Our Team

Our team of physicians, nurses, technologists, and support staff provide leading neuromuscular care to patients from all across British Columbia.

Physicians
Dr. Kristine Chapman

Director, Vancouver Centre for Neuromuscular Disease, Vancouver Hospital
Head, Division of Neurology, Providence Health Care
Physician Lead, Innovation and Quality, Dept. of Medicine, PHC
Clinical Professor, University of British Columbia

Dr. Chapman is a Clinical Professor of neurology at the University of British Columbia. She completed her undergraduate degree in Occupational Therapy, and Neurology training at UBC followed by a Neuromuscular and Neurophysiology Fellowship at Harvard. Her interests include autoimmune neuropathies and complex nerve injuries.
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Dr. Hannah Briemberg

MD, FRCPC
Clinical Professor, Division of Neurology, University of British Columbia

Dr. Hannah Briemberg is a Clinical Professor within the Division of Neurology in the Department of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. She has been working as a neuromuscular specialist at Vancouver General Hospital since 2004. She completed her neurology and neuromuscular subspeciality training at Harvard University and was on faculty at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston
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Dr. Kristin L. Jack
Dr. Kristin Jack was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She received her 4-year Advanced Bachelor of Science with Great Distinction in Biology from the University of Saskatchewan in 2003. She obtained her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Saskatchewan in 2007, with clerkship training done both through the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Calgary.
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Dr. Shahin Khayambashi

MD, FRCPC, CSCN (EMG)
Clinical Assistant Professor, UBC
Director, Neuromuscular Residency Education
Co-Director, Neuromuscular Fellowship Program

Dr. Shahin Khayambashi grew up in North Vancouver and completed his BSc and MD at the University of British Columbia. He then completed a 5-year Adult Neurology residency at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. This was followed by a 1-year Clinical Neuromuscular fellowship at the University of Calgary with an added focus on nerve and muscle ultrasound.
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Dr. Charles Krieger
Dr Charles Krieger is a neuromuscular physician with an interest in the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. More specifically, he is interested in the connections (synapses) between nerve cells and muscle and how specialized nerve cells (motor neurons) control muscle in health and in disease. In addition to his work in the Neuromuscular Diseases Unit he is also a Professor in Biomedical Physiology
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Dr. Michelle Mezei

MDCM, FRCPC
Academic and Fellowship Director, Neuromuscular Diseases Unit
Clinical Professor, Division of Neurology, University of British Columbia

Dr Michelle Mezei completed her undergraduate degree in pharmacy at Dalhousie University, Medicine degree at McGill University, and Neurology residency at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Fellowship training included 1) post-doctoral research in genetics at UBC 2) EMG at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and UBC , and 3) Neuromuscular at the Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University. 
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Dr. Christine Stables

MD FRCPC
Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Neurology, UBC

Dr. Stables is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia and a member of the UBC Division of Neurology. Dr. Stables completed her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences at Simon Fraser University and her medical degree and Neurology training at the University of British Columbia. She completed a neuromuscular fellowship at the University of Calgary.
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Fellows
Dr. Laura Marulanda 
Dr. Laura Marulanda is joining the Neuromuscular Disease Unit at Vancouver General Hospital, where she will be completing a one-year fellowship. She has an interest in learning how to perform various electrodiagnostic testing and managing a wide range of neuromuscular diseases.
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Dr. Diya Shi
Dr. Diya Shi is a neurologist who completed her 5-year residency at the University of British Columbia and is currently doing dual fellowships in Neuromuscular Diseases at the Vancouver Center for Neuromuscular Disease and in Headache/Migraine at the UBC Headache Clinic.
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Technologists
Vaso Obradovic
Vaso has been the Supervisor of the Neuromuscular Diseases Unit at Vancouver General Hospital since 2011. Since 2013 he has been working as an Instructor of the Nerve Conduction Study Techniques course at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) and as an Assessor and a member of Advisory Committee of the Neurodiagnostic Accreditation Team of British Columbia.
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Aref Tekehei
Aref's education began at the University of British Columbia - Okanagan where he received a Bachelors of Human Kinetics and practices in many clinics and community centers in his hometown of Kelowna and later on in Vancouver as a Kinesiologist. With the experience he gained throughout his studies and his continued curiosity for the human body, it let him to receive his Diploma in Neurophysiology from British Columbia Institute of Technology, and obtained his R. NCS and R. EMG status. He is currently working as an ENP Technologist out of the Neuromuscular Disease Unit at Vancouver General Hospital, ALS clinic and physiatry unit out of GF Strong Rehabilitation Hospital, and in a private clinic.
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Dariya Byfield
Dariya Byfield is a board certified electromyography technologist who completed a Diploma of Technology in Electroneurophysiology from BCIT and a Bachelor’s of Public Health from SFU. She is currently working on a Master of Business Administration at Illinois Institute of Technology and a Master in Engineering Management at University of Colorado Boulder. She was originally born in Ukraine but has happily resided in Vancouver since childhood. In her free time she enjoys reading, trying new restaurants and going to concerts.
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Jas Kang
Jas has worked as an Electromyography Technologist with VCH since 2016. He previously also worked at Abbotsford Regional Hospital, Royal Columbian Hospital, and GF Strong performing nerve conduction studies and EEGs. He obtained his board registration (RT. EMG) in 2017. His educational history includes a Diploma of Technology in Electroneurophysiology from British Columbia Institute of Technology in 2016 and a Bachelors in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from Simon Fraser University.
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Research Coordinator
Deborah Klaus
Deborah is an RN with over 20 years experience working in research and joined the Neuromuscular Diseases Unit at Vancouver General Hospital in 2014 to assist in the running clinical trials. Previous to becoming an RN, Deborah spent 4 years in art school. In her spare time, Deborah is an avid gardener, enjoys English riding lessons, drawing, painting and teaching herself how to play the piano.
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Suzanne Ho
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Nurse
Catherine T.
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Clinical Assistants
Shannen S.
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Linda Schmitt
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EMG Booking Clerks
Jodie M.
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Dianne G.
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Team photos

Physicians group photo

Lab group photo