Dr Shiona McIntosh received her medical degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland and her Family Medicine residency was completed at the University of Ottawa. She practiced Family Medicine in Fall River, NS and Fredericton, NB-retiring recently after 28 years of practice. Dr. McIntosh was always drawn to the preventive aspects of medical care, and in 2007, she began her exploration of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and has been teaching adults since 2009 in the community setting. She has also developed a four-week program for physicians called Mindful MDs, and has recently started a program called Mindfulness for Nurses. Dr. McIntosh has seen firsthand how small changes in self awareness can translate into improved emotional regulation, self coping skills, behavioural change, and improved quality of life.
Dr Jules Cormier is based out of Dieppe, New Brunswick where he practices Family Medicine. He completed his premed training in Moncton, New Brunswick, and then went on to earn his Ph.D in medicine at the University of Sherbrooke. In 2007, he was offered a spot at Dieppe’s Unité de Medecine Familiale — a group and teaching practice where interns and medical students do their training. He also teaches part-time at his local medical school, where he’s taught everything from endocrinology, lifestyle medicine, and medical interviewing skills to skin surgery techniques. Dr. Cormier has an active online presence, where he writes blog posts about the benefits of plant-based eating, weight loss, plant-based diets for athletes, and even his own passion for fitness by documenting his training on Instagram and YouTube. As a forty-year-old plant-based athlete, Dr. Cormier recently qualified for the World Ninja Championships, an obstacle racing sport, that will be held in July 2022 in Las Vegas.
Dr Ghislain Lavoie received his Doctorate of Medicine from University of Montreal in 2012 and completed his Family Medicine Residency at the Université de Sherbrooke in 2014, where he’s held a clinical professor position since. He has worked as a Family Physician in a Family Medicine Teaching Unit from 2014 to 2021, and has been the Medical and Research Director at Faubourg du Mascaret since 2017, the largest francophone retirement living environment in New Brunswick. He is currently working on two research projects in relation to access to care and deprescribing for the elderly, as well as being the Head of General Practice for Zone 1B, the Head of Family Practice at the Dr George-L-Dumont University Hospital Center, a full scope Family Physician building a new lifestyle medicine clinic in the Greater Moncton area, and the president of the New Brunswick College of Family Physicians.
Dr. Aimée Bouka is a family physician practicing on Gwich’in and Inuvialuit territories (Western Arctic). She is a graduate of the Centre de Formation Médicale du Nouveau-Brunswick (2019) and the University of Calgary family medicine residency program (2021). She currently sits on the board of directors of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE) and on the board of Advisors for the Black Physicians of Alberta Association. Her main interests are the application of antiracist and anti-oppressive frameworks to medical education and primary care as well as intersectional environmentalism.