Rural and Remote Division of Family Practice

Dr. Tracey Thorne - Board Co-Chair, Division Physician Lead and Vancouver Island Region, Regional Physician Lead

Dr. Tracey Thorne, MD, CCFP

Dr. Tracey Thorne was born and raised in rural Nova Scotia. After graduating from Dalhousie Medical School she completed her training in Family Medicine in Prince George. In 2009 she moved to Gabriola Island in the ancestral and traditional territory of the Snuneymuxw First Nation. Tracey appreciates providing full service, rural medicine with wonderful colleagues in a beautiful community owned clinic.

An active member of the Gabriola Chapter of the Rural and Remote Division of Family Practice, Dr. Thorne was the physician lead on the GP for Me project that created a position for a community social worker in practice. She was also the lead on the community palliative care project which laid the groundwork for a successful home hospice program. She is a founding member of the Gabriola Health and Wellness Collaborative, a collective of community organizations addressing the social determinants of health. 

Dr. Thorne has been the Vancouver Island Regional Physician Lead for the Rural and Remote Division since 2019 and the Division Physician Lead/CoChair since 2020. 

Tracey has also worked at the Youth Wellness Clinic in Nanaimo and was on the Advisory Board for the Adult Mental Health and Substance Use Spread Network with the Nanaimo Division of Family Practice. She is also a Clinical Instructor in the UBC Department of Family Practice, teaching rural family medicine. 

In 2019, she was awarded a BC College of Family Physicians’ Social Determinants of Health Grant to develop a counselling and support group for mothers on Gabriola. In 2021 She was given the College Coin Honour by the BC College of Family Physicians for her work in community. 

Dr. Thorne places a high value on community engagement and the safeguarding of rural primary care. When she is not working Tracey loves exploring tidal pools and forest trails with her husband, two boys and dog.