Dr. Brad Bahler

B.Sc., M.D., C.C.F.P

Dr. Bahler was raised on a farm between Sylvan Lake and Red Deer. He graduated in 2002 from the U of A Medical School and went on to complete his residency in Rural Medicine through the University of Alberta.

In July 2004 he began practicing at the Sylvan Family Health Centre. Dr. Bahler is a preceptor with the U of A and enjoys the teaching aspect of medicine. He also has several provincial roles within Alberta primary care. He is currently the provincial Medical Director for Primary Care Network in Alberta and does consulting work in the area of access, integration and quality improvement. Dr. Bahler married Jennifer in 2000 and now has four wonderful children. Besides the joys of being a proud and busy father, he enjoys sports - especially hockey and golf. He spends time relaxing, reading, camping and spending time with close friends.

Dr. Fred Janke

B.Sc., M.Sc., M.D., C.C.F.P, F.C.F.P

Dr. Janke completed his degree in medicine at the University of Calgary in 1982 and completed is family medicine residency at the Calgary General Hospital in 1984. He chose to take up the challenge of rural medicine and joined a family practice in Sylvan Lake with two other physicians. In 1988, he ventured out on his own and established Sylvan Family Health Centre. His vision for this clinic included a team approach with dedicated, caring staff and physicians who wanted to make a positive contribution to the community.

In addition to a busy family practice in Sylvan Lake since 1984, Dr. Janke has contributed to the community in the following ways: Establishment of Sylvan Lake Extended Care Society whose goal was to obtain a longterm care facility in Sylvan Lake. He organized several creative fund raisers which helped to build community awareness and support for a nursing home which became a reality in 2003. He was named Citizen of the Year for Sylvan Lake in 2000. In 2000, Dr. Janke was named as site director for a new rural residency program in Red Deer. This involved direct teaching in the clinic and coordination of the activities, evaluation and placement of rural residents in central and northern Alberta. Since then, Dr. Janke has become more involved with the university. In 2008 he became the Rural Program Director for Family Medicine and in 2011 became the Director of Rural and Regional Health in the Division of Community Engagement in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta. His peers have recognized some of his medical achievements: In 2000 he was named as Outstanding Clinician of the Year for the David Thompson Health Region and in 2002, he was honoured for his contributions to Family Medicine through a Canadian College of Family Physician Fellowship Award. In 2010 he received the Fellowship in Rural and Remote Medicine SRPC (FRRMS)

On a personal note, Dr. Janke has lead many mission projects to Jamaica providing free medical care and support to people in the hills of Jamaica as well as leading a medical mission to Belize. For fun, he enjoys jazz music, watercolour, pentangle and kayaking.

Dr. Ieleen Taylor

B.Sc., M.D., C.C.F.P

Dr. Ieleen Taylor was born in the Fiji Islands and then grew up in Edmonton, Alberta. She completed her medical degree at the University of Alberta followed by residency in family medicine in Hamilton, Ontario.

When she moved back to Alberta, Dr. Taylor worked in a number of medical practices in rural areas as a "locum tenens" prior to settling in Sylvan Lake. She enjoys the wide spectrum of practice that rural family medicine has to offer and also enjoys teaching.

Dr. Taylor has four beautiful daughters and enjoys living in Sylvan Lake.

Dr. Muti Kauchali


Dr. Kauchali came to us from London, England in December 2009.

He enjoys reading, movies, soccer, cricket, volleyball, table tennis and hiking. He is already proficient at skiing.

He has found that the staff at Sylvan Family Health Centre are friendly and down to earth, efficient, competent and knowledgeable. He has been loving the great team work and camaraderie at the clinic.

Dr. Julie Hernberger

B.Sc., M.D., C.C.F.P

Dr. Hernberger grew up in and around Red Deer and then moved to Edmonton for university and worked there for 9 years before going back to the U of A for medicine.

She moved to Whitecourt for her first 2 years of practice, then worked in Lacombe before coming to Sylvan Lake. Dr. Hernberger's interest is in providing obstetrical care, as well as diabetes management.

Dr. Jordan LaRue

B.Sc., M.D., C.C.F.P

Dr. LaRue graduated medical school in 2009 from the University of Alberta, going on to the challenge of rural medicine through Red Deer's Rural Alberta North Residency program. In particular he finds the comprehensiveness and breadth of rural medicine both engaging and rewarding. He is the current chair of the Wolf Creek Primary Care Network

He balances his professional life with music, reading, motorcycling, video games, traveling, and spending time with his much-appreciated friends and family, and most importantly his wife.

Dr. Stephen Swainson

B.Sc., M.D., C.C.F.P

Dr. Swainson grew up on a dairy farm south of Sylvan Lake. He is very happy to be back in this great town raising his family here now.

He went to medical school at the University of Alberta graduating in 2009 and finished his residency in 2011 through the Rural Alberta North Residency program at the University of Alberta. He started practicing medicine at Sylvan Family Health in July of 2011, taking over for Dr. Brian Inglis.

He married his wife Andrea in 2003 and has four children. When he is not working he can be found with his family skiing, biking or wake surfing (when the lake is not frozen).

Dr. Lindsay Nanninga-Penner

B.Sc., M.D., C.C.F.P

Dr Penner was raised near Barrhead, Alberta. She spent most of her adult life in Edmonton going to College and University, completing her Medical Degree at the University of Alberta in 2010. She and her husband Doug were drawn to "lake life" and moved to Sylvan Lake in 2010 while she pursued Rural Family Medicine Residency training in Central Alberta.

She spent time during her residency, learning from the doctors at Sylvan Family Health. Dr Penner was drawn to the collaborative, efficient and team focused care, and joined the practice in 2013.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two young girls. They like to spend their time walking or biking the trails around town, hanging out at the beach, and participating in various children focused community programs.

Dr. Jessica Maciejko (Ma-Jay-Ko)

B.Sc., M.Sc., M.D., C.C.F.P

Dr. Maciejko was born in Houston, B.C. a rural community in northern B.C. She completed her undergraduate degree in Edmonton and Victoria and spent some time traveling before completing a Masters degree at the U of A. She graduated with her medical degree in 2011 from the University of British Columbia at their distributed site in Prince George.

She then moved to Central Alberta to complete her rural family medicine residency through the Rural Alberta North (RAN) program in Red Deer. During her residency she had the pleasure of training under many of the doctors at the Sylvan Family Health Clinic and thoroughly enjoyed the collaborative, supportive and multi-disciplinary working environment, joining the clinic in February 2014.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, son, and 2 dogs. She also enjoys spending time with friends, playing most sports and spending time outdoors. Her family believes they have found a great community to raise a family and call home.