About Ekosi Health

Our Story

Ekosi Health was founded out of a recognized need to bring evidence-based and evidenced-informed cannabinoid therapy medical practices to underserved and rural populations.

With over 17,000 patient interactions and a growing patient database, Ekosi Health is considered a trailblazer in the medical cannabis community, specializing in the delivery of personalized cannabinoid therapies for harm reduction, deprescribing, mental health, diabetes, and more.

Our shared core values:

  • Integrity & Trust
  • Sustainability & Stability
  • Inclusion
  • Commitment to Community
  • Fostering Healthy, Long-Term Relationships

guide us in everything we do.

We presently work with many communities (rural, underserved and urban alike), to help build resilience in all those we serve. Ekosi in Cree means “this is good, this is the way forward.”

 

Our Physicians

Dr. Shelley Turner

Dr. Shelley Turner, MD, CCFP

Raised in Gimli, Manitoba and a proud member of the Pimicikamak First Nation in Cross Lake, MB, Dr. Turner is regarded as a trailblazer in the medical cannabis community, specializing in cannabinoid therapies for addiction, sleep…
Dr. Jennifer Anderson

Dr. Jennifer Anderson, MD, CCFP

A Metis Family Physician from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Dr. Anderson is a recognized and respected leader in the medical cannabis field. Her journey with medical cannabis began over five years ago when her then four year old…
Dr. Michele Matter

Dr. Michele Matter, BSc (Med) Hons, MBChB, FCFP

Educated in South Africa, Dr. Matter has practiced medicine in Manitoba since 1993, serving the communities of Lynn Lake, Pukatwagan, Brochet, Lac Brochet, Tadoule Lake, Gimli, and Selkirk. She possesses expertise in comprehensive patient-based Family Medicine…
Dr. Shelley Turner

Dr. Shelley Turner, MD, CCFP

Raised in Gimli, Manitoba and a proud member of the Pimicikamak First Nation in Cross Lake, MB, Dr. Turner is regarded as a trailblazer in the medical cannabis community, specializing in cannabinoid therapies for addiction, sleep and mood disorders, and chronic pain. With over 20,000 patient interactions and a growing patient database, she is a leading clinical participant in McMaster University’s cannabinoid Consumption & Study (DATACANN), and spearheaded the inaugural post-secondary Cannabis 101 curriculum development at Red River College’s School of Indigenous Education. Committed to serving rural and underserved populations, and a harm and pharma reductionist, Dr. Turner provides a differentiated science and heart-based approach to patient care. She presently serves as an advisor for mySafe Project, a not for profit committed to providing people with a safer, regulated supply of opioids to prevent drug overdoses and is a strong proponent for the coverage of patients’ medical cannabis costs in Canada. Dr. Turner is an Associate Professor at both the Northern Ontario School of Medicine and the University of Manitoba School of Medicine and is a graduate of the Michael G. Degroote School of Medicine at McMaster University.
Dr. Jennifer Anderson

Dr. Jennifer Anderson, MD, CCFP

A Metis Family Physician from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Dr. Anderson is a recognized and respected leader in the medical cannabis field. Her journey with medical cannabis began over five years ago when her then four year old son with intractable epilepsy was seizing non-stop. After exhausting all traditional options, Dr. Anderson began a trial of medical cannabis for her son and he has thrived since then; he is now an active child with minimal seizure activity, exceeding developmental expectations. Dr. Anderson collaborates with colleagues in all specialties including Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Neurology, Palliative Care, Oncology and other Family Physicians from across the globe to integrate medical cannabis into the care of both adult and pediatric patients. Her special interest is in working with pediatric patients with intractable epilepsy, cancer, autism, and mental health issues who have failed all traditional treatment. Dr. Anderson is an active participant in the Canadian Childhood Cannabinoid Clinical (C4) Trials research group and collaborates with governments, educators, and organizations to provide medical cannabis education and help families find hope and family-oriented care. A graduate of the University of Manitoba’s School of Medicine, she works as a preceptor and educates Medical Students and residents in Emergency and Hospital Care via her appointment in Family Medicine at her alma mater.
Dr. Michele Matter

Dr. Michele Matter, BSc (Med) Hons, MBChB, FCFP

Educated in South Africa, Dr. Matter has practiced medicine in Manitoba since 1993, serving the communities of Lynn Lake, Pukatwagan, Brochet, Lac Brochet, Tadoule Lake, Gimli, and Selkirk. She possesses expertise in comprehensive patient-based Family Medicine as well as Emergency and Urgent Care, having held the roles of Chief of Medical Staff in Lynn Lake, Selkirk and Gimli, and Emergency Medical Services Medical Director for the Health Authority in Manitoba’s Interlake/Eastern region for 10 years. Presently teaching Medical Students, Family and Emergency Medicine residents, Physician Assistants and International Medical Graduates at the University of Manitoba, Dr. Matter also has an interest in Sports Medicine. Her community contributions have included providing volunteer medical coverage for the Western Canada Summer Games, the World Women’s Hockey Championships, the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, and the recent Canada Summer Games. She is passionate about animal welfare and has been President of the Gimli Humane Society for many years. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, and is a graduate of the South Africa’s University of Cape Town, Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Sports Science, Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery Programs.