Dr. Fariba Aghajafari

Dr. Fariba Aghajafari is an assistant professor at the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Calgary. She completed her training in Family Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. She has obtained a master’s degree in Clinical Epidemiology from University of Toronto and a PhD in Health Services Research from University of Calgary.

Dr. Aghajafari's teaching and research involve evidence-based medicine, pregnancy and child health, nutrition, refugee health and health services.

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Dr. Fozia Alvi

Dr. Fozia Alvi is a family physician who works in Calgary and Airdrie, Alberta. Dr. Alvi completed her family practice residency in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA and has been working in Alberta for 11 years. Dr. Alvi is involved in teaching family practice residents and medical students and is also involved with Philanthropy work in Africa, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Canada. Dr. Alvi recently completed a medical mission in Bangladesh Refugees camps and is actively engaged in advocating for Rohingya genocide. These experiences has provided Dr. Alvi with opportunities to talk about refugee health in different countries.

Dr. Alvi's area of interest in research are women and children health and Refugees health, with a prominent interest in mental health.

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Dr. Kendra Barrick 

Dr. Kendra Barrick obtained her medical degree from the University of Ottawa in 2014. Originally from Kitchener, Ontario, she moved to Alberta to start her Family Medicine residency at the University of Calgary and is now a family physician in Canmore, Alberta. 

Her practice interests include addiction medicine, palliative care and mental health counselling. Additionally, she works as a clinical lecturer at the University of Calgary, and teaches current family medicine residents. 

Prior to medical school, Dr. Barrick completed two years of research training at Queen's University working in collaboration with ICES-Queens. She is currently working with the Tom Baker Cancer Centre on a research project looking at optimizing the management of patients with palliative cancer by family physicians.

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Dr. James Dickinson

Dr. James Dickinson graduated in medicine from Queensland and trained in Family Medicine and Epidemiology at McMaster and McGill Universities, then wrote his PhD at Newcastle (NSW). He worked in the Department of Health in Canberra, then as a Professor of Family Medicine in Western Australia and Chinese University of Hong Kong. He returned to Canada to the Department of Family Medicine in 2002. He was a founding member of the re-formed Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care from 2009 to 2016.

His teaching and research interests are in prevention, especially screening for disease, mainly in cancer, and in what Family physicians do in their practice: diagnosis, investigation, prescribing. He runs the Alberta community Influenza Surveillance program (Tarrant). Dr. Dickinson is also involved in changing health policy to accord with science.


Dr. Jazmin Marlinga

Dr Marlinga completed her medical degree at the University of Western Ontario in 2007, and her Family Medicine training at the University of Calgary in 2009.  She then went on to complete a fellowship at the University of Toronto in Hospital Medicine, and has since obtained training in tropical medicine in the UK with a diploma from the Royal College of Physicians. Dr. Marlinga has recently acquired certification in addictions medicine through the International Society of Addictions Medicine.

Dr. Marling also provides full spectrum care to populations with chronic complex conditions, facing social, economic, and mental health barriers in Calgary, Alberta.

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Dr. Randall Sargent

Dr. Sargent completed his first degree is philosophy, leading to his first job with BC Fish and Wildlife as a Biologist (MSc.). Dr. Sargent worked as a College professor before taking a sabbatical and entering medical school in Calgary where he graduated under the tutelage of Dr. Michael Tarrant. In 1990, Dr, Sargent began a broad practice in a full-practice Clinic (Cambrian in Calgary), offering surgery, DI, pharmacy, and PT. In following years, Dr. Sargent continued practice including obstetrics and surgical assisting. In 2000, he left office ownership behind and engaged in LTC work and continued seeing patients at their home.

Dr. Sargent’s work in the new century involved leadership as he took the Physician Leadership courses and assumed roles such as Medical Director and ‎eventually roles with Calgary Health Region. The challenges of leadership opened pathways to influencing the medical profession and Dr. Sargent accepted nomination and election to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta in 2003 (CPSA).

As share by Dr. Sargent “Seniors may have a privilege that has blessed me: grandchildren! What a balm family is for what ails you. I have and still enjoy a busy life. I crave the outdoors, music and hobby activities, and make time for research (Sargent, R., Brocklebank, C., Tam-Tham, H., Williamson, T., Quail, P., Turner, D., & Drummond, N. (2016). Advantages of a warfarin protocol for long-term care pharmacists: a retrospective cohort study. Canadian Geriatrics Journal19(2), 40.).”

Though Dr. Sargent is pleased to be a family physician, his love for biology experience persists and he see’s medical care through the eyes of an ecologist; emphasizing community as a natural benefit to life. A joy in Dr. Sargent’s career has been membership and working with ACFP: learning at ASA, meeting colleagues, modelling the leadership of mentors.