How do you combine a love of travel with a curiosity about infectious bugs?
Susan Kuhn, MD, Clinic Director
Committed to comprehensive high-quality care for travellers, Dr. Susan Kuhn is the founder and Medical Director of Odyssey, which opened its doors in 2000. Trained in pediatrics, infectious diseases, as well as travel and tropical medicine, Dr. Kuhn has a pediatric infectious disease practice at Alberta Children’s Hospital, and sees adults in consultation for tropical infections at Odyssey. Dr. Kuhn is passionate about the health of travellers, immigrants and refugees of all ages.
Dr. Kuhn takes every opportunity to expand her horizons abroad through work, education, and leisure. It may be seeing the jungles of Costa Rica on her knees with a 3 year old; watching a breathtaking sunrise on the summit of Kilimanjaro; teaching residents in the hospitals of Vientiane; learning from local doctors in a malaria research station in Thailand; picking up some WWI history from her son in the Somme; or encountering sea snakes in the Mergui Archipelago of Myanmar. She lives vicariously through her patients to learn as much as she can about the places she hasn’t yet visited.
Dr. Rudy Zimmer is a Public Health and Preventive Medicine specialist with a Certificate of Knowledge in Clinical Tropical Medicine and Travellers’ Health (CTropMed®). After nearly 15 years in travel and tropical medicine practice at Odyssey, he continues to provide a full continuum of services from pre-travel prevention to in-country support to post-travel acute care and ongoing health surveillance for expats.
Dr. Zimmer is a clinical assistant professor within the University of Calgary’s Department of Community Health Sciences, and is involved in travel medicine training of resident doctors here at Odyssey. More recently, he has become an Oil & Gas UK registered doctor as well as a DMAC Level 1 medical examiner of commercial divers, as well as addressing the needs of business travellers in general.
As member of the editorial board of the Journal of Travel medicine, Dr. Zimmer is working toward improving the medical literature on travel and tropical medicine through reviews and primary research. He is also a medical consultant for Alberta Health Services (Calgary Zone) overseeing travel health services and HIV post-exposure prophylaxis. He is also an expert in risk communication.
His medical career has taken him to Kenya and Tanzania, as well as rural and remote Canada. Having started his travels as a teenager, Dr. Zimmer loves to backpack independently, including 30 years of trips to places such as: Tibet, Myanmar, Eastern Europe, Nepal, India, China, Costa Rica, Thailand, Morocco, Malaysia, Peru, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. On reaching the age of 50 years old, he successfully reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro on a full moon night.
His opinionated website on travel health issues is found here.
Dr. Bill Hanlon is a dedicated international volunteer and brings to Odyssey medical experience from India, Peru, Honduras, Thailand, Nepal, Tibet, Ethiopia and South Africa. He is a pharmacist who went on to become a Family Physician, consults in travel and tropical medicine, and is an expedition medicine specialist. Dr. Hanlon’s professional interests include adventure travel, high-altitude and expedition medicine, international health, migrant and refugee health as well as medical volunteer work. See the work he has done as founder and medical director of Basic Health International.
His personal travel experiences cover the globe, ranging from the Arctic to the Antarctic and many countries in between. He has summited the highest peak on all 7 continents, standing on the roof of the world (Everest) in 2007.
Chris is a dual trained family physician and Community Medicine Specialist. His work focuses on preventive medicine and public health. He works for the First Nations and Inuit Health branch of Health Canada and at the Elbow River Healing Lodge in downtown Calgary. A travel addict, he still gets away at least once a year with his wife and young family. Favoured destinations are Latin America and India but he is on the lookout for new adventures.
Dr. Hull is a family physician practicing in Calgary with an interest in travel medicine, refugee and women’s health. These interests led her to pursue an extra year of training in Global Health which took her to Nunavut, Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Hungary. She also completed her Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTMH) in Peru. In her free time Andrea continues to enjoy traveling locally and abroad.
Dr. Leong is a family physician at the Asian Medical Centre in Calgary and has been practicing travel medicine at Odyssey Travel + Tropical Medicine since 2007. As a member of the International Society of Travel Medicine, he holds a Certificate in Travel Health.
Dr. MacQueen is a family doctor with a special interest in Travel Medicine, International and Women’s Health. She obtained her Certificate in Travel Health in 2010 and is a member of the International Society of Travel Medicine. Since 2009, she has been lucky enough to experience several trips as a medical volunteer in Peru, Haiti and Honduras. Drawing from her volunteer and personal experiences, as well as her education, she is thrilled to be involved in providing travel advice.
Viki is a Master’s prepared Registered Nurse with an interest in travel health and immunology. Working in Travel Medicine since 2008, Viki obtained her Certificate of Travel Health in 2011 and is a member of the International Society of Travel Medicine. A love of learning and an interest in archaeology have taken her to 5 continents so far, and although she’s quick to admit that her trekking days are over her travelling days are not.
Wanessa is a Registered Nurse with a Certificate in Travel Health and a member of the International Society of Travel Medicine. She fell in love with travel medicine in 2004 when she first joined the OTTMC team. Her clinical experience spans between the Bow Valley & Calgary including rural, acute, primary, community & travel nursing. She offers pre-travel services at one of our first satellite locations in Canmore, as well as at both Calgary clinics. She supports the educational develop of travel health professionals as an Executive Member of the Alberta Association of Travel Health Professionals. Personal travels have taken Wanessa throughout Western Europe, riding camels into the Moroccan Sahara Desert, and scuba diving off Greek islands and Costa Rican shores.
Jacquie is a Registered Nurse with a Certificate in Travel Health. She has worked in public health, communicable disease and travel medicine in her 30 year career with Alberta Healath Services. She currently has the privilege of offering pre-travel services at OTTMC at the Market Mall Professional Building location. She is a member of the Alberta Association of Travel Health Professionals and the International Society of Travel Medicine. Jacquie has been fortunate to have travelled internationally. She was born in Trinidad and moved to Canada during her school years, and has continued travelling for adventure and work. She now travels with her family and is passing on the passion for travelling to the next generation.
Kristen is a Bachelor prepared Registered Nurse with a Certificate in Travel Medicine from the International Society of Travel Medicine. She recently completed her first term as an Executive Member of the Alberta Association of Travel Health Professionals. Prior to finding her calling in pre travel counseling, Kristen practiced as a public health nurse in the NE Quadrant of Calgary. Clients and families travelling back to their home countries remain some of her favourite clients to work with. When Kristen isn’t busy working at Odyssey or with Alberta Health Services she is either planning her next adventure or away wherever there is a great seat sale. Kristen is motivated and inspired by her clients travels and is continually adding suggestions and tips to her ever expanding list of places to see and go.