Women’s Health in Primary Care
Accessing Women’s Health in Primary Care.
Melissa Waddell BSCN RNPRIMARY CARE
Melissa is currently the Clinical Services Manager at Edmonton West Primary Care Clinic and President of the Alberta Primary Care Nurses Association. Melissa has previously worked in emergency medicine and intensive care before joining the primary care workforce. Melissa is a Primary Care nurse leader who believes access to high quality primary care includes access to providers competent in gynecological care, without resorting to specialty referral. She believes that education for primary care nurses and other allied health providers alongside physicians in women’s health is paramount to serving the population.
Dr. Angela Naismith MD CCFP-EMEMERGENCY MEDICINE
Dr. Angela Naismith attended medical school at UBC then went on to Dalhousie to do Family medicine followed by U of A to do Emergency medicine. She works at the U of A Emergency Department. She has an interest in education, in particular post-graduate education in the FM-EM program as assistant program director then program director over a 10 year period. She has also done conference planning/organizing with the Edmonton Emergency Physician Association and Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians.
Dr. Nadia Keshwani BScPT MSc PhDPHYSIOTHERAPY
Dr. Nadia Keshwani is practitioner with Cura Physical Therapies. She is committed to helping patients make significant changes to their overall function and well-being by focusing on patient-centered, one-on-one, quality care. Nadia completed her PhD in Rehabilitation Science centered around women with diastasis recti abdominus, a separation of the abdominal muscles that occurs primarily in pregnancy. She has published numerous manuscripts including Physical Therapy, Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, Neurology and Urodynamics, the Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, and Physiotherapy Theory and Practice. In addition, she designed and delivers Pelvic Health content to the Master’s physiotherapy students.
Dr. Sudha Koppula BSc MD MClSc CCFP FCFPFAMILY PRACTICE
Dr. Koppula was born at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton where she also completed her family medicine training. She currently enjoys a broad range family practice at the MacEwan University Health Centre. Dr. Koppula has extensive clinical and classroom teaching experience in Edmonton and rural Alberta including, Primary Care Obstetrics and Family Medicine. She also developed and implemented the Integrated Women’s Health Curriculum into core Family Medicine residency training at the University of Alberta. Dr. Koppula is the current President of the Alberta College of Family Physicians.
Shannon KarczmarczykPATIENT ADVOCATE
Shannon has lived much of her adult life in rural Alberta and will provide insights about navigating the private and public health system based on her 10 year journey with endometriosis.