Clinicians Advisory Council

Valerie Cooper

MEMBER, DWDC CLINICIANS ADVISORY COUNCIL

Valerie Cooper, Hospice Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner, completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Western Ontario and her Master of Nursing and Nurse Practitioner - Adult certification at the University of Toronto.

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Dr. Tanja Daws

MEMBER, DWDC CLINICIANS ADVISORY COUNCIL

Dr. Tanja Daws is a family physician in the Comox Valley, BC. She graduated from The University of Pretoria, South Africa and relocated to Canada in 2009.

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Dr. Stefanie Green

MEMBER, DWDC CLINICIANS ADVISORY COUNCIL

Dr. Stefanie Green spent 10 years in general practice and another 12 years working exclusively in maternity and newborn care. She changed her focus in 2016 and now spends the great majority of her clinical time working in assisted dying.

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Dr. Anne Kenshole

Member, DWDC Clinicians Advisory Council

Dr. Kenshole trained in internal medicine and OBGYN in the U.K. before coming to Canada to do one year of post-graduate research. She never left. Instead, Dr. Kenshole has spent the past 40 plus years working and teaching in Canada.

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Dr. JR LaFrance

MEMBER, DWDC CLINICIANS ADVISORY COUNCIL

Dr. J.R.Lafrance graduated from Ottawa University in 1968. He has been a general practitioner, gerontologist, and anaesthesiologist in Cornwall Ontario for the last 52 years.

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Dr. Robert Langford

Member, DWDC Clinicians Advisory Council

Dr. Robert Langford, CD MD CM DPH, graduated from Queen’s University in 1958. Dr. Langford has been a practising physician for more than 50 years. He also taught as a professor of community medicine in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Now retired from teaching, he has continued an active clinical practice in family therapy.

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Dr. Georges L'Espérance

Member, DWDC Clinicians Advisory Council

Dr. Georges L'Espérance is a neurosurgeon based in Montreal, Quebec.

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Dr. Roey Malleson

Member, DWDC Clinicians Advisory Council

Dr. Roey Malleson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Practice at UBC and has worked variously as a Medical Health Officer, Medical Director of Planned Parenthood Association of BC, Division Head of Adolescent Medicine at BC Children’s Hospital, Director of Education at BC Women’s Hospital, an abortion provider and now a provider in medical assistance in dying.

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Dr. Jean Marmoreo

Member, DWDC Clinicians Advisory Council

Dr. Jean Marmoreo is a specialist in midlife medicine. She has written on women's issues for The National Post and The Globe and Mail and now has a column in Zoomer Online entitled This is What 70 Looks Like. The popularity of her columns led her to write a book, The New Middle Ages: Women in Midlife, which was published in 2002.

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Erica Maynard

Member, DWDC Clinicians Advisory Council

Erica Maynard graduated from the Salvation Army Grace School of Nursing in 1992. She relocated to Florida where she immediately became certified in Intensive Care Nursing. She spent the next 15 years working in a variety of critical care settings. During that time, she obtained her Bachelor's degree in Nursing and then went on to obtain her Master's as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner. She has been working in primary and senior's care as a Nurse Practitioner since 2007. She has a keen interest in chronic disease management, seniors and end-of-life care.


Dr. Peter McKernan

Member, DWDC Clinicians Advisory Council

Peter McKernan is a rural Family Physician in Crowsnest Pass Alberta. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia he graduated from the University of New South Wales, also in Sydney.

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Dr. Chantal Perrot

Co-chair, DWDC Clinicians Advisory Council

Chantal Perrot, AB, MD, CCFP, FCFP, CGPP, is a family physician and psychotherapist in Toronto. She graduated from the University of Toronto in 1985, and completed a Family Medicine residency at Mount Sinai Hospital, also in Toronto.

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Dr. Vona Priest

Member, DWDC Clinicians Advisory Council

Dr. Vona Priest is a psychiatrist living in Williams Lake, B.C. She serves a rural area the size of Newfoundland. She graduated from the University of British Columbia's medical school in 1983 and earned her psychiatry qualifications in 1988.

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Dr. Jonathan Reggler

Co-chair, DWDC Clinicians Advisory Council

Jonathan Reggler is a family physician in Courtenay, B.C., on Vancouver Island. He studied medicine at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, graduating in 1984 and then spent eight years in the British Army prior to entering general practice in southern England. He emigrated to Canada in 2003.

He combines hospital with office practice. His office practice is deliberately skewed towards the care of seniors and he thus also provides a lot of palliative care.

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Dr. Konia Trouton

Member, DWDC Clinicians Advisory Council

Dr. Konia Trouton is a physician based on Vancouver Island. She has been involved in social justice aspects of health care since medical school. Dr. Trouton is a founding member of the Canadian Association of MAID Assessors and Providers and continues to be an active board member, promoting education to MAID in Canada.

Dr. Ken Walker (a.k.a. Dr. Gifford Jones)

Member, DWDC Clinicians Advisory Council

Dr. Ken Walker (aka Dr. Gifford-Jones) is a graduate of the University of Toronto and The Harvard Medical School. He trained in general surgery at the University of Rochester and McGill University and in gynecology at Harvard.

He has been a general practitioner, ship’s surgeon and hotel doctor. His weekly medical column is published by 80 newspapers in Canada and the U.S. and in the international newspaper The Epoch Times. His advice contains a solid dose of common sense and he never sits on the fence with controversial issues. He is the author of seven books including The Healthy Barmaid and his autobiography You’re Going To Do What?

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Dr. Ellen Wiebe

Member, DWDC Clinicians Advisory Council

Dr. Ellen Wiebe is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia.

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