Dr. Kristen Iverson is joining the team of the Dr. Kingston Memorial Community Health Centre in L’Ardoise.

Dr. Kristen Iverson will be practising at the Dr. Kingston Memorial Community Health Centre in L’Ardoise.

Originally from Salt Spring Island, B.C., Iverson selected the community health centre for its rural location, state-of-the-art equipment and welcoming community.

“Salt Spring Island is quite rural, the entire island has a population of just over 10,000 and is only accessible by ferry. It was great growing up there, so I appreciate the sense of community that is unique to small towns,” said Iverson.

Iverson earned her medical degree from the University of Manchester, England, through a joint program with the University of St. Andrews School of Medicine, Scotland.

With a goal of returning to practise in Canada, Iverson completed her training and family medicine residency in Moncton, through Dalhousie University in Halifax.

“I am excited to be working at the Dr. Kingston Memorial Community Health Centre, and happy to have the opportunity to be part of such a wonderful community,” said Iverson.

Dorothy Barnard, chair of the community health centre’s board, said they are thrilled to welcome Iverson.

The health centre was established in 1977 to serve the needs of the people of L’Ardoise and surrounding areas.

According to the centre’s website, patients come from the communities of L’Ardoise, St. Peter’s, River Bourgeois, Grand River, French Cove, Sampsonville, Barra Head, Johnstown, Red Islands and Port Hawkesbury.

Currently there are approximately 5,000 active patient files.

Originally published in the Cape Breton Post