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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.

Staff in front of the Mobile Medical Unit

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

Clinical Operations Director

Peter Hennecke has been with the MMU program since October 2011. He began as the Clinical Operations Manager and transitioned to Clinical Operations Director. He is based in Vancouver, BC.

 

Prior to working with the MMU, Peter was a Clinical Practice Lead Perioperative Nursing (Major) for the Canadian Armed Forces. He was involved in multiple operational deployments to Bosnia, Afghanistan and Haiti. He supported VANOC during the Olympic/Paralympic games in 2010.

 

Peter's favourite part of working with the MMU is leading and being a part of a strong, cohesive team. He is also passionate about supporting the healthcare system with innovative and flexible solutions.

 

Outside of the MMU, Peter is a Clinical Staff Nurse specializing in Trauma and Orthopedics in the Operating Department of Vancouver General Hospital. Peter is a Military Reservist (Major). He is the Facilitator for the Definitive Surgical Trauma Course. 

Jay Francescutti

Manager, Deployments & Facilities

Jay Francescutti has been with the MMU program since 2013 as the Deployment and Facilities Manager. He is based in Delta, BC.

 

Prior to working with the MMU, Jay was a Facilities Manager for the Pemberton Care Centre from 1998-2014. He also provided relief support to Whistler Health Centre during this time. He has 21 years of facilities and operations experience.

 

Jay's favourite part of working with the MMU is bringing his dog Manny, the MMU's official MMU mascot around on deployments.

 

Jay holds a 4th class Power Engineering Certificate from British Columbia Institute of Technology and an Accounting Diploma from Niagara College. 

Landon James, RN, BScN, MA, PCP, CEN, OStJ

Manager, Clinical Operations & Training 

Landon James has been with the MMU program since March 2013 and was involved with the physical unit's delivery, set-up and deployment during the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. He is currently the Clinical Operations Manager. He is based in Squamish, BC.

 

Prior to working with the MMU, Landon was the Manager of Athlete Village Medical Services for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. He is the Co-Founder and Managing Editor of the Canadian National 'Emergency Practice, Interventions and Care – Canada' Program. He has over 20 years of emergency, critical care and transport nursing.

 

Landon's favourite part of working with the MMU is providing field and deployment care to affected populations. This has an obvious application in disaster environment but seeing the impact on individuals bringing outreach clinics into their isolated environments thereby allowing them to improve their health is also just as rewarding. He believes that mobile health teams and units are an integral part of the health system that can lessen the burden on formalized structures by preventing deterioration thereby requiring health services.

 

Outside of the MMU, Landon maintains a clinical practice as a Registered Nurse in the Emergency Department at Vancouver General Hospital and a Paramedic in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. He also volunteers in various capacities as a Board Member and Search & Rescue Incident Commander with Squamish Search and Rescue; Cadet Program Officer of the St. John Ambulance Brigade; President of the Society of Professionals in Emergency Care; and Inquiry Committee Member with the BC College of Nursing Professionals. He is also currently a licensed Paramedic in British Columbia.

 

Landon holds a Bachelor's Degree of Applied Science in Nursing from the University of British Columbia and a Master's Degree in Leadership from Royal Roads University.

Jesse Sheridan, PCP

Clinical Resource/Educator 

Jesse Sheridan has been with the MMU program since October 2013 as a Clinical Educator. He is based in Vancouver, BC.

 

Prior to joining the MMU, Jesse was a simulation organizer and operator.

 

Jesse's favourite part of working with the MMU is developing and facilitating education to a wide variety of allied health care professionals, both in-hospital and pre-hospital. Something he finds fascinating is researching and discovering new ways to educate adult learners, all in efforts to make sure they have the best possible experience in developing their practices, as well as themselves. He believes every learner should have easily accessible healthcare resources that allows personal and professional development.

 

Besides working with the MMU, Jesse is a Paramedic Instructor with the Justice Institute of BC as well as a Paramedic with BC Emergency Health Services.

 

Jesse holds a certificate in Primary Care Paramedicine and Essential Skills for Training and Facilitation from the Justice Institute of British Columbia.

Jamie Carballo, BA

Manager, Operations & Planning

Jamie Carballo has been with the MMU program since September 2016. Since 2016 she has transitioned from Administrative Assistant to Project Coordinator to her current role, Operations and Planning Manager. She's based in Burnaby, BC.

 

Prior to working with the MMU, Jamie had various roles in the health sector including working at the College of Physicians & Surgeons of British Columbia in the Diagnostic Accreditation Program and in Complaints & Investigations.

 

Jamie's favourite part of working with the MMU is having the opportunity to work in collaboration with health authorities and partners across the province, which she sees as inspiring.  Each day working in the program is like every deployment: unique, interesting, and full of energy.

 

Jamie holds a Bachelors in Sociology (Health & Aging) with a Minor in Linguistics from the University of Victoria.

Deanna Woo, BA

Project Coordinator

Deanna Woo has been with the MMU program since January 2019 as the Project Coordinator. She's based in Burnaby, BC.

 

Prior to working with the MMU, Deanna worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator at an Infectious Diseases Centre in Vancouver where she worked closely with the principal investigator in conducting multiple HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C trials simultaneously. She also previously worked with Fraser Health with Older Adults and Falls Prevention department.

 

Deanna's favourite part of working with the MMU is working with such a diverse team with various backgrounds and skills. She loves observing and watching everyone in their element during deployments. She also is amazed to have the opportunity to travel across beautiful British Columbia during deployments.

 

Outside of the MMU, Deanna teaches beginner to intermediate level Royal Conservatory to students. She also manages a food blog with more than 16 thousand followers and does marketing for various restaurants around the Lower Mainland.

 

Deanna holds a Bachelors in Arts in Health Sciences with a minor in Kinesiology from Simon Fraser University. 

Robin Gardner, C.For, MASc, RP 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.

David Thanh

Support Manager, Facilities 

David Thanh has been with the MMU since 2018 but has volunteered for the occasional deployment since 2015. David's role is Facilities Support Manager which essentially means he helps Jay Francescutti with "all the other stuff". This could range from making sure there is sufficient space for the units, to regular scheduled maintenance, to hooking up to city services! He is based in Squamish, BC.

 

Prior to working with the MMU, David was the Code Orange Exercise Director for HEMBC for 2019's Exercise Sudden Impact. He was an Adventure Tour Guide in Alaska, the Yukon and BC. David was the Torchbearer for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics Winter Games.

 

Outside of the MMU, David is a Fire Warden with BC Wildfire Service.

 

David holds a Paramedic Level I Program Diploma from the Justice Institute of British Columbia; Advanced Medical Priority Dispatch System Certification from the Justice Institute of British Columbia; Incident Command System 400 from Justice Institute of British Columbia. He has completed Basic Medicolegal Death Investigation Course from the International Association for Coroners and Medical Examiners; Wildlands Fire Investigation Certificate form the International Association of Arson Investigators.

Medical Directors


Dr. Mike Flesher, BSc, MD, CCFP(EM)

Lead Medical Director

Mike Flesher has been with the MMU program since 2011 where he was on the Advisory Committee. He then transitioned to Associate Medical Director and is currently the Lead Medical Director. He is based in Nanaimo, BC.

 

Prior to joining the MMU, Mike was an Emergency Physician and former Site Chief at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital's Emergency Department. He was a prior Medical Director for Emergency Services and Trauma Care with Island Health. He was the Vancouver Urban SAR Medical Director for 13 years and was deployed in Hurricane Katrina. He was the UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination team member and team leader where he was deployed to The Philippines, West Africa and Micronesia.

 

Mike's favourite part of working with the MMU is that he is drawn to the high performing but humble team members in the program. He values the MMU team because they continually seek to provide a service that is valued by clinicians and the community.

 

Outside of the MMU, Mike is an Emergency Physician at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.

 

Mike holds a Bachelors of Science in Zoology (honours) from the University of British Columbia and a MD from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. He then switched coasts for his postgraduate training and obtained his certificate in Emergency Medicine CCFP(EM). His interest in emergency management and disaster medicine started with the formation of the Vancouver Urban Search and Rescue team in 1998 and transitioned into working with the UN.

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

Associate Medical Director

Ross Brown has been with the MMU program since its inception for the 2010 games. Following the Games, he supported the transition of the MMU to PHSA as a provincial resource and is an Associate Medical Director. He is based in North Vancouver, BC.

Prior to joining the MMU, Ross served as a General and Trauma Surgeon in the Canadian Armed Forces deployed to Bosnia and Afghanistan. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy as a Navigator of a Destroyer. He served as the Medical Manager of the Mobile Medical Unit during the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Whistler. 

Ross's favourite part of working with the MMU is supporting the healthcare system with planning and resources that will enable the MMU to prepare for and to continue to function during times of crisis. He knows the incredibly motivated MMU team has a passion for this mission and it is an absolute pleasure to work with them whether planning or deploying. 

Outside of the MMU, Ross is the Co-senior Medical Director with Vancouver Costal Health and Coastal Community of Care as well as a General Surgeon at Lions Gate Hospital. 

Ross holds an HBSc in Physiology from the University of Western Ontario ('77), an MD from McMaster University ('88), a residency in General Surgery from UBC ('96), a fellowship in Trauma Surgery from UBC ('98) and a MA in Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University ('02).
Dr. Omar Ahmad, MD, FRCPC

Associate Medical Director

Omar Ahmad has been with the MMU since 2015 as an Associate Medical Director. He is based in Nanaimo, BC.

Omar's favourite part of working with the MMU is having the opportunity to travel across the province and meet colleagues from across British Columbia. He also loves to teach and learn during MMU deployments.

 

Outside of the MMU, Omar is the Department Head for Emergency and Critical Care Medicine Department with Island Health Authority. He is the Chair for the Medical Planning and Credentialing Committee for Island Health Authority. He is the Intensivist, CODI for Virtual ICU document in your pocket (www.codiapp.com). He is the Co-Chair for the Vancouver Island Emergency and Critical Care Conference.

 

Omar has a MD from University of Ottawa. He has a Diploma in Disaster Medicine and Management from the Philadelphia University. He has Royal College Fellowship training in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care.

Dr. Erin Fukushima, BScOT, MD, FRCPC

Associate Medical Director

Erin Fukushima has been with the MMU program since June 2018 as an Associate Medical Director and a scientific planning committee member for the Applied Disaster Medicine course. She's based in Vancouver, BC.

 

Prior to joining the MMU, she managed to work full time with two very active school aged children. She started her career in anesthesia then transitioned into emergency medicine (she loves all things airway). Locum experience in Iqaluit, Nunavut was one of her most interesting socially complex clinical experiences.

 

Erin's favourite part of working with the MMU is learning from fellow physicians, nurses, RT's, unit clerks, administrators and other allied health care professionals every time the MMU goes on a deployment. She enjoys meeting new people, and seeing new perspectives in medicine and within B.C.

 

Outside of the MMU, Erin is an Attending Emergency Medicine Physician at Vancouver General Hospital and UBC Hospital and BC Children's Hospital. She's a Vancouver Acute Emergency Physician Association CME Director. She's an Executive Member for Doctors of BC Section of Emergency Management.

 

Erin holds a Bachelor's Degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Alberta. She holds a Doctor of Medicine from the University of British Columbia. She holds a Fellowship in the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Emergency Medicine from the University of British Columbia. 

Dr. 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.

 

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. 




Clinical Staff
Dara Davies, BScN

Clinical Resource/Educator

Dara Davies has been with the MMU program since the 2010 Olympics (with a 2 year break in between) as a Clinical Operations Manager and now Clinical Resource Educator. She is based in Vancouver, BC.

 

Prior to joining the MMU, was an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) specialist. She was also a member of the Critical Care Outreach Team (CCOT) at VGH.

 

Dara's favourite part of working with the MMU is the fact that she loves British Columbia and she loves healthcare. Put them together and you have the perfect job supporting the Mobile Medical Unit and the many facets it provides our beautiful province.

 

Outside of the MMU, Dara is a Critical Care Registered Nurse at Vancouver General Hospital.

 

Dara holds a Diploma for Registered Nursing from Douglas College and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of British Columbia. 

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.  

 
Tracy Johnson

Clinical Resource/Educator

Tracy Johnson has been with the MMU program since February 2013 as a Clinical Resource Educator. She's based in Vancouver, BC.

 

Prior to working with the MMU, Tracy was deployed overseas to Kandahar with the Canadian Forces Military to do Trauma Nursing as Critical Care Nursing Officer during a combat mission. She provided Humanitarian Medical Care and support in several Latin American countries on the ground and aboard the USNS Comfort Ship. She worked remotely as an Outpost Emergency Registered Nurse in the Arctic. She worked in the Emergency Department at a Level One Trauma Centre at Vancouver General Hospital for more than 20 years.

 

Tracy's favourite part of working with the MMU is working with the amazing team and for the varying experiences it allows her to have. She likes it for the flexibility, travel and supportive/teaching opportunities. Working with the MMU has enabled her to meet so many wonderful people which inspires her to continue to do what she does and keep learning.

 

Outside of the MMU, Tracy is an Emergency Registered Nurse in Vancouver General Hospital. She is a Clinical Informatics Specialist with CST for Vancouver General Hospital and University of British Columbia, Emergency and Trauma. She is a Critical Care Nursing Officer Reservist with the Canadian Forces Military.

 

Tracy holds a Bachelor's Degree of Science in Nursing from the University of British Columbia. She also has a Registered Nursing Specialties in Emergency and Critical Care from British Columbia Institute of Technology, and a Specialty in Outpost Nursing from Aurora College, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.

 
Barb Harvey, RN, BScH, JD, MScN

Clinical Resource/Educator

Barb Harvey has been with the MMU program since April 2017 as a Clinical Resource Educator. She's based in Vancouver, BC.  

 

Prior to working with the MMU, Barb provided primary care to refugees in Vancouver as part of the multidisciplinary Bridge Clinic team. She provided legal representation and facilitating medical services for East African asylum seekers appearing before the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Cairo. She managed the outpatient department of a Doctors Without Borders Field Hospital in Lankien, South Sudan.

 

Barb's favourite part of working with the MMU is being able to work with such a dedicated and experienced MMU team, and gets excited about opportunities to help communities better prepare for natural disasters and other emergencies.

 

Besides working with the MMU, Barb works as an RN & Projects Coordinator at Vancouver General Hospital Emergency Department and as an RN with Sexual Assault Service.

 

Barb holds a Bachelor of Science Honours from Queen's University, a Juris Doctor from the University of Victoria, a Master of Science (Applied) in Nursing from McGill University, and a Diploma of Tropical Nursing from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

Jo-Ann Hnatiuk, RN, BScN, MN, ENC(C), CFRN, ACCN (ER), CD1

Clinical Resource/Educator 

Jo-Ann Hnatiuk has been with the MMU program since January 2019 as a Clinical Resource Educator. She’s based in Fernie, BC. 

Previous to working with the MMU, Jo-Ann was a Critical Care Nursing Officer and Aeromedical Evacuation Flight Nurse for the Canadian Armed Forces. She was also a Critical Care Flight Nurse for STARS Calgary Base. She was a First Critical Care flight nurse to Fly in Combat, Kandahar Afghanistan working with the US Army Task Force Corsair Dust-off. 

Jo-Ann’s favourite part of working with the MMU is being able to help people who experience tragedies or have been involved in devastating situations.  Whether it’s lending a hand to support a community or providing ongoing clinical education the MMU is there to help. In this line of work the MMU often sees people at their worst, they are in pain, they are scared or have been the recipient of life changing situation and she is humbled to share this experience. 

Besides working with the MMU, Jo-Ann is the Lead for Clinical Initiatives and Programs for Trauma Services BC. She also is a casual staff nurse for Elk Valley Hospital in Fernie and a Critical Care Nursing Officer for the Canadian Armed Forces. 

Jo-Ann holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Saskatchewan and a Masters in Nursing from the University of Calgary. 

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