Resident Profiles

PGY-1

Kyle Anderson
Born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Kyle completed his undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of Saskatchewan before venturing West to join the Edmonton Emergency Medicine family. With a motor that doesn't’t stop (but occasionally slows down) Kyle is an avid fan of physical activity, whether it be exploring the great outdoors or getting a bit too competitive while playing sports. A coffee and craft beer enthusiast, Kyle is always prepared to catch up over a drink, especially if food is involved. His greatest weakness? Uncontrollable late-night snacking.
Stephanie Del Alba
Stephanie is a born and raised Edmontonian but has been away for the past few years for med school in Calgary and modelling in Toronto/Miami. Her main academic area of interest over the past few years has been addictions and working with other marginalized populations. In her free time she enjoys skiing (just took her AST1 in Dec!), fashion/photography, travelling around in her camper van, and get togethers with friends. She is very excited to be back working in her hometown and can’t wait to get to know each of you over the years! 
Melissa Pyrch
Melissa is one of the incoming PGY-1's in Emerg! Her name is Melissa, but most of her friends call her Mel. She is from a little tiny town in Southern Alberta called Taber, which happens to be the corn capital of Canada! She did her undergrad in Montreal before coming to the UofA for medical school and says she guesses that she is a true Edmontonian now! She loves to get a little too competitive at board games or a good old game of spikeball. And recently, she has gotten really into road biking and exploring our great city on two wheels! She can't wait to get started and meet everyone!
Stephanie Schindler
Born and raised in Istanbul, Stephanie moved to Canada to complete her post-secondary education at UBC Okanagan. Prior to attending medical school in Kelowna, she formally completed her Master's degree in Alzheimer's disease research and informally studied all the wine varietals that the Okanagan has to offer. She loves travelling, learning new languages and all things food related. She also enjoys being outdoors and is looking forward to running and biking in the River Valley!
Michael Taylor
Michael is one of the incoming PGY1's in Emergency Medicine. As a man of two provinces, he spent the first few years of hi life in Edmonton before leaving for Ontario in '93. It wasn't until 2014 that he rediscovered Alberta when his (painfully long) educational journey brought him back; He's been here ever since, but his family is still rooted in the Greater Toronto Area. Edmonton is now his second home, with plenty of new-found family. He enjoys writing acoustic folk songs and occasionally subjecting audiences to his performances. He also loves bicycling, camp fires, and hopes to try stand-up comedy at some point in the future!
Ryan Yip
Ryan is really looking forward to meeting and working with you all. He is originally from BC, but went to university in London, Ontario followed by medical training in Ottawa. He is excited to head back out west and experience the Alberta lifestyle! In his spare time, he enjoys playing ultimate frisbee, soccer, badminton, tennis, squash, and hitting up the gym. He is also a big foodie and is looking forward to exploring what Edmonton has to offer!

PGY-2

Alex Wilson
Alex is from a little blueberry farm in Pitt Meadows, BC. His favourite pizza is pepperoni, olives, and mushrooms. When he was 5 he wanted to be a veterinarian. He's a dog person and his favourite movie is the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Edward Mason
Ed is from Vancouver, BC. His favourite pizza is ham and pineapple. When he was 5 he wanted to be Ronaldo (90s Ronaldo, not Cristiano). He loves all animals except pigeons and his favourite movie is any from the Lord of the Rings.
Erin Sachs
Erin is from Vancouver, BC. Her favourite pizza is classic margherita. When she was 5 she wanted to be a Beluga whale trainer. Both cats and dogs! Please email with any dog walking or cat sitting inquiries and her favourite movie is Return of the King (LoTR).
Nicholas Sajko
Nick is from Halifax, NS. His favourite pizza is Sausage, bacon, mushrooms, green pepper, and pineapple. When he was 5 he wanted to be a Professional Skateboarder or Lego Master Builder. He likes both dogs and cats and his favourite movie is a tie between "John Wick" (the first one) and "Stepbrothers."
Sarah Weicker
Sarah is from North Vancouver, BC. Her favourite pizza is as many veggies as possible - bonus points for hot peppers or lots of chilli. When she was 5 she wanted to be a paleontologist. She says she is guilty of being a crazy cat lady and her favourite movie is Jurassic Park and anything with Tom Hanks.
Stephanie Pilieci
Stephanie is from Edmonton, AB. Her favourite pizza is pepperoni and roasted red peppers. When she was 5 she wanted to be Prime Minister. She is a dog person and her favourite movie is Lion.

PGY-3

Kendra Young
Kendra grew up on a farm outside of Charlie Lake, BC. When she was five she wanted to be a Fire fighter or a horse tamer and her favourite food is BBQ chicken and a side of ranch.
She is 100% a dog person but if the cat tolerates me, she'll tolerate it haha. Her favourite movie is Inside Out by Pixar. she says she bawls everytime.
Brian Whiteside
After a typo resulted in him being enrolled in Physiology and Developmental Biology at the U of A, this smarty-two-shoes realized his mistake and changed to Physiology and Pharmacy, and then Medicine (talk about multi-faceted). After eight long years he earned his "you've been in university too long" degree. Once residing in a town called Calgary, he quickly became an Edmontonian, and chose to continue his training in our beautiful city. But there is absolutely no way to describe Brian, in all his glory, in just one paragraph. In fact, his own name has become the most used adjective to describe him. Not only is he an avid outdoorsman, traveler, and multi-sport athlete, Brian knows more about most topics than a seasoned news reporter. Just be careful when going on a tour with him of the city… he knows SO much, that driving with him while narrating may simulate a near death experience. Furthermore, if you are ever in need of a coupon, Brian is ever ready with tips and tricks to save dollars, including biking year round throughout the city. Lastly, there are few among us with a work ethic like Brian, but every program needs a resident who is tempted to pull out his text book at a bumping party!
Emma Meeuwisse
We feel for you, there are a lot of vowels… but say it with us May-wiss-ahhh. Emma's true beginning started at the end of a dirt road on the prairie. She attributes much of her free spirit and determined nature to her early days on the farm. However, she eventually packed her bags and ventured to the big city to complete her undergraduate degrees at the University of Calgary. But when the opportunity arose, she quickly travelled north to complete her EM residency and said goodbye to Calgary and the Flames. A former varsity volleyball player and kinesiology major, Emma brings to the program health conscious smoothies, a competitive flare (perhaps flare is a bit of an understatement), a strong willed laser-loving cat, and her ever positive attitude (voted #1 pep talker during sports by our group). Let's be honest, Emma couldn't survive the city without at least one animal and a host of plants to simulate nature's touch. But if you are looking for a workout or health tips ask Emma - she may even take 10 minutes before her second workout of the day to walk you through the sets she did during her first one!
Karla Finn
A Newfoundlander (newfie) at heart. Karla completed a biochemistry undergraduate degree (a daunting task) and medical school at Memorial University. However, she eventually opted to leave the ocean views behind in exchange for the prairies, sunlight, and a much needed dose of vitamin D. But don't worry, she came gifted to us with her roots attached. Beyond her sailing knot knowledge, Karla also carries with her a hidden Newfie accent. If she denies this, just ask her what day our academic day falls on… and you will hear the amazing pronunciation of "Toooosdayyy," to show for it. Karla is so wild at heart in the best possible way. While most of her co-residents were relaxing on a beach somewhere during their time off before residency, Karla enrolled herself in a surfing school boot camp - only to become a well known presence on the Portuguese west coast. She truly is an adventurous soul and has a great love for her EM family and family back home. If you're a friend of Karla's, you've got a true friend and advocate indeed.
Lindsay Grant-Nunn
Born in the eastern land of Nova Scotia, Lindsay is an over-comer. As if moving across the country was not enough, she was welcomed to Edmonton with copious environmental adversity, including (but not limited to), flooding and automobile carnage. But despite this, she always remains amazingly positive and a life giving presence. Lindsay is very kind hearted, but also has the ability to be very decisive whenever a situation calls for leadership. One thing that you may not know about Lindsay is that she comes from a long line of chefs… so with this knowledge in mind we recommend that you take every opportunity to learn from her hidden cooking alchemy expertise. In addition to her seasoned taste buds, Lindsay is also very adventurous at heart and has a determined nature. She is always excited to try new things and does not shy away from unchartered waters. Lindsay was also voted most likely by her peers to be one of the coolest and kindest staff members to future learners because she is so down-to-earth. Edmonton is lucky to have snagged Lindsay from the East.
Lisa Ying
One of two former Vancouverites, Lisa didn't believe in Edmonton's winter and decided to experience it herself after completing both her undergraduate degree in Biology and medical school in Vancouver. Lisa has many hidden talents and a unique sense of humor, which is incredibly contagious. One of her many talents includes fashioning a variety of different lunches from merely 3-4 grass-root ingredients. But in all seriousness, one of the most amazing things about Lisa is that she is very confident in her own skin. She stands up for what she believes in, even if that means saying no to peer pressure when in need of a good nap. Lisa is also incredibly generous… if you are a medical student or a co-resident… make sure to walk alongside Lisa. She never lets you pay for your own share of a meal, and is very quick to spoil the medical students from around the globe. As a cohort, we can't wait to see what Lisa chooses as her sub-specialty. She has a variety of interests but is sure to break the mold and reach new heights for the specialty of emergency medicine.
Michael Louie
The second in the bunch to escape the busy streets of Vancouver and pioneer his way to wild rose country. Louie is quite the character, and is probably one of the more laid back members of the crew. Keeping the team balanced, Louie is known for interpreting the worst of situations casually as, "ok… perhaps less than ideal." But besides being cool off the court, he is also an avid athlete, and can be often found in the Pulse Generator, working solely on his traps. Louie is a baller and a shot caller, and the group would not be the same without his casual poses and peanut gallery comments. In keeping with his balanced constitution, Mike is more than just athletic and smart, and often partakes in creative ventures, like making ice cream and home decor. Although he may give off a city-slicka vibe, he is definitely a talented dude and way more than just a pretty face. With his cool-as-a-cucumber demeanor, we are not surprised that he landed in the midst of a high acuity specialty and we are thankful to have someone in the group who brings stability to the rollercoaster that is residency.

PGY-4

Albert Mallia
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!
Chad Kilburn
Chad is a born and raised Edmontonian, only taking a three year reprieve from the city to complete a Business degree in Vancouver. Working for seven years in an investment sales firm, Chad yearned to "make a difference" and decided medicine would be the appropriate avenue. Once a figure skater (yes, you read that correctly) and now an avid Crossfitter (who does not tell everyone about it), you can find him chilling at the lake in the summer and on the slopes in the winter. Always good for a laugh, a chat and some red wine, but don't expect him to Snapchat.
Cristian Vadeanu
As a proud Vancouverite, this new Albertan spends as much time outdoors as a busy residency schedule allows. Cristian is described by his co-residents as ridiculously unpredictable and one demonstrating extreme spontaneity. When not back flipping out of airplanes or hanging off of cliffs in the Rockies, he aims to pursue his love for water and surfing by living at West Edmonton Mall's water park. At home, Cristian could be found portraying his hopeless romantic side with his love for cooking and playing the Spanish guitar. As an extrovert, his outgoing personality makes for great connections and much-needed hilarious conversations so do not hesitate to get in touch.
Elizabeth Williams
Elizabeth has brown hair, green eyes and is 177 cm tall according to her driver's license. But maybe you want to know more about her as a person. She was born in London, England then grew up in Newfoundland and Toronto where she spent most of her time in dance studios (or in the car, on the way to another dance studio). Unfortunately, an injury meant she had to leave her dream of becoming a professional ballerina behind, so now she spends most of her time trying (and failing at) other sports or hanging out with her main love- her golden retriever Dug. She completed medical school in Calgary but couldn't resist the great program in Edmonton. If you want to get Elizabeth talking, ask her about any reality TV show, her trip to Japan or her favourite dessert (donuts!).
Jesse Hill
An Edmontonian through and through, Jesse can be found running through the river valley year-round; though, generally with less company in the dead of winter. As a die-hard Oilers fan, he was elated to follow in the footsteps of Connor McDavid and sign long term with the Edmonton EM team. Jesse has an inquisitive nature and has been drawn to numerous research projects from a diverse background, including: urban coyotes, asthma, prostate cancer, and every Science student's favorite fly, Drosophila melanogaster. He's interested in pursuing his Master's degree during his fourth year. An avid golfer, he would love to take anyone out for a round!
Shannon Pretty
This transplant from Ontario dreamed of becoming a Broadway actress, but after hosting a talk show and spending a year studying theatre in Toronto, she quickly realized medicine was much more exhilarating. She also discovered her singing voice left much to be desired! After completing medical school in Ottawa, she was beyond ecstatic to join the U of A EM family! When she isn't wandering the hospital corridors, hopelessly lost, you'll find Shan venturing to the mountains for a hike or bike with her husband and golden lab, Molly, or enjoying some quality patio time.

PGY-5

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 Sklobenick
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.
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.
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!