Dr. Bell graduated in Medicine from UBC in 1986. She completed her 1-year Rotating Internship at Victoria General Hospital in 1987 and attained her CCFP in 2000 and FCFP in 2011. She has lived in Comox since 1989, working in Cumberland from 1990 to 2007 at the Cumberland Medical Clininc followed by 3 years in Courtenay at ValleyCare Medical Clinic. Dr. Bell left the ValleyCare group in 2010 to build and run Southwood Medical Clinic which opened in June 2010. She continues to be the lead physician at Southwood.
Dr. Bell has been a full-time preceptor in the UBC Family Practice Residency Program (Strathcona site - Comox Valley) since its inception in 2013. You can; therefore, expect to see a resident working beside her in the office at most times of the year. Please be assured that Dr. Bell Personally reviews and approves all the residents' work.
Dr. Bell has resigned her Acute Care privileges at the Comox Valley Hospital but remains active in the care of elderly patients who are in the hospital and awaiting placement in a care facility. If you are in hospital, you may have a visit from Dr. Bell or one of her residents, but she will not be in charge of your care. Dr. Bell has also assumed the care of an increasing number of care facility patients in our community. She regularly sees patients at The Views at St. Joseph's, Glacierview lodge and the Comox Valley Senior's Village.
Dr. Bell enjoys music, swimming, reading and travel in her free time.
Dr. Abdulkader graduated in 1995 from Tikrit University College Of Medicine (TUCOM) in Iraq. She completed 2 years of post-graduate training and has worked as a GP since 1997. She has worked in Iraq, Sultanate in Oman, United Arab Emirates. She has a diploma in obstetrics and women's health from the Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians in Ireland and is an international member of the Royal College of General Practitioners U.K. Dr. Abdulkader came to Canada in 2014 and has lived on Vancouver Island since 2017. She has full privileges at the North Island Hospital the Comox Valley Campus.
Dr. Abdulkader enjoys going for sea side walks with her family in her free time.
Dr. Chifor graduated for University of Medicine and Pharmacy Cluj-Napoca, Romania. She completed postgraduate training UBC and a fellowship/R3 in geriatrics UBC. Dr. Chifor works as a family physician, Clinical instructor UBC, Medical Director Glacier View Lodge and Comox Valley Seniors Village, and WorksafeBC Medical Advisor.
Sadie Quintal - PCN Primary Care Clinical Pharmacist
Sadie graduated from the UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2010 and spent the next four years of her career as a Pharmacy Officer for the Canadian Forces. Working in Island Health since 2015, her varied roles have included ward-based clinical assignments, academic detailing, and temporary Pharmacy Site Coordinator.
Susanna began practicing social work in Vancouver by facilitating a therapeutic urban farming program at a Neighborhood House. She became quite passionate about health care and later found herself working at St. Paul’s Hospital, primarily in HIV care. Since moving to the Island Susanna has worked as a casual social worker at Campbell River Hospital and as a Facilitator for Community Living BC.
Jolene has been part of the Comox Valley MHSU team since 2017. Jolene is a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor. She holds a Master of Science in Psychology and has several specialty areas. Jolene is passionate about counselling and supporting change.
Sheila brings diverse dietetics experience and knowledge from inpatient, outpatient, public health, and grocery industry settings. Her passion in dietetics centers on communication and the prevention and management of chronic disease by lifestyle intervention. She recently left the Campbell River diabetes education centre and was working towards certification as a Motivational Interviewing trainer and Certified Diabetes Educator. She hopes to continue in these pursuits, closer to home, with the PCN. Sheila is a seasoned and comfortable presenter who loves to give cooking classes, grocery tours and nutrition presentations. She looks forward to digging in and helping on the PCN team in the Comox Valley.