Dr. Cathy Scrimshaw, Medical Director

I am a rural family doctor living in Pincher Creek, and now after 32 years of rural practice, have stepped away from clinical work to be the Medical Director for the Collaborative Mentorship Network in Chronic Pain and Addiction. I, along with my ACFP colleagues, look for innovative ways to support family physicians and interdisciplinary health professionals practicing in community in the medical home, or the medical neighbourhood, to care for patients with chronic pain and/or addiction and their complex needs. We are developing a compassionate community of practice and share knowledge and tools through mentorship, education and resource development. In particular, my role is to ensure our resources, tools, and education can be used in busy community clinical settings and that they align with the best evidence available.

Leah Phillips, Clinical Expert, Medical Education and Resource Development

I am the Clinical Expert for Medical Education and Resource Development for the CMN. I have PhD in Epidemiology, a MA in Sociology and a BA (Hons) in Psychology. I am a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Leaders. I also completed a fellowship in Health Systems Improvement. Over the past 25 years I have dedicated my career to understanding the impacts of Chronic Pain on an individual level, a meso level (our health system) and at the macro level (on an international scale). My role at the CMN is to ensure the resources and information presented are based in high quality evidence and can be accessed and utilized by clinicians and improve the care they provide for their patients.

Kerri McNabb, Coordinator
Phone: 780-701-9718

My background is in non-profit disability services, and I started working at the ACFP in September 2019. I began working with the CMN in October 2019, where it quickly became my passion project. My main roles within the CMN are member engagement and CME/CPD development. I love connecting with members to understand what the reality of their practice is, and engaging with speakers to create relevant, practice-changing educational sessions. I believe in the power of community, relationships and the impact of the “mighty small”. The CMN creates a home for healthcare providers to connect in service of the best patient care, and I am honoured to play a role in this community of practice.

Agatha Grochowski, Coordinator
Phone: 780-887-2939


I have a background in marketing and non-profits and have always wanted a career in something that makes me feel like I make a difference. I started working for the ACFP in August 2020 and work primarily on the CMN.  I am very passionate about improving and growing the CMN so that our members learn as much as possible and grow their confidence in treating individuals with chronic pain and/or substance use disorder. The majority of my work is in communications, graphic design, member engagement, and event/technical support. My favourite thing to do is create graphics that translate lengthy concepts into digestible, engaging pieces that make learning important information as easy as possible.

Additional Contacts for Chronic Pain and Addiction

Opioid Use Disorder – Telephone Consultation For physicians and teams seeking advice prescribing opioid agonist therapy (OAT) such as buprenorphine/naloxone and methadone

  • NORTH of Red Deer – call 1-800-282-9911 or 1-780-735-0811
  • SOUTH of Red Deer – call 1-800-661-1700 or 403-944-4486

Virtual Opioid Dependency Program (VODP) Medication Management, Addiction Counseling and more via Telehealth Toll Free: 1-844-383-7688 E-Referral Advice Addiction, Medicine, and Mental Health – Opioid Agonist Therapy Non-urgent, physician to physician advice (response within 5 days)