Paula Slaney is a rural fee-for-service family physician in Burin, practicing both family medicine and emergency medicine. She is originally from the small town of Lawn and started her practice in August 2018. She completed all her education including a Bachelor of Science honors degree (2010), graduate diploma in clinical epidemiology (2011), medical degree (2016) and family medicine residency (2018) at Memorial University. Paula is currently completing a fellowship in wilderness medicine through the Wilderness Medical Society. She does not do well in large cities or with leaving Newfoundland for extended periods of time. She spends any free time she has with her wonderful dog, Everest. Paula served as the administrative resident for her residency program for 2 years sitting on various committees during that time. Paula is very enthusiastic about her new role with the NL-CFPC and supporting members in their first five years of family practice.

Jeff Patterson CCFP (EM)

Originally from Saint John, New Brunswick, I went to Memorial University for residency in 2005 after completing my  medical degree at Dalhousie.  I was fortunate to do my second year of residency training in Goose Bay, Labrador where I discovered the joy of working in a rural practice.  After doing locums across Canada and New Zealand for five years, my wife and I officially settled in Goose Bay in 2011.  I have been heavily involved in the curriculum and training of family medicine residents in Goose Bay. I began my role as Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Memorial in 2018.   I have been a Mainpro-plus accreditor since 2017.

Amanda Tzenov is an Assistant Professor with the Faculty Of Medicine at Memorial University, St. John’s, Newfoundland.  She provides general family practice care, as well as care of adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities at the Forest Road Clinic, and low risk obstetrical care with the Family Centered Maternity Care team.  She completed her Master of Science in 2008, and her Family Medicine residency at Memorial University in 2014.

Dr. Elhamy Samak is a practicing Family Physician in his first year of practice at the Dr. Charles L. LeGrow Health Centre, Port aux Basques, NL.

He is an International Medical Graduate, and finished his MD from Cairo University in Egypt. He also completed the CSAT Program from MUN in association with CPSNL in 2018.

During his career in rural and underserved communities, he  practices medicine with deep empathy and compassion for those who lack healthcare benefits.

Dr. Samak believes in the importance of lifelong learning, innovation and improvement in outcomes for patients. He likes to expose learners to a large variety of clinical situations enabling them to expand their skills and become well-rounded clinicians. “The sky is the limit.”

Dr. Samak is the current NL National Membership Advisory Committee Representative.