Dr. Edmond S. Chan

Dr. Edmond S. Chan 

FAIT Allergist
Head, Division of Allergy, Department of Pediatrics, University of British Columbia
Clinical Professor, University of British Columbia
Clinical Investigator, BC Children's Hospital Research Institute

Dr. Edmond S. Chan is a Pediatric Allergist, UBC Clinical Professor, Clinical Investigator (BC Children's Hospital Research Institute), and Head (UBC Division of Allergy, BC Children's Hospital), where he leads a food allergy research program.  He has ~200 peer-reviewed publications (2024) primarily on food allergy, covering a wide range of topics including prevention, food immunotherapy, and food allergy associated anxiety, with eosinophilic esophagitis being a secondary research interest. He is a co-author of several national/international guidelines on food allergy and eosinophilic esophagitis. He is on the executive of the board of directors of the Canadian Society of Allergy & Clinical Immunology (CSACI) and will begin his term as CSACI President in Nov 2024. He was recipient of the CSACI’s highest distinction, the Jerry Dolovich Award (2017) for excellence in clinical work, teaching, and research and being a leader/role model in the specialty, as well as its F. Estelle R. Simons Award (2020) for research. He is on the Executive of the Canadian Paediatric Society’s Allergy Section. He is on Food Allergy Canada’s healthcare advisory board and steering committee for Canada’s National Food Allergy Action Plan.

With respect to food immunotherapy, Dr Chan has had extensive experience with oral immunotherapy (OIT) since 2012, epicutaneous immunotherapy (EPIT) since 2016, and sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) since 2020. He has led a national collaboration (“CPP-OIT”) since 2017 for studying the implementation of preschool oral immunotherapy into clinical practice, and co-led the first ever Canadian (CSACI) oral immunotherapy clinical practice guidelines which was published in 2020. Food immunotherapy implementation efforts provincially, nationally, and internationally covering the full spectrum of age ranges continue, including infant OIT for failed primary prevention, and using SLIT as an initial phase to bypass OIT buildup in older children and adolescents.

Dr. Lianne Soller

Dr. Lianne Soller

Allergy Research Manager, Division of Allergy and Immunology, University of British Columbia

Dr. Lianne Soller manages a growing food allergy research program on the treatment of food allergy with oral immunotherapy at BC Children's Hospital. Dr. Soller also developed the first research program in Canada to better understand food allergy associated anxiety and create strategies to help families cope. Dr. Soller serves as the Research Advisor for the OIT fundraising committee, a parent-driven committee dedicated to raising funds for oral immunotherapy and food allergy research at BCCH. 

Dr. Tiffany Wong

Dr. Tiffany Wong, MD 

Staff Allergist

Dr. Tiffany Wong is a Pediatric Allergist and Clinical Assistant Professor with the Department of Paediatrics at the BC Children’s Hospital. She received her MD at UBC, Pediatric residency at the University of Calgary and fellowship training in Allergy and Immunology at UBC. Her primary areas of clinical interest are in drug and food allergy, and health quality improvement science. Oral immunotherapy is one of her most gratifying areas of practice and she is thrilled to be working with the OIT team and all of the wonderful patients and families!

Dr. Stephanie Erdle

Dr. Stephanie Erdle, MD 

Staff Allergist

Dr. Stephanie Erdle is a Pediatric Allergist with the Department of Paediatrics at the BC Children’s Hospital. She received her MD at the University of British Columbia and completed her pediatric residency at the Hospital for Sick Children at the University of Toronto. She completed her fellowship training in allergy and clinical immunology at the University of British Columbia. Her primary areas of clinic interest are in food allergy, oral immunotherapy, and eosinophilic esophagitis.

Dr. Raymond Mak, MD

Staff Allergist

Dr. Raymond Mak is an Allergy specialist who works at BC Children's hospital. He completed his fellowship training at the University of British Columbia and is currently involved in a variety of research projects related to food allergy immunotherapy, including epicutaneous, oral and sublingual immunotherapy. Another area of interest is health care delivery using mobile technology and the transitioning care of patients with food allergies from adolescence into adulthood.

Alanna Chomyn

Dr. Alanna Chomyn

Staff Allergist

Dr. Alanna Chomyn is a Pediatric Allergist at BC Children's Hospital allergy outreach clinic. She received her MD through the University of Alberta and completed her training in pediatrics at BC Children's Hospital. She then went on to complete her fellowship in Pediatric Allergy and Clinical Immunology at BC Children's Hospital. Her areas of interest are food allergy and asthma, as well as health care in underserved populations. 

Dr. Jennifer Y. Tong

Dr. Jennifer Y. Tong, MD, CCFP, FCFP

Thriving Families Program Physician

Dr. Jennifer Y. Tong is a family physician with enhanced skills training in mental health who has a special interest in serving families with allergies. She also has a community practice at an interdisciplinary mental health clinic in Vancouver and provides access to mental health care through the Vancouver Coastal Health school doctor program. Dr. Tong is a Clinical Instructor with UBC Faculty of Medicine and has served with BC Family Doctors and Doctors of BC. She brings her training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy to her work in the Thriving Families Program at BCCH Allergy Clinic, a pilot program offering supportive education and skills-building therapy to families managing allergies.

Jennifer Fortkamp

Jennifer Fortkamp

FAIT Secretary

Jenni joined the Allergy Team under the leadership of Dr. Edmond Chan in 2019. She studied as a Medical Office Assistant/Unit Clerk and graduated in 2007. She worked at UBC Student Health Service for 11 years before realizing her dream of working at BC Children's Hospital. She loves working with the allergy kids and their families.

Dr. Brock Williams

Dr. Brock Williams, PhD, RD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Brock Williams is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Division of Allergy at the University of British Columbia. He completed his PhD in Human Nutrition at the University of British Columbia and has worked as Registered Dietitian in a variety of research and clinical roles, with specialization in the areas of General Pediatrics, Gastroenterology/Hepatology/Nutrition, and Allergy. His primary research and clinical interests lie in food allergy prevention and treatment, micronutrients, and human milk feeding.

Beverley Ojeaga

Beverley Ojeaga

FAIT & Clinical Trials Research Assistant

Beverley recently moved from London, UK to British Columbia just before Covid-19 to pursue a career in research. Her undergraduate study was Nutrition and Health, and her post-graduate is in Clinical Neuroscience. Beverley has experience in clinical trials in the UK for treatment options for neuro-degenerative diseases and has a passion for allergy research, as she herself has different allergies.

In her spare time, she enjoys tennis, reading manga, and swimming. Since living in Vancouver, she has worked as a Health Science Professional - COVID-19 Case and Contact Tracer, and afterwards stayed with Vancouver Coastal Health. Beverley recently joined the FAIT Team in July 2023, and looks forward to working with you and your children.

Kelly Morrison

Kelly Morrison, RN, BScN

FAIT Nurse

Kelly joined Dr. Chan's team in the Allergy Clinic at BC Children's Hospital in 2016 after working for more than 20 years in many different areas of the hospital including the Emergency Department.  With the Allergy Team, it has been exciting and rewarding to work in an area that is changing rapidly and has the potential to improve the quality of life for so many children and families.  In addition to the work at BC Children's, Kelly also works at as a school nurse.

Ravinder Dhaliwal

Ravinder Dhaliwal, RN, BScN

FAIT Nurse

Registered Pediatric Nurse and “Food Allergy Mom” – that’s me.

I have been a nurse in a community hospital for nearly 20 years and worked in many different areas caring for infants/children and teens. I have spent the last eight years in Pediatric Emergency. I have come across many cases of food allergies and anaphylaxis, but my most valuable experience comes from my own daughter. She is an OIT graduate from this very program.

Lisa Gaudet

Lisa Gaudet, RN, BScN

FAIT Nurse

Lisa began her nursing career in 2009 and has been involved in a variety of different roles since then. Lisa’s career began as a registered nurse in general and vascular surgery, and then transitioned into critical care nursing. Much of her career has been working as a critical care nurse within a post anesthetic care unit. Lisa brings with her a diverse range of practical experience through her clinical teaching with Kwantlen Polytechnic University, from her work supporting a health care-focused redevelopment project, and through engaging with the community working at local COVID-19 vaccination centres. With a young family of her own, Lisa understands the importance of providing a positive experience for children while they focus on managing their allergies. Lisa is passionate about creating a sense of comfort, while supporting families through this process.

Christina Service

Christina Service, RN, BScN

FAIT Nurse

Christina spent a large portion of her nursing career in trauma orthopedics at Royal Columbian Hospital. Throughout her time there she started her own family, raising four girls. She is no stranger to meticulous label checking and carrying an epi pen for her own child. Aligning with work life balance, she moved to the Eagle Ridge Hospital medical surgical inpatient floor. She is thrilled to come on as a new member of the FAIT team. She brings her love of children, her experience with medicine and her genuine interest in helping families who have children with food allergies along with her. She very much looks forward to working with you and your children.

Bri Shardlow

Bri Shardlow, RN, BScN

FAIT Nurse

Bri has been a pediatric nurse for 10 years, spending 9 of those years at BC Children’s Hospital. She started her career at BC Children’s Neonatal ICU, and has spent the last 5 years at BC Children’s Pediatric ICU. She has also worked as a COVID-19 nurse in the community, and as a pediatric post-op recovery nurse. Bri initially learned about the FAIT program when her son was enrolled, so she also has a parent's point of view. She is thrilled to be part of the program that has helped her own son and hopes to help families navigate their own journeys with their child’s allergies.

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