Dr. Karin B. Kilpatrick M.B.ChB (Cape Town) C.C.F.P. (Canada)
Karin was raised on a farm in South Africa in the 1960s, the oldest of four children. She completed her medical degree at the University of Cape Town in 1981, followed by a four-year intensive residency program at a teaching hospital in South Africa, which services the indigenous population of a large, under-serviced rural area. After this rich, cross-cultural experience, she travelled through Sub-Saharan Africa. Then in 1986 she decided to locum in Saskatchewan, Canada, where she met and married a prairie farmer. Fully participating in the grain and cattle farming she enjoyed raising her two daughters while continuing to practice GP medicine, as well as Obstetrics and Anaesthesia in her prairie community.
In the year 2000, Karin and her two, then teenage, daughters, Lara and Montana, moved to Christina Lake, BC. Over the next decade she enhanced her skills and her practice became more integrative, with a strong mental health component. She particularly enjoyed her advocacy and consultancy work with high-risk mothers, as part of a collaborative multi-disciplinary team from the Boundary Family and Individual Society, a nonprofit organisation.
Presently she lives in Osoyoos, BC with her partner, Richard Walker, who is a food forester and a herbalist. Karin continues to practice integrative medicine, actively advocating for self-managed health and wellness, and is writing her first novel. Her passion continues to be the peaceful reclamation of wellness and empowerment for individuals as well as for communities.