Dr Pentelichuk has been with Medisys since 2009 and has been in family practice since the age of 25. She owned and operated a family practice in Banff for 10 years. Dr. Pentelichuk is a Marine Medical Certified Physician with Transport Canada, Oil and Gas UK, and Norwegian Directorate. She is also fully certified through the College of Family Physicians of Canada in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. In 2009, she received the Alberta College of Family Physicians Recognition of Excellence Award from the College of Family Physicians in recognition of her achievement in preventative healthcare. Dr. Pentelichuk's story was featured as the cover story in the Canadian Family Physician magazine February 2013 issue. Throughout her career, Dr Pentelichuk has developed a strong passion for Women’s health and chronic disease management.
What was your first job?
As a teenager, I worked at McDonald’s. I picked up customer service skills that I still use to this day!
What do you do to unwind?
I love painting in my home studio. I also enjoy driving my Harley Davidson around to unwind. Focusing on colours, canvas, or the scenery around me gives me time to reflect. I think of it as “active meditation”.
What is your single most important piece of preventive health advice?
Every person must take time to “recharge” their battery. We live in a very demanding time. Careers and family are both very important, but not at the expense of our own health and mental well being. Life is so hectic for many people that I recommend scheduling a “turtle day” once in a while. No cell phone, no lap top, no phone calls - just spend the day doing whatever makes you happy.
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
The only thing you can really change is yourself. This advice changed my world because, as a compassionate person, I've always instinctively tried to change or control negative situations. The truth is that not all situations can be changed or controlled - for change to happen, people have to work on changing themselves. Even though you may not be able to change a negative situation, you can change how you react.
What keeps you inspired?
After 20 years in practice, I still get SO EXCITED when I am able to help a patient, whether it's through my medical knowledge and expertise or by inspiring and teaching a patient how to help themselves.
What is the one health lesson you have learned that you want everyone to know?
Put your health first, make it a priority. Taking care of others at expense of your own health comes at a cost. Take the time to keep yourself healthy - nutritious foods, exercise, good sleep habits, and laughter. Taking care of yourself isn't selfish - it enables you to keep taking care of others.