Our Team

The Bowen Island Community Health Centre features a multi-disciplinary team based environment where family physicians and nurse practitioners work alongside nurses, community health workers, social workers and other health professionals to treat the physical, mental health and well-being of patients.

Suzanne Saatchi, Executive Director

Suzanne Saatchi, Executive Director

Suzanne became Executive Director for the BICHC in June 2021, and is responsible for planning and implementing all areas of operations. She was previously a management consultant specializing in healthcare operational planning, operational readiness assessments and strategic planning for clients including Burnaby Divisions of Family Practice, the Provincial Health Services Authority, Fraser Health and Northern Health.

Dr. Matt Blackwood, Medical Director

Dr. Matt Blackwood, Medical Director

Matt moved to Bowen Island in 2016 where he joined the Rural Locum Program for BC and was able to practice in small communities around the province — in addition to becoming “Dr. Tuesday” on Bowen Island. He has been instrumental in developing the primary care model and team at the BICHC.

Dr. Susanne Schloegl

Dr. Susanne Schloegl

Susanne has been the primary Family Physician on Bowen Island for almost 20 years and is a vital and important member of our community. She has also been a driving force in bringing a team-based community health centre to reality on Bowen

Laura Fitzgerald, Family Nurse Practitioner

Laura Fitzgerald, Family Nurse Practitioner

Laura graduated in 2016 from the University of British Columbia with her Masters in Nursing and family nurse practitioner designation. Laura moved to Bowen Island one year ago with her husband Stefan and toddler, Hannah and is very happy to call Bowen Island home.

Dr. Lindsay Downey

Dr. Lindsay Downey

Lindsay is a Family Physician originally from Ontario where she worked at the Georgetown Medical Associates for more than 14 years. Drawn by the vibrant and warm community and beautiful setting, she and her family have moved to Bowen Island and she is excited to open a practice and join the community.

Dr. Stephanie Shorter

Dr. Stephanie Shorter

Stephanie is a graduate of the Ottawa University for Medical School and did her Family Medicine residency at Queen’s University before beginning her practice as a Family Physician at Docs on the Bay in Horseshoe Bay, BC at the end of 2018. A Bowen Island resident, she has always dreamed of ultimately becoming a part of the health care team on Bowen Island.

Colleen O'Neil, Community Health Worker

Colleen O’Neil, Community Health Worker

Colleen O’Neil is a long-time Bowen Island resident and tireless community volunteer and organizer. Most recently she worked as a health navigator at the Caring Circle Resource Centre, a society she co-founded in 2014. She was trained as a Registered Nurse.

Megan Smith, Community Health Worker

Megan Smith, Community Health Worker

Prior to her new role with the Health Centre, Megan worked in participatory action health research in Vancouver, community development in Kitimat and most recently as a coordinator for the Bowen Island Literacy Task Group. She has a Masters in Public Health from SFU with a concentration in the social inequities of health and access to care. Megan loves living on Bowen Island with her husband and three children.

Matt Smith, Community Health Worker

Matt Smith, Community Health Worker

Matt spent 13 years in downtown Vancouver at a 24-hour resource centre for at-risk, street-involved and homeless youth; in Galway, Ireland, delivering community youth programming; and with Vancouver Coastal Health working directly with clients to better access addiction services. He moved to Bowen three years ago and where he has been working with Bowen Island Community Recreation as a programmer. He enjoys walking through the trails of Bowen and playing soccer with BIFC. He lives with his wife and two cats.

Administrative Support

Margit Brenner, Office Manager
Rita Dempsey, MOA
Heather Kerr, MOA
Susan Senkler, Bookkeeper