Meet our Physicians
DR. SUSAN BORON – Chief of Staff
Current Practice – Family Medicine
I graduated from U of T, and did a family practice residency in London and Toronto before starting practice in Hamilton, ON. From there, my husband and I moved to Kincardine where we lived and worked until March 2008. I served as site chief for the Kincardine site of the South Bruce Grey Health Center for 7 years. In 1998, I became a Fellow in the college of Family Physicians for my work in Palliative care and teaching of medical students. I remain actively involved in teaching medical students at all levels. In 2007 I joined the Hanover Medical Associates, and continue to have a full family practice including obstetrics and ER, with a special interest in the two ends of the life spectrum: delivering babies and palliative care. Along with my dog, Sam and cat Sacha, my husband Doug and I live in the country, near Elmwood. We are keen photographers and avid outdoor enthusiasts. I like to get involved in the community and enjoy making people smile – Halloween costumes are one of my favourites!
DR. NICK ABELL
Current Practice – Family Medicine, ER, Family Health Team Lead Physician
I was born and raised in a small rural farming community in Manitoba that boasted a population of 500. Becoming a doctor was “in the genes” as my mother, father, brother, grandfather and great uncle are all doctors. I graduated from the University of Manitoba Medical School and completed my medical training with the Rural Manitoba Family Medicine program. I joined the Hanover medical team in 2007 after working in rural BC for 4 years. I was an avid hockey player at the Junior A, Junior B and University levels before medical school and Senior hockey after graduation. I spend most of my time with my wife Rozi and three children. The remainder is left cheering for the best hockey team in Canada – the Canucks!
DR. ROBERT (BOB) BASILIJ
Current Practice – Family Medicine, ER, Colonoscopies & minor surgeries
Having received my MD Certification from the University of Western Ontario and my College of Family Practice Certification from the University of Calgary, I moved to Hanover in 1984. My family practice includes a large base of nursing home patients who I visit weekly. As well as working in the emergency department one day each week, I also work in the OR weekly performing specialized surgeries such as colonoscopies and EGD’s. Throughout my career I have held many academic positions such as Chief of Staff, Preceptor for The University of Western Ontario, Chief of Emergency Medicine and President of the Medical Staff at HDH. I love to spend time with my wife and three children and enjoy skiing, biking and travelling.
DR. SUSAN BATTEN
- Chief of Obstetrics
Current Practice - Family Medicine, OBS, ER
After living and working in various environments; such as Northern Canada (cohabiting with the polar bears), and working at a medical clinic (on a garbage dump in the heart of Ghana in West Africa), I decided to become a physician. My undergraduate degree is in International Development Studies, and it taught me to ‘act locally and think globally’. Thus, I felt the best way to follow this life philosophy was to become an active participant in a small rural Canadian community. The question that my husband and I sought to answer during the four years of my medical degree (in Manitoba) was where to live? We travelled throughout Manitoba, Northern Ontario and all of British Columbia without finding the ‘right fit’. As destiny would have it I matched to Hanover for my residency, and we knew within the first few months that this was the place for us. Our life here with our three children has just begun, and it has been a great fit for us. Hanover has the rural generalized practice that I seek, the proximity to all the wonderful outdoor activities, close to a BIG city (but far enough away to not deal with the traffic), and a welcoming community of people. It is the place to be!
DR. DIANA BOUGHAN
Current Practice - Family Medicine, OBS, ER, Anaesthesia
DR. ROCHELLE DWORKIN
Current Practice – Family Medicine, OBS, ER
In 1984 I graduated With Distinction from the University of Alberta’s faculty of medicine. The following year I completed a rotating internship through Dalhousie University in Halifax. Initially I had planned to be a pediatrician but after a few years of travelling and doing locums I decided to settle in Hanover instead. Having spent 26 years in this community I can honestly say it was the best decision I could have made. My education has also included receiving a master’s degree in Clinical Sciences (Family Medicine) from Western University in 2010. Actively involved in medical education, I am currently the Site Director of the Hanover Rural Family Medicine Residency training program. I have a full spectrum family practice including working in the ER and doing obstetrics. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family skiing in the winter and sailing in the summer.
Postgraduate Program 2013 (Residents):
- Best Core FM Teacher Award – Rural/Regional: Dr. Rochelle Dworkin
DR. BRUCE EDINGTON
Current Practice – Family Medicine, Anaesthesia
Upon graduating from UWO I completed 3 years of residency and then worked in Northern Ontario in a General Practice. My wife and I relocated to Hanover because of the many opportunities for our family, the collegial medical community and the rewarding medical practice. Since being here we have taken advantage of all that Hanover has to offer including the French Immersion school program, the many music opportunities, skiing, sailing, pottery, minor hockey, figure skating, summer sports programs, outdoor camping and hiking to mention some of the recreational activities.
DR. PAMELA GOLD
Current Practice – Family Medicine
After a childhood spent moving from province to province across Canada, I moved to Vancouver where I attended Medical School. Despite a love of the British Columbia lifestyle, I moved to London, Ontario for my Residency. In early 2000, I met Dr. Randy Montag at the St. Joseph’s Hospital and we married the following September on the condition that Randy agreed to cohabitate with my “killer” cat in exchange for my promise to settle in Ontario. We both joined the Hanover Medical Associates in April 2005 and were especially attracted to the spacious modern clinic and friendly, helpful staff. Randy and I have four children, so I divide my time between medical and domestic duties. I enjoy family fun, reading, travelling.
DR. TIM HEEREMA
Current Practice – Family Medicine, ER
Born and raised in London, ON. I became increasingly interested in Family Medicine during my years at the University of Western Ontario where I received both my Medical Doctorate and College of Family Practice Certification. Additional interests include Emergency Medicine topics, so I decided to pursue training in this field with a further year of residency training. I divide my time between the ER and my Family Practice. Outside of medicine, I enjoy spending time with my wife and children and try to fit in numerous hobbies including sports, music, and board games. My wife and I also own a unique store in downtown Hanover – “The Giddy Goblin Games & Goodies”.
Postgraduate Program 2013 (Faculty):
- Best Core FM Teacher Award – Rural/Regional: Dr. Timothy Heerema
DR. RACHEL KIEFFER
Current Practice - Family Medicine
DR. RANDY MONTAG
Current Practice – Family Medicine, ER, Anaesthesia
Growing up as a local farm-boy I graduated from Walkerton’s Sacred Heart High School in 1990. Fourteen years, three degrees, three Universities, 27 moves and three cars later, I returned to my old stomping grounds. I obtained my degree in Medicine from the University of Western Ontario and completed my Residency training in Family Medicine and Anesthesia in Sudbury. My wife Dr. Pamela Gold and I came to the area in October 2004, and after checking out several local communities both signed in Hanover in April, 2005. I currently divide my time between Family Medicine, ER, Anaesthesia and In-patient Care. Away from work I enjoy time with my wife and 4 children as well as hiking, reading and playing computer games.
DR. CHERYL WHITE
Current Practice - Family Medicine, OBS
I was born and raised in Chepstow and like Dr Montag, I also graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Walkerton. My educational journey involved a B.Sc from the University of Guelph, a M.Sc from McMaster University and a Medical Doctorate from the University of Ottawa. Having spent numerous years away from the area, I was thrilled to return to start my family medicine residency in Hanover through the University of London. I am currently still a resident but will be joining the Hanover ps upon the completion of my residency program and will be involved in family medicine, obstetrics and in-patient care. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my husband and our 2 children as well as swimming, camping and reading.
DR. MIKE ZWARDON - Chief of Emergency
Current Practice - ER