FRCPC Program – R5
Dr. Katie Anker
Fresh off the QE 2 Highway, Katie is happy to migrate south from Edmonton to join the Calgary EM family. She grew up playing sports, taking photos and briefly running a candy store out of her high school janitorial closet. After realizing her love for running and turning left, Katie competed on the Dino’s Cross Country and Track and Field team while completing her BSc in Cellular Biology (2012). Her current academic interests include resuscitation and vulnerable populations. In her free time she loves to run (much slower than she used to), bike, partake in any mountain activity and play board games with unnecessary intensity and borderline poor-sportsmanship.
Dr. Kelsey Ragan
Kelsey grew up in Kamloops, BC, where she was raised on a steady rotation of downhill skiing, mountain biking and Garth Brooks sing-alongs. Before completing medical school at U of T, she completed her BSc in Neuroscience at UBC, as well as an MPH in Epidemiology at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health in Toronto. Beyond emergency medicine, her academic interests are in harm reduction, addiction medicine and toxicology. In her free time Kelsey can be found skiing, hiking, being unnecessarily competitive on recreational sports teams, baking with the intention of sharing and conducting scholarly research on the meaning of 90’s rap lyrics. She is beyond excited to be moving back West and to be joining the amazing Calgary EM family!
Dr. Ryan Wilkie
Born and raised in Calgary, Ryan graduated with a Bachelor's of Science and completed two years towards his Bachelor of Nursing at the University of Calgary. He was introduced to Emergency Medicine through working as a nursing aide in the Foothills ED. Volunteering at the ACH and at ultrasound courses have developed his EM interests in pediatrics and ultrasonography. Outside of medicine, he loves hanging out with friends whether it's playing sports, rafting the Bow River, or simply binge-watching Netflix. Ryan's new favourite activity is playing hockey. His enthusiasm on the ice is often overshadowed by his lack of skill.
FRCPC Program – R4
Dr. Omar Damji
Move over Gordon Ramsey, there's a new resident chef in town. Omar, a native Calgarian and sports fanatic, completed his undergraduate degree in health sciences along with his masters in neuroscience in Calgary. Most recently, he graduated from medical school in Calgary. It was during his time in medical school that Omar attained perhaps his greatest accomplisment; being crowned champion of his fantasy football league. After a solid day of hiking and tennis he likes nothing better than to open the ‘ol fridge and whip up a dish while hanging out with friends and family. We're not quite at Michelin quality, but there have been some down right savoury meals. Hungry? Why wait.
Dr. Brett Shaw
Hailing from the west coast of BC, Brett did his BSc and MSc at Simon Fraser University before coming to Calgary for medical school. Outside of the hospital, Brett likes to spend his time exploring the Rocky Mountains, preferably “sending" on a new rock or ice climbing route. Academic interests include research, wilderness medicine, and prehospital care. Brett is thrilled to be joining the Calgary EM team!
Dr. Miles Hunter
Born at the Foothills hospital and raised about 15 minutes away from it, Miles couldn't be more excited to stay in his home city to join the Calgary EM family. Miles did his undergraduate degree in Biomechanics at the UofC while playing baseball for the Dinos before starting medical school in, you guessed it, Calgary. Outside of the hospital, Miles can be found playing baseball, hockey, skiing, golfing or just smiling and thinking about sports in general. Early EM interests for Miles include sports and pre-hospital medicine. Go Jays!
Dr. Tyson Savage
After completing medical school in Ontario at Queen's University, Tyson is beyond delighted to be back in his hometown as part of the Calgary EM family. His academic interests include medical education, public health, and health advocacy. Prior to starting medical school, Tyson worked as a civil engineer for the Alberta Government, working largely on the Stoney Trail Ring Road project in Calgary. When not in the emergency department, Tyson can be found attempting improvisational acting and dancing using unconventional moves. He may also be spotted escaping to the mountains on a day off, where he will likely write poetry about escaping to the mountains on his day off.
FRCPC Program – R3
Dr. Sean Crooks
Sean was born and raised in the metropolis of Thunder Bay, Ont, a town where you could film a ‘feel good’ Tim Horton’s hockey commercial on any block. Somehow, he missed the memo and managed to avoid hockey altogether. He opted for the crunchy granola sport of cross-country skiing. After high school, Sean was fortunate to be named to the Canadian National/Olympic Cross Country Ski Team based in Canmore, Ab. He spent nearly a decade training and racing in unique places around the globe. In 2010, he retired from sport and began his undergraduate studies in Kinesiology, then medical school at the University of Calgary. Since then, Calgary has been home. His partner is a nurse and they are in an exciting phase of life with 2 young children that keep them on their toes. Most free time is spent looking for adventures with the kids through hiking, cycling and skiing. Sean’s three vices include coffee, road cycling and well-curated indie rock playlists. He is thrilled to be part of the Calgary EM program and meet everyone in the department!
Dr. Dana Stewart
Hi! I’m a born and raised Calgarian who is beyond excited to be a new member of the EM program in my hometown! I completed medical school in Calgary after finishing my Life Sciences degree at Queen’s University. In my free time you can find me trying to relive my glory days playing intramural basketball, going to spin classes, embarrassing myself at the driving range, or simply binge-watching Netflix with friends. Looking forward to meeting you all soon!
Dr. Meaghan Mackenzie
I grew up in Edmonton (forever #loyaltotheoil) where I completed my BSc in Kinesiology, but moved to Calgary for med school and was lucky enough to be able to stay! Despite my towering 5 ft 1 inches, I grew up playing a lot of basketball and volleyball, and am always game for an arcade basketball competition. Currently I (attempt to) run triathlons, as well as snowboard and play recreational volleyball in my spare time. My goal before finishing residency is to scuba dive in almost every ocean. Looking forward to working with you!
Dr. Zoe Polsky
Regardless of temperature or season, you’ll find Zoe dressed head to toe in black, and more recently head to toe in blue. After completing her undergraduate degree at McGill, and consuming a lifetime supply of Montreal bagels, Zoe moved back to her home and native land of Calgary, Alberta. Graduating from medical school at the University of Calgary, Zoe could not feel luckier to be joining the Calgary EM family! Within medicine, she has a strong interest in harm reduction and addictions medicine, and outside of medicine she is an avid hiker, road biker, and die-hard CBC radio fan.
FRCPC Program – R2
Dr. Cody Dunne
After nearly three decades living in a province whose entire population is less than half of Calgary’s, Cody was ready to start a new adventure on the “mainland.” Born and raised on the island of Newfoundland, he recognized early that he had none of the musical talents that Newfoundlanders were known for and turned his attention to medicine instead. He completed his BSc in Chemistry and MD at Memorial University with developing interests in medical education, resuscitation & drowning prevention. When not at the hospital, you’re most likely to find Cody taste testing the local restaurant scene, rocking out to his favourite country music at the Stampede, or exploring Calgary’s outdoors with his pup, Epi. Most importantly, he’s thrilled to be joining the Calgary EM Team and can’t wait to meet everyone in the Department!
Dr. Cara McCulloch
Medical Student Liaison
Cara grew up in the heart of northern BC, in a small town called Smithers, before leaving to pursue a degree in Kinesiology at UBC and then her MD through the Northern Medical Program at UBC. Prior to medical school Cara spent her summers roaming the remote BC forests and putting out wildfires, all the while dreaming of emergency and flight medicine. Outside of the hospital Cara loves doing anything in the mountains, and on any given day can be found either running, mountain biking, cross country skiing, back country skiing, or rock climbing - albeit typically with more enthusiasm than true skill. She is super excited to be joining the EM team in Calgary and getting to explore more of the Rocky Mountains!
Dr. Jason Elzinga
Jason was born and raised in the small town Vineland, ON, aptly named for being at the heart of Niagara’s wine country. He then completed his B.Sc. in Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo before heading to Western University for medical school. He is now excited to be moving to Calgary to be a part of the emergency medicine program. Academic interests include medical education and simulation learning, quality improvement, and health system design. Outside of medicine, Jason loves playing volleyball and hockey, as well as hiking, biking and skiing. He is looking forward to exploring all of the great outdoor activities that Calgary and the surrounding areas have to offer!
Dr. Natasha Goumeniouk
Natasha was born and raised on a small rock off the coast of BC. Dreaming of the “big city” she moved to Kingston, ON to complete both a Bachelor of Life Sciences and medical school at Queen’s University. Dreaming of world class EM training and nearby mountains she is thrilled to have now moved back west to Calgary for residency. She most closely resembles an over-caffeinated puppy and constantly needs to be entertained with hobbies—feel free to take her biking, hiking, skiing, scuba diving, running, kayaking, reading, dancing, flying, or climbing. Frequent snacks are recommended. Academically, Natasha has a fond interest for aerospace and aviation as well as mentorship in medical training and simulation. When not decked out in scrubs she can be found wearing Patagonia in the wilderness or scheming up her next international adventure.
FRCPC Program – R1
Dr. Kira Genise
Kira hails from the nations capital where she completed her undergraduate and medical degrees. Having lived briefly in BC, she got a taste of the mountain life and yearned for adventure in the wild west. She traded politics and BeaverTails for the excitement of Calgary and mountains. When not saving lives, she spends her time outside running, biking, hiking and camping.
Dr. Scott Wakeham
Scott was born and raised in Dawson Creek, BC. After making the leap across the border and graduating from pharmacy school at U of A, Scott moved to Ontario and graduated from medical school at Queen’s University. He’s excited to be back in Alberta and a few provinces away from bagged milk. Scott enjoys hiking, kayaking, camping, baking, cross country skiing, and yoga. As an escape room enthusiast, he is also excited to see where he can escape from in Calgary. Academically, Scott’s early interests are in toxicology, addiction medicine, and health advocacy.
Dr. Bobby Johnston
Walks like a model, acts like a clown, and throws more shade than a lamp. Interests include resuscitation, addictions, teaching people how to cook (especially when it’s their recipe and didn’t ask for help), grown up sleep-overs with his best friend, rock-climbing, back-country everything, avoiding butterfly jumps in barre, and indigenous health. Bobby started his health care journey in critical care nursing, and is incredibly excited to take the leap into Emergency Medicine in Calgary Alberta learning from amazing physicians. On Wednesdays he wears pink, and he can usually tell when it’s raining
Dr. Duncan Simmons
Duncan was born and raised in Cow Town. He completed a degree in Life Sciences at Queen’s University, and medical school at the University of Alberta. Outside of the hospital, Duncan can be found cooking, playing volleyball or hockey, skiing, biking, or fly fishing.