Lauren graduated nursing school in 1990 in South Africa. Shortly after, she moved to Canada to be with her family. In 1996, she completed her Intensive Care certificate and worked as an ICU nurse. She developed a passion for wounds and ostomy and attended Emory University to complete her Wound, Ostomy and Continence certificate in 2006. Following certification, Lauren established the WOCN program at Richmond Hospital. In 2011, she moved to community nursing care where she expanded her knowledge caring for individuals with wound, ostomy and continence concerns. In 2020, she completed her Master of Clinical Science - Wound Healing at Western University. In 2016, Lauren joined the team at Macdonald's Prescriptions where she opened the wound, ostomy and continence clinic. She currently works both at VGH part time as a certified WOCN and at Macdonald's prescriptions. Lauren has been an active participant on the Regional Committees for Wound, Ostomy and Therapeutic devices and recently joined the Provincial Skin & Wound Committee.
She was the recipient of the CRNBC Award for Nursing Excellence 2011 Lauren is a dedicated and compassionate wound, ostomy and continence nurse who strives for excellent patient care. She is passionate about advancing the practice of WOC nursing and has spoken at conferences and published articles and posters to help educate others. She volunteers for the United Ostomy Association in facilitating the 20-50's support group and is an active writer for their magazine the Vancouver Highlife - http://www.uoavancouver.com/newsletter.html
RN, MN, NP(F), NSWOC
Candy Gubbels has been working at MacDonald’s pharmacy since September 2019 as a Nurse Specialized in Wounds, Ostomy and Continence and Nurse Practitioner. She completed her Wound, Ostomy and Continence training from Metropolitan State University in 2002, and graduated as a family Nurse Practitioner in August 2008 from The University of Victoria. Candy has been a registered nurse for over 25 years. She has worked in hospital and long-term care throughout her career. Currently she works as a Family Nurse Practitioner both as a provider and as a consultant for wound, ostomy, or continence concerns for individuals living in long term care within Vancouver Coastal Health, in addition to her part-time work at MacDonald’s pharmacy.
Candy brings extensive nursing knowledge and experience to her patients. Macdonald’s Prescriptions is honoured to have Candy join our team.
RN, BSN, WOCN
Christine began her education at the University of British Columbia graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology genetics. After volunteering at the local hospital, she became interested in Nursing. After graduating, in 1997 she graduated from BCIT with a diploma in Nursing. As a new graduate, she worked on a surgical ward for before starting to study again where she completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Victoria. Christine has worked as a ward nurse and nurse educator. During her career as a nurse, both acute care and community nursing, she discovered her passion for working with wound and ostomy patients. In 2013 Christine completed her Wound, Ostomy, and Continence certification at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
Christine is currently a member of the Regional Committees for Wound, and Ostomy and the Provincial Ostomy committee. She currently works fulltime at Vancouver General Hospital and casual at Macdonald’s Prescriptions.
Christine is dedicated and passionate about improving the quality of life for her patients.
Macdonald's Prescriptions welcomes Christine’s knowledge of both acute and community nursing care to provide a wholistic approach for her patients.
RN, BSN, NSWOC
Heidi started her nursing career in acute care over ten years ago. To broaden her understanding of the patient's transition through the spectrum of healthcare, Heidi worked as a community health nurse where she confirmed her passion in the nursing specialty of wound and ostomy. Heidi completed the Wound, Ostomy and Continence education program in Canada and has been working as a NSWOC since 2015. As well, Heidi is able to speak Cantonese and Mandarin where she can utilize her language skills to reach that population in need.