The Swan Valley Primary Care Centre (SVPCC) is pleased to introduce two new health-care providers to the Swan River Valley although they are certainly not new faces to the area. Dr. David Cazakoff commenced his physician practice at the Centre on October 24 while Nurse Practitioner Rachel Dahl began her role on October 7. Both were raised within the Swan River Valley.
Dr. Cazakoff grew up just across the border on the family farm near Whitebeech Sask. He attended the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon in an unrelated field, before realizing he wanted to try something different.
“I was drawn to medicine as a career where I could be always learning, helping people, and be able to return home and work in a rural area,” Cazakoff stated.
“I learned of Dr. Burnside and Dr. McKay’s plans with return of service agreements with the community. The opportunity to join a stable group practice with two other local physicians was enticing. I came to tour the new clinic as it was being renovated in April 2015 and promptly signed my own return of service agreement.”
In July 2017, Dr. Cazakoff graduated with his medical degree and moved to Dauphin to start his Residency within the Parkland Family Medicine Residency Unit. He was appreciative to be close to home along with the opportunity to travel to Swan River with local anesthetists and surgeons.
As of October 2019, with the addition of Dr. Cazakoff, the physician complement at SVPCC now stands at 12 (with a full-time equivalent ratio of 9).
Second Nurse Practitioner
Rachel Dahl was drawn to the concept of a career that matched scientific study and the ability to help people. She completed her Baccalaureate of Nursing at the University of Manitoba, then practiced as a registered nurse with First Nations and Inuit Health in northern Manitoba for several years before enrolling in the Masters of Nursing, Nurse Practitioner (NP) program with Athabasca University.
“In my role as an RN in northern nursing stations, I really fell in love with the concept of primary care, which is not the typical role for an RN to fill. I found that I loved meeting with patients to support them in managing their chronic disease challenges, provide education or help manage acute health concerns that occurred.”
“I really enjoyed the fact that primary care encompasses all aspects of promoting health, preventing disease and treating conditions across every stage of life and it opened my eyes to the challenges of patients living in northern and rural communities.”
While studying as a NP, Dahl’s practicum placements have taken her to Cross Lake, Carman, Winnipeg, Norquay, Sask., and Swan River.
“My experience with the shared-health team here at the SVPCC as a student really affirmed for me the desire to return to Swan River to practice,” she said.
Dahl joins Debbie Schulz as the two NPs that provide service based out of SVPCC.
Photo courtesy of Swan Valley Star and Times
Nurse Practitioner Rachel Dahl and Dr. David Cazakoff both started at the Swan Valley Primary Care Centre in October 2019.