About Us

Meet the RWO Staff

Dr. Dianna Louie, MD, FRCPC, PGME Director of Resident Wellness

Dianna Louie is a Pediatrician at BC Children’s Hospital and has a pediatric practice in Richmond. She completed her medical school training and pediatric residency at the University of British Columbia. She is the Faculty Lead for Wellness through UBC’s Resident Wellness Office.

Dianna has been passionate about resident wellness and mindfulness since her own residency. She feels it is so important to empower residents to find joy in their work and be kind to themselves.

Dianna is a critical link between the resident body and the program administration advocating on behalf of the residents for increased program support for current and proposed initiatives. She is enthusiastic to introduce new approaches to physician health in residency. She currently is researching resident burnout and resiliency.

Dr. Louie has won the 2016 Resident Doctors of Canada Puddester Award for Resident Wellness for her contribution to resident health at BC Children’s Hospital. She also received the inaugural UBC PMGE Faculty and Staff Wellness Award.

Dianna is excited to be the new Faculty Lead for Wellness at the University of British Columbia and to connect with residents about how best to optimize their wellness.

Rebecca Turnbull, M.Ed., RCC, Resident Wellness Counsellor

Rebecca Turnbull is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. She holds a Master of Education in Counselling Psychology from Simon Fraser University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Victoria. Rebecca has postgraduate training in Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Grief Counselling, Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy and is a Level 1 Sensorimotor Psychotherapist.

Rebecca’s approach to counselling is to work collaboratively with her clients, drawing on their strengths to help them establish and achieve their goals. Rebecca draws on evidenced based practices and she tailors her techniques to meet the individual needs of her clients.

Rebecca is passionate about helping clients improve success, awareness, and health within themselves and their interpersonal relationships.

Elizabeth Sabine, M.Ed., RCC, Resident Wellness Counsellor

Elizabeth is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. She holds a Master Degree in Counselling Psychology from Simon Fraser University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree Major in Psychology and Minor in Counselling and Human Development from Simon Fraser University.

Elizabeth uses a trauma informed, client-centred, feminist based approach when helping Residents. She works to provide a safe, encouraging, and non-judgmental space for clients to share what it is that they are seeking support for and what they hope to change. Therapy can include exploring coping strategies, support systems, processing of deeper core emotions, challenging unhelpful and negative thinking patterns, and expanding self compassion. She helps clients to learn practical day-to-day coping strategies and is passionate about helping clients build on their strengths and resiliencies to reach their own goals. Elizabeth has post graduate training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, Mindfulness, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Trauma Informed Therapy. In her couples work, Elizabeth uses Emotion Focused Couples Therapy and is also certified in Gottman Level 1 & 2 Therapy.

Deni Perez, MSc., Resident Wellness Program Coordinator
resident.wellness@ubc.ca; deni.perez@ubc.ca

Deni holds a Bachelor of Communications with a specialty in Marketing and a Master’s Degree in Social Responsibility, both from Anahuac University in Mexico City. She is currently studying for an MBA at the University of Canada West. She has a keen interest in human development and enjoys continuous learning. In her free time, she enjoys nature and its landscapes.

Deni is available for many types of services, including answering general questions about the Resident Wellness Office, wellness events, coordinating group supports for programs, and to schedule counselling appointments.

Our Vision


Helping all residents achieve their best possible state of well-being.


The Resident Wellness Office is committed to providing confidential support services that meet the unique needs of residents and their partners. We help empower residents to engage in taking care of their mental, emotional, spiritual and physical well-being. We do this by facilitating a community of care amongst the resident body by providing evidence-based counselling services, workshops, support groups, wellness initiatives and research.


Residency presents a unique set of stressors. We believe all residents should have access to confidential, non-judgmental support services to help them reach their potential and navigate through this critical and demanding point in their careers.

Helping residents feel connected through the presence of this program. Connecting residents with resources, supports, each other, and, ultimately, themselves.

Providing a compassionate, confidential space where residents can receive support and learn tools to better cope with stressors.

Building and promoting self-awareness, advocating for health and wellness, informing residents of warning signs, empowering residents to reach out and support one another will all build a sense of community – a community in health and wellness.