The community of Wabasca-Desmarais is better off these days when it comes to health care. That’s because of the recent arrival of two new family physicians.
According to a Jan. 21 news release from Alberta Health Services, Drs. Sharon Reece and Jonathan Mwanza are now practicing out of the Wabasca Health Care Centre and the Golden Opportunity Clinic.
“It’s a pleasure to welcome Dr. Reece and Dr. Mwanza to the community,” says Dr. Brian Muir, the zone medical director for AHS.
“Family physicians are an integral piece of the health care system and their addition to the team in Wabasca will be a great benefit to all local residents and their families.”
The release goes on to say that five full-time physicians are now practicing in Wabasca.
Lesser Slave Lake MLA Danielle Larivee is also quoted in the release. She says she is “proud that our government is working with our partners to help improve access to health care in rural communities, here in the north and across the province.”
Dr. Reece comes from Ontario, having completed her schooling at the University of Toronto. She had done temporary stints in rural Ontario and Nunavut before accepting the full-time position in Wabasca.
“We have such a great team,” she says.
Dr. Mwanza did his primary medical degree in Zambia. He practiced in South Africa, Western Australia and New Zealand before coming to Canada in 2007. He has also practiced in Whitecourt and Edmonton.
AHS says in the release it continues to recruit physicians for northern communities, domestically and internationally.