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. Caroline is the co-author of the 2016 article "Palliative Care: Therapy for the living", published in the BC Medical Journal. In this article, Caroline writes about how suffering can be relieved and that patients can live well until they die, when palliative care is involved early and integrated into the management of serious illness.

 

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. 

 

 

Lauren Daley, MD, CCFP(PC)

Physician, Palliaitve Care Program

Lauren works as a Palliative Care Physician at a number of different locations including St. Paul's Hospital, St. John Hospice, Cottage Hospice and the Portland Hotel Society. After completing her undergraduate medial training at McMaster University, she went on the pursue a residency in Family Medicine at the University of British Columbia (St. Paul's site). She then did a year of added competency in Palliative Care, also at UBC. Lauren is particularly interested in serving vulnerable populations and is especially curious about the intersection between mental health, addiction and end-of-life care. Lauren has an interest in primary care reform and currently sits on the Vancouver Division of Family Practice Board of Directors. Lauren is pasionate about elevating the quality of conversations had with patients struggling with serious illness and enjoys teaching medical learners and colleagues about the value of these conversations. Lauren ensures balance in her life by being an outdoor enthusiast with trail running and hiking with her dog Marvin. 

 

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 2003 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 currenty works with the Palliative Outreach and Consult Team at Mount St. Joseph Hospital, in both acute care and residential care. Having worked in Brock Fahrni and Youville residential care sites for five years, Michelle knows first hand what is needed to provide palliative support to our elder population. Michelle 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 in 2004. 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 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 2011, Nadine had the opportunity to volunteer as a Palliative Care Advisor in Malawi, Africa through PHC, WUSC and Uniterra. Partnering with local nurses and doctors in Mulanje, a remote and rural community, Nadine helped to put together palliative education for nursing students and performed a needs assessment for the resource limited setting. Nadine enjoys working in both acute and residential care and is passionate about promoting a palliative approach with patients, families and staff across the continuum of care. She loves to demonstrate how access to quality palliative care can improve the lives and deaths of our residents in PHC homes.

Rose Hatala, MD, MSc

Physician , Palliative Care Program

Dr. Rose Hatala is a general internist at St. Paul's Hospital and an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of British Columbia (UBC). She completed her clinical training, as well as her MSc focused on educational research, at McMaster University and was clerkship director for internal medicine. 

 

Gil Kimel, MD, MSc, FRCPC

Physician Program Direcor, Palliative Care Program

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. Dr. Kimel is one of the physicians spear-heading the development of a out-patient palliative care clinic, now operating at St. Pauls Hospital. The clinic aims to help support Providence Health Care patients living with advanced disease, by addressing symptoms and discussing goals of care that effect the quality of life for the patients we care for.

 

Jaclyn Moir, RN, BSN

Nurse/Patient Educator, Palliative Care Program

Jacyln joined the Palliative Outreach and Consult Team in 2018. She is agraduate of the University of Victoria Nursing Program where her focus and speciality was in palliative care. She has a background in acute medical nursing and spent the past three years working as an RN on the St. Paul's Hospital Palliaitve Care Unit and at St. John Hospice. She participated in a research initiate for a Palliative Approach in Nursing: Evidence and Leadership (iPANEL). Jacyln has a passion for teaching all nirses and thealth care professionals about the benefits of integrating palliaitve care early in someone's care. She is extremely hands-on and is willing to take on new challenges. Jaclyn is passionate about boating the BC Coast with her husband and young daughter. 

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 10 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. In 2016, Michelle participated in the research project "Integrating a Quality of Life Assessment and Practice Support System in Routine Clinical Practice" conducted by Trinity Western University at St. Paul's Hospital. The project used hand-held electronic tablets to administer standardized quaility-of-life questionnaires to both patients and families receiving palliative support by POCT. It aimed to test the feasibility and utility of using tablets in the clinical setting. 

 

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. In the Fall of 2017, Dr Pearce, along with a team of physicians and healthcare workers from several countries initiated education, lectures, mentorship and clinical training for both physicians and nurses in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka. Joanthan has an interest in helping to advocate for access to medications and care needed for symptom management in resource-limited areas, particularly the post-conflict setting of Sri Lanka. Jonathan is the co-author of the 2016 article "Communication in life limiting-illness. A practical guide for physicians", published in the BC Medical Journal. In this article, Jonathan writes about how challenging but essential patient-physician conversations about advance care planning, goals of care, and final days of life can help dying patients receive the best care possible.

 

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.

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