Meet the team

Dr Matthew Chow

Youth Psychiatrist

  1. Why do you like working at the Youth Wellness Centre?

I enjoy working with youth in a fun, low-key environment that does not resemble a clinic or hospital. I get to work with great people who really care about youth and will pull out all the stops to make sure that people get what they need.

  1. What is a fun fact about you?

I really enjoy video games and have spoken at video game conventions such as PAX in Seattle.

 

  1. Why are you passionate about your work?

Mental health is one of the last areas of healthcare that still has a lot of stigma attached. It makes it a challenging area to work in, but also full of hope and promise. Youth are our future so we have to invest in their mental health in order to have a successful society.

  1. What is your favorite food?

I enjoy all types of cookies.


Alicia Erenli

Program Coordinator

  1. Why do you like working at the Youth Wellness Centre?

Working at the Youth Wellness Centre means I get to be a part of something I both love and am passionate about every day. Having the ability to both connect with youth and provide access to valuable resources is a pretty amazing feeling.  

  1. What is a fun fact about you?

My musical moments are pretty amazing. I can and will break into song at any given moment and pretty much about anything. And just like that carry on as I was.

  1. Why are you passionate about your work?

Being surrounded by people who feel the same way and as passionately as I do makes it very easy to get excited about the endless possibilities we all have with a little support and encouragement. If I can provide support and encouragement to our youth that helps with their success and growth in life’s many moments then all is well in my world.

  1. What is your favorite food?

mmmm….I love love love pasta alfredo and hot wings! I could no lie eat that as a meal every single day.


Dr Len Hatlelid

Family Physician

1. Why do you like working at the Youth Wellness Centre?

I enjoy being a part of an exciting program which has been missing in our community since I have started working here 30 years ago.

2. What is a fun fact about you? 

I play guitar in a bluegrass band. 

3. Why are you passionate about your work?

I enjoy seeing people make positive changes in their life and especially helping them navigate through the very difficult adolescent period.

4. What is your favorite food?

T-bone steak for sure.


Dr  Allen Neufeld

Family Physician

1. Why do you like working at the Youth Wellness Centre?

I like my work to make a difference, I like working with people who are passionate about their work and this area. This shows with the people who saw a service was needed and feel good about what has been developed.

2. What is a fun fact about you? 

I was born here and have lived here all my life. I’m an avid golfer who like to spend my winter in Palm Springs.

3. Why are you passionate about your work?

Everyone involved in mental health has been a youth, and knows and understands the pain and anxiety of  it all. We’ve all been touched by mental illness and or addiction and understand that a little change is all you need to see, we don’t want to change people, we want to help.

4. What is your favorite food?

Chinese Food


Dr Melodie Prem-Smith

Family Physician

1. Why do you like working at the Youth Wellness Centre?

I enjoy working at the YWC as it’s rewarding to be able to help youth get the care they need and deserve.

2. What is a fun fact about you? 

I’ve read the “Lord of the Ring” series at least 20x! Try to get through it every year or two.

3. Why are you passionate about your work?

I love seeing youth reach their full potential and live life to the fullest.

4. What is your favorite food?

Roast beef and Yorkshire pudding.


Dr Ursula Luitingh

Family Physician

  1. Why do you like working at the Youth Wellness Centre?

I realize there is a need in our community for children and youth that don’t always have access to services when they need it.  Youth feel comfortable when they can identify with others.  The youth clinic team is supportive and can help navigate youth to the services they need.  This wellness centre is a personal dream come true of mine as a physician.

  1. What is a fun fact about you?

I love shoes! I also like all the popular music that my daughter listens to, a couple of my favorite bands right now are the Foo Fighters and The Weeknd.

  1. Why are you passionate about your work?

I feel like I was called to be a doctor, I’ve always wanted to help others.

  1. What is your favorite food?

I love sushi, curry and chips!


Dr Britt Bright

Psychiatrist

Why do you like working at the Youth Wellness Centre?

I love working with youth because many of the mental illnesses start in the teen years. Treating them early may help their lives stay on their chosen path. I will like working at the youth wellness centre because of having a navigator to help the youth get linked with all the services they need to develop a healthy and rewarding life.

What is a fun fact about you?

A fun fact. Hard to say, maybe I am boring. I love reading science fiction and science fantasy.

Why are you passionate about your work?

I love my work. It is wonderful to get to see people recover and blossom in their lives.

What is your favorite food?

They haven’t invented a food I don’t like yet. Possibly a favourite might be freshly caught lake trout, grilled for breakfast over an open camp fire, preferably in my country of origin (Norway).