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Dr. Omolayo Famuyide

Dr. Omolayo Famuyide was born in Ibadan, Nigeria and moved to Winnipeg in 1991. Raised in Winnipeg, she completed her Bachelor of Sciences and Bachelor of Pharmacy degrees at the University of Manitoba. After graduating from Pharmacy, she moved to Thunder Bay, Ontario, where she practiced as a Clinical Pharmacist for one year. She subsequently returned to Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba to attend medical school, graduating in 2009. Following her medical school training, she moved to Vancouver to complete her Family Medicine Residency at The University of British Columbia. After completing two years of training in Family Medicine, she moved to Toronto to complete a one year Women’s Health Fellowship at Women’s College Hospital, a world leading institution in women’s health. During her fellowship she also obtained some advanced training in menopause and is a Certified Menopause Practitioner through the North America Menopause Society. She is also passionate about Medical Education and obtained some advanced certification with a Clinical Teacher Certificate through the University of Toronto.

In addition to Family Medicine, Dr. Famuyide has a special interest and expertise in women’s health, specifically menopause, contraception and sexual health. Outside of her clinical duties, she enjoys teaching medical students and residents as well.

Dr. Famuyide is no longer accepting new patients.

Dr. Frey Riskalla

Dr. Riskalla is a Family physician practicing the full breadth of family medicine. He finished his training in General internal medicine in 2004 in Egypt. He soon immigrated to Canada and joined the Parkland training program for family medicine and graduated in 2009. He practiced in Ste Rose Du Lac, a small town in the north of Manitoba till December 2010. He moved to Surrey BC in 2011 and joined the primary care clinic then moved to Amari Medical and now in South Surrey medical clinic.

Dr. Riskalla is passionate about teaching UBC residents and international medical graduate Residents. Dr. Riskalla enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 adorable daughters. He also likes to hike, ride his bicycle, play squash and walk.

Dr Riskalla is currently not accepting new patients.

Dr. Bernice Brits

Dr. Brits graduated medicine in 1982 from Pretoria University, in South Africa and completed her CCFR from The University of British Columbia. She started her career at Johannesburg Hospital in South Africa and after two years in Pediatric ICU, then began work as a Family Practice Physician.

Since moving her family to Canada, she has continuously worked as a Full Family Practice Physician, serving in the communities in Saskatchewan, and the last 12 years in Surrey and White Rock, British Columbia.

Dr. Brits is not currently accepting new patients.

Dr. Derek Lowe

Dr. Lowe was born and raised in Victoria, British Columbia, and then spent a year after high school chasing his fantasy of becoming a musician. Reality set in and he then attended three years at the University of Victoria in the department of biology. He completed his medical degree at the University of British Columbia and spent tireless hours of interning at St. Paul's Hospital. Completed his Family Practice training at St. Paul's Hospital and it was there he developed a passion for palliative care.

After spending three years at Canuck Place and St. Paul's Hospital, he transitioned to South Surrey and quickly built up a Family Practice. He joined the White Rock palliative care team in 1999 and has been fortunate to work with many dedicated physicians, nurses, and other team members. As well, over the past eight years, he has participated in medical research trails as an investigator. Medical research has allowed him to further diversify his medical knowledge and to be part of "cutting edge" medicine. On a personal note he enjoys golf, racquet sports, keyboards (belongs to a rock band!) and volunteers with Scouts Canada. He is married to a wonderful gal and has three great children who keep them very busy.

He endeavors to achieve and maintain a balance in both his professional and personal life. Lastly, he strongly believes in giving back to the community as the community has provided him with many unique and wonderful opportunities.

Dr. Lowe is not currently accepting new patients.

Dr. Susan Lee

Dr. Susan Lee studied medicine at the University of British Columbia graduating in 2004. She completed her residency training in family medicine with a focus on emergency medicine at the University of Toronto. She has worked in the White Rock and South Surrey Community since 2008. In addition to her regular family practice, Dr. Lee also provides comprehensive maternity care (until the end of the second trimester), and a variety of minor surgical and gynecological procedures. She has a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology with a focus in Cognitive-Behavior-Therapy.

Dr. Lee is not currently accepting new patients.

Dr. Garth Verbonac

Dr. Verbonac graduated Medicine in 1995 from the University of British Columbia, and has specialized in Family Care and has a diploma in Sports Medicine. He has worked in White Rock, Langley and the Surrey community for the past 15 years. He is available to see Family Practice and Walk-in patients.

Dr. Verbonac is not currently accepting new patients.

Dr. Lawrence Lei

Dr. Lourenco Lei, also known as Lawrence socially, was born in Macau, which at the time was a Portuguese Colony; hence as his wife puts it that he has acquired the rather fancy European names. He moved to Hong Kong as a toddler with his family and took schooling in Hong Kong. After finishing high school, he went abroad to study in a boarding school, Rockwell College, in Ireland. The long journey of becoming a doctor started to take shape in the Green Isle. After one year in boarding school, he was accepted in The New University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, where he got his Bachelor of Science degree. Dr. Lei then spent his medical school years in the University of Cork, National University of Ireland where he got his MB BCh BAO degree. In Sept. 1991, Dr. Lei enrolled in the three years UK General Practice training program in Pembrokeshire, Wales.

In Sept. 1995, after Dr. Lei successfully finished the three years GP training in U.K., he accepted a job offer in Fort St. John in northern BC. Dr. Lei moved there with his wife and worked as family doctor, as well as being on call in the Emergency department and managed his patients in the FSJ General Hospital. He also assisted surgeries, as well as doing obstetrics for his patents. Together with his wife, they enjoyed the seven years up in the North and their lovely daughter was born in FSJ.

In 2002, Dr. Lei brought his wife and daughter to reside in the South Surrey area. Dr. Lei has since worked in the Peninsula for over 10 years and he enjoys seeing his regular patients with chronic disease as well as seeing and managing patients who come in as walk-in patients, suffering from acute injuries and illnesses. In his past time, he enjoys working out in the gym and also taking his family for skiing vacations in the winter and lots of cycling vacations in the summer time. He also loves music and is known to be very friendly with great sense of humor. Dr. Lei is fluent in both English and Cantonese; he also understands and speaks a little bit of Mandarin. Dr. Lei is working five days a week, Monday to Friday, welcoming both regular patients with appointments and walk-ins.

Dr. Lei is not currently accepting new patients.

Dr. Monica Michel-Rancourt

Dr. Monica Michel-Rancourt was born in Abu-Dhabi, UAE to an Egyptian family. She moved to Edmonton, Canada with her family in 1995 where she attended the University of Alberta for her undergraduate studies. In 2005, she went on to medical school in Grand Cayman, then in 2009 moved on to doing two years of Residency in General Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio. Following this, she began her Family Medicine Residency in Akron, Ohio then made the decision to move back to Canada with her husband and baby girl.

She has a special interest and expertise in performing minor surgical and aesthetic procedures. She also enjoys listening to, counseling and caring for adolescents.

Dr. Monica Michel-Rancourt is not currently accepting new patients.

Dr. Andras Iso

Bio Pending

Dr. Iso is not currently accepting new patients.


Claudia Lemay, RD

Claudia Lemay is a Registered Dietitian in South Surrey, BC. She has experience in many fields and specializes in promoting health through changing eating habits for long-term results. She also specializes in the nutritional management of IBS (FODMAPs diet), allergies,  celiac disease, heart disease type 2 diabetes as well as picky eating/problem feedings related to sensory processing disorders and/or autism. (She is SOS trained). 

Claudia is the author of two children’s books. Her first book for children is about nutrition in general and is called Stargold The Food Fairy. She wrote it for her daughter Amélie who, at a young age, was not impressed with her mom whenever she served vegetables at meals. Claudia also created teaching tools from the book so that parents and teachers can explain the importance of nutrition to their children and students. Her second book is more specific; it is about a child with diabetes and is called “Lucie, Brody and The Food Fairy” (to be launched in early 2017). Claudia is also currently working on her third book for children, which will be on the topic of severe food allergies/anaphylaxis and a first book for adults about the long term detrimental effects of diets- and how they don't work.

She also produced a pictures-only cooking booklet for children called The No-Recipe Recipes. The booklet contains easy visual beginner recipes that can teach anyone the basics of cooking without requiring a specific recipe.