The snow just kept falling creating the perfect backdrop to our incredible second Sun Peaks Continuing Medical Education event.  There were nothing but smiles on the faces of our medical staff and their families this weekend.   
From the incredible line up of guest speakers to the evenings mingling, the weekend was pretty fantastic!  A huge shout out to our guest speakers, to Divisions and RIHPA and their incredible staff for organizing and planning this successful weekend. 
Thanks to those brave souls who shared their hidden talents and sang in our Karaoke Evening! 
Check out some photos of the weekend above!


Dr. Graham Dodd ~ Emergency Preparedness for Physicians

Naomi Jensen, Andrea Burrows and Karen Maiwald ~ Inspiring a Better Healthcare System Through the Patient and Provider Voice

Dr. Vanbric Casilla ~ Preventing Acute Kidney Injury and Preserving Renal Function in Chronic Kidney Disease

Dr. Liz Parfitt ~ Dermatological Presentations of Infectious Diseases

Dr. Kiley Cindrich, Dr. Remy Wong, Mandy Kennedy and Jeannine Jubinville ~ Highs and Lows of Diabetes: From New Diagnosis, to Perioperative, to Palliation

if you have any questions about the CME portion of this event please contact our CME Coordinator, Natrisha at

Resident Research Day A Success!

On June 7th, RIHPA partnered with the Thompson Region Division of Family Practice, Interior Health Research and the UBC Family Practice Residency Program to hold the first local resident research day in the Ken Lepin Lecture Theatre at Royal Inland Hospital.

The theme for the day was “Building the Medical Landscape:  A Celebration of Community Driven Research and Quality Improvement”.  The event focused on high-quality research and Quality Improvement presentations and was well-attended with 82 representatives from the local physician community, Interior Health, Thompson Region Division of Family Practice, University of British Columbia Okanagan and Thompson Rivers University.


Celebrating National Physicians’ Day

Breakfast hosted by R.I.Health & Wellness Committee

May 1, 2019


Dr. Todd Ring, Dr. Karen Chu and Dr. Kobus Steyn mingling while having coffee and breakfast

Dr. Jill Calder and Dr. Marcia Cirino-Ballantyne chatting with RIH local Medical Administrative Assistants, Nicole Dube and Casey Collins as well as RIHPA Administration, Marcy Matthew

RIHPA Project Lead, Caroline Thompson and MSA Coordinator, Natrisha Sagris chatting with Drs. Melissa Paquette, Todd Ring and Raymond Maung

Physicians celebrating while enjoying breakfast and coffee from the R.I.Health & Wellness Committee. 

Sun Peaks CME Conference

Sun Peaks Resort ~ February 22 through 24, 2019


On Friday, February 22nd to Sunday February 24th, RIHPA partnered with the Thompson Region Division of Family Practice to bring an invigorating and informative weekend in our local Winter Wonderland of Sun Peaks!

Over 80 physicians took part in this successful CME Accredited Conference.  On Saturday Presentations from Dr. Mandy Manak and Dr. Ian Mitchell on Chronic Pain from their respective patient care experiences and research in the field.  Also, legal counsel from Fulton & Co gave insight on legal ramifications of Cannibis in the Workplace.  On Sunday, Wellness Keynote Speaker, Dr. Marie-Helene Pelletier offered insight and tangible takeaways to the topic of Building One’s Resilience-addressing burnout.  

Physicians and their families were invited to enjoy the Saturday evening at a banquet dinner while being entertained by one of our local Physician’s Jazz Combo, “Swingspiration”.  The night included a game of Jeopardy and lots of great activities to keep the kids busy while their parents mingled with their colleagues.  

Over the weekend, it was a chance to experience all the great activities Sun Peaks has to offer.  Families had fun at the Tube Park and enjoyed the slopes! 

Swingspiration Jazz Combo Entertaining at the Banquet

The Family of Dr. Anders Ganstal and Dr. Jennifer Takahashi heading to the Tube Park