Bhavan Manhas is the new nurse practitioner for the Northern Shuswap nations at Alkali Lake, Sugar Cane, Soda Creek, Canoe Creek, Dog Creek, Canim Lake, and for the Nenqayni Wellness Centre.
For the first few weeks she is sharing space with nurse practitioner Sandi Lachapelle at the Williams Lake and District Community Clinic located at Thompson Rivers University.
Manhas was born in Williams Lake but grew up in Victoria where she finished her training as a nurse practitioner last August.
Manhas says she decided to take the job of nurse practitioner here because she had done a few practicums with Lachapelle and enjoyed the work and the area.
She also has some extended family here.
“When the job came up I thought it would be a great place to start off,” Manhas says. “I have family here and the job was what I wanted to do.”
She started work March 16 and will begin regular visits to the communities this month as a family health care provider.