Your Care Team

The University Health Centre (UHC) offers comprehensive, coordinated, and continuing medical care for members of the University of Alberta community. The UHC health care teams offer a wide range of professional, friendly, and compassionate medical services for students and their immediate family, as well as staff members, for the duration of their time at the U of A.


Dr. Cheng
  • About Dr. Cheng

    Dr. Nancy Cheng completed her undergraduate and medical schooling at the University of Alberta and started working at the University Health Centre as a locum, covering for a physician so he could get married in India. She was asked to stay on and, 23 years later, remains at the UHC; over 30 years at the U of A in total!

    "I feel very fortunate to work at a place that I enjoy and with such a diverse, interesting and international patient population."

Dr. Durand
  • About Dr. Durand

    Dr. Durand started at the University Health Centre in 2002 as a substitute doctor. She enjoyed the experience so much that, when asked to work permanently at the clinic, she quickly said "YES!"

    "The UHC offers me the chance to specialize in issues of sexuality, mental health, and women's health. It is a very unique clinic and I feel privileged to be part of the University of Alberta Health and Wellness Services team."

Dr. Frauenstein
  • About Dr. Frauenstein

    Dr. Giesela Frauenstein graduated from the University of Pretoria in South Africa and has been in practice for 35 years. She has a special interest in small surgical procedures and obstetrics.

    "I work at the clinic because I love working with the students, trying to help them in any way I can. I also appreciate the way the clinic is run."

Dr. Laughlin
  • About Dr. Laughlin

    Dr. Caitlin Laughlin graduated medical school from the University of Saskatchewan and joined the University Health Centre in the summer of 2014.

    "I love working with our awesome nurses and support staff. I am always happy to discuss the current state of the Saskatchewan Roughriders or Toronto Raptors."

Dr. Malhotra
  • About Dr. Malhotra

    Dr. Malhotra is from Edmonton and attended the University of Alberta for undergraduate, medical, and residency training. After completing medical training in 2010, Dr. Malhotra practiced in clinics all over Edmonton and surrounding areas before settling down at the University Health Center.

    "I enjoy working here because it offers a chance to help people at various stages of their lives and reminds me of the impact the University of Alberta has had on my life."

Dr. Smith
  • About Dr. Smith

    Dr. Christopher Smith completed all of his medical training at the University of Alberta: his MD in 2000 and his postgraduate training in family medicine in 2002. Since he likes the U of A so much, he decided to never leave. He has worked at University Health Centre since shortly after his graduation.

    Seeing young people on a regular basis, he tries to convince himself that he's still as young as they are and, arguably, just as cool. He enjoys the diversity of experience, background, and nationality that U of A students bring to his practice. He particularly enjoys counselling patients regarding their world travels, as it helps him vicariously experience travel.

    When not in clinic, Dr. Smith can be found enjoying life with his wife and four children.

Dr. Tankel
  • About Dr. Tankel

    Dr. Tankel is committed to providing accessible obstetric and gynecological health care to students at the U of A. In addition to being the Head of Obstetrics at the Lois Hole Hospital for Women, he is also an Associate Clinical Professor with the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry and Chief of Obstetrics at Royal Alexandra Hospital. He specializes in contraception (specifically IUDs) and pelvic pain.

    Dr. Tankel has a robust sense of humor and is quick to share a joke or two with his patients.

Dr. Walker
  • About Dr. Walker

    Dr. Jennifer Walker graduated from the U of A and has practiced medicine since 1998. She has worked at the University Health Centre since 2006 and has been the Senior Physician since 2014. She has a special interest in mental health and ensuring that adequate, appropriate, inclusive, and culturally aware services are provided to minority and marginalized groups.

    "I enjoy the patient population, and as Senior Physician enjoy the opportunity to ensure that our clinic is providing relevant and needed services to our student population and other campus community members."

Dr. Wanigaratne
  • About Dr. Wanigaratne
    Dr. Mihiri Wanigaratne graduated medical school from the University of Alberta and has been in practice since 1993. She has a special interest in running injuries and travel medicine.
Dr. Ravji
  • About Dr. Ravji

    Dr. Karim Ravji is a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) specializing in both the surgical and non-surgical treatment of foot and ankle disorders. This includes foot and ankle trauma, surgery, biomechanics, diabetes, dermatology, and infection.

    He obtained a Bachelor of Science undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto, followed by Graduate School in the US culminating in training and a surgical residency in the department of orthopedics at Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation.

    "I enjoy practicing at the University Health Centre because the clinic staff and doctors are excellent, well trained, polite, and ethical. Patient care is first and foremost. And the patient population is a wonderful mix of students and staff from various backgrounds and training which creates a wonderful opportunity to not only treat great patients but also learn something new every day!"

Dr. Wolfe

  • About Dr Wolfe
    Dr. Deanna Wolfe completed her medical school and family medicine residency training at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She has worked in multiple clinics over the past few years, including the Dalhousie Student Clinic, and the Halifax Sexual Health Center. She is excited to start here at the University of Alberta, and has a special interest in sexual and mental health.

Nursing Team

The Nursing Team at the University Health Centre is made up of five Registered Nurses who provide comprehensive nursing services to the university community. Together, the team brings expertise from a wide range of areas including public health, occupational health, rural nursing, and urgent care. Some are even University of Alberta alumni!

With the goal of creating a healthy university community, the team works alongside the UHC physicians and other team members to meet the health care needs of students and staff.

The Nursing Team was celebrated at the 2017 Community Connections Awards for their dedication and support to evacuees following the massive wildfire in Fort McMurray in May 2016.

"You will get to meet one or more us if you need immunizations, routine injections, or are coming in to get your yearly check-up. We bring our expertise and work in partnership with the U of A health care faculties to ensure that you meet current immunization standards so that you are fully able to engage in the learning opportunities at your clinical placements. We look forward to meeting you!"

Administrative Team

The Administrative Team at the University Health Centre accomplish many different duties within the clinic, including: managing the electronic medical records systems; booking all appointments and specialist referrals; managing the workflow and patients throughout the clinic and over the phone; and, handling the financial duties for the clinic.

If you have any questions about UHC or the services that can be accessed at UHC, our administrative staff will be happy to help.