White Rock - South Surrey Division of Family Practice

Our Team

Board Members

New Board for 2018/2019:

Dr. Tahmeena Ali, Chair
Dr. Rogan Thavarajah, Vice-Chair
Dr. Sanjay Singh, Treasurer
Dr. Kasandra Harriman, Secretary
Mr. Brian Corcoran, Director
Dr. Julie Milligan, Director
Dr. Bryan Prentice, Director
Dr. Connie Ruffo, Director

 

Dr. Tahmeena Ali (Chair) 

Dr. Tahmeena Ali joined the White Rock-South Surrey Division of Family Practice in October 2012 initially as a locum physician and now enjoys her own full-service family practice in addition to the occasional OR assist at Peace Arch hospital and inpatient work. As well, she serves as Yale Road Centre's medical director and cares for patients on the Acquired Brain Injury Unit.

Her current professional passions are improving advanced care planning for patients and their families and mentoring medical students and family medicine residents.

During her family time, she loves biking, stand-up paddle boarding, and skiing with her three kids. During her alone time, she is usually devouring a book, sewing a quilt, or working on a draft of her novel.

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Dr. ​Rogan Thavarajah (Vice-Chair)

​Dr. Rogan Thavarajah graduated from the University of Leicester in England and went on to work abroad for several years. He worked for Medicins sans Frontiere in Sudan, did volunteer work in Sri Lanka, and worked in Australia for two years.

He subsequently spent five years doing pediatrics training in England before completing his family practice training. Dr. Thavarajah moved to B.C. in 2016 once he started working in family practice. He currently works at Hilltop Medical Clinic. 

 

Dr. ​Sanjay Singh (Treasurer) 

Dr. Sanjay Singh is a family physician who works and lives in the White Rock - South Surrey community. He has a special interest in chronic disease management and office based procedures. Outside of practice, Dr. Singh enjoys sports, travelling and spending time with family and friends. 

 

Dr. Kasandra Harriman (Secretary) 

Dr. Kasandra Harriman is a family doctor with a special interest in maternity and newborn care. She practices at the Peace Arch Maternity Clinic and as a locum physician in White Rock. She moved to South Surrey in 2013, where she lives with her husband Matt and sons Ethan and Aiden. She joined the Division board to get more involved in the community. Kasandra enjoys running, cycling, and spending time with family and friends. 

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Mr. Brian Corcoran (Director)

Brian Corcoran is Partner at the Law Firm PLLR Lawyers in Richmond. After graduating from Osgoode Hall Law School and practising in Toronto, Brian decided that working for a national firm was not for him, and moved west.
 
Brian assists many doctors with their corporate matters in his daily practice and is excited to lend his knowledge of corporate law and governance to the Board of the White Rock South Surrey Division of Family Practice.
 
A long time resident of South Surrey, Brian enjoys travelling, walking his dog and spending time with his family and friends.

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Dr. Julie Milligan (Director)

Dr. Milligan is a general consulting pediatrician who has lived and practiced in the South Surrey/White Rock area since 2006. She enjoys an active consulting practice and provides pediatric consultation services to Peace Arch Hospital. Dr. Milligan joined the Board to strengthen connections to local family doctors and increase her involvement in medical issues in the community. 

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Dr. Bryan Prentice (Director)

Dr. Bryan Prentice graduated from UBC in 1980 and complete a two-month rotation sponsored by the GPs at Peace Arch Hospital. The collegiality at Peace Arch Hospital motivated his return to the community and he began his family practice in 1985 in White Rock. During his practice, he worked in anaesthetics, emergency, maternity and covered his patients in hospital. After 32 satisfying and happy years of practicing family medicine, he retired early due to medical reasons. 

Dr. Prentice feels a connection to the community in many ways and hopes to be of assistance to the collective work of the Division by helping GPs connect to hospitalists and specialists and supporting GPs and patients in the community.

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Dr. Connie Ruffo (Director)

A resident of White Rock-South Surrey for more than 25 years, Connie is a family doctor who has a passion for doctor wellness and supporting doctor education initiatives on keeping healthy.

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Division Staff

 

Nancy Mathias, Executive Director

Nancy leads daily management of the Division. Joining in July 2012, she came from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research where as vice president of programs and business planning she was responsible for overseeing the strategy and operational aspects of the foundation’s various awards programs and funding opportunities. Nancy has several years’ experience as a consultant, facilitating community engagement and program development, and leadership experience with the non-profit sector, mainly in health research funding.

Nancy has lived in South Surrey for 23 years and loves the community atmosphere it has offered her family. She enjoys working close to home and helping to make a difference in her own community. 

Nancy can be reached at nmathias@wrssdivision.ca.

 

Kay Abelson, Program Manager & Recruitment Specialist

Kay plays a central role in furthering many Division programs, particularly recruitment and locums. Her background is as a registered nurse, registered psychiatric nurse, and community health nurse.  Kay came to the Division in 2012 with extensive experience working as an RPN and as an employee assistance program consultant as well as in her previous role as executive director of a seniors' network.  Away from work, Kay is kept busy with her family, enjoying the outdoors, reading, and spending time with friends having interesting conversations.  

Kay can be reached at kabelson@wrssdivision.ca.

 

Veera Grewal, Program Coordinator

Veera supports a variety of programs at the Division, including the Night Doc Program and Membership Communications. She previously worked at the Vancouver Division of Family Practice as the Membership and Research Coordinator, and has been a volunteer for several UBC Psychology Research labs, the Chimo Crisis Line, and Big Sisters of BC. Currently, she is pursuing her Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology at Adler University. She’s passionate about mental health awareness and its role in the primary health care system. 

Veera can be reached at vgrewal@wrssdivision.ca

 

Cary Sheppard, Program Manager 

Cary contributes to the development of many Division programs, including Residential Care, Transitions in Care and Partners in Care programs. Cary joined the Division in 2017 and has over 20 years of program development and management experience. She is currently doing her Masters of Arts degree at Royal Roads University. Cary is excited to be working within her community and about supporting local physicians. Outside of work Cary enjoys spending time with her family and a walk at the beach whenever time permits.

Cary can be reached at csheppard@wrssdivision.ca.

 

Helen Torrance, Office Manager

Helen is a skilled administrator with many years' experience in the non-profit sector. Prior to joining the Division in November 2010, she worked for Fraser Health, the BC Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and The Nature Trust of BC.  Helen has also operated her own business providing administrative assistance to a variety of clients, mostly in the health care sector.

Helen helps support Division programs and working groups including the Board of Directors and the Collaborative Services Committee.  In this capacity, she draws on her past work with boards, committees, volunteers, public sector, and government agencies. Outside work, Helen enjoys cooking, music, travel, and supporting the work of the BC SPCA through her involvement as a member and volunteer. 

Helen can be reached at htorrance@wrssdivision.ca.