Our Presenters

We are a group of passionate health care professionals, health care administrators, and community librarians working together to offer quality health education across the North Shore. For the first time this year we are pleased to offer in partnership a series of free, health education talks covering a wide range of health topics (e.g., back health, arthritis, diabetes, lung health, cardiac health, medication management), with each of the five public libraries hosting one or more of these talks and over 15 different health care professionals presenting!

Dr. Kevin McLeod

Dr. Kevin McLeod

Dr. McLeod practices as an Internal Medicine Specialist in North Vancouver, BC and in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. He works out of Lion’s Gate Hospital and Whitehorse Hospital. He heads the Cardiac Rehab and Cardiometabolic program for the North Shore Health Region. He also runs the North Shore Osteoporosis clinic dedicated to improving bone health and reducing the risk of morbidity and mortality from osteoporotic fracture on the North Shore. His scope of practice is wide, covering all major areas of Internal Medicine. His practice interests include hypertension, dyslipidemia, coronary artery and heart disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis. He has a strong interest in disease prevention and patient education. Dr. McLeod truly believes in providing the highest quality of care to his patients. For more information on Dr. Kevin McLeod visit www.mcleodmedical.com


Matthew Conway

Matthew received his Bachelors in Human Kinetics from the University of British Columbia in 2010. He is a certified personal trainer with Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology and is also a Clinical Exercise Specialist with the American College of Sports Medicine (one of the highest qualifications a Kinesiologist can obtain). Matthew Conway also works with the Lions Gate Cardiac rehabilitation and Cardiometabolic program, and is part of the Clinical Education team for the Diabetes Education Centre in West Vancouver. He sees the complications of heart disease and understands the rehabilitation process. He sees first hand the benefits of disease prevention. He is a skilled educator and exercise specialist that will get you on the right track. With over 10 years experience working in the rehab setting/chronic disease management Matthew professional manner will be of continual benefit to you. For more information on Matt click here.

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Ellen MacKay

Ellen is a Clinical Dietitian with over 25 years experience in a wide range of nutrition specialty areas including diabetes management, heart disease, weight management, enteral nutrition, pediatric care and eating disorders. Ellen works with Vancouver Coastal Health in Chronic Disease Services, Home & Community Care, and the North Shore Youth Eating Disorders Program. She works in a variety of settings including one-to-one counseling, small group and nutrition education seminars to help clients attain their nutrition and health goals. For more information on Ellen click here.


Julianne Brown

Julianne graduated with a Bachelor of Kinesiology from the University of Calgary. Through a successful career in swimming she competed at varsity, national and international levels. Coaching with the University of Calgary Swim Club, she enjoyed three years of engaging and motivating young athletes. She has also worked in a variety of rehabilitation settings with adolescents and elderly people with developmental disabilities and illnesses. With the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology, Julianne is a Certified Exercise Physiologist. She is currently working towards certification as a Clinical Exercise Specialist through the American College of Sport Medicine. Julianne is from North Vancouver. She is bilingual in French and English, enjoys hiking, knitting and playing guitar. For more information on Julianne click here.


Ling Pai

Ling Pai is a certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist. She graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2007 with a degree in Human Kinetics – Exercise Science. She holds current certifications with the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology as well as the American College of Sports Medicine. Ling is passionate about helping people make positive changes to improve their lifestyles. She works regularly with students from UBC as well as SFU through the Exercise is Medicine Club, Practicum Program and Mentorship Program. She also has experiences working in preventative health and occupational health specifically with Police Officers and Fire Fighters. Ling is currently the Head Exercise Physiologist for the Lion’s Gate Cardiac Rehab and Cardiometabolic Program.


Semiramis Dehnadi

Semi has obtained her Master background in Exercise Physiology from Iran (name of university). She was a pioneer in promoting Sport Yoga in Iran in the coaching level of Iranian National team. She also have over 5 years’ experience researching and promoting Health and Recreational Plans with ‘Sport For All Federation’. She has also contributed to multiple scientific research papers on the pain relief effects of therapeutic exercise. For more information on Semi click here.


Barb Moore

Barb Moore is a Respiratory Therapist and Respiratory Educator at Lions Gate Hospital. In her 20 years as an RT she has worked at most of the Vancouver area hospitals in critical care, pulmonary diagnostics and now as a respiratory educator. She also worked for the UBC pulmonary research lab as a research scientist for 10 years. In her spare time she likes to grow kale, and put up and take down Christmas lights. For more information on Barb click here.


Deb Braun

Deborah’s diverse life experience has given her a great appreciation for the complex challenge of balancing personal, professional and health goals. In the early 1990s she earned certifications in personal training, assertiveness, stress management and counselling psychology. During her years in London, UK she helped manage a health club and provided executive coaching to business managers, hospital administrators and Members of Parliament. Following 8 years raising her young children in suburban New York, she returned to Vancouver and completed her MA in Counselling Psychology at the Adler School of Professional Psychology. Pre-MA, she was diagnosed with type-1 diabetes. This inspired her to research the interference psychological distress plays on adaptation to chronic illness, and to identify effective strategies that foster healthy adjustment and well-being. Ironically, she now views herself as a healthier person because of her illness.


Nicole McLeod

Nicole is a dynamic and enthusiastic counsellor who pairs her past nursing experience as an RN into her practice, assisting clients with physical health issues, depression, anxiety, and family issues.

During her ten years as an RN for Vancouver Coastal Health Authority (VCHA) Nicole specialized in the areas of cardiac and critical care where she cared for patients and families recovering from life threatening illnesses and traumas. In addition to private practice, Nicole is employed at Family Services of Greater Vancouver where she facilitates group therapy in the Vancouver School system for at-risk youth in grades 4-7. The groups are designed to build healthy relationships by addressing topics like bullying, self-esteem, abuse, communication skills, and anger. As a parent of four children, Nicole is committed to understanding what is happening for a child beyond the behavior that is demonstrated. For more information on Nicole click here.


Sharron O’Brien

Sharron O’Brien is a Vancouver Coastal Health out-patient dietitian at Lions Gate Hospital/West Vancouver Community Health Centre (WCHC) for 25 years currently running the Bodysense and Heart Healthy Eating and Exercise classes at WCHC . Born in Manitoba, graduate of University of Manitoba and Vancouver Hospital Internship in Dietetics. Sharron teaches groups and individuals, who have all types of diets. She has worked with Chemotherapy, Breath, Arthritis and other programs at LGH, WCHC and in the community. An avid reader, cook and reluctant regular at Karen Magnussen gym!For more information on what Sharon does click here


Christie Bowles

Christie is a Clinical Dietitian specializing in the areas of diabetes management, heart health, weight management, and pediatric care. She is registered with the College of Dietitians of British Columbia and is a Certified Diabetes Educator and Insulin Pump Trainer. Christie received her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from the University of British Columbia and is currently working for Vancouver Coastal Health in North Shore Chronic Disease Services. As part of the Diabetes Education Team, she provides individual counseling and group education for adults and children with type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes. For more info on Christie click here.


Eva Andersson

There’s no need for you to suffer from unnecessary pain. My practice includes the assessment, treatment and prevention of musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. My job is to alleviate your pain and get you back to normal life as quickly as possible. My goal is to keep you that way. For more information on what Eva does see www.scandinavianclinic.com.


Dr.Sharareh Behmanesh

I was a Radiologist back home before I moved to Canada in 1998. After moving to Canada, I worked as an ultrasound technician for 7 years while I was studying and applying for all Canadian and American medical board exams. In 2006, I was accepted by the Family Medicine residency in USA. I completed the residency in 2009 and came back to Canada to practice as a family doctor. I obtained ABFM (American Board of Family Medicine) from the States and CCFP (Certificate in the College of Family Physicians of Canada). Dr. Behmanesh now has a thriving general practice in North Vancouver on Lonsdale.


Fehmina Lalani

Fehmina grew up in Upper Lonsdale and graduated from Carson Graham in 1985. After completing her Bachelor of Pharmacy degree at the University of British Columbia, her dream was to open up a pharmacy in North Vancouver. Fehmina, and her husband Arif, own Lonsdale Pharmacy, an old fashioned style apothecary with a replica soda fountain and bistro seating. Fehmina uses her 23 years experience not just to fill prescriptions but to answer questions and to get to know her patients. Fehmina is very proud of her unique design, and it reflects on the service she provides. She is well known on Lonsdale for her vintage popcorn machine and providing complimentary Indian chai while waiting for prescriptions. It is a personalized approach to your health, an alternative to the big box pharmacy. There is not another pharmacy on the North Shore or the Lower Mainland like Lonsdale Pharmacy.


Rosemary Moritz

Rosemary Moritz developed and has been teaching Perk Activities since 2008. Her volunteer work with seniors gave Rosemary an understanding of their needs and concerns. She created a program to address those needs of wanting to stay vital and connected. Perk Activities stimulates and engages the older adult mentally, physically and emotionally using the creative arts in a group setting. For several years, Rosemary was in theater in Los Angeles where she taught a theater-based program to troubled teenage girls. Her program is popular in retirement communities where seniors enjoy connecting with others through the interactive activities. Currently, Perk Activities is part of a two year study on the cognitive health of seniors at the University of British Columbia. Rosemary is working with Dementia Smart, a quality care program for people living with dementia. Rosemary holds a BA and MLA degree.


Morag Crocker

Morag Crocker is an Occupational Therapist and Clinical Educator with Vancouver Coastal Health’s OASIS Program. She has over 12 years experience in orthopedic practice, both in acute care and the community setting. She has a particular interest in health education and how to motivate behavior change for better health. In her free time Morag enjoys cycling, trail running and being outdoors.