Resident Profiles

PGY-1

  • Nina Lam

    Nina grew up on the mean streets of Edmonton's west side, where she cultivated a love for 90s R&B and hip hop that continues to this day. After completing a stint in the business faulty, she quickly realized that accounting and finance were not her strong suit-as her online shopping addiction may attest to. In her spare time, you can find her putzing around in her backyard garden, growing monster zucchini, reading about, cooking or eating all things food related, pretending to canoe and chasing after her giant dog and normal sized husband in Edmonton's river valley and various hiking trails in the Rockies. Make sure to ask her to see pictures of Wally the Dog-she has thousands on her phone.

  • Albert Mailla

    This Toronto native dreamed of becoming an astronaut when he grew up, but decided to get his pilot’s license instead. Albert went to the University of Waterloo to become a video game developer for the “Halo” series, but soon realized that medicine was the way to go. He completed medical school and his MBA in Edmonton and is excited to join the EM family here. Albert is interested in disaster medicine, teaching, and integrated technology. When he isn’t flying planes, playing guitar, or BBQing, you’ll find this spanish-speaking man salsa dancing!

  • Isabelle Gray

    Isabelle originally wanted to become a dolphin trainer and prepared for this by competing as a synchronized swimmer. Despite various injuries and near-concussions, she’s still swimming. On land, Izzy enjoys playing guitar, wine and mountain adventures (in any order). After finishing her undergrad at Queen’s, Izzy returned to Edmonton for the people and the skiing (and for her Master’s and med school). She’s interested in medical education and research, but plans to spend fourth year snuggling with her massive puppy, Bruce. Her outgoing personality, dedication, and optimism are contagious, and we couldn’t be happier to have her on board!

  • Kevin Skoblenick

    Kevin grew up on a fruit and vegetable farm in Ontario that he describes as ‘large’ at a mere 200 acres. Following his undergrad and graduate work at both McMaster and Western University he made the trek westward to Edmonton. He claims that his years of drumming in a punk band have honed his CPR compressions to a metronome-like precision while his interest in mental health emergencies was triggered by grad work on schizophrenia and ketamine. During his downtime you can probably find him in a backcountry campsite reading some quality science fiction.

  • Kristin Morch

    A Vancouver Island girl born and raised, Kristin is thrilled to try out her new parka on the streets of Edmonton. She pursued varsity rowing, art school and microbiology before finding her love for emergency medicine. Joined in Edmonton by her husband/high school sweetheart, you will find this duo cross country skiing or climbing mountains in their spare time. Don't be fooled by her endearingly awkward personality. Bestowed with the energy of a hummingbird and the friendliness of a golden retriever, Kristin is sure to become your go-to-gal for power-chatting.

  • Rebecca Schonnop

    Rebecca grew up as a B.C. West Coaster, with her family that’s closer than paint on a wall. But alas, she couldn't resist the amazing-ness of Edmonton's program and people, so she decided to make the move after completing medical school at UBC. Sadly, she left her furry friends at home, so don't be alarmed if she befriends you just so she can play with your dog. Pick your adventure and she's your gal, Rebecca is always up for anything from Netflix binges, crazy dance parties, to mountain hiking. When she isn't outdoors, she is often discussing food or baking tasty treats (good thing she's active!). You’ll realize soon after meeting her that her organizational skills rival that of a circus trainer. After leading a global health project in East Africa, she seeks other international medicine opportunities, loves to talk travel, and always has another trip in the works. Rebecca can't wait to find a new home away from home in Edmonton!


PGY-2

  • Alistair Eksteen

    You wouldn't know it if you met him, but Alistair is actually a pretty cool guy. He was born in South Africa, but spent most of his life in Edmonton, attending UofA for both undergrad and med school. He also has his PILOT'S LICENSE and makes a mean moose sausage (with meat he hunts himself!). Most importantly, he managed to find himself a Grade A+ wife who feeds him a little too well (we appreciate that he gives softer hugs now). But our real favourite thing about Alistair is his perpetual good mood and that he will always ALWAYS have your back!

  • Amanda Schouten
    Amanda is happy to be back home after completing medical school at the University of Calgary. She has a legendarily dry sense of humour as well as some great fishing stories from her favourite place - Baptiste Lake. She loves to travel and in a pinch you can always count on her having snacks hidden away as the designated mom of the group. We affectionately call her "Jam" but you'll have to ask her in person why.
  • Elfiede Cross

    Elfriede came to Edmonton after completing a Bachelor of Sciences degree at the University of Lethbridge. After medical school in Edmonton, she was thrilled to join the amazing U of A Emergency Medicine team! Outside of medicine she can usually be found outdoors exploring new trails with her four legged friends or practicing her photography skills. Although she was born outside of Canada, during the arctic season she likes to spend time trying new winter sports - although most of her time is spent getting up from a fall or trying not to run over children on skis.

  • Jeff Odenbach

    Jeff is a U of A lifer and has been wandering around campus for 11 years during his undergrad and grad degrees in Biochemistry followed by medical school. His limited attention span and need for adrenaline sparked his interest and led him to our field of emergency medicine. Jeff is easily distracted by outdoor activities including mountain biking, snowboarding and bungee jumping. Despite his need to constantly keep moving, Jeff can block the entire universe out for 10 straight hours 18 Sundays a year and carefully follow every NFL game in hopes of reliving his glory as fantasy football champ.

  • Jessica Hann

    Born and raised in the salty winds of Newfoundland, Jess moved to the promised land at the end of highschool. Her favorite activity is eating, as demonstrated by a voracious appetite that rivals a baby dinosaur. This, along with her magnetic character, earned her the beloved nickname Big Jessie. She balances her appetite with her second favorite activity: running. She is frequently spotted on the river valley trails around Edmonton. Big Jessie will be a great companion during residency as she is charismatic and brings people together with her good-natured spirit.

  • Joshua Bezanson

    Joshua was a rolling stone for the first half of his life living in various parts of Europe and the Caribbean but spent most of his time growing up in Calgary before moving to Canmore. His background is in emergency services having worked in the Canadian Coast Guard and then in Fire and EMS. Before realizing medicine was his calling he worked as a journalist in both TV and radio. In the summer he can typically be found on a paddling trip somewhere and in the winter he tries to spend as much time on the ski hill as he can.


PGY-3

  • Amy Hegstrom

    Amy can usually be found racing through the river valley or casually “whipping up” gourmet snacks that make us seethe with jealousy. But we can’t stay mad too long seeing as we usually get to have a bite. It's mind-boggling how she will never fail to make an amazing lunch, work out, and look incredible no matter how busy she is- we suspect witchcraft. But don’t be fooled by her great style, amazing hair, and sweet smile, she’s tough as nails and a foulmouthed Newfie sailor at heart.

  • Asha Olmstead

    Asha is the friendliest girl you’ll ever meet, but as much as she loves us all, we can never compete with her true soulmate- the Alberta Rockies. Asha will laugh at all your jokes (and she really means it too!) and has an uncanny knack for making everyone- patients, friends, and classmates- feel like they can tell her anything within minutes of meeting her. Don’t worry, she’ll keep your secrets! P.s. We almost forgot to mention that she has a hyperactive cry reflex- we remembered because she cried when she read this.

  • Carmen Fletcher

    Carmen is the best thing to ever come out of Thunderbay, Ontario. Okay,we may not know much about Thunderbay, but even if we did, she’d still be the best. You’ll never see her phased by anything; her easy smile and blink-and-you-miss-it dry humour can make you feel at ease in even the most stressful situations. You can't talk to Carmen without getting the feeling this girl is going places, so we’re so glad she decided to park her motorcycle in Edmonton for the next few years.

  • Christa Desrochers

    Christa makes you wish that you too hailed from the badlands of Manitoba- those harsh Winnipeg winds have clearly chiseled her stomach into abs of steel… or maybe it’s those volleyballs she continues to pulverize in her spare time. But despite the fact that she could probably beat you up, she’s really a big old teddy bear. Her tendency to turn bright red at absolutely everything and her crazy hand gesture-filled storytelling are just a few things you'll love about her.

  • Erin Rawe

    Erin is the resident's very own soccer mom, hustling us to group workouts or potlucks or bonding nights when we could really just go for a nap. But that energy is contagious and we secretly love having her look after our little group. See her on a bad day and find out that her goofy grin and lame (oops, we mean hilarious!) jokes can make anyone’s worries melt away.

  • Jake Hayward

    Jake is our hockey player turned doctor- and should win some sort of award for being one of the most articulate people you’ll ever meet despite being no stranger to a few concussions. If you’re in the mood for a mind-blowing philosophical conversation, this is your guy. But probably our favorite thing about him is that he’s that friend who’s always down for an adventure and will figure out a ride home later.

  • Niresha Velmurugiah

    Niresha is our creative genius. She may be small but her talent is big…and confusing- among her skills is, inexplicably, rapping really fast. Her bag of tricks never ceases to amaze us- she even builds her own furniture! (Disclaimer: make sure your tetanus is up to date before going to her house…there's a LOT of rusty metal.) Niresha's impressive lack of coordination means that she'll sustain an injury or two in following her passions, but this girl is definitely feisty and never deterred in anything she puts her mind to. She is, in the words of Carmen, a "better dressed whimsical Amish woman"​​


PGY-4

  • Lorissa Mews

    Lorissa is a short bubbly blonde from Northern Ontario. You may hear her coming through the halls as she is often wearing heels to give the illusion of being nearly average height. While she may look sweet and innocent, she spent her summers working in underground gold mines in Ontario, the oil fields of Alberta and as a laborer forced to parallel park a Ford F350 around the city. She did an Honors specialization in Physiology and Pharmacology at UWO then realized life is best out West! So she packed up and moved to Edmonton for her MD and remained to pursue her Emergency Medicine dreams at the best training facility in Canada. Her down time is spent with friends, her bf, and being active, playing volleyball,badminton, softball, camping, skiing and enjoying anything interactive and fun!

  • Mandeep Sran

    Mandeep Sran started from the bottom in Calgary and now he’s here, in Edmonton, as one of our fabulous first year residents. He likes to induce solid organ injury in other residents with his aggressive basketball style so watch your backs and spleens. You’ll also need to keep your guard up during trivia games with Mandeep, as he’s been known to cause shocking upsets. Mandeep likes to stay close to his family, so when he’s not running amok in the hospital you can often find him hanging out in Calgary. Dr. Sran’s work ethic, maturity and sense of humor make the rest of us lucky to have him as our friend and co-worker.

  • Nick Pompa

    Everything you need to know about Nick orbits around family. First and foremost, he and his wife are the proud parents of a little kicker of a baby girl and a giant golden retriever. His formative years were spent in the warm kitchen of his family's restaurant, Abruzzo (named for his father’s beloved home in Italy), in his hometown, Calgary. He followed his big brother by completing a Mechanical Engineering degree at the University of Calgary, before ultimately deciding he wanted to become a doctor. He spent most of med school dazed and confused so if you have any questions about how not to get into a residency program he is your man. All of his personal interests have been lovingly overshadowed by fatherhood, but if you asked him about it he might say that he trains with a secret society of ninjas, rocks the 1s and 2s, and most of all, flies as often as possible as far away as possible from snow.

  • Robyn Palmer

    Robyn grew up in Cowtown Alberta, before moving to Edmonton, where she completed a Bachelor's of Health Sciences Degree. She loved the cold north and antagonizing Oilers' fans so much, she decided to stay for medical school and residency. When not busy at work, Robyn enjoys alternative rock music, running in the river valley, and kicking rear on her xbox. Robyn is a proud member of Emergency Medicine at the University of Alberta, and is currently interested in toxicology, ED ultrasound, and critical care.

  • Sahil Gupta

    Sahil hails from Edmonton but fled the cold to pursue a brief stint as a National Geographic Photographer during which he amassed a fortune by figuring out what the goats crossing into Liberia were really carrying. Despite his newfound wealth, Sahil’s favorite mode of transportation is his bicycle and if you see someone rounding in the hospitals wearing a helmet, that’s Sahil, ready to perform a Zavanelli maneover at any time. This is a passionate guy, especially regarding politics. You’ll never be safe from a passionate discussion about health policy no matter where you are, whether 20 hours into a call shift or the middle of the forest... Sahil’s 80 watt smile, calm, cheerful manner, and willingness to lend an ear make him a wonderful addition to our EM group and we are looking forward to the next five years!

  • Sara McKinnon

    Raised on the gentle island of PEI, Sara then completed medical school on the Rock (Newfoundland). An East Coaster at heart, she wandered out to the west to truly see if the winter's are worse than those in NL. In tow are two four-legged friends, who are always looking for new walking buddies. Currently occupying her time trying not to sound like an east-coaster, Sara truly enjoys the program and couldn't ask for a better place to call a home away from home.


PGY-5

  • Adam Kulaga

    Adam has lived across the country from Corner Brook, Newfoundland to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Despite his unfortunate stint in the wheat capital of the world, Adam has not capitulated to the abomination of Rider Nation. As an avid connoisseur of all things avid, Adam can either be found taking faceshots on his skis, or slaving away on his stove-top!

  • Erin Bristow

    Her excitable and energetic nature hides her true inner geek- she’s not so secretly into all things Harry Potter,Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Star Trek (specifically Next Gen! haha). But don’t tease her too hard, she has a black belt in Karate!

  • Jaspreet Khangura

    Our very own Rhodes Scholar! Jaz is originally from Calgary and did med school at UBC. She is VERY humble and would never tell people about her time in Oxford...so we toot her horn for her! She finished up in England, and now joins us here in Edmonton!

  • Jessica Moe

    Jess is an Edmonton native, who completed medical school at Queen’s. In her life before medicine she studied International Development and International Law. If she had a choice, she would spend her time surfing on a beach in Costa Rica! While she proves that asian driving stereotypes are based in truth, you can’t help but laugh along with her! She is the most kind hearted of our little bunch!

  • Taryn Brown

    Though born and raised in Calgary, Taryn is proud to call Edmonton her new home! After retiring from her degree and part time job as a cake decorator, she moved up North to start med school. Outside of the hospital you will find her snowboarding, hiking, watching reality TV shows and hit the dance floor in local saloons!