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Dr. John Keeler

Dr. Keeler was born in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He graduated with a B.Sc. from Acadia University in 1978, and received his medical degree in 1984 from Dalhousie University. He has practiced medicine in Shelburne since 1985, where he is currently Deputy Chief of Staff at Roseway Hospital. He is a member of the Doctors Nova Scotia and the College of Physicians of Nova Scotia. An outdoor enthusiast, he especially enjoys canoeing, kayaking, angling, sailing and gardening.

Why Shelburne?

I've practiced in Shelburne for the last 23 years and have raised 4 children here. My wife and I moved here in 1985 as this area had practice opportunities for both of us (she's a dentist). A beautiful unspoiled harbour and plenty of rivers and woodlands were immediate attractions for me and continue to be. This community and surrounding area have been a wonderful place to raise a family, providing a safe, open, friendly environment where our kids have learned to appreciate nature. A thriving arts and cultural community has provided many opportunities for theatre and musical participation for which I am thankful. In short my wife and I consider ourselves lucky to have made this community our home.

Dr. Wouna Chaloner

Dr. Chaloner graduated in 1988, with a MBChB, from the University of Stellenbosch, located in Tygerburg, Republic of South Africa.  She completed her internship in 1989 at the Edendale Hospital in Kwazulu, Natal.  During the next seven years, Dr. Chaloner worked in various strife-torn areas, including the last 18 months at the Tygerburg Trauma Unit, a Level I trauma facility in the Cape Flatlands. 

In 1996, while obtaining her LMCCI/II and CCFP, Dr. Chaloner worked as a Family Physician in Grandview, Manitoba.  She then spent the next 18 months in Inuvik, Northwest Territories.

Dr. Chaloner moved to Shelburne in 2001 where she is a family physician, while also participating in providing ER services and inpatient care.   She also serves as a medical oversight physician for two nurse practitioners in the district.   She has a special interest in musculoskeletal diseases and have done a preceptorship with a South Shore rheumatologist, Dr. Diane Wilson, which has enabled her to become an independent medical examiner, in particular for the Workers' Compensation Board of  Nova Scotia.

Why Shelburne?

I grew up next to the Atlantic Ocean in Capetown and Shelburne shares that same ocean and ambiance, with its beautiful hidden beaches and maritime flair.  The town is safe enough to have allowed me to never lock my doors and my children are able to attend a new high school and very good elementary school without fearing for their lives.

I live in town, but regularly have deer in my backyard, not to mention mackerel fishing from the government wharf that is located five minutes away.    To top it all, Charlotte Lane is a world-class restaurant, located in Shelburne that has take-out prepared by Roland, the chef and part owner of Charlotte Lane, that is a highlight of my 24-hours on-call duties at the hospital. 

It is the small things in life that makes a community your home and Shelburne County has provided that to me and my family.  

Dr. Eoghan O'Sullivan

Dr. O'Sullivan received his medical degree in 1982 from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. Following an internship in Ireland, he immigrated to Newfoundland, where he served as an Assistant Medical Officer on Bell Island. He subsequently worked at a variety of hospitals as well as in solo practice in Ireland before returning to Newfoundland in 1989 to assume the position of Senior Medical Officer at the U.S. Memorial Hospital, located in St. Lawrence. This was followed by a position as Senior Staff Physician at the Hugh Twomey Health Care Centre in Botwood. He moved to Shelburne, Nova Scotia, in 1994 and has remained in the town. He received certification in family medicine from The College of Family Physicians of Canada in 1996. His interests include traveling and motorcycling.

Why Shelburne?

I came to Shelburne because I was attracted to the prospect of working with an established group of G.P.s who practise in a collegial manner. Having worked in situations in Newfoundland where there was a high turnover of medical staff, stability was very important to me. This has largely proved to be a good choice; however, with the attrition of time, our group now needs new blood. The added bonus of coming to Shelburne is its scenic seaside location, friendly people and quiet rural lifestyle. Both of my children grew up in a safe and clean environment, were educated in local schools and have progressed well in university.

Our proximity to Halifax also allows easy access to "urban pleasures" and transportation links, for those very important breaks. All in all, a balanced lifestyle with collegial colleagues in a pleasant environment.

Dr. Mark Riley

Dr. Riley was born, raised and educated in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He graduated from the University of Alberta in 1977 with a B.Sc. (Honours) and from its medical school in 1981. He did his internship, from 1981-1982, at Dalhousie Medical School, rotating through several communities including Halifax, Nova Scotia and Saint John and Fredericton, New Brunswick. Because of his "connection" with the Atlantic Ocean, he chose to work in Burin, Newfoundland, from 1983 till 1984. He has since practiced in Shelburne, Nova Scotia, where he met his wife, Mary Ellen. They have three children, Alexander, Michelle and Amie. His interests include family, entertaining, fine dining, cooking, arts & cultural events and touring.

Why Shelburne?

During my travels in Atlantic Canada, I have not found a community that rates higher than Shelburne as a place to live. It is a comfortable size with enough of what a small community needs. The people are friendly and helpful, the waterfront and harbour superb. There is fine dining available locally and the addition of the Osprey Arts Center has provided another piece of the puzzle to complete the Shelburne picture.

Practicing medicine over the years has had its challenges but has been overall highly satisfactory. The hospital is an appropriate size for the community and serves it well. The staff, nursing, administrative, allied health as well as general staff, are very pleasant to work with. The medical staff in Shelburne have always worked well together and are very supportive. Regional hospitals are near enough with specialty services and some services are provided locally through satellite clinics. There has been stability within the medical community with several doctors living and working for 20 or more years. Others have stayed shorter periods but always speak highly of their experiences while here.

Dr. Zia Rahman


Dr. Rahman was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh. In 1981, he completed his undergraduate degree from Dhaka College. He graduated from Sher-E-Bangla Medical College in 1990 and conducted his internship training there in 1991. He also obtained a Master’s Degree in Public Health in 1998 from the Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies.

Dr. Rahman began his career as a Public Health Physician with CARE International in Bangladesh. Then, in 1994, he devoted himself full time to General Practice medicine. He also served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Medicine at the Holy Family Red Crescent Medical College Hospital in Bangladesh.

Dr Rahman immigrated to Canada in 2005 and for four years served as the Education and Prevention Program Coordinator for Nine Circle Community Health Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Outside of the clinic, Dr. Rahman enjoys a wide range of activities including table tennis, cricket, reading books, listening to music and travel.

Why Shelburne?

After finishing my entire licensing exam in Canada, I was waiting to get an opportunity to start my clinical practice and was selected into the Clinician Assessment for Practice Program (CAPP) in Nova Scotia. Initially, they offered me four opportunities, which included Guysborough, Digby, Springhill and Shelburne. I visited all the places and I liked Shelburne for two reasons. First are the people with whom I would interact, including my mentor Dr. J. Keeler and the other hospital staff. Second are the health facilities of the hospital, which includes a mental health clinic, diabetic education clinic, physiotherapy department and a lab facility. Overall I am impressed with the natural beauty of Shelburne and the acceptance of its people. I am still exploring the thrill of living in Shelburne.

Jodi Taylor-Ybarra, R.N.

Ms. Taylor-Ybarra is the Site Manager for Roseway Hospital and the District Nurse Practitioner Services Manager. After working towards her BA degree at Mount Allison University from 1985-1986, she received her R.N. degree in 1991 from the Aberdeen School of Nursing.  She is presently working toward completion of a Bachelor of Health Administration from Athabasca University. From 1991-1992, Ms. Taylor-Ybarra worked at Tobique Valley Hospital in Plaster Rock, New Brunswick. From 1992-1998, she worked in Lubbock, Texas, as a charge nurse on general medicine, oncology, obstetrics and bone marrow transplant units. She also worked with Foundation Federal Services, a contractor for the United States Air Force, as a Utilization/Case Manager and a Tricare Service Centre Supervisor.

Why Shelburne?

My husband and I made Shelburne our home with the plan of moving closer to my home town of Truro within a year or two of coming to Shelburne. We remain here more than 10 years later for a number of reasons. It is a nice community with a quiet lifestyle. Shelburne has been a great place to raise children, with good schools and a great recreational department in the town. We love living close to the water and being able to choose from a number of beaches to visit as well as lakes and rivers.

Drs. Margaret and Tobias Benne


Dr. Margaret Benne graduated from Dalhousie University Medical School in 1993 and completed her residency in family medicine at Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1995. She practiced in rural Newfoundland and was an assistant professor of family medicine at Memorial until 1998. Dr. Tobias Benne graduated from the University of Ottawa Medical School in 1996 and completed his residency in family medicine at Memorial University in 1998.

Together they practiced family and emergency medicine in rural Northern Ontario until 2006 before returning home to Nova Scotia to raise their family. They currently work part-time at North Queens Community Health Centre, sharing a practice, and they provide emergency room locum services at Roseway Hospital. They live in the Greenfield area on Ponhook Lake and enjoy canoeing, kayaking, camping and hiking. Dr. Tobias has restored several VWs and plans to keep their well-traveled 1995 Eurovan camper going for many years to come. It has been as far north as Inuvik and as far south as Key West, west to the Queen Charlottes and east to Cape Spear. Their greatest accomplishments to date are sons Isaac and Liam.

Why work at Roseway Hospital?

We chose to join the staff of Roseway Hospital in providing emergency room services for a variety of reasons. Primarily, the local physicians are excellent colleagues - skilled clinicians who are very accommodating and cooperative with each other in providing care to all who utilize the emergency room. Although it is a small emergency room, it is efficiently run by the skilled and knowledgeable nursing staff. The local administration has been responsive to physicians' concerns and recommendations regarding the provision of emergency room services. In general, it is a very supportive and collegial environment that makes what can be very stressful work more enjoyable. We plan to be part of this group for many years to come.

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