Our Team

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Dr. Christopher Applewhaite ~ Family Medicine

Christopher Applewhaite received his MD in Family Medicine training through the University of Calgary. He completed his residency in Victoria. He also holds a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy. Originally from Alberta, he is excited raise his family on Salt Spring Island. He has a strong clinical interest in musculoskeletal medicine and pain management. Outside of medicine, he is an outdoor enthusiast and martial artist participating in brazilian juijitsu and outdoor pursuits from sea kayaking to fly fishing.

Dr. Hannah Gummeson ~ Family Medicine

Hannah Gummeson holds a Masters Degree in Public Health and was the Design Team Lead for the Practicum Module for the Public Health MSc programme. She is a home-grown talent having spent much of her time growing up on Salt Spring and completed parts of her residency training here.

Dr. Clare Rustad ~ Family Medicine

Clare was raised on Salt Spring Island and was most recently practicing in the greater Toronto Area, she’s excited to be back on the west coast and starting a family medicine practice.
Outside her life as a physician, Clare is also an accomplished athlete who played soccer on Canada’s National and Olympic teams.

Dr. Paula Ryan ~ Family Medicine

Paula has been practising on SSI for over 18 years. She received her Masters degree in Microbiology from UBC and medicine at University of Toronto.
Having raised her family with husband Michael in the community, she has deep ties with the island. She has a particular interest in dermoscopy and spends time working in northern rural communities and travelling overseas.

Dr. Manya Sadouski ~ Family Medicine

Manya Sadouski received her MD and did her family medicine training at Queen’s University in Kingston. She has worked in rural areas in Ontario, Manitoba and BC as well as in Winnipeg. She and her family moved here in 2006, and she opened her practice in 2010. She also provides primary care services to Saturna Island.
She enjoys the diversity, challenge and connection of her rural practice on Salt Spring. Outside of medicine, she is a coloratura soprano, and enjoys singing classical repertoire (sometimes in the shower, sometimes for real audiences).

Dr. Dianne Schuldhaus ~ Family Medicine

Dr. Kesh Smith ~ Family Medicine

Raised in the Kootenays, Kesh is a recent graduate from UBC’s Postgraduate Residency Program in Family Medicine based in Nanaimo. He experienced Salt Spring Island during a rural rotation and is excited to return with his wife and two young daughters.

Dr. Peter Verheul ~ Family Medicine

Peter Verheul studied medicine in Bristol later completing his residency in Calgary. He moved to Salt Spring Island in 2018 with his young family. Outside of medicine you will find him biking, hiking and generally exploring the beautiful island that he now calls home.

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