Meet Your Board

Dr. Vishal Bhella, MD, CCFP, Calgary

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President (Term ending AMM 2021)

Dr. Bhella completed a PGY 3 Academic Fellowship in Family Medicine at Western following his residency. He worked in Ontario in various capacities including clinic, hospitalist and ER work during early practice.

Dr. Bhella relocated to Alberta to join the University of Calgary Department of Family Medicine as a Clinical Assistant Professor and Lead Preceptor at the South Health Campus Family Medicine Teaching Clinic in 2013.

Dr. John Chmelicek, MD, CFPC FAAFP FAWM, Edmonton

Past President (Term ending AMM 2020)

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Dr. John Chmelicek has been a family doctor for three decades. He has spent his career working in rural family medicine. He has a strong passion for wilderness medicine, global health, and teaching.

He currently is the Family Medicine Residency Program director at the university of Alberta, department of Family Medicine. He is a versatile educator, engaged at all levels of medical education from bedside student teacher to Board examinations, from urban centre practice to remote areas of the world.

Dr. Chmelicek especially loves to combine two of his greatest passions—primary care and travel—through his trips to Nepal. For many years he has traveled to Nepal to help set up rural primary health clinics and establish primary care health protocols.

Dr. Clark Svrcek, MD, CCFP, P.Eng., M.Eng., Calgary

Treasurer, (Term ending AMM 2021)

Clark Svrcek (seh-VER-check) is in the first five years of practice, having recently completed his family medicine training in the University of Calgary ‘Rurban’ Program in 2016. He’s a small town Alberta boy who attended the Srvcek275University of Alberta for medical school, as well as for his previous training as a civil/environmental engineer. He spent a while practicing as a water treatment engineer before he and his wife decided to unplug from the rat race and travel the world for 10 months.

Dr. Svrcek has strong interests in public health and active, healthy communities, stemming from his days as an environmental engineer. He also has interests in qualitative and quantitative research methods. He is currently a locum family doc in the greater Calgary region, still looking for a place to happen, making stops along the way.

Clark spends all of his spare time with his lovely wife and three amazing children exploring the great outdoors, playing music, and trying to organize thousands of digital photos.

 

Dr. Sudha Koppula, BSc (Hon), MD, MClSc, CCFP, Edmonton

Secretary (Term ending AMM 2021)

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Dr. Sudha Koppula was born at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton, where she now practices primary care obstetrics as a family physician. She also enjoys her broad range family practice in central Edmonton.

Having graduated from medical school and family medicine residency at the University of Alberta, and the Master of Clinical Science program at Western University, Dr. Koppula has benefited from knowledge and mentorship from many sources. These have inspired her career in academic family practice at the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Alberta, and her interests in medical education, especially in the area of faculty development.

In addition to her work in Edmonton and teaching in rural Alberta centres, Dr. Koppula serves on national committees with the College of Family Physicians of Canada, and has presented at national and international conferences.

 

Dr. Noel DaCunha, MBBS, CCFP, Westlock

Director at Large, (Term ending AMM 2020)

Dr. DaCunha was raised in a two doctor parent family in Uganda, East Africa. In 1972, at the age of sixteen his family was compelled to relocate to the U.K. as refugees, where he completed high school and then studied medicine at the Medical College of St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, London. He met his future wife Jackie there, where she was a student nurse.

After graduation, he did three years of various hospital residencies followed by a year as a trainee in a semi-rural family practice. In 1986 they moved to Mannville, Alberta and embraced all that rural Alberta had to offer. They moved to Westlock in 1990 with their three young children. His rural family practice includes a busy obstetrics practice and he teaches medical students and residents.

Home is an acreage near town and recreational activities include skiing and snowmobiling in the winter and spending as much time as they can at their lakeside cabin in the summer.

 

Dr. Sonya Lee, MD, CCFP, Calgarylee225

Director at Large, (Term ending AMM 2019)

Dr. Sonya Lee is a Family Physician who trained at the University of Toronto, where she completed her residency, a Women’s Health Scholarship and a Masters of Health Science.

She currently works as an Academic Family Physician at the University of Calgary and practices broad scope Family Medicine, with clinical interests in Women’s Health, and Sexual and Reproductive Health. Dr. Lee is highly involved in teaching and education at all levels, from medical students to residents to Faculty Development and Continuing Medical Education.

Since joining the Department of Family Medicine, she has held various administrative and leadership positions, and has often presented at provincial and national conferences. Dr. Lee is married with 3 children. She enjoys running, skiing and other outdoor activities, as well as watching her children play soccer.

 

Dr. Anila Ramaliu, MD, MSc, CCFP, Calgary

Director at Large (Term ending AMM 2021)

Dr. A. Ramaliu is a practicing Family Physician in Calgary and a graduate of training programs in Family Medicine and Public Health and Preventive Medicine from the University of Calgary. Dr. Ramaliu holds a Master of Sciences in Health Research and has been involved both, in applied research and teaching, with the University of Calgary and Alberta Health Services. Her prior experiences include work with international, national and local government and non-government organizations, leading various health and social programs for women and children, marginalized and immigrant populations while building inter-sectorial and inter-disciplinary collaborations to advance the health of populations. Her professional interests also include quality improvement, evaluation, organizational performance, and governance, alongside preventive health in primary care, mental health, and chronic disease management. She currently serves as a Director of the Board of Directors of the Calgary West Center PCN.

 

Dr. Randall Sargent, BA, BSc, MSc, MD, CCFP, Canmore

Director at Large, (Term ending AMM 2020)

Dr. Sargent’s background has been eclectic since his first degree is philosophy, and his first job was with BC Fish and Wildlife (MSC Biologist). He worked as a College professor before taking a sabbatical and entering medical school in Calgary. He graduated under the tutelage of Dr. Michael Tarrant.

In 1990 he began a broad practice in a full-practice Clinic (Cambrian in Calgary) including surgery, DI, pharmacy, PT. In following years, he continued full practice including obstetrics and surgical assists. In 2000, he left office ownership behind and engaged in LTC work and continued seeing patients at home as well.

More often his work in the new century involved leadership and he took the Physician Leadership courses and assumed roles such as Medical Director and ‎eventually roles with Calgary Health Region. The challenges of leadership opened pathways to influencing the medical profession and he accepted nomination and election to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta in 2003 (CPSA).

His CPSA Council presidency‎ ended in 2014 but he continues membership on the Complaints Review Committee and sit on hearings. He is a member of the AMA Government Actions Committee, and he has a contract with AHS for LTC administration.

Seniors also get another privilege that has blessed him: his grandchildren! What a balm family is for what ails you. He has and still enjoys a busy life. He craves outdoor and hobby activities and still finds time for research (2016 publication).

 

Ms. Terri Potter, PMP, CAE, Onoway

ACFP Executive Director

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Her interest in community, organizational effectiveness, governance and leadership has been a driver in the career choices over the years.

Terri’s expertise lies in project management, board governance, strategic management, public engagement, capacity building, curriculum design and leadership development.  Personal time is spent on the farm and in the outdoors with family and friends.