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Physician Testimonials

Whether relocating to Manitoba or deciding to practice in their home province, we're fortunate to have many great physicians and diverse opportunities for them to practice here!


Dr. Savanna McKay
Swan River MB, Prairie Mountain Health

Dr. Savanna McKay grew up and graduated from high school in Swan River. She completed medical school at Northern Ontario School of Medicine in Thunder Bay, ON. and she completed her Family Medicine Residency through the University of Manitoba in the Parkland program.

"I chose to move back to Swan River to practice because of all the outdoor recreational activities available throughout all four seasons, including boating, camping, kayaking, hiking, snowmobiling, skiing and much more..."

Dr. McKay has been practicing since July 2017 in Swan River. Her clinic is located at the
Swan Valley Primary Care Centre. When Dr. McKay is not in the clinic she is busy seeing inpatients and working shifts in the emergency department at the local hospital.

"One of the many benefits of working in Rural Manitoba is that the relatively new clinic and hospital are great facilities to work and the clinic has a very supportive group of colleagues to work with."

Rural life really offers many benefits, such as:

  • great outdoor recreation opportunities
  • quiet rural living
  • very supportive communities (lots of fundraisers for medical equipment, etc)

Dr. Savanna McKay stated that,

"I don't have to wait to go on vacation to have fun, explore and enjoy outdoor recreational activities, instead they are available every day after work and weekend within close distance."

 

 

Dr. McKay

“Working in rural Manitoba provides the ideal work/life balance for those who enjoy outdoor recreation.”

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Dr. Denis Fortier
VP Medical Services/Vice-président - services médicaux,
Assistant Professor, University of Manitoba
Southern Health-Santé Sud

“Working and living in a rural community in Southern Health-Santé Sud allows me to practice family medicine as it has always been intended - the full spectrum from babies to seniors and everything in between as well as offering primary care, emergency care and acute care services. And to fully understand the person in the context of their family within the context of their community is extremely rewarding.”

Dr. Denis Fortier

 

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Dr. Rhythm Gumber, Lead Hospitalist
Medical Director, Medicine Program Specializing in Chronic Disease Management
Steinbach MB, Southern Health-Santé Sud

Dr. Rhythm Gumber was born, raised and completed his Bachelors in Medicine and Surgery in India before moving to Ontario Canada in 2007.

Dr. Gumber moved to Winnipeg in 2009 to pursue his residency in Family Medicine with the Urban Residency stream at the University of Manitoba. He chose Steinbach to complete his rural residency rotation and confirms it’s the best decision he’s made

Dr. Rhythm Gumber

 

“Steinbach is a great place with lots of potential and lots of practice options for primary care practitioners with an awesome group of Physicians and wonderful staff.”

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Dr. James MacTavish, Family Medicine
Treherne MB, Prairie Mountain Health

“Having grown in up rural Manitoba and being familiar with the friendly nature of small town living, it was an easy decision to pursue rural medicine. I have worked in Treherne for nearly three years and feel I was well prepared by Manitoba's rural residency program for the work environment that exists in a smaller community. Our work entails a broad scope of practice, and we are challenged to problem-solve and enhance our knowledge on a daily basis.

My colleagues and I derive a lot of satisfaction from the opportunity to provide continuity of care to our patients. To develop a relationship and help them navigate the health-care system is truly gratifying.”

Dr. James MacTavish

 

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Dr. Carine Minders, Family Medicine
Brandon MB, Prairie Mountain Health

South Africa was home to Dr. Carine Minders where she also trained and practiced Family medicine along-side her father Dr. Louis Minders.

Carine, with her parents decided to move to Canada just over a year ago and looks forward to her younger brother relocating to Canada in the near future.

“Canada is truly an amazing country with multiple different cultures and nationalities working towards a common goal”.

Dr. Minders says it was easy to embrace Canada as her new home because she found there were no cultural barriers and English was her first language.

She chose Manitoba because she knew another South African doctor working in Brandon and as a result,
Dr. Minders currently works as a full time Hospitalist at Brandon Regional Health Centre, which also includes some shifts in the Emergency department.

Dr. Minders Photo

“I knew very little about the different provinces in Canada, but after living here for just over a year now, I would choose Manitoba again!

“I cannot say enough good things about the hospital and I consider all the people there as my new and opted extended family. There is a special atmosphere of camaraderie when you walk through the doors in the morning and I am happy to be at work every day."

Dr. Minders looks forward to starting a new Trans Health Clinic in Brandon this spring.

“I'm extremely proud to be part of such a wonderful health system. I am able to practice first class evidence based medicine to all people regardless of their financial background. I can focus on providing the best health care for each and every patient without first checking if their health care plan allows me to do so. I am proud that we can also practice a lot of preventative care and we have proper screening guidelines. I think family practice in Canada has allowed me to do what I truly believe in: Holistic patient care.

Manitoba has a reputation for being the friendliest province, and I can testify to that as being fact

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Dr. Edwards Tan, Family Medicine
Portage La Prairie, Southern Health-Sante Sud

Dr. Edward Tan is a Rural Family Physician who has been practicing for the past 4 years in Portage La Prairie.

He is the ER/ICU Director of the Portage La Prairie Hospital. Dr. Tan also enjoys the role of the Educational Director for their resident stream. His practice consist of a mix of ER, clinic, and hospital work.

Dr. Tan was born and raised in Winnipeg and he completed his medical school and residency training at the University of Manitoba. As an medical student, Dr. Tan said that heI spent time in Portage La Prairie during his family medicine rotation and really enjoyed it there.

 

“Two of my close friends and classmates decided to establish their practice in Portage as well, therefore it made the decision to come here easier. Working rurally offered a unique opportunity where I have a diverse medical practice - which wouldn't have been available in the city.

Dr. Edwards Tan

 

Dr. Tan indicted that he found some of the benefits of living in Manitoba were because, the cost of living and competitive monetary renumeration. He also indicted that he loved the great sunny warm summer days!

“Coming to work is enjoyable when you have great people around you."

Dr. Tan shared the following about his experience practicing in Manitoba:

“Working in Manitoba is rewarding and unique experience. You are able work in large cities centers, small rural towns or even remotely up north. You are exposed to a variety of different patient populations and complex disease processes.

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Dr. Manish Garg, Family Medicine
Pinawa MB, Interlake-Eastern Regional Health

Dr. Manish Garg is a Rural Family Physician who recently relocated to Manitoba in August 2015. Dr. Garg grew up in Goa, India and he moved to the United Kingdom in the year 2000 where he trained to be a Family Physician.

For the past 18 months he has been practicing his role by providing Primary Care Services, Emergency Room coverage and Hospital Inpatient Care to the communities of Pinawa, Whitemouth and Lac Du Bonnet from Pinawa Primary Care Health Centre.

"We moved to Pinawa, Manitoba in August 2015. I always wanted to provide holistic care which combined Out Patient Services, Emergency Room and In-patient care, and also to be actively involved in the communities where I live. Being part of a team of committed health care professionals who I could speak to on a first name basis mattered to me. I found this perfect combination where I could balance my work - life balance in this rural community of Manitoba."

 

Dr. Manish Garg

"My experinece with practicing in Manitoba has been that the
The Regional Health Authority has been very supportive.
I have had the chance to get involved at
a regional level to help shape local services.

I enjoy working with the University of Manitoba
to highlight the benefits and exciting challenges of
rural practice to Medical Students and Resident Doctors.

 

"If I were to list some of the benefits of living in Manitoba, I would say the following are my top 3:

  1. Work - Life Balance
  2. Close to pristine nature
  3. Grateful and ever helpful communities

If you are looking for a wholesome, engaging practice that challenges you and pushes you out of your comfort zone, that helps you build long lasting relationships with your patients and colleagues, that brings you closer to nature and to appreciate what it has to offer, then look no further - Manitoba is the place to come!!"

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Dr. Conor Mulholland, Pediatric Ophthalmologist
Winnipeg MB, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority

Welcome Dr. Mulholland!

Dr. Conor Mulholland is a Pediatric Ophthalmologist who recently relocated to Manitoba in November 2014. Dr. Mulholland received his medical training in Ireland along with a fellowship in British Columbia. Before relocating to Manitoba and the Children’s Hospital in Winnipeg, Dr. Mulholland practiced in Wales, United Kingdom.

Dr. Mulholland spends his time in the Pediatric Ophthalmology Clinic at the Children’s Hospital in Winnipeg along with two other Ophthalmologists, Dr. E. Paul Shuckett and Dr. Ian Clark. Since joining the clinic, the pediatric ophthalmology wait-list has been lowered significantly and continues to drop with the three specialists serving the pediatric community.

Dr. Mulholland explains since he’s arrived to Manitoba he’s been given all the resources, clinic space and professional independence to effectively set up his clinic environment to see and treat his patients.

 

"Everyone has been so welcoming and supportive here both personally and professionally.

The WRHA was extremely helpful in the relocation process to Manitoba.”

Dr. Mulholland  
Dr. Mulholland was pleasantly surprised on how much there is to do in Winnipeg and has enjoyed meeting many new people and new friends!
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