Meet the Team

Caroline Baldwin, MD, CCFP(PC)

Physician, Palliative Care Program    

Caroline Baldwin completed her undergraduate medical training at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 2008 and also completed her family practice residency at UBC (Victoria site) in 2010. She then went on to complete the year of added competency in Palliative Care through UBC, during which time she learned a great deal from the Palliative Care team at Providence Health Care (PHC). Since 2012 Caroline has been working as a Palliative Care Physician at PHC and divides her time between the Palliative Care Unit, the Palliative Outreach and Consult Team (POCT) at St Paul's Hospital and Mount St. Joseph Hospital and attending at St. John Hospice. She enjoys teaching residents and is a clinical instructor with the Department of Family Practice at UBC.

 

Jenica Burns, RN, BSN, CHPCN(c), GNC

Nurse/Patient Educator, Palliative Care Program       

After graduating from the University of Victoria in 2005 with her degree in Nursing, Jenica began her career working on the Palliative Care Unit at St. Paul’s Hospital. Since 2010 Jenica has enjoyed her role on the Palliative Outreach and Consult Team, trying to help build palliative care capacity within the residential care setting. In 2011, Jenica had the opportunity to partner with Providence Health Care, World University Services and Uniterra to volunteer her time in Malawi, Africa as a Palliative Care Advisor; Jenica worked with local nurses and doctors in a rural community called Mulanje where she supported people at end of life. Jenica continues to work within residential care across Providence Health Care and is committed to integrating and supporting a palliative approach to care in this setting. Jenica has her certification through the Canadian Nurses Association in Hospice & Palliative Care as well as Gerontology. 

 

Sarah Cobb, RN, BSN, CHPCN(c)

Nurse/Patient Educator, Palliative Care Program

Sarah started her nursing career working with the Bone Marrow Transplant Program at Vancouver General Hospital. After four years of working in this area she discovered her real passion was for helping patients and families at end of life. The Palliative Care team at St. Paul’s Hospital has been home since 2007; the first two years as a bedside nurse on the Palliative Care Unit, then eight years as the Clinical Nurse Leader. She has been a part of the Palliative Outreach and Consult Team since 2016 working at both St. Paul’s Hospital and Mount St. Joseph Hospital. Working with patient’s and families to navigate the healthcare system and understand what’s possible for patients with life limiting illness is of real interest to Sarah. Having attended many conferences and courses in palliative care she hopes to constantly be developing her skills and providing evidence based quality palliative care. She hopes to be a part of increasing access and awareness about palliative care to staff and the community at large in the years to come. 

 

Lindsay Cohen, MD, CCFP

Physician, Palliative Care Program    

Lindsay recently completed her training at the University of British Columbia, with a residency in Emergency Medicine and a fellowship in Palliative Care; she is currently practicing in both fields. Lindsay’s area of interest is in clinical education and especially in facilitating resident skills and experience with goals of care discussions and decision-making at end of life. When not working, Lindsay spends most of her time hiking and lounging with her yellow lab Leo, whom she eventually hopes to incorporate into her professional life as a therapy dog. 

 

Michelle Davis, RN, BSN, CHPCN(c)

Nurse/Patient Educator, Palliative Care Program

Michelle has been involved in palliative care since 2002, practicing clinically at St. Paul’s Hospital in medicine and HIV prior to working on the Palliative Care Unit. She obtained her Hospice and Palliative Care certification during that time and was a group presenter at the National Conference of Hospice Palliative Care in Quebec. Working in the community as a Home Care Nurse and nursing internationally in Australia offered Michelle the ability to further develop her experiences while promoting palliative awareness. Michelle's current role on the Palliative Outreach and Consult Team has enabled her to provide support to our elder population within the residential care community, specifically at Brock Fahrni and Youville Sites. She focuses her efforts on increasing capacity to broaden understanding through mentoring and educating all team members with integrating a palliative approach to long term care. Her passion and commitment is to continue to ensure that those living with a life limiting illness and their families receive quality palliative care, timely and meaningful goals of care conversations and a dignified, peaceful death.

 

Nadine Dennis, B-Tech RN

Nurse/Patient Educator, Palliative Care Program

Nadine has been a dedicated member of the palliative care team since 2006. She attended the BC Institute of Technology and completed her Bachelor of Technology in Nursing. Prior to coming to Providence Health Care, Nadine began her palliative career working at Canuck Place Children’s Hospice as a Personal Care Aid, Licensed Practical Nurse and then as an Registered Nurse. Nadine has also worked at BC Cancer Agency and GF Strong. Nadine joined Providence Health Care in 2005. Nadine has extensive experience working at the bedside on the Palliative Care Unit at St. Paul’s Hospital and in 2015 joined the Palliative Outreach and Consult Team in residential care. Nadine is passionate about promoting an early palliative approach with patients, families and staff. She loves to demonstrate how palliative care can improve the lives and deaths of our residents in PHC homes.

 

Romayne Gallagher MD, CCFP(PC), FCFP

Physician, Palliative Care Program

Romayne Gallagher has over twenty five years of experience in managing patients with advanced disease. She currently works as a physician in the Providence Health Care Palliative Care Program in Vancouver; Romayne is currently the Head of the Division of Palliative Care in the Department of Community and Family Medicine at Providence Health Care. Dr. Gallagher is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Practice at UBC and a member of the Division of Palliative Care. She was the founding director of the Division of Palliative Care at UBC from 1997 to 2003. Romayne Gallagher is the author and coauthor of almost fifty peer-reviewed publications and book chapters on palliative care and pain management. 

 

Gil Kimel, MD, MSc, FRCPC

Physician Program Direcor, Palliative Care 

Gil Kimel is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Palliative Care. Dr. Kimel is the Physician Program Director for Palliative Care for Providence Health Care. His clinical practice is focused on palliative medicine at St. Paul's Hospital, Mount St. Joseph Hospital and St. John Hospice at UBC. He has completed subspecialty training in medical oncology and a fellowship in palliative medicine at UBC. His area of interest is heart failure supportive care and he has established, along with the heart transplant team, a multidisciplinary clinic specializing in the care of patients with advanced heart failure. He is the UBC principal investigator for the CIHR-funded qualitative study assessing the experience of patients being treated for heart failure. Gil is very active in teaching medical students and residents with a focus on communication skills.

 

Kate McNamee-Clark, MSN, RN, CHPCN(c)

Nurse/Patient Educator, Palliative Care Program

Kate has worked in the capacity of Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) within the Palliative Care Program at Providence Health Care in BC since 2007. Her nursing education and practice began in Merseyside, England and she now holds a Masters in Science degree in Nursing from the University of British Columbia as well as maintaining her Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) Certification in Hospice Palliative Care since 2007. Kate is also the British Columbia mentor for all RNs working towards CNA certification and has also offered mentorship and distance support for RNs from other provinces including Quebec and Saskatchewan. Kate promotes excellence in hospice palliative care, both in her role as an APN and with her involvement with the CNA. Her passion is to support all people living with life limiting illness, including family members through ongoing discussions on a person and family’s goals of care. This includes identifying, adapting and implementing the best evidence into clinical practice, as well as promoting a sense of curiosity among all disciplines and those who are students of health care disciplines towards understanding goals of care. 

 

Jennifer Morwen-Smith, MD, CCFP

Physician, Palliative Care Program    

Dr. Jennifer Morwen-Smith is a medical graduate of UBC and worked in Family Practice in Vancouver for the first fifteen years of her career. She specialized in palliative care and pain management and has been working for the past fifteen years in this capacity. Her work has included Consultant Physician with the Complex Pain Service at VGH, the Vancouver Home Hospice Program, and as a Primary Attending Physician on the Palliative Care Unit at St. Paul’s Hospital. She also works with the BC Palliative Care Hotline, serving BC, Yukon and NW Territories, to support clinicians in best care for pain and symptom management for their patients living with life-limiting illness. Her current work is primarily focused in the residential care facilities at Providence Health Care, where she works as part of a multidisciplinary team to support improved symptom management and a palliative approach to care. She is a Clinical Associate Professor with the Faculty of Medicine at UBC.

 

Michelle Orr, RN, BSN, CHPCN(c)

Nurse/Patient Educator, Palliative Care Program

Michelle joined the Palliative Outreach and Consult Team (POCT) in 2015. She brings with her eight years of clinical experience working as an RN on the Palliative Care Unit at St. Paul’s Hospital. She is a certified Hospice Palliative Care Nurse with the Canadian Nurses Association. Her goal is to deliver person-centered care that focuses on enhancing the quality-of-life of those living with chronic, progressive and life-limiting illnesses, whether it is in a residential or an acute-care setting. Michelle works collaboratively with the POCT members to continuously support and reflect a person’s end of life needs as well provide education to inter-professional teams, the people we serve and their families. 

 

Jonathan Pearce, MD, CCFP(PC)

Physician, Palliative Care Program

Jonathan Pearce is a Palliative Medicine Physician working primarily at St. Paul's Hospital, Mount Saint Joseph Hospital and St. John Hospice. He is a clinical instructor in the Division of Palliative Care from the University of British Columbia and has interest in medical education of residents and students in the palliative care setting.

 

Pat Richardson, RN, BScN, CHPCN(c)

Nurse/Patient Educator, Palliative Care Program

Pat has practiced palliative care nursing since 1986 in a variety of roles and settings including the Palliative Care Unit at Lion’s Gate Hospital, Vancouver Community Palliative Home Care Nursing, Palliative Consult Team and Liaison Services at Vancouver General Hospital and the BC Cancer Agency, as well as working at Marion Hospice as Clinical Nurse Leader. Currently she is practicing on the Palliative Outreach Consult Team at Mt. St. Joseph Hospital. Prior to that, she nursed in dialysis at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver and Foothills Hospital in Calgary and Cardiac Care at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal. She is a graduate of Royal Victoria Hospital School of Nursing in Montreal and continued her nursing education at the University of Victoria. Her primary interest is the experience of the person and family and the promotion of palliative care as an essential component of health care.

 

David Williscroft, MD, CCFP(EM), AAHPM Fellowship

Physician, Palliative Care Program

Dave is a Clinical Assistant Professor at UBC in the Department of Emergency Medicine and the Division of Palliative Care. He is a graduate of the St. Paul’s Emergency Medicine Program and completed a Fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at Stanford University. He currently divides his time between clinical Emergency Medicine at Lions Gate Hospital and at St. Paul’s Hospital where he is one of the Palliative Medicine Physicians. Areas of interest include the interface between Emergency Medicine and Palliative Care, ultrasound utilization for Palliative Physicians, and in international relief work. Dave has trouble keeping up with his growing family of three young kids and a very patient wife.