Mike has moved to Vancouver Island after practicing for the past two decades in Winnipeg Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario. Originally from Southern Ontario, Mike did his medical training at Queen’s University in Kingston ON, UWI in Kingston Jamaica, the University of Toronto, and University of Otago in Christchurch New Zealand, including extra training in Mother and Child Care and Emergency Medicine. Following this, Mike took a year to travel by bicycle in Australia and Asia with partner Moira. Mike and Moira now have two young adult children (and two Australian Shepherd dogs!)
Mike has always valued the importance of patient, family, and community-centred care, with an emphasis on engagement of people in their own wellness. In addition to comprehensive Family Medicine services, Mike’s practice has included special focus on helping people live with mental health challenges, addictions and chronic viral illnesses. Professional priorities have included collaborative care for higher-needs communities and Indigenous Peoples in Canada’s North and in Urban Core Areas, and advocating for rights and services for newcomer refugees. Additionally, Mike has been committed to professional and public education, through clinical teaching, Continuing Professional Development presentations, and community education including the use of Broadcast Media.
In April 2015, Mike was honoured with an Award of Excellence from the Manitoba College of Family Physicians.
Mike has also been writing and performing music since high school days, and was a founding member of “No Lifeguard on Duty” , a band comprised of healthcare professionals and educators from Sioux Lookout ON and Winnipeg.