Meet Your First Five Years in Family Practice Committee

Dr. Kaili Hoffart, Edmonton (Chair)
Kaili is a Military Physician at Canadian Forces Base Edmonton. She completed Medical School at the University of Alberta in 2012 and Residency in Family Medicine at the University of Alberta in 2014. Outside of the military, she remains very involved within her community as a family physician at Shifa Medical Clinic. She is heavily involved with medical student and resident teaching through the University of Alberta and locums in various rural Alberta communities through the AMA Locum Program.

Dr. Michelle Chow, Calgary
Michelle completed medical school at the University of Calgary and is currently in her final year of residency with the Urban Family Medicine program in Calgary. She has previous training in obstetrics and women’s health and plans to incorporate both into her future practice.

Dr. Kiran Dhillon, Edmonton
Kiran is a new-in-practice family physician in Spruce Grove. She attended medical school at the University of British Columbia and completed residency at the University of Alberta. She has a broad range of interests from women’s health to acute hospital medicine to palliative care. She is also very interested in teaching and mentorship of medical learners, and is starting a Masters of Education in Health Sciences Education this year. Outside of medicine, Kiran enjoys running, spending time with family and friends, playing the piano, and hiking the outdoors! She is excited to join the First Five Years in Practice Committee to further her own learning and leadership development, but also to help her colleagues in the important transition from residency to early practice.

Dr. Islam Elawadly, Swan Hills
Islam is a family physician from Egypt who has just started his career in rural Alberta. He joined our team hoping he can transfer his passion for rural medicine to current residents and doctors in their first years of practice. He completed his family medicine training at Nasser Educational Hospital and Institute in Cairo, Egypt, in 2008. He received his Membership of the Royal College of Physicians in the UK in 2012. Continuity of care and advocating for patients is what family practice means to him. He has great emergency skills and provides excellent hospital care. His experience in working with Primary Care Networks and teaching medical students are added bonuses. Previously, he worked as a family and emergency room physician in Dubai for 8 years.

Dr. Cathy Lu, Edmonton
Cathy is a graduate from the university of Alberta Medical school. She completed a residency in family medicine at the University of Alberta. During training, she developed an interest in geriatrics and is now working with Geriatric Rehabilitation at the Glenrose Hospital. She also works at LA Medical in Leduc and does the occasional ER and inpatient coverage at the Leduc Community Hospital. In her spare time, she enjoys time with her two kids and husband. Her favourite thing is being active outside, be it hiking in the summer or skiing in winter. She would like to encourage those in their first five years to explore the various areas the diverse field of Family Medicine has to offer and to maintain a balanced life style.

Dr. Jennifer Ortynski, Edmonton
Jennifer is a recently graduated family physician. Originally from rural British Columbia she moved to Edmonton to pursue post-secondary education and obtained her medical degree from the University of Alberta. She also completed her family medicine training through the University of Alberta and now proudly calls Edmonton her home. She has a broad range of medical interests from hospital to clinic and small procedures in between. She is also very interested in teaching and hopes to have residents and medical learners in her own clinic one day. Outside of medicine, Jennifer enjoys camping, cooking, home renovations, spending time with family and friends and taking care of her two great danes! She is proud to be a member of the ACFP’s First Five Years in Practice Committee.

Dr. Dinesh Witharana, Lethbridge
Dinesh is a family physician who originally started practicing in Lethbridge as a Palliative Care consultant. Now, he has settled permanently in Spruce Grove where he hopes to improve local access to palliative care in this city and surrounding community. Because of what he has learned from his work with people at the end of their lives, Dinesh prioritizes time with his amazing wife and his extraordinary daughter. He hopes to impart the importance of establishing work-life balance for all physicians, especially those in their first five years of practice.

Dr. Jovita Beyer, Rocky Mountain House (2nd Year Resident Rep)
Jovita was born and raised in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta and has a passion for rural medicine and palliative care. She attended the University of Calgary for four years for undergrad where she was a varsity rugby player. After attending University of Alberta for medical school, she decided to stick around and is currently an R1 based in Spruce Grove. Her husband is an R1 pathology resident and they have two hairless cats.

Dr. Charissa Ho, Edmonton (1st Year Resident Rep)
Charissa is a second year family medicine resident at the University of Alberta. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Victoria in combined biology and psychology and her medical degree at the University of Alberta. Charissa enjoys the diversity family medicine brings and plans on having a broad range in her practice with special interest in palliative care and marginalized populations. Within medicine, Charissa likes to stay involved in her community, taking part in various committees in medical school and residency. Outside of medicine, Charissa enjoys running, backcountry camping, folk music, and cooking. She sees the First Five Years Committee as an opportunity to get and stay involved within family medicine and hopes to be able to help her colleagues in smooth transition from residency to independent practice.