Our Core Team
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Dr. Paul Carey
Project ECHO Medical Lead
MHSU Medical Director

Dr. Carey is the Medical Director for MHSU at Interior Health and a clinical instructor at UBC, Southern Medical Program.   He is a member of the BC Provincial Mental Health and Substance use Working Group, chair of the IHA Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and a member of the BC Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. He has published research on post-traumatic stress disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders, anxiety disorders, and others.  Dr. Carey has received number of awards for excellence in research.  Dr. Carey practices psychiatry in a private practice and in Interior Health MHSU Service for the North Okanagan.  Dr. Carey obtained his medical degree and his psychiatric residency at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa.  Since 2009, he and his family have been enjoying living in Vernon, British Columbia.


Dr. Carol Ward
Project ECHO Medical Co-Lead

Carol is a geriatric psychiatrist and is based at Hillside Centre in Kamloops. Carol also provides in-reach to all of the residential care facilities in Kamloops as part of the community mental health Elderly Services Program.  Carol’s other roles include providing leadership and support as Subspecialty Lead, Geriatric Psychiatry IH (Interim) and Assistant Clinical Professor with the Department of Psychiatry at UBC.  Carol has been instrumental in number of provincial and IH projects as the Specialty lead for the Specialist Services Committee Project 104 ‘Enhancing Timely Geriatric Psychiatry Specialist Services in Long-term Care in Interior Health (IH),  the IH and provincial P.I.E.C.E.S.TM initiative, the development of the BC BPSD Guidelines and related algorithm, the Dementia-related Responsive Behaviours: Putting It All Together Using P.I.E.C.E.S.TM  and the BC BPSD Algorithm workshop for physicians now being turned into an on-line resource, and developing a Project ECHO Mental Health learning initiative from a collaboration between IH MHSU and the SSC project noted above.  Carol is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Geriatric Psychiatry and sits on the Geriatric Psychiatry Sub-specialty Committee.

Dr. Matt Burkey
Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, Public Health Clinician-Researcher

Dr. Burkey is a practicing child & adolescent psychiatrist with Interior Health Authority
in British Columbia (Canada), and a public health researcher (Associate Faculty) at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. As a public health clinician-researcher, his over-arching interest is in identifying and addressing disparities in health among marginalized groups. His specific interest is in developing systems of care to meet the mental health needs of rural youth by building capacity among front-line providers and community members. Dr. Burkey completed a PhD at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the Graduate Training Program in Clinical Investigation. His dissertation research with Larry Wissow and Brandon Kohrt focused on understanding socio-cultural influences on definitions, identification, and treatment opportunities for child behavior problems in rural Nepal. His clinical practice is based in Williams Lake, a rural community serving a large catchment area in central British Columbia. His rural clinical practice informs his research, policy advocacy, and program leadership as Medical Lead for Child/Youth Mental Health with Northern Health Authority (BC). Dr. Burkey is engaged in planning with the Tsilhqotin, Secwepemc and Ulkatcho communities.

Dr. Glenn Fedor
Member of ECHO Steering Committee and ECHO Facilitator
Glenn is a long time (38 years) Family Physician in Williams Lake who has been doing sessional work in Mental Health for 27 years, has a passion for teaching, working with Residents and Students. He has been on the Board of the local Division of Family Practice for the last 7 years, served on the Health Authority Medical Advisory Committee for 14 years and is presently the Senior Medical Director for the Cariboo. His motto is "Docendo Discimus" "by teaching, we learn".
Dr. Roland Engelbrecht
Bio coming soon!
Petra Bader
Project Manager, Project ECHO
Petra is the project manager for Project ECHO in Interior Health. She holds a Masters’ Degree in Healthcare Administration and is a Project Management Professional candidate. Petra has spent most of her career working within the health care sector, 10 years in clinical settings mostly rural care, and in the last 14 years, her roles have been in quality improvement and project management. 



Deb Trampleasure
Aboriginal Mental Wellness Practice Lead

Debora is a resident of the Cariboo with a 25 year career as a Registered Psychiatric Nurse in multiple mental health and substance use clinical and community settings. In 2018, Debora joined the Aboriginal Mental Wellness team as a Regional Practice Lead while maintaining her focus on wildfire recovery and resiliency planning for vulnerable populations in mental health and substance Use.  Debora’s passion is in engaging diverse populations in collaborative efforts to improve trauma informed, culturally safe and timely access to integrated mental health and substance use services. 


Alexandra Vrzal
Integrated Care Coordinator, Mental Health and Substance Use

Alexandra is an Integrated Care Coordinator for Mental Health and Substance Use in Williams Lake.  Being new to the area, she spends her free time exploring the Cariboo one backroad at a time. Having her Bachelors Degree in the Therapeutic Recreation she lends a unique lens to caring for those living with mental health Issues.  Her passion lies with working with those who are part of a marginalised population and need a voice to have fair access to services that will improve their quality of life. She is excited to be part of ECHO team because she believes sharing knowledge is sharing power and with that individuals can empower themselves. 
Note:  Didactic Speakers, subject-matter experts, sub-speciality experts and multidisciplinary hub team members are invited based on rotating topics.
ECHO MHSU Steering Committee
Debi Morris, Health Services Administrator, MHSU, Project’s Sponsor
Alyshia Morgan, Manager, Community MHSU, Williams Lake
Judy Sturm, Director, Aboriginal Mental Wellness
Patrice Gordon, Nurse Practitioner, Chilcotin Primary Health Services


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