Leah – Care Coordinator Extraordinaire
Leah is a Social Work graduate from Mount Royal University. She is an avid painter and cheesy action movie aficionado. Born and raised Calgarian, she adores this city and has no desire to live anywhere else, but she loves hearing about the different places other people have lived. Leah is happiest with a hot cup of tea and good company. When she’s not working, you’d find her playing board games with friends or elbow deep in a painting project.
Alex – Care Coordinator Extraordinaire
Alex is a recent graduate of the Bachelor of Science, Health Sciences program. Her education took her to the top of the world…literally. As part of a research group, she trekked up to Mount Everest Base Camp in Nepal. Alex is passionate about mental health and community wellness, and she brings that passion to Metro City. In her free time, you might find her playing with dogs at the local animal shelter or letting off some steam kickboxing at the gym. As an avid foodie, Alex likes to explore all the diverse cuisines that Calgary has to offer.
Rebecca – Addiction Counselor
Rebecca has worked in the Mental Health and Addictions field in a variety of capacities for over eight years. She has supported people as a social worker, and provided behavioral therapy. For the past 3 years, she has focused on providing counselling support for people with substance use conditions, and uses motivational interviewing and strength-based approaches to help patients recover.
Lorne Clearsky, MD CCFP FRCPC DABAM
Dr. Lorne Clearsky is a specialist in Public Health and Preventive Medicine and a Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine. He has worked at Metro City Medical Clinics since 2012. Dr. Clearsky served as the Chief Medical Officer of Health for the Northwest Territories. He is from the Waywayseecappo First Nation in Manitoba.
Nicholas Etches, MD FRCPC
Dr. Nick Etches is a specialist in Public Health and Preventive Medicine who has worked with Metro City Medical Clinics since 2014. He is a leader in public health and harm reduction in Alberta.
Lovneet Hayer, MD FRCPC
Dr. Lovneet Hayer is a Psychiatrist and addiction medicine physician. He completed his medical degree at the University of Calgary and his residency in Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. He is a Clinical Lecturer at the University of Alberta with the Department of Psychiatry.
Dr. Hayer provides psychiatric consultation for patients at Metro City Medical Clinic in Calgary.
Rajdeep Kandola, MD CCFP
Dr. Rajdeep Kandola is a family doctor and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary School of Medicine. Between his work at Metro City Medical Clinic and his role as the physician lead at the East Calgary Family Care Clinic, Dr. Kandola has devoted much of his career to providing and teaching about integrated patient-centred care with a focus on people with complex health needs.
Steven Persaud, MD CCFP
Dr. Steven Persaud is a family physician who completed medical school in Calgary and residency training in Vancouver. He spent the last several years practicing inner-city medicine in Vancouver’s Downtown eastside with a focus on the treatment of substance use conditions and hepatitis C infection. He splits his time between Metro City and various family practice clinics. When not at work, he enjoys all things outdoors.
Clark Schommer, MD CCFP
Originally from Saskatchewan, Dr Schommer attended medical school in Edmonton and then moved to Calgary for residency training in family medicine. He splits his professional time between Metro City and various family medicine clinics, and also teaches students of the University of Calgary School of Medicine. He loves heading to the mountains, ideally with a bicycle or two.
Ingrid Vicas, MSc MDCM CCFP(EM) DABMT FACMT FRCPC
Dr. Ingrid Vicas is a Medical Toxicologist and a specialist in Emergency Medicine. She is an enthusiastic health educator with faculty appointments at both the University of Calgary and University of Alberta schools of medicine. In addition to her work with Metro City Medical Clinic, Dr. Vicas is a physician member of the Calgary Sexual Assault Response Team (CSART). She was formerly the Director/Medical Director of the Alberta and Saskatchewan Poison Centre (PADIS). She has also been actively involved with Scouts Canada and Girl Guides of Canada. Dr. Vicas speaks French, Romanian, and English fluently, and is able to understand German and Italian.
Huiming Yang, MD MSc FRCPC
Dr. Huiming Yang is a specialist in Public Health and Preventive Medicine. Since his residency training in Calgary, he has had a special interest in the health of people who use substances. He also serves as the provincial medical director for cancer screening in Alberta.