Creston Valley Health Working Group

June 10, 2022

New Physician Relocating to Creston

On behalf of the Creston Valley Health Working Group, please join us in welcoming a new permanent Family Practice Physician and his family, relocating to Creston.

Dr. Bryndel Fell, a graduate of UBC medical school, is a current resident of Prince George, BC. He and his family will be relocating to Creston this July. We look forward to their arrival, and settling into and enjoying their home here in the Creston Valley!

For future information regarding Dr. Fell's intake process, like and follow the Town of Creston Facebook page (@TownofCrestonBC) and/or Instagram (townofcreston).

Furthermore, keep an eye on the Town of Creston website where we encourage you to sign up for the "News Flash". In this way, there are alerts whenever something is posted to the Town of Creston newsfeed.

Updates, as they become available for specific information, will be posted simultaneously on the above platforms.

September 8, 2021

Maple Maternity Informational Video

September 2, 2021

Welcome Dr. Amira Khalil!

With pleasure, Creston Valley Health Working Group welcomes Dr. Amira Khalil & her family to Creston.

They are relocating in advance of her beginning practice here this Spring, at a yet to be named clinic, as this will allow their children to maintain a consistent school year.

Dr. Khalil is relocating within the Practice Ready program.  This is a competitive program whereby internationally trained physicians wishing to relocate to practice in B.C. are offered mentorship in Canadian practice for 3 years.  It is hoped they will settle long term in the community, maintaining a local practice.

Please join us in welcoming them to Creston!

June 16, 2021

Welcome Dr. Luke Turanich!

The Creston Valley Health Working Group, Creston's unique and innovative approach to successfully recruit full service Family Physicians to Creston, welcomes the opportunity to share a further success story.

Several years ago, the Town of Creston and the RDCK Directors saw the need for sustained health care for the citizens of the Creston Valley.  As such, our community is represented by our dedicated health recruiter who reaches out to communicate with potential full service physicians while concurrently staying in touch with the Chief of Staff and all clinics, and working in concert with our community's needs now and going forward.  

Despite the necessity for pivoting and shifting within the ongoing pandemic, recruitment during these times has continued in creative ways. To that end, it is wonderful to share with you that Dr. Luke Turanich, a Family Physician who is also accredited to perform Anesthetics, has been successfully recruited to Creston.  

It is anticipated he will begin practice in Creston in the late Summer/early Fall timeframe.  Further information is anticipated to be forthcoming in the very near future as to where in Creston he will be practicing.  

June 2, 2020

Click here for a message from Mayor Ron Toyota, regarding ongoing physician recruitment.

May 28, 2020

Creston Valley Health Working Group is very pleased to announce the successful recruitment of Dr. Johnny Chang!   Dr. Chang will be relocating to Creston this September to begin his practice at Family Practice Associates, assuming the practice of Dr. John Griffioen as he retires from his daily clinical practice after some 20 years of practice.  THANK YOU, Dr. Griffioen, for your many years of continuous service to the residents of Creston Valley, and WELCOME, Dr. Chang!

FPA   Griffioen Chang    

May 7, 2020

Summit Medical Clinic regretfully announces that Dr. Ola Szymanska will be leaving the Creston Valley at the end of July.

Unfortunately, at this time all of their other physicians’ practices are full and they will not be covering her patients. They encourage all Dr. Szymanska’s patients to book an appointment with her in the next couple of months.


May 31, 2019

Blue Heron Medical Clinic is pleased to announce that Dr. Sheena McKellar is once again accepting applications for new patients. 

Applications can be picked up at Blue Heron Medical (203-1230 Canyon St.) during regular business hours which are Monday to Thursday, 9-12 and 1-4.

** Update ** Dr. McKellar’s intake is now full

April 4, 2019

Blue Heron Medical Clinic is pleased to announce that Dr. Sheena McKellar is now accepting applications for new patients. 

Applications can be picked up at Blue Heron Medical (203-1230 Canyon St.) during regular business hours which are Monday to Thursday, 9-12 and 1-4.

** Update ** Dr. McKellar’s intake is now full (May 6, 2019)

March 20, 2019 Update

The Blue Heron Medical Clinic and the Creston Valley Health Working Group are pleased to announce the pending arrival of Dr. Sheena McKellar. Dr. McKellar will be opening her practice in late April 2019. Intake request forms may be picked up during regular office hours at the Blue Heron Medical Clinic, located at 1230 Canyon Street.

Welcome, Dr. McKellar & family to the Creston Valley!  

Aug 2018 Update

With great pleasure we welcome Dr. Darryn Storrier and family to Creston! Dr. Storrier will be working out of Family Practice Associations Medical Clinic (FPA) on 16th Avenue North, beginning on September 4th.
** Update ** Dr. Storrier's intake is now full

Physician Recruitment Program

This unique and comprehensive award-winning program addresses multiple layers of recruitment, as well as successful integration of newly arrived family Doctors to Creston. Facilitated by our Physician Recruitment Consultant, this program is supported and funded by the Regional District Directors of Electoral Areas "B" and "C" and the Town of Creston.  Read more...

Message from Mayor Toyota (May 9 2018)

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Successes of the program are made evident by the ongoing recruitment of permanent physicians to Creston including general practitioners who provide enhanced skills in anesthesia, surgery and obstetrics. Additionally, several locum physicians have provided relief for existing physicians to take much needed breaks, as well as filling physician absentee gaps.  Read more...

Additional Health Professions Recruitment

In addition to Physician Recruitment, the Creston Valley Health Work Group assists with recruitment of Dental, Physiotherapy and other health professionals in relocation to the Creston Valley.

Contact Us

Marilin States
Physician Recruitment Consultant

Creston Valley Health Working Group
PO Box 1339
238 - 10th Avenue North
Creston, BC   V0B 1G0

P: (250) 428-2214, ext. 225
F: (250) 428-9164

Says the Health Professional...

"After 10 years in Vancouver, we were ready to move to a community with a more relaxed pace of life. Creston has the best BC has to offer - unlimited outdoor activities and wonderful weather - without the fast-paced lifestyle and expensive standard of living of most of the communities on the coast. We needed to settle in a community where we would be able to fulfill our career goals, yet still have quality time to raise our kids."
- Dr. Karen Persad