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Our Team

Dr. Tom Elliott

Medical Director

Dr. Elliott obtained his medical degree (MBBS) in 1982 from the University of Queensland, Australia - in 1985 he moved to Canada where he completed his core specialist internal medicine training at UBC. From 1989-1991 Dr. Elliott took advanced training in diabetes at the University of London, UK. In 1991 he obtained sub specialist certification in Endocrinology & Metabolism (including diabetes) from the Royal College of Physicians of Canada (FRCPC).

Since 1992 Dr. Elliott has been a faculty member at the University of British Columbia where his current rank is Clinical Associate Professor. He is also Co-Director of Undergraduate Medical Education for the Division of Endocrinology. Dr. Elliott is Chair of the Endocrinology & Metabolism Society of BC, the professional body representing all BC endocrinologists and diabetes specialists.

Since 1992 Dr. Elliott has been on the active medical staff at Vancouver General Hospital, has conducted a busy private office practice in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology & Diabetology, and maintained an active research and clinical trials program. Dr. Elliott will continue his research program as director of clinical trials at bcdiabetes.ca.

Dr. Elliott is Medical Director of Elliott Meditech Inc, provider of thepatientclinic.ca, a free electronic health record (EHR) system for all British Columbians. Since 1995 Dr. Elliott has maintained a medical-legal consultancy (see medical-legal.ca & lifeexpectancy.ca).

Click here for a list of Dr. Elliott's publications.

Dr. Breay Paty

Endocrinologist at Vancouver General Hospital

Dr. Paty completed his internal medicine training at UBC, followed by a 3-year, NIH-funded clinical research fellowship at the University of Washington in Seattle, examining the metabolic effects of pancreas and islet transplantation. He joined the islet transplant team at the University of Alberta in 2001, where was Assistant Professor until 2007. He returned to the University of British Columbia as Clinical Associate Professor and continues to be involved in diabetes and islet transplantation. He has co-authored over 30 original articles and is first author of the pancreas and islet transplant chapter for the 2008 and 2013 Canadian Diabetes Association Clinical Practice guidelines. He was the co-chair of the Clinical & Scientific Section organizing committee for the 2012 Canadian Diabetes Association Annual conference in Vancouver. He practices general endocrinology at VGH where he attends the Diabetes, Islet Transplant, and Bone Marrow Transplant clinics. He is also the Program Director for the Division of Endocrinology.

Dr. Gerald Tevaarwerk

Diabetes Specialist

Dr. Tevaarwerk was born in the Netherlands & came to Canada as a teenager. He received his medical education at the University of Western Ontario, St. Joseph’s Hospital in London, Ontario, the Hammersmith Hospital in London, England, and the Toronto General Hospital, where he was Chief Resident in Medicine. He has practised medicine in Canada, Saudi Arabia and England.

Dr. Tevaarwerk is Professor Emeritus at the University of Western Ontario. He has taught medical students and physicians for forty years, and has published widely on various aspects of endocrinology, nuclear medicine and laboratory medicine. He is a Past-President of the Victoria Medical Society, Treasure/Administrator of the Endocrinology and Metabolism Society of British Colombia, is Chair of the Information Technology and Communication Committee for Specialists in British Columbia, and serves on several committees of the British Columbia Medical Association and BC Government/BCMA Working Groups developing guidelines for the proper use of laboratory tests.

Dr. Tevaarwerk's main professional interests are finding better and more efficient ways of treating diabetes mellitus and hypothyroidism, how best to express the value and cost of diagnostic and therapeutic interventions, and how to improve the efficiency of delivering healthcare, including the role of electronic medical record keeping.

His most memorable clinical experiences were working in the early 1960s with Dr. Bertram Collip in the lab of Banting, Best and McLeod (the nobel prize-winning discoverers of insulin) & for being involved in the care of Dr. Robin Lawrence, the first patient in Europe to be treated with insulin.

Dr. Mohammed Al Methel

Diabetes Specialist

Dr. Al Mehthel obtained his medical degree (MBBS) from King Abdulaziz University at Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in 2001 and internal medicine training in Saudi Arabia and at the University of British Columbia (2004-2007). Dr. Al Mehthel obtained board certification in Internal Medicine both in Canada & the United States.

Dr. Al Mehthel pursued advanced endocrinology & diabetes training at UBC and was certified in Endocrinology & Metabolism by the Royal College of Physicians of Canada in 2009. Dr. Al Mehthel completed a 12 month fellowship in Islet Cell transplantation in June 2011.

Dr. Aram Shahparaki

Diabetes Specialist

Dr. Shahparaki obtained his medical degree from the University of Ottawa in 1997. He subsequently completed his residency training in Internal Medicine in 2000 and his fellowship training in Endocrinology & Metabolism in 2002. Dr. Shahparaki is a Burnaby-based endocrinologist/diabetologist with consulting privileges at the Burnaby General Hospital. He has been involved in various clinical trials including PROTECT II and CONFIDENCE II.

Dr. David Harris

Endocrinologist, General Internal Medicine Specialist at Richmond Hospital

Dr. Harris was born and raised in Sooke, BC, attended UVic for a B.Sc in biochemistry and microbiology, and graduated from the first class of the Island Medical Program (Victoria) in the UBC MD program. He then completed Internal Medicine residency and clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism fellowship (finish fall 2013) at UBC. Dr. Harris is currently an Internal Medicine and Endocrinology specialist practicing at Richmond hospital, BC. He is the clinical director of the diabetes education center in Richmond, and part of the medical team for the Richmond center of excellence in bariatric surgery (BC obesity network).

Dr. Harris’ has previously conducted scientific research at the Canadian National Microbiology laboratory (Winnipeg), UVic division of biochemistry and microbiology, and UBC divisions of infectious diseases and immunology. Dr. Harris’ clinical research experience is from residency/fellowship training in the divisions of internal medicine and endocrinology at UBC. At present Dr. Harris’ primary research interests include diabetes and bariatric surgery, glucocorticoid (steroid) induced diabetes, and older-adult’s with diabetes research.

Dr. Tricia Tang

Behaviour modification expert

Dr. Tang completed her undergraduate work at Duke University where she received her B.A. in psychology. She continued on to Burlington, Vermont to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Vermont. She completed her pre-doctoral clinical internship in behavioral medicine at the University of Chicago Medical center and her post-doctoral fellowship in at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York.

For the past 11 years, Dr. Tang has focused on diabetes prevention and control in medically underserved patient populations. She has a special interest in utilizing peer support in assisting patients to improve self-management behaviors over the long-term. Ultimately, goal is to provide a new generation of self-management support that can be ongoing, patient-driven, cost-conscious, and sensitive to the evolving conditions of patients’ “real-world” environment and life circumstances.

Dr. Darby Thompson

Statistician - Emmes Canada (emmes.ca)

EMMES is a global Contract Research Organization (CRO) specializing in statistical and data management support for clients performing clinical trials or public health research. For more than 30 years EMMES has provided professional services to industry, academic, and government researchers. EMMES' team of statisticians has been designing, analyzing, and publishing results from a broad range of clinical research and public health projects.

Born and raised in the Lower Mainland, Dr. Thompson completed his undergraduate degree at the University of British Columbia in 1995 and his Masters in Statistics at Simon Fraser University in 1998. In 1999 Dr Thompson moved to the Washington DC area and began working for the EMMES Corporation. Over the next 10 years he supported numerous clinical research projects for various institutes of the NIH and many industry clients. He completed his PhD in statistics at Simon Fraser University in 2011 and opened the Canadian office of EMMES in 2012.

Click here for a list of Dr. Thompson's publications: http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=BfUoyHkAAAAJ

Dr. Gerard Gauthier


Dr Gauthier received his Doctor of Optometry degree in 1995 from the University of Montreal. He completed his optometric training through an internship at the Anchorage Alaska Native Hospital. Dr Gauthier has passed the Canadian and United State National Board Examinations. He is certified in the Management of Ocular Diseases & the use of ocular pharmaceutical agents. Dr. Gauthier currently treats patients at False Creek Eye Care Optometry. To contact Dr.Gauthier please call 604-872-4411 or email falsecreekeyecare@live.ca

Dr. Tim Kalla


Dr. Kalla obtained his BSc from the University of British Columbia in 1985 and Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) in 1989 from the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia. He completed his residency at The Washington Hospital Centre in Washington, DC. & in 1993 became a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (& recertified 2011).

Since 1991 Dr. Kalla has been in private practice in Vancouver specializing in diabetic foot care and operative podiatry. Since 1994 he has been on staff at Providence Healthcare where he is head of podiatry and part of the BC Foot & Ankle Clinic. Dr. Kalla has been a faculty member of the UBC Department of Surgery since 2001- his current rank is clinical instructor. He is also an Associate member of the UBC Department of Dermatology.

Dr. Kalla served on the Canadian Diabetes Association 2008 Foot Care Guidelines Committee and founded the Annual Live Well With Diabetes health care professional’s seminar and public forum in 2001. Dr. Kalla has lectured on the diabetic foot nationally and internationally.

The bcdiabetes.ca Team

Marla Inducil

Marla Inducil MD is the Clinical Research Manager for bcdiabetes.ca.

Dr. Inducil is responsible for managing and executing all clinical trials at bcdiabetes.ca. She collaborates and interacts with clinical research staff, industry sponsored project managers and monitors in ensuring project objectives for investigative new drugs are met with highest quality standards. Dr. Inducil has a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy and acquired her Doctor of Medicine degree in 1985 in the Philippines. She qualified as a specialist dermatologist & practised as such for 13 years in the Philippines before moving to Canada. Dr. Inducil has more than five years of experience in clinical trial management.

Daniela Kolesniak

Daniela Kolesniak MD is a Clinical Research Coordinator at bcdiabetes.ca.

Dr. Kolesniak works directly with research patients on a daily basis. She provides patient care and plays a key role in the collection and analysis of clinical research data. Dr. Kolesniak earned a Doctor of Medicine in Poland and was licensed in Poland and Germany as a Gynaecologist/Obstetrician where she worked for over twelve years. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Gerontology from Simon Fraser University. She has more than 11 years of experience as a clinical trial coordinator.

Hector Com

Hector Com MD is a Clinical Research Coordinator at bcdiabetes.ca.

Dr. Com is an experienced physician who works closely at ensuring all elements of a clinical trial are managed and executed successfully. Dr. Com brings with him a deep commitment to the patient, ensuring that their physical and personal well-being is enhanced. Dr. Com graduated from Cayetano Heredia Peruvian University, the leading medical school in Lima, Peru. There, he worked in Emergency Medicine for eight years. Dr. Com joined Dr. Elliott’s research team in 2010.

Gerri Klein

Gerri Klein is a Clinical Research Coordinator: Head Start Program.

Gerri Klein has a Masters Degree in Nursing from the University of British Columbia and is a Certified Diabetes Educator. Gerri certified as a Diabetes Educator in 1998, and has maintained her certification by examination and continuing studies. She served on the Examination Committee for the Canadian Diabetes Educators Certification Board, and is on the executive of the Vancouver Chapter of the Diabetes Association Educators Section. She has both a professional and personal interest in the care offered to persons who live with diabetes. Gerri believes that persons who live with diabetes should have access to highly skilled, knowledgeable diabetes health care consultants who can provide active guidance as they move towards self-management of their condition.

Nafisa Merali

Nafisa Merali is a Diabetes Case Manager at bcdiabetes.ca

She graduated from UBC with a BSc. Pharm. in 1991, Nafisa is currently a member of the Canadian Pharmacists Association and the BC Pharmacists Association. Nafisa was the recipient of the 2006 Achievement Award for the BCPhA Pharmacist of the Year. Her values of honesty, dedication to the health of the community, and commitment to the welfare of her clients have earned her the reputation of one of the most well respected pharmacists in the province. Nafisa brings a special interest to diabetes in the S.E Asian population.

Lex Vides

Lex Vides is the Operations Manager at bcdiabetes.ca.

Lex is responsible for overseeing and managing the operations of bcdiabetes.ca. Originally from San Salvador, El Salvador Lex acquired his Doctor of Dentistry from the University of El Salvador in 2007 as well as his Health Business Administration Diploma from Evangelic University. Lex is also a Certified Personal Trainer with a strong foundation in training older adults. With his broad work experience he strives to help others live a healthy balanced life.

Mira Zhang

Mira Zhang MD is a Physician’s Assistant at bcdiabetes.ca.

Dr. Zhang graduated from Shanghai Medical University in 1991, completed a Cardiology residency in 1997 and then worked as a cardiologist in Shanghai until 2000. She moved to the United States and worked for two years on her post-doctoral training before heading to Canada where she has worked as a research assistant and coordinator for the past three years.

Elena Terekhova

Elena Terekhova MD is a Physician’s Assistant at bcdiabetes.ca

Dr. Terekhova graduated from Perm State Medical Academy, Russia, in 1999, then completed residency in Internal Medicine. While working as a health provider at the hospital, she defended a thesis and obtained a PhD with main interest in diabetes and metabolic syndrome in 2006. She moved to Canada in 2009 and worked as a research assistant and coordinator for the last 2 years. Elena is keen on encouraging people to live a healthy life in order to prevent consequences of excessive weight.

Yvonne Lam

Yvonne is the Medical Office Assistant at bcdiabetes.ca.

She enjoys assisting patients and making them feel welcomed in our office. She has a degree in Fashion Design & Technology and has worked in this great industry for many years. Since working at bcdiabetes.ca and providing support, she started noticing how great is being able to help and make others feel better. She has discovered a new facets in her life and would like to improve her skills as a person and as an employee at the office.

Lisa Whitehead

Lisa is the Temp Medical Office Assistant at bcdiabetes.ca.

She has a degree in Kinesiology from the University of British Columbia and is a certified personal trainer with Canfitpro. Lisa has a strong passion for living a healthy and balanced lifestyle and has been a lifelong avid athlete. She values being a member of an effective team and looks forward to making a positive difference in peoples lives through her work and involvement with the team at the bcdiabetes center. Her long term plans include continuing her studies and completing a Masters degree in a related field. She looks forward to expanding her knowledge and experience during her tenure at bcdiabetes.

Lee Ann Trimble

Lee Ann is a Certified Diabetes Educator and is an insulin pump trainer.

She received her degree in nursing from UBC (1983) and a Certificate in Gerontology from Mt. Royal College ( 2003). Lee Ann has worked at St. Paul's Diabetes Centre (1986-1989) and currently works at the VGH Diabetes Centre (1989- present). Lee Ann loves working with people who have diabetes, especially when they have an "a ha" moment!

Prue Haniak

Prue Haniak is a registered dietitian.

She is working as a certified Diabetes educator in the VGH diabetes center at Vancouver General Hospital. Prue received her B.Sc. in Nutrition (B.Sc.Dietetics) at UBC in 1988. She has worked as a clinical dietitian for the past 22 years in various clinical specialties and private practice.

Jonathan Chan

Jonathan Chan is a certified personal trainer.

He is currently enrolled in his third year of Kinesiology at the University of British Columbia. His experience at commercial gyms has led him to seek other opportunities and use his unique training style to help individuals that truly need it. With a strong attention to detail, Jonathan works to not only provide effective training sessions, but also to holistically improve upon lifestyle factors that are impeding your success and your freedom.

Kevin Chu

Kevin is a Certified Personal Trainer at bcdiabetes.ca

He has worked with a wide range of individuals through one on one personal training sessions and group fitness classes in various fitness facilities and clinics. Kevin is currently studying Kinesiology at the University of British Columbia and has a strong passion for fitness, health and wellness. He aims to garner the skills he has acquired in the industry over the years to enhance quality of life and well-being at bcdiabetes.ca

Jennifer Parras

Jennifer is a Volunteer at bcdiabetes.ca (Certified Personal Trainer)

Jen is a 4th year Kinesiology student at UBC. The road here has been interesting as she made a career change from environmental science to pursue her true passion for health and exercise science. That route took her from Alberta to Prince George then Kamloops and finally Vancouver. She is particularly interested in exercise physiology and plans on taking her career in this direction while promoting physical activity for health and well-being.

Samantha Wells

Samantha is a Volunteer at bcdiabetes.ca (Yoga Instructor)

She is in her third year of College at Langara, currently studying psychology. In her spare time she really enjoys painting, playing guitar and doing yoga. She has been working towards getting her yoga teaching degree, through the Open Door Yoga program. Sam is very excited to pursue a career as a yoga teacher because yoga is something that she truly believes in. She believes that yoga is an effective method of releasing physical and mental tension in the body, by taking time to focus on the present moment and relieve the stress of everyday life.