to build a cohesive team here in Gimli in my role as chief medical officer through recruitment and then eventually retention of physicians and I think we’re getting there.”
It sounds like the two are settling into the community just fine after moving here permanently six months ago. Jonah is a part of both the local men’s golf and hockey leagues. But as much as they enjoy Gimli, they also enjoy spending time travelling with their son. In fact they have an upcoming trip to Mexico planned.
The pair met in medical school and eventually got married. Fast forward to the end of 2019 and both are enjoying being in the community of Gimli and raising their young son, Jagger.
Jonah is the hospital chief medical officer and personal care home’s medical director. He enjoys the work he does both in hospital and through his primary care clinic practice.
“My passion is for emergency medicine and I take as many as seven or eight (24 hour) shifts a month in on top of my personal care home work and my primary care practice. I also hold a licence to prescribe medications to treat addictions so patients come to me as referrals from the region’s Rapid Access to Addictions Medicine Clinic.”
Growing up, they each spent time in the community of Gimli fishing, golfing and playing hockey with friends and family. So when they heard the community needed physicians to set up practice, they were on board.
Although the two have a full roster right now caring for their son, Jonah’s shifts in emergency and  Andrea’s new role in the dialysis unit, the two are hopeful they will be able to announce the capacity to take on new patients in the near future.
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