Family Practice Physicians

Dr. Jennifer Anderson, MD, CCFP

Dr. Mark Duerksen, MD, CCFP, FCFP

I am originally from Winnipeg and did my medical studies and family medicine training at the University of Manitoba. I completed my training in 1990 and have been working as a family physician in Steinbach since that time. In addition to seeing patients clinically, I am interested in the role of computers and the electronic medical record in providing quality care to patients.

Dr. Tesfay Ghebray, MD, CCFP

I am originally from Eritrea, Africa. My base medical training was completed in Ethiopia and I have had an opportunity to practice in a few different countries including Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Uganda. I was a family physician in Roblin, Manitoba prior to coming to Steinbach Family Medical in early, 2009. I am interested in all aspects of family medicine.

Dr. Aleesha Gillette, MD, CCFP

Aleesha is from Northern BC. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of British Columbia, followed by her medical degree at the University of Manitoba. She then completed a rural family medicine residency program in Manitoba, including some time at Steinbach Family Medical. In addition to clinic work, she provides obstetrical services and in-patient hospital care. She has a strong interest in women’s health and maternity care. Aleesha began her practice at Steinbach Family Medical in July, 2013.

Dr. Roger Gingerich, BSc, MD, MCFP

Dr. Chantelle Hercina, MD, CCFP

Chantelle is from Winnipeg and obtained her medical degree from the University of Manitoba in 2011. Her family medicine residency training was completed through the University of British Columbia in 2013. She began her clinic practice at Steinbach Family Medical in late September, 2013 and also provides hospital in-patient and obstetrical care. Chantelle has a special interest in pediatrics and adolescent/teen medicine.

Dr. Dan Ilchyna, MD, CCFP, FCFP

I am originally from Winnipeg and graduated with degrees in Science and Medicine from the University of Manitoba. I also completed my training in Family Medicine through the University of Manitoba, including several months training with the wonderful doctors, nurses, and other staff at Steinbach Family Medical Centre and Bethesda Hospital. After graduation, in 1997, I was given the opportunity to come and join the staff here in Steinbach, where I have remained ever since. During my years in Steinbach I have maintained my office practice at the Steinbach Family Medical Center while also providing services at Bethesda Hospital. I have worked in the Emergency Department, assisted in surgeries, delivered many babies, and looked after patients admitted to the hospital. I have also served on many hospital committees over the years, and have regularly worked with medical students and Family Medicine Residents who have trained in Steinbach, some of whom have also returned to work in Steinbach. In addition, I have attended patients at Maplewood Manor in Steinbach and Menno Home in Grunthal. Outside of work, I have been involved in the organizing committee for the annual Run for Mom, whose purpose is to promote fitness, community spirit, and to raise money for Anna's House. I look forward to many more years living and working in Steinbach.

Dr. Wilfried Kaethler, MD, CCFP, FCFP

In 1954 I was born in Filadelfia, Paraguay. My childhood and early adulthood was spent in Paraguay. In 1978 I graduated from Medical School at the National University of Asuncion. In 1979 I completed a Rotating Internship and from 1980-82, I was a missionary doctor among Native Indians in the Paraguayan Chaco. In 1982 I married and enrolled in a Pastoral Counselling Program at Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary in Fresno, California. From 1985 – 89 I completed further medical studies at the University of Manitoba and subsequently graduated from the Family Medicine program. From 1989 – 90 I had a medical practice in Steinbach, but in 1990 I decided to return as a missionary doctor among the Native Indians in the Paraguayan Chaco. I stayed there until 1995 when I returned to practice at Steinbach Family Medical and I have been here since. My areas of practice include clinic work, hospital in-patient care, obstetrics, emergency, and work in personal care homes.

Dr. Curtis Krahn, MD, CCFP, FCFP

I am originally from Winkler, Manitoba. I completed my medical student training and family medicine residency training at the University of Manitoba. In 2004 I also completed my family practice fellowship. I began my professional career in Steinbach in 1983 and I have been here since, other than one year I spent in Western Australia with the Aboriginal Medical Service. Along with clinic work, I provide service to patients in hospital, cancer care, palliative care, ER, and nursing home coverage.

Dr. Nicole Porath, MD, CCFP

Nicole is from a small community in Western Manitoba. She earned an undergraduate degree from Brandon University and her medical degree from the University of Manitoba. She completed her rural family medicine residency training in Manitoba, including some time at Steinbach Family Medical. She began practicing at Steinbach Family Medical in August, 2013 and, in addition to clinic work, provides hospital in-patient coverage and works in the ER.

Dr. Luzelle Pretorius, MB ChB, MCFP

I am originally from South Africa, where I completed my medical training and practiced for a brief period of time prior to coming to Canada. I have practiced in Steinbach since coming to Canada, and specifically at Steinbach Family Medical since 2003. I have a small, intimate clinical practice which allows me to know my patients well and understand more than just their medical illnesses. I enjoy family medicine with a focus on women’s health.

Dr. Darren Reimer, MD, CCFP, FCFP

I am originally from Rosenort, Manitoba. I completed medical school and Family Medicine Residency training at the University of Manitoba. I also completed a six month Palliative Care fellowship in Perth Australia. In 1995 I commenced practicing at Steinbach Family Medical. My areas of practice include palliative care, personal care home coverage, chemotherapy, hospital in-patients, and clinical practice.

Dr. Sahar Shoukry, MB ChB, CCFP

I am originally from Cairo, Egypt where I completed my base medical training and practiced for a period of time. I have also completed some additional training in Canada. In 2009 I began practicing at Steinbach Family Medical after spending two years in Thompson, Manitoba. My focus is clinical family practice.

Dr. Karen Toews, MD, CCFP, FCFP

I am originally from Steinbach and did my medical studies and family medicine training at the University of Manitoba. I completed my training in 1996 and have been working as a family physician in Steinbach since that time. In addition to a full clinical practice, I do hospital work which includes obstetrics, chemotherapy and managing my in-patients. I am also the site lead for the Steinbach Family Medicine Enhanced Distributed Education Center (FM-EDEC) which is a teaching program for medical students and family medicine residents from the University of Manitoba.

Dr. Hang Trinh, MD, CCFP

Dr. Gwynneth van der Byl, MB ChB, MCFP, Dip TM&H

I am originally from South Africa, where I trained at the University of Pretoria and qualified in 1998. Before starting at Steinbach Family Medical in 2003, I worked in remote locations both in South Africa and Canada for a period of three years. In 2005 I returned to South Africa, where I worked in urban trauma units as well as family practice. In 2008 I returned to Steinbach Family Medical. My areas of practice are family practice (including prenatal care, but not deliveries) and emergency medicine. I also have a special interest and some training in travel medicine.

Dr. Mark Vendramelli, MD, CCFP

Mark is from Winnipeg and obtained his medical degree from the University of Manitoba in 2011 and completed his family medicine residency training through the University of British Columbia in 2013. In addition to clinic work, he provides obstetrical services, hospital in-patient care, and ER work. Mark has a special interest in dermatology. Mark commenced his clinic practice in September, 2013.

Dr. Ray Warkentin, MD, CCFP

Ray is from Southern Manitoba and completed his undergraduate and medical degree through the University of Manitoba. He completed his family medicine residency training in 2007 and anesthesia training in 2009, both in Manitoba. He continues to provide anaesthesia services in addition to a clinic practice at Steinbach Family Medical, which he began in September, 2013.

Dr. Hillary Widdifield, MD, CCFP

General Surgeons

Dr. James Denis, MD, FRCSC

James is a General Surgeon. He is originally from Fort St. John, BC and obtained his undergraduate and medical degree from the University of Alberta. He completed his surgical residency training at the University of Manitoba in 2012 and followed this with an additional year of specialized training, completed in 2013. He began surgery consultations at Steinbach Family Medical in July, 2013.

Dr. Paul Galessiere, MD, FRCSC

I am originally from Toronto. I completed my medical training at the University of Toronto in 1987 and my surgical residency at the University of Manitoba in 1992. I am a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada and a member of the Canadian Association of General Surgeons. I perform general surgery, gynecological surgery as well as minimally invasive surgery and endoscopy.

Dr. Sule Garba, MBBS, MSc, MD, FRCSC

I am originally from Nigeria, where I did some of my medical training. I have also completed additional medical training at the University of Alberta and I did my residency training in general surgery at the University of Ottawa and McGill University in Montreal. I have been doing general surgery in Steinbach since 1995.