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We use a co-operative model to augment education and prevention resources around physician wellness. Essential to this model are the contributions of our diverse collaborators, including physicians and professionals trained in other disciplines. Well Doc Canada provides an avenue for those with physician wellness expertise to reach a broader audience and to train others to meet the increasing demands for physician wellness resources.


Collaborators may contribute in many ways including:

  • Sharing resources they have developed

  • Helping develop new education resources

  • Updating existing education resources (from personal or other sources)

  • Teaching education resource materials directly

  • Training other physicians to teach education resource materials

  • Helping develop or refine processes related to supporting groups to implement foundational programs at the system level

We currently have 8 Collaborators with many more coming soon as the Well Doc Canada pilot gets up and running. We are pleased to introduce you to them below.

Last Updated: May 30, 2024

Dr. Samina Ali (she/her/elle), MD (Edmonton, AB)

Dr. Ali is a pediatric emergency physician at the Stollery Children's Hospital (Edmonton), a Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine (University of Alberta), and a researcher in better pain care for children. She has worked in wellness and professionalism for many years, including various past leadership roles.

Dr. Charlie Chen (he/him), MD, MEd, CCFP(PC), FCFP (Calgary, AB)

Dr. Chen is a Palliative Medicine Physician and the (outgoing - ending August 31) Medical Director of Palliative and End of Life Care, Calgary Zone, Alberta Health Services. He is a Physician Advisor: Wellness, Diversity, and Development with Physician Experience, AHS Medical Affairs. Dr. Chen is also a Clinical Associate Professor in the Departments of Oncology and Family Medicine at the University of Calgary, and serves as the Chair of the Wellness Committee for the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians.

Dr. Gail Darling, MD, FRCSC, FACS (Halifax, NS)

Dr. Darling is a Surgeon based in Halifax. She is the Dr. D Alex Gillis Professor and Head of the Department of Surgery at Dalhousie University, as well as the Head of Surgery for Nova Scotia Health Central Zone. She is the past President for the Canadian Association of Thoracic Surgery and past Editor-in-Chief for Pearson’s Textbook of Thoracic Surgery.


Dr. Rachel Grimminck (she/her), MD, FRCPC, DABPN, CGP (Calgary, AB and British Columbia)

Dr. Grimminck is a Psychiatrist whose current clinical practice focuses on group therapy and Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy in Alberta and British Columbia. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary and Clinical Instructor at the University of British Columbia. She holds leadership positions with a province-wide group therapy program in BC and is a BC Psychiatric Association board member.  She was previously the Clinical Medical Director for Emergency Psychiatry at Foothills Medical Center and the PGME Simulation Lead for the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Calgary. Her areas of interest include emergency psychiatry, group psychotherapy, EDI and structural stigma, medical education, and physician wellness.

Dr. Susan Kuhn (she/her), MD (Calgary, AB)

Dr. Kuhn is a pediatric infectious disease specialist at the Alberta Children’s Hospital, and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary.  Her interests include tropical medicine, migrant health, compassion, and faculty vitality.

Dr. Anton Nel, MD, MBChB (Okotoks, AB)

Dr. Nel is a Family and Urgent Care physician in Okotoks. He is the past chair of the Calgary Rural PCN Provider Corporation and past president of the Okotoks Urgent Care Executive.


Dr. Amanda Roze des Ordons, MD, MMEd (Calgary, AB)
Dr. Roze des Ordons is a Medical Educator and Physician in critical care medicine, palliative medicine, and anesthesiology with affiliations at the universities of Calgary and British Columbia.

Dr. Nadia Salvaterra, MD, CCFP, CCPE (Edmonton, AB)

Dr. Salvaterra is a Family Physician based in Edmonton and a Clinical Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta. She is also the Associate Zone Medical Director of Primary, Continuing & Community Care and Suburban Hospitals for Alberta Health Services Edmonton Zone and the Edmonton Zone Primary Care Network Executive Dyad.

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