Ottawa West Travel Medicine is run by a dedicated group of professionals with over 25 years of combined experience in the field.


John O. Lee, M.D., C.C.F.P., F.C.F.P., Certificate in Travel Health

I am a Family Physician who has been practicing Travel Medicine since 1996. I graduated from the University of Alberta Medical School in 1990 and finished my Family Medicine Training at McGill University in 1992. I worked years of Emergency Medicine and Surgical Assist but decided to spend 1994-1997 working overseas (primarily in Africa). I served as a volunteer doctor with Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) in Zaire, Rwanda, and Burundi shortly after the Rwanda Massacres. I have also worked with World University Service of Canada, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, World Health Organization, and the John Hopkins University School of Epidemiology. I have personally treated malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever, typhoid fever, cholera, dysentery, schistosomiasis, onchocerciasis, hepatitis A & B, AIDS, tuberculosis, tetanus, measles, meningitis, and polio.

My practical approach is based not only on the current evidence but the experience of having lived, worked, and treated those who have been ill abroad. I continue to maintain a busy family practice but will always make room for Travel Medicine patients. I also maintain privileges at the Queensway-Carleton Hospital doing surgical assist, newborn examinations, and acting as Education Director for the Department of Family Practice. I received my certificate in Family Medicine in 1992 and my Fellowship in the College of Family Physicians of Canada in 2011. I earned a Certificate in Travel Health through the International Society of Travel Medicine in 2003.

Tanja Puchala, R.N., B.Sc.N., Certificate in Travel Health

Tanja received her Bachelors in Nursing with Honours at the University of Saskatchewan. She is a member of the International Society of Travel Medicine and has practised in the field of Travel Health for 13 years. Until the summer of 2011, she worked as a Travel Health Nurse Specialist in Edmonton, Alberta. Tanja also served as President of the Alberta Association of Travel Health Professionals. She is passionate about global health and helping those who have a need or desire to travel abroad.

Growing up in Carrot River, Saskatchewan she learned the value of good insect precautions, avoiding animals with potential rabies, and that injuries and accidents are the number one reason you enter the medical system. She has lived in Japan, backpacked in Southeast Asia, climbed Mt. Fuji, trekked up the Inca Trail, camped through Europe, cruised the Caribbean, did a medicinal tour in the Amazon, and lives to tell you that all travel, big or small, is worth the adventure.