Cole Stanley

Cole Stanley, Medical Lead

Dr. Cole Stanley was the Medical Lead for the Vancouver BOOST Collaborative and is continuing that role in the Provincial BOOST Collaborative. He is also the Medical Lead for Quality Improvement for Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) Community and is also a family physician at the John Ruedy Clinic in Vancouver. His practice includes general family medicine, HIV primary care, hepatitis C treatment, and addictions care including prescribing of opioid agonist therapies. He completed medical school at The University of Toronto in 2011 and Family Medicine Residency at McGill (Montreal) in 2013. He went on to complete a three month Enhanced Skills Program in HIV Primary Care at the University of British Columbia, and has been practising in Vancouver since then.


Dr. Sharon Vipler, Medical Co-Lead

Dr. Vipler completed her Doctor of Medicine at the University of British Columbia and completed a residence in Family Medicine at the University of Alberta.

She is currently the Program Medical Director and Regional Department Head of Addiction Medicine and Substance Use Services at Fraser Health. She is involved with clinical work with a number of regional facilities including the Creekside Withdrawal Management Unit, Surrey Rapid Access Addiction Clinic, the Quibble Creek Opioid Agonist Therapy Clinic and St. Paul’s Hospital.


Valeria Gal, Project Lead, Quality Improvement & Practice Support

Valeria is a Project Lead with the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, where she leads Quality Improvement and Practice Support activities.

She has been working in various healthcare roles for more than 10 years, starting in a Medical Office Assistant role in private practice to more recently in Quality Improvement support and Coaching for family physicians and their care teams with Vancouver Coastal Health.

Valeria has focused training in Quality Improvement and Coaching, including the Team Coaching Program through Dartmouth Institute Microsystem Academy and is currently completing the Project Management Program at Langara College.

Valeria is currently leading the expansion of the BOOST Collaborative, which will include teams from across the province.


Angie Semple, Collaborative Admin Support

Angie is a Program Assistant at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS and supports Dr. Rolando Barrios with the STOP HIV/AIDS program. Angie will be supporting with all of the fine details of the BOOST Collaborative and will be an important contact throughout this Quality Improvement journey. Angie holds a degree in physical geography (environment and sustainability) from the University of British Columbia, and is currently completing the Technical Writing program at BCIT. After graduating in 2013, Angie worked for an environmental engineering company before moving on to work with Vancouver Coastal Health and the BC-CfE.

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