Red Canoe Pediatrics is a consultative care clinic that seeks to streamline youth and family services for medical and mental health needs in Nanaimo and neighbouring communities.
Our ongoing focus is to improve collaboration between primary care, allied health providers, and community partners. We intend to minimize barriers and improve access to multidisciplinary care through coordination and by locating service providers in a shared space at an accessible location.
Through team-based family-centered care, we strive toward a unified, shared vision in order to build community support and resilience in families in need.
The Story Behind Our Name
[Red] Canoe: A canoe has symbolic meaning from diverse cultural backgrounds. It embodies our group pursuit toward a common goal with the aim of healing, reconciliation, and sharing of cultures. In Indigenous teachings, a canoe is an object that carries, holds and transmits memories, is a source of sustenance and function (permitting exploration and adventure), and enables prosperity in spirit, community strength, and sustainability. Red is also the colour for happiness, vitality, and good luck in the Chinese culture.
Meet Our Team
Dr. Bani Falcon
Dr. Falcon is a clinical instructor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of B.C. and is passionate about medical education. She has a broad range of interests, from neonatal medicine to care of adolescents. Dr. Falcon completed her medical degree at the University of Ottawa following a Master of Science degree at Queen’s University. She recently joined the pediatric team in Nanaimo after completing her pediatric residency training at the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary. When not caring for patients, Dr. Falcon enjoys hiking and exploring tide pools with her family.
Dr. Bhavika Patel
Dr. Patel completed her medical degree at the University of Ottawa and pediatrics residency at Winnipeg Children's Hospital through the University of Manitoba. She enjoys all areas of general pediatrics including high risk newborn follow-up, ADHD, mental health, constipation and asthma. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, cuddling with her pets, and catching up on Netflix!
Dr. Zaneta Lim
Dr. Lim joins us from Terrace, BC. She completed her medical degree at Queen’s University and pediatric residency at the University of Ottawa and University of British Columbia. She is grateful for her time in rural and remote BC as the experience has permanently shaped her practice, instilling a deep respect for those who continue to work in under-resourced areas. She is committed to equitable and accessible health care to all and firmly believes that children are healthiest when we invest in the collective well-being of their surrounding community. Her heart is full when she is sitting beside her two children and husband, eating pasta puttanesca, with their forever hungry chocolate lab, Monte, lying by their feet.
Dr. Jen McIntyre
Dr. Francine Ling
Dr. Ling is a general pediatrician providing consulting care for infants to adolescents. She has a special interest in Pediatric Eating Disorders and is involved with the Central Island Eating Disorder Clinic. She completed her medical degree and pediatric residency at the University of British Columbia. When her stethoscope is put away, she is a mother of two and enjoys expressing her creativity through gardening, sewing, knitting, and paddleboarding.
Dr. Jennifer Kouwenberg
Dr. Kouwenberg is a general Pediatrician. She works with families with young infants, teens and all ages in between. She completed her Pediatric Residency at Queen's University after completing her medical degree at UBC. She has special interest in neonatal care, anxiety, and eating disorders. She also provides consultant pediatric care at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital and the Snuneymuxw Community Health Centre. When not at work, she enjoys outdoor adventures with her busy family and dogs.
Registered Clinical Counsellor
Carrie is an Art Therapist. She encourages the use of art in session to facilitate healing and make counselling fun! She specializes in parent support, trauma, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders and FASD. She also has experience working with neurodiverse individuals and their families.
Carrie lives in Nanaimo with her husband and three children. In her spare time, she can be found gardening, creating art and exploring the trails and beaches on this beautiful island.
Danica completed her degree in Nutrition at the University of Alberta and obtained further training in the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach to feeding. She has dedicated her career to maternal and pediatric nutrition supporting children and families with establishing good feeding practices, growth concerns, starting solids, picky eating, sensory issues, constipation, IBS, managing multiple allergies, nutrient deficiencies, and disordered eating.
Danica is a genuine food lover and believes that a healthy relationship with food should always come first. Whether you have questions about prenatal, postpartum, or pediatric nutrition, Danica can help you and your family find your balance and joy at every life stage.
In her free time, Danica can be found puttering around the garden, baking something delicious with her daughters, and exploring our beautiful island by camping, hiking, swimming and paddling with her family.
Registered Professional Counsellor
Leah has worked as a Registered Professional Counsellor (RPC) since 2007. She is trained in Family Therapy, Solution Focussed Therapy, Narrative Therapy, as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She practices therapeutic play when working with children and knows the importance of play and art to build trust and connections with young people.
Leah specializes in children experiencing neurodiversity challenges, grief/loss due to separation/divorce or foster care, anxiety, depression, trauma, learning growth mindset strategies, and social skill building. Whatever stage of journey your family is on, Leah is happy to support your collective wellness goals.
She lives in Nanaimo with her husband, Colin, and their three energetic, loud and loveable children.
Certified Art Therapist
Laurie, an Art Therapist, School
Counsellor, and experienced BC
Certified Teacher, specializes in working with children ages 6-12 who require support with grief/loss, anxiety, ADHD,
trauma, and depression.
She uses a trauma informed approach that incorporates neurodevelopment and mind-body best practices. She recognizes that when we honor the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual parts of ourselves we can achieve balance and healing.
Formerly from the Yukon, Laurie now lives in Nanaimo with her husband and two children. In her spare time, she likes to be with her family, walk in nature, and create art.
Registered Clinical Counsellor
Jodie has a Masters in Counselling from UNBC and works from a person-centered approach, meaning that she will be present and work to discover counselling goals together. She has a strong value for empathy and validating emotions.
Jodie has experience working with women escaping domestic violence, children/youth (4-18), adults, couples and families. She has additional training in Narrative Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Indigenous Cultural Safety, Rainbows (children and grief), and Accelerated Resolution Therapy - Trauma.
Jennifer is working with Dr. Kouwenberg in a Team-Based Care model at Red Canoe Pediatrics. She was born on Vancouver Island and graduated from the University of Victoria with a BScN. She is passionate about creating a community of care that strives to advocate and assist pediatric patients and their families navigate the health care system feeling supported and confident.
When she is not working as a nurse she is helping out in her family owned dog care company. She enjoys adventuring around Vancouver Island with her two boys and her husband in their RV.
Registered Social Worker
Francine is a Registered Social Worker and professional life coach with extensive experience supporting individuals and families who are facing significant health and/or personal challenges.
Francine is joining Dr. Kouwenberg to deliver a team-based care model to better support patients and their support people to navigate their health and wellness. She believes that we are all experts of our own situation and is a strong advocate for including the patient’s voice at the centre of all decision-making.
Francine lives in Nanaimo and is mother to two active children. When not working or engaged in family life, you can usually find her enjoying the outdoors, camping, gardening, or playing volleyball.
Medical Office Staff
Medical Office Assistant
Cassandra has been working as a medical office assistant for nearly a decade. She was born and raised right here in Nanaimo.
When not at work, Cassandra enjoys spending her time with her husband, 4 kids, 3 dogs and cat. She is passionate about gardening, home improvement projects, music and art.
Medical Office Assistant
Debbie is enjoying her new career as a medical office assistant. She is dedicated to her two children, partner, 2 dogs and cat. In her spare time, Debbie enjoys gardening, beach combing and travelling.
Medical Office Assistant
Erin has several years of experience working as a medical assistant.
She is a dedicated mother of 2 boys. In her spare time, she enjoys camping with her family, cooking, reading and playing with her dog and cat. Hobbies include woodworking, painting and spending time with her family.