Staff

Our Doctors Manitoba staff is dedicated to serving the membership and the goals of the Association. We pride ourselves in their level of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm that they consistently demonstrate. Whether you require assistance with a billing matter, a contract, insurance, member benefits or any other number of issues: they are there to help.

Do not hesitate to contact them by email or phone.

Theresa Oswald - Chief Executive Officer

(204) 985-5843
toswald@doctorsmanitoba.ca
Theresa Oswald is the CEO of Doctors Manitoba and has held the post since January 2018. She has also served as Executive Director of the Women’s Health Clinic, and was an elected member of the Manitoba Legislature from 2003-2016. During that time she served as Minister of Healthy Living, Minister of Jobs and the Economy, and she was Manitoba’s Minister of Health for over seven years. Prior to her time in politics, Theresa served as a teacher and a school administrator in Winnipeg. Theresa is a passionate reader, a sports fan, a music-lover, a proud feminist and an accomplished pickle-maker.

Allison Crolly - Chief Negotiator

(204) 985-5856
acrolly@doctorsmanitoba.ca
Allison Crolly
Allison is responsible for overseeing and negotiating our Master Agreement with government. She is also responsible for negotiating and advising individual and groups of physicians with regard to agreements outside of the Master Agreement and for amendments to the Physician’s Manual. In addition, Allison represents Doctors Manitoba and physician members in arbitration hearings, billing disputes and audits. Allison has been with Doctors Manitoba since 2006.

Andrew Swan - General Counsel

(204) 985-5860
aswan@doctorsmanitoba.ca
Andrew Swan
Andrew is responsible for providing legal advice to the executive management of Doctors Manitoba. Andrew represents Doctors Manitoba and physicians in arbitration hearings, billing disputes and audits. Andrew also provides advice and guidance to physicians on general legal matters. Andrew was an elected member of the Manitoba Legislature from 2004 to 2019 and was Attorney General for five years. Andrew has been with Doctors Manitoba since October 2019.

Rick Sawyer - Chief Administrative Officer

(204) 985-5842
rsawyer@doctorsmanitoba.ca
Rick Sawyer
Rick Sawyer is the Chief Administrative Officer at Doctors Manitoba, a position he has held since he joined the association in 2011. His areas of responsibility include membership and benefits, finance and accounting, insurance and information technology. Rick oversees risk management, business continuity planning and IT development.

Trina Larsen - Director, Policy & Planning

(204) 985-5841
tlarsen@doctorsmanitoba.ca

Trina Larsen is Doctors Manitoba’s Director of Policy and Planning. Trina is responsible for policy development, implementation and measurement of the strategic plan. In addition, Trina is responsible for physician health and wellness programming which includes MDCare, Physicians at Risk and the Physician and Family Support Program, administration of the Physician Health Community of Practice Project and supporting the Doctors Manitoba Physician Health and Wellness Committee. Trina has been with Doctors Manitoba since March 2019.

Keir Johnson - Director, Communication & Strategy

(204) 985-5840
kjohnson@doctorsmanitoba.ca

As Director of Communications and Strategy, Keir helps bring a strategic approach to Doctors Manitoba’s operations. Leading the communications and marketing area, he is focusing on increasing member engagement while helping to keep physicians informed and understanding their needs through a variety of approaches, including member communication, resources, Rounds magazine, member surveys and more. He also leads media relations and helps to prepare the President in his role as Doctors Manitoba’s lead spokesperson. Keir joined Doctors Manitoba in January 2020.

Robyn Beninger - Director, Finance

(204) 985-5853
rbeninger@doctorsmanitoba.ca

Robyn Beninger joined staff in February 2020 as Director of Finance, a new position in the organization. She is responsible for financial reporting, developing & maintaining annual budgets, development of new finance policies & procedures, and working alongside Rick on other operational improvement projects. During the COVID pandemic, Robyn took on the additional role of PPE procurement and distribution.

Ian Foster - Medical Remuneration Officer

(204) 985-5854
ifoster@doctorsmanitoba.ca
Ian Foster
Ian Foster joined Doctors Manitoba as an Economic/Statistical Analyst in 1994 after receiving his Masters of Science Degree in Statistics from the University of Manitoba. At present, he is a Medical Remuneration Officer and assists individual or groups of physicians with all aspects of compensation and negotiation matters. Ian is a leader on the national stage on the MERG file, and there are few in the country with his depth of knowledge of data and economic matters concerning physicians.

Roger Jamieson - Medical Remuneration Officer

(204) 985-5849
rjamieson@doctorsmanitoba.ca
Roger Jamieson
Roger Jamieson is a Medical Remuneration Officer at Doctors Manitoba, where he has worked since 1999. Within his assigned fee-for-service blocs of practice, Roger is responsible for all issues including leading bloc meetings, coordinating bloc nominations/elections, handling new fee tariff applications, and handling all billing inquiries related to his blocs. Roger is also responsible for various alternate funded groups of physicians including psychiatry and urban/rural family physicians. Roger’s previous experience was at Manitoba Health.

Braden Kalichuk - Compensation Analyst

(204) 985-5848
bkalichuk@doctorsmanitoba.ca
Braden joined Doctors Manitoba in 2014, after completing his education in Statistics. He is a member of the negotiations team, who advocates for individuals and groups of physicians on negotiation and compensation matters. Braden is responsible for the ongoing data processes that Doctors Manitoba maintains.  Braden also works closely with Doctors Manitoba’s medical student and medical resident populations. He has played a vital role in the development and execution of the Doctors Manitoba Mentorship Program.  Braden and his wife Jenna just celebrated the birth of their son, Arlo, in February 2020

Barry Hallman - Benefit Programs Coordinator

(204) 985-5865
bhallman@doctorsmanitoba.ca
Barry Hallman has worked at Doctors Manitoba since 2001. Barry’s current responsibilities include managing the negotiated benefit programs offered by Doctors Manitoba: the CME and CMPA Rebate Programs, the Physician Retention Program and the Maternity/Parental Benefits Programs. Barry is a sports enthusiast, a savvy investor, and plays poker professionally.

Wendie Karlowsky - Accountant

(204) 985-5855
wkarlowsky@doctorsmanitoba.ca

Wendie Karlowsky is the accountant at Doctors Manitoba and is responsible for monitoring cash flow, processing payments and payroll.  She has been employed at Doctors Manitoba since September 2019 and has brought to the position experience in payroll and in providing accounting services for small businesses – including doctors’ clinics.  Wendie volunteers with the Chartered Professional Accountants Association in providing presentations to youth about good and bad debt, how to read pay stubs and how credit cards actually work!  In her free time, she loves practicing hot yoga.

Leanne Muir - Membership & Communications Coordinator

(204) 985-5866
lmuir@doctorsmanitoba.ca
Leanne Muir
Leanne has worked at Doctors Manitoba since 1989. She is responsible for administration of the membership database and the membership invoicing and renewal processes. She administers the new vehicle purchase program, and assists with other membership benefits programs.  Leanne is also responsible for the administration of the Doctors Manitoba website. Leanne plays a key role on our communications team and despite being on of the longest serving members on staff, she is fearless when it comes to innovation.

Mark Venton - Insurance Coordinator

(204) 985-5846
mventon@doctorsmanitoba.ca
Mark Venton
Mark has worked at Doctors Manitoba since 2009. He assumed responsibility for the Insurance Department in 2016. He administers the group insurance plans for members, residents and students. Mark is the liaison to the insurance companies and outside consultants. He coordinates the activities of the Doctors Manitoba Insurance Committee. Prior to Doctors Manitoba, Mark worked in the private insurance industry.

Amber Pauls - Insurance Administrator

(204) 985-5847
apauls@doctorsmanitoba.ca
Amber pauls
Amber Pauls has worked at Doctors Manitoba since 2007. She works with Mark Venton in the Insurance department, aiding with the maintenance and growth of the different plans and communicating with members regarding their insurance. She also assists with membership and benefits plans during peak times

Jill Brown - Assistant to the CEO

(204) 985-5852
jbrown@doctorsmanitoba.ca
Jill Brown
Jill Brown has worked at Doctors Manitoba since 1989. She has held various positions and is currently the Assistant to the CEO. Her responsibilities include administrative duties in respect to the CEO, Chief Negotiator and General Counsel. She also assists in the administration of Executive and Board Meetings and compilation of Board meeting agendas. In addition, Jill assists members of the Doctors Manitoba Board, Executive and staff with all their travel arrangements for various meetings. Jill also maintains and organizes all contract and arbitration materials, and the office filing systems and library.

Cheryl Bezte - Administrative Assistant

(204) 985-5851
cbezte@doctorsmanitoba.ca
Cheryl Bezte
Cheryl Bezte joined Doctors Manitoba as General Clerk in early 2009. She took over the duties of Secretary for the Compensation Analysts and Medical Remuneration Officers. Her main responsibilities include preparing, processing and finalizing new fee tariff applications, as well as administrative duties for economics staff members. In her spare time, she loves to run and go to her cabin. Cheryl is a fierce competitor, and if friendly staff activities are arranged, you always want Cheryl on your team.

Jennifer MacDonald - Project Manager

(204) 985-5845
jmacdonald@doctorsmanitoba.ca
Jennifer MacDonald is the Project Manager for the Physician Health and Wellness Communities of Practice Project at Doctors Manitoba. Jennifer is working with Physician Champions and RHA administrators to develop communities of practice focused on physician health and wellness in three pilot locations. These communities will develop evidence-informed local action plans to enhance physician wellness from a systemic and organizational level. Jennifer has been with Doctors Manitoba since December 2019.

Arpita Goala - Communications Coordinator

(204) 985-5845
agoala@doctorsmanitoba.ca
Arpita Goala joined Doctors Manitoba as the Communications Coordinator for the Communities of Practice project in 2020. She works closely with the Director of Communications & Strategy as well as the Director of Policy to ensure the communications and marketing needs of the project are met in a timely manner.

Aiyana Crolly - Receptionist/Secretary

(204) 985-5888
general@doctorsmanitoba.ca
Aiyana Crolly is our receptionist, joining Doctors Manitoba in April of 2019. Aiyana works part time while taking her undergrad at the University of Manitoba. She is majoring in Psychology in the Faculty of Arts, and hopes to pursue a degree in Education. Aiyana has a strong work ethic and cheerful disposition, which serves the organization proudly.

Sandra Little - Receptionist/Secretary

(204) 985-5888
general@doctorsmanitoba.ca
Sandra Little joined Doctors Manitoba in August 2019 as a part time receptionist after many years in the education system. In a very short time, Sandra has used her unparalleled organizational skills to modify and refresh many aspects of the operation. Sandra is very strong in managing challenging client conversations through problem-solving and compassion. She enjoys spending her time off with her grandsons and on a golf course.