MEET THE ALLIED HEALTH TEAM
Jen Gullekson she/her/hers
Clinical Medical Secretary
I have been a part-time secretary at Partners in Pregnancy Clinic since January 2009. Before then I had a broad range of duties in an addictions treatment clinic. At PIPC I will be taking and directing your telephone calls. At the front desk or over the
phone I can answer general questions about the clinic and
book your appointments with one of the doctors or the
members of the allied support staff.
My other duties include scanning, faxing, copying and booking other
appointments on behalf of the patients such as ultrasounds. I am enjoying
the change in scenery at PIPC. I like that all the staff is there to help every
patient and their family have a happy and healthy pregnancy.
Amanda Kennedy she/her
Clinical Coordinator, Registered Practical Nurse, RPN
I started my nursing journey in 2003 with the Trent/Fleming Nursing Program. I have spent the past 2 decades nursing at PRHC primarily in the medicine program. I have worked in maternal child, nephrology, stroke and emergency nursing. I have worked alongside OCHU (Ontario Council of Hospital Unions) for 12years – most recently as the local President at PRHC.
I have furthered my nursing education in Health and Safety, Mental Health First Aid and Nursing Leadership and Management. I am passionate about nursing as well as being a leader for change in healthcare. I am excited for this role change and to utilize my education and skill set as a nurse leader, to join this new position with the PIPC team as the Clinic Coordinator.
Shawna Hawkins she/her
Clinical Medical Secretary
I worked at Ross Memorial Hospital for the past 31 years as well as 21 years with MyHealth Centre (previously Parkway Nuclear). I grew up in Thunder Bay and moved to Lindsay after graduating from Radio and Television Broadcasting in 1991. Having worked in the hospital in Thunder Bay as a student in housekeeping I was able to secure a position at the Ross Memorial soon after I arrived. My enjoyment of working in the healthcare field was ignited and I moved into a ward secretary role in ICU and then went on to get my hospital ward secretary certificate through Fleming College.
Although I loved working in healthcare my passion for creativity persisted and I soon enrolled in a full time Graphic Design course in Peterborough. During the pandemic I moved in with my partner in Peterborough, and after some time commuting,
decided to look for something a little closer to my new home. On a quick personal note, I have two grown children who I am so very proud of and keep me smiling every day. I still love to be creative whenever I get the chance to play in photoshop, and I enjoy acrylic painting in my free time.
Belen Ong she/her
Physician Assistant, BSc, CCPA
I graduated from University of Toronto's Inaugural Physician Assistant Program in 2012 and began my career in family medicine and longterm care in Lakefield. I have always been drawn to obstetrics and gynaecology. Working as a primary care provider allowed me to establish a good foundation in women's health and reinforce my interests in the specialty. I joined PIPC in 2014. I am proud to be part of this highly diverse, knowledgable and dedicated team.
As a Physician Assistant, I work closely with the physicians and allied health team in the management and care of the women in all stages of the pregnancy including postpartum care and newborn baby checks. I hope to help continue to make the experience as pleasant and memorable as possible for the families at PIPC.
Tsering Sundup she/her
Registered Nurse, RN, BScN, IBCLC, PNC(C)
I graduated from the University of Ottawa in 2002 and began my nursing career in Women's Health at the Ottawa Hospital. There, I gained knowledge and experience caring for high-risk antepartum, postpartum and gynecological patients. Over the last year (2013-14) I have done extensive studying and extra clinical practice to enable me to qualify as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, (IBCLC). I am excited to be able to use this additional knowledge with the families at PIPC!
Clarissa Adams-Lanzo she/her/hers
Registered Nurse, RN, BScN, IBCLC
I graduated from Ryerson University in 2001. I worked in high risk antenatal and postpartum as well as the high risk maternal clinic at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto for over 15 years. My family decided to move further from the city to raise our children in the country, which was made possible by finding a job with Partners in Pregnancy. I’m very excited to be living in the country again and working with this wonderful clinic. Working with moms and babies has been a passion of mine since graduation, I’m very excited to share my knowledge and to learn from the patients I will be meeting in Peterborough.
Shannon McKinnon she/her/hers
Registered Nurse, RN, BA, BN, PNC(C)
After graduating from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Arts (Conc. Visual Arts) in 2005, I decided to switch gears and moved to Calgary to pursue a degree in nursing. I graduated from the Bachelor of Nursing (Accelerated Track) Nursing program in 2008 and immediately began a career caring for Mums & Babies. I have worked in multiple hospitals over the years as a Labour & Delivery/Antenatal nurse, both in high and low risk centres, including Calgary’s Foothills, Peter Lougheed, and Rockyview Hospitals, Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital and Peterborough’s own PRHC. I have also worked as a Perinatal Nurse for the Calgary Maternal Fetal Medicine clinic, and am a Certified Perinatal Nurse through the Canadian Nurses Association. I feel so privileged to be able to support women and families as they bring their babies into the world, and all of my nursing experience has afforded me the opportunity to join the incredible team at PIPC, where I have been since 2014.
Laura Koekkoek she/her/hers
Social Worker, BSW, RSW
In 2005, I graduated from McMaster University where I completed my undergraduate degree in Sociology and Gerontology and went on to complete my Bachelor of Social Work. After finishing my degree from McMaster University I moved back to my home town of Peterborough and started my career in Child Welfare. Following this experience I worked as a Social Worker for 7 years with the PVNC Catholic District School Board.
During this time I also volunteered at Hospice Peterborough co facilitating the children's grief support groups. I am a Registered Social Worker and I am so happy to be a part of this collaborative support team and look forward to the opportunity to work with you.
Tracy Condon she/her/hers
Social Worker, MSW
I completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology and Sociology at Trent University. When I finished at Trent, I moved to Toronto to complete my Masters in Social Work at the University of Toronto. It was while completing a placement at St. Michael’s Women’s Health Care Centre that I discovered my passion for working with women especially during the prenatal and postpartum periods. After finishing my degree at U of T, I returned to Peterborough and began to work in child welfare. Following this experience, I worked as a Social Worker at the PVNC Catholic School Board and briefly as a counsellor at Fleming College. When the Partners in Pregnancy Clinic posted a Social Work position, I knew it would be my dream job. I’ve been working here since it opened in July 2008 and love
working with this team in such an exciting work setting.
Megan Hipkin she/her
Registered Dietitian MHSc, RD
Hi, my name is Megan and I am a Registered Dietitian at PIPC. I am from Peterborough and have grown up loving this community. I have an honours bachelor's degree in Applied Human Nutrition from the University of Guelph and in December of 2022, I completed a Master of Health Science from Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University). During this degree I interned at family health teams, non-profit organizations, and Peterborough Regional Health Center where I gained experience in diabetes, kidney disease, stroke, eating disorders, recipe development and more.
I have always been interested in women's health and am so excited to learn more as I work with the PIPC team and patients.
I am looking forward to building meaningful connections with my patients. I want my patients to feel supported by me as we navigate nutrition through their pregnancy together.
I understand that nutrition and food can be sensitive and personal. I am committed to providing care without judgment or shame, from a weight-neutral approach, as health includes many factors that are out of one’s control.
My favourite food is bagels with cream cheese. If you are in the clinic, come say hi and we can debate New York vs. Montreal style bagels!
Laura Griffin she/her/hers
Registered Nurse, RN, BscN
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Catherine Beresford she/her/hers
Registered Nurse, RN, BscN
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