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Family Physician and Diploma of Practical Dermatology
Dr. Vince Tong completed his medical school and Family Practice residency at the University of Western Ontario. Prior to moving to Vancouver in 2004 to begin his practice at Aquarius Medical Clinic, he worked in rural Southwestern Ontario. He runs a full service family medical practice and has a special interest in pediatrics. When he is not busy working he loves to spend time with his family and he has interests in the automotive world.
Dr. Sanja Avinashi obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Anatomy and Cell Biology, as well as her Medical Degree, at the University of Saskatchewan. She then moved from her hometown of Saskatoon and lived and practiced in Alberta, Ontario, Nunavut and once again in Saskatchewan before finally settling down in Vancouver, BC. She practices family medicine, providing care to prenatal patients, infants, children, adults and seniors. She particularly enjoys doing prenatal shared care which involves taking care of patients early in the course of pregnancy and then referring them on for delivery as well as following postpartum moms and new babies. In her spare time, Dr. Avinashi enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with her husband and two young children.
Dr. Claire Rawson is a Family Physician from South Africa. She comes with a wide range of experience from township hospitals in South Africa to emergency rooms in Saskatchewan. Prior to working at Aquarius Medical Clinic she spent 6 years working in the field of pediatric oncology at BC Children’s Hospital. Dr. Rawson has completed a Practical Dermatology Diploma and has special skills diagnosing and treating skin disorders as well as cosmetic dermatology. She brings this wide base of experience and knowledge to the variety and challenges of family practice.
Dr. Linda Jando established Aquarius Medical Clinic in 2002 and became the Medical Director. She began as a full time, full service family doctor with a special interest in Women’s Health. She has since transitioned to part time clinic work, as she also works as a surgical assistant (at Lion’s Gate Hospital), a university professor (UBC Faculty of Medicine), and a Medical Consultant for film/TV.
Dr. Carlie Germain obtained a bachelors degree in neuroscience from the University of Lethbridge and conducted addiction research there. She graduated medical school from the University of Calgary and then completed a residency in Family Medicine at the University of Alberta. Dr. Germain moved to Vancouver in the spring of 2014, and practices generalized clinical medicine. She has special interests in the fields of International health, Paediatrics, and Sports Medicine.
Dr. Sharlene Kolesar completed her Medical School and Family Medicine Residency at UBC before joining us at Aquarius Medical clinic. She focuses on Family Medicine and cares for patients of all ages. She has a young family and enjoys spending her free time with them.
Dr. Clifford Chase spent many years working as a Family Doctor and an emergency room physician in Saskatchewan. He led a very busy life as the Head of Emergency of Saskatoon City Hospital for a number of years and then became a Member of Teaching Staff at the Emergency Department of Royal University Hospital. When he moved out to British Columbia, he joined Aquarius Medical Clinic to work as a Family and Walk-In Clinic physician. When he is not working, he enjoys exercising and spending time with his family.
Dr Arnold Sikhakhane obtained his MD in South Africa. He obtained his CCFP degree in Canada and moved to Canada with his family in 1993. He worked in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, Steinbach, Manitoba and in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, but he got tired of all of the shovelling snow and long winters and finally packed and moved to Vancouver in 2008. He has a special interest in Hospital Medicine. To break that monotony, he also enjoys Family Practice, especially walk-in clinic work. He enjoys the outdoors and is an avid runner and cyclist.
Dr. Fernandez attended medical school and family practice residency at the University of British Columbia. Since that time, her practice has been focused on women’s health and maternity care. She also works with the Youth Pregnancy and Parenting program in Vancouver. She provides labour and birth care at BC Women’s Hospital. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Vancouver Division of Family Practice. She is passionate about maternity care and the unique skills that family doctors bring to pregnancy and birth care.
Dr. Laura Riley grew up in Calgary but was lured by the ocean out to BC for university and medical school and has never looked back. She has a general full service family practice in Vancouver, works as a maternity doctor at Aquarius, as well as facilitating Connecting Pregnancy groups at BC Women’s Hospital and teaching medical students at UBC.
Dr. Lipkowitz received her medical degree from the University of Manitoba in 1984 followed by an internship at McGill University. She practices and teaches family medicine in Vancouver and is a Clinical Assistant Professor, department of family practice, UBC. She has recently retired from Family Practice, but continues to work doing women’s health and walk-in urgent care part time. After so many years of practice, she continues to enjoy and feel blessed to share with so many families in their health care.