Preetha Krishnan NP, PhD (c) – Advanced Care Planning

Preetha Krishnan holds the distinction of being Manitoba’s first full time Long Term Care Nurse Practitioner. She currently holds a position with the Winnipeg Regional Heath Authority as a Nurse Practitioner and is working at Misericordia Health Center. She was the recipient of the first ever Award of Excellence in Outstanding Leadership in the Nurse Practitioner Profession and in the Delivery of Clinical Care from the Nurse Practitioner Association of Manitoba. She has also received the prestigious national award, the Order of Merit for clinical nursing practice from the Canadian Nurses Association. She was also given the Award of Excellence in Clinical Nursing Practice from the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba and the Nursing Excellence Award from the Health Science Centre. She currently holds a nil appointment with the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Manitoba and is professionally affiliated with the Manitoba Centre for Nursing and Health Research.

Brent Gouthro RN NP – Cannabis Presentation

Brent Gouthro was born in West Germany into a Canadian air force family, spending the majority of his childhood in Manitoba. He attended the University of Manitoba for both his Bachelor of Arts and Nursing Degree. In 2008, he obtained his Masters in Nursing, Nurse Practitioner All Ages Specialty at the Athabasca University. He has worked in a variety of nursing areas and currently as a Primary Care practice at the Agassiz Medical Centre, Morden.  He lives on a small acreage south of Morden and is married with 3 children and currently one grandchild. He loves small scale agriculture from gardening, tapping maple trees, beekeeping, to raising chickens, turkeys and pigs. He believes strongly in maintaining an active lifestyle throughout your life. Still plays hockey every winter for the Budzz Hockey team, rides his mountain bike often, prefers to be canoeing on a distant lake and embraces life.

Estrellita Estrella-Holder, RN, NP, MScA, MN-ANP, CHFN – Heart Failure

Estrellita is currently working as a nurse practitioner at Cardio1 here in Winnipeg. She previously held the position of a CNS and later as an NP at the Cardiac Sciences Program’s Heart Failure clinic in Winnipeg Manitoba. She has been a heart failure nurse since 2002.  She is a member of various nursing and Heart Failure organizations.  She served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Heart Failure Society from 2015-2019.  She is a certified Heart Failure Nurse with certification provided by the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses. She is a panel member of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society Heart Failure Management Guidelines. She is the founder the Heart Failure Support group of Manitoba and continue to coordinate the activities of the group. She currently holds a nil appointment with the University of Manitoba Faculty of Nursing.

Jill Normington RN NP – COPD

Jill graduated from Brandon University with a Baccalaureate in Nursing in 2010. She completed her Masters in Nursing in 2014 and has practiced primarily in emergency settings with a recent transition into aesthetics practice. Jill has always been passionate about respiratory health and was the first Nurse Practitioner in Manitoba to obtain her certification as Certified Respiratory Educator.

Dr. Mark Kristjanson – Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors

Mark Kristjanson is a family physician whose clinical practice currently focuses on the care of patients with developmental disabilities and of patients with cancer  – both in the acute setting in CancerCare Manitoba’s Urgent Cancer Care clinic, and in the provision of palliative care at Jocelyn House Hospice.  He has practiced in group and solo, rural and urban, and fee-for service as well as academic family medicine.  He serves as Medical Lead, Primary Care in CCMB’s Community Oncology Program, where he participates in the development and delivery of continuing professional development programming for the benefit of his fellowPrimary Care clinicians (i.e. family physicians & nurse practitioners) through a program called UPCON (Uniting Primary Care and Oncology).

Ron Linklater – Traditional Medicine

Ron retired in 2015 from the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba where he worked as a Prevention Education Consultant and provided training and skills development for people in the helping field, including other addiction service providers.  Ron has over 40 years work experience in the addictions field; he continues to provide a unique set of knowledge, skills and cultural worldview for people who work or will eventually work in Indigenous communities.  Prior to working for the AFM, he held various positions within Health Canada such as the Ontario Regional Consultant for the National Native Alcohol Drug Abuse Program, Manager of Aboriginal Treatment Services for Ontario Region and Manitoba Regional Consultant for the National Native Alcohol Drug Abuse Program.  Ron began his career working for St. Joseph’s General Hospital in Thunder Bay as an Alcohol and Drug Counsellor for the Options for Youth out patient program and later became the Young Adult Treatment Program Coordinator.  Ron received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Lakehead University and has a Certificate in Native Counselling from Confederation College of Applied Arts and Technology.  Currently, he sits on the boards of New Directions for Children, Youth, Adults & Families and the Sagkeeng Mino Pimatiziwin Family Treatment Centre. Ron is president of his family company Owiiji’iwe Linklater Associates and continues to promote Indigenous Awareness training to groups across Canada.  Ron is from the Treaty #3 territory and a member of Couchiching First Nation located near Fort Francis, Ontario.

Louise Sanders BMR PT, HMCT – Stress Management

Louise Sanders is a Stress Consultant, a HeartMath Trainer, and the co-founder of The Stress Experts. She holds a Bachelor of Physical Therapy from the University of Manitoba, and is certified in Neurolinguistic Programming and a variety of complementary modalities. Louise is passionate about empowering people to conquer their stress so they feel better, do better, and be better. She knows that in our fast-paced and constantly changing world, people need simple, powerful, real-life solutions to stress that create true happiness, improve health, enhance performance, and foster personal and organizational success.

Dr. Grace Frankel – Contraception Facts, Myths and Updates

Dr. Grace Frankel is a clinical pharmacist employed by My Health Team in Southern Health. She works collaboratively in both Family Medicine at Steinbach Family Medical as well as in acute care at Bethesda Regional Health Centre. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy in 2009, Doctor of Pharmacy in 2013, Board Certification in Pharmacotherapy in 2013 and is also an Extended Practice pharmacist.

Dr. Karen Toews – Contraception Facts, Myths and Updates

Dr. Karen Toews has been practicing family medicine for 23 years at Steinbach Family Medical. Her practice includes general family medicine, obstetrics including antepartum and intrapartum care, in-patient care at Bethesda Hospital and family practice oncology at the Community Cancer Program at Bethesda Hospital. She is also the lead for the Family Medicine Enhanced Distributed Education Centre at Steinbach Family Medical and is a lecturer with the Department of Family Medicine at the Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba. In addition to her busy practice she is also the Vice Chair of the medicine test committee of the Medical Council of Canada in Ottawa. She is a member of the Board of directors of the Bethesda Foundation as well as the Chrysalis Fund a women’s giving circle in Steinbach. She enjoys cycling, hiking, traveling, and reading in her spare time. She lives in Steinbach with her husband Rod and daughter Siobhan (18) and son Liam (16). Her house is a mess!

Dr. Helen Pymar – Reproductive Options

Dr. Helen Pymar completed hertraining in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Western University in London, Ontario, and a Fellowship in Family Planning and Contraception at Magee Women’s Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. She hasworked at Women’s hospital in Winnipeg, Manitoba since 2004 and she isthe director of the Therapeutic Abortion program and the Early Pregnancy Assessment Clinic at Women’s hospital. She hasbeen a contributing author for the contraception and medical abortion guidelinesfor the SOGC. Dr. Pymar hasbeen involved in research relating to IUDs, barrier methods of contraception, medical abortion, early pregnancy loss diagnosis, medical management of ectopic pregnancy, and contraceptive implant removal.