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Family Physician and Medical Director
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. Melissa Martins completed her Undergraduate Degree in Life Sciences at the University of British Columbia. She completed Medical School in the Caribbean and in the U.S. She completed her Residency Training at the University of Toronto and returned home to Vancouver to practice at Aquarius Medical Clinic. She practices Family Medicine with an interest in Urgent Care and Pediatrics. She enjoys hiking, spending time outdoors, and travelling during her spare time.
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.
Originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Dr. Redding earned a Bachelor of Science from St. Francis Xavier University before receiving a Master’s in Medical Science and a Medical Doctorate Degree from the University of Calgary. She completed her Family Medicine Residency at the University of British Columbia and is a member of the College of Family Physicians of Canada.
Dr. Redding practices family medicine with a focus on women’s health. Having completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Practical Dermatology from Cardiff University, Dr. Redding has since incorporated primary care dermatology into her 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. 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 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. 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.
Dr. Kristin Zahynacz obtained her MD from Queens University and then returned to BC to complete her residency in family medicine at St. Paul’s Hospital. She has since worked in general family practice, maternity care and addictions medicine in various locations in Vancouver.
She has worked at Aquarius since 2008 and now has a focused practice in women’s health. She enjoys teaching and is a clinical instructor with the family medicine residency program at UBC. Outside of work she enjoys cycling, cooking, and exploring Vancouver’s food scene.
Dr. Timothy Teoh was born and raised in the Lower Mainland, and received his medical degree from UBC. He completed a residency in family medicine at St Paul’s Hospital, as well as additional fellowship training in low-risk obstetrics in Toronto. He maintains a wide scope of practice with special interests in maternity, and delivers babies in several hospitals in Vancouver. Outside of work, he enjoys trail running, skiing, and cooking.”
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.