MEDICAL DIRECTOR

Dr. Myron Stelmaschuk 

After graduating from the University of Calgary in 1995, Dr. Stelmaschuk initially started in their General Surgery program. He then became more interested in orthopedics because of the vast number of trauma cases that were often evaluated by the general surgery trauma team. For a number of years, he worked in hospital as hospitalist for the orthopaedic, general surgery and neurosurgery team. He decided that outpatient care was more his passion. This now primarily involves occupational and musculoskeletal medicine.He has worked as a consultant for WCB for the last 17 years, evaluating musculoskeletal problems, including diagnosing and providing ongoing patient care for these patients. This includes the very successful back and shoulder program that was developed by the board.

Additionally, he has helped develop the recently-launched Southern Alberta Shoulder Care Clinic (SASCC) at Lifemark Health.

Dr. Stelmaschuk is also the Medical Director of Return to Work Services for Life mark Health (formerly Centric Health). He also works in occupational medicine and tutors for the Foundations of Occupational Medicine Course for the University of Alberta.

Outside of work, he discovered tennis later in life, and found this endeavor quite the challenge to perfect—making it an ever-ending feat to improve, but with the positive impact of staying healthy.

CONSULTING PHYSICIANS

Each Alberta-licensed Consulting Physician oversees e-Consultations in their area of expertise or special interest.

We continue to expand our team, which currently includes:

Dr. Tony Giantomaso

As a physiatrist, Dr. Giantomaso works primarily with Musculoskeletal- and Brain Injury-associated problems. He has a special interest in Post-Traumatic neck pain, Post-traumatic Headaches, and Migraine Headaches. His focus is in the use of Botox, trigger-points and other interventional pain management techniques for the treatment of Spinal pain and Migraine and post-traumatic Headaches. Dr. Giantomaso also has extensive experience in medico-legal medicine and has worked with many law-firms as a Medical Expert and expert witness in chronic post-traumatic pain.

Dr. Giantomaso has extensive experience in Community-based chronic spine pain, athlete and non-athlete chronic musculoskeletal issues, Interventional Spinal Procedures, and Brain Injury Rehabilitation. He enjoys teaching in his role as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary in Undergraduate Medicine. He completed his Post-Graduate Medical Residency at the University of Alberta, followed by a year of interventional spinal management training. Dr. Giantomaso’s credentialsinclude Fellowship of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in 2008, his Medical Doctorate in 2003 at the University of Saskatchewan, and his Doctor of Chiropractic, Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 1999, and Bachelor of Science at the University of Calgary, 1995.

Dr. Norry Kaler

Dr. Kaler is a board-certified doctor with special interest in psychiatric conditions and is also a weight-loss specialist. He focuses his practice on wellness, prevention, public health initiatives, and “upstream medicine”.

Dr. James Kim

Dr. Kim was born in Korea; he grew up in South Africa where he finished medical school and training before moving to Alberta in 2009.  He holds a post-graduate diploma in diabetes, and enjoys working with complex diabetic patients. He also injects Botox for Chronic Migraine and Axillary Hyperhidrosis. He is very active within the medical profession: as co-chair of the Primary Care Physician Interest Group in Diabetes Canada; as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary; as a peer reviewer for a medical journal; as an examiner for the Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC), and is a member of the Respiratory Medicine subgroup committee with the College of Family Physicians.  He also works in numerous ERs across Alberta when available.

Dr. Darren Presley

Dr. Darren Presley is a Primary Care Sport Medicine Physician trained in the USA. Originally from Medicine Hat, AB, he completed his B.Sc. (Honours) in Biomechanics at the University of Calgary. He then graduated with Highest Honours from Ross University School of Medicine in 2009. After a brief stint of teaching at Ross, Dr. Presley completed his Family Medicine Residency at Research Family Medicine in Kansas City, MO. While there, he covered Team USA Volleyball, the KC Marathon, various high school athletics and worked with the University of Central Missouri (NCAA division 2) in Warrensburg, MO. After moving to Indianapolis, he joined the Primary Care Sport Medicine Fellowship at Indiana University. During his time in Indiana, he covered IUPUI (NCAA division 1) athletics, Purdue (NCAA division 1) football, Indiana Golden Gloves boxing,Indianapolis High School athletics, Masters swimming events, and the NCAA Summit League Basketball Championship Tournament. Since 2015, Dr. Presley has been practicing full scope Primary Care Sport Medicine out of Airdrie, AB while also working with several amateur athletic programs in a variety of sports.

Dr. David Tano

Dr. Tano recently told AHS, “One of the reasons I went into medicine was to be able to help the vulnerable. A lot of patients with mental health or addiction issues fall through the cracks or get criminalized. As a psychiatrist, it’s rewarding to be able to make a difference in the lives of patients at both the clinical and system level. We have amazing teams out there trying to help people,” says Dr. Tano, who in addition to being   at the Southern Alberta Forensic Psychiatry Centre and Sheldon M. Chumir Health Centre is also Section Chief for North Calgary Outpatient Addictions & Mental Health.

“In my time as section chief, we have been able to create an overall strategy for mental health services in the Calgary, including standardizing the type of care that clinics are providing patients so we are all working from the same philosophy. Reducing duplication allows us to provide better, more timely care. Partnering with Primary Care Networks (PCNs) and family physicians has also been a key part of this work. There is still a lot of work that needs to be done to help this patient population, but I hope the groundwork has been started to make this great system, and the great teams,even better.”