2019 Speakers (Conference and Post-Conference Workshop)

Conference Speakers

Dr. Germaine Arendse, PhD
Community Rheumatology Care

Dr. Germaine Arendse is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan’s Microbiology and Immunology PhD program. Her thesis was aimed at understanding the control of various CD4 T-cells responses to foreign antigens. Dr. Arendse currently applies her knowledge of immunology in clinical research of autoimmune disease at Community Rheumatology Care in Saskatoon and co-ordinates the immunology course for medical students at the University of Saskatchewan.

Dr. Regan Arendse, PhD, FRCP
Community Rheumatology Care

Dr. Regan Arendse moved to Canada in 2011 after completing his training in rheumatology in South Africa and the Netherlands. He then competed the Canadian equivalence examinations for rheumatology while in private community practice. Dr. Arendse currently manages patients with a wide spectrum of autoimmune and inflammatory diseases with basic and advance (biologic) targeted therapies.

Dr. Bao Dang, MD, FRCPC, FCCP
Respirology, Internal Medicine, Medical Director – Inspiration Pulmonary Health Inc.

Dr. Bao Dang obtained his MD Doctor of Medicine from the University of Calgary in 2003. His additional qualifications/specialties include: LMCC – Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada; RCPC – Fellow, Royal College of Physicians Canada – Internal Medicine; SPEC COMP – Certificate of Special Competence – Respirology; Pulm Interpretation-Level IV; and Pulm Director – Level IV. His special areas of interest are COPD and asthma, pleural diseases, PFT, and ICU. Dr Dang is a practicing Respirologist in Medicine Hat, AB. He is part of the call group for Internal Medicine and ICU. Dr. Dang is a Medical director and manages a PFT lab in Medicine Hat. He is also a Pulmonary consultant for the Worker’s Compensation Board in Calgary, and a sitting member for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta Group Practice Review Committee.

Dr. C. Nicole Hawkins, MD, FRCPC, DABD
SkinSense Dermatology

Nicole Hawkins was born and raised in Calgary, AB. She completed her undergraduate degree at Acadia University, medical school at Queen’s, and dermatology residency at the University of Toronto. She passed her Royal College Exam in Dermatology in 2014. Dr. Hawkins started SkinSense Dermatology Clinic with Dr. Angela Law in 2014, and SkinSense Medical Research in 2017. The clinic is currently home to 4 dermatologists, and is the largest medical and cosmetic dermatology clinic in Saskatchewan. Dr. Hawkins practices all types of dermatology — medical, surgical, and cosmetic — for patients of all ages. Nicole lives with her husband and two young sons in Saskatoon.

Brent Jensen
RxFiles Academic Detailing Program

Brent currently works with the RxFiles Academic Detailing Program in Saskatchewan as a detailer & drug information specialist. As an academic detailer, he sees hundreds of Saskatchewan family physicians two or three times per year, on topics chosen by family physicians. He has spent many hours updating & creating RxFiles drug comparison charts over the last 25 years. He is involved in reviewing and presenting clinical trial evidence as it relates to drug therapy decision making. The RxFiles Drug Comparison Charts have become a valued tool by physicians and pharmacists across Canada & beyond. Previously, as a hospital pharmacist for Saskatoon City Hospital for over 30 years, he has a keen interest in psychiatry, geriatrics & rehab medicine. Brent has a lovely pharmacist wife who works in long term care at Home Care & 2 university aged kids.

Declan Quinn, MD, FRCPC, Psychiatry
Child & Youth Division, Department of Psychiatry, Royal University Hospital

Dr. Quinn is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at the University of Saskatchewan in the College of Medicine. He was born in Dublin, Ireland and completed his Medical Education at Trinity College Dublin. In 1977 he came to Canada to complete postgraduate training in Psychiatry and has been on staff at the University of Saskatchewan, College of Medicine since 1980. He is also a member of the Canadian ADHD Resource Alliance (CADDRA) Guidelines Steering Committee. Dr. Quinn started research studies on ADHD in the early 1980’s with colleagues in the College of Pharmacy and has pursued this area of research since that time. He has also been involved in numerous clinical trials and studies examining the effects of stimulant medication in Children, Adolescents and Adults with ADHD. His main interests are in Pharmacology and Pharmacokinetics of Stimulant Medications in ADHD

Leland Sommer, MN, RN(NP)
Consultant, Prescription Review Program, SRNA

Leland Sommer completed his undergraduate nursing from the NEPS Regina Site in 2004 and licensed as a Registered Nurse. He completed graduate nursing education from Athabasca University and licensed as a Nurse Practitioner in 2011. Nursing has offered opportunities across all domains of nursing in both urban and rural locations. Leland’s current clinic practice is focused in geriatrics with research interest in palliative care. He is a preceptor for NP students from both Saskatchewan programs; a Faculty Resource in the College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan; and an NP Consultant with the Prescription Review Program at SRNA (since 2015).

Lilian Thorpe, MD, PhD, FRCP
Departments of Psychiatry and Community Health & Epidemiology, University of Saskatchewan; Saskatchewan Health Authority

Dr. Thorpe is a psychiatrist with dual academic appointments as Professor of Psychiatry and Community Health and Epidemiology at the University of Saskatchewan. She obtained her M.D. at the University of Toronto, completed her residency in psychiatry at the University of Saskatchewan, and obtained her Ph.D. in Community Health and Epidemiology at the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Thorpe provides clinical services and education in inpatient settings, the Geriatric Assessment Program, nursing homes, and in the MAiD program. She was a member of the Saskatoon Health Region committee which developed the MAiD policy, and has now been involved with over 200 assessments and over 80 clinical MAiD provisions throughout the province. Dr. Thorpe has provided MAiD related teaching at multiple University and Health Authority levels and is actively involved in MAiD related research.

Francoise (Frankie) Verville
Program Head, Collaborative Nurse Practitioner Program, Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Frankie Verville currently holds the position of Program Head for the Collaborative Nurse Practitioner Program at Saskatchewan Polytechnic in Regina, Saskatchewan. Frankie’s nursing career spans critical care, emergency, organ transplant coordination (donor and recipient), post-anesthetic care, and more recently work as a nurse practitioner in a variety of urban, rural, and remote locations. Additionally, Frankie has been involved in nursing education at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Frankie holds a Diploma of Nursing from Medicine Hat College, a Certificate in Advanced Nursing Practice from SIAST, a Bachelor of Nursing degree from the University of Saskatchewan, a Masters of Nursing from Athabasca University, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Practice Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) from Athabasca University. She is currently enrolled in a Doctor of Nursing Practice with an emphasis on Educational Leadership at Grand Canyon University. Frankie is a member of several committees including the Saskatchewan Association of Nurse Practitioners, the Saskatchewan NP Education committee, the Nurse Practitioner Association of Canada, and the NP Advisory Committee at the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association.

Dr. Robert Weiler
Saskatchewan Health Authority

Dr. Rob Weiler obtained his medical degree from the University of Saskatchewan, College of Medicine and holds certification and fellowship from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in anesthesiology. He also completed a Master of Public Health at the University of Saskatchewan in 2013. Dr. Weiler provided service at the St. Paul’s Hospital intensive care unit over 20 years and continues to work part time in anesthesia. Dr. Weiler was a member of the Saskatoon Health Region committee which developed the MAiD policy, and has now been involved with over 200 assessments and over 80 clinical MAiD provisions throughout the province. Dr. Weiler has provided MAiD related teaching at multiple University and Health Authority levels and is actively involved in developing and supporting the new provincial MAiD program as the Medical Advisor for the Provincial MAiD Program.

Provincial Sleep Group – speaking on sleep apnea
Mary Ellen Labrecque, RN(NP), MN-ANP, PhD – speaking on preceptorship

Speaker bios will be updated as they are received

Post-Conference Workshop Speakers

Rethinking Pain Management: Cannabis and Other Strategies

Tracy Simpson, Medical Outreach Educator

Tracy has resided in Saskatchewan for 18 years after emigrating from England with an education in Health & Science. For close to four years Tracy has worked directly with patients and health care providers to ensure support and education with the use of Cannabinoids. Tracy presents daily to health care professionals and co-presents with pharmacists and physicians with the accredited Continued Medical Education program. Prior to ZYUS Tracy worked at Saskatchewan Research Council for eight years within the Research & Development division. Tracy is a member of the School of Natural Health Sciences which is a recognized institution internationally.

Dr. Gavin Van de Venter, Family Medicine
Meadow Lake PHC Centre

Dr. Gavin van de Venter is a family physician based in Meadow Lake and has worked there since 2002. He obtained his MBChB degree in South Africa and holds a diploma in anesthesia and a BSc in Obstetrics. He uses his extra training in anesthesia and surgery in Meadow Lake, in addition to doing clinic, ER and Long term care. Dr. van de Venter also does obstetrics in Meadow Lake, which has about 300 deliveries per year. His wife is a family physician and they have 2 daughters, both born in Meadow Lake. He and his wife intend to remain in Meadow Lake until retirement. Dr. van de Venter loves his job and is grateful and honoured to call himself Canadian.

Dr. Radhika Marwah
Saskatchewan Health Authority, Regina

Dr. Radhika Marwah is a Family Physician and Lead Physician at Chronic Pain Clinic, SHA, Regina; with focused practice in Chronic Pain and Opioid Use Disorder. Dr. Marwah is also an Assistant Professor at the University of Saskatchewan, College of Medicine, in the Department of Family Medicine. She is an Advisory Member with ECHO Chronic Pain and Opioid Use Disorder, SK and a Physician Lead and Mentor in the Opioid Stewardship Program in Regina. Dr. Marwah has also been a Palliative Physician, SHA, Regina as well as a physician at correctional centres in Regina. Her designations include: LMCC – Licentiate of Medical Council of Canada; MBBS, MD; and MSc-AMH-Masters in Community Health-Addictions and Mental Health from University of Toronto, CAMH (Centre of Addictions and Mental Health).