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Dr. Sarah Lespérance - MD, CCFP
Petitcodiac, NB

Dr. Sarah Lespérance is a rural generalist physician, currently practicing in Petitcodiac, NB. After completing residency at Dalhousie University, she practiced for several years in northern Canada, first performing locums in the Yukon, Labrador and Nunavut. She then moved with her family to Happy Valley-Goose Bay Labrador, and then to Iqaluit, Nunavut, where her generalist practice expanded to include work as a TB program physician. More recently, she has returned to New Brunswick where she continues to practice rural medicine. She has been actively involved in medical education over the years and currently teaches LIC students and family medicine residents for Dalhousie and Memorial Universities. She is involved in research, and true to the generalist mindset, this has included such areas as: rural physician wellness and resilience, latent tuberculosis treatment in Nunavut, competency-based curriculum for rural operative delivery, and factors impacting womens' choices of maternity care provider.

Sarah is married to Fraser, who has been actively involved in the SRPC's Partner Network. They have two children and when she is not working, she can be found heading out with them hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, or moving water canoeing.

Past President

Dr. Gabe Woollam - MD CCFP FCFP FRRMS
Happy Valley Goose Bay, NL

Dr. Gabe Woollam has been a rural generalist physician in Goose Bay, Labrador since 2008. Originally Duncan, BC, he completed his undergraduate degrees at UBC. He completed residency training at Memorial University. Gabe has been actively involved in leadership roles in the SRPC since 2008.

Gabe is married to Jodi and has four young children. He enjoys running and raising backyard chickens.


Dr. Gavin Parker - BSc, MSc (Med. Ed.), M.D., CCFP (FPA), FRRMS
Pincher Creek, AB

Dr. Gavin Parker is a full scope rural family physician and GP-Anesthetist that has practiced in Pincher Creek for over a decade. He is the father of three wonderful children and husband to even more wonderful wife Jennifer.  He has chaired numerous national medical educational conferences, has obtained an M.Sc. in medical education, and holds a position as Assistant Professor with the University of Calgary.  He serves his community through positions such as medical director for the visitor safety program in Waterton Lakes National Park and Castle Mountain Ski Resort, is vice chair of the St. Michael's School Council, and Jennifer and Gavin run the Barracuda Judo club in town.  He hold black belts in karate and judo, enjoys golf and soccer, and is proud of the medical team in his community.


Dr. Stacy Desilets  - MD FCFP
New Liskeard, ON

Dr. Stacy Desilets is a rural generalist in the beautiful lakeside community of Temiskaming Shores. She attended medical school at the University of Toronto and completed residency training in North Bay before set up practice just down the highway from her childhood home. She has been an active medical educator with NOSM University and has held a number of administrative roles including (recovering) Program Director of NOSM’s Family Medicine Residency Program. This is her first position with the SRPC.

Outside of clinical life you can find Stacy in a variety of places including the back row of the community band where she tries to play her highschool trumpet, at the Nordic ski club where she can no longer keep up with her kids, or volunteering with the local Air Cadet Polaris 355 squadron.


Medical Officer | 12 (Vancouver) Field Ambulance | Canadian Armed Forces  39 Canadian Brigade Group
Sechelt, BC

Dr. Paul Dhillon is a rural physician in Sechelt BC. He completed medical school at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and met his wife Sarah in the pub down the road from RCSI. He now lives and works in BC with his 2 wee boys. After completion of residency in Regina, Saskatchewan he worked as a rural locum across Saskatchewan and the NWT before settling back in BC. He completed further training in Disaster Medicine, Tropical Medicine, and enjoys working as a Reservist Medical Officer with 12 (Vancouver) Field Ambulance. He was the editor of The Surprising Lives of Small-Town Doctors which contained many stories from members of the SRPC in it's pages. 


Dr. Sarah Giles - BSc(Hons), MD, CCFP(EM), FCFP. FRRMS, DTM&H
Kenora, ON

Dr. Sarah Giles is a family/ER/humanitarian physician who has spent her career in under-serviced rural and remote communities in several different countries. Dr. Giles completed medical school at Dalhousie University and her residency in Thunder Bay under McMaster’s Northern Ontario Medical Program. A volunteer clinical lecturer at the University of Ottawa and an Assistant Clinical Professor at (NOSM) Northern Ontario School of Medicine, she is an enthusiastic educator and particularly enjoys mentoring learners through the publication of a series of procedure articles for the Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine. Dr. Giles considers SRPC to be her professional home and she is thrilled to join the Council as the member-at-large. When she isn’t working, you can often find her outside playing with other people’s dogs.


Dr. Emmanuel Abara -  MD, FRCSC, FACS, FICS, FWACS, MSc.CH. Associate Professor-NOSM University
Richmond Hill , ON

Dr. Emmanuel Abara Graduated as a Gold Medallist in Community Health, Ibadan. Trained in General Surgery in Benin City and Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Completed Urology with some post-residency fellowship training at the University of Toronto. Since 1989, has practised as a consultant Urologist at various Ontario Public Hospitals with a passion for rural and remote patient - centric care using available technology, e. g. Telemedicine (OTN)

Has been instrumental in setting up and running a chain of satellite rural urology clinics in Northern Ontario- a platform for teaching and mentoring learners and health care professionals from NOSM and others on elective for a rural health experience

Engaged in varied clinical, medical education and research activities, he has been in administrative and patient advocacy positions. A past President of Medical Staff at Timmins & District and York Central Hospitals, member of the Foundations; one time Secretary and Chair of OMA District 5, member Audit (OMA); Co-Lead, T-C LEG (NOSM/NOAMA); Founder/Director, Northeastern Ontario Urology Update Inc.
Keen supporter for generalist curriculum and training for primary health care professionals. Global Health/Surgery initiatives has taken him to several LMICs over the years. He is involved in the communities- Patient Support Groups and other Not-for-profit groups. Married to Nkeiru and blessed with Erinma, Oge, Uko and Oriaku

Officers of the society are elected as per the bylaws at the annual meeting. Other volunteers from across the country help to make the work of the Society of Rural Physicians happen. These are your contact people. Please pass information, questions and problems through them for discussion at our monthly teleconference. The outcome will come back to you via the rural news, this website, the RuralMed mailing list, or directly via your representative. We can always use more manpower and ideas. If you have feel you have something to contribute, let us know!