Primary Health Care

Angela Naveau

Manager of Clinical Services

Angela is Anishnaabe, Bear Clan and a member of Mattagami First Nation in Northern Ontario.  Angela began her journey with the Aboriginal Health Centre in 2004 and is dedicated to the health and well-being of the Aboriginal community. Angela’s passion and commitment to the clients of De dwa da dehs nye>s ensures their access to…

Lindsay Johnson


Lindsay Johnson, a member of the Seneca Nation and Bear clan from the Six Nations Reserve is the Medical Receptionist for the Aboriginal Health Centre’s Hamilton location. Lindsay has been a part of the Aboriginal Health Centre’s Primary Care Team since July of 2002.

Ashley Johnson

Data Entry/Receptionist

Ashley Johnson a Six Nations band member from the Cayuga Nation and Deer clan. Ashley works as Data Entry and Medical Reception at the Aboriginal Health Centre.  Studied at Seneca College in North Toronto in General Business. Graduated from Mohawk College with Medical Administration Diploma. Ashley has been a part of the Aboriginal Health Centre primary care team since 2011.

Melanie Butler

Administrative Assistant (Clinical Services)

Melanie Butler, Clinical Services Administration Assistant, has been working at De dwa da dehs nye>s Aboriginal Health Centre since February 2005. Melanie’s commitment and compassion to the patients/clients of the centre is what drives her to do what she does. Melanie has been instrumental in coordinating the Health Centre’s Christmas Hamper Program. In addition, Melanie…

Dr. Wong


Primary Care Physician – Brantford

Dr. Ada Ho

Family Physician - Brantford

Barb Loeprich

Nurse Practitioner - Mental Health

Barbara-Lyn Loeprich RN(EC), MSN, DNP (c) is the Family/Mental Health nurse practitioner working at the Hamilton Aboriginal Health Centre. I attained my undergraduate nursing degree from the University of Pittsburgh (U of P) in Pennsylvania in 1997. I then completed my Masters of Nursing at (U of P) coupled with my Nurse Practitioners degree in 2005. Along with working at the health care centre I enjoy tutoring nurse practitioner students at McMaster University. I am a strong advocate for patient rights and working along side each and every individual at a pace that suits their needs in attempts of preventing illnesses and targeting disease. I am currently working on a Doctorate nursing degree with a focus on addictions and mental health. Even though I am a non-Native Canadian I strongly admire and am drawn to the Native culture. When I am not involved with nursing, tutoring or studying I enjoy hiking, yoga, swimming and being with my family.

Michelle Gentle

Nurse Practitioner/ Wellness Case Manager

Michelle has been working with the Aboriginal health Centre  since 2011. Her goal is to provide patient centred,  best evidence based practice in the remit of primary healthcare Michelle trained as a registered nurse and nurse practitioner in the UK She then joined her family over here in 2005 and once more graduated as an…

Michael Spoljar

Nurse Practitioner

Michael J. Spoljar is an assistant professor in the department of Family Medicine at McMaster University.  He has over 20 years of Nursing experience in various clinical fields including GI surgery, Internal medicine, Community Nursing and coordination of the Home TPN program.  Michael is currently practicing as a Primary Care Nurse Practitioner at McMaster Family Practice for last 10 years.  He is also actively involved in running an after hours clinic in a homeless shelter in downtown Hamilton and assists in diabetes management at the Aboriginal Health Center.  Michael teaches the clinical skills course for Nurse Practitioners and is a co-tutor in the Pharm D program at the University of Toronto.

Aric Rankin

Nurse Practitioner - Chronic Disease Specialist

My name is Aric Rankin and I am a Nurse Practitioner who works full time at the Brantford Clinic of De dwa da dehs nye>s. In 2005, I completed my bachelor of Science in Nursing and have worked in a variety of acute care settings including Paediatric Oncology and Paediatric Emergency. I have a passion…

Lisa Connolly

Nurse Practitioner

Lisa Connolly is a Nurse Practitioner working with De dwa da dehs nye>s Aboriginal Health Centre at the Brantford office. Lisa has many years of nursing experience in hospital, public health, education and community health settings. She has worked in First Nations’ communities on the James Bay coast and Manitoulin Island. Lisa has a passion for horticultural therapy which involves the use of plants and gardening to improve a person’s mental, physical and spiritual aspects of life.