Our Staff

Committed to you, TCHI staff put your health first.

TCHI is part of an allied health professional network. In Tavistock, there are five family physicians,
seven nurses, four administrative staff, and additional specialized teams who care about your health.


Dr. Amanda Brown
M.D., C.C.F.P., University of Guelph, Saba University of Medicine, Caribbean Islands, IMG (International Medical Graduate) • Joined Tavistock Medical Group 2014 • Interests: Internal Medicine; Psychiatry; Pediatrics; Women's Health; Diabetes; Skin Clinics • Personal Interests: Travel

Dr. Barbara Cowing
B.Sc., M.D., C.C.F.P., University of Guelph, University of Western Ontario, University of Waterloo, McMaster University • Medical Director - Maples Homes for Seniors and People Care Centre in Tavistock; Nithview Nursing Home in New Hamburg • Interests: Optometry; Geriatric Medicine • Personal Interests: Rural family life; Road biking; Gardening; Scrapbooking; Antiques

Dr. Vanessa Eloise Kustec
M.D.C.M, C.C.F.P., Attended Medical School at McGill University, Residency at University of Sherbrooke • From Montreal, Quebec; bilingual French/English • Work Interests - Hospitalist care (Internal Medicine),  Nursing Homes (Geriatrics),  Dermatology • Other interests -  Music, Singing, Hiking, Photography, Travel

*Photo courtesy Tavistock Gazette


Dr. Samantha Reaume
B.M.Sc., M.D., C.C.F.P., University of Western Ontario 2017 • Joined Tavistock Medical Group 2017 • Interests: Comprehensive Family Medicine, Palliative Care, Women's Health

Dr. Shirin
*Photo courtesy The Tavistock Gazette

Dr. Shahnaz Shirin
International Medical graduate from Bangladesh • Studied Medicine at Sir Salimullah Medical College, Dhaka University • Completed Residency in Family Medicine through Western University in 2019 and joined TCHI in January, 2020 • Work Interests: Comprehensive Family Medicine • Personal Interests: Watching documentaries/movies based on real life events, travel

Retired Physicians

Dr. Brad Card
*Photo courtesy Tavistock Gazette

Dr. Paul Bartlett

Dr. Ken Hook

Nursing Staff


Sue R.N.
Works with Dr. Amanda Brown

Kim R.N.

R.N. Nurse Manager


Lindsay R.P.N.
Works with Dr. Vanessa Kustec


Sherry R.P.N.
Works with Dr. Samantha Reaume


Nurse Practitioner

Melissa R.N.A.
Works with Dr. Shahnaz Shirin

*Photo courtesy The Tavistock Gazette

Specialized Team

Aaron Smith, MTS, MA, PhD (c), RP

Aaron Smith is a Registered Psychotherapist at STAR Family Health Team. In addition to his work at STAR, Aaron is also an Instructor in the School of Social Work at Renison University College at the University of Waterloo, and the School of Social Work at King's University College at the University of Western Ontario, and a Doctoral Candidate in the Faculty of Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Aaron has worked as a therapist for more than ten years in a variety of settings, including private practice, community-based organizations, mental health institutions, and primary health care. Aaron has graduate degrees in Theological Studies and Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy, and has received advanced training in Couples Therapy, Sex Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia, and Compassion Fatigue for caregivers and health care providers.

In his spare time, Aaron enjoys baseball, music, being outdoors, and spending time with his wife and three beautiful daughters.

Nichola Taylor (M.S.W., R.S.W.)

Nichola is a registered social worker with over 20 years of clinical experience. She has been honoured to work at TCHI for STAR Family Health Team since 2013. Known for her gentleness and compassion, Nichola is a firm believer in our innate capacity for emotional and physical healing. Recognizing that pain is an inevitable part of every human life, she is deeply honoured to walk alongside others offering support and evidence-based skills (Mindfulness, CBT, MBCT, DBT and EMDR) to reduce suffering and facilitate growth.


Canadian Certified Pedorthist Shannon Bunnett is passionate about helping her patients get back to the activities they enjoy without being in pain.
As a provider of custom foot orthotics since 2001, she knows whether you need orthotics or whether a new, better fitting shoe is the first step. The biomechanical assessment she performs includes standing and sitting range of motion tests, a gait analysis, and if custom foot orthotics are required, capturing a 3D cast of your foot.
Shannon has volunteered with St. Louis RC and their Senior Visiting Program, as well as The Canadian Cancer Society's Walking School Bus Program. As a member of Greystone Racquet Club, Shannon enjoys playing squash and pickleball







Adrienne - Dietician


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