The programs we provide at the Breast Cancer Supportive Care Foundation are provided by a diverse and multi-disciplinary team of professionals committed to excellence in supportive care for patients with breast cancer and those who love and care for them.
Our team consists of the following key individuals:
Dr. Ardythe Taylor, MD, CCFP, FCFP, Medical Director
As a physician and founder of Breast Cancer Supportive Care, Ardythe has a strong passion and dedication to optimize medical care for breast cancer patients. She has experienced the challenges of breast cancer first hand, initially with her mother and subsequently through her own diagnosis. Her education and experience in specialized breast cancer care follow 14 years as a family physician in private practice as well as participation as a member on numerous committees and boards in both cancer and spiritual health care. Dr. Taylor works 4 days/week at Breast Cancer Supportive Care serving as the Medical Director and seeing individual patients. She is primarily responsible for leading the medical service program delivery and content, orientation of new physicians and specialists, and directing new projects and collaborative activities.
Dr. Louise Lalonde, MD, CCFP
Dr. Stephanie Kubik, MD, CCFP, FCFP
Dr. Kubik comes to BCSC having 22 years in Family Practice. She has also been teaching U of C medical students and residents since 1992 and will continue to spend part of her time in her teaching role. She is well into her training at BCSC and once that is completed she will be seeing our breast cancer follow up and high risk patients one or two days per week. She is very excited to join the BCSCF team to help fulfill our very worthy mission and vision.
Dr. Carla Montgomery, BSc, MD, CCFP
After having worked as a community based family physician since 1994 in both British Columbia and Ontario, Dr. Montgomery decided to focus her scope of practice following a relatively recent move to Calgary. Cancer survivorship has long been amongst her most prevalent fields of interest, and the opportunity at Breast Cancer Supportive Care unfolded over time as a meaningful fit. Although not personally affected by breast cancer, this particular area of attention is one she holds dear, thanks to the many ways in which it has impacted her through the collective experience of others. She is thankful to be joining the Breast Cancer Supportive Care team and considers it a privilege to serve together in this capacity given her belief that a whole person approach to healing through such a time and to thriving beyond is instrumentally critical.
Dr. Nureen Sumar, BSc, BMus, MD, CCFP
Dr. Sumar is very grateful for the opportunity to care for those affected by cancer. Nureen completed her medical degree, Family Medicine Residency, and Enhanced Skills training in Breast and Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Calgary, during which she served on numerous medical education and leadership boards, including her terms as Vice-President of the Resident Doctors of Canada (RDoC) and Chair of the RDoC Resiliency Curriculum Working Group. Nureen continues to be involved in resident leadership and wellness in a consultant capacity. She brings to BCSC her dedication to delivering high-quality patient-centred care and her passion for a comprehensive approach to cancer care and survivorship. Her clinical duties will focus on high-risk surveillance and breast reconstruction counseling.
Dr. Donna Wachowich, MD, FCFP
Dr. Wachowich has been in family practice since 1985; first in Ontario for 10 years and then in Calgary since 1995. Donna’s practice has always had a focus on various areas of women’s health. She works part-time in her shared family practice and is a member of the North West Maternity Group doing some low risk delivers at Foothills Medical Centre. She also has a role with the Family Medicine Residency Program as Domain Lead for maternal and newborn care overseeing that area of curriculum for the Family Medicine residents. Donna joined the BCSCF medical team in 2013 as a co-facilitator in our Recovery Group Program and in May 2016 became part of the patient care team.
Dr. Holly Zulyniak, MD, CCFP
Dr. Zulyniak is grateful for the opportunity to work closely with patients and families touched by breast cancer as a member of the Breast Cancer Supportive Care team. She has worked as a family physician in Calgary for nearly seven years. Dr. Zulyniak’s training will cover all aspects of supportive care, and she feels privileged to be working with such an outstanding team and organization.
Marlene Donahue RN, MN, Intake Nurse
Marlene joins the BCSCF team bringing with her over 40 years of nursing experience. Marlene received her initial RN training at the University of Alberta Hospital, a Masters of Nursing from the University of Saskatchewan and her Acute Care Nurse Practitioner certificate from the University of Calgary. Marlene has worked in a number of different locations as a Registered Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, and Educator. Most recently Marlene was the Director of the Alberta Health Services Simulation Program until her semi-retirement in August 2015. Marlene is delighted to be bringing her skills and enthusiasm to the foundation and is looking forward to working with such a dedicated and inspiring team.
Dawn Forbes, RN, Intake Nurse
Dawn joins the Breast Cancer Supportive Care team with genuine conviction to give back to our foundation as she has been a grateful client over the last 2 years. Dawn graduated from Foothills School of Nursing in 1982. She has experience in the fields of Emergency Care, Pediatrics, and Community Health. Dawn is currently working at the Foothills Medical Centre in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (premature infants). She believes in the extreme value of Breast Cancer Supportive Care for the client and family and is looking forward to contributing her knowledge and experience as part of our multi-disciplinary team.
Diane Peterson, Intake Assistant
Diane’s nursing career began in 1968 in Moose Jaw Saskatchewan. She moved to Alberta in 1969 and has had an extensive career in Pediatrics, Medicine, Urology and Intensive Care. Diane left hospital settings in 1984. Since then, she focused her energy on the management and administration of Medical Clinics: from finding locations, to designing clinics, to hiring all of the medical staff. Diane also ventured into self-employment to compliment her work and opened her first Curves Women’s Fitness Centre in January 2002, owning five locations over the years. Having a profound interest in health and wellness, Diane was very excited to join the Breast Cancer Supportive Care team in March 2010.
Sue Slaght, RN, Intake Nurse
Sue joined the Breast Cancer Supportive team with more than 30 years of nursing experience. Her background includes oncology, rural medicine, family practice, telecare, primary care networks and education in the field of communication. Sue believes strongly in the work of the foundation and is delighted to join the team in the role of intake nurse.
Shared Mental Health
Dr. Steve Simpson, B.Sc., PhD, MD, FRCP
Dr. Simpson is a psychiatrist employed with the Shared Mental Health Program. Steve’s role at Breast Cancer Supportive Care is to provide education or consultation services regarding issues involving mental health problems with any of our patients. He is able to meet with the physician alone or with the physician and the patient together.
Behavioural Health Consultant (BHC)
Our BHC has a Masters degree in Social Work with a Clinical Specialization and has worked in several medical clinics in Calgary. In her role as a Behavioural Health Consultant with the Breast Cancer Supportive Care Clinic, she offers support in the areas of physical and emotional well being, helping women develop strategies to best support their particular needs. Appointments are offered in a wide variety of areas, including anxiety and depression, stress management, relationship issues, family concerns, chronic pain, grief and insomnia. Lifestyle issues can also be addressed, including smoking cessation and weight management. If additional support is needed, she can also refer to other programs in the community to ensure patients get the support they need for optimal health.
Andrea Jennyc, MA Clinical Psychology, RPsych
Andrea has a Masters degree in Psychological Research specializing in Clinical Neuropsychology, as well as a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from South Africa. She worked at a psychiatric hospital in South Africa, in both the inpatient and outpatient departments, specializing in forensic psychological rehabilitation, as well as substance abuse, acute psychosis, and various other psychiatric disorders such as mood disorders, anxiety disorders and personality disorders. Andrea also supervised intern clinical psychologists and has been working for the adult Shared Mental Health Care programme since moving to Calgary in July 2013.
Child & Adolescent Shared Mental Health Care (CASMHC)
Chennene Wright, MSW, RSW, Mental Health Clinician
The CASMHC program is collaborative care consultation mode of practise involving family physicians/pediatricians working with the CASMHC clinician to deliver mental health services to children and adolescents. Most mental health research indicates that up to 25% of children/adolescents will experience emotional/behavioural/psychological problems. Only one third of these children/adolescents will receive professional services for these problems, most of them through their family doctor. Many mental health issues can be identified, diagnosed, and if treated promptly, the resulting impact on learning and development can be substantially minimized. The CASMHC clinician will work with the physician and patient in their offices to assess, diagnose, and where appropriate deliver interventions for these problems. The program aim is to enhance physician capacity in the areas of mental health, with the physician retaining medical responsibility for patient care. The CASMHC clinician also has access to psychiatric consultation where appropriate. Referring patients to other treatment services are done in consultation with the physician and family members.
Sylvia Huber, RN, MN
Sylvia is an oncology nurse with many years of experience in helping cancer patients and their families. Most recently she has worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Surgical Oncology within the Calgary Health Region. She has been involved with the Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology as provincial representative on the Board, the CANO representative for the National Advisory Committee for the Ovarian Cancer Information Project and a member of the review board for the Canadian Oncology Nursing Journal. Sylvia offers the Healthy Living after Breast Cancer program in which patients who have completed treatment are assisted to assess and manage their physical, emotional, social and spiritual recovery as well as identify opportunities for optimizing health and reducing their risk of cancer recurrence. Employed as a consultant through the Calgary West Central Primary Care Network, Sylvia works 4 ½ days per month and is currently on the National Quality Review Panel for Wellspring.
Heather Laird, Patient Care Coordinator, Medical Operations Administrator
Heather joined the Breast Cancer Support Care Foundation team in January 2016. She has always had a strong passion for helping people in the medical system and wants to make them feel they are being heard and cared for. She has experience in many different facets of medical assisting including Podiatric Medical Assistant, Ophthalmic Scrub Nurse, Cardiology Medical Office Assistant and most recently Medical Administration in Midwifery. On her days off she loves to spend time with her husband and son camping, fishing, hiking and travel. She also enjoys fitness, painting and interior decorating.
Brenda Oleshko, Patient Care Coordinator, Receptionist
Brenda brings a unique skill set from experience in the medical office and not for profit sector. After working a number of years in these areas, she has developed appropriate skills and admires working in an environment where she can offer those skills in a supportive manner. Beyond dedication to her career, Brenda spends a significant amount of time with her family, where she enjoys camping, fishing and outdoor cooking.