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MEET YOUR HEALTHCARE TEAM

Oak Medical Arts is operated by local health professionals who are dedicated to providing the best health care services possible. Behind our doors, you'll meet the most down-to-earth, caring, educated, and professional health care workers in Thunder Bay. We are dedicated to helping you and your family with all of your health care needs in a collaborative, supportive environment. 

SUPPORT

SUPPORT

Supporting local means that you care about the community that you live in

JOBS

JOBS

We provide over 70 team members with work in our community

COMMUNITY

COMMUNITY

Helping build a healthier community, one day at a time.

CHIROPRACTORS

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JUSTIN 
STACHOWICH

Chiropractor

Dr.Stachowich was born and raised in Thunder Bay, ON where he graduated from Hammarskjold High School, and received his Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology from Lakehead University. Justin went on to further his education and received his Doctorate of Chiropractic at Parker University in Dallas, Texas graduating in 2014!

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TESNI 
STEFANATO

Chiropractor

Tesni is passionate about getting people to feel their best! She supports individuals with both acute and chronic injuries and focuses on future injury prevention. She strives to create a safe,  comfortable road to recovery for patients.  Tesni received her Doctorate of Chiropractic from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College and her Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology and Bachelor of Psychology from Lakehead University.

NURSES

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LYNDA
GIBBON

Foot Care Nurse

Clinic Manager

Lynda has always had a passion for connecting with and helping people, which led her into a career in nursing, and is excited to continue this through nursing and footcare with Oak!

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BREANNA
ATKINSON

Foot Care Nurse

Breanna graduated in 2007 from Confederation College as a registered practical nurse and has . worked in many different areas including complex medical care, orthopaedic rehabilitation, clinical instructing, outpatient clinics and  now very excited to add Footcare to her nursing practice! Breanna is a  mother of 2 beautiful, very active children. She enjoys travelling, fishing in the summer and taking trail walks with her family and their family dogs. 

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ALEX
STEIN

Footcare Nurse

Alex graduated from Confederation College as a RPN in 2012 and has worked in various fields to contribute to her experience and knowledge. She enjoys gardening and being outdoors - swimming, camping, fishing, and hunting. She has a small hobby farm which she very much enjoys, especially with having her little sidekick (her son)! Most of all, she loves just spending time with her family and creating memories. Alex is excited to join the team!

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SHAZIAH
AGHA

Footcare Nurse

Shaziah graduated  from Lakehead University in 2007 receiving her Bachelor's of Science in Nursing degree. Shaziah initially worked as an RN in acute medical oncology at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. She currently works casually on Neurosurgery at TBRHSC. Shaziah received certification from Foot Canada in Kingston and went under clinical placement through Confederation College, and has been working in footcare for the past three years! 

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NATALIE
MENDYK

Clinic Nurse

Natalie was born and raised in Thunder Bay, where she received her Registered Practical Nursing diploma at Confederation College.  She offers 6 years of experience in her discipline. She started her career at Thunder Bay Regional Health Science Centre on 3C. She has also worked as a community nurse for SEHC and two local medical clinics. Most recently she came to us to gain knowledge and skills regarding addictions and mental health. Natalie’s hobbies include fishing, camping and travelling. You can find her spending time with her family when she’s not working. 

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ALLISON
DOUDIET

Nurse

Allison is an RPN and has a passion for a holistic patient centred approach to care. She has a love for animals and the outdoors, especially on a beautiful sunny day. You can likely find Allison spending quality time with her loved ones in her spare time. She also enjoys crafting, canning, and thrift shopping.

ATHLETIC TRAINER

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JORDAN
WIEMER

Athletic Trainer

Jordan is a certified personal trainer with a broad history in athletics. Having worked with teams and individuals across coaching, physical development and talent identification in his home country of England, as well as here in Canada. His passion for fitness began through his love of sport, with a background in Soccer and Football. Jordan’s training approach evolved to athlete focused strength and conditioning programming, combined with an emphasis on stability, mobility, and longevity.

KINESIOLOGISTS

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HOLLY
OZERKEVICH

Registered Kinesiologist

Clinic Manager

Holly graduated from Lakehead University with a Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology Degree. Since then, she has been practicing as a Registered Kinesiologist, Certified Ergonomic Specialist and a WorkWell Functional Capacity Evaluator. She has a strong passion for health and fitness and exercise as an essential means to improve health, prevent injury and increase overall well-being. Holly spends her spare time with her family enjoying the great outdoors especially time on the beach at camp and fishing and hunting.

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MAGGIE
KUZMICH

Registered Kinesiologist

Clinic Manager

Maggie is a Registered Kinesiologist and Lakehead Alumni that is passionate about fitness. Being born and raised in Thunder Bay, she is excited to join the team and make a positive impact on the community's well being. In her spare time she loves getting outside to explore the beautiful surroundings of Thunder Bay and spending quality time with her family.

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MICHAEL
MAKELA

Registered Kinesiologist

Michael is a registered kinesiologist with the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario. He graduated with a Master’s of Science degree in kinesiology at Lakehead University in 2020. Michael is naturally competitive whether he is playing a sport or a board game. He is an avid 10-pin bowler and has represented Northern Ontario at national events. During the summer months, Michael can be found on the golf course or barbequing for his family.

MASSAGE THERAPIST

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ROB
GILL

Registered Massage Therapist

Rob graduated from Trillium College’s Massage Therapy program in 2014.

Rob is recently relocated to Thunder Bay from Oshawa, Ontario. For the last 6 years Rob has been a Registered Massage Therapist who enjoys incorporating Trigger Point Therapy into his treatments. Rob looks forward to providing pain and stress relief treatments for all clients.

In Rob’s spare time he can be found exploring the new trails in Thunder Bay with his Alaskan Malamute and Chocolate lab or enjoying a good glass of red wine!

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GEOFF
MEDWID

Registered Massage Therapist

Geoff has been a Massage Therapist since graduating in 2011 from Everest College.  He has taken additional courses in cupping and TMJ and tries to modulate his techniques to suit the client. Born and raised in Thunder Bay, he loves spending time with his family out at camp.  Geoff hopes to pass on his passion for games, silly comedy and creative writing to his kids.

MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELLORS

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DANIEL DOOLEY

Registered Psychotherapist

Daniel grew up in Schreiber and left in 2013 to pursue a degree at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay. where he earned an Honours Bachelor of Science majoring in Psychology. In 2020, he entered the Master’s of Counselling Program with Yorkville University in Fredericton NB. His professional interests include Positive Psychology, Strength-based approaches, Abnormal and Developmental Psychology. He is the proud owner of two rescue dogs, a Border Collie and a Great Dane.

NUTRITION

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BREANNA
ATKINSON

Nurse

Optifast Coordinator

Breanna graduated in 2007 from Confederation College as a registered practical nurse and has . worked in many different areas including complex medical care, orthopaedic rehabilitation, clinical instructing, outpatient clinics and  now very excited to add Footcare to her nursing practice! Breanna is a  mother of 2 beautiful, very active children. She enjoys travelling, fishing in the summer and taking trail walks with her family and their family dogs. 

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ALLISON
DOUDIET

Nurse

Optifast Coordinator

Allison is an RPN and has a passion for a holistic patient centred approach to care. She has a love for animals and the outdoors, especially on a beautiful sunny day. You can likely find Allison spending quality time with her loved ones in her spare time. She also enjoys crafting, canning, and thrift shopping.

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SHAWNDRA
EHELEBE

Pharmacist

Optifast Coordinator

Shawndra has been a Pharmacist for over 14 years. She enjoys providing clinical services while building and maintaining patient relationships to help improve their health outcomes.

When not at work, she’s busy chasing after her two young boys and enjoys exploring the waters of Lake Superior.

NURSE PRACTITIONERS

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CALVIN
PELLETIER

Nurse Practitioner

A lifelong resident of Thunder Bay. Calvin attended Lakehead University to study Biochemistry and went on to complete a BScN. He continued his studies with The U of Manitoba Critical Care Program. In 2008 Calvin obtained his Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner at Lakehead U. 

Calvin resides with his daughter, and in their spare time can be found traveling the world, hiking, camping, fishing, biking, and working on their rental business.

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ASHLEY
AITKEN

Nurse Practitioner

Ashley Aiken (nee Morriseau) is a lifelong resident of Thunder Bay and proud indigenous female from Fort William First Nation reserve. She has three beautiful children, an amazing husband and a cute little pooch named Milo. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, downhill skiing and traveling. 

She has worked as an NP since 2013 after completing her education at Lakehead University in various areas gaining vital experience in addictions, mental health, aging/memory issues, transgender care, prenatal care, chronic disease and aging/changes across the lifespan. 

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KRISTA
MILLS

Nurse Practitioner

Krista worked as a Registered Nurse for ten years in emergency and cardiology before becoming a NP through Queen’s University. She currently enjoys working with the elderly but is looking forward to caring for all ages and expanding her NP skills. In her spare time she likes to read, travel, hike, and camp with family, friends, and her dog.

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CHRISTY
TASHJIAN

Nurse Practitioner

Christy (she/her), CPM, NP, graduated from the U of Texas, Austin School of Nursing in 1994 and went on to study midwifery. After working as a midwife in Austin for 16 years, she became a Nurse Practitioner. As a midwife consultant and educator in Austin she focused on group pregnancy care and perinatal support for low-income people of color. She also worked with the LGBTQ+ community in her practices.  Christy, her wife Jenni, and their 5 year old moved to Thunder Bay in 2020 and she became registered as an NP.  She spends much of her time outside, and an herb crafter, fiber creatrix, hearth keeper, forest therapy guide, She is interested in all aspects of healthcare related to queer/trans folx and women.

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ROBIN
LATIMER

Nurse Practitioner

Robin completed her nursing degree at the University of Manitoba in 2003.  After practicing in the acute care setting, she completed her Nurse Practitioner certificate through the University of Ottawa in 2008 and worked as a Nurse Practitioner in a family practice.  Born and raised in Thunder Bay, she returned home to raise her family in 2011. She's played competitive hockey from a young age and promotes a healthy lifestyle in all aspects of her own life by being active at work and  home activities with her children like hiking, biking, skiing, and camping.  

PHYSIOTHERAPISTS

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VINCE
PILEGGI

Physiotherapist

Born and raised in Thunder Bay,. Vince grew up very passionate about sport and activity and spent the majority of his time either on the soccer field or at camp fishing with friends and family.
He developed a passion for health and wellness after spending many hours on the treatment table, and realized how much of a difference good rehabilitation can make in recovering from an injury or ailment. This led Vince to pursue his degree in Kinesiology at Lakehead U. From there, Vince took his career to the next level and pursued a Masters in Physical Therapy at Queen's University. 

PHARMACISTS

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JON
POTVIN

Pharmacist

Co-Owner, Mountdale

Jon is a local pharmacist and
co-owner of our Mountdale pharmacy location. He graduated with a doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of Waterloo. Jon is a certified respiratory educator and has a strong passion for educating patients on respiratory health.  Apart from pharmacy, Jon loves spending time with his wife and two daughters. He is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys his time spent hunting and fishing.

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BRYAN
GRAY

Pharmacist

Owner

Bryan graduated from Dalhousie University in 2013, then returned to his hometown of Thunder Bay where he founded Oak Medical Arts. Over the last 8 years, Bryan and his team have grown Oak to six clinic and pharmacy locations across Thunder Bay. He obtained his MBA from Lakehead University, has been a speaker at many pharmacy conferences across Canada and serves on the OPA board. He recently also opened Carte Blanche Cafe, and in his spare time enjoys playing sports and spending time at camp! 

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ROBYN
DESPINS

Pharmacist

Executive Director

Robyn graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 2015 and has since worked in community pharmacy in both Saskatchewan and Ontario. Robyn is the Executive Director of Oak Medical Arts, overseeing all clinic and pharmacy locations, services, programs, and business operations. She enjoys spending time at the lake, sunshine and can always be found with a cup of coffee in hand.

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SHAWNDRA
EHELEBE

Pharmacist

Pharmacy Manager

Shawndra has been a Pharmacist for over 14 years. She enjoys providing clinical services while building and maintaining patient relationships to help improve their health outcomes.

When not at work, she’s busy chasing after her two young boys and enjoys exploring the waters of Lake Superior.

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TERESA
MIRABELLI

Pharmacist

Pharmacy Manager

Teresa, a graduate of the University of Manitoba, has spent her pharmacy career providing the residents of Thunder Bay with exceptional health care. Teresa appreciates travelling and the opportunity to meet new people and engage with other cultures.  She enjoys spending time with her husband, children, two Havanese dogs and can often be found tending her flower garden.

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JESSIE
KAJORINNE

Pharmacist 

Pharmacy Manager

Jessie is a recent graduate from the University of Toronto, where she was honoured to have been elected valedictorian for her graduating class.

She has a particular interest in the topic of women’s health and is passionate about improving access to/quality of LGBTQIA+ healthcare. In her spare time, Jessie enjoys instructing dance classes at a local studio travelling.

LEADERSHIP

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ROBYN
DESPINS

Executive Director

Robyn graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 2015 and has since worked in community pharmacy in both Saskatchewan and Ontario. Robyn is the Executive Director of Oak Medical Arts, overseeing all clinic and pharmacy locations, services, programs, and business operations. She enjoys spending time at the lake, sunshine and can always be found with a cup of coffee in hand.

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BRYAN
GRAY

Owner

Bryan graduated from Dalhousie University in 2013, then returned to his hometown of Thunder Bay where he founded Oak Medical Arts. Over the last 8 years, Bryan and his team have grown Oak to six clinic and pharmacy locations across Thunder Bay. He obtained his MBA from Lakehead University, has been a speaker at many pharmacy conferences across Canada and serves on the OPA board. He recently also opened Carte Blanche Cafe, and in his spare time enjoys playing sports and spending time at camp! 

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