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Our experienced team of Family Physicians are devoted to the delivery of high-quality,
comprehensive health care for people of all ages.

OUR TEAM

Our dedicated team of healthcare professionals includes nine Family Physicians, supported by allied health care providers from the Island Health Sooke Health and Wellness Team, visiting Specialist Physicians, and our invaluable Medical Office Assistants.

Please note that West Coast Family Medical Clinic is a teaching facility. Patients can expect both medical students and resident physicians to be involved in their care.

Dr. Caity Chilton
BSc, MD, CCFP

BIO

Dr. Chilton is originally from Maple Ridge, BC. She received her Bachelor Degree in Biology and Psychology at the University of Victoria in 2011, then moved to Vancouver to study medicine at UBC after working briefly as a piano teacher. After completing the Family Medicine residency program in Ottawa in 2018, she moved back to Victoria and joined the West Coast Family Medical Clinic team. In addition to taking over Dr. Brennan McKnight’s practice in September 2019, Dr. Chilton will also be taking on maternity patients in association with the Pacific Maternity group of physicians. See the “Services” section of our website for more information. Dr. Chilton is not currently  accepting new General Practice patients.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Family Physician, West Coast Family Medical Clinic (as of September 2019)
  • Palliative Care Physician, Sooke Hospice Society
  • Attending Physician, EMCS Outreach Clinic
  • Clinical Instructor, University of British Columbia, Faculty of Medicine

Dr. Tracy Forsberg
BSc, MD, CCFP, FCFP

BIO

Dr. Forsberg spent most of her early years in Vernon, studied Biology at Simon Fraser University and graduated from Medical School at the University of British Columbia in 2002. She practiced in rural BC, the Northwest Territories and New Zealand before starting a medical practice in Sooke in 2006, where she is the current Medical Director for Sooke Hospice. Dr. Forsberg’s patients will often meet Medical Students and Residents during their visits; she appreciates patients’ participation in this important part of medical learning.  She is not currently accepting new patients.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Family Physician, West Coast Family Medical Clinic
  • Medical Director and Palliative Care Physician, Sooke Hospice  Society
  • Clinical Instructor, University of British Columbia, Faculty of Medicine
  • Affiliate Clinical Instructor, University of Victoria, Division of Medical Sciences

Dr. Kristi Herrling
MD, CCFP

BIO

Dr. Herrling grew up in Sooke and studied Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Northern British Columbia before returning to the Island to study medicine at the Island Medical Program (UBC). She completed her Family Practice Residency in Campbell River and in 2017 returned home to Sooke to start a medical practice. She is not currently accepting new patients.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Family Physician, West Coast Family Medical Clinic
  • Palliative Care Physician, Sooke Hospice  Society
  • Attending Physician, EMCS Outreach Clinic

Dr. Hagen Kluge
BA, MA, MD, CCFP

BIO

Dr. Kluge was raised in East Sooke. He completed his undergraduate degree in anthropology at the University of Victoria before moving to Hamilton to complete a Masters degree in physical anthropology. Dr Kluge completed medical school at McMaster University before moving back home to complete residency through the University of BC. He opened his family medicine practice in Sooke in 2013. Dr. Kluge is actively involved in teaching medical students and family medicine residents. Dr Kluge is not currently accepting new patients.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Family Physician, West Coast Family Medical Clinic
  • Palliative Care Physician, Sooke Hospice Society
  • Clinical Instructor, University of British Columbia, Faculty of Medicine
  • Affiliate Clinical Instructor, University of Victoria, Division of Medical Sciences

Dr. Jeff Pocock
MbChB,  DRCOG, MRCGP, CCFP, FCFP  

BIO

Dr. Pocock originally hails from the UK, where he completed his medical training in Sheffield and Warwickshire. He has been practicing medicine in “small town” Canada since 1986. Dr. Pocock has a special interest in addictions and chronic pain and has transitioned into this as the sole focus of his practice as of January 2019. He is currently accepting referrals for these services, but is not accepting new family practice patients.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Family Physician, West Coast Family Medical Clinic
  • Palliative Care Physician, Sooke Hospice  Society
  • Medical director, Outreach Services Clinic, Victoria
  • Family Physician, Csek Stolu Elders Medical Clinic, T’Sou-ke Nation
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia, Faculty of Medicine

Dr. Anton Rabien
BSc(Hon), MD, CCFP, FCFP

BIO

Dr. Rabien grew up in Sooke before studying chemistry at the University of Victoria and medicine at the University of British Columbia.  He worked as an Emergency Room Physician, Hospitalist, and Family Physician in Yellowknife, Inuvik, and New Zealand before opening a medical practice in Sooke in 2006. Dr. Rabien has a special interest in medical research and holds a Clinician Scholar designation from the College of Family Physicians of Canada.  Dr. Rabien is not currently accepting new patients.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Family Physician, West Coast Family Medical Clinic
  • Palliative Care Physician, Sooke Hospice  Society
  • Medical Co-Director, Ayre Manor Residential Care Facility
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia, Faculty of Medicine
  • Affiliate Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Victoria, Division of Medical Sciences
  • Member, Primary Health Services Working Group, District of Sooke

Dr. Robin Saunders
 MB, BS, MRCGP, DCH, DRCOG.

BIO

Dr. Saunders trained in London, England. He holds postgraduate qualifications in Family Medicine, Obstetrics and Paediatrics. Prior to moving to Sooke in 1982, he worked in South London, Toronto, and Quesnel. He has also worked as a Medical Director for BBC Television. His main clinical interests include Seniors Care and Paediatrics. He particularly enjoys rural medicine. He recently gave up the provision of intrapartum maternity care. Dr. Saunders presently holds multiple appointments within the South island Division of Family Practice, Doctors of British Columbia and the Canadian Medical Association. He is passionate about health care transformation in family medicine. He is not accepting new patients apart from referrals from midwives and other physicians returning newborn mothers and babies for care in Sooke.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Family Physician, West Coast Family Medical Clinic
  • Palliative Care Physician, Sooke Hospice  Society
  • Medical Co-Director, Ayre Manor Residential Care Facility
  • Active Medical Staff Privileges Island Health Authority
  • Clinical Instructor, University of British Columbia, Faculty of Medicine
  • Affiliate Clinical Instructor, University of Victoria, Faculty of Medical Sciences
  • Co-Chair Board of Directors, South Island Division of Family Practice

Dr. Tomas Vally
MD, CCFP

BIO

Dr.Vally has been living and working in Sooke since 1992. He is a graduate of the UBC Faculty of Medicine and is actively involved in medical school and family practice residency training. He is one of the physicians providing medical services to students at the local high school clinic. Dr. Vally is not accepting new patients

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Family Physician, West Coast Family Medical Clinic
  • Palliative Care Physician, Sooke Hospice  Society
  • Attending Physician, EMCS Outreach Clinic
  • Clinical Instructor, University of British Columbia, Faculty of Medicine
  • Affiliate Clinical Instructor, Division of Medical Sciences, University of Victoria

Katie Bate
Registered Dietitian

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Dietitian
  • Chronic Disease Management/Primary Health Care
  • Health Promotion & Education, Island Health

Sarah Galuska
Registered Social Worker

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Social Worker
  • Chronic Disease Management/Primary Health Care
  • Health Promotion & Education, Island Health

Beth Walsh
Registered Nurse

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Team Leader
  • Chronic Disease Management/Primary Health Care
  • Health Promotion & Education, Island Health

Our team of Medical Office Assistants and Administrative Support Staff work tirelessly to keep our clinic running smoothly.

  • Robin
  • Kim
  • Jackie
  • Deb
  • Heather

Island Health:

  • Barb
  • Colleen
  • Ashley
  • Rae
  • Jessie
  • Leah
  • Jennifer