Dr. Candace Bradshaw — President

Dr. Bradshaw, our Board President was born and raised in Winnipeg. She completed her education and medical training at the University of Manitoba. She practices comprehensive family medicine as a Family Physician at the Tuxedo Family Medical Clinic, which she co-owns.

Her passion about issues that affect physicians as a whole, prompted her to join the Doctors Manitoba board. She believes the medical profession has unique needs, and when decisions need to be made that impact doctors’ practices and personal lives, physicians themselves should play an integral role in that process. She feels she can help influence change more effectively in her role on the board, where she can be a part of making changes in legislation, regulation, and fee negotiations. Being in the role has proven to be more challenging than she initially thought and has given her a new appreciation for people in leadership roles.

As a fitness and nutrition junkie, Dr. Bradshaw has tried many different fitness programs, from Barre to CrossFit and she seeks out new ways to eat healthy, including paleo, keto, intermittent fasting, and keto fasting. She and her husband, whom she met while on a rural rotation in Russell, love watching the Jets and spending time with their two (nearly grown) children. She proudly wears the Hockey Mom badge of honour.

FUN FACT: Dr. Bradshaw is a bit of a neat freak. She worked as a hotel chambermaid in Banff one summer and ahead of celebrities’ arrivals, she was called in to clean the bathrooms.

Dr. Michael Boroditsky — President-Elect

Dr. Boroditsky is our President-Elect. Born and raised in Winnipeg, Dr. Boroditsky got bit by the medical profession bug early, when we began doing research in Women’s Health in the summer of 1991. Since completing his medical training in Obstetrics in Gynecology at the University of Manitoba, he has worked in private practice at St Boniface Hospital and then at the Manitoba Clinic for the last 15 years. He was promoted to Assistant Professor at the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences at the University Of Manitoba School Of Medicine in 2017.

In recent years he has been involved with humanitarian relief efforts abroad. In 2015, he travelled to Nepal with the International Red Cross to help provide medical aid following the devastating earthquake and he has completed two missions with Doctors Without Borders in Africa as a Staff Obstetrician.

Dr. Boroditsky’s involvement with Doctors Manitoba began when he was a medical student. He kept a keen interest over the years and is honoured to be part of a group that supports the whole physician both personally and professionally.

Outside of medicine he enjoys spending time travelling in the winter or at the family cottage in the Interlake with his wife and their two daughters.

FUN FACT: A fitness buff, Dr. Boroditsky is actively involved in the CrossFit Community and recently became certified as a Level 1 Coach.

Dr. Randy Guzman — Honourary Treasurer & St. Boniface

Dr. Guzman is the Honourary Treasurer and District Representative for St. Boniface and has been working as a Vascular Surgeon at St. Boniface Hospital for over 20 years. He studied at College St. Boniface for his undergrad, completed his medical degree at the University of Manitoba and a specialty in General and Vascular surgery. He also holds certifications as a Registered Vascular Technologist from the ARDMS and Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation Physician from the APCA and also recently completed a course for Board Governance from the Institute of Corporate Directors and holds the ICD.D designation.

Dr. Guzman is proud to use his role as a board member as an opportunity to contribute, participate and learn about Doctors Manitoba and how it can best serve Manitoba physicians. He hopes that his lessons, experience and education in his roles on the board for the Council for Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada, the Board of Governors for the American College of Surgeons and as Chair for the National Committee for Vascular Surgery for the Royal College will be put to good use as a member of the Board of Doctors Manitoba.

Outside of his busy career, Dr. Guzman enjoys photography, basketball, table tennis and playing pool.

FUN FACT: En francais s’il vous plait! Dr. Guzman is fluent in French and serves as a French examiner for the Exam Committee in Vascular Surgery the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Dr. Nichelle Desilets — Honourary Secretary & Assiniboine

Dr. Desilets serves as the Honourary Secretary and District Representative for Assiniboine. She earned her medical degree from the University of Calgary and spent the majority of her clinical clerkship in Yellowknife, NWT. Her training also took her to Prince Albert, SK and many small rural communities. Alongside a group of nine physicians in Neepawa, she practices full-scope family medicine. Dr. Desilets is especially interested in family planning, maternity care, surgical obstetrical care, and gastrointestinal endoscopy. She holds a Certificate of Added Competence (CFPC) in Enhanced Surgical Skills.

Her passion for health care administration, advocacy, and leadership has led to many different roles outside of her busy practice. Having represented both the province of Manitoba and the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada at the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) and the ESS Certificate of Added Competency Working Group, and being engaged with physicians from her district as a Practice Supervisor for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba (CPSM), Dr. Desilets naturally fell into her position on the board. She also makes time for the Doctors Manitoba Mentorship Program, to connect with medical learners. Doctors Manitoba proved to be a reliable and accessible resource when Dr. Desilets moved to Manitoba and she was impressed by the immediacy and accessibility of our work.

In her spare time, Dr. Desilets enjoys being outside with her husband, three step-children, her 2 year old daughter and 5 month old son. They look forward to traveling for family vacations in the not-too-distant future.

FUN FACT: Brrr…Dr. Desilets visited the northern coast of Canada and swam in the arctic ocean before ever visiting the east and west coasts.

Dr. Kristjan Thompson — Past President & Board Chair

Dr. Kristjan Thompson received his medical degree and completed his FRCPC-EM residency at the University of Manitoba. He holds a Diploma in Health Services Administration from Dalhousie University, and ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors (via the Rotman School of Management/​Asper School of Business). He practices full-time as an Emergency Medicine physician at St. Boniface Hospital where he is the Business Manager. He is also a member of the Winnipeg Jets medical team, and previously worked part-time as a Transport Physician for STARS Air Ambulance. His professional interests include antimicrobial stewardship/​resistance surveillance, healthcare administration, professional advocacy, and health-policy reform.

Prior to serving as President of Doctors Manitoba, he was Vice-President of the St. Boniface MAC/​Medical Staff Executive and President of the Professional Association of Residents and Interns of Manitoba. Additionally, for the past six years he has served on the DocsMB board and executive in various roles, including the SBH District Medical Society Representative, Honourary Secretary, Honourary Treasurer, Vice-Chair and Chair of the Governance and Human Resources committee, and Chair of the Finance Audit and Risk committee. He hopes to continue to propel efforts to modernize the organization, cultivate unity and break down silos within the profession, and help to ensure that Manitoba’s physicians have a compelling voice that is heard — loud and clear. As Chair, he brings his enthusiasm, optimism, and unwavering commitment to strengthen and support the profession. He endeavours to advocate for all physicians as they navigate through many great challenges and the ever-evolving healthcare landscape, and join his colleagues helping to lead change and shape the future of healthcare delivery in Manitoba.

When he is not attending to his patients, Dr. Thompson is a voracious media consumer and cinephile. He has an unhealthy addiction to collecting watches and loves to travel, despite his crippling fear of flying.

FUN FACT: Despite his fear of flying, Dr. Thompson has applied (unsuccessfully) to two CSA astronaut recruitment campaigns, and hopes to one day get his pilot’s license.

District Representatives

Brandon — Election Under Way

Dr. Erin Gordey — Central

Our Representative for the Central District is a transplant who is making roots in Manitoba. An Orthopaedic Surgeon, Dr. Gordey has a special interest in knee and shoulder arthroscopy. She works at the Boundary Trails Health Centre and at the C.W. Wiebe Medical Clinic in Winkler. She obtained a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Biology (BScH) at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, and then moved back to her home town of Edmonton for medical school at the University of Alberta. She completed her orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Toronto and a Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Fellowship at Dalhousie University in Halifax.

When she first started practice, Dr. Gordey found that, despite several years of training, she was unprepared for some healthcare system challenges that are part of being a physician. She joined the board to take a more active role in the organization that supports other Manitoba physicians and gives them a voice.

Dr. Gordey and her husband live in Morden with their two dogs. After all the moving around for school and medical training, they are very happy to finally be settled.

Dr. Edin Tunovic — Concordia

Our District Representative for Concordia, Dr. Tunovic, works in primary care as a Family Physician at Concordia Community Clinic and as a consultant at Bethania and Pembina Place personal care homes. He spent part of his career as a hospitalist at the Concordia Hospital. 

The significant health care restructuring that involved Concordia Hospital prompted Dr. Tunovic to join the Board at Doctors Manitoba. Dealing with regional politics and seeing the effects of experienced physician opinions being disregarded made him realize just how valuable a role family doctors can play in their community and at all levels of healthcare. He decided to take his passion to a place where he could make a difference for his colleagues.

He grew up in Winnipeg and studied medicine at the University of Manitoba. In his spare time, Dr. Tunovic plays soccer and basketball and whenever possible he loves to travel and spend time outdoors with his wife. 

FUN FACT: Dr. Tunovic enjoys daily Jeopardy competitions with his wife.

Dr. Selena Papetti — Eastman Rep

Dr. Papetti, Honourary Secretary and Board Representative for Eastman, studied at Collège universitaire de Saint-Boniface and attended the University of Manitoba for medical school and her Family Medicine Residency. Elle a étudié en français et en anglais et est complètement bilingue. She works as a Family Physician at the Lac du Bonnet Medical Group, does home visits and works at the Whitemouth Personal Care Home. She is also on the MAiD (Medical Assistance in Dying) team for the province. While she holds no professional training or designation in the discipline, she has acted as COO of her household during a pandemic, with a toddler and infant twins. 

Joining the board was a natural choice as she has always been impressed with the work done by the staff at Doctors Manitoba. She also felt that, for a long time, women’s voices were missing from the board. She is excited to share her perspective as a rural Family Physician and parent. She loves hearing from members, regardless of the region of the province in which they practice. 

Dr. Papetti used to have hobbies but, sadly, does not anymore. She and her partner are busy parenting three small children and she hasn’t slept through the night in nearly four years. Most days she counts herself lucky if she finds the time to shower. 

FUN FACT: Dr. Papetti once got locked in the RM of Whitemouth dump.

Dr. Heather Diamond — Grace

Dr. Heather Diamond graduated from medical school at the University of Western Ontario in 1997, and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Manitoba in 2002. She has a full-time practice at the Manitoba Clinic and has worked as a surgeon at the Women’s and Grace hospitals since the beginning of her career 19 years ago. 

Dr. Diamond is a clinical educator at the University of Manitoba and the past site director of the Grace Hospital, section of Gynecologic Surgery. She is chair of the Gynecologic Surgery Audit at the Women’s Hospital and is an active member of the Grace Hospital Gynecologic Surgery audit. She has been an examiner for the Royal College Fellowship Examination in Obstetrics and Gynecology for the last 7 years. She is also a clinic advisor/​mentor for graduating Ob/​Gyn residents, helping them transition into practice. 

Her current practice focuses on General Gynecology, Colposcopy and Minimally Invasive Surgery.

Dr. Diamond has also been providing gynecologic care to remote communities in Northern Manitoba and Nunavut since 2007. She has a passion for helping underserviced communities, ensuring they receive the care they deserve.

In recent years, Dr. Diamond has incorporated medical aesthetics into her practice on a part time basis. She has combined her years of experience as a surgeon and her knowledge of anatomy with her artful eye for aesthetics to help people achieve optimal results. 

Outside of medicine, Dr. Diamond and her husband are busy with their 3 boys, 2 dogs and 1 cat. She enjoys working out, taking long walks, having Zen time at the lake, and watching the Jets.

Dr. William Li — Health Sciences Centre

Dr. William Li was born in Beijing, China, but grew up in Edmonton. After attending Medical School at the University of Alberta, he decided to move East (but not too far East) to do his Residency in Pediatrics at the University of Manitoba. He loved Winnipeg so much, he decided to stay.

He works as a Community Pediatrician at the Winnipeg Clinic and at the Women’s Hospital as a Newborn Hospitalist. He is pediatrics-trained with interests in Population Health.

When he is not busy with work he enjoys hockey, food (cooking and eating it) and technology. His partner is a Pediatric ID-trained physician in Winnipeg.

FUN FACT: During his residency, Dr. Li had an active food blog that became nationally ranked on a list of food bloggers.

Dr. Yvette Emerson — Interlake

Dr. Emerson, a Métis family physician, is the District Representative for the Interlake. She completed medical school at the University of Manitoba and spent her Family Medicine Rural-based Residency at the University of British Columbia. She primarily works in emergency medicine in Selkirk but also works half-time for Keewatinohk Inniniw Minoayawin (KIM) as a medical advisor. KIM is a new health entity tasked with transforming health and wellness services in Northern Manitoba First Nation communities. Dr. Emerson has also provided remote care in Northern B.C., North Western Ontario, Nunavut and fly-in communities in Manitoba. She has a special interest in Indigenous wellness and harm reduction. Her love of learning has her currently enrolled in Western University’s Master of Clinical Science Program and keeps her busy with courses in First Nation and Métis history, philosophy and physics. She is currently learning about the concept of character in leadership.

Dr. Emerson believes that physician involvement in leadership positions is essential to a healthy and functioning health system. Three years ago she saw the positive changes happening at Doctors Manitoba, and as part of her own turning 50 year of challenges, she put her name in for the Board elections.

Dr. Emerson lives in Stonewall where she enjoys tabletop games like Pandemic and Risk with her 12 year old son and takes her dog Barley for long walks on the Prime Meridian Trails. Her 21 year old son studies Mathematics at the University of Waterloo.

FUNFACT: Goats & Veggies…In the summers you’ll find Dr. Emerson in her vegetable garden or at Steep Rock Beach kayaking and reading on the weekends.

Dr. Ginette Poulin — Misericordia

Dr. Poulin is the District Representative for Misericordia and works in Family Medicine with an Addictions Medicine Speciality. She works in leadership roles as the Medical Director of Addictions Foundation of Manitoba (AFM), as Co-lead at Rapid Access to Addictions Medicine (RAAM) clinics and in Manitoba Rural Family Medicine care. Elle a étudié pour son diplôme de premier cycle à Collège universitaire St. Boniface. She completed both her medical degree and residency at l’Université d’Ottawa. Her other professional designations and development include RD, CCFP(AM), CISAM, CMCBT, CCPE.

When she is not busy practicing medicine, Dr. Poulin finds time to dance, run, rollerblade, and do aerobics. She loves seeing live music and is always up for an adventure.

FUN FACT: Give me a D….give me an O…give me a C…Dr. Poulin danced professionally in ballet, jazz, hip hop and even cheerleading!

Northern — Election Under Way
Parkland — Election Under Way
Dr. Erin Olivier — Seven Oaks
University Medical Group — Election Under Way
Dr. Alexis Botkin — Victoria

Dr. Alexis Botkin is a dermatologist who is originally from Manitoba, growing up partly in Winnipeg, and partly in Springfield, where her family has a small farm and apiary.

She completed a Bachelor of Sciences at the University of Manitoba after taking a small wandering break to become certified as a Primary Care Paramedic, as well as Ski Patrol and Rescue, in British Columbia. She returned to the University of Manitoba for medical school and subsequently went on to complete the 5 year dermatology residency at the University of Toronto. She now practices general medical dermatology spanning across all age groups. 

She recently was appointed to the Examination Board for the Royal College Dermatology exams and as the lead for dermatology for the undergraduate medical education at the University of Manitoba. 

In her spare time, Dr. Botkin enjoys the magic that is being at lake Winnipeg, where she can mostly be found under a very large Supra-brella” wearing a big hat and a lot of SPF. She has two children whom she is actively encouraging to take up triathlon, a covid puppy named Ella-snore (Eleanor), a boxer/​catahoula cross who is a daily motivation for setting land speed running records, and is married to the world’s most wonderful person imaginable.

Dr. Botkin is humbled to be a part of an outstanding group of physicians here in our province and has a particular interest in physician wellness.

Fun Fact: Dr. Botkin turned whole food plant based (WFPB) just over a year ago, and is now certified in Plant-based Nutrition from Cornell University.

Dr. Rachel Betune — PARIM

Dr. Rachel Bethune is a PGY3 Resident in Pediatrics (as of July 2022). She works across the spectrum of pediatric care, from outpatient community clinics to PICU at the Children’s Hospital and she enjoys the opportunity to visit communities in Northern Manitoba for some of her rotations. 

Dr. Bethune received her undergraduate degree in biology from Queen’s University where she did an exchange in Grenoble, France. After receiving her Master’s of Public Health at the University of Saskatchewan, she went on to graduate with an MD from the University of Calgary. 

When she is not busy caring for her young patients, Dr. Bethune loves to hike, camp, downhill ski, and rock climb. While she used to compete in rock climbing competitions, she now enjoys outdoor climbing areas around Winnipeg and Northwestern Ontario. 

As PARIM President, she is excited to represent over 600 residents on the Doctor Manitoba Board. 

Fun Fact: Dr. Bethune has been knitting the same scarf since the start of residency and hopes to finish by the time she graduates!

Ms. Rachel Wang — MMSA

Rachel Wang is an incoming 3rd year medical student and is the current Vice Stick External
Senior on the Manitoba Medical Students Association. She graduated from the University of
Manitoba with a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Microbiology. Her experience as a
volunteer at the Children’s Hospital fostered her interest in pediatrics and she hopes to pursue the
field of pediatric surgery in her future medical training.

Rachel was born in Beijing, China and immigrated to Canada with her family when she was nine
years old. When she is not studying, Rachel enjoys improving her tennis skills, playing the
violin, and exploring new sushi restaurants.

Rachel is grateful for this opportunity to serve as the MMSA representative and is very excited to
work with everyone in the next year.

Dr. David Cram — CMA

Our CMA Board of Directors Representative, Dr. Cram, was a country kid, born and raised in Neepawa, MB who only ever saw a future as a country doctor. After he earned his medical degree at the University of Manitoba and received a diploma in anaesthesia in 1986, he started practicing medicine as a GP and Anaesthetist in Souris. At the time, the area had a busy rural surgical program, operating four mornings a week. Eventually the surgical program ended and Dr. Cram now finds his days filled with running the Souris emergency department, caring for hospital inpatients and working at his busy office practice. He loves being able to care for patients in all three environments at the same time.

He first got involved with Doctors Manitoba when the MMA had to extract funding from physicians as the contract at the time had put a ceiling on billings. His efforts to rally physicians in the South Western part of the province led to them redirecting their concerns towards the department of health. Over the 20+ years of his involvement with Doctors Manitoba, he has witnessed and been part of phenomenal growth in the organization, and is proud to see the organization continue to improve. He belives that medical leadership is vital to medicine and needs to be fostered and supported, especially in these more challenging times. 

Outside of medicine, Dr. Cram likes to stay fit and is a car enthusiast. He has a big yard and a big dog, Max, to go with it. He is very proud of his three sons. The youngest is an engineer working in his Masters in Calgary, the middle is an IT project manager who manages the online NFL platform, and the oldest is a country doc, just like his dad, in Dr. Cram’s small hometown of Neepawa.

FUN FACT: Dr. Cram sings in choirs and plays poker in his spare time.