BRA Day Edmonton

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About BRA Day

Please join us for an evening of education and support surrounding breast reconstruction surgery. This event provides access to information for women who are going through, or have completed, breast cancer treatment, and who may wish to evaluate all their options. It is a forum to gather tools and network with other patients, industry professionals, and surgeons. The event requires an RSVP, however is offered at no charge to guests. Hosted by Carrie Doll, the event featuring educational talks by Edmonton surgeons and patients whom have completed their mastectomy journey. There will also be vendor table top displays, a show and tell lounge, and other educational components to help those considering a a mastectomy.  Both women and their spouses/supporters are welcome to attend the event. 

2015 was the inaugural event of BRA Day Edmonton. Both 2015 & 2016 events were booked to capacity and well received by the community. To secure your spot for 2017 we encourage you to register early. 



6:00 PM Doors open

6:30 PM Theatre program begins. Seating is first come first serve.

8:00 PM Theatre program concludes. Vendor tables, show & tell lounge, mock OR and mix & mingle opens. 

10:00 PM Event concludes. 


Theatre Speaker Line Up

Carrie Doll, Master of Ceremonies, Q&A Facilitator

The Honourable Sarah Hoffman, Minister of Health & MLA Edmonton-Glenora, Greetings from the Government of Alberta

Rosa Rudelich, Chief Operating Officer, Covenant Health, Welcome

Tracy Sopkow, CEO, Covenant Foundation, Opening Remarks

Dr. Michael Chatenay,  General Surgeon, It's your cancer, It's your breast. Know your options.

 Dr. Lisa Korus, Plastic Surgeon, Implant Based Breast Reconstruction

Dr. Paul Schembri, Plastic Surgeon,  Breast Reconstruction Using Your Own Tissue 

Dr. James Wolfli, Plastic Surgeon,  Nipple Reconstruction & The Psychology of Reconstruction

Michelle Kiddoo, Reconstruction Patient BRCA Carrier (hereditary)

Kristy Sainchuk, Reconstruction Patient (non-hereditary)     


Speaker Biography's

Dr. Michael Chatenay, General Surgeon

Dr. Chatenay completed his medical school and general surgery training at the University of Alberta, completing a Masters of Medical Education during his training. After a brief stint as a general surgeon in Medicine Hat Alberta, he was recruited back to the Grey Nuns Hospital where he was better able to pursue his academic, leadership and clinical interests. He has a passion for teaching both at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. He remains active in provincial and site based leadership, serving as surgical adviser to the provincial and Grey Nuns enhanced recovery after surgery program. He is past president of the Grey Nuns Medical Staff Association and serves as an Edmonton zone representative to the Alberta Medical Association. His clinical practice interests are varied but his younger sister’s journey with breast cancer sparked a personal passion for the care of women with breast cancer. 

 Dr. Lisa Korus, Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Lisa Korus was born and raised in Alberta. She completed medical school and a residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Alberta.  Following this she completed advanced fellowship training at the University of Western Ontario and at the University of Toronto, the latter of which focussed on reconstructive breast surgery.  During this time Dr. Korus also completed a Master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University with a focus on assessing and improving surgical outcomes. In addition to running a full surgical practice with a focus on breast surgery, Dr. Korus has continued her interest in improving surgical outcomes through her research.  Upon her return to Alberta Dr. Korus was involved in Calgary’s BRA Day in 2014 and was subsequently involved in the establishment of BRA Day in Edmonton.  

Dr. Paul Schembri, Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Paul Schembri completed medical school with special training in research and a plastic and reconstructive surgery residency at the University of Alberta. He then moved to Pittsburgh to complete a one year fellowship in microsurgical reconstruction. Following his fellowship he moved to Toronto for a second fellowship in aesthetic plastic surgery. At present, Dr. Schembri operates at the University of Alberta and the Misericordia Hospital. His elective plastic surgery practice is primarily surgery of the breast and post mastectomy breast reconstruction and he also provides a full complement of general plastic surgery. 

Dr. James Wolfli, Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Wolfli is born and raised in Alberta. In 2000 he graduated medical school at the University of Calgary. He then completed his plastic surgery residency at the University of Alberta. Following this he completed two fellowships in breast reconstruction. One was at Northside Hospital in Atlanta with the Hartrampf Group where Dr. Carl Hartrampf (retired) is given the credit for doing the first TRAM breast reconstruction in 1982. His second was at the University of Gent, Belgium - with the group that did the first DIEP flap breast reconstruction. He has been working in Edmonton in plastic and reconstructive surgeon specializing in breast reconstruction based out of the Grey Nuns Hospital since 2006. 

Michelle Kiddoo, Reconstruction Patient

It was 2014 when Michelle Kiddoo found out her mother tested positive for the BRCA 2 gene and she needed to know if she was a carrier as well. When the test came back positive, for her the choice was obvious. Cancer seemed to be heading right for her, but she felt the immediate need to actively reduce her chances with a double mastectomy, followed with a breast reconstruction. Michelle is a mother to 3 beautiful children, and a wife of 15 years to an incredibly supportive husband. She knew the journey would be long, but one she owed herself and her family.  With the support of her family and friends, and the attentive staff at Dr. Paul Schembri’s practice, she is happy to report that as of September 2017 she has completed her final treatment appointment. 

Kristi Sainchuk, Reconstruction Patient

Kristi Sainchuk is a mother of 8 year twins, Fashion Stylist and Breast Cancer Survivor.  She was diagnosed just over five years ago. She has  gone through chemotherapy, a bilateral radical mastectomy and radiation,  along with other treatments and bumps in the road.  Reconstruction was one of the turning points in her story with cancer.  She is here to tell why she chose latissimus dorsi flap reconstruction.