I am a Family Doctor who was born and raised in Peterborough. While completing an Undergraduate Degree in International Development Studies (Calvin College, Michigan) I had the opportunity to live and learn in several countries in sub-Saharan Africa. I returned to Canada for Medical School (Western University) and Family Medicine Residency (Queen's University).
I am so grateful to practice with the PIPC team. I believe that we provide top-notch Maternity and Newborn Care and I look forward to joining you in your pregnancy journey.
Lead Physician/Family Doctor
Dr. Michelle Fraser
I am the Lead Physician for PIPC. This title comes with the responsibility for ensuring the smooth running of the clinic, establishing practice guidelines, giving final approval for the content developed by the staff at PIPC, and assisting the staff at PIPC in meeting the goals of the 2013 strategic plan.
I am also a hands on physician for one day a week at the clinic and carry a full Family Practice office on the second floor of the Turnbull Building. I was involved in the planning of this clinic as a Family Health Team and seeing the exceptional care we are able to offer our clients makes all the hard work worthwhile!
Lead Physician/Family Doctor
Dr. Joan Himann
Returning to Peterborough to begin my Family Medicine and obstetrical practice in 1990 was a goal throughout my 10 years of post secondary education and training. I was happy to raise our family here and thrilled that my adult children remain in our community.
I have an honours degree in Human Biology and Biomedical Science (U. of Guelph), Medical Doctorate (U. of Toronto), and a completed my residency in Family Medicine (U. of Ottawa). I earned a fellowship in Family Medicine and have maintained this since 2004. I continue to learn the science and art of safer medical care, leadership, governance and health care systems. While I had a full family practice for over 15 years, my clinical focus is now on the care of women and newborns.
PIPC has been a dream for me for many years and I was very happy to have the opportunity to plan this clinic with my colleagues when the Family Health Teams were created in Ontario. We have a terrific team and we all share a strong passion for this special area of medicine and the wellbeing of mothers and babies.
Dr. Debra Boyce
I was born and raised right here in Peterborough. After high school (TASS) I moved to London Ontario where I completed Medical School at the University of Western Ontario in 1982. During my residency in Family Medicine at Queen's University, I realized that my true passion was obstetrics. Because of this I trained an extra 5 months in Obstetrics and Paediatrics.
I worked in a full family practice in Kingston for 2 years and then decided to limit my practice to Obstetrics when I moved back to Peterborough. Since 1987 I have been privileged to help thousands of women deliver their babies. With the opening of PIPC, I now share the care of pregnant women with this fantastic team. As a team we can offer much better care than I could as an individual. We all share a commitment to support women and families as they experience one of the most significant events in their lives.
Dr. Barb Gow
I went to McMaster University and graduated with a Bachelors of Arts and Science in 1986. I then went to medical school at McMaster as well. I did my Family Practice Residency in Thunder Bay, as part of a new rural northern Ontario initiative, from 1991-1993. It was in Northern Ontario that I discovered a passion for obstetrics, and knew that it would be an
important part of my life as a family physician.
I started medical practice in Sault Ste. Marie in 1993 and was married in 1995. I worked at a community health centre, which was one of a kind in Ontario at the time, and very similar in structure to the Family Health Teams we have in Peterborough now. I greatly enjoyed my work there, and was able to do lots of obstetrics, but the night call (essentially on call all the time) was very onerous.
Our first son was born in 1997, and his birth helped us decide to move. We wanted to live in a small central Ontario city close to the countryside , that could provide lots of opportunities for him, and a stable call group situation for me. Peterborough fit the bill, and we have been here since 1999.
I have a full-time family practice at the Medical Centre in Peterborough, and I also work
with the wonderful team at the Partners in Pregnancy Clinic.
My husband, 2 sons, dog, and I live near Bridgenorth, but are often found on soccer fields or at “the barn”, riding and enjoying our horses. We love the quality of life here, and working at the Partners in Pregnancy Clinic allows me to enjoy both my work life and my home life. It is a great feeling knowing our obstetrical patients are in competent and caring hands at all times.
Dr. Michelle Vilcini
I am originally from Edmonton, Alberta, and after three years of undergraduate studies in Pharmacology, I was accepted for early admission to Medical School at the University of Alberta. I completed my Medical Degree and Family Medicine Residency there in 1999 and 2001 respectively. Since graduating, I have strived to include Maternity and Paediatric
Care as part of my day to day practice while working in low risk maternity clinics and my own Family Practice.
Our family moved to Peterborough in the Fall of 2008, and I have been very excited and pleased to join the Partner's In Pregnancy Clinic. I also have a part time practice in Family Medicine at the Medical Centre where I see patients of all ages. It is always thrilling to deliver a newborn! However, to have the opportunity to care for the rest of the family including parents, siblings and even grandparents is really quite a privilege that I cherish. As a mother of two young boys I can empathize with the challenge that parents face of finding balance between a career, home life, and preserving a bit of their individual identity when a newborn arrives. I hope that our enthusiastic team approach will give our patients
and their families a good solid start!
Dr. Mabel Mak
I am very happy to be a part of the Partners in Pregnancy Clinic team. To introduce myself a little, I started off academic life as an arts student studying drama and psychology at Queen's University. After a year of travel, work and self reflection I found myself drawn to medicine. I went back to school to study basic science for one year and due to my
strong interest in obstetrics worked as an office assistant in a midwifery office for a year prior to starting medical school at the University of Toronto in 2007. I then completed my family medicine residency at McMaster University in 2013 and went on to do an additional 6 months of training in women's health and obstetrics.
Along with my passion for women's health, I am interested in sexual health,
mental health & addictions, aboriginal health and palliative care. I am excited to
have started my career in Peterborough and also work at the Public Health Sexual
Health Clinic and at Trent University's Student Health Clinic. I have many loves
outside of medicine including playing outdoors, sharing food, making music, yoga
and meditation. I thoroughly enjoy providing care with the wonderful
interdisciplinary team here at PIPC.
Dr. Meredith Winning
I am originally from the United States, and came to Canada in 1999 to attend Lester Pearson United World College. I moved to Peterborough in 2001, and completed my B.A. (Honours) at Trent University in 2004. I then worked as a teaching assistant
in International Development Studies at Trent, and spent
four years working in small-scale farming and local food
security projects. I went on to McMaster Medical School,
graduating in 2011, and returned to Peterborough for Family
Medicine residency through Queens University, after which I did
additional training in obstetrics.
It was here in Peterborough that my interest in obstetrics turned into a love of comprehensive maternity care. I was inspired by Partners in Pregnancy's
wonderful model, and by the dedication and skill of the whole team. I'm
honoured to join this clinic, and share a passion for providing supportive
patient-centred care during this life-changing time for people. Having an inclusive
practice is an important value of mine- I am LGBTQ-friendly and want people from
all walks of life to feel welcomed and supported. I also work part-time in a family
medicine practice, and am busy at home with my young son, who grows even faster
than the weeds in my vegetable garden.
Dr. Jessi Dobyns
I was drawn to Peterborough because of my passion for family medicine obstetrics and the unique interdisciplinary care model at the Partner’s in Pregnancy Clinic. I am fortunate to be part of such a wonderful team.
I grew up mainly in Kingston, Ontario as the eldest of four children. I completed medical school at the University of Ottawa and residency in Family Medicine at Queen's University in Kingston. I pursued an additional year of training at Queen's in the Women's Health program, where I focused on obstetrics and newborn care, including breastfeeding support. I was also able to develop skills in sexual health, contraception and working with marginalized inner city and LGTBQ populations.
Since coming to Peterborough in 2016, I've enjoyed working with the Partners in Pregnancy Clinic, the Sexual Health Clinic and providing general family practice and transgender care with Trent Student Health Services. I'm passionate about delivering babies, caring for families, and improving access to heath care for LGTBQ populations.
Outside of medicine, I enjoy hiking, yoga, music and choral singing, and spending time with my family. I look forward to meeting you.
Dr. Stephanie Roman
I am very excited to be a part of the Partners and Pregnancy Clinic team. I was born and raised in Timmins, Ontario before heading to the University of Ottawa where I completed an Honors Bachelor in Biomedical sciences. I had thewonderful opportunity of completing my medical degree in the francophone stream at the University of Ottawa. I then made the move to Peterborough where I chose to pursue my family medicine residency through Queen's University. Afterwards, I completed a Rural Skills fellowship with an emphasis on obstetrics / prenatal care.
I now call Peterborough home and am so happy to be part of this vibrant community. Outside of PIPC, I practice full school family medicine both in Peterborough and in rural northern communities. When not at work you can usually find me at the gym or on the Ultimate Frisbee field. I am an avid traveller but also enjoy our beautiful Canadian outdoors.
Dr. Chloé Corbeil
I completed my undergraduate degree at The University of Western Ontario in medical sciences. After this, I completed a Master of Science at SickKids Hospital, University of Toronto. I went to medical school at UofT and quickly learned I loved all areas of medicine, but found a strong passion for delivering babies! This led me to choose family medicine for residency and I completed this and extra training in low risk obstetrics through UofT at the Credit Valley Site.
PIPC is part of the reason for our family moving to Peterborough in 2019 - the model is unique and wonderfully comprehensive for patients. It is truly a pleasure and a privilege to have the opportunity to work along incredibly caring colleagues and in an environment that offers so much support for patients from a diverse and talented team! We feel so welcomed by the community here and are very proud to now call Peterborough home. Apart from PIPC I have a passion for palliative medicine and do full time hospital and community palliative care. I have a part time family medicine practice as well. Outside of medicine, I am a mother of two young boys, and my favourite sport is chasing one while the other is running in the opposite direction! We love to travel and try new things!