Dr. Vesta Michelle Warren, MD, CCFP, FCFP
Born and raised in Claresholm, Alberta, Dr. Vesta Michelle Warren has practiced family medicine in Sundre as part of a group practice since 1999. In addition to providing primary medical care to a panel of over 1100 patients, Michelle works also works in the Sundre Hospital Emergency department, attends patients in hospital and has a large obstetrics practice.
Several years ago, Michelle led a pilot project involving the use of a nurse who shared responsibility for panel management, patient lifestyle counselling and chronic disease management. This project proved spectacularly successful and spurred the philosophy of bringing a collaborative, team-based approach to the vision of the Moose & Squirrel Medical Clinic. The Moose & Squirrel Medical Clinic is recognized as one of the leading "Medical Home" models in Alberta, and as a provincial Physician Champion, Michelle is working along with the clinic team to help other Alberta family medicine clinics modernize primary care based on the MSMC model.
Michelle has been awarded a Fellowship by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for her dedicated service and commitment to lifelong learning. She is a PALS and ACLS instructor and enjoys bringing team-based teaching to both her own facility as well as other communities. In 2016 she was recognized as the recipient of the RPAP Rural Alberta Physician Award of Distinction, for bringing superior medical care to her community. She was also awarded the prestigious Dr. Hal Irvine Community Focus Award in 2015 by the University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine for her dedication, through service and personal commitment, to improving the quality of life in her community.
Michelle has had the joy of raising three children in Sundre with her husband, Rob. As an adult she began running as a means of helping maintain health, and has successfully completed several half marathons often finishing in the top 25% of her age group. She ran the Nike Women's Marathon in San Francisco in 2013 and the TCS New York City Marathon in 2015. She took up sea kayaking, white water rafting, and surfing in her year in New Zealand.
Her passion for physical activity has encouraged several friends and colleagues to challenge themselves with new sports and goals. She was part of the clinic teams that ran in the 2014 Canadian Death Race and the 2015 Kelowna Wine Country Half Marathon. The Moose & Squirrel Medical Clinic encourages all team members to be physically active; we model healthy behaviors for our patients and learners.
Dr. Robert G. Warren, JD (Dist), MD, CCFP, CPoCUS
Born and raised in Calgary, Dr. Rob Warren has called Sundre home since 1999 and has practiced family medicine since 2011. Before becoming a family physician, Rob was a lawyer for five years practicing in Edmonton and Calgary, and also worked as an EMT for Mountain View Emergency Medical Services for several years.
Rob brings his passion for collaboration and teamwork to the MSMC, along with his enthusiasm for medical education - he is actively involved in training medical students and family medicine residents, and has delivered workshops at a number of medical education conferences for physicians across Alberta. Rob is certified as a Master Instructor by the Canadian Point Of Care Ultrasound Society and has participated in training, evaluating and certifying over 500 Canadian and internationally-based physicians as Independent Practitioners in the Core elements of Emergency Ultrasound, as well as achieving CPoCUS certification as an Independent Practitioner in Resuscitation Ultrasound. Rob was honoured by the Alberta College of Family Physicians as Alberta's 2015 Outstanding New Professional for his dedication to patients, family, colleagues and community in his first five years of practice. He has also been recognized for leadership in family medicine on multiple occasions by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Alberta Medical Association. Rob is passionate about serving his community, and has been the driving force behind the creation of several non-for-profit organizations that serve the health needs of the Sundre community, including the Sundre Health Professionals Attraction and Retention Committee, the Moose & Squirrel Home Palliative Care Program, and Sundre Play 4 Kidz, which raises funds to assist local children in participating in sport, play and activity programs. In addition to his work as a rural family physician, Rob is a Director of the Red Deer Site for the University of Alberta's Rural Family Medicine Residency training program.
In his free time, Rob enjoys distance running and is a five-time marathoner, including the New York City Marathon and the Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge. He ran as part of the MSMC team in the Canadian Death Race in 2014 (finishing 8th out of 145 mixed teams). Rob is also a long-time member of the Sundre Rams hockey team, playing right wing, left wing, centre and defence, often all in the same shift.
Dr. Jena Smith, MSc, MD, CCFP
Jena was born and raised in Medicine Hat, Alberta, and first came to Sundre as part of her residency training in July 2013. She enjoyed her five months of learning here, and later returned after graduating to work as a locum physician for several months. Following exploration of other communities in Alberta, Jena decided Sundre is the place to be and is excited to join the physicians at the Moose and Squirrel Medical Clinic.
Prior to medical school, Jena studied genetics, earning her Bachelor of Science from the University of British Columbia and Master’s degree from the University of Calgary. She put her degrees to use working in both the Cytogenetics and Molecular Genetics laboratories at the Alberta Children’s Hospital.
Jena has always enjoyed being active and spent some time with the University of Calgary Triathlon club while she was a student, even completing a couple of sprint length triathlons. Soon after this she discovered couples dancing, which eventually took up most of her free time. First it was a hobby, but later she became a serious competitor and earned several championship titles. Now she has retired from competition, but continues to enjoy social dancing whenever possible. She was recently invited to participate in the Red Deer Celebrity Dance Off as a professional instructor, and is proud to have contributed to this event, which raised $300,000 in 2015 for children with special needs in central Alberta.
Motivated by the focus on teamwork and advancing health at the Moose and Squirrel Medical Clinic, Jena is looking forward to starting a practice in Sundre with a focus on promotion of wellness as well as healing illness and injury. Her work will include patients in the clinic, emergency, obstetrics and those in hospital. She is also looking forward to being able to participate in outdoor activities in the beautiful areas surrounding Sundre.
Dr. Carly Crewe, BAS, MD, CCFP
Carly is originally from southern Ontario and moved to Alberta with her husband Ryan to attend medical school at The University of Calgary in 2010. Carly first came to Sundre for nine months during her final year of medical school in 2012, when she participated in the Rural Integrated Community Clerkship program under the mentorship of Drs. Michelle and Rob Warren. During her residency training through the Rural Alberta North Program based in Red Deer, she spent another seven months of time in Sundre. In the spring of 2014, Carly and her husband decided the community was an excellent fit for them both personally and professionally, and are thrilled to call Sundre home.
In her personal time, Carly spends time with her husband Ryan, their beautiful twin daughters Monroe and Faye and their three rescue dogs. She enjoys exploring new places and creating beautiful things. Her hobbies include cooking, gardening, meditation, yoga, running and personal development.
Carly’s values align strongly with those of the Moose and Squirrel’s vision of delivering world class healthcare that is comprehensive, accessible and prevention-focused. Outside of her regular family practice, Carly joins her colleagues in providing emergency room, inpatient and maternity coverage in the Sundre Hospital.
Dr. Anthony Willmot, BHKin, MScPT, MD, CCFP
Born in Oxford, England, Anthony moved to Canada as an infant. He was raised in the small town of Ladysmith on Vancouver Island, BC. He left the Island for the first time to attend UC in Vancouver, where he completed a Bachelor of Human Kinetics. This set him up well for a subsequent Master of Science in Physical Therapy degree, which he completed at the University of Toronto in 2007. He then practiced as a physiotherapist for nearly five years. During this time, he enjoyed working with various levels of athletes, including the Canadian Men’s National Rugby team, varsity collegiate volleyball and basketball players, and elite youth hockey and soccer players.
Anthony then decided to make the transition into medicine, completing his medical degree in Victoria, BC (as part of UBC’s distributed training program). Upon finishing in 2016, he and his young family moved to Red Deer to enrol in the U of A’s rural family medicine residency training program. During this time, he was fortunate enough to complete rural rotations in Sundre for a total of six months. He thoroughly enjoyed working with his colleagues at the Moose & Squirrel Medical Clinic, as well as the Sundre Hospital staff. Also, his family fell in love with the community, and thus, they decided to make Sundre their permanent home.
With their love of the outdoors, Anthony, his wife Katie, and their two daughters, are excited to take advantage of the vast opportunities that this area has to offer. In his spare time, Anthony enjoys golfing, mountain biking, travelling, and playing basketball. In fact, both Anthony and his wife played college basketball, and they hope to share their love and knowledge of the sport within the local community.
In addition to his work at the MSMC, Anthony looks forward to continuing to be involved in the various realms of medicine encountered during his residency training including caring for patients in Sundre’s emergency department and acute care inpatient units, and residents at the Lodge. He will also attend satellite clinics in Caroline. In addition, Anthony’s strong musculoskeletal background will be an asset to the community of Sundre, as he looks to support his physician colleagues by offering focussed assessments to patients ailing from acute and chronic sports injuries.
Dr. Alanna Bowie, MD, CCFP
Born and raised in Red Deer, Alberta, Alanna Bowie has roamed throughout much of Central Alberta while pursuing post secondary studies. After having completed undergraduate studies at the University of Calgary, Alanna attended medical school at the University of Alberta before returning to her hometown of Red Deer, Alberta to complete residency in family medicine. It was in her residency that Alanna become acquainted with the charming town of Sundre and the truly exceptional medical community that resides there. Within the first month of her rotation, Alanna suspected Sundre would be a perfect fit given the Moose & Squirrel Medical Clinic’s strong emphasis on patient centered care, progressive initiatives and overall emphasis on a team approach to improve care.
In terms of medical training, Alanna began her clinical training in a rural clerkship program in Sylvan Lake, Alberta which likely contributed to her passion for full scope, rural medicine. It was here she learnt the rewards of following a patient panel and developed an appreciation for providing care from obstetrics and well baby checks to palliative care. Alanna shares the MSMC’s passion for further developing a clinic that provides exceptional care in a manner that is accessible to patients as well as embracing best practice literature.
Outside of medicine, Alanna spends much of her time training with a thoroughbred mare for the sport of eventing. On days she is not competing at a horse show and not working, Alanna would likely be found enjoying a long run, going for a hike with her fiancé, or perhaps covered in dirt while attempting to develop the elusive “green-thumb”. Alanna is consequently very excited to be involved in both the medical community and the thriving equestrian community as well as take advantage of the stunning natural resources on the community’s doorsteps.
Dr. Danielle Diaz, BN, MD, CCFP
Danielle is originally from Calgary, Alberta. She initially completed her Bachelor of Nursing from the University of Calgary and practiced as a Labor and Delivery Nurse in Calgary, enjoying the acuity, one-to-one care and teamwork on a busy obstetrical unit.
Danielle returned to her studies by attending the medical school at the University of Calgary. With her experience, she initially considered pursuing studies in Obstetrics and Gynecology. As a medical student, she met her classmate, friend and future husband, Mark. In her final year of medical school she participated in the University of Calgary Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship. She trained in Drumheller, AB for 9 months under the supervision of Drs. Lawrence Olfert and Dereck Maseka. There she became interested in the challenging and rewarding practice of full-scope rural medicine. Upon completing medical school in 2015, she and her husband both enrolled in the Rural Alberta South Family Medicine residency program based in Lethbridge, AB. As part of her training, she spent 2 months in Sundre and greatly enjoyed the community, her preceptors, hospital staff and patients.
Danielle thoroughly enjoys spending time with her family, Mark and their son Henry. They will welcome a second edition to their family this upcoming Fall of 2018. As well, she loves yoga, enjoying a good cup of coffee, movies and is passionate about animal welfare.
Danielle will be excited to join the team at the Moose and Squirrel Medical Clinic in February 2019. She is looking forward to exploring the beautiful area of Sundre and seeing the wildlife. She is also looking forward to practicing in a clinic with shared values to her own regarding patient care and evidence based medicine.
Dr. Mark Diaz, BSc, MD, CCFP
Mark was raised in Peace River, Alberta and originally moved to Edmonton to attend the University of Alberta, where he completed his Bachelor of Science degree. He started studies in the Faculty of Pharmacy, however, he transitioned to medicine after his first year and moved to Calgary to attend medical school at the University of Calgary.
From his experiences growing up in a small town, Mark was quite interested in rural medicine and always had an idea that he would practice as a full scope family doctor. It was in medical school that Mark met his future wife, Danielle. He completed his last year as a medical student in Taber, Alberta as part of the University of Calgary Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship program and felt confident that family medicine was right for him. He and his wife, Danielle, decided to attend residency in Lethbridge, AB as part of the Rural Alberta South Family Medicine program. He had the privilege to stay at home with their young son for the 2 months that his wife did her residency rotation in Sundre and loved the community, the people and the beautiful landscape. He got to know the beauty of Sundre by exploring the town and surrounding area on daily walks and hikes with his son.
Mark enjoys spending his free time with his family, Danielle and their son Henry. He is excitedly waiting the arrival of their second child this fall. In addition, he loves playing basketball, rec hockey, and golf and is a loyal Edmonton Oilers fan.
Mark is excited to join the team at Moose and Squirrel Medical Clinic in September of 2018. He is grateful for the commitment and emphasis towards teamwork and mentorship at the MSMC, and is looking forward to providing comprehensive care at the clinic, the emergency department and inpatient units.