Board of Directors

Mosaic Primary Care Network is structured as Legal Model 2. This means that we have two boards: A Mosaic Primary Care Network (MPCN) Board which is responsible for the governance and financial health of our organization and a Mosaic Physician Ltd (MPL) Board which is responsible for our physician membership.

Mosaic PCN Board of Directors

Dr. Marsha Kucera, Chair

Dr. Marsha Kucera is the Board Chair of the Mosaic Physicians Limited Board of Directors.  The chair oversees all MPL board meetings and Annual General Meeting and provides leadership to the Board, while encouraging input from all members to ensure that the board hears all sides of the discussion.

Dr. Marsha Kucera is a Family Physician at Sunridge Family Medicine Teaching Centre, and completed her medical degree at the University of Ottawa in 2012, and Family Medicine residency at the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, in 2014. Dr. Marsha Kucera is a Clinical Lecturer at the Cumming School of Medicine, and has been teaching medical students and residents in Family Medicine since 2015. She has additional training in Obesity Medicine, and is a diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine.

Dr. Marsha Kucera is completing a Master of Science in Healthcare Quality at Queen’s University, and she aims to use this knowledge to drive the organization forward towards better health for all.  

Dr. Niki Panich, Past Chair

Dr. Niki Panich is a family physician with specialized skills in women’s health, antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum and newborn care.  She serves a diverse patient population in with high rates of preterm labor and low birth weight.  She completed a Master’s Diploma in data science and just completed a Master’s degree at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Niki is passionate about levering data and technology to improve clinical outcomes. 

Niki was the past board chair of Mosaic Primary Care Network, a collective of family doctors and health care professionals, that partner with the local community to provide primary care services that honor the diversity of cultures represented by the surrounding population.  Primary Care Networks champion and promote the Patient Centered Medical Home, and Mosaic PCN is one of the largest PCNs in Canada

Most recently, Dr. Panich is excited to be working on novel health technology initiatives as a clinical consultant for Anthem.AI.

Dr. Elizabeth MacKay, Vice-Chair

Dr. MacKay has been the Facility Medical Director at the Peter Lougheed Centre since 2010 and an Associate Zone Medical Director, Calgary Zone in 2016.  She has been a member of the Mosaic PCN Board of Directors since 2015.

Dr. MacKay is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary where she has also previously held roles as a Medical Teaching Unit director and the General Internal Medicine Fellowship program director.

She was awarded her medical degree from Dalhousie University and Dr. MacKay completed Internal Medicine Residency at Dalhousie in 1995.  She completed her Masters of Public Health and a General Internal Medicine Fellowship in 1997 at Boston University.  She also completed the Intermountain Health Care Advanced Training Program in Health Care Delivery Improvement in 2006.

Dr. Amara Anozie, Treasurer

Dr. Anozie is a family physician in NE Calgary and works as an urgent care physician at the Airdrie Community Health Centre. He also works as a Clinical Lecturer at the University of Calgary. Originally from Nigeria, Dr. Anozie has worked and studied all over the world including Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Belgium, South Africa, Australia, and now currently calls Canada his home.

His passion has been for high quality primary care for all communities. Dr. Anozie sees the PCN has a fundamental tool to achieve this goal and understands it is a key tool to build a strong and nimble health care delivery system. He has served rural, remote, and urban Alberta since 2004 and has wide experience in health systems management. Dr. Anozie also works as a Preceptor and Clinical Lecturer in the Department of Family Medicine, Cummings School of Medicine, at the University of Calgary.

Rod Iwanow, Director

Rod Iwanow is the Director of Primary Care, Chronic Disease Management and Urban Urgent Care in the Calgary Zone with Alberta Health Services.  Rod holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Calgary and a Master of Arts in Conflict Analysis and Management from Royal Roads. 

Rod’s previous clinical and leadership experience spans the Emergency Departments, Department of Family Medicine, Chromic Disease Management outpatient clinics and partnering with stakeholder organization supporting vulnerable populations in the Calgary Zone.

In his Primary Care role, Rod co-chairs the Zone Operations Coordinating Committee (ZOCC) tasked with supporting and advancing Zonal projects and initiatives in a partnership between AHS and Calgary Primary Care Networks.

Barb Kathol, Director

Barb Kathol is the Senior Operating Officer for the Peter Lougheed Centre and the Alberta Kidney Care – South and Transplant programs. A Registered Nurse, she has spent most of her career in healthcare operations leading clinical and operations teams.

A former Senior Program Officer with the Connect Care Clinical Operations team, Barb has led clinical, operations program and health informatics teams through the design, engagement, implementation, and operational use of Connect Care across the full continuum of care. 

During her healthcare career in Alberta, Barb has held many leadership positions as an Executive Director including for the Emergency Department, Medicine, Ambulatory areas, Gastroenterology services, Allied Health, and many other subspecialty programs.

She holds a Bachelor of Nursing (with Distinction) and Master of Nursing from the University of Calgary. In addition, she is a graduate of the AHS Executive Education program.

Dennis Niebergal, Director

Dennis is an experienced senior executive, corporate officer, board director, and entrepreneur with a proven record of success in establishing and/or governing business operations.

Dennis was previously the President & CEO of CLINICARE Corporation, specializing in electronic medical records, electronic health records and practice management applications for physician group practices in Canada and USA. He has a special expertise in the healthcare information technology sector and this position involved collaborating with many healthcare, regional, provincial and national Government organizations. Dennis is certified member with the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) and have many years of board experience with non-profit and for profit organizations. Dennis is also internationally recognized as a subject matter expert.

He is currently retained as part time expert evaluator for Alberta Innovates (AI) and also retained as part time expert evaluator for the European Commission (EC) “Hoizon2020 – Societal challenge Health, demographic change and wellbeing”

Dr. Seema Parmar, Director

Dr. Seema Parmar recently joined Cleveland Clinic Canada’s Advisory Services team as their Health Intelligence and Insights Lead. She was previously an Associate Partner and Senior Expert with McKinsey & Company, where she supported healthcare clients in Canada, US, and globally on a range of topics related to value-based payment, care delivery innovation, and social determinants of health. Seema has a PhD from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, a Master’s in Healthcare Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Bachelor’s of Science from Queen’s University. 

She has a long history with the Mosaic PCN community having grown up in the Mosaic neighborhood and worked with immigrant and refugee women in the Mosaic communities as a health educator with Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association, a researcher with Alberta Health Services, and through her doctoral studies. She is humbled by the dedication of the Mosaic PCN team and is honored to be part of the Board.

Mosaic Physician Ltd. Board of Directors

Dr. Zahid Rafiq, MPL Board Chair

Dr. Zahid Rafiq is a family physician with special interest in office based surgical procedures. He is a medical director of My Medical Home Inc. with four sister clinics in NE Calgary. He graduated from Rawalpindi Medical University, Pakistan. He started his carrier with Médecins Sans Frontières MSF (Doctors Without Borders-Belgium), working for Mozambican refugees in Zimbabwe. Later, he moved to South Africa and started his training in Emergency Medicine, Trauma and General Surgery. In 2002 he moved to his new adopted home Canada after accepting an offer to serve in rural Alberta (Ponoka) as GP/Surgeon. He moved to Calgary in 2007, since then he is involved with MOSAIC PCN, he was the first physician lead for MOSAIC after hours clinic.

He is one of the founders and chair board of trustees for MD-International, a charitable organization which believes in Health Care for All without any discrimination based on race, religion, gender, poverty or ethnic background.

He teaches medical students and residents at procedural skills workshops at Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. He chairs a family medicine committee of Association of Phyicians of Pakistani descent of North America (APPNA) to provide online interactive structured one year program to GPs in Pakistan.

He is a strong supporter of Patients Medical Home; his mission is to make MOSAIC PCN one of the best PCN in Canada by engaging and bringing our membership on board to implement Patients Medical Home to serve our diverse population in the best possible way.

Dr. Marsha Kucera, MPL Board Vice-Chair

Dr. Marsha Kucera is the Board Vice-Chair of the Mosaic Physicians Limited Board of Directors.  The chair oversees all MPL board meetings and Annual General Meeting and provides leadership to the Board, while encouraging input from all members to ensure that the board hears all sides of the discussion.

Dr. Marsha Kucera is a Family Physician at Sunridge Family Medicine Teaching Centre, and completed her medical degree at the University of Ottawa in 2012, and Family Medicine residency at the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, in 2014. Dr. Marsha Kucera is a Clinical Lecturer at the Cumming School of Medicine, and has been teaching medical students and residents in Family Medicine since 2015. She has additional training in Obesity Medicine, and is a diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine.

Dr. Marsha Kucera is completing a Master of Science in Healthcare Quality at Queen’s University, and she aims to use this knowledge to drive the organization forward towards better health for all.  

Dr. Amara Anozie, MPL Board Treasurer

Dr. Anozie is a family physician in NE Calgary and works as an urgent care physician at the Airdrie Community Health Centre. He also works as a Clinical Lecturer at the University of Calgary. Originally from Nigeria, Dr. Anozie has worked and studied all over the world including Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Belgium, South Africa, Australia, and now currently calls Canada his home.

His passion has been for high quality primary care for all communities. Dr. Anozie sees the PCN has a fundamental tool to achieve this goal and understands it is a key tool to build a strong and nimble health care delivery system. He has served rural, remote, and urban Alberta since 2004 and has wide experience in health systems management. Dr. Anozie also works as a Preceptor and Clinical Lecturer in the Department of Family Medicine, Cummings School of Medicine, at the University of Calgary.

Dr. Barney Truong, MPL Board Secretary

Dr. Truong completed his M.D. from the University of Alberta, and completed his Family Medicine Residency at the University of Calgary. He has special interest in Diabetes, Chronic Kidney Disease, Heart Failure, and Hepatitis. His current practice is located in the Saigon Professional Building in Forest Lawn.

He believes that a good health care system is dependent upon a robust primary care system, and has been an MPL board member since 2017. This has given him the opportunity to advance the Patient Medical Home Model; and is currently one of the physician champions for CII/CPAR implementation.

Dr. Truong was born in a refugee camp, and arrived in Canada in 1979 as a refugee, and as such appreciates the challenges facing the immigrant and refugee population in Canada. His practice caters to new immigrants, refugees, as well as other marginalized and at-risk populations. Dr. Truong and his family have started a charitable organization (The Truong Education Foundation) whose stated mission is to encourage and support the education of underprivileged youths.

Dr. Niki Panich,  Past Chair

Dr. Niki Panich is a family physician with specialized skills in women’s health, antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum and newborn care.  She serves a diverse patient population in with high rates of preterm labor and low birth weight.  She completed a Master’s Diploma in data science and just completed a Master’s degree at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Niki is passionate about levering data and technology to improve clinical outcomes. 

Niki is the board chair of Mosaic Primary Care Network, a collective of family doctors and health care professionals, that partner with the local community to provide primary care services that honor the diversity of cultures represented by the surrounding population.  Primary Care Networks champion and promote the Patient Centered Medical Home, and Mosaic PCN is one of the largest PCNs in Canada

Most recently, Dr. Panich is excited to be working on novel health technology initiatives as a clinical consultant for Anthem.AI.

Dr. Heidi Angeles, Director

Dr. Angeles finished her medical degree and pediatric residency training as chief resident in the Philippines before moving to Calgary in 2001. She completed a second pediatric residency at the University of Alberta, Stollery Children’s Hospital. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and a Clinical Assistant Professor with the Department of Pediatrics, University of Calgary, Cumming School of Medicine.

As a consultant pediatrician, Dr. Angeles has special interests in childhood obesity, mental health and complex medical care. She was the former Physician Lead for the Mosaic PCN Pediatric Lifestyle Program.

Dr. Angeles has made it her mission to provide the best pediatric care to the most vulnerable and marginalized communities, embracing the diverse cultures of the population she serves.

Dr. Thiru Govender, Director

Dr. Govender was born in South Africa, and emigrated as a pre-teen to Dublin, Ireland. He attended medical school at Trinity College in Dublin, and moved to Calgary following his internship year. In Calgary, he completed his Pediatric Residency as chief resident, followed by two years as a fellow in developmental pediatrics. Dr. Govender then started his community practice, and continued to work at both Alberta Children’s Hospital and Calgary General/Peter Lougheed Centre, serving as the head of pediatrics here, and section chief for Community Pediatrics for eight years. During this time, Dr. Govender developed the Pediatric Behaviour and Developmental Clinic, which he continues to consult to now via East Calgary Health Centre. As part of this tenure, Dr. Govender was on the medical staff associations for both hospitals, and president of the ACH medical staff association for a one year term.

Dr. Govender continues to focus on pediatrics in his many realms including his community practice, Mosaic PCN’s Refugee Health Clinic (since the inception of the program), and working with kids, parents, and teachers in schools through the COPE program, which provides child psychiatric and pediatric consultations to families and schools throughout the elementary school systems in the Calgary and Rocky View School Districts.

Dr. Govender has been a valued member of Mosaic PCN since 2008, and served on the board for now for seven years. He is forever grateful to Canada and Calgary for giving him a home and allowing him to work and contribute to the health and well-being of our precious children!

Dr. Raju Hajela, Director

Dr. Hajela obtained his MD from Dalhousie University (Halifax) in 1982 and Master of Public Health (MPH) in 1988 from the Harvard School of Public Health. In 1979, he joined the Canadian Forces and served in various locations as a primary care physician and supporting the military Drug and Alcohol Prevention and Addiction Rehabilitation Programs.  He left the service in 1995.

Dr. Hajela was an Assistant Professor at Queen’s University in the Departments of Psychiatry and Family Medicine in the past and is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, University of Calgary. He moved to Calgary in 2006 from Kingston.

He was involved in early discussions that led to the creation of Primary Care Networks.

Dr. Rashid Malik, Director
Dr. Bilaal Owadally, Director

Dr. Owadally graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa in 2006. Originally from Mauritius, he lived and worked in South Africa before moving to Alberta in 2011. Having worked in different parts of the world where the application of medicine is so varied, is an eye-opener and an asset in providing care in our multi-cultural/racial country. Also fluent in French, he enjoys the opportunity to help French speaking patients or other newcomers to Calgary.

 
Patients seeking help in managing their health and ultimately the accountability of the profession, spur him on to give the best in his work.

Dr. Gurpreet Rakhra, Director

Dr. Gurpreet Rakhra was born and raised in Calgary. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Natural Sciences from the University of Calgary, Doctor of Medicine from Ross University School of Medicine and completed his family medicine residency training at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center in Syracuse, New York.

Dr. Rakhra began practicing medicine in Saskatoon and moved back home to Calgary a few years ago. He is approaching his fifth year of practice and enjoys being a lifelong learner. He recently started playing golf and has fallen in love with the game. He finds it quite relaxing and enjoys the time spent playing alongside his close friends.

Dr. Rachel Talavlikar, Director

Dr Rachel Talavlikar is a primary care physician dedicated to providing equitable, high quality care for marginalized populations including refugees and immigrants. She completed medical school and residency with additional training in global and women’s health at the University of Calgary in 2014.  Prior to medical school she worked overseas in Switzerland and India with the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts after completing a degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Alberta.

Her current clinical practice is based in North East Calgary at the East Calgary Family Care Clinic and the Mosaic Refugee Health Clinic (MRHC). Her fascination with the influence of culture on healthcare as well as advocacy for refugee care underpin her research pursuits.  She currently co-chairs the MRHC Academic Governance Committee and is a member of the North American Society of Refugee Healthcare Providers Research Committee. 

Dr. Hargunbir S. Toor, Director