Dr. Kerri Landry
MBA, MDCM FRCPC
Dr. Landry is originally from Montreal, Quebec where she attended McGill University Medical School. She graduated from the joint MBA MD program in 2002 and went on to do her pediatrics residency and Pediatric Emergency Medicine fellowship at the Montreal Children’s Hospital. In 2009, she was wooed to the West where she now works as a pediatric emergency medicine physician in the emergency departments at Alberta Children’s Hospital and the South Health Campus. Dr. Landry is Assistant Medical Director for the KidSIM Pediatric Simulation Program and is the Medical Lead for the Mobile Simulation Outreach Education Program. In 2015, Dr. Landry was the recipient of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine Award of Clinical Excellence.
Dr. Gavin Burgess
Born in Cape Town, Dr. Burgess trained and worked as physician in South Africa. After stints in the UK and as a rural Family Medicine practitioner in British Columbia, he moved to Calgary to complete a Pediatric residency and fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine.
On staff at Alberta Children’s Hospital Emergency Department since 2009, Dr. Burgess is Assistant Medical Director of KidSim, a world-renowned patient simulation program. He is heavily involved in education of colleagues, allied health professionals and families. He teaches simulation provincially, nationally and internationally and leads pediatric resuscitation and trauma courses.
Dr. Burgess lives with his wife, 3 children and a gecko west of Calgary. He loves to explore Calgary’s Rocky Mountain backyard with his family, dabbles in woodworking and enjoys building LEGO with his kids.
Dr. Jonathan Guilfoyle
Dr. Guilfoyle is excited to be one of the founding members of Virtual Kids. Excellence in Pediatric Emergency Medicine has been the focus of Dr. Guilfoyle’s medical career. After completing his fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at B.C. Children’s Hospital, he completed additional training at the world-renowned Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, focusing on trauma, critical care and medical education. He has worked at Alberta Children’s Hospital as an emergency physician for over a decade, where he has led the Trauma Program for Alberta Children’s Hospital for the past seven years.
Dr. Guilfoyle is passionate about medical education. He has pioneered simulation-based training, has won awards for medical education and clinical excellence, and has collaborated on a variety of provincial and national research and educational initiatives. As Trauma Director he has helped to change public health policies to keep kids safe. Under his lead, the ACH Trauma Program has become recognized as a national leader in pediatric trauma care and recently received the highest level of distinction from Accreditation Canada.
Dr. TJ Kodeeswaran
Dr. TJ Kodeeswaran believes kids deserve the best medical care that is accessible to everyone. That is why she is so passionate about Virtual Kids. With almost 20 years of experience as a certified Pediatric Emergency Physician, Dr. TJ’s mission is to help kids feel better and happier. Through her experience working in a variety of children’s hospitals in Calgary, Vancouver, Ottawa and Toronto, Dr. TJ has been relentless in providing healthy advice and best treatments for families. Her innovative education initiatives have inspired medical trainees to improve their skills to become better physicians who take pride in excellent care of children.
Dr. TJ completed her Doctor of Medicine at McMaster University and Pediatrics training at University of Ottawa. Her training in Pediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM) was completed at the Hospital for Sick Children at the University of Toronto. She is one of the founders of PEM as a certified subspecialty in Canada.
In her spare time, while managing 4 very active kids, Dr. TJ enjoys hiking and travelling to experience what this wonderful world has to offer.
Dr. J. Edward Les
MD, DVM, FRCPC
Dr. Les graduated from medical school at the University of Calgary in 1998. He subsequently completed a residency in pediatrics jointly in Calgary and Brisbane, Australia, followed by a fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine. He has been on staff as an emergency physician at Alberta Children’s Hospital since 2004. Prior to pursuing a medical career, he enjoyed a five-year career as a veterinarian.
Dr. Les has won multiple clinical teaching awards, and in 2014 he was the inaugural recipient of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Emergency Department Award of Clinical Excellence.
Dr. Michael Pierse
Dr. Michael Pierse graduated from the University of Alberta Medical School in 2005. He subsequently completed a Pediatric residency at Queen’s University and a fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at the B.C. Children’s Hospital. He was on staff at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario for 6 years before coming home to Alberta where he has been on staff at the Alberta Children’s Hospital since 2017.
Dr. Pierse is a firm believer in life-long education and as the head of the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Journal Club honours a commitment to keeping himself and his colleagues up to date on the latest medical advancements.
He has been an invited speaker at both national and international conferences and his love of education has won him multiple teaching awards from medical students, residents, and fellows.
Dr. Hussein Unwala
MSc, MD, FRCPC
Dr. Hussein is passionate about helping children reach their true potential. With over 10 years of clinical experience in the Emergency Department at Alberta Children’s Hospital, Dr. Hussein is excited to offer expert, accessible medical advice virtually to kids in times of urgent need.
In addition to emergency room department care, Dr. Hussein has practised in a variety of settings, including Yellowknife, throughout rural Alberta, and Australia. He is actively involved in medical student and resident education and in departmental administration.
Dr. Hussein attended medical school at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, where he was born and raised. He completed his residency and fellowship In Calgary at the Alberta Children’s Hospital, where he has been on staff since 2009.
Dr. Hussein is an avid outdoor enthusiast and huge supporter of summer camps. It was at summer camp where he met his wife, Shann. Now, when his 4 children attend camp, Dr. Hussein volunteers as the Camp Doctor. He also helps run his family’s charity, which supports funding for kids who could not otherwise afford to attend summer camp.
Dr. Dana Stys
Dr. Stys has a passion for providing care to patients in the most remote settings. She has a special interest in wilderness medicine, globalhealth and helping pediatric patients access top notch emergency care in rural areas.
Hailing from Brantford, Ontario, Dr. Stys loves her small town roots. Originally a high school teacher, Dr. Stys attended medical school at Queen’s University and a Pediatric residency at CHEO in Ottawa. She was then mesmerized by Calgary’s mountainous landscape and completed her Pediatric Emergency Medicine fellowship at Alberta Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Stys competes in ultramarathons, triathlons, and IRONMAN races. A true adventurer who you can often find climbing a mountain somewhere.
Her greatest adventure, however, has been becoming a bonus mom to two rambunctious boys who keep her on her toes at all times.
Since joining Virtual Kids, Dr. Stys is amazed by how she can connect with patients in new and exciting ways and feels privileged to be able to a part of the team.
Dr. Mark Bromley
Dr. Bromley is an emergency physician practicing at the Alberta Children’s Hospital and the Foothills Hospital in Calgary. He completed his undergraduate and specialty training at the University of Calgary, and a Certificate in Disaster Medicine at the University of Philadelphia.
Mark’s academic interests include point of care ultrasound, medical education, and residency training.
He is an actively involved and award winning educator in both the Emergency Medicine Residency Program and the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship Program in Calgary.
Mark has lived in Calgary with his wife and children for the past twenty years. In his free time he enjoys running, biking, and playing basketball with his daughters in the driveway.
Dr. Derrick Smith
BSc, MD, FRCPC
Born and raised in Calgary, Dr. Smith explored many jobs as a dishwasher, housekeeping and nursing attendant before setting his sights on being a doctor.
Dr. Smith has been at Alberta Children’s Hospital as a staff physician in the Emergency Department, educating residents and fellows since 1988. His special interest in lower limb and gait issues led him to develop a Gait clinic that has been running since 1990.
Dr. Smith is involved in advancing acute care for medical personnel and has been a director in Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) programs for over twenty years.
In his off hours, he loves to spend time on his hobby farm with his family surrounded by a menagerie of animals. He is an avid archer and is the president of the Cochrane Archery Club!
Derrick looks forward to helping families via Virtual Kids and hopes to provide them with helpful online assessments and serve them in the comfort of their homes where best he can.