our hardworking team

Alex Pearce   Alex Pearce is a first year family medicine resident in Collingwood, Ontario through McMaster University. Her goal is to have a wide scope of practice as a rural family doctor, but she does have a particular passion for the care of pregnant ladies and elderly populations.   Role:  Story Curator and Founder of Stories of Medicine.   Favourite medium of stories:  Photovoice and YouTube videos   Fun facts:  Alex never quite figured out team sports, so she loves hiking, yoga and biking. She also finds great joy in making cards, creative writing, and people-watching with her granny (Queenie Sue).

Alex Pearce

Alex Pearce is a first year family medicine resident in Collingwood, Ontario through McMaster University. Her goal is to have a wide scope of practice as a rural family doctor, but she does have a particular passion for the care of pregnant ladies and elderly populations.

Role: Story Curator and Founder of Stories of Medicine.

Favourite medium of stories: Photovoice and YouTube videos

Fun facts: Alex never quite figured out team sports, so she loves hiking, yoga and biking. She also finds great joy in making cards, creative writing, and people-watching with her granny (Queenie Sue).

Rebecca Lauwers   Rebecca Lauwers is a first year psychiatry resident at the University of Toronto. She has an ardent love of narrative medicine and the recovery model approach to care; for the ways they keep us honest, and human to ourselves and each other.   Role:  Story Curator   Favourite medium of stories:  Spoken word, poetry, and prose   Fun facts:  Rebecca is currently learning some basic skills in the trades as she renovates her 1940s house top to bottom. She likes to play the piano on campus late at night when no one’s around. Her little red poodle is the apple of her eye.

Rebecca Lauwers

Rebecca Lauwers is a first year psychiatry resident at the University of Toronto. She has an ardent love of narrative medicine and the recovery model approach to care; for the ways they keep us honest, and human to ourselves and each other.

Role: Story Curator

Favourite medium of stories: Spoken word, poetry, and prose

Fun facts: Rebecca is currently learning some basic skills in the trades as she renovates her 1940s house top to bottom. She likes to play the piano on campus late at night when no one’s around. Her little red poodle is the apple of her eye.

Sarina Lalla   Sarina Lalla is a medical student in the class of 2020 at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine. She considers patient encounters to be the highlight of her training, and hopes to serve both Anglophone and Francophone populations in her career.   Role:  Story Curator   Favourite medium of stories:  Visual art such as drawings, sculptures, and photography   Fun facts:  Fittingly, given her surname, Sarina is passionate about music. She plays ukulele and piano, and sings solo, in acapella groups, and in choirs. You can often find her at local concerts and at record shops, collecting used vinyl.

Sarina Lalla

Sarina Lalla is a medical student in the class of 2020 at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine. She considers patient encounters to be the highlight of her training, and hopes to serve both Anglophone and Francophone populations in her career.

Role: Story Curator

Favourite medium of stories: Visual art such as drawings, sculptures, and photography

Fun facts: Fittingly, given her surname, Sarina is passionate about music. She plays ukulele and piano, and sings solo, in acapella groups, and in choirs. You can often find her at local concerts and at record shops, collecting used vinyl.

 
Serena Arora   Serena Arora is a first year family medicine resident in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, through McMaster University. She hopes to practice family medicine and has special interest in women's health and equity.   Role:  Story Curator   Favourite medium of stories:  Novels (or any type of written prose) and plays   Fun facts:  Serena loves musicals and has been involved in school productions both in undergrad and at Mac Med. She loves to rewrite song lyrics and can be found attempting to belt to Broadway numbers while driving on the highway.

Serena Arora

Serena Arora is a first year family medicine resident in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, through McMaster University. She hopes to practice family medicine and has special interest in women's health and equity.

Role: Story Curator

Favourite medium of stories: Novels (or any type of written prose) and plays

Fun facts: Serena loves musicals and has been involved in school productions both in undergrad and at Mac Med. She loves to rewrite song lyrics and can be found attempting to belt to Broadway numbers while driving on the highway.

Jen Gordon   Jennifer Gordon is a medical student in the class of 2019 at the Michael G. Degroote School of Medicine. She is an aspiring family doctor with a particular passion for mental health and hopes to provide CBT as part of her future practice.   Role:  Story Curator   Favourite medium of stories:  Books and blogs   Fun facts:  Jen is a lifelong Toronto Blue Jays fan, and also loves succulents, moksha yoga and puppies... almost as much as the Blue Jays.

Jen Gordon

Jennifer Gordon is a medical student in the class of 2019 at the Michael G. Degroote School of Medicine. She is an aspiring family doctor with a particular passion for mental health and hopes to provide CBT as part of her future practice.

Role: Story Curator

Favourite medium of stories: Books and blogs

Fun facts: Jen is a lifelong Toronto Blue Jays fan, and also loves succulents, moksha yoga and puppies... almost as much as the Blue Jays.

Xyza Brual   Xyza Brual is a first year family medicine resident in Brampton, Ontario through McMaster University. With a love for children and family-centred care, Xyza hopes to one day practice as a pediatrician.   Role:  Graphic Designer   Favourite medium of stories:  Visual arts (designs, photos), blogs & videos   Fun facts:  Xyza lived in over 5 countries before coming to Canada to do her undergraduate degree. She also loves singing, baking, and learning about interior design in her free time.

Xyza Brual

Xyza Brual is a first year family medicine resident in Brampton, Ontario through McMaster University. With a love for children and family-centred care, Xyza hopes to one day practice as a pediatrician.

Role: Graphic Designer

Favourite medium of stories: Visual arts (designs, photos), blogs & videos

Fun facts: Xyza lived in over 5 countries before coming to Canada to do her undergraduate degree. She also loves singing, baking, and learning about interior design in her free time.

Nikki Shah   Nikki Shah is a medical student in the class of 2020 at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine. Her most valued moments have been candid, moving conversations with patients about how their day-to-day lives have been affected. She aspires to practice family medicine.   Role:  Story Curator   Favourite medium of stories:  Youtube videos, visual arts, songs   Fun facts:  Nikki loves listening to and also making music through singing. She has set a goal to become at least 10% as proficient in acoustic guitar as John Mayer (one of the world's most technically skilled guitarists).

Nikki Shah

Nikki Shah is a medical student in the class of 2020 at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine. Her most valued moments have been candid, moving conversations with patients about how their day-to-day lives have been affected. She aspires to practice family medicine.

Role: Story Curator

Favourite medium of stories: Youtube videos, visual arts, songs

Fun facts: Nikki loves listening to and also making music through singing. She has set a goal to become at least 10% as proficient in acoustic guitar as John Mayer (one of the world's most technically skilled guitarists).

Emma Bridgwater   Emma is a medical student in the class of 2020 at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine. She hopes to practice psychiatry or family medicine in underserved rural areas of Canada, with a special interest in adolescent psychiatry.   Role : Story curator   Favourite medium of stories:  Visual arts (especially drawing/illustration), podcasts   Fun facts:  Emma is an avid sewer and self-taught pattern drafter. She has started to shift her focus from costumes to every-day wardrobe pieces. She is currently developing a passion for the history of tea, and is exploring different methods of brewing, from traditional matcha preparation to gong-fu style.

Emma Bridgwater

Emma is a medical student in the class of 2020 at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine. She hopes to practice psychiatry or family medicine in underserved rural areas of Canada, with a special interest in adolescent psychiatry.

Role: Story curator

Favourite medium of stories: Visual arts (especially drawing/illustration), podcasts

Fun facts: Emma is an avid sewer and self-taught pattern drafter. She has started to shift her focus from costumes to every-day wardrobe pieces. She is currently developing a passion for the history of tea, and is exploring different methods of brewing, from traditional matcha preparation to gong-fu style.

Yu Fei Xia (Fei Fei)   Fei Fei is a medical student in the class of 2021 at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine. She loves working with families and children. She hopes to incorporate arts, humanities, and storytelling in medicine with this population in her future practice.   Role : Story Curator   Favourite medium of stories : Visual art, poetry, blogs   Fun facts:  Fei Fei has played the flute for 12 years, most recently busking on the Juravinski mountain! She also has a five-year life goal of owning a cat, which she is working towards while growing her multitude of lovely succulents.

Yu Fei Xia (Fei Fei)

Fei Fei is a medical student in the class of 2021 at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine. She loves working with families and children. She hopes to incorporate arts, humanities, and storytelling in medicine with this population in her future practice.

Role: Story Curator

Favourite medium of stories: Visual art, poetry, blogs

Fun facts: Fei Fei has played the flute for 12 years, most recently busking on the Juravinski mountain! She also has a five-year life goal of owning a cat, which she is working towards while growing her multitude of lovely succulents.

David Beisel   David is a medical student at Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University in the class of 2021. He has a passion for social justice and empowerment in all aspects of our communities. As a past theatre major, believes strongly in the power of story telling. David has a passion for primary care.   Role:  Story Curator   Favourite Medium of Stories : Music and lyrics   Fun Facts:  David is an avid hiker and paddler and can often be found napping outside in his hammock. He is a proud plant dad to over 20 house plants, and moonlights as a dogsitter and amateur sommelier.

David Beisel

David is a medical student at Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University in the class of 2021. He has a passion for social justice and empowerment in all aspects of our communities. As a past theatre major, believes strongly in the power of story telling. David has a passion for primary care.

Role: Story Curator

Favourite Medium of Stories: Music and lyrics

Fun Facts: David is an avid hiker and paddler and can often be found napping outside in his hammock. He is a proud plant dad to over 20 house plants, and moonlights as a dogsitter and amateur sommelier.

 
Sama Anvari   Sama Anvari is a medical student in the class of 2020 at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine. She feels privileged to have the opportunity to hear patient stories on a daily basis, and hopes to one day pursue internal medicine.   Role : Story Curator   Favourite medium of stories:  poetry and short stories   Fun facts:  Sama is an avid reader, and particularly enjoys learning about ancient Greek and Roman civilization. She also loves writing, and hopes to one day have the time to publish a novel or collection of poetry/short stories.

Sama Anvari

Sama Anvari is a medical student in the class of 2020 at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine. She feels privileged to have the opportunity to hear patient stories on a daily basis, and hopes to one day pursue internal medicine.

Role: Story Curator

Favourite medium of stories: poetry and short stories

Fun facts: Sama is an avid reader, and particularly enjoys learning about ancient Greek and Roman civilization. She also loves writing, and hopes to one day have the time to publish a novel or collection of poetry/short stories.