Family physician comes home and sets up practice

July 24, 2013

MANNING — Patients are now being accepted by a new local physician, who has returned to his hometown to practise family medicine.

Dr. Tyler May was born and raised in Manning. He moved to Dublin, Ireland, to receive his medical training, and completed his medical residency in Dawson Creek, B.C. He is now accepting patients at the Manning Community Health Centre.

“It’s a pleasure to welcome Dr. May back to Manning,” says Frank Oberle, Associate Minister of Services for Persons with Disabilities, and MLA for Peace River. “Albertans must have access to a family doctor so they can remain healthy and enjoy a good quality of life. Dr. May’s return will benefit his hometown and surrounding communities for years to come.”

Susan Smith, North Zone physician resource planner with Alberta Health Services (AHS), says Dr. May’s goal was always to return home and practise medicine. She worked closely with him to ensure his return as smooth as possible.

“We are very lucky to have him working in Manning,” Smith says. “I would like to especially thank Jo Keleman, site manager for the Manning Community Health Centre. She played a very important role in the arrival of Dr. May and with thanks to her efforts, residents who don’t have a family doctor now have an opportunity to see Dr. May. That’s good for the overall health of our community.”

AHS has three physician resource planners dedicated to identifying and pursuing international and domestic physician recruitment opportunities in the North Zone of AHS. They work closely with the Government of Alberta and various community partners and organizations, such as the Rural Physician Action Plan, Health Advisory Councils and independent community physician recruitment and retention committees, to recruit international and domestic physicians to communities across the AHS North Zone.

“While some Albertans head overseas or out of province to secure their medical training, we are always very excited to have them come back home. Having worked with Tyler, I can personally attest to the exceptional skills he brings to Manning – we’re lucky to have him,” say Dr Karen Lundgard, Deputy Associate Zone Medical Director/Senior Physician Leader overseeing Manning.

In his spare time, Dr. May enjoys cattle farming, hunting and fishing, and staying active with a number of activities, including running, cycling and snowboarding. He said he is looking forward to be able to enjoy life in a small community again.

Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than 3.9 million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.

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