Primary Health Services

Physician Services

Dr Erin Carlson, a full-time Medical Doctor is available for appointments 4-5 days a week.

Nurse Practitioner

Mr. Aharon Arnstein is our full-time Nurse Practitioner (Family). Aharon is available to manage all health care needs including diagnostic tests, prescriptions and referral to specialists.

For more information on what Nurse Practitioners can do for you please check out these resources:

Canadian Nurses Association NPNOW video

What is the role of a Nurse Practitioner?

How are Nurse Practitioners integrated in the health-care team? 

What impacts do Nurse Practitioners bring to health-care systems?

College of Registered Nurses of BC

Lab Services

Full lab services are available each Thursday morning from 8.30am to 10am. Appointments necessary. Phone the clinic or come in to book an appointment up to 4 weeks in advance. Requisitions for service are required, so you need to see your primary physician or nurse practitioner to acquire these ahead of time. As well, you need to bring your Care Card to present at the time of seeing the Lab Tech.

Emergency Services

At present, the coverage available for emergency services is listed in posters on the island’s bulletin boards and on the front door of the Health Care Centre and on our website under Hours of Operation. For after-hours urgent care, phone the clinic number at 250 539 3230 and listen for pager options. There is a roster of on-island and off-island physician coverage. As well we have 24/7 Ambulance Attendant coverage through the 911 emergency system.

Always call 911 in case of a serious or life-threatening emergency.

Mental Health and Wellness

The Galiano Health Care Society is working to develop, enhance and support mental health services on Galiano. To contact someone about this work, or to inquire about resources and information, please contact Chair Wendy Lloyd at 250-539-3768.

Counselling Services

Salt Spring Island Community Services provides counselling and resource and referral services to Galiano.
Kirstie Chalmers – Family Counsellor
Island Health TBA – Addictions Counsellor
Linda Ruedrich – Resource and Referral Worker

Allied Health Services


For information about services on Galiano, please call 250-539-2425.


Dr. Sean Laidley provides once monthly Chiropractic services at the clinic. To book an appointment and to find out which days he will be here, please call his office in Sidney at 250-655-6643.

Home Support/Home Care

Registered Nurse Simone Leblanc is the contact person for home care and support services and assessment for Galiano Island. She can be reached at 250-539-5103.


The Galiano Dental Clinic is located in Room 4 of the Galiano Health Care Centre.  It is a fully equipped clinic, and can serve all your dental needs. The Dental Clinic is open most Mondays from 9am to 5pm, and appointments or inquiries can be made at 250-539-2939.

Locum dentist Dr Olga Dudek. To make appointments please call 250-539-2939

Registered Dental Hygienist Maureen Kelly has joined our Dental team.  She is offering hygiene services 2 days per month, so please call us for an appointment.


Currently no podiatrist on the schedule. Please call the Front Desk for information about alternate services  250-539-3230.

Foot Care Nurse

Nicole Mouner, LPN: Gulf Island Footcare. Please call Nicole at 250 539 5298 for an appointment

Public Health Nurse

Nurse Melinda Andrews-Whitman runs a clinic at the Health Care Centre every 6 weeks, with a focus on prevention services, child, youth and family health. To make an appointment or for enquiries please call 250-539-3099.

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