Marilyn Barrett, Director
Marilyn Barrett is the Director of the Health and Wellness Centre at the University of Prince Edward Island. She formerly held the role of Director of Primary Care and Chronic Disease Prevention/Management for Health PEI in Prince Edward Island, a position she held since December 2010. Marilyn has held a number of management positions in Health PEI, including Manager - Implementation and Change Management for the CIS Project which implemented the Electronic Health Record in the health system in Prince Edward Island. In addition, she has held a Chief Nursing Officer position for community hospitals and continuing care, Director of Acute and Continuing Care (rural community hospital, home care, and long term care) and worked at the School of Nursing, UPEI in positions of Clinical Instructor and Clinical Coordinator.
Marilyn has a diploma in Nursing from the PEI School of Nursing (1987); holds a Bachelor of Nursing from the University of New Brunswick (1996) and a Master’s Degree in Nursing from Athabasca University (2009).
Marilyn has been a surveyor with Accreditation Canada since 2012 and her greatest strength as a surveyor is the diversity of her experience, particularly knowledge gained in the build and implementation of the electronic health record in Prince Edward Island hospitals.
Marilyn currently sits on the board of directors of the Canadian Nurse's Protective Society (CNPS), is a past president with the Association of Registered Nurses of Prince Edward Island and has served as a board member of the Canadian Nurse's Association. She sits on the Granting Committee of the Community Foundation of Prince Edward Island and is a board member of the Cardigan Village Heritage Committee.
Sharon Currie, Administrative Assistant
Sharon is the Administrative Assistant at the UPEI Health and Wellness Centre. Sharon started her career at UPEI in 1989 and has worked in many departments across campus. She enjoys working with the students, staff, and faculty and looks forward to working with the Campus Community in the UPEI Health and Wellness Centre. Her interests include spending time with family and friends and loves to travel.
Dr. David Reid, Physician
Dr. Reid has been providing health care services at UPEI since 1991. He is a graduate of Dalhousie Medical School, and he also completed his family medicine residency training at Dalhousie. He has a keen interest in student health, and he conducts sexual health lectures and informal education sessions each year in our residences and for our student athletic teams. He has just finished 16 years as the team physician for the men’s hockey team, and he performs medicals for our varsity athletes each summer and fall. He loves to teach, and he holds faculty positions as a preceptor for both Dalhousie and Memorial medical schools. He has twice been awarded Family Medicine Preceptor of the Year by Dalhousie.
Dr. Reid works part-time at UPEI, and he has a full practice at Sherwood Medical Centre. He is the designated medical practitioner for immigration medical exams for PEI for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. He is a past President of the PEI College of Family Physicians. He has been privileged to travel to Haiti for medical mission work on three occasions.
He enjoys family time with his adult children, hiking, cycling, skiing, kayaking, gardening, travelling, and setting a good example for his patients by exercising regularly!
Adrienne Fudge, Registered Nurse
Adrienne Fudge is the newest addition to the UPEI Health and Wellness Centre, starting late Fall 2020 as the Registered Nurse. She graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing in 2004 from Memorial University of Newfoundland. After graduating she was recruited to PEI along with several fellow classmates and settled well into the Island life.
Adrienne has held nursing positions in a number of roles over the last 16 years, initially at the QEH (Queen Elizabeth Hospital) in medicine, emergency, maternity, and medical-surgical float pool nursing positions. In 2014, Adrienne made the leap from acute care to primary care, and while she is excited about any role she chooses to take on, primary care is her true passion.
Over the last 6 years, she has worked to develop the Case Management Program and the Remote Patient Monitoring Program for Heart Failure and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in one of the Island's primary care networks. She has provided counselling, education, navigation and support to clients with complex health needs, as well as focusing on areas of mental health and smoking cessation. Most recently, since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, she has held a lead role at the Charlottetown COVID-19 clinics and has been involved in its operations since March 2020.
Adrienne has always been passionate about working with high risk, vulnerable, and minority populations. She has taken additional training to work with individuals seeking gender affirming care. Her focus has been to improve access for Islanders to quality health care and she is excited to work with the UPEI population and help improve access for students, staff, and faculty.
Adrienne continues to work on her Masters of Health Studies through Athabasca University. She also is a provincial representative with the Canadian Nurse Protective Society’s Assistance Review Committee.
When not at work, Adrienne loves to spend time with her husband and two young children. They are kept busy with all the activities the Island has to offer. She loves to cook, travel, and spend time with friends and family, near and far.
Rebecca Coffin, LPN
Becky graduated from the LPN program at Holland College in 2001. Right away she worked in a family practice full time and also worked casual in acute and long term care for two years. In 2003 she relocated to Halifax, NS to be with her fiancé and worked at a staffing agency that sent her all over the QEII Hospital. She enjoyed the experience and was never bored jumping from one floor to the next. While discovering that general surgery wasn’t her favourite she discovered that neurosurgery and radiology/oncology/gynecology were places she enjoyed working. She also enjoyed working at the Veterans Memorial Building with long-term care patients.
After spending every vacation and long weekend visiting PEI, Becky and her husband decided to move back to PEI to be closer to family. Becky worked casually in acute care for a short term until she accepted a full-time position at a family practice in Charlottetown. During that time she enjoyed working with many stages of healthcare from prenatal care to geriatrics and everything in between. Becky decided to leave her full-time position and return to casual work for some flexibility with time and her children’s schedules. Always drawn to the clinical setting, she accepted a position at the UPEI Health and Wellness Centre in the fall of 2019 and enjoys her time spent with students and staff and their families.
Becky enjoys working with people and expanding her education and knowledge in the medical profession throughout the clinical process. She loves spending time with her husband and three sons. They enjoy family time, outdoor time, and going to the rink to cheer on her favourite hockey players. Becky also loves to bake, bike, and read in her free time.
Lynne Fraser, Nurse Practitioner
Lynne Fraser is a Nurse Practitioner at the UPEI Health and Wellness Centre. Originally from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Lynne completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Laurentian University in 2001. Upon graduation, she was recruited to PEI and began her nursing career at Prince County Hospital in Summerside. In the hospital setting, Lynne worked in a number of positions, including: medical unit, surgical unit, hospital float team, clinical educator and ICU. She also enjoyed mentoring new nurses and being a preceptor to UPEI nursing students. Lynne also took the opportunity to do some travel nursing in Australia, working at a hospital in Melbourne.
In 2011, Lynne returned to school to pursue the Master of Nursing/Nurse Practitioner program at Dalhousie University. She graduated in 2013 and has been working as a primary care nurse practitioner in PEI ever since. Lynne has been an advocate for the nurse practitioner role in PEI and has served on the executive of the Prince Edward Island Nurse Practitioner Association (PEINPA).
Lynne joined the UPEI team in November 2018 and with her arrival, the UPEI Health and Wellness Centre was able to expand their services to include providing primary care services to staff, faculty, families as well as students. Lynne enjoys providing care to individuals of all ages and working in collaboration with all of the outstanding services offered both at UPEI and in the community.
Outside of work, Lynne enjoys spending time with her family, soaking up all the beautiful things and places that PEI has to offer.
Dr. David Wong, Physician
Dr. David Wong is a retired pediatrician in Summerside. He graduated from the University of Hong Kong and received training in pediatrics and infectious diseases in the United States of America before coming to Prince Edward Island in 1986.
After seeing many children with ADHD, he decided to help adults with this condition after his retirement. Dr. Wong still practices part-time at the Summerside Medical Centre, seeing adults with ADHD. He attends the ADHD clinic at UPEI during the fall and winter semesters. He has written many columns on ADHD in the Guardian newspaper over the years. You can read these columns at www.askdrwong.ca to learn more about ADHD.
Dr. Wong and his wife live in Summerside. They have two adult sons and four grandchildren.
Dr. Harminder Dhillon, Physician
Dr. Dhillon is a full-time adult psychiatrist. She graduated from the John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas in June, 2006. Dr. Dhillon was certified by the Royal College of Physicians in Ottawa in April, 2008. She began her work on Prince Edward Island working full-time at inpatient and outpatient clinics in Summerside at the Prince County Hospital in August, 2006. Her special interests include women’s mental health and post-partum depression. She began working at the UPEI Health and Wellness Centre in October, 2019.
Dr. Dhillon lives in Summerside with two basketball-passionate teenage boys and her husband. She loves to spend time with family and travel a lot wherever ball games take them.