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Executives

Dr. Kristjan Thompson — Board President

Our President, Dr. 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, completed the ICD-NFP course, and is currently enrolled in the Rotman School of Management ICD-DEP course. He practices full-time as an Emergency Medicine physician at St. Boniface Hospital where he is the Business Manager, 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.

His roles as Vice-President of the St. Boniface MAC/​Medical Staff Executive and Past-President of PARIM have prepared him well, leading up to be named the board President. Additionally, for the past five years he has served on the DocsMB board and executive in various roles, including the SBH District Medical Society Representative, Honourary Secretary, Honourary Treasurer, President-Elect 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. Dr. Thompson has never been shy to speak up, or roll up his sleeves to take action. In his role as President, he hopes to bring his enthusiasm, optimism, and unwavering commitment to strengthen and support the profession. He endeavors 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. He used to be an amateur theatre performer (and would love to get back on the stage one day), but perhaps most importantly, he is a diehard Winnipeg Jets fan.

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.

Dr. Candace Bradshaw — President Elect

Dr. Bradshaw is the District Representative for Victoria and holds the Honourary Treasurer role. 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 — Honourary Treasurer & HSC Rep

Dr. Boroditsky is the Honourary Secretary and the District Representative for Health Sciences Centre. 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. Selena Papetti — Honourary Secretary & Eastman Rep

Dr. Papetti, the 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. Cory Baillie — Past President & Board Chair

Doctors Manitoba’s Board President, Dr. Baillie, practices Rheumatology at the Manitoba Clinic. He is involved with the rheumatology residency program and is the past program director. He earned his undergraduate and medical degrees and did his residency at the University of Saskatchewan.

His roles as the President of the Canadian Rheumatology Association and the Chair of the Doctors Manitoba Bloc of Rheumatology prepared him well for his role on the board. Dr. Baillie enjoys the challenge of being involved in medical leadership and believes in our mission of strengthening and supporting the whole physician. During his time at Doctors Manitoba he became certified in the Directors Education Program (ICD.D) through the Institute of Corporate Directors.

In his spare time, Dr. Bailie and his wife Leah, a periodontist, and their COVID puppy, Duke, enjoy spending time together at their cottage at Clear Lake during the summer. Dr. Ballie is an avid golfer and curler and is a big fan of the Winnipeg Jets.

FUN FACT: Dr. Baillie attended a one week course at the Culinary Institute of America.

District Representatives

Dr. Richa Tandon — Grace

Dr. Tandon, the District Representative for Grace, completed her medical degree and residency at the University of Manitoba. She and her husband moved to Alberta for five years, knowing that Winnipeg would always be home and they would eventually return. She works as a Family Physician with a special interest in women’s health, care of the elderly, and she specializes in lactation medicine.
She became a board member for Doctors Manitoba after having had experience on a very busy board in Calgary, for the primary care network in Calgary west central. When she moved back to Winnipeg, Dr. Tandon wanted to continue being an advocate for physicians and when she was approached by another board member about the opportunity to serve on the board, she jumped at the chance.

Outside of medicine she and her husband are busy with their two little girls. As a family, they enjoy spending as much time as possible at their lake.

FUN FACT: Dr. Tandon worked for the WHO in Geneva before being accepted into medical school

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. Gerry Visser — Brandon

Our District Representative for Brandon is Dr. Gernhardt (Gerry) Visser. A family physician at the Brandon Clinic, he graduated from Medical school in Pretoria, South Africa (MBChB) and after training in anesthesia and practicing as a GP in Empangeni, South Africa, moved to Manitoba with his family in 2000. In his first four years in Canada Dr. Visser completed all exams required by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba and more recently completed the CCFP exam. Two years ago he accepted a position at the Brandon Regional Health Centre and also works one in eight weeks as a hospitalist.

He decided to become involved with Doctors Manitoba when he learned of the great work being done from his colleague Dr. Kelleher.

Dr. Visser and his wife, who is also a GP, moved to Canada with four suitcases and their eight-month old daughter in 2000. That baby has just completed an honours degree in Health sciences at UFC and is hoping to study medicine. He and his wife have four children — three girls and a boy and together as a family, can be found outdoors, fishing, hiking, biking, boating, and skiing. And when he can get away, Dr. Visser enjoys a game of golf.

FUN FACT: Chef Visser. He loves cooking and, if he had not become a doctor, he imagines he would have worked in the culinary arts.

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!

Dr. Mark Boroditsky — Seven Oaks

Dr. Boroditsky is our District representative for Seven Oaks. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Winnipeg, received his medical training at the University of Manitoba and completed his residency through the Urban Family Medicine Program. He is the co-owner of the Pritchard Farm Health Centre, where he works as a General Practitioner. Dr. Boroditsky regularly attends the trauma orthopedics program as an HMO and is interested in teaching and administration. 

His interest in promoting the well- being of physicians across Manitoba drove him to become a board member. In his role as a District Representative he enjoys communicating with fellow physicians, students and residents. 

Outside of medicine Dr. Boroditsky loves to travel and scuba dive. A self-proclaimed nerd, he enjoys spending time building Lego and watching superhero movies with his kids. 

FUN FACT: He loves to try new things. He does not recommend repairing drywall on your own. It is important to know when you need help with something.

Dr. Nichelle Desilets — Assiniboine

Dr. Desilets serves as the 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. Alon Altman — University Medical Group

Dr. Altman, the District Representative for University Medical Group, grew up in Port Coquitlam, B.C. He studied for his undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of British Columbia, did his residency in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Dalhousie University, and completed his fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Calgary. Dr. Altman is a Gynecologic Oncologist and Professor at the University of Manitoba, and the Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre/​Cancercare Manitoba. His clinical research interests involve gestational trophoblastic disease, hormonal management of malignancy, Enhance Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) and postoperative clinical care.

Dr. Altman’s strong interest in undergraduate and postgraduate education and research has led to his involvement in multiple university, national and international committees. He is the president elect for the Society of Gynecologic Oncology of Canada (GOC), the program director for the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, chair of the University Medical Group (UMG), vice chair for the Medical Management Safety Committee (MMSC) at CancerCare Manitoba, the previous co-chair of the Canadian Obstetrics and Gynecology Review program (COGRP) and the Canadian representative for the FIGO scientific planning advisory committee. 

Dr. Altman joined the board from his role as UMG chair and is proud to serve our members alongside the other amazing clinicians and leaders on the board. He values the board members being open, approachable and committed to improving the lives of physicians in Manitoba. 

Dr. Altman has been married to his beautiful wife, Cheryl, for 14 years and together they have 6 children: 3 amazing human children and 3 amusing canine children. In his spare time you can find him camping, running, and chasing children or, on some weekends, meandering the aisles at Home Depot or Costco.

FUN FACT: When time allows, Dr. Altman enjoys painting, diving, rock climbing, and theatre, but these have taken a backseat for the time being.

Dr. Randy Guzman — St. Boniface

Dr. Guzman is the 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. Selena Papetti — Eastman
Dr. Joel Myhre — Parkland

Dr. Myhre, the District Representative for Parkland, was born and raised in Dauphin, MB and continues to live and work as an Anesthetist and also spends some time working as a Family Physician in clinic. He studied for his undergraduate degree at Bishop’s University in Lennoxville, QC and completed his medical degree, residency and anesthesia training at the University of Manitoba.

Dr. Myhre chose to become a board member because he sees the value in having a voice in the response to issues affecting physicians in Manitoba. He also uses his role on the board to ensure that physicians in his region feel supported when they have concerns.

Outside of medicine and his board duties, you can find Dr. Myhre cheering on his two boys in all their extracurricular activities. He is certain there is more drama at a minor hockey meeting than at any Doctors Manitoba board meeting.

FUN FACT: Dr. Myhre loves reading, but don’t ask him what he read last. He’s already forgotten and moved onto the next book.

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. 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. Marie Noël — Northern

Dr. Noël, the board representative for the Northern District, completed both her undergrad and medical studies at the University of Manitoba and did her family practice residency in Dauphin, MB. Apparently the rural medicine bug bites hard, because she now lives and works in the Pas in her solo practice family medicine clinic. She also works in long term care, in oncology at the local chemotherapy unit, and works at the weekly clinic at The Pas Correctional Centre.

A close colleague nominated her for the position on the board and, as a result, Dr. Noël now has an increased awareness of members’ needs and the services that Doctors Manitoba provides. She is proud to play a role in helping some of her co-workers and medical residents through challenges with career transitions and as an advocate for broader changes in the Northern region.

When she is not working to keep her patients healthy, she and her husband love spending time with their two rescue dogs, Taffy and Gilly and their cat, Kitty-Kitty, on their acreage near The Pas. They enjoy spending time on the lake fishing and make the best of winter as avid snowmobilers. Dr. Noël stays fit by attending her Weekend Warrior” boxing class with friends and takes time to wind down by reading.

FUN FACT: Order up! Dr. Noël spent one summer (many years ago) working as a server at the hotel in Rankin Inlet.

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. Josh Aquin — PARIM

Dr. Aquin is the PARIM Representative on the Board and graduated with an undergraduate degree in psychology and medical degree from the University of Manitoba. And because he is not busy enough completing his residency in Public Health and Preventive Medicine, he is also currently completing his Masters in Public Health (MPH) degree at the University of Manitoba. He works in a variety of areas, including Manitoba Health and WRHA Public Health and is a practicing family doctor at a clinic in Winnipeg.

Dr. Aquin became involved with Doctors Manitoba through his role as President of the Professional Association of Residents and Interns of Manitoba (PARIM). In that role he represents the nearly 600 resident physicians in Manitoba on the Doctors Manitoba board. He recognizes the dedication and passion that residents need to have to do the work they do, and it has inspired him to work hard to ensure their voices are heard.

In his limited spare time, Dr. Aquin has a deep love of anything musical. He is the Principal Clarinetist of the Winnipeg Pops Orchestra, and has been part of that group for over a decade. He also loves to travel!

FUN FACT: Tea Time! There are no fewer than 29 different types of tea in Dr. Aquin’s cupboard, with rooibos chai being his current favourite.

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.

Ms. Dara Hallock — MMSA

Ms. Hallock is the Board Representative for the Manitoba Medical Students’ Association (MMSA) and is in her third year of Medicine at the University of Manitoba, where she studied genetics in her undergraduate degree. While she has not yet chosen a focus or specialty, she hopes to one day work in critical care.

While studying in her undergrad, Ms. Hallock took leadership development courses and was the Vice President Advocacy for the student union. She became involved with the Doctors Manitoba board through her position as Vice Stick Extern at the MMSA. She chose to join the Doctors Manitoba to connect medical students with their provincial medical association and strengthen communication about all the incredible services Doctors Manitoba offers. She recognizes the challenges faced in medical school and the first years of practice and wanted to be a liaison to the board to share student concerns with the goal of further improving the advocacy work Doctors Manitoba does for students and residents. Advocacy work as always been a priority to Ms. Hallock and she hopes to continue her involvement in some capacity throughout her entire career.

When she is not busy studying, she enjoys cooking and trying new dishes and getting outside for a run.

FUN FACT: Ms. Hallock’s dog Juneau helps her study.