Dr. Brandy Love is currently a resident physician in Adult Neurology at the U of A. Concerned over an issue faced by a fellow resident physician; she was encouraged to run for a PARA Executive position to help make positive changes. She describes being a resident physician as a balancing act “learning about medicine and our communities and developing our professional selves, while navigating challenging waters of the culture of medicine, politics and the realities (and joys!) of our own lives,” and is committed to ensuring her fellow resident physicians have what they need to thrive.
With already nearly 20 years’ career experience in health care in the Edmonton area, Dr. Love brings a wealth of knowledge, relationships and understanding to the ENAA position that will help ensure that the needs and voice of resident physicians are heard. “I really believe my experience helps me see "the forest for the trees" when it comes to health care leadership,“ she explains. In her new position, she looks forward to listening to resident physicians and representing them at forums within the northern half of the province.
Outside of work, Dr. Love describes herself as a complete nerd who really, really, really loves neurology and can’t imagine doing anything else in medicine. She invites anyone who “wants to sit around and localize the lesion” to give her a shout!
Kiersten loves creating pieces that showcase the stories of Alberta’s resident physicians. She does this by designing and writing PARA’s communications, publications and promotional materials, as well as maintaining the PARA website and managing PARA’s blog and social media channels. Kiersten is also the Staff Lead for the Leadership and Education Committee, where she helps plan and organize events such as Resident Physicians in the Legislature, Leadership Workshops and Transition to Practice.
Kiersten spends her time with her husband and two children and says that becoming a mom is her greatest adventure yet. She loves to travel, read and bake.
Dr. Catherine-Elisabeth Boutet
Dr. Boutet is excited to represent her fellow resident as the Alberta Medical Association Ambassador. Her major interest is resident physician wellness and advocacy. She has been involved in the promotion of resident physician wellness for many years, first as a wellness ambassador for internal medicine resident physicians at McGill and now at the University of Alberta. Her goal is to advocate and improve the working environment for all resident physicians and to advocate for optimal working conditions. On a personal note, she enjoys driving to the Rockies for hikes with her husband and flying to the east coast to spend time with her family.
Ravneet is the staff lead for the Nomination and Awards Committee, where she oversees the distribution of awards to resident physicians, physician preceptors and allied staff, as well as administering conference sponsorship awards.
As a Member Services Coordinator, Ravneet works in the areas of Agreement Compliance, excess calls, organizes PARA’s half-day presentations and oversees the Taxi Reimbursement Program. If you have any questions on any of the above, please reach out to her!
When Ravneet is not working, she loves spending time with her two sons and husband. She loves going for long walks (only when it’s warm outside), traveling and watching Netflix.
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Robin works closely with the Vice President of Community and Internal Relations and the Community and Wellness Committee, organizing well-being related activities and initiatives, as well as overseeing wellness grants and event funding. She is also a staff liaison to the Inclusivity and Anti-racism Working Group.
In addition, Robin works in the areas of Agreement Compliance and organizing Letters of Understandings annually. If you have any questions on the Agreement, she is more than happy to help! Robin sits on Health and Safety Committees with AHS and other unions.
Robin moved to Alberta from Ontario a few years ago and although she misses the Great Lakes and raccoons, taking trips to the mountains and the antics of magpies help fill the void in her heart. She enjoys cooking, growing all varieties of tomatoes and listening to 99% Invisible, ideas and Planet Money.