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!
Amy Jenkins, Registered Nurse
Amy Jenkins has been the Primary Care Nurse at the UPEI Health and Wellness Centre since 2015. She graduated from the University of Prince Edward Island in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and moved to Calgary, Alberta with several of her classmates shortly after graduating. There she worked on a medical unit at the Foothills Hospital for two years, as well as casually worked at flu vaccination clinics. She developed an interest in emergency nursing and worked her last few years in Calgary at the Rockyview Emergency Department which she enjoyed very much.
In 2011, she made the decision to move back home to be closer to family and friends. She wasn’t quite ready to settle full time on PEI so she signed up for travel nursing and travelled frequently from PEI to remote communities in northern Manitoba over the next few years. Since her move, she has also worked at the QEH Emergency Department, Day Surgery and Post Anesthesia Care Units, and the Provincial Addictions Facility.
Amy immensely enjoys working with the campus community at UPEI and loves that she has a unique opportunity in her role to focus mainly on proactive health. She is very interested in health promotion, organizing wellness events for staff and faculty, as well as sexual health education sessions for students. In 2016, she also received her Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner certification.
When she is not at work, she loves spending time with her family and friends. She is a wife and mother, and her little family keeps her happily busy and entertained at all times. She also enjoys taking time for yoga, running and the outdoors!
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.
Cindy Parill, Nurse Practitioner
Cindy began her nursing career in 1994 and since that time she has worked in a variety of positions. From 1994-2000 she worked as a RN with the Labrador-Grenfell Health Authority in northern Newfoundland and Labrador where she worked in intensive care, geriatric care and advanced nursing in primary health care clinics in Roddickton and Flower's Cove. In 2000 she took on the role of Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner (PHC-NP) and worked in a primary health care clinic in Flower's Cove. In 2008 she took a position with Western Health in Corner Brook, NL as a PHC-NP Dementia Care Coordinator and delivered primary care to residents who had mild to moderate dementia in a community protective care unit. In 2011-12 she took on a role in the emergency department at the Health Sciences Centre in St. John's, NL with Eastern Health Authority. In 2012 she moved from NL to Saskatchewan where she worked in Meadow Lake. During this time Cindy managed a long-term care unit, provided walk-clinics, and delivered primary care to 600 empaneled patients.
Cindy is a lifelong learner. She graduated with an RN Diploma in 1994. In 2000 she earned a certificate as a PHC-NP from the Centre for Nursing Studies and graduated with her Bachelor of Nursing from Athabasca University in 2003. In 2011 she completed a Masters of Nursing through Memorial University of NL. She has completed many workshops such as Spirometry Interpretation, 5-Day Palliative Care Medical Intensive Course at Victoria, BC, and Diabetes Manager University three-day course in Saskatchewan in 2013 as examples.
Cindy is married and has two adult children and four grandchildren. In 2019 she moved to PEI to spend quality time with her grandchildren. She enjoys cross-country skiing, yoga, walking, and reading. While she will always consider herself to be a Newfoundlander, she has become an Islander by Choice and now considers PEI to be her home.
Dr. David Wong, Physician
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.