Northern District Representative
Dr. Marie Noel is very focused on understanding the specific needs of her community and the region she represents. As a new Board member, her goal is to become more familiar with the physicians in the Northern Health Region.
“Our geography in the North limits direct contact with physicians, but I would like to make a point of travelling throughout the region in order to meet the physicians in person to help understand their concerns,” she says.
Dr. Noel attended medical school at the University of Manitoba and completed her family medicine residency training through University of Manitoba Rural Family Medicine program in the Parkland region in 2004. Her work in The Pas has changed over the years, initially starting in the emergency department and medical ward, with a shift in focus from acute care towards family practice. She currently has a solo family practice clinic and has incorporated other interests including coverage in the chemotherapy department, dialysis, long-term care and more recently The Pas Correctional Centre. Her main practice interests are geriatrics and oncology, as well as neonatal care.
Her breadth of experience will certainly come as a benefit to the Board and members alike.
“I have been fortunate enough to work in different settings including acute care in the hospital, nursing stations, long term care, as well as group family practice and solo family practice. With these varied work experiences, I have been able to broaden my understanding of different funding models which will improve my ability to represent the needs of the members.”
Despite her full schedule, Dr. Noel does ensure to take some time for herself.
“It took me a few years into practice to recognize that I need to take time off of work at least every 3 months, and if I am nearing the end of that 3 month stretch, I can see that the quality of my work suffers and I need more time with friends and family,” she says.
She’s a fan of outdoor activities such as fishing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and camping with family and friends. She’s also recently gone back to boxing class, which she claims to be very effective in helping her unwind after a busy day. Whether it’s her commitment to representing her colleagues or her capacity to undertake new challenges as a medical professional, Dr. Noel doesn’t pull any punches.