Meet The Team
Dr. Jill Bishop
Dr. Bishop was born and raised in Claresholm, Alberta. She attended the University of Lethbridge for three years, followed by medical school at the University of Alberta, graduating in 2008. She completed her Family Practice residency through the University of Calgary. She completed her residency program in Black Diamond. Dr. Bishop joined the Foothills Family Medical Centre in 2013 after working as a locum for a period of time. Dr. Bishop has a special interest in women’s health. She lives with her husband and three daughters outside of Okotoks.
Dr. Jacques Branch
Dr. Branch is currently practicing family and emergency medicine in Black Diamond, Alberta. He received his medical degree from the University of Western Ontario graduating with the Richard Ivey Award for excellence in Family Medicine. He completed his residency specializing in Family Medicine at the University of Calgary and was board certified in that same year. Dr. Branch has been active in teaching resident physicians over the past twelve years and holds the title of Clinical Lecturer through the University of Calgary, Department of Family Medicine. He has received recognition for excellence in teaching and for his community service activities. Most recently Dr. Branch was honoured with a nomination for the Dr. Hal Irvine award in 2015.
Dr. Branch has a special interest in leading edge technology and how it can improve patient care and outcomes. This has contributed to him being frequently invited to participate in and chair various provincial initiatives aimed at improving primary health care; including Canada Infoway’s Integrated Clinical Working Group. He has been asked to speak at various provincial and national forums on topics of optimizing primary care clinical and administrative processes by organizations such as the Alberta Medical Association, Alberta’s Primary Care Initiative Program, the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada, and the Canadian Medical Association.
Dr. Branch has participated in and led numerous medical missions around the world focused on not only providing needed care but teaching local health authorities, nurses and physicians ensuring a lasting benefit. Locally he is active in coaching and leading youth programs in the rural communities around his home in southern Alberta, Canada, where he lives with his wife and three children.
Dr. Brian Doran
Dr. Doran grew up in Southern Alberta. He attended medical school at the University of Alberta and completed his Family Practice residency through the University of Calgary. A large part of his training was performed here in Black Diamond.
Dr. Doran opened his practise in Black Diamond in 2011. In addition to his clinical practice he works regularly in the emergency department at the Oilfields Hospital in Black Diamond.
Dr Doran currently lives in Okotoks with his wife and seven children.
M.B., CHB, CCFP
Dr. Tim Dowdall
Dr. Dowdall has been with FFMC since 2005, being attracted to the local area by the excellent schooling opportunities for his 2 sons. Dr. Dowdall grew up in Nothern Ireland and completed his medical training in Scotland at the University of Dundee. He moved to Canada in 1999 with his family and very quickly fell in love with small town rural life in Alberta.
Dr. Noel Grisdale
After 3 years of undergraduate studies at the University of Calgary, Dr. Grisdale attended Calgary’s Medical School graduating in 1992. His family medicine residency was at the Calgary General Hospital from 1992 to 1994. He has been practicing comprehensive family medicine in Black Diamond since January 1995. He has been an associate professor with the University of Calgary teaching residents and medical students in Black Diamond since 2000.
He has additional training and interest in: Occupational Medicine, Travel Medicine, and Sports Medicine/MSK problems.
He was President of the Oilfields Hospital Medical Staff from 1996 to 2005, President of the Region 3 Med Staff Association from 1996 to 2003, Alberta Medical Association ( AMA) board of directors 2001 to 2010, and President of the AMA from 2008 to 2009.
Dr. Grisdale is a 3rd generation Calgarian living with his wife and four children in the south end of the city. He tries to make time to follow his passions of playing soccer, running, and golf. He is a past National Champion in soccer with the Calgary Caledonian Soccer Club in 1999 and 2003. When not playing, he enjoys helping coach his children’s soccer teams.
BSc, MD, CCFP
Dr. Tristan Hembroff
Dr. Hembroff grew up in Coastal British Columbia. He attended medical school at the University of Saskatchewan and completed his Family Practice residency through the University of Calgary Black Diamond. He worked for two years in Black Diamond before moving to Vancouver Island to practice. Missing Alberta winters, Dr Hembroff moved back to Calgary and rejoined his colleagues in Black Diamond in 2010.
In addition to his family practice he works regularly in the emergency department at the
Oilfields. Hospital in Black Diamond and Urgent Care in Okotoks.
Dr. Hembroff is married and has three children. Special interests include sailing, fishing, and scuba diving.
Dr. Eric Jablonski
Dr. Jablonski was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, but grew up in the wild wilderness of NW Ontario in a small town called Fort Frances. He is the youngest and favorite child of his family and followed in his father’s footsteps going into family medicine.
His interests include loud music, stand-up comedy, and travel.
He completed his undergraduate education, medical degree, and family medicine residency through the University of Calgary. Dr. Jablonski was a resident physician at the Foothills Family Medical Centre then returned as a locum for several years before signing on full-time with the group in 2014.
His recent awards include: “Best Beard for a Male Physician in Black Diamond” & “Best Socks at FFMC”.
Dr. Chelsea Pocock
Dr.Pocock was born and raised around Okotoks,AB.
She has a Neuroscience Degree from the University of Lethbridge and went onto the University of Calgary for Medical School.
She completed her Family Medicine Residency in Black Diamond. She worked as a locum in the community for a few years before joining FFMC in 2021!
She is an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys running and skiing.
Dr. Gary J. Ray
Dr. Ray grew up in North Vancouver, British Columbia. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from Simon Fraser University. Prior to entering medical school, Dr. Ray was enrolled in graduate studies working towards a PhD at the University of British Columbia. He attended medical school at UBC and completed his Family Practice residency through the University of Calgary.
A large part of his training was performed here in Black Diamond.
Dr. Ray opened his practice in Black Diamond in 2002. In addition to his clinical practice, he works regularly in the emergency department at the Oilfields Hospital in Black Diamond. Dr. Ray worked on the neonatal resuscitation team at the Rockyview Hospital for 6 years. He also has a special interest in Occupational Medicine and is a medical consultant for Shell Canada LTD. He also works regularly providing surgical assisting in the operating room at the Rockyview Hospital.
He is currently the Chief of the Medical Staff of Oilfields General Hospital. He lives in DeWinton with his wife and three children.
Dr. Matthew Schuck
Dr. Schuck grew up in Weyburn, Sask. He attended medical school at the University of Saskatoon and completed his Family Practice residency through the University of Alberta. He initially set up practice in Hinton, AB.
Dr. Schuck moved to the area to be closer to family and opened his practice in Black Diamond in 2008. In addition to his clinical practice, he works regularly in the emergency department at the Oilfields Hospital in Black Diamond and Eden Valley Community.
Dr. Schuck lives in Okotoks with his wife and four children. He enjoys hiking and fishing and in his spare time he volunteers with his children’s sports
Dr. Brian Siray
Dr. Siray grew up in Nobleford, Alberta. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Alberta and completed his family practice residency at the Holy Cross Hospital through the University of Calgary.
After graduation Dr. Siray moved to the Millarville area and began practicing in Black Diamond in 1984 where he continues today. Dr. Siray helped co-found the family residency training program here in Black Diamond in 1990 and continue to be the Black Diamond site physician coordinator.
Dr. Siray formerly practiced obstetrics and ER Medicine but now only does office practice. He has a special interest in pediatrics especially ADHD and learning disabilities.
Dr. Siray is an avid gardener, and skier, who loves hiking, rock climbing, traveling, fishing and mountain biking. He still resides in Millarville with his wife. His four sons are now well established in their careers. Ava Grace & Ciera, his 2 granddaughters, are a special part of his life.
Dr. Siray is on the doctor corp board of the Rural Calgary PCN and continues to co-manage the running of FFMC.
Dr. Arne Van Aerde
Dr. Van Aerde grew up in Edmonton, AB. He attended medical school at the University of Alberta where Dr. Doran threw spit balls at him constantly. He then completed his Family Practice Residency through the University of Calgary. His home training site was the clinic in Black Diamond (so you can blame all his bad habits on Dr. Grisdale, Schuck, and Dowdall). He opened his practice in the clinic in 2011. In addition to the clinic, he works regularly in the Oilfields Hospital Emergency Department.
Dr. Van Aerde is a self-proclaimed locked room master and champion of boardgames. He has played soccer since he was 5 and, although he is not quite as good as Dr. Grisdale, even travelled to Brazil in 2014 to watch the World Cup. He is not Dutch, but his parents moved to Canda from a small country close to Holland. His favorite activity is bothering his officemate, but when he is not doing that, he can be found hiking, mountain biking, snowboarding, or spending time with his family and avoiding the sun at all costs! Sometimes you can even see him running around Black Diamond on his lunch breaks. And yes….he does bleed Orange and Blue!