Primary Health Care Services

Physician Services

Dr Erin Carlson and Dr Stephanie von Dehn, full-time Medical Doctors are available for appointments 4-5 days a week.

Nurse Practitioner

Sarah Jesshope, NP, a full time Nurse Practitioner is available for appointments 4-5 days a week.

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 7:00am to 10:15am. 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 Linda Ruedrich at 250-539-3753.

Counselling Services

Salt Spring Island Community Services provides counselling and resource and referral services to Galiano.

John McNally  – Addictions Counsellor  – 250-538-4849

Allied Health Services


Chris Kennedy, Registered Physiotherapist, will begin providing physio services on Galiano again once the COVID-19 situation allows. Until then, if you are interested in booking a telehealth physiotherapy appointment with him you can call him at 604-967-2357 to arrange. Also, you can go to his telehealth physio specific website ( to book an appointment. InReach Online Physio is a team of physios (including Chris) with varied interests and experience so people would have to option to book with whichever physio is most appropriate for their condition (ie; arthritis, chronic pain, neuro-rehab, etc.)

In the future, following the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, he will be coming every 4-6 weeks. Book via his website at or he can be reached at 604.967.2357.


Dr. Sean Laidley usually provides once monthly Chiropractic services at the clinic. Due to the COVID-19 situation, however, he is not able to come at this time. To book an appointment for the future 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 Andrea Hamilton is the contact person for home care and support services and assessment for Galiano Island. She can be reached at 250-539-5103.



Currently no podiatrist on the schedule. To make enquiries about alternative options, please call the Front Desk at 250 539 3230.

Foot Care Nurse

Nicole Mouner, LPN: Gulf Island Footcare. Please call 250-539-5298 for appointments

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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