The programs we provide at the Breast Cancer Supportive Care are provided by a diverse and multi-disciplinary team of professionals committed to excellence in supportive care for patients with breast cancer and those who love and care for them.
Our team consists of the following key individuals:
Dr. Ardythe Taylor, MD, CCFP, FCFP, Medical Director
As a physician and founder of Breast Cancer Supportive Care (BCSC), Ardythe Taylor has a strong passion and dedication to optimizing healing, health and well being for breast cancer patients and their families. She has experienced the challenges of breast cancer first hand, initially with her mother’s diagnosis and subsequently through her own diagnosis. Ardythe is currently responsible for leading medical service and program delivery at BCSC and developing collaborative initiatives with the larger cancer care community. Above all, she values the personal interactions with patients and their families as they address challenges relating to breast cancer.
Dr. Stephanie Kubik, MD, CCFP, FCFP
Dr. Kubik comes to BCSC having 22 years in Family Practice. She has also taught U of C medical students and residents since 1992. Dr. Kubik sees breast cancer follow up and high risk patients four days per week.
Dr. Carla Montgomery, BSc, MD, CCFP
Dr. Montgomery has been a community based family physician since 1994 in both British Columbia and Ontario. Cancer survivorship has long been amongst her most prevalent fields of interest, and the opportunity at Breast Cancer Supportive Care unfolded over time as a meaningful fit. Although not personally affected by breast cancer, this particular area of attention is one she holds dear, thanks to the many ways in which it has impacted her through the collective experience of others. She is thankful to be a part of the Breast Cancer Supportive Care team and considers it a privilege to serve together in this capacity given her belief that a whole person approach to healing through such a time and to thriving beyond is instrumentally critical.
Dr. Nureen Sumar, BSc, BMus, MD, CCFP
Dr. Sumar is very grateful for the opportunity to care for those affected by cancer. Nureen completed her medical degree, Family Medicine Residency, and Enhanced Skills training in Breast and Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Calgary, during which she served on numerous medical education and leadership boards, including her terms as Vice-President of the Resident Doctors of Canada (RDoC) and Chair of the RDoC Resiliency Curriculum Working Group. Nureen continues to be involved in resident leadership and wellness in a consultant capacity. She brings to BCSC her dedication to delivering high-quality patient-centred care and her passion for a comprehensive approach to cancer care and survivorship. Her clinical duties focus on high-risk surveillance and breast reconstruction counselling.
Dr. Alexandra Cole, BSc, MD, CCFP
While completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Victoria, Dr. Cole worked as a research assistant at the BC Cancer Agency. Her experiences at the Vancouver Island Cancer Centre motivated her to pursue a career in medicine. She completed her medical degree at the University of British Columbia before moving to Calgary for Family Medicine Residency training. Dr. Cole sees breast cancer follow up and high-risk patients in addition to providing locum services for a Family Medicine clinic in Calgary. Dr. Cole is also involved in Resident teaching through the University of Calgary. She is grateful for the opportunity to support patients affected by breast cancer and their families.
Diane Peterson, Intake Assistant
Diane’s nursing career began in 1968 in Moose Jaw Saskatchewan. She moved to Alberta in 1969 and has had an extensive career in Pediatrics, Medicine, Urology and Intensive Care. Diane left hospital settings in 1984. Since then, she focused her energy on the management and administration of Medical Clinics: from finding locations, to designing clinics, to hiring all of the medical staff. Diane also ventured into self-employment to compliment her work and opened her first Curves Women’s Fitness Centre in January 2002, owning five locations over the years. Having a profound interest in health and wellness, Diane was very excited to join the Breast Cancer Supportive Care team in March 2010.
Shared Mental Health
Dr. Steve Simpson, B.Sc., PhD, MD, FRCP
Dr. Simpson is a psychiatrist employed with the Shared Mental Health Program. Steve’s role at Breast Cancer Supportive Care is to provide education or consultation services regarding issues involving mental health problems with any of our patients. He is able to meet with the physician alone or with the physician and the patient together.
Andrea Jennyc, MA Clinical Psychology, RPsych
Andrea has a Masters degree in Psychological Research specializing in Clinical Neuropsychology, as well as a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from South Africa. She worked at a psychiatric hospital in South Africa, in both the inpatient and outpatient departments, specializing in forensic psychological rehabilitation, as well as substance abuse, acute psychosis, and various other psychiatric disorders such as mood disorders, anxiety disorders and personality disorders. Andrea also supervised intern clinical psychologists and has been working for the adult Shared Mental Health Care programme since moving to Calgary in July 2013.
Child & Adolescent Shared Mental Health Care (CASMHC)
Chennene Wright, MSW, RSW, Mental Health Clinician
The CASMHC program is collaborative care consultation mode of practise involving family physicians/pediatricians working with the CASMHC clinician to deliver mental health services to children and adolescents. Most mental health research indicates that up to 25% of children/adolescents will experience emotional/behavioural/psychological problems. Only one third of these children/adolescents will receive professional services for these problems, most of them through their family doctor. Many mental health issues can be identified, diagnosed, and if treated promptly, the resulting impact on learning and development can be substantially minimized. The CASMHC clinician will work with the physician and patient in their offices to assess, diagnose, and where appropriate deliver interventions for these problems. The program aim is to enhance physician capacity in the areas of mental health, with the physician retaining medical responsibility for patient care. The CASMHC clinician also has access to psychiatric consultation where appropriate. Referring patients to other treatment services are done in consultation with the physician and family members.
Behavioural Health Consultant (BHC)
Our BHC has a Masters degree in Social Work with a Clinical Specialization and has worked in several medical clinics in Calgary. In her role as a Behavioural Health Consultant with the Breast Cancer Supportive Care Clinic, she offers support in the areas of physical and emotional well being, helping women develop strategies to best support their particular needs. Appointments are offered in a wide variety of areas, including anxiety and depression, stress management, relationship issues, family concerns, chronic pain, grief and insomnia. Lifestyle issues can also be addressed, including smoking cessation and weight management. If additional support is needed, she can also refer to other programs in the community to ensure patients get the support they need for optimal health.
Healthy Living Programs
Sylvia Huber, RN, MN
Sylvia is an oncology nurse with many years of experience in helping cancer patients and their families. Most recently she has worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Surgical Oncology within the Calgary Health Region. She has been involved with the Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology as provincial representative on the Board, the CANO representative for the National Advisory Committee for the Ovarian Cancer Information Project and a member of the review board for the Canadian Oncology Nursing Journal. Sylvia offers the Healthy Living after Breast Cancer program in which patients who have completed treatment are assisted to assess and manage their physical, emotional, social and spiritual recovery as well as identify opportunities for optimizing health and reducing their risk of cancer recurrence. Employed as a consultant through the Calgary West Central Primary Care Network, Sylvia works 4 ½ days per month and is currently on the National Quality Review Panel for Wellspring.
Ankush Kumar, RD, Site Research Coordinator, CHANGE Program
East Indian by heritage but East African by birth, Ankush is an upbeat, highly motivated individual who expresses his passion for helping people through food and nutrition. He believes in having a positive relationship with food and living a healthy, balanced lifestyle. For Ankush, healthy eating should be a joyful experience and is an important part of living a fulfilling lifestyle. As a Registered Dietitian, he is leading the CHANGE program at the Breast Cancer clinic- a lifestyle intervention program proven to reduce the risk of chronic illnesses, and improve quality of life.