Meet The Team
Docs on the Bay, Horseshoe Bay’s medical and wellness centre, is community oriented. We are sensitive to the needs of people surrounding us whatever health challenges they face. We strive at being implemental towards the comprehensive health and wellness of our community.
Our team consists of various health professionals with valuable experience, knowledge and expertise. Together we are serious in our commitment to make the basic wellbeing of any individual person our concern.
Dr. Wilhelm Hofmeyr
Dr. Hofmeyr, or Wim(Vim), as he prefers to be called, was introduced to Canadian general practice in Quesnel, BC(1998), where he practiced for over 7 years. " ...this beautiful Cariboo town not only was the birthplace of our 3 lovely sons. It also mentored me in so many ways, professionally and personally …”
Doc Wim Hofmeyr and his family settled in Horseshoe Bay in 2009.
He is the founder of 'Docs on the Bay'.
“I always dreamed of a clinical setting where passionate people work together and complement each other in providing a healthcare/wellness centre that is focused on community wellness and the provision of dedicated medical support with integrity and respect for everyone approaching us…
Each of us has a unique, individualized health and wellness journey that can't and should not be 'protocol 'ed'. I appreciate so much being invited by someone to sit around their health table and to be asked to contribute in any way, the best I can...”
Dr. Stephanie Shorter
Dr. Shorter joined our team middle of 2018, her enthusiasm for Family Practice is 'infectious', bred in the East, now in the West, we are lucky to have her part of our team.
Currently not taking new patients.
(We will update the site if that changes.)
Dr. Jay Wortman
Dr Jay Wortman studied Biology and Chemistry at the University of Alberta and Medicine at the University of Calgary. He completed the Family Medicine residency at UBC before starting private practice in Vancouver. He began combining that with part-time clinics at the STI/HIV the BC Centre for Disease Control where he eventually became the full-time Associate Director. He moved on the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch of Health Canada where he held senior management positions in Ottawa and Vancouver.
In 1992, he developed type 2 diabetes and quickly discovered that it could be controlled by restricting dietary carbohydrates. He went on to do clinical research on low-carbohydrate diets and became a little bit famous for a study he did in the Namgis First Nation of Alert Bay which was the subject of the CBC documentary film, "My Big Fat Diet". His research interest in the dietary management of obesity, pre-diabetes and diabetes led him back into clinical practice where he is now.
His approach to medicine is based on the extensive knowledge of the power of nutritional interventions he has acquired through clinical research over the past decade. He offers nutritional advice and coaching together with conventional medical approaches for patients who are suffering from common chronic conditions. He also spends part of each week practicing addictions medicine in Surrey, East Vancouver and the Downtown Eastside.
Dr. Andrew Sear
Recruited to Quesnel from England in 1973, I have enjoyed 40 years as a "full-service" Family Practioner. My work included GP Anasthesia, Emergency Room Medicine and Obstetrics. I teach students and I am on Faculty at the University of British Columbia. I am a previous member of the Board of CPSBC and I remain an active committee member for them.
I relocated to Vancouver because of my love for boating and I am pleased to be working alongside Dr Wim Hofmeyr again at "Docs on the Bay." I am also on staff at Lions Gate Hospital.
After 40 (very busy) years, it is refreshing to start 'a new' in Horseshoe Bay! I welcome all who would like to join our practice and for all my former patients to drop in and say a quick Hello, while you wait for the ferry!
Dr. Katie Colwell
After a long search , we finally found Katie.
Graduating from McGill in 2003 (Microbiology and Immunology), then living in the Prairies 2005-2011 where she completed her Family Practice residency. Katie involves herself with the full scope of family practice. Her smile and kind way is not only infectious, but also very reassuring.
Dr. Colleen Lawlor
Dr. Lawlor has been with Docs on the Bay since 2017.
She has been practicing in West Vancouver for over 13 years,
with a BA in Psychology, MSC in Nursing, MD from the University of Texas,San Antonio,
we consider ourselves so very lucky to have had her choose Docs to continue serving her patients from.
Dr. Lee-Ann Wills
Dr. Wills has been serving her patients on the Northshore for over 25 years. She joined our team in late 2018.
The community has been fortunate to have Lee-Ann choose the Northsore to practice family medicine.
Certified Restorative Yoga Instructor
With over 20 years of experience and background in neurophysiology and rehabilitation, I am available to offer Pilates-based rehabilitation and a unique, customized approach to acute and chronic back problems, pre/post-natal care and post-surgical rehabilitation. I also offer body-centred movement therapy, teaching awareness through movement with an emphasis on breathing and relaxation.
Phone for an appointment: 604-922-6194 or 778-861-7642
Registered Physiotherapist, BKin, IDN
For more information on Greg’s treatment methods and to book an appointment please visit: www.gregorysmithphysiotherapy.com
Greg grew up on the North Shore with a passion for sports, exercise and the outdoors. After playing professional soccer in Germany he had the opportunity to return to Canada to play for the University of British Columbia while completing his undergraduate degree in kinesiology and master’s degree in physiotherapy. Always being surrounded by sport, exercise, and physical activity has allowed him to develop a deep appreciation for the capability of the human body. Greg firmly believes that movement is medicine and strives to help people recover and perform at their very best. He believes that rehabilitation should be an active, fun and engaging process that betters the individual and leaves them feeling empowered to maintain their ideal level of performance. Greg started his career as a physiotherapist in Powell River and is now excited to work closer to his new home of Bowen Island.
Dr. Bob Wilson
Ph.D., R.Psych., FCPA
Over the past dozen or so years I have focused my practice on the following problems presented in no particular order:
Dysfunctional relationships: marriages, co-workers, families or executives and boards
Depression: co-morbid, grief, dysthymic disorder, suicidal ideation or personality disorder
Anxiety: panic attack, phobic disorders, separation, post-traumatic stress or OCD
Work-related stress disorders
Retirement: planning and adjustment
If you have patients experiencing any of the above problems, I would appreciate an opportunity to work with you in helping them acquire a satisfactory level of adjustment.
For more information please visit: rfwilsonpsychologist.com
Phone : 604-831-7792
RN, M.Sc Com. Hlth
Health Coaching and Body Massage
Janie’s work and study has taken her to many parts of the world. At the heart of Janie’s sessions is the support to help people to change and heal whatever it is that they want to change. She completed her Masters degree in Community Health at Edinburgh University and her thesis revolved around how to help young people make healthy and lasting behavioural changes in their lives.
“My dream is to help people to be happy and healthy. It is with great joy that I am part of such a resourceful team here at Docs on the Bay, as together we strive to provide the very best patient-centered care possible.”
"Everyone can do with a 'Janie-session' if you just need to feel better, her work nurtures you on multiple levels..." (Wim)
Phone for an appointment: 604-375-4858
Ella Solin, MSc.
Registered Clinical CounsellorCertified Hakomi Therapist
Over the last 15 years in my counselling practice I have worked with adults and adolescent girls, young women and their families. I’ve worked with issues such as stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, trauma (e.g., PTSD, accidents, bullying, abuse), eating disorders, self-harm behaviours and parenting coaching. My practice is embedded in mindfulness and the latest research in neuropsychology, which shows we can “re-wire” our brains and change those in-grained patterns of thinking and behaving. I also draw on attachment theory and mindfulness-based cognitive-behaviour therapy. I assist my clients to identify their goals and provide a therapeutic roadmap to achieve them. With my gentle, experiential and mindfulness-based approach, I will support them to reevaluate and transform unproductive thoughts and beliefs, identify and appropriately express feelings, and heal past wounds which still influence (unconsciously) present day behaviours and choices. In turn, my clients learn new skills and discover a deeper sense of self and satisfaction with a wider repertoire of responses and choices. Outside of my work, you will find me outdoors being active with my family, doing yoga or sitting quietly with a book.
• Hakomi -
• EMDR -
• Mindfulness-Based Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy
• Attachment Theory AREAS OF PRACTICE
• Teens and their families
• Stress, anxiety, depression (and postpartum depression), trauma/PTSD, eating disorders/disordered eating, self-harm behaviours, self-esteem, parent coaching, transitions, loss and grief.
Ella Solin, RCC
Mary Coleman MSW, RSW
Compassion minded counseling
To inspire growth and connection in difficult times
Support for Individuals and couples living with:
Anxiety and depression
Relationship and family distress
Making meaning and purpose
Serious illnesses, loss and grief, caregiver stress
Please contact her at 778-233-4425 or firstname.lastname@example.org
I first found yoga in 2002 at a very ambitious time in my life. Over the years, my practice has evolved, much as my life to a much slower, softer pace. With certifications in Hatha, Yin, Restorative, and Gentle Somatic Yoga, I offer classes that provide space for deep relaxation, unwinding tension, and reconnecting with our centre. Feel free to call to chat about how Gentle Somatic Yoga may be of benefit to you!
The Team That Keeps It Together
Patient Care Coordinators: