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Meet the Change Makers’ Series


Hosted by KGH Foundation past-Chair, Alison Yesilcimen

Thursday, October 13, 2022
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM | Clinical Academic Campus, Lecture Theatre

Kelowna General Hospital, 2312 Pandosy Street

Parking Available in Adjacent Rose Ave Parkade

Please RSVP to Sam Halford by October 7th, 2022


The Imaging Innovators

Meet a team of medical imaging specialists at Kelowna General Hospital who work on some of the most complex cases referred to our hospital. They are leaders in their field, pushing the boundaries of screening programs, and are the consultant to the consultants – touching all GP and specialist practices. Join them for an exclusive conversation and discussion about how 3T MRI will change the medical imaging landscape for our hospital.

Shelby Bichel


Shelby Bichel is the Director of Medical Imaging Operations for Kelowna General Hospital (KGH). She is well-versed and knowledgeable on the medical side of nuclear medicine – with experience internationally as well as throughout Western Canada – as well as on the change management and administration side. As Nuclear Medicine Manager for East Surrey Hospital in the UK, Shelby and her team reduced wait times from over six weeks to under a week, and enhanced the Nuclear Medicine training within the hospital to provide higher quality care. Prior to that, Shelby spearheaded the opening of a Nuclear Medicine Department at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, where she was responsible for service expansion & development.

Dr. Brenda Farnquist


Dr. Farnquist is a Radiologist with fellowships in Women’s Imaging and Musculoskeletal Imaging and Intervention, with additional interests in prostate imaging and chronic pain image-guided procedures. In addition to providing core medical imaging interpretation and image-guided procedures, she is one of a few radiologists in the interior who performs MRI-guided breast biopsies and MRI-Ultrasound fusion-guided prostate biopsies for patients in IHA. She is a Clinical Instructor in the UBC Medical Imaging department, the radiology representative on the Docs of BC Representative Assembly, and the current president-elect of the BCRS (British Columbia Radiological Society). She is part of the Early Detection Research Group along with the Lead Medical Physicist Rasika Rajapakshe, for the BC Cancer Breast Screening Program.

Dr. Michael Humer


Dr. Humer was born and raised in Vancouver and earned his BSc and MD at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He completed a Rotating Internship at the Toronto East General (now Michael Garron) Hospital and returned to UBC to complete a General Surgery Residency followed by a Thoracic Surgery Residency. As Chief of Surgery at KGH, Dr. Humer provides oversight and leadership to a rapidly growing surgical department of more than 60 surgeons from 10 surgical divisions. He is a founding member of the Canadian Association of Thoracic Surgeons (CATS) in 1997 and has served on the CATS executive. In 2020, Dr. Humer received the CATS Distinguished Service Award – in recognition of outstanding contributions to Thoracic Surgery.

Dr. Michael Partrick


Dr. Partrick grew up in North Vancouver and received his BSc and MD from the University of British Columbia. He interned at Dalhousie University, worked as a GP in Nova Scotia and BC for two years and undertook a radiology residency at the University of Saskatchewan. He completed a subspecialty/fellowship training in cross-sectional imaging including MRI at Dartmouth College New Hampshire and worked as a radiologist in Edmonton for eight years prior to moving to Kelowna 16 years ago. Dr. Partrick recently finished a three-year term as Department Head at Kelowna General Hospital.

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