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 the Assistant Program Director (Rural) for the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Alberta, responsible for the administration of the Rural Family Medicine residency training programs at the Grande Prairie, Red Deer and Yellowknife sites.
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. Rob also enjoys recreational hockey and is a long-time member of Snake Plissken HC, 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.