Dr. Wendy Smith is an expatriate of the Atlantic Provinces: originally from New Brunswick, she received her BSc from the University of New Brunswick and thereafter her MD from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1987. She came to Manitoba “for just one year” in 1987, but after completing a rotating internship she was drawn to the J. A. Hildes Northern Medical Unit (now known as Ongomiizwin Health Services) and lived and practised initially in Norway House from 1988 to 1990, and thereafter in Churchill from 1991 to 1995.
Since leaving Churchill and the Kivalliq Region of Nunavut in 1995, Wendy has been dedicated to the Oji-Cree Communities of Island Lake, and has been the principal physician of Wasagamack and Red Sucker Lake First Nations for the past twenty-five years. She has been a significant contributor to many initiatives to address the health needs of First Nations and Inuit communities. She was instrumental in developing a remote colposcopy program in the mid-1990’s to address the disproportionate burden of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia in circumpolar Inuit, having undertaken formal training in colposcopy as recognized by the American Society of Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology. She has been a committed preceptor for health professional students, and has mentored innumerable undergraduate and postgraduate learners throughout her career.
Wendy has been a dedicated daughter, wife and mother; she is a tireless advocate for her late son, Miguel, and his brother André. She is an accomplished cook/baker and world traveler, and respected aficionado of Alpine Beer, Rock and Roll, and all things Atlantic Canada.
The Awards of Excellence are presented to family physicians who have made outstanding contributions to the discipline of Family Medicine.
Dr. Michael Hochman
Dr. Michael Hochman receives this award for his lead role in establishing an innovative social work position (Income Security Health Promoter) that enhances care providers ability to integrate and manage social determinants of health within primary care in the Downtown/Point Douglas communities of Winnipeg. The ISHP role has been very successful in supporting patients who struggle to secure food, housing, income, identification and medication.
Dr. Hochman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Manitoba, and has been medical lead and co-chair of the Downtown/Point Douglas My Health Team since its inception in 2015 fostering and strengthening relationships between an array of care providers in the community.
Dr Hochman is a strong advocate for social equity and strives to teach all learners the value of compassion and humility.
In his spare time, Dr Hochman loves camping, yoga, playing hockey, guitar and spending as much time as possible with his wife and identical twin daughters.
Dr. Laurie Ireland
Dr. Laurie Ireland graduated from medical school at the University of Manitoba in 2005. She did her family practice residency in the St. Paul’s program at the University of British Columbia and then completed an enhanced skills program in HIV primary care at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. She has worked at Nine Circles Community Health Centre for over 13 years where she focusses on providing primary care and specialized services for people living with HIV, Hepatitis C and other sexually transmitted infections. Her work at Nine Circles also involves addictions care, including opioid agonist therapy. Dr. Ireland is the medical director at Nine Circles and the primary care lead for the Manitoba HIV Program.
Dr. Ireland works to improve equitable access to health care for multi-barriered populations in Manitoba. She has co-led a research initiative to implement and evaluate an electronic consultation service in Manitoba. BASE™ eConsult Manitoba was implemented in December 2017 and continues to expand service throughout the province to provide more timely and equitable access to specialist health care.
Dr. Manish Garg
Dr. Manish Garg is a lecturer, community preceptor for undergraduate medical student electives and clerkships, clinical preceptor to physician assistants since 2018.
He is also a practice mentor to international medical graduates and practice supervisor to international medical graduates.
Dr. Garg teaches on management of drug and alcohol problems in primary care to nurse practitioners working for IERHA. He practices at the Pinawa Primary Care Health Centre in Pinawa, Manitoba.
Dr. Manish Garg
A portfolio rural Family and Hospital Physician, Manish Garg is deeply patient-centered, with a broad skill set of providing hands-on care in primary and emergency settings. He fosters an environment of mutual respect, courtesy and collegiality; committed to continuing education, quality improvement, teaching and training and with extensive experience in working for the UK National Health Service (NHS), private and not-for-profit organizations.
“I had the privilege of having Dr. Garg as my Mentor. Dr. Garg was very supportive, knowledgeable, and resourceful. He provided his feedback in a constructive way . . . He was always ready to walk the extra mile in order to help me build up my practice and provide high quality care to my patients.
Dr. Garg helped me settle in my practice community. He oriented me with the community resources to help me and my family.”
Kingsbury Family Medical Centre
In 2018 a group of family physicians working together both in a clinic and covering the inpatient care at Seven Oaks General Hospital had a vision to create a clinic that espoused the principles of the Patient’s Medical Home with a strong emphasis on patient-centeredness and teamwork.
In March 2019 Kingsbury Family Medical Centre opened its doors with the 7 original family physicians and 2 allied health providers – a physician assistant and a primary care nurse.
Over the past year the clinic has thrived with several more family physicians joining as associates and ongoing innovative collaboration with other services in the community.
KFMC is a member of the Seven Oaks/Inkster My Health Team and believes in the vision of contributing to the larger community in this way.