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The Team

The MMU team is diverse and includes individuals with expertise in project management, administration, facility support and clinical practice.

Our clinical team includes nurses, physicians and paramedics. 

Operations

Peter Hennecke, RN, BScN, MA, CPN(c), CD1

Clinical Operations Director




Peter brings 20 years of Regular Force nursing experience within the Canadian Forces, and remains committed as a Reservist in his specialty. His position upon release from the CF was National Senior Practice Leader, Operating Room Nurses and Detachment Commander, Trauma Training Centre Vancouver. Peter is a highly trained perioperative & trauma nurse, and has deployed internationally and domestically on peacekeeping, combat, humanitarian missions and mass events. As a Senior Nurse, Peter was deployed to Italy (1998), Bosnia (2003), Kabul (2005), Kandahar (2007, 2008, 2011), Haiti (2010), and has assisted on domestic operations.

In January 2007, Peter assumed the position of Senior Practice Leader, Peri-operative Nursing for the Canadian Forces in the rank of Major. He was co-located at the Canadian Forces Trauma Training Centre (West) at Vancouver General Hospital, where he continues to work clinically in the Operating Rooms as a casual employee. 

Peter has also been involved in designing and delivering multiple training programs, and continues to co-facilitate the Definitive Surgical Trauma Course, an internationally recognized course for surgeons. In 2009 Peter actively lead the development and implementation of the trauma training program specifically designed to train 105 medical personnel recruited for the 2010 Winter Games in Whistler, who practiced within the Mobile Medical Unit. 

Peter joined the Mobile Medical Unit team in May 2011 on contract, providing consultation and nursing expertise in the development of this Provincial Program. In October 2011, he joined the team permanently as Manager, Clinical Operations and Training. In October 2013, Peter assumed the position of Clinical Operations Director for the Mobile Medical Unit. 
 

Jay Francescutti 

Manager, Deployment and Facilities




Jay comes to the MMU with a diverse background including extensive experience in health facility maintenance and operations. He served as the lead maintenance worker at the Pemberton Health Centre from 1998-2014, while also providing relief support to Whistler Health Centre during this time. Further to Jay’s expertise in hospital maintenance, he is truly a jack of all trades, as a practicing Farrier (expert in horse shoeing) having completed the Horse Shoeing program at Oklahoma Horseshoeing School and personal trainer. In addition, Jay holds professional certification in Engineering, Accounting, and Culinary Arts from the University of Guelph. Jay joined the MMU team as a casual in the position of Facility Support Manager in fall 2013, after the MMU was deployed to Pemberton for two months and he took such good care of it, we had to have him on our team. In May 2014 Jay joined the MMU full-time as the Facility Manager.
 

Dara Davies, RN BScN 

Clinical Operations Manager




Dara brings nearly 20 years of nursing experience to the Mobile Medical Unit team, with an emphasis in intensive care. She obtained her RN from the Douglas College Nursing Program in 1995 and completed her BScN at the University of British Columbia in 2008. 
The first four years of Dara’s career were spent as a Trauma Nurse at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) before transitioning to Intensive Care. The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at VGH includes care for trauma patients as well as burn, transplant, medical, BMT and spine patients. Dara continues to practice full-time today as a senior ACLS certified ICU nurse at VGH. 

Throughout Dara’s career, she has also served as a Research Nurse for Critical Care Medicine, has been a contract instructor for the British Columbia Institute of Technology’s (BCIT) Critical Care course, assisted with teaching the clinical portion of the Fundamentals of Critical Care Support course and was a member of the medical team providing care to athletes within the Mobile Medical Unit during the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Whistler. Dara’s love for nursing has also led her to volunteer her time as Camp Nurse at a children’s camp in BC’s beautiful Howe Sound region each summer since 1995. 

Dara was brought onto the Mobile Medical Unit team in February 2013, and in January 2014 became the Clinical Operations Manager. Dara’s deployments with the BCMMU so far have lead clinical hand when deployed as a Cystic Fibrosis clinic for the Fraser Valley, a Resource Nurse for the First Nations Tsartslip community for allergy and asthma clinics and Nurse Educator for a chemical plant explosion simulation for the Saanich Peninsula community involving Emergency staff.

 

Alyshia Higgins

Program Manager

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Alyshia joined the MMU in 2015, bringing 10 years of communications and project management experience gained from both the public and private sector. She joined PHSA in 2013 as a corporate communications officer, where she provided communications support to more than 10 clients, including the Mobile Medical Unit. 


Before working for PHSA, Alyshia held various communications positions at University Health Network in Toronto, Mackenzie Health and Mackenzie Health Foundation in Vaughan, Ontario. 


Alyshia has an Advanced Diploma in Journalism and a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Communication from Royal Roads University. 

 
Jamie Carballo

Administrative Assistant 

Jamie joined the MMU in September 2016. Previous to the PHSA, she held various positions at the College of Physicians & Surgeons BC, including the Diagnostic Accreditation Program (DAP).

 

Jamie has a Bachelor in Arts in Sociology, with a concentration of Health & Aging from the University of Victoria. 


 

Mr. Robin Gardner C. For, MASc, R.P. Bio

Support Manager, Facilities


Robin grew up in Scotland and graduated from Daniels Stewart’s College for boys and four years later from the Faskally Forester College. He immigrated to Canada in 1965 and was initially employed by W. Plaunt Logging and then KVP Pulp and Paper as assistant to the development engineer with responsible for tree-length harvesting equipment design and evaluation. In 1967 he then joined Ontario Hydro in their forestry department and was responsible for herbicide and growth regulator evaluation and the development of helicopter application equipment.

After five years at Hydro Robin returned to Scotland and worked as the Scottish Director for Keep Britain Tidy. 


Following a brief return to Scotland, an offer to work for BC Hydro on the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Pesticide Use drew Robin back to Canada where he later became Environmental Advisor to BC Hydro. This was followed by a Master's Degree at Simon Fraser University and the development of Alberta Pesticide Management Policy that followed a similar inquiry in that province. Robin also served as the City Arborist for the City of Vancouver and later horticulturalist for the BC Pavilion Corporation. He was seconded to Expo 86, and at the end of the Fair he was again seconded as General Manager of the Arnold Palmer golf course at Whistler. 


Once project work there was completed he was appointed Director, Fire Safety Security and Building Operations at the newly opened Trade and Convention Center in Vancouver. A few years later he became Regional Manager for the Southwest region of the Provincial Emergency Program. After five years with PEP Robin was then offered the opportunity to become the Emergency Planner for the Municipality of Delta and later, following a second Master's degree, Emergency Planner for the Greater Vancouver Regional District.


Through his extensive network of security and emergency management connections, derived from his interest in teaching and mentoring, an opportunity arose to contribute to emergency management in the very specific sphere of health care. In 2006 Robin joined the Provincial Health Services Authority and since that time has been the Emergency Management and Business Continuity Lead and portfolio holder at the BC Cancer Agency where he was instrumental in developing an integrated emergency management program that received recognition for its comprehensive approach in the accreditation cycle. 


In 2011, Robin transferred to the Mobile Medical Unit as the Manager, Deployment and Logistics where his vast expertise in emergency management, logistics, and even forestry are extremely valuable. 

Medical Directors

Mike Flesher, BSc, MD, CCFP(EM)

Lead Medical Director


Dr. Mike Flesher is an Emergency Physician and the Medical Director for Emergency Services and Trauma Care for Island Health who has over 20 years’ experience working in medium to large emergency departments and international disaster medicine. In the position of Site Chief for a large emergency department and Medical Director of Emergency Services and Trauma Care Mike has applied himself to developing an understanding of the multiple facets of leadership development. His experience in International Medical Relief and Large Scale Disaster Experience have been developed as a team member with the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC). Thirteen years as the Medical Director with Urban Search and Rescue while developing courses for Rural Emergency/Trauma Skills and ACLS Courses have cumulated in a wide range of experience that Mike is looking forward to bringing to the MMU Team.

Dr. Flesher is currently completing the Certificate of Emergency Management at the Justice Institute. 
 

Dr. Ross Brown, OMM, CO, BSc, MA, MD, FRCSC, FACS 

Associate Medical Director




Dr. Ross Brown is a practicing general surgeon and trauma surgeon at Vancouver General Hospital and the Medical Director for Provincial Trauma Services, Provincial Health Services Authority. He is a Clinical Professor, Department of Surgery, UBC. He is also an Associate Medical Director of the Canadian Forces Trauma Training Centre (West), located at VGH, having transferred to the C.F. Primary Reserve List in 2005.

Originating from Hamilton, Ontario Dr. Brown completed his undergraduate (Hons.Physiology) and graduated in 1977 from the University of Western Ontario. He joined the Canadian Forces in 1979 as a Maritime Surface Officer, posted to Esquimalt, serving in Restigouche, Yukon, Qu’appelle as Navigating Officer 1980-1984. He graduated from Medical School at McMaster University in 1988 and completed an internship at St. Paul’s Hospital 1988-89. He was then posted to HMCS Provider as Medical Officer in 1989 and to the Base Hospital 1989-90 before returning to Vancouver for General Surgery Residency at UBC. He has completed two tours in Bosnia and three in Afghanistan (Kabul and Kandahar). He was posted to Halifax as a general surgeon at Stadacona Hospital 1990-91 and then back to Vancouver General Hospital. This is when he established the CFTTC(W), partnered with VGH Trauma Services, to facilitate trauma training for CF Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nursing Officers and Medical Officers. Since its inception, many of Canada’s military medical personnel have been trained at VGH prior to their deployments. 
Dr. Brown also has a Masters of Arts in Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University (2002).

In 2010, Dr Brown was seconded to VANOC to support the Olympic & Paralympic Games, managing the Whistler Polyclinic, which included the Mobile Medical Unit (MMU). In addition to his current clinical, academic and administrative work, Dr Brown supports the MMU as a Medical Director. 
 

Erik N. Vu, MD, CCP, FRCPC, DAvMed

Associate Medical Director




Dr. Erik Vu is an Emergency and Critical Care Physician for Vancouver Coastal, Fraser Health, and Provincial Health Service's Authorities, and is also a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, Departments of Emergency and Critical Care Medicine, at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Vu, has completed Fellowship training in Emergency Medical Services and Critical Care Transport. Concurrent with his sub-specialty training, Dr. Vu has special interest in Special Operations Medicine, including CBRNE Disaster and Tactical Medicine. Dr. Vu has completed postgraduate studies in Aviation Medicine, and works for British Columbia Emergency Health Service's (BCEHS) Provincial AirEvac and Critical Care Operations, as part of his portfolio in both private and public sectors of Aeromedical Evacuation. Dr. Vu is also active with CBRNE Hazardous Substance Response Program, and currently acts as Medical Director of Canada Task Force 1 Heavy Urban Search and Rescue Team. But as far as the MMU goes, he's know as Vu2...aka Mark's brother.
 

Adam Lund, BSc, MD, MEd, FRCPC (Emergency)

Associate Medical Director




Dr. Lund is a practicing emergency physician and research director in BC’s Fraser Health Authority, as well as the head of the UBC Department of Emergency Medicine’s Mass Gathering Medicine Interest Group (www.mgmcanada.ca).

Adam grew up in Vancouver, BC, and completed both a BSc in biology and medical school at UBC. Through a long-standing interest in first aid, lifeguarding, and pre-hospital care, a residency in Emergency Medicine (EM) was a natural fit, and he completed the FRCPC program in EM at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton. During that time, he began a Masters Degree in Distance and Adult Education through Athabasca University, which he finished as an Attending in 2006.

Following residency in 2003, Adam and his family returned to BC and he joined the team at Royal Columbian and Eagle Ridge Hospitals. He also works as locum relief at BC Children’s Hospital. Since 2011, he has also provided coverage at Vancouver General Hospital’s Emergency Department in a locum capacity.

Adam has always been drawn to unique practice environments, and has continued to pursue this as a physician on the Disney Cruise Line, as well as on the mountains as a volunteer MD ski and bike patroller at Whistler/Blackcomb.

His involvement in mass gatherings and community special events took root at the young age of eleven in the early ‘80’s through the St. John Ambulance brigade. By his mid-teens, he had drifted into aquatics and lifeguarding, where many of his mentors in BC Ambulance found their roots. With enrichment through Industrial First Aid level 3 (now OFA 3), there were many opportunities to volunteer and work at special events, concerts, races, and the like. This interest continued through medical school and residency, where he remained involved with the medical committees on music festivals, organized runs and triathlons.

Since 2003, Adam’s experience with mass gatherings has grown, and he has worked as an event physician or medical director at most of the large mass gatherings in the Lower Mainland. In 2008, in order to promote a stronger academic foundation for mass gathering medicine (MGM), the MGM Interest Group was founded. In early 2009, Adam took on the Academic Director role for the Royal Columbian Hospital’s Emergency group, and has made MGM one of the pillars of his research program. Hospital-based research projects have also been emphasized (see www.rchemerg.com). Since 2009, the MGM Interest Group has flourished, with activity in research, education, clinical guidelines and public health advocacy. Most recently, the ties between MGM and Disaster Medicine have been explored. See www.ubcmgm.ca for more details.

 

Neilson Mclean, MD FRCPC ABEM 

Associate Medical Director




Dr Neil Mclean is dual specialty physician trained in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care. He is the Medical Lead for the Trauma program at Abbotsford Regional Hospital. He brings extensive experience with aeromedical evacuation and an interest in simulation training to his role with the Mobile Medical Unit. 
 

Mark Vu, MD FRCPC

Associate Medical Director




Mark Vu is an anesthesiologist with Vancouver Island Health Authority in Victoria, BC. Although he works for an authority, he has none of his own. Mark has worked on both coasts of Canada, Hawaii, the US mainland, and Australia, in the public and private sectors as well as for government agencies. Dr. Vu was an associate medical director for the MMU as part of the Vancouver Whistler 2010 Winter Olympic Games and is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology and Therapeutics at UBC. In addition to clinical anesthesiology, Mark is an active educator and researcher in the fields of emergency airway management, resuscitation and pre-hospital emergency care. He is perhaps best known for being Dr. Erik Vu's brother
 

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Dr. Omar Ahmad is an emergency medicine, critical care and BCEHS transport physician practicing in Victoria. He is a clinical assistant professor at the University of British Columbia. Omar has post-graduate training in echocardiography and disaster medicine and management. Omar has a special interest in simulation. Though considered a brother by two of the other BCMMU medical directors, Erik Vu and Mark Vu, Omar is not related to them. 

 

Clinical Staff

Jesse Sheridan 

Clinical Educator

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Jesse joined the BC Mobile Medical Unit in 2013, bringing six years of experience in prehospital care and education. 

He works as a Primary Care Paramedic with BC Ambulance Service and as a prehospital educator with the Justice Institute of BC. 

Jesse joined the BC Ambulance Service in 2011 as a primary care paramedic on the Sunshine Coast. Shortly thereafter, he began instructing with the Justice Institute of BC, teaching First Responder, Emergency Medical Responder, and eventually Primary Care Paramedic programs. 

One of his passions, simulation-based education, led him to develop and deliver various high-fidelity and inter-professional simulation events throughout the province. 

“Communication is key, and through simulation-based training we can immerse ourselves into team-based practice and critically analyze our methodologies and performance to improve patient outcomes through inter-professional teamwork.” 

Jesse commits himself to innovative instruction and excellence within his field, bringing enthusiasm and creativity to his work. 

 

Alex Wong

Clinical Resource/Educator

Through his career as a nurse, Alex has had the privilege of working and learning in a variety of environments and brings with him a unique skill set to the  BC Mobile Medical Unit program.  These experiences have ranged from quaternary care at Vancouver General Hospital ICU, BC Children’s Hospital PICU and St. Paul's Hospital Cath-lab to primary care, an outpost on the remote Takla Lake First Nations reserve and volunteering with the tent cities of Haiti.  Alex has also had the opportunity to work with UBC and BCIT as a clinical instructor.  In addition to being involved with the MMU team, Alex works at Abbotsford Regional Hospital as a Critical Care Nurse Practitioner.  

 

Landon James

Clinical Resource/Educator

Landon is a registered nurse with a background in pre-hospital, emergency, critical care and transport nursing.

Landon has been close to the MMU since "taking delivery" of the unit in 2009 as the Manager of Medical Services for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. After a short "vacation" from the MMU for a few years, he re-joined the team in 2013 as a clinical educator and resource nurse with a special focus on the emergency medicine and transport aspects that the unit can bring to an event or facility. Landon also has his Masters of Arts in Leadership from Royal Roads University.

 

Tracy Johnson

Clinical Resource/Educator

 

Lisa Haggstrom

Clinical Resource/Educator

 
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