Physician Lunch &
New Models of Health Care
Sat, Oct 1, 2022
12:30 – 5:30pm
This first of its kind PPF event kicks off with a lunch presentation by Dr. Crosbie Watler on debunking myths about the health care system, followed by some introductory sharing amongst participants. Dr. Valorie Masuda and Dr. Jean Paul Lim will share their respective knowledge and experience regarding new models of health care, ways to approach legal access, training and collaborations, as well as opportunities and challenges in this field.
will then discuss three topics:
- Envisioning a future mental health service;
- Referral process;
- Preparation and education for practice.
- Doctors of BC
- Indigenous representatives
- Mental Health
- Ministry of Health –
- Insurance and Funding
- To explore the future of mental health and the role of psychedelic medicines
- To assess, prepare and refer patients for treatments
- To describe the physicians’ role and opportunities related to psychedelic medicine practices, treatments and holistic mental health services
- To raise awareness: status quo is not working; demand and access to effective service is increasing significantly
- To heighten understanding of a holistic, people centred approach and integrated with the determinants of health
- To inspire physicians and change agents to move the needle: a call to action, connect with others interested in getting involved, to learn and evolve together
- To initiate work on the design and pilot of an accessible, funded mental health service
- To develop some practical first steps; ways to be involved, i.e. Outline a proposal to present to Minister of Health
- To cultivate connections for mentorship, collaboration, strategic working groups.
Valorie Masuda, MD, FCFP(EM)(PC), GPO
Dr. Valorie Masuda is a palliative care physician and general practitioner in oncology working in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island. Certified in psychedelic medicine through the California Institute of Integral Studies, Valorie was also trained through Therapsil and the Roots to Thrive program. She has been working in the psychedelic space since 2020 using psilocybin-assisted therapy for palliative patients, navigating the Section 56 Exemption and later, the Special Access Program to support patients with distress secondary to their serious cancer diagnosis. So far, 17 patients have been supported through the Roots to Thrive psilocybin-assisted therapy program. In addition, Valorie has been supporting patients with both independent and group psilocybin-assisted therapy, and is currently working in the Cowichan Valley supporting palliative patients at home, in hospice and hospital, as well as working in the community oncology clinic. Valorie’s other interests include sustainable food production, and playing music including the viola in two community orchestras.
Jean Paul Lim, MD, FRCPC
Jean Paul grew up in Toronto, Ontario before moving to Vancouver, BC to complete a Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology on an academic scholarship, a 4 year Medical Degree, a 3 year residency in Internal Medicine, a one year fellowship in General Internal Medicine, and finally a 6 month Echocardiography fellowship to obtain a level 2 Echocardiography certification, all done at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He is a USA Board Certified Anti-Aging Specialist with specialty in bioidentical hormone balancing as well as a certified neuromodulator and dermal filler practitioner. He is also a leader in the medical cannabis space, creating one of the only medical cannabis data companies and leveraging this information to advance the practice of prescribing cannabis as a medicine. He prides himself in exploring innovative medical therapies that push the boundaries of conventional health care systems, with the goal of achieving a more natural and holistic patient journey to well-being. His vision is to refocus the expectation and treatment of human health to look at the person as a whole rather than simply a sum of their parts, as the body is designed to live in balance and harmony. In his free time, Jean Paul most enjoys spending time with his wife and young children and playing a variety of sports.
Crosbie Watler, MD, FRCPC
Dr. Crosbie Watler is the lead psychiatrist for the Roots to Thrive Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy Programme and an emerging thought leader, forging new pathways to alleviate suffering related to mental distress. He completed his MA in Psychology at Lakehead University, before going to Medical School at McMaster in 1988. Following medical school, Dr. Watler completed his residency in psychiatry at Dalhousie University. Upon completion he worked in Kenora, Ontario from 1995-2001, where he was Chief of Psychiatry at the Lake of the Woods District Hospital. In 2001 Dr. Walter relocated to Duncan BC with his wife and their three children, working within Island Health and served as Medical Director and the Department Head for Psychiatry. Dr. Watler has practised in multiple settings including, tertiary, inpatient, outpatient and ACT. Dr. Watler’s current interests focus on incorporating the best of modern medicine with holistic/integrative health.