Meet Our Practitioners
Dr. Lilli Kerby
I’m a BC girl through and through. Born and raised in Rossland, I returned to take up a practice in my home town after studying Biochemisty as an undergraduate, then Medicine at UBC. I also took time to work at Teck in various roles, and teach English and travel abroad. I always knew I would end up back here though, as this is clearly the best place on Earth to live and raise a family.
We are always looking for ways to improve our care of our patients, and I’m look forward to adopting new technology and working along-side allied health care providers to help us care for our amazing patients. Working in a small town makes patients, staff, and colleagues feel like family, and it’s a privilege to be involved with so many wonderful people.
Dr. Laara Banner
I was lucky to have spent the greater part of my childhood in Rossland and on the shores of Kootenay Lake. I completed my Medical Degree at the University of British Columbia in 2000, followed by Family Medicine Residency at the University of Calgary in 2002.
After practicing Family Medicine in several other parts of Canada, including three years in Yellowknife, NT, the opportunity arose to return to Rossland, raise my two children here and join the Monashee Medical Clinic. This has truly been a dream come true; to work with a team of caring and conscientious clinic staff and physicians, and to serve such a health conscious community of artists, athletes and lovers of the great outdoors!
After being humbled by a chronic medical condition within my own family in 2014, I discovered and became passionate about learning and practicing Functional Medicine. The goal of Functional Medicine is to heal the digestive system and to find the root cause of chronic autoimmune and inflammatory conditions. In addition to my Family Medicine practice, I see patients for Functional Medicine on a referral basis from their primary care providers. www.ifm.org
When not working, I can be found cooking, doing yoga or, with my husband and kids, enjoying the West Kootenay’s incredible mountain trails and lakes – on foot, bike or skis!
Dr. Jonas Sandström
I joined the Monashee Medical clinic in 1997 (has it been that long????) when fate brought me here as a newly graduated physician. I still remember my first impression of Rossland and that feeling of arriving in a town with true soul, a place where friendships are genuine, where you are surrounded by 360 degrees of adventure, recreation and unspoiled nature. I fell in love with Rossland and its people! I feel privileged to work and play in this incredible community where I feel a deep connection with my patients and I can’t think of a better place to raise a family.
Nurse Practitioner Tessa Hamilton
I’m very excited to have recently joined the Monashee Medical Clinic here in beautiful
Rossland, BC. I grew up in a remote costal community but moved to the northern interior and
completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Northern British Columbia. I
completed my Masters in Public Health while in Ontario at Lakehead University and after
returning to BC, completed my second graduate degree with my Nurse Practitioner designation
through the University of Victoria. I am passionate about primary care. I have been fortunate
enough to work throughout Canada and internationally and feel incredibly lucky that my family
and I have made Rossland our home with the opportunity to live and grow in this vibrant
community. I have three children, two fast dogs and an ornery hedgehog. When not at the
clinic I enjoy spending time with my family on the trails.
Dr. Andrew Hamilton
I grew up in rural New Brunswick and attended medical school at Dalhousie University in beautiful Halifax, Nova Scotia. Drawn to the west, I moved to BC to train in family medicine. I have had the privilege of working across the country including in Ontario, PEI and BC, as both a family and emergency room doc. Most recently lived in Prince George before moving to Rossland with my wife, 3 kids, 2 great dogs and our irritable hedgehog. I enjoy bikes of all kinds, coaching and playing hockey, skiing and spending time with my family.
Dr. Netana Machacek
Dr. Machacek is a Family Physician who trained in the US-based osteopathic model. Osteopathic philosophy is founded on the principle that the body has an inherent ability to heal and classically incorporates physical manipulation (for more information on this topic see osteopathic.org). She also has a special interest in women’s health and will be working part-time at the Aspen Maternity & Women’s Health Clinic in Trail.
Dr. Machacek grew up in Western Colorado and attended medical school at Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Colorado. She graduated from Alaska Family Medicine Residency in 2019 and has been working in rural Western Colorado since that time. Dr. Machacek appreciates the unique challenges of living and practicing medicine in a rural area. She loves spending time outdoors with her family and particularly enjoys camping, mountain biking, and alpine, backcountry and nordic skiing.
I’m thrilled to have joined Monashee Clinic as a social worker! I completed my Bachelor of Social Work in Lethbridge through the University of Calgary and was fortunate to participate in an exchange opportunity at the University of Tennessee. I have worked locally for Interior Health for the past eight years at KBRH, CVL and Poplar Ridge as well as a community palliative social work role. My goal as a social worker is to help to improve the health and social well-being of individuals and families who attend the clinic.
I was lucky enough to grow up in the Kootenays and love living in Fruitvale with my husband, my grumpy old cat Walter and our happy sheepadoodle Lemmy. On my off time you can find me playing slo-pitch or throwing rocks at the curling rink. I look forward to meeting the amazing people who attend Monashee and help you navigate the chaos and joys of life!