Department of Emergency Medicine
School of Medicine Queen's University

Current Residents

PGY 5  

Dr. Emily House

Emily is a fifth year rsident in the Queen's FRCP program and one of the Resus fellows.  She originally trained at NOSM in Sudbury and is from Northern Ontario (...if you can call Parry Sound "the north"...).  Aside from emergency medicine, she has always enjoyed the theatre' and still threatens to one day run off and join it!  She loves people, travelling, outtripping, speaking in accents, theme parties, her drumming husband, dog, getting outside and spending long weekends by the lake with friends and family.  She has always maintained an interest in Global Health - an area of medicine that she intends to have as part of her practice throughout her career.

Dr. Mackenzie Howatt
Hailing from the East (best) Coast, this rural Nova Scotian immigrated to Kingston following four years trying to get a smile out of Torontonians during Medical School.  Not to be confused with his co-resident the "Silver Fox" (Zack Warren) from NFLD, all of his words come from the dictionary.  Along with Zack, Emily "let's play a game" House, and Graeme "Baghead" Ross, they make up what may go down as one of the closest resident groups Queen's has ever seen.  He is married to Kerry Howatt, one of the many friendly OBGYNE residents that can be found happily delivering baked goods to the ER crew, or less happily completing his questionable consults.

On any given day he can be found enjoying a beverage post shift, studying/people watching at a local coffee shop, or trying to learn a new skill (sailing, fishing, cooking, etc.).  Starting July 2017, he will be starting a Critical Care Fellowship at Queen's University with Zack and is developing burgeoning interests in resuscitation, education, and quality improvement.

Dr. Graeme Ross  

Dr. Zachary Warren
Zack hails from the metropolis of Arnold's Cove, Newfoundland. He rowed his dory here over 2 years ago and hasn't looked back since. While he is still adjusting to the luxuries of living in Kingston, like Starbucks and running water, he is really settling in. When not in the ED he can be found drinking coffee, being grumpy, donating to Goodlife fitness, or decorating Christmas trees. Zack's career interests are in resuscitation, trauma, and critical care. He will be completing his Fellowship in Critical Care Medicine next year at Queen's.
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Dr. Savannah Forrester
Savannah is spending her 4th year in Toronto with the old folks (and Kristen), completing a Geriatric Emergency Medicine fellowship.  She is in the process of creating a domestic zoo, that includes a dog and two cats.  Apart from this, she enjoys spending as much time on a bike as possible and going after strava segments.  Other pursuits include trying to find the mole-like ski hills of Ontario and Quebec, swimming, driving her pick-up truck around town while listening to country music (she is from Cowtown after all), and spending time at the lake.
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Dr. Eve Purdy
Eve loves being a part time anthropology masters student, part time program dog-sitter, part time campfire musician and full time emergency medicine resident! She grew up in a railway station on the outskirts of Calgary and in a small fishing village in Nova Scotia but somehow landed in Kingston and loves it.  This year she is doing a fellowship in education and research related to healthcare organizational culture on the beautiful Gold Coast of Australia.  Follow her on twitter @purdy_eve.
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Dr. Kristen Weersink
Kristen loves to travel, play soccer, and just be outside. 
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Dr. Ali Yakhshi Tafti
Born in Tehran, Iran and raised in Vancouver BC, Ali is now living his best life in Kingston amongst the FRCP EM family and completing the Resuscitation and Reanimation fellowship. 

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Dr. Amy Burton

Amy is one of the many imported Newfoundlanders in the department.  Prior to pursuing medicine, she indulged her creative side through a career in marketing.  These days she keeps her creative side alive through music, cooking and fashion.  Other loves include her english bulldog, travel and fly fishing.

Her academic interests include pediatric emergency medicine, ultrasound and global health.  She will be pursuing a pediatric emergency medicine fellowship at Western University.

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Dr. Andrew Helt
I am the eldest of 5 siblings, grew up in Moose Factory before moving to an even smaller town in central Ontario, consider myself an amateur astronomy enthusiast and am often described as a little crazy. I have played water polo at the varsity level throughout undergrad, medical school and now residency. You'll also be hard pressed to find me turn down kicking around a soccer ball or, really, a pickup game of any sort. Aside from sports, I am also an avid back-country camper and am always up for a good canoe or back packing trip. In the academic world, I have a keen interest in teaching, ultrasound and critical care and hope to pursue all 3 of these further in the coming years. If you run into me in the hospital feel free to make fun of my Leafs, talk to me about the most epic book series of all time (Wheel of Time) or the best movie(s) of all time, Star Wars.

Dr. Kirsten Litke
To come
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Dr. Christopher Meyer

Born and raised in Waterloo, Ontario, I completed my BSc Kinesiology and Physical Education at Wilfrid Laurier University and remained in Waterloo for medical school, training at the McMaster University Waterloo Regional Campus. I’ve joined the Queen’s University FRCP Emergency Medicine Residency family in 2016 and couldn’t be happier.

When I’m not in the hospital, you can find me enjoying the beautiful outdoors hiking, cycling, cross country skiing, snowboarding, back country camping or paddling. Spending a crisp morning on the river fly fishing, a warm afternoon climbing or a cool evening lakeside on a patio are my ideas of a perfect day off. I love to travel locally, nationally and internationally and immerse myself in the local culture, cuisine and wilderness..

My academic interests surround utilization of ultrasound, resuscitation, acute pain management and medical education.

PGY 2  

Dr. John Van Tuyl
After experimenting with mechanical engineering as an undergrad at Queen's and as a graduate student at McMaster, John saw the light and came to medicine. He completed his medical degree in Calgary, and spent an inordinate amount of time hiking, scrambling, and camping with his partner in the mountains.  He still tries to engineer things, and has an interest in medical device development.

When not emergency doctoring, he enjoys getting outside with the family.  On a part-time, seasonal, contractual basis he is a mediocre tradesman for those "little renovations that won't take very long".
Dr. Casey Petrie
Casey hails from Whitby, Ontario, and has been at Queen's since he left high school.  Medical interests include resuscitation and pain management.  Notable accomplishments: "I'm pretty tall, and my parents have a cool dog".  Notable skills: "again I'm pretty tall, and I can eat a lot at one time".
Dr. Taylor Oliver
Taylor was born and raised in the lush utopia of Saskatoon.  It took undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of Saskatchewan before he could be pried to the far reaches of Kingston where he discovered that lakes weren't only vacation destinations.  In the Emergency Department he has interest in ultrasound and addictions medicine.  Taylor spends his free time on the soccer pitch, convincing people to play board games, or pretending he's on MasterChef (despite suboptimal execution).

Dr. Paul Prochazka

Paul comes to Queens after completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Windsor and his medical degree at the University of Western Ontario. 

When not studying he can be found enjoying low-adrenaline sports such as drinking coffee, hiking, and golf. Settling into his old spirit he has recently taken up squash and casual bicycling. 

Academic interests include critical care and medical education.

PGY 1  

Dr. Melissa Bouwsema
 A born and raised Alberta girl, Melissa started her university career with a Bachelor of Gym Class (aka Bachelor of Physical Education) at the University of Alberta prior to venturing to the distant south of Calgary for medical school.  Despite overwhelming pressure from both fan bases, she miraculously remained neutral in the Oilers vs Flames debate during her years in the west.

When not in the ED, she can be found drinking more coffee than is healthy, listening to country music, wishing Hogwarts was real, or bouncing between a variety of physical activities with the enthusiasm of a toddler on a sugar high.

Melissa's academic interests include resuscitation, simulation education and teaching, and pre-hospital care.

Dr. Amar Chakraborty
Amar is from the faraway land of Mississsauga, doing his undergraduate and MD at McMaster before coming to Queen's.  He enjoys sports, reading - especially fantasy books because who doesn't love a little escapism - and generally immersing himself in nature.  Within medicine, his main interests are education, critical care and ultrasound.  

Dr. Taylor Nikel
Taylor hails from Western Canada as a born and raised Edmontonian.  After completing all of his training in Alberta, he finally ventured out to explore eastern Canada.  In his spare time you can find him watching far too much hockey (Go Oilers!) or getting out for a run.  His academic interests include research, ultrasound and resuscitation.

Dr. Evan Russell
I was raised in the village of Oakwood Ontario before moving to London Ontario to complete my Bachelor of Medical Science and Master's of Pharmacology & Toxicology at The University of Western Ontario.  After working as a lab manager for a few years, I came to Kingston in 2014 to attend Queen's Medicine, and subsequently was fortunate to join the Queen's Emerg crew in 2018.  I have a strong interest in academic medicine, and specific career goals are being actively explored.

Outside of medicine, I'm happiest when on outdoor adventures with my wife, Candace and our daughter, Harper.
Dr. Nathaniel Walker