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To ensure that we can continue to care for our patients safely and effectively during the Covid-19 pandemic, we will be offering timely access to virtual medical care through phone and video technologies. Some health concerns can be addressed with virtual care alone, but in some cases your doctor may ask you to visit our office for a physical examination.

We'd like to ensure our patients that we have created a safe environment if you need to be seen in the clinic for an exam.

Covid-19 Resources: BC Center for Disease ControlVancouver Coastal Health.

The Medical Clinic Associates are excited to announce that Dr. Sandra Garbawi has started her practice as of March 9th, 2020.

If you are in need of a family doctor, Dr. Garbawi is currently accepting new patients. We encourage you to call. You can book a virtual or in-person appointment for an introductory visit with her by calling 604-485-6261.

Physicians

Arend Delport

Dr. Arend Delport graduated from the University of the Orange Free State, South Africa in 2004 and has been practicing in Powell River since 2008. He started with full-time emergency room duties but since 2010 has been sharing the family medicine office with his wife Dr. Henriette Strydom. Together they provide a full service family medicine practice.

Barrie McDonald

Dr. Barrie McDonald was born in the sunshine of Australia before coming to Canada as a boy. He lost the accent and then graduated from McGill Medical School in 1991. He and his wife, Dr. Claire Bonser, share a practice and three children. He coaches and plays soccer, has a keen sense of the ironic, and can always be relied on to see the amusing side of life.

Brad Schweitzer

Dr. Brad Schweitzer obtained an MD from the University of Saskatchewan in 1984, and a certificate in family medicine from the University of British Columbia in 1986. He has enjoyed practising in Powell River since 1999. He and his wife Fran along with their nine children are very involved in sports and music in the community.

Claire Bonsor

Dr. Claire Bonsor was born and raised in Vancouver. She graduated from UBC in 1992 and did her residency in Family Medicine at the Ottawa Civic Hospital. She has been living and practising in Powell River since 1995, and outside her family practise and maternity work, she is also our Medical Director of Residential Care. Claire loves being a mom to three wonderful kids, and enjoys various sports along with her passion for music.

Gareth Evans

Dr. Gareth Evans was born and raised on Vancouver Island. After completing his MD at UBC in 2015, he trained in the Northern Rural Family Practice residency program in a variety of BC communities including Powell River. He practices the full-scope of primary care medicine including emergency and maternity care. He, his wife Adrienne, and their son David enjoy participating in local community music events and going on camping trips.

Henriette Strydom

Dr. Henriette Strydom Graduated from the University of the Orange Free State, South Africa in 2004 and has been practicing in Powell River since 2008. Together with her husband, Dr. Arend Delport, she provides full service family medicine. She has a special interest in maternity care and this forms part of her services provided to the community of Powell River.

Hisham Ghali

Dr. Hisham Ghali was born in Egypt and raised in the United Arab Emirates. He completed his MD in Egypt in 1998 and worked there for two years before moving back to the United Arab Emirates where he worked in a multinational Hospital since 2003. In April 2019 Dr. Ghali moved to Powell River with his wife and children to start his practice at the Medical Clinic Associates. He and his family are enjoying the nature and various activities in Powell River.

Melissa Meyer

Dr. Melissa Meyer was born and raised in South Africa. She studied at the University of Pretoria and qualified in 2008. She and her husband Charl are enjoying their new Canadian family member, Milah, who was born 22 November 2012.

Steve Burns

Dr. Steve Burns attended Simon Fraser University followed by Medical School at the University of British Columbia. Steve then braved the winters in Regina for his internship training. His practise in Powell River includes special interests in the treatment of patients with HIV, schizophrenia and cancer.