The Project ECHO Team
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Dr. Matthew Burkey
Facilitator and Hub Specialist for CYMH

Matthew Burkey is a practicing child & adolescent psychiatrist and public health researcher with an over-arching goal of meeting the mental health needs of rural youth by building capacity among front-line providers and community members. He completed his MD, PhD and MPH at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, focusing on public health interventions for mental health in low-resource settings.

His clinical practice is based in Williams Lake and with the BC Children's Compass team, and he is Medical Lead for Child/Youth Mental Health for Northern Health.


Dr. Paul Carey
Hub Specialist for Adult MHSU

General adult psychiatrist located in Vernon.



Dr. Carol Ward
Hub Specialist for Seniors MHSU

Carol is a geriatric psychiatrist and is part of the IHA tertiary mental health team.   Her clinical work is based out of Hillside Centre which is a 47 bed acute tertiary mental health facility located in Kamloops. It has a specialized inpatient geriatric psychiatry unit supporting the Interior and Northern Health Authorities. She also provides in-reach to all of the residential care facilities in Kamloops as part of the community mental health Elderly Services Program. 

Other roles that keep her busy include providing leadership and support as Subspecialty Lead, Geriatric Psychiatry IH (Interim) and Assistant Clinical Professor with the Department of Psychiatry at UBC.

Projects of past and current interest include 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. She sits on the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Geriatric Psychiatry Sub-specialty Committee.


Deb Trampleasure
MHSU and Aboriginal Practice Lead – Cariboo Chilcotin

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.

During the 2017 Wildfire season Debora was the Interior Health Manager of Mental Health and Substance Use for the Cariboo Chilcotin, overseeing community mental health programming as well as  in patient and outreach crisis response services. She has recently moved roles within the organization, joining 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.

She has a proven record of engaging diverse populations in collaborative efforts to improve trauma informed, culturally safe and timely access to integrated mental health and substance use services.

Petra Bader
Project Manager, Project ECHO

Petra is the project manager for the ECHO MHSU 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. 

Petra is passionate about using research and innovation to improve patient outcomes.


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