North Shore Division of Family Practice

Physician Leads

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Dr Dean Brown - Patient Medical Home (PMH)/Primary Care Network (PCN), Communications, GP Link



Dr Hayley Broker - Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use Collaborative (CYMHSU)

Dr Broker was born and raised in the Lower Mainland and started out at the University of Victoria, but after 3 years, headed to UBC med school to get her MD.

She was a full-service family physician delivering babies and caring for people up to 100 years old until Dec 2017. She now works at the Foundry, Mountainside, Parkgate Youth Clinic, and Stepping Stones, and has a passion to help youth with mental health and substance use issues.

Dr Broker teaches behavioural medicine to family practice residents, champions the CYMHSU PSP modules, and helps to develop new modules such as Team Based Care and Substance Use. Her work with Cerner maternity implementation, Shared Care projects such as Mental Health and Opioid Agonist Therapy, and CYMHSU co-ops also keep her busy.

When not working, Dr Broker enjoys skiing, sailing, racing, and photography.


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Dr Michelle Brousson - Opioid & Pain Management

Dr Michelle Brousson obtained a Bachelor of Science from the University of Victoria then did medical training at McGill University in Montreal in 1992, after which she returned to British Columbia to study Family Medicine at UBC. She had a full service family practice in Vancouver for 16 years.  Presently she provides primary care for the marginalized complex patient population at HealthConnection Clinic. This has led to an interest in Addiction medicine and Chronic Pain Management. Additionally, she provides specialized foot and ankle assessment at Pacific Orthopedic Sports Medicine in North Vancouver and Footbridge Clinic in Vancouver.

Dr Brousson is a Clinical Assistant Professor at UBC Family Practice Department and teaches medical students and family medicine residents. She has been a Facilitator with the Practice Support Program.

She is currently the GP Lead for the Chronic Pain and Opioid Crisis Management Committee and is a member of the GP Specialist Committee.

Dr Brousson enjoys spending time with her family, playing soccer, skiing and cycling.

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Dr Joanne Larsen - Practice Management



Dr Alireza Sameny - Long-Term Care Initiative

Dr Sameny received his Medical degree in Iran 20 years ago and worked in Iran as a general practitioner for a few years before moving to Canada. In Canada, he pursued a PhD in genetics while finishing his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Alberta. At the same time, he was also involved in teaching undergraduate and medical students at the University of Alberta. After graduation, Dr Sameny worked as a family doctor and chronic pain consultant in Edmonton, Alberta. During this time, he also helped the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta with physician practice assessments.

Dr Sameny has since relocated to Vancouver. He believes in the value of life style modification in preventative medicine. In addition to preventative medicine, his interests include evidence-based medicine and chronic pain management. He tries to incorporate the patient’s individual experience and preference with the best available research evidence to improve patient care.

When not practising medicine, Dr Sameny enjoys spending time with his family.


Dr Eric Sigmund - Mental Health & Substance Use (MHSU)