About the Wawa Family Health Team

Board of Directors

Shirley Hale – Chairperson

Shirley HaleShirley has been serving Wawa as a Primary Care Nurse Practitioner since 1998. She successfully led the application process to the MOH for Nurse Practitioner funding for the Wawa Medical Centre/Lady Dunn Health Centre in 2000 and for an NP at the White River Clinic in 2003. After securing funding for the Wawa Family Health Team in 2006 it was a natural move to become a member of the Board of Directors. She believes work should be as much fun as the rest of her life and endeavours to keep it that way. Family, friends and a life of travel, biking, hiking, kayaking, camping, skiing, reading, playing bridge and golf all keep her busy and happy.

Dr. Mike Cotterill – President

Mike CotterillDr. Mike Cotterill is a family doc who has been practising – along with his wife, Dr. Anjali Oberai – in Wawa for 17 years. A graduate of the University of Ottawa, Dr. Cotterill worked as a locum before settling in Wawa. His work interests include endoscopy and emergency medicine. His hobbies include just about anything outdoors.

Dr. Julie Weinstein – Secretary

Julie WeinsteinDr. Julie Weinstein has been coming to Wawa for many years – well before she moved here permanently in 2012. She and her husband loved camping in Lake Superior Provincial Park, and after Dr. Weinstein finished medical school and residency at the University of Toronto, they came up and tried a locum. Shortly thereafter they decided to move here for good. Dr. Weinstein does a mix of family, emergency and hospital medicine and enjoys the challenge and variety of rural practice. During her time off, she takes in nature in many ways including bird watching, hiking and camping.

Garry Simard – Treasurer

Bio Coming Soon.

Dr. Christopher Stamler – Board Member

Christopher StamlerDr. Chris Stamler is a graduate of the University of Toronto Medicine School and the Queen’s Family Medicine Residency Program. Prior to starting medicine, he completed a Bachelor of Science and a Master’s degree in Biochemistry at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Stamler has a PhD in Human Nutrition from McGill University where he studied health impacts of environmental pollutants on arctic and rural communities. Dr. Stamler is married and has two young daughters. He grew up in Ottawa, Ontario. As a teenager he earned his private and commercial pilot’s license and always dreamed of becoming a bush pilot so he could live in Northern Ontario. When he’s not at the Lady Dunn Health Centre, he would like to be found paddling, trail running, skiing, camping or climbing.

Dr. Anjali Oberai – Board Member

Anjali OberaiDr. Anjali Oberai has been working in Wawa since 1998. She graduated from the University of Ottawa, along with her husband, Dr. Mike Cotterill, and together they moved to Wawa where they raised two children. Dr. Oberai loves both rural medicine and all that life has to offer in rural Ontario.

Dr. Erle Kirby – Board Member

Erle KirbyDr Erle Kirby has been a doctor for 43 yr. During that time he has worked in several different parts of Canada, including St. Marys Ontario, Hay River NWT, and Inuvik NWT. He trained in Family Practice but also took extra training in surgery and anesthesia. He enjoys the outdoors, bicycling, hockey (although his skills are limited), travel (especially to visit his children and grandchildren), practising medicine in Canada and also international medicine. He believes that Wawa is an outstanding place in terms of working and living because of the great people he works with here, his relationship with his patients and the beauty and accessibility of the land.