Health and Wellness Team

Safia Abbadi
General Practice
Safia graduated from the University of Medical Sciences and Technology with an MBBS in Khartoum, Sudan in 2018. In 2019, she worked and trained in governmental hospitals in Sudan for one year rotating between Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynaecology,[...]
Pediatrics, and Surgery as part of her internship. She also trained in a FetoMaternal clinic in Doha, Qatar. She came back to Canada in 2020 to start her journey to become licensed in Alberta. Safia is a passionate IMG who is motivated to become a safe and well qualified Doctor who helps out those in need. Safia is passionate about promoting health education and awareness in the community. She believes promoting health and teaching others about it, will significantly improve public health and the wellbeing of individuals.
Sameer Abbas
General Practice
Hindi, Urdu
Sameer Abbas is a value driven International Medical Graduate from India who believes in compassion, empathy, and accessible healthcare for all. He completed his Bachelor's degree in medicine from India after which he worked as a medical intern at a teaching[...]
hospital. Here, he gained valuable experience in various aspects of healthcare in different specialties and developed a keen interest in primary care and health administration. It also gave him the opportunity to engage with the patients as an educator and to provide them with meaningful learning opportunities.

Sameer worked in the emergency room and in post operative care for two years before moving to Canada in 2020 to join his family. He has an interest in primary care and public health and is exploring opportunities in these fields.

Sara Abraha
General Practitioner
Tigrinyan, Arabic
Originally from Eritrea, Sara Abraha is an International Medical Graduate who was born and raised in Khartoum, Sudan. Her passion for medicine started when she encountered women and girls suffering due to lack of adequate healthcare and resources ranging[...]
from maternal mortality to limited to no access to contraception. While completing her Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), Sara actively worked to address the critical shortage of healthcare workers in the country. Upon graduation, Sara took the decision to focus on serving vulnerable and displaced populations including trafficked women who were forced to cross Sudan's treacherous border.

Following her graduation in 2013, Sara worked as a medical resident at Bashair Teaching Hospital, which served marginalized and low-income populations. She also worked as a national physician at the international organization for Migration (IOM), and successfully advanced the migration health agenda by incorporating migrant-inclusive health policies. Sara believes that morbidity and mortality among the migrant population is a critical health concern and deserves both domestic and international attention. As a result, she made a commitment to herself to work tirelessly to address the health needs of migrants and newcomers with special attention to the health of women and young girls. Her future plan is to ensure that discussions around irregular, forced, or exploitative migrant's health situations be incorporated into our health discussions here in Canada.

Yorusaliem Abrham
General Practice
Yorusaliem Dawit Abrham an International Medical Graduate from Orotta School of Medicine and Dental medicine in Eritrea, East Africa. She Practiced medicine as a General Practitioner in the very teaching hospital that she was trained at and several other[...]
rural hospitals.

After relocating to the United Sates, she started volunteering at the University of San Francisco, California and later was hired as a Post- Doc research, she is currently doing her Post- Doctorate Fellowship in her field of interests of Cardiopulmonary medicine. She plans on working in the field while pursuing her licensure to practice Medicine.

She is an active member of AIMGA and a robust member of the Health & Wellness team. She aspires to delve deeper into the Canadian healthcare system so that she can be a contributing healthcare professional for the community at large.

Marjan Abtahi
General Practioner, Healthcare Management
Marjan is a medical doctor (MD) and project manager holding master degrees in business administration, international business, and social entrepreneurship with more than five years of practical experience in medicine, marketing, and innovation management.[...]
Healthcare and Marketing background includes practicing in private, university-affiliated, and non-profit hospitals and clinics. Worked and studied in diverse international environments including the Middle East, China and the US; full professional proficiency in Farsi and English, and conversant in French and Arabic.
Maryan Aden
Arabic, Somali
Maryan Aden is passionate about providing hope, quality care, and cure to help every child live their healthiest and most fulfilling life possible. She is a Somali Canadian international medical graduate who was born in Toronto, Canada, and raised in[...]
Damascus, Syria. After the Syrian crisis, she moved to Alexandria, Egypt; graduating with a degree in medicine in 2018. She completed most of her internship training at Alexandria University the following year. Due to her genuine interest in paediatrics, she completed her paediatric rotations in Hematology/Oncology and Gastroenterology at Max Rady College of Medicine in Winnipeg, Manitoba where she gained relevant Canadian clinical experience in inpatient and outpatient settings, and Indigenous health.

Maryan is currently a volunteer at Rockyview General Hospital Eye Clinical, Calgary. She enjoys providing administrative support to patients and the medical staff. She also loves spending quality time with her family, exploring nature, and reading historical fiction. Maryan is exploring various career opportunities that match her interest while preparing for her Canadian licensure examinations to attain her future goal of obtaining a residency position in Canada.

Oluwaseun Adepoju
Public Health
Seun is a healthcare professional with many years of experience in public health. She loves to work in environments that promote optimal health and well-being for all concerned.

With an understanding of the key role a woman plays in the family,[...]

she has been particularly interested in serving vulnerable populations, women, and children. Her work has included surveillance of vaccine preventable diseases, provision of technical support for routine immunizations, and organization of special immunization activities, prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV, assessment of nutritional status of children, reproductive health, mental health, and prevention of diseases such as sexually transmitted infections & malaria.

Seun currently provides companionship, social activities, and personal care to ensure optimal health and comfort for seniors in their homes. She is seeking opportunities in the areas of public health and research where her expertise, skills, and knowledge can reach their full potential.

Folasade Akinwande
Family Medicine
Folasade Akinwande is an International Medical Graduate from Nigeria, who completed her Medical Degree from the Prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University and with more than 7 years experience as a General/ Family Physician in both hospital and clinic settings.[...]
She is passionate about providing comprehensive, holistic and patient centered care to communities with special interest in maternal and infant care, to help reduce infant and maternal mortality especially in rural underserviced areas. She is a self-motivated and purpose driven physician and has such, attained clinical observership in the Canadian setting in order to better understand medical ethics and improve on her communication skills. She is a member of the Alberta International Medical Graduate Association, and a member of the Health and Wellness team as she explores opportunities for licensure into the Canadian healthcare system.
Ibifubara Aprioku
Ophthalmology, General Practitioner
Ibifubara Aprioku is an international medical graduate from the College of Health Sciences, University of Port Harcourt Nigeria, where she obtained her medical degree and graduated among the top 10 of her class. Ibifubara practiced for a brief period[...]
as a general physician before pursuing training in Ophthalmology at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital. During her residency, she distinguished herself by providing excellent patient care that contributed to overall increased patient satisfaction. Later in her career, she also focused on pediatric health reviving the ophthalmic team and unit in Rivers State University Teaching Hospital, a state owned 375 bed facility in Port Harcourt Nigeria, where she worked until 2018 when she relocated to Canada.

Ibifubara is passionate about the health needs of young adults, adolescents, and children, specifically. She has been actively involved in child health promotion, teaching, and volunteers in the mentoring of teens and youth. As a physician, with an interest in pediatrics and ophthalmology, Ibifubara focused on reducing childhood mortality and morbidity. Ibifubara also has an interest in research and instruction and has published over six research papers in various international journals. She is currently participating in a research certificate course to improve her knowledge in the field of research. She is also an active member of the Alberta International Medical Graduate Association's health and wellness team. She is seeking to apply her clinical and research expertise in the healthcare system in an alternative career or as a physician.

Foto Asfaha
General Practitioner
Ghana, Eritrea
Foto Asfaha is an International Medical Graduate from Orotta School of Medicine, Eritrea. He worked as a general practitioner in Eritrea for five years where he had the opportunity to perform hundreds of cesarean sections after being trained by the ministry[...]
of health in Eritrea in collaboration with WHO.

He also worked in Ghana West Africa as a Quality Assurance Officer for two years from 2017 to 2019 prior to coming to Canada where he was involved in quality projects and developing standard operating procedures to maintain high standards of patient care. He has licenses to practice in both Eritrea and Ghana.

Since coming to Canada he has worked at RBC as client advisor, volunteered at Immigrant Services Calgary as a language interpreter and translator, and is an active member of the COVID-19 Response / Health and Wellness team. He's currently working at Alberta Health Services as a case investigator and contact tracing for Covid-19 in Communicable Disease Centre.

Marian Atia
General Practitioner, Women's Health
Arabic, French
Marian Atia is Medical Doctor from Cairo, Egypt. She obtained her medical diploma and license in Egypt, where she worked as a General Practitioner in community and hospital-based settings.

She believes in diversity and the long-term goal she sets[...]

for herself is to become a culturally competent physician that can lead by example through creating an environment that is spiritually, socially, physically and emotionally safe and supportive.

She wore several hats in her Canadian work experience journey. She worked as a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, Fertility Lab Coordinator, Family Medicine Clinic Managing Director, Covid-19 Response/ Health and Wellness team Member with AIMGA and most recently a Clinical Assistant with Alberta Health Services.

Marian loves spending time with her family, traveling, cooking, gardening, and Cactus is her favorite.

She is so proud of her journey so far and will continue to follow her dream to practice Family Medicine in Canada!

Osas Attamah
Family Medicine
Osas Attamah has over 5 years of experience as a physician in acute and primary care as well as community health. Osas discovered a drive to make a larger, positive impact on more people in the community and globally while working as a physician. She[...]
began volunteering in community health outreach initiatives in the areas of planning and execution while providing frontline medical care.

She also organized fundraising programs, volunteered for not-for-profit organizations and disability programs which led her to pursue certificates in Organizational Healthcare Management and Administration and Leadership and Management from the University of Washington. She's currently a member of Alberta International Medical Graduate Association's health and wellness team and is exploring career opportunities that align with her interests.

Temitola Awosika
General Medicine, Public Health
Temitola Awosika is an International Medical Graduate with a few years of experience in General Medicine. She also has a Master's in Public Health and has an interest in Public Health Research. Upon arrival in Canada, she started volunteering at the[...]
Canadian Red Cross as a member of the Emergency Response Team helping on small-scale disasters. She is seeking opportunities in the field of Public Health Medicine as well as Family Medicine. She hopes to contribute to the promotion of health of all Canadians.
Abdel-Nassir Bare
Somali, Arabic, Mandarin
Abdel-Nassir Kelef Bare is an International Medical Student from China Medical University. He is currently in his final year of Medical School. Due to the current global pandemic, he is faced to observe his final year of clerkship rotations virtually[...]
online. His Medical School is located in Shenyang City, Liaoning Province, in the Republic of China.

Abdel-Nassir took advantage of the fact that he lives in Canada during his Medical Studies to join couple of organizations that are Canada based. Such as Alberta International Medical Graduates Association or better known as AIMGA, as well as the Canadian Red Cross Humanitarian Society.

By being a member of AIMGA, Abdel-Nassir volunteers in the Health and Wellness team. He participates in Friday meetings with the Health and Wellness team and in general takes pride in providing language translation services for new comers, as well as informing new comers about the eligible support and services they can receive. As much as the Health and Wellness team helps new comers to settle seamlessly, they also convey better health practices and any sort of health awareness to the general public, specially during the outbreak of Covid-19.

By being an employee of the Canadian Red Cross, Abdel-Nassir was recently deployed to Vancouver Island on a mission to help out with the massive vaccination process in British Colombia. Abdel-Nassir's assignment to support the BC vaccination for support 2021 – Duncan as an Emergency Care Worker is to work along side with Canadian Red Cross field operators and collaborate with Vancouver Island Health authority also known as Island Health. As an Emergency Care Worker, Abdel-Nassir is an ambassador for the CRC, Vaccine providers, and the Island Health. He will be providing Mental Health/Psychosocial support as well as expertise on site planning and/or monitoring to prevent or reduce the risk of transmission to health-care providers, clients, patients, and/or residents through the application of Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) guidance on site. Overall he is super excited to help the Island get vaccinated in a smooth and orderly fashion.

Abdel-Nassir was born in Somalia, then was raised in a refugee camp the first 14 years of his life. He came to Canada in 2008 with a passion to forge a career in the Medical Field. He works tirelessly to achieve greatness. He is the first member of his family to go to University. He has a strong passion of becoming a Cardiologist in the near future.

Punom Kumar Bhattacharyya
Family Medicine, Public Health, Clinical Research
Bengali, Hindi
Punom Kumar Bhattacharyya is a foreign-trained physician from Bangladesh and a public health policy enthusiast, currently engaged in the medical cannabis industry as a physician assistant. Besides clinical experience in Bangladesh, he has a wide range[...]
of skills from analyzing and interpreting health information in order to prevent and reverse negative health outcomes to pharmacovigilance. He has been actively involved in systematic collection, analysis, interpretation, and dissemination of health data to help guide public health decisions and actions. Punom obtained his Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery degree (MBBS) from Shahjalal University of Science & Technology, Sylhet, Bangladesh. He practiced as a General Practitioner for more than 3 years at different tertiary care hospitals and clinics in Bangladesh before immigrating to Canada in August 2016. Punom was Involved in two research works titled 'Echographic Prevalence of Hepatic Steatosis in hospitalized patients' and 'Seroprevalence of HBsAg (Hepatitis B Surface Antigen) in blood donors', conducted by the Gastroenterology Department of JRRMCH, Bangladesh. His Master's Thesis: 'Antimicrobial resistance in Sylhet, Bangladesh: A Menacing Public Health Challenge'. Due to his keen interest in public health and clinical research, he obtained a Master's in Public Health (MPH) from Umea University, Sweden in 2017. Moreover, he is currently enrolled in a graduate certificate course in applied clinical research from the McMaster University in Canada. He is an active member of the Bangladesh Medical Society of Alberta, Alberta International Medical Graduate Association.
Sheetal Bhojani
Hindi, Gujarati
India, United Kingdom
Sheetal Bhojani is an International Medical Graduate from India who has trained across India and the United Kingdom, in some of the major cities and hospitals in both countries. Though a general paediatrician by background, she has a special interest[...]
in Nephrology & has also diversified into developmental paediatrics. She loves children and enjoys working with children from various demographics. She feels working with children has a sense of satisfaction, which is rarely achieved in any other specialty.

She obtained her Bachelor's degree in Medicine in 2002, from Grant Medical College, India. She then completed her Diploma in Child Health and Fellowship of College of Physicians and Surgeons (FCPS) from India before moving to the United Kingdom. In the United Kingdom, she achieved her Membership of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and Certificate of completion of training in Paediatrics, UK. As a staff paediatrician, she diversified into developmental paediatrics, particularly autism assessments.

She also has a keen interest in research with several publications to her name mostly in paediatric nephrology. She is also an enthusiastic teacher and provided lectures for the MSc teaching program with the University of Glasgow. She was also a national trainee representative during her time as a paediatric trainee in UK.

She is seeking to combine her extensive clinical experience with her passion for research. She is especially passionate about gaining a greater understanding about the developing mind of children, especially in the early years and the future implications for children with neurodevelopmental challenges. As such, she is looking to getting involved in research in this area.

Niveen Bishai
Arabic, French
Egypt, UAE
Niveen Samir Bishai, M.Sc. 'Early to bed, early to rise keeps you healthy, wealthy and wise' a motto in which Niveen Bishai truly believes. Niveen is an international medical graduate who has passion for helping others keep going and get up on their feet[...]
during their difficult times.

Niveen is a fully licensed physician not only in her home country Egypt but also in the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) and obtained her LMCC certificate in 2018. She obtained her Pediatrics Masters degree in 2010. While at the U.A.E. she led workshops and presentations regarding children's vaccination schedules. She moved to Canada in 2017 with her family to seek out better opportunities. Besides being fluent in Arabic and English, Niveen also took up the French language in which she believes is an asset.

Niveen is currently an active member of the Alberta International Medical Graduates Association and a current participant of their Career Transition Program. As part of their program, she is working towards starting her new career as a Wellness Consultant in Canada.

Fulfilling her desire to remain up to date with the latest trends in beauty; Niveen joined a lash extension training academy in 2019 and got certified as a lash extension artist. Currently, she owns a small business, that keeps her busy while working on her wellness consultant training program. It helps her expand her social network and at the same time it brings joy to her heart when she sees her valued clients happy with their new look! Married and a mother of two handsome boys, Niveen Bishai has a passion for arts and crafts, and travel. She participates in exhibitions that are organized by different organizations to sell her handmade crafts during the different seasons and occasions.

Louise Curammeng
Family Medicine
Tagalog, Ilocano
Louise Pascual Curammeng gained more than 10 years of experience in Family Medicine (Fellow Philippine Academy of Family Physicians) before coming to Canada in 2015. She also has a Master's in Public Health (Philippines) and worked as a clinical consultant[...]
and clinical professor in Family Medicine at a university hospital (Far Eastern University Dr. Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation in Manila Philippines).

Upon arrival in Canada, she started volunteering at the Canadian Red Cross as a member of the Emergency Response Team helping on small scale disasters. Later she was accepted as a Health Care Aide in Hemodialysis at the Foothills Medical Centre. Three years later, she was offered to do the pilot training as HCA Cycler Assist in Home Peritoneal Dialysis at the Sheldon M Chumir Health Centre, which she continues to do part-time. She also volunteers as a COVID19 Screener at the Urgent Care Centre at Sheldon M Chumir keeping patients and staff safe. She is completing the sponsored course for Infection Prevention and Control of IPAC Canada.

She is seeking opportunities in the field of infection prevention and control. She hopes to contribute more for the well-being of all Canadians and is exploring pathways in Family Medicine.

Rajwinder Dhaliwal
Family Medicine
Punjabi, Hindi
Rajwinder was born in Punjab, India, and raised in Brampton, Canada. Although she lived most of her life in Brampton, she went back to India to pursue her medical education. She attended Baba Farid University of Health Sciences and received her medical[...]
degree in 2015. The following year, she completed her yearlong rotary internship at GGS Medical College and Hospital, India. After completing the internship, she immediately came back to Canada to join her family and started preparation for Canadian License Examinations. She observed three different Medical Clinics.

Before Medical College, Rajwinder attended McMaster University and obtained BSc (life sciences). Also, she volunteered as a companion for the elderly via Catholic Family Services. She has volunteered with Brampton Civic Hospital for more than 7 years, where she provided support to patients and medical staff at the pediatric ward and emergency.
Rajwinder is currently living in Edmonton. She is working as a Contact Tracer Specialist with AHS and volunteering with PALs (Math Tutor) and the Red Cross.

Madiha Durrani
Urdu, Punjabi
Pakistan, United Arab Emirates
Madiha Durrani is a dedicated IMG with 7+ years in Ophthalmology. Madiha has exceptional communication and counselling skills with patients and has well-developed assessment, clinical, procedural, and surgical skills. In addition to medical practice,[...]
she conducted a study Modes of presentation and management options for keratoconjunctivitis – sicca. A paper was also published in the peer reviewed journal and has many international medical publications to her name.

Madiha immigrated to Canada in 2014 and obtained Canadian citizenship in 2018. She has worked with government and private institutions to support children with special needs; learned biopsychosocial approach to work in collaboration with multidisciplinary teams to organize, support, advocate, to develop effective coping strategies and to implement multisensorial technique for children with Autism. Worked in close collaboration with FSCD, Autism Calgary, RCSD, Pediatrician, Psychiatrist and family doctor. She has passed QE1 and NAC OSCE in 2020. She aspires to obtain a residency in Family medicine and is excited to be a part of the Health & Wellness Team.

Yvonne Efegoma
Community Medicine, Epidemiology
Yvonne Efegoma is a Public Health Professional with a special interest in Epidemiology. She completed her MBBS degree in Nigeria and then undertook a residency training in Public Health / Preventive Medicine at the University of Benin, Nigeria. Yvonne[...]
has recently completed her Master's in Epidemiology at the University of Calgary. She worked as a Research Assistant in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Calgary from 2018 to 2020. She is currently working as a Research Coordinator at the Department of Surgery, University of Calgary. She intend to work as an epidemiologist while pursuing licensure.
Mark Ekpekurede
General Practice
Mark Ekpekurede is a licensed physician who has been registered with the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) since December 2010 where he worked as a General Practitioner with a special interest in emergency and preventive medicine. He has experience[...]
managing surgical, obstetric, medical, and pediatric emergency cases.

He was also engaged within the community in the areas of health education, addiction, and counselling and is a firm believer in Preventive Medicine. In addition to his medical practice, Mark volunteered to meet the medical needs of rural communities in Nigeria that lacked basic amenities, accessible and affordable health care and good sanitary conditions.

He moved to Calgary with his family in 2016 and is currently preparing for licensure. He currently works with autistic teenagers as a Behavioral Therapist with The Society for Treatment of Autism. He has volunteered with the Canadian Cancer Society in creating awareness on Cancer prevention and raising funds for cancer research, prevention, population health and quality of life.

He has also volunteered with AIMGA to conduct research in the area of alternative career pathways for IMGs and is a co-author of a publication. He is now a member of AIMGA's health and wellness team. Mark is seeking positions that would allow him to focus on preventative health and to collaborate with teams of clinical researchers in providing evidenced-based, smart solutions to preventing chronic diseases.

Honey Farinas
Community Medicine, Diagnostic Imaging
Tagalog, Ilocano
Motivated by the desire to serve, admixed with a yearning for adventure, Honey Farinas, a Medical Doctor from the Philippines, started her career as a Municipal Doctor serving one of the underprivileged, underserved, doctorless municipality in her country.[...]
She pursued her career in Diagnostic Imaging before moving to Canada. She initially volunteered at the Rockyview Hospital, Calgary, Alberta. To further understand the Canadian Health System, she worked as a Medical Office Assistant then explored another path as a Medical Laboratory Assistant at the Alberta Children's Hospital, South Health Campus and Microbiology Laboratory. With the strong desire to mold new breed of laboratory assistants, she worked as a Medical Laboratory Instructor. She is an active member of the Health and Wellness Team of AIMGA while working as a Case Investigator with Alberta Health Services. She also started research mentored by Health Services Researcher from University of Calgary while pursuing licensure.
Melat Gebresilassie
Amharic, Tigrinya
Melat Gebresilassie is a passionate medical student from Ethiopia who is aiming to make a significant contribution to the medical sector. She has had a head for science since her childhood and has achieved different certifications for her outstanding[...]
academic achievements. She also has a strong interest in research and finding solutions. During her clinical year, she volunteered at a community organization that supported those with mental illnesses and she is still interested in engaging in volunteer programmes that help society's underprivileged communities.

Growing up in large family nurtured with love, Melat has a great love and respect for humanity. She is self-aware, thoughtful and humble. She is also interested in art and philosophy.

Emel Ghafari
General Practitioner
Emel is a Medical Doctor (MD) from Iran, with more than three years of practical experience in medicine. She has attained considerable supervised, hands-on clinical experience in different inpatient and outpatient settings in the US and Canada. Her diverse[...]
and extensive experience as a physician serving marginalized and vulnerable populations in underserved areas speaks to her passion for health equity. She is enthusiastic about volunteering with the Health and Wellness Team and enjoys classic literature, philosophy, dance and piano as her hobbies.
Daniel Ghirmai
General Practitioner
Eritrea, Trinidad and Tobago
Daniel Ghirmai is an International Medical Graduate from Orotta School of Medicine and Dentistry, Eritrea. He worked as a general practitioner for more than six years in various clinical settings. He is certified in emergency obstetric care including[...]
emergency cesarean section provided by the Ministry of health of Eritrea in collaboration with the World Health Organization.

He also served as an international volunteer with UNV/UNDP in Trinidad and Tobago, a beautiful Caribbean island from 2015 to 2017. During his two years of service as general practitioner, he was distinguished by providing excellent patient centered care from rural underserved communities to district health facilities.

Due to his experience in both national and international medical practice experience, he came across both communicable and non-communicable diseases and how to manage them.

Anupa Gnawali
Family Medicine
South Africa
Anupa Gnawali is a knowledgeable professional with expertise in chronic disease management, emergency care and obstetrics care aiming to expand knowledge and skills to serve a diverse and disadvantaged community in Alberta, Canada through the PRA-AB program.[...]
Anupa has 3 years of experience in Family Medicine in South Africa. She is currently eager to integrate into the Canadian healthcare system and collaborate with professionals within the healthcare sector.
Atobrhan Godlu
General Practitioner
Atobrhan Godlu is an International Medical Graduate who achieved his medical degree from Orotta School of Medicine and Dentistry in Eritrea in December, 2013. Atobrhan's passion to be a Doctor stemmed from a long-life fascination with helping and supporting[...]
patients and the community at large.

After working as a Medical Doctor, Atobrhan relocated to Canada. His primary goal remains to practice medicine but in the time-being he wanted to successfully integrate into the Canadian workplace. He began his journey in alternative careers as a surgical processor at the Foothills Medical Center and then shortly later was promoted to a supervisory position. Atobrhan then transferred into a new role and is now working as a case investigator and case surveillance in the communicable disease control site of Alberta Health Services. As a healthcare professional, he is a strong believer in the power of positive thinking that contributes to both positive workplace dynamics and team outputs.

Currently, Atobrhan is enrolled in a Master's program (Health Service Management) at the University of Lethbridge and is an active member of AIMGA's Covid-19/Health and Wellness team. Atobrhan is actively involved with the Eritrean Canadian Community in Calgary. Atobrhan is currently working on a research project about post Covid-19 mental wellbeing on multi-racial community in Alberta. He is interested in delving deeper into research as he works towards his long-term goals.

Habib Hakimeh
General Practitioner
Habib Hakimeh is an international medical graduate from Syria who is passionate about discovering and learning new things. Since 2010, his passion about people has been shaped through volunteering at the Mouvement de la Jeunesse Orthodoxe where he organized[...]
and implemented indoor and outdoor youth recreation programs, camps and events, in addition to providing company and entertainment to elderly through nursing-home visits. Throughout medical school, he attended several courses and workshops about the fundamentals of evidence based medicine and clinical research. Also, he worked as an independent tutor,
teaching biology, microbiology and physiology to medical students.

He obtained his Bachelor's degree in Medicine from the University of Kalamoon, Deir Atiah, Syria in 2017 including a one-year internship in Kalamoon Hospital. In 2018, he led a literature review about HLA and its relation to obesity under the supervision of California institute of Behavioral Neurosciences and Psychology.

Habib is an active member of the Alberta International Medical Graduate Association's health and wellness team and is exploring careers based on his interests.

Firas Adnan Hussein
Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine
Firas Hussein is an International Medical Graduate from Iraq who specialized in family and emergency medicine. He graduated from the Baghdad College of Medicine with a Bachelor degree in medicine and surgery (MBChB). He has over 20 years of experience[...]
within the medical and clinical arenas. He has served in the community and has seen first-hand the effects of war on the people within the medical field. Though the experience in itself was devastating, it has in return equipped Firas with exceptional skills and expertise. His communication skills, alongside empathy and leadership abilities have all contributed to his strong belief and practice of patient-centered care. These experiences have also motivated Firas to utilize all available resources to support and help patients and their families to alleviate pain and suffering and achieve optimal results.

Firas believes that the combination of non-pharmacological and pharmacological measures can improve output and optimize results; and this is where he believes exceptional communication skills are the cornerstone in this equation. Firas also has experience in regular presentations in hospital and clinical settings specifically pertaining to management of emergency medical cases and has held weekly media programs about the high incidence diseases in community and their management. Firas is currently aiming to integrate and enjoy the new place he calls home- Alberta, Canada.

Einas Nagib Hussein
General Practitioner
Einas Nagib Hussein completed her medical education with honours in Cairo, Egypt. She practiced as a general physician, then pursued a Masters of Medical Sciences and a PhD in Medical Physiology during which she gained experience in experimental research[...]
and acquired 7+ years of teaching experience in medical physiology to medical, pharmacy, dentistry, and nursing students.

She is board member of Alberta Hands and Voices, a parent-led, non-profit organization dedicated to supporting families with children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. She also volunteers at the Foothills Medical Centre she in retail services that support patient care and comfort. Additionally, she is a member of AIMGA's COVI?D Response / Health and Wellness team which supports newcomers' health education.

At heart, she is a passionate educator with an inquisitive mind. She takes pride in her work ethics. She is known to bring compassion and positivity to any workplace. She is currently pursuing career opportunities to support health literacy and well-being of people today to contribute to their quality of life for tomorrow.

Gloria Ikeneku
Family and Community Medicine
Edo, Pidgin English
Gloria Ikeneku is an international medical graduate from Nigeria who is passionate about public health as she believes health is prevention of diseases and early detection is key for achieving a healthy population. She has been actively involved in health[...]
promotion, advocacy, counselling, awareness, rehabilitation, and disability care in the course of her career. She was involved research conceptualization, collation, interviewing, and analysis of data on research regarding client uptake of contraception in a community setting.

She obtained her Bachelor's degree in Medicine from University of Benin, Benin City, Edo, Nigeria. She practiced as a General Practitioner and as an Assistant Primary Health Care Coordinator after which she specialized in Family Medicine for two years before moving to Canada in May 2018. Due to her keen interest in Public health, she acquired Master's in public health. Gloria also has an interest in Public health preventions, health education and counselling, monitoring and evaluation and Health administration. She is an active member of the Alberta International Medical Graduate Association and a member of the health and wellness team while she explores opportunities to become part of the Canadian healthcare system.

Kola Juba
General Practitioner
Beyond Kola Juba's passion to tailor people's care to their specific needs, Kola's motivation to become a physician in his home country was spurred when his father suffered a cerebrovascular attack. With seven years of clinical practice, Kola is an experienced,[...]
innovative and result-driven physician who views most of his achievements as privileges.

Due to his strong leadership and interpersonal skills, he coordinated the National Health Insurance Scheme Program with a database of over 10,000 clients for a community health centre in Nigeria. He was responsible for adjudication and claim resolution, evaluating medical claims, reviewing each client's eligibility for health care benefits, as well as quality control in respect to health care services delivered to clients.

Kola's research skills were exhibited when he coordinated and enrolled over 100 subjects infected with HIV into a study to determine the effect of Highly-Active Anti-retroviral Therapy (HAART) on CD4 count in a community. He subsequently created questionnaires and designed the scope for research on substance use among undergraduates in a University community.

As a creative-problem solver, he designed and implemented an infection control and disease prevention unit with a standard protocol at a community health centre during the Ebola Virus epidemic. In this role, he organized workshops and seminars for various communities on preventive medicine, with a focus on lifestyle modification as a vital component of disease prevention. Prior to volunteering through a not-for profit organization in assessing and managing people living with HIV, Kola was awarded with a letter of commendation for meritorious service by health organizations, towards improving health care delivery systems.

Kola volunteers for the Distress Centre and AIMGA's health and wellness team. He plans to acquire a Masters in Healthcare Management and Leadership. He is exploring opportunities in the Canadian Healthcare System in insurance management, clinical research, or infection control.

Ankit Kainth
Hindi, Punjabi
Ankit Kainth is a Psychiatrist from India. His exceptional dedication, perseverance and sincerity towards his work has helped him to become a clinician with great compassion and empathy. His vast clinical knowledge, strong work ethics and perceptive nature[...]
help him to deal effectively with diverse array of mental health challenges.

Currently, he has been involved in raising health awareness in general population by being a part of AIMGA's health and wellness team besides his involvement in research related to mental health. As a person, he is industrious, and humble and always gives delight to the people around him. He is always keen to volunteer in initiatives that support underprivileged populations of society. He cherishes the company of family members and loves to travel. He looks forward to establish himself as a mental health care professional in future.

Pallavi Kainth
Hindi, Punjabi
Pallavi Kainth is an International Medical Graduate with a passion for research and education. She has specialized in Clinical Pharmacology. During her academic career, she has been a keen learner, a humble leader and a reliable and inquisitive healthcare[...]
professional. Pallavi has been a voice for students as a sexual assault and harassment team member. She has worked in the field of pharmacovigilance. She has demonstrated her exceptional organizational skills while working on departmental quiz activities. Currently, she is a member of Health & Wellness team at AIMGA and is doing her part in dispersing medical knowledge apart from her involvement in research. As a long-term goal, she longs to serve society by establishing herself as a health care professional in future.
Uchechukwu Ifeoma Katchy
Community Medicine, Epidemiology
Uche's passion for public health heightened during her medical internship when she witnessed the anguish families suffer from avoidable deaths of relatives due to gaps in the continuum of healthcare. With nearly two decades of practice as a public health[...]
physician, Uche is noted for her innovative, system-oriented approach and she is grateful for the opportunity to lead public health interventions across two continents.

Her formal training in public health began with the West African College of Physicians Residency Training in Preventive Medicine and Public Health. Due to her exceptional leadership skills, Uche was appointed Chief Resident and Practice Manager to coordinate infectious disease control at the clinical and community level.

Uche obtained certification from US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sponsored Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) during which she participated in outbreak response and surveillance evaluation. She was the lead for infection prevention and control (IPC) training at the Ebola Emergency Operation Center (EOC) where she developed protocols and coordinated IPC best practices in health facilities and schools.

Beyond the laudable efforts, her ability to articulate research findings and public health actions to an international scientific audience in 2016 not only demonstrated her advanced communication skill, but also earned her the coveted CDC award of 'Best Outbreak Response' in Africa.

Her critical-thinking ability was demonstrated when she conducted a quasi-experimental study to determine the cost-effectiveness of SMS and home visit reminders in reducing immunization dropout rates. She presented this research at the prestigious CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) conference in Atlanta, Georgia in 2018. Uche continues to hone her research skill and is currently a Clinical Research Scholar at Harvard Medical School.

Uche currently works for the Canadian Red Cross as the Provincial Public Health Lead where she coordinates a team of Public Health Advisors to implement COVID-19 control measures across Alberta. She also supports the COVID-19 contact tracing at Alberta Health Services. She is extremely grateful to AIMGA for shining the torch as she navigates uncertain waters in her career path. Her passion for public health is resounding and she hopes to explore further career opportunities in the Canadian Public Health System.

Hafiza Amna Khalid
Family Medicine
Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi
Amna is an International Medical Graduate from Pakistan. She graduated in 2017 and later did rotations in various departments such as Internal Medicine, Surgery, Dermatology and, Gynae obs. In 2018, she did one year of training in family medicine where[...]
she gained experience in several other medical fields such as Psychiatry, ER, Pediatrics, and 4 months of independent practice in a Primary care unit. She started her licensing exams in Canada in 2020, successfully cleared QE1, and now in the process of doing the NAC OSCE examination . She is passionate, collaborative, a team player, and special interest in working with cross-cultural communities and addressing their needs. She is an active member of AIMGA and a robust member of the Health & Wellness team. She aspires to delve deeper into the Canadian healthcare system so that she can be contributing healthcare professional for the community at large.
Samina Khan
Internal Medicine, General Medicine
Samina Khan is an International Medical Graduate with over ten years of experience in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine and Clinical Quality Improvement. Samina has a strong passion for teaching. She worked in different countries including Pakistan,[...]
Qatar, USA, and Canada. She led implementation of many organization wide clinical projects like 'Sepsis-6 Pathway'. Samina loves to volunteer and has been actively involved in community services since her school days. Currently contributing as telehealth physician for the underprivileged population of Pakistan as well as war affected areas of Yemen. She is also involved in many community initiatives, raising funds, and helping those in need. Samina moved to Canada in 2019 and started working as Process Improvement Manager with Royal Alexandra Hospital, she just switched her job to Clinical Assistant in the same hospital. She is extremely passionate about medicine, research and innovation and a strong patient advocate.
Nuruddin Lakhani
Pediatrics, Public Health
Nuruddin Lakhani is a medical professional with a background in clinical pediatrics and public health. Nuruddin possesses over a decade of experience working in a community hospital in Tanzania. Nuruddin is a strong proponent of child health as evidenced[...]
by his work in vaccine advocacy which resulted in PCV-13 & Rotavirus Vaccine being administered free of charge under the Expanded Program of Immunization (EPI) of Tanzania. He was also instrumental in the development and accreditation of postgraduate curricula that paved the way to introduce postgraduate training programs at the Aga Khan University Medical College in East Africa (Dar es Salaam Campus).

Nuruddin's educational background in clinical pediatrics and public health has enabled him to assume various roles in his career as a pediatrician, health educator, program developer and administrator in medical education. He has strong abilities to communicate effectively with his colleagues, demonstrated problem-solving skills, the ability to motivate people and exceptional time management skills; these skills are the driving forces for his achievements in his professional life. Outside of work, he enjoys photography and listening to music.

He is currently working as AIMGA's Community Engagement Coordinator and as a Contact Specialist with Alberta Health Services Communicable Disease Centre. He is seeking a position as a Clinical Assistant in Pediatrics.

Natalia Liamprekht
Internal Medicine, General Medicine
Ukranian, Russian
Natalia Liamprekht is an International Medical Graduate born and raised in Ukraine. She completed her medical education with honours at the Vinnytsia National Pirogov Memorial Medical University in Ukraine in 2016. In the following 2 years, she worked[...]
as an Internal Medicine physician-intern in the regional hospital.During her education, Natalia was awarded several Academic Excellence Scholarships and participated in research projects related to human physiology, cardiovascular and pulmonary disease. She published more than ten abstracts and presented results of her research in Ukraine, Germany, Serbia, Russian Federation and South Korea. In addition to her medical practice, she also worked as a Senior Laboratory Assistant assisting Internal Medicine faculty members with research projects.

Natalia immigrated to Canada after earning her specialist certificate to reunite with her family. She has passed medical license exams and currently works as a Medical Office Assistant. While working in this position, she has gained insights and practical knowledge of the Canadian healthcare system and its ethical and legal aspects. She is an active AIMGA member and also a robust member of the Health & Wellness Team. Having experience working alongside various interdisciplinary teams and possessing a combination of professional and specialized skills, Natalia aspires to become a physician in Canada. She is also looking for volunteer opportunities in medical research, and clinical observerships to continue to strengthen her skills and enrich her knowledge and hands-on experience.

Dong Qing Mai
Dong Qing Mai is an IMG from China where she practiced as an internist. Since coming to Canada she has worked as a medical office assistant and a registered respiratory therapist which provided her the opportunity to familiarize herself with the Canadian[...]
health care system while preparing for exams. She considers herself to be a lifelong learner and is passionate about taking care of patients and helping people to stay healthy. She is currently working as a contact tracing specialist in AHS while trying to become re-licensed as a registered respiratory therapist in Canada (Alberta and Ontario) so that she can contribute her knowledge to the COVID-19 battle.
Mary Rose Manzano-Leal
General Practice
Tagalog, Ilocano
Mary Rose Manzano-Leal is a General Practitioner from the Philippines. She finished the Bridge to Canadian Nursing (BScN,RN) program at Mount Royal University and has been working as the Director of Care in one of the Supportive Living Facilities in Calgary.[...]
She is currently on maternity leave and working towards completing the Medical Council of Canada licensure exams. She has been an integral member of AIMGA's COVID Response team and called Cargill employees, worked as an interpreter for AHS townhall meetings, conducted presentations, webinars, and podcasts, and translated documents as requested.
Afrah Misbah
An international medical graduate from the prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences, India, Afrah Misbah has a commitment and appreciation for diversity, volunteering and mentoring. In 2019, Afrah earned her MBBS degree, standing among the[...]
top 5 students in her batch of 100. Her clinical experience includes investigative procedures, diagnostic tests, primary care, and telemedicine.

During her medical school she has worked at several rural health camps and conducted health education campaigns and community outreach programs in Madhya Pradesh, India, which led to increased awareness about various communicable and non-communicable diseases among people and increased their adherence to medical services. One of her proudest accomplishments is when she received an award from the 'Indian Council of Medical Research' for a research study titled 'Feasibility and Viability of Mobile Phone Healthcare Services Provided to the Rural Population of Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh'.

Afrah is currently on her pathway to licensure as a physician in Canada and the United States and has successfully completed the MCCQE and USMLE examinations. She is currently volunteering at the Women's Centre of Calgary and plans to continue her role as a lifelong learner to better care for those in need. In her spare time, you can find her trying to learn the guitar and piano, reading novels, and travelling to unique places.

Quinn Mbewe
General Practice
Nyanja, Bemba
Quinn Mbewe is an International Medical Graduate from the University of Zambia, School of Medicine, where she obtained her Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery in 2009. She is a dedicated and focused healthcare professional with versatile clinical, administrative[...]
and laboratory skills. As a medical practitioner, she has helped thousands of patients achieve and maintain their health goals through various diagnostic and treatment plans and through collaboration with various health professionals to ensure good departmental and patient outcomes. She has also served as Acting Medical Superintendent of the 100+ bed capacity rural hospital and as Assistant Program Coordinator for the Influenza Sentinel Surveillance program, a WHO National Influenza Centre.

Quinn's interest is in laboratory sciences, specifically in Molecular Biology. She is fascinated by medical genetics, prenatal counseling, and fertility treatments. Her other interests include health education and teaching. As an active member of the Alberta International Medical Graduate Association (AIMGA) and a current participant of their Career Transition Program, she is actively exploring pathways into the Alberta health care system to practice these adjuncts to medicine. Currently, Quinn works for the Alberta Health Services (AHS) and is making a steady impact in reducing COVID-19 risk spread through contact tracing.

Tasmira Mohib
Family Medicine
Bengali, Hindi, Urdu
Tasmira Mohib, started her career as a health care professional in Bangladesh in 2019. During her undergraduate study, she volunteered in multiple health camps and research projects. In 2019, she also contributed greatly as a front line health care worker[...]
during the Dengue outbreak in Bangladesh. Being highly motivated to pursue her career in healthcare in Canada, she joined Alberta Health Services as a volunteer. Tasmira is currently working as a Contact Tracing Specialist (casual) at Alberta Health Services. She is also an active member of AIMGA's Covid-19 response team, and involved in couple of other health research projects. She completed her first licensure qualifying exam (MCCQE-1) in September of 2020 towards her long term career goal of practicing medicine as a medical doctor in Canada. She is looking for opportunities in health research, public health and health administration.
Deepa Nair
Family Medicine
Hindi, Malayalam
India, Oman
Deepa Nair is an experienced family medicine practitioner with 15 years of experience in India. During her family practice, she was involved in conducting medical camps for the under privileged in rural areas and also involved in conducting immunization[...]
camps for children. She also worked in the emergency and trauma unit of Atlas Medical Centre hospital in Muscat, Oman for 3 years.

She's now working as a physician assistant in Calgary which involves taking relevant medical histories, conducting medical examinations under supervision, preparing patient charts and referrals. She has been an active member of the Alberta International Medical Graduates Association's Health And Wellness Team where she has been conducting webinars related to COVID 19 and other health related topics for the South East Asian communities. She's seeking employment opportunities in healthcare while pursuing licensure.

Serena Obaitua
Psychiatry, Family Medicine
Serena Obaitua is an international medical graduate from Nigeria with more than 8 years of experience in family medicine and mental health. She is passionate about caring for the vulnerable and volunteered as a physician for victims of human trafficking[...]
in Nigeria. She addressed both the physical and mental health concerns of these victims, fostering their rehabilitation and improving their welfare. During the course of her work, she was able to recognize unexpressed needs, appreciate local epidemiological factors, gain knowledge of community resources and take on the role of an advocate. She is an active member of the Health and Wellness team of Alberta International Medical Graduate Association. Serena is presently assisting in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic by working as a Contact Tracing Specialist with Alberta Health Services. Her long term career goal is to practice as a Family Physician in Canada.
Temitope Ogunfolaji
Family Medicine
Temitope Ogunfolaji is an alumnus of the College of Medicine, University College Hospital, University of Ibadan with over 5 years of General/Family medicine experience. He has worked with several hospitals, helping to start specialty departments. He is[...]
a hardworking physician of note with excellent record of service to humanity.

He has been participating in humanitarian services from his days as an undergraduate, ranging from personal medical missions in underserved areas to serving different organizations, religious bodies etc.

He is also described as a shrewd private investor with a keen interest in leadership and management traversing several sectors in both public and private space. He possesses excellent communication, system thinking and leadership skills which has been of benefit to multiple start ups in and outside of the heath-care system. He strongly believes in lifting others by providing clarity of purpose and direction. He leads an exemplary professional life known for upholding ethical standards and ensuring quality service delivery.

Sandra Okezue
Family Medicine
Igbo, Arabic
Nigeria, Saudia Arabia
Olufunmilayo Oliyide
General Practice
Yoruba, French
United Kingdom, Nigeria
Late one July evening in 2007, Olufunmilayo Oliyide, a foreign trained medical graduate from Nigeria with an MBA in International Healthcare Management, UK, came to the realization that healthcare and well-being are multifaceted and that a key factor[...]
in this, is patient empowerment and participation.

This perspective is what drives Oliyide to establish and maintain practices that highlight the significance of stakeholders and doctors working together to create an environment where patients themselves have the autonomy of choosing their own level of engagement in their care. She is currently exploring alternative pathways into Healthcare in Alberta and is guided by a principle of patient/client centered care, whether in a clinical setting, in healthcare management, leadership and/or other future roles.

Oliyide is an amateur chef in her leisure time and an avid traveler who enjoys exploring and discovering different cultures.

Mario Pineda
Mario is an International Medical Graduate who has practiced an Anesthesiologist in Venezuela. He is passionate about regional anesthesia and postoperative pain management and has practiced his profession as a physician committed to his patients for more[...]
than 14 years. He has conducted workshops on airway management and cardiopulmonary resuscitation for anesthesia residents and medical students. He has provided anesthesia to more than 4,000 patients undergoing surgery for all surgical specialties including interventional cardiology for adults and children. Additionally, Mario has served as a member of the Board of Directors and manager of the operating room of the clinical center in Merida Venezuela for 2 years before moving to Canada. Since immigrating to Canada, he is preparing to become a certified doctor in Canada and is an active member of AIMGA where he has collaborated in health education for newcomers in Alberta. Mario is currently working as a COVID-19 Investigator at the Alberta Health Services. In this role, he able to make use of his knowledge by making a contribution to the fight against the pandemic in this province.
Easter Prosia
Occupational Medicine
Tagalog, Cebuano, Hiligaynon
Easter attained her medical degree from the Philippines. Her professional career as a healthcare professional started as an emergency room physician and as a resident physician in family and community medicine. She then practiced as a specialist practitioner[...]
in Occupational Medicine where she eventually took a managerial position for a clinic of a manufacturing company. She has passed the MCCEE, MCCQE1 and the NAC OSCE examinations. Easter has also completed several clinical oberverships. She is currently a part-time support staff at a research centre in Calgary. Easter aims to pursue her goal in research and clinical practice as she integrates into the Canadian healthcare system.
Narges Quyyum
Trauma and Emergency Medicine
Urdu, Punjabi, Arabic
Narges is an International Medical Graduate from Pakistan. After obtaining her medical degree from Pakistan, she completed her residency training in Trauma and Emergency Medicine from Qatar. She worked as independent physician for many years before moving[...]
to Canada. During these years of practice she was also appointed as the faculty of the Emergency department, where she was responsible for teaching the juniors and medical students from WCMC Qatar. She was also involved in the mentorship of the residents and students.
Mohammad Rahman
Pediatrics, Community Health, Mental Health
Mohammad Shaikur Rahman is a physician who completed his Bachelors of Medicine and Surgery from Bangladesh. He is passionate about children's well-being and health and addiction. Currently, he is involved with Calgary Board if Education and with a community[...]
paediatrician as a Clinic Assistant. Mohammad is passionate about what he does and believes in taking a holistic approach, that is why the current clinic he is working with is where medical cannabis is prescribed to the appropriate candidate. Mohammad believes in being an active part of the community Mohammad is a member of the Bangladesh Medical Society of Alberta, a member of the Alberta International Medical Graduates Association (AIMGA) and also a volunteer interpreter for the Bengali speaking community. He is actively participating in numerous volunteer opportunities as well. Mohammad completed his MBBS in 2010 from Jahurul Islam Medical College in Kishoreganj, Bangladesh. After completion of internship, he moved to Dhaka where he had his own practice of paediatrics. In June 2012, he moved to Calgary, Alberta. He likes gardening, fishing, and DIY projects in his leisure time.
Edna Ramirez Cerino
General Practitioner
Edna Ramirez Cerino is an International Medical Graduate and Software Assistant from Mexico. Since becoming a General Practitioner, she has worked as a General Manager and Physician in a rural clinic in Mexico which enhanced her skills in community health[...]
and preventive medicine. She immigrated to Canada in 2016 and since then she has worked as a clinical coordinator at the Victoria Fertility Centre and Pacific Centre for Reproductive Medicine. As an active member of AIMGA's COVID-19 Response Team and Health & Wellness Team, Edna has been enrolled in multiple activities to support the ethno-cultural populations in Alberta during this pandemic. She has also been working with the University of Calgary as a Community Scholar and Community Advisor since November 2020. Edna recognizes the importance of patient education, advocacy and research to improve health outcomes and she is seeking career opportunities to utilize her skills, knowledge and experience in these areas.
Rotji Raphael Pali
General Medicine
Spanish, Angas Hausa
Nigeria, Cuba
Rotji Raphael Pali graduated from the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM) in Havana, Cuba and got his medical degree in 2007. He then moved to Nigeria and worked as a general practitioner and had the opportunity to work in low resource areas as well[...]
as in places with inadequate resources. During his time practicing in rural and low-resource communities he coordinated a pilot program that used mobile clinics in hard-to-reach communities as a means to improve health care for such rural communities and areas. He also worked in international rural border communities and is well acquainted with the challenges of working in multicultural settings. He is fluent in four languages (English. Spanish, Ngas and Hausa). He now aspires to pursue licensure and integrate into the Canadian healthcare system.
Rene Richards
General Practice
A natural empath, communicator and curious mind, Renee Richards stumbled upon her love for medicine through a series of revelations in her life. One of her proudest accomplishments is graduating with a Bachelors of Medicine and Surgery from the University[...]
of the West Indies, Mona in 2017. This has allowed her to see her dreams and passion of being a medical doctor fulfilled through working in multiple hospitals and community health settings across the Kingston and St. Andrew region in Jamaica; garnering experience working in the health care system and sharpening her clinical acumen. With interests of becoming a Family Medicine Physician, certified in Canada, doing medical research and teaching in the future, Renee has been using the last year in Canada to sit qualifying exams, complete certifications, volunteer and observe the functions of the Canadian health care system. She continues to hone her skills in preparation for the opportunity to give back and to grow in the Canadian Health Care Field.
Faiza Saeed
Gynaecology and Obstetrics
Urdu, Punjabi
Pakistan, UAE, Saudi Arabia
Faiza immigrated to Canada in 2019 from Pakistan. She is an International Medical Graduate from Pakistan. Faiza has completed her Medical Degree from Pakistan and was awarded gold and silver medals in various medical subjects. She specialized in the field[...]
of Gynaecology and Obstetrics from Pakistan (FCPS, MCPS) and has also worked in different countries including Pakistan, UAE and Saudi Arabia. During her clinical practice, she has always been involved in teaching medical students and residents and found her passion in teaching alongside medicine as well. She also took part in research, making policy and protocol for department and participated in a 5-year study conducted in Dubai hospital. Faiza became a member of Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG-UK) in 2019. Faiza is now looking forward to establishing herself as a medical health care professional in the future. As a long-term goal, she would love to serve society within the area of medicine. Faiza is an active member of Alberta International Medical Graduate Association and will be contributing to the community as a volunteer in many different capacities.
Gazi Salahuddin
Family Medicine
Gazi Salahuddin is an international medical graduate from Bangladesh who is passionate about Oncology. As cancer is the leading cause of death around the world, early diagnosis could prevent not only millions of death but also reduce a major portion of[...]
health expenditure. With a view to having an impact on this noble cause, he had worked as research admin at prostate Cancer Center of Southern Alberta Institute of Urology in Calgary. Currently he is volunteering in a project of prostate cancer at Rocky View General Hospital preparing and managing database of histopathology findings.

He obtained his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2018. He has completed 1 year internship before moving to Canada in July 2019.

Gazi also has an interest in health management and hospital management. He is an active member of Alberta International Medical Graduate Association and a current participant of their Career Transition Program. As part of this program, he is exploring alternative pathways into the Alberta health care system based on his interest.

Playing soccer and cricket are his favorite outdoor activities.

Omid Samadian
Omid Samadian is a devoted Pediatrician from Iran. He immigrated to Canada with his wife and son in 2018 and has settled in the beautiful province of Alberta. He has exemplary medical and paediatric experience in Riga (Latvia) and Dubai (United Arab Emirates)[...]
after graduating from Riga Stradina University. Alongside being a practicing paediatrician, he also has held Clinical Director roles in three various clinics that he has been a part of. Omid is passionate about research and is dedicated to be a life-long learner specifically in the area of pediatrics.

Omid is known by his colleagues to be an exceptional team player, especially in multidisciplinary teams. He has been a mentor, an educator, a trainer, and often referred to as 'go-to' person by colleagues and staff members. He has a firm belief that when medical professionals are connected to both colleagues and patients the impact of this is grand; this significantly impacts quality of care, team/workplace culture and on a larger scale the global health dynamics.

Omid enjoys volunteering for community events, adventures in nature, photography and quality time with his little family. He has a passion for local and international travel with a focus on experiencing different cultural ways of life. He is looking forward to integrating and embracing the Canadian society and culture and his future goal includes being a member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Paediatrics.

Sneha Annie Sebastian
General Medicine, Internal Medicine
Dr. Sneha Annie Sebastian is an International Medical Graduate with more than 3 years of experience in General practice and Internal Medicine . She is a self-driven young doctor with a comprehensive background in providing excellent patient management[...]
and care. She facilitates open conversation, is eager to learn and demonstrate her competencies.
She has expertise in family practice, critical care medicine, cardiology, respiratory medicine, women's health, palliative care, psychiatry, value-based healthcare, community outreach and health advocacy.
Bithika Sen
Obstetrics and Gynecology, General Practice
Bithika Sen is an International Medical Graduate from Bangladesh, who completed her Medical Degree from the University of Dhaka and has seven years of experience in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and General practice both in hospital and clinic settings.


is determined and passionate about providing comprehensive, holistic, and patient-centered care to communities. With a special interest in maternal and child health preventative care, she is committed to providing health education about preventable diseases and decreasing maternal and infant mortality and morbidity in underserved rural areas. She is a very positive person and possesses a positive attitude towards life. She had completed numerous observerships in Family Medicine and other specialties both in the clinic and hospital settings. Currently, Bithika is employed with Alberta Health Services as a Medical Device Reprocessing Technician.

Her favorite hobby is learning new things and she loves to spend time with her family especially with her two young boys. She is an active member of AIMGA and volunteers with AIMGA's Vaccination helpline. She will pursue her dream to be a licensed Physician in Canada.

Asma Shaikh
General Practitioner, Ophthalmology
Asma Shaikh is an International Medical Graduate from India. She completed her one year rotatory Internship as part of her medical school in various disciplines like General Medicine, General Surgery, Psychiatry and Obstetrics and Gynaecology. She then[...]
pursued her post-graduation in Ophthalmology. She was also involved in volunteering in camps at various rural sites to provide assistance to the underprivileged. She immigrated to Canada in 2019 and completed her MCC Examinations.Asma is passionate about delivering care to the community and hopes to become a part of the Canadian healthcare system for the wellness of the society. She loves the diversity of treatments that are being delivered by the Family physicians and aspires to practice as one.
Syeda Rubab Shamsi
General Medicine
Urdu, Punjabi
Syeda Rubab Shamsi is an internationally trained physician from Pakistan with over one year of clinical experience in obstetrics & gynecology and internal medicine. Since coming to Canada her passion to give back to community keeps her engaged in various[...]
healthcare related projects such as a volunteering for AIMGA's health and wellness team where she has been actively involved in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic and is currently working as a Contact Specialist for Alberta Health Services.
Maheen Siddiqui
General Practitioner, Ophthalmology, Sonology
Maheen is an International Medical Graduate, an aspiring doctor, willing to pursue her career in health care in Canada. During her graduation she was actively involved in volunteer work, free health care camps, research projects and extracurricular activities.[...]
She has experience in multiple specialties in both surgery and medicine. She has also worked as a Medical Officer dealing with emergency, ICU and ward patients. In 2016, she obtained her certification in Basic Ultrasonology and then entered in Ophthalmology Residency program as a resident trainee for 1.5 years before moving to Canada. Maheen is passionate about teaching and creating health awareness and promotion.
Nahid Sultana
Internal Medicine, Family Medicine
Bengali, Hindi, Urdu
Nahid Sultana is an International Medical Graduate from Bangladesh with over three years of experience in Family Medicine, and Internal Medicine. She has worked as an Internal Medicine resident in a tertiary Hospital in Bangladesh and also practiced Family[...]
Medicine in rural area of Bangladesh. She is extremely passionate about medicine, research and innovation and a strong patient advocate. After moving to Canada, Nahid started to work as a clinical assistant in various medical clinics since 2019. She has gained adequate knowledge about the Canadian healthcare system over this period. Currently, she also has joined as a Resident Support Aid in Saint Joseph Health Care, Hamilton, Canada. Nahid has a strong passion for teaching, and she mentored several IMGs to prepare for MCCQE1 and the NAC OSCE exam. Moreover, she loves to volunteer and has been actively involved in community services since her graduation from medical school. She is an active member of AIMGA and is a part of the Health & Wellness Team.
Babitha Tharayil
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Babitha Tharayil successfully completed the Career Transition Program for IMGs and since then volunteered as an analyst for a healthcare app developed by ThinkTank Innovations – Sharesmart and the Canadian Cancer society. She then worked for the Alex[...]
Centre, and is currently working as a contact tracing specialist for Alberta Health Services while volunteering for AIMGA's health and wellness team.

Babitha, an international medical graduate, focuses her positive energy for creative and innovative ideas. She has successfully completed a certificate in research study design provided by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI Program) and Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS) and ICH-Good Clinical Practice certification. In addition to this, she has undergone training about electronic data capturing using the REDCap software. She has chosen to go through a steep learning curve pursing training in R programming.

In her spare time, Babitha enjoys travel, food, and publishing her paintings. Babitha hopes to find a position in healthcare that combines her interests in technology, research, and education in healthcare.

Rossana Urrutia-Bastardo
General Practioner, Immunology
Rossana Urrutia-Bastardo is an International Medical Graduate from Venezuela where she worked as General Practitioner in urban and rural hospitals for a few years.

Rossana immigrated to Canada in 2008 and completed a master's program in Immunology[...]

at the University of Calgary. She successfully published two articles in peer-reviewed journals. Following her passion for community and health care services improvement, Rossana began working on a community-based research study titled Primary Care Access for South American Immigrants and Refugees: Identifying and Prioritizing Barriers for Mitigation. She and her colleagues recently published an article in the BMJ Open journal, as well as, a commentary in the journal of Evidence-Based Nursing.

Rossana has completed numerous observerships in Family Medicine, and has worked as a clinical aide in a family practice clinic to gain insights into the Canadian health care system. Rossana has been an active member of AIMGA's COVID Response team and provided interpretation services at the COVID-19 testing in Brooks, AB and has been doing podcasts. She has recently joined Alberta Health Services as a case investigator specialist. Rossana aspires to obtain a residency position in Canada.

Lekshmi Bala Valsalakumari
Family Medicine, Public Health
Malayalam, Hindi, Tamil
Lekshmi is an IMG who immigrated to Canada in 2020. She came from India where she was in General practice for more than 4 years. She finished her Masters in Public Health in 2018 and had last been working at a telemedicine project among the Indigenous[...]
groups in southern India. She loves working with people and creating a trusting environment with her clients. She hold ethics and moral views in high regard in her practice. She is a diligent worker and holds herself accountable for her actions. She looks forward to working in this beautiful country and for the people and giving her best at it.
Della Wang
Clinical Medicine, Internal Medicine
Della (Qiong) is an International Medical Graduate from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, with a few years of practical experience in internal medicine. She moved to Canada in 2011 and has built a healthy family. Over the years she has contributed[...]
to her community through volunteering at local school and recreational centres. She wishes to continue her career in medicine. She enjoys baking, crafts, reading, and yoga.
Hira Waqar
Family Medicine
Hira was born in Pakistan and moved to Canada in 2001. After finishing her high school, she completed her BSc in Biology from the University of Calgary. She then went on to get a MD degree from the American University of Caribbean, located in the beautiful[...]
island of St. Maarten. She has completed her clinical rotations in hospitals United States and England, UK. She then passed the USMLE and MCCQE 1 Exams. Hira has recently completed her PG training in Family Medicine from Pakistan and is working towards getting a PRA position in Alberta and hoping to write the TDM exam soon.

Hira is a strong advocate for the underprivileged and spent some time working in the underserved areas in Pakistan. Hira loves to volunteer and has volunteered in many different organisations during her undergraduate and medical degrees. Her interests lie in disease prevention and she wishes to use her cross-cultural education background to help the underprivileged populations and especially women who have been sidelined in many cultures across the globe. Apart from work, she enjoys travelling, reading books and spending time with her toddlers.

Christine Weber
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Spanish, German
Christine Weber is a person-centered Physician Specialist in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) from Venezuela, where she worked for more than 10 years attending to patients with musculoskeletal and neurological disorders and providing therapy[...]
for pain management. She combined her clinical practice with administrative duties in the managerial medical field as Chief of PM&R in CMDLT, in Caracas, Venezuela, receiving in 2012 the Meritocracy Award for her leadership and for providing volunteer health care services for the community.

She is passionate about teaching, as well as sharing her knowledge and experience gained throughout many years of clinical practice and she has been able to do so by giving educational presentations on health topics for patients, family and community members, as well as Assistant Professor of Postgraduate studies of PM&R for the University Central of Venezuela (UCV). She is highly committed in providing compassionate quality care as well as supporting communities in need.

In 2016 she came to Canada where she has worked as Medical Assistant and Clinic Aide through which she gained experience in the Alberta Health Care system. She's currently an active member of the Alberta International Medical Graduate Association (AIMGA) and part of their COVID Response / Health and Wellness Team and joined Alberta Health Services as Contact Tracing Support Specialist in December. She is very excited to be part of these amazing teams during such challenging times and to be able to help in the fight against COVID and to be engaged in community.

Diyamanthi Weeratunga
Sinhalese, Russian
Sri Lanka
Diyamanthi Weeratunga is an International Medical Graduate from Sri Lanka. She is a graduate from Sechenov Moscow Medical Academy in Russia and has a passion for Emergency Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology. She began her career as a Military Doctor[...]
with the Sri Lankan Army where she quickly developed the ability to make decisions under pressure in chaotic situations in order to save the lives of others in both field operations and in hospital settings. Following successful completion of her internship in OBGYN and Internal Medicine, Diyamanthi had the opportunity to work at some of the top private hospitals in their Obstetrics and Gynaecology departments. Apart from surgical procedures, she has provided counselling to patients and families faced with stressful situations resulting from miscarriages, stillbirths, birth defects, prematurity, etc. Her enthusiasm for surgery was not confined to Obstetrics but also included open and laparoscopic surgeries and numerous types of pediatric, Orthopedic, Plastic and General surgeries. Diyamanthi now lives in Calgary. she is working as a contact tracer specialist with AHS and also volunteering with the Holy Spirit Church.
Michael Youssef
Surgery (Neurosurgery)
Michael Youssef is an international medical graduate from Egypt who is passionate about Medicine and surgery. Michael strongly believes that it is not about the money but about saving lives and helping others. Michael's most concrete strength is that[...]
he is willing to go above and beyond in all aspects of his professional life.

Michael obtained his Bachelor's degree in Medicine and Surgery from Alexandria University, Egypt. He practiced as a General Practitioner and Emergency Physician after which he obtained a master degree in surgery before moving to Canada in October 2018. Michael comes with 12+ years of experience in managing patients in a clinic setting, hospital, and ER and worked under two licenses – one as a general practitioner and one as a surgical specialist. He's been involved in research conceptualization, screening, collation, interviewing, and analysis of data on research regarding patients who presented to hospital with Cubital tunnel syndrome; a condition of nerve entrapment at the elbow. Michael has published an article in neurosurgery at National Journal of Health Sciences, 2017, 2, 52-56 under the title Comparative Study of Outcome of Simple Decompression Versus Anterior Transposition of Ulnar Nerve in the Treatment of Cubital Tunnel Syndrome. Michael has completed a variety of workshops and certificates.

Michael also has an interest in health management and was a manager of the Om Elnour hospital for approximately a year. Michael is an active participant in AIMGA's health and wellness team and has been working as a Community Scholar and Community Advisor at the University of Calgary. He recently obtained a position with Alberta Health Services as a Contact Specialist.

Nataliia Zinchuk
Ukranian, Russian
Nataliia Zinchuk is an International Medical Graduate from Ukraine. After receiving her Medical Degree, Nataliia completed her residency training in Psychiatry and was offered a position in a large teaching hospital in Lviv, where she got extensive experience[...]
working with a predominantly adult population. In addition to her main job in an in-patient setting, Dr. Zinchuk served as an on-call consultant for patients in General Medicine hospitals in the city and did part-time duties in the acute psychiatric intake unit.

After moving to Canada in 2011, Nataliia worked in various organizations that supported individuals with intellectual disabilities. She worked in both front line and supervisory positions in different settings which gave her an excellent opportunity to learn about the needs of adults with developmental disabilities as well as the social, psychological, and medical assistance available in Canada.

Seeking an opportunity to work with patients in a clinical setting, Nataliia was accepted to a highly competitive Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound program in Winnipeg, which she completed with Honors in 2016. Since then, she has been working at Alberta Health Services as a part of a multidisciplinary team, honing her professional and interpersonal skills in the Canadian healthcare system.

Following her passion and embracing yet new challenge, Nataliia currently works on returning to medicine. Her passion and focus lay in the field of mental health and serving marginalized groups of society.