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Primary Health Care

The Child & Youth Primary Care Clinic nurse practitioners provide health care to children and youth who do not have a family doctor.

Our nurse practitioners provide care to:

  • children/youth from birth to 19 years, no referral is required
  • children/youth without a primary care provider (i.e. no family doctor)
  • children/youth who have been using a walk-in clinic for the past 6 months
  • youth requiring health education, health screening and harm reduction
We provide comprehensive primary health-care services to children and youth between the ages of birth to 19 years.

To book an appointment

We are not a walk-in clinic, please call to book an appointment.

Please contact your local community public health unit for immunization. We do not provide immunization at our clinic.

Our other services
  • Provide supportive primary health care services to sub-specialty clinics at BC Children's hospital and link patients with Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children when appropriate
  • Have a collaborative practice with the asthma educators and sub-specialists at BC Children's Asthma Program for diagnosis treatment and management of asthma
  • Mentorship of Nurse Practitioner students
  • Bridge services to other subespecialty services, including: Division of Gastroentrology for Refractory Constipation management; Division of Adolescent Medicine for targeted at risk populations of youth

Our staff

Nurse practitioners

Chantel Canessa MN-NP, NP(F) CAE
Family Nurse Practitioner
  • NP Child & Youth Primary Care Clinic
  • BC Children's Asthma Program
Alissa Cllingridge MN, NP(P)
Family Nurse Practitioner
  • NP Child & Youth Primary Care Clinic
  • Complex Care Clinic
Susie McRae MN, NP(P)
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • NP Child & Youth Primary Care Clinic
  • BC Children's Asthma Program
  • BC Constipation Consultation Clinic
  • Adjunct Professor, UBC School of Nursing
Minna Miller DNP, MSN, RN, NP(F)
Family Nurse Practitioner
  • NP Child & Youth Primary Care Clinic
  • BC Children's Asthma Program
  • Adjunct Professor, UBC School of Nursing
Susan Shumay NP(F), MN, SANE
Family Nurse Practitioner
  • NP Child & Youth Primary Care Clinic
  • Pinnacle Program
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Victoria School

Affiliated services

  • BC Children's Hospital Complex Care Clinic
  • BC Children's Hospital Asthma Program
  • BC Children's Hospital Adolescent Medicine
  • RICHER Initiative
  • Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children
  • University of Victoria / University of British Columbia / University of Northern British

Community partners

  • Ministrty of Children and Families
  • Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society
  • Vancouver School Board
  • Act Program



  • health promotion and disease prevention inclusive of health screening and disease surveillance
  • diagnosis and management of common illnesses/injuries
  • coordination of other levels of care to improve health outcomes for the patient and their families
Patient will have an ongoing relationship with a nurse practitioner.
  • NPs are experienced registered nurses (RN) who have complete an approved educational program at the Masters level that includes additional advanced clinical practice and academic training. Their education & training prepares them to diagnose/treat common health problems including prescribing medications, ordering tests and referring patients to other healthcare providers including physician specialists 
  • NPs offer a distinctive blend of nursing & medical care to individuals and families
  • NPs work completely autonomously, with a broad scope of practice as advanced health care practitioners 
  • NPs provide traditional nursing care plus they are able to:  
    • diagnose & treat common and predictable injuries and illnesses
    • prescribe medications
    • order diagnostic tests
    • make referrals to other health care providers
    • Consult and collaborate with specialists and subspecialists in regards to patient care
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