It was a family reunion at Golden medical facilities this past month. From Left: Dr. Brennan Sinclair

McKnight family reunion at the Golden Hospital

It’s fair to say that for the McKnights, the field of medicine runs in the family.

It’s fair to say that for the McKnights, the field of medicine runs in the family.

Dr. Bruce McKnight and his wife, Dr. Jennifer Woolsey, have lived and practiced medicine at the clinic and hospital in Golden for the last three years (with a one year break for further training in Vancouver). Bruce’s younger brother, Dr. Ian McKnight, and his wife, Dr. Brennan Sinclair, recently finished up their own training and were in Golden for a locum, a term for a physician that fills in for an absent doctor. That’s part of what brought Bruce and Ian’s father to Golden as well. Dr. Syd McKnight is a semi-retired general surgeon, but he still does some locum work from time to time, including a 10 day appointment in Golden last month. Their mother, Dr. Mary Johnston, was also here, but wasn’t practicing. Instead, she was helping to take care of Bruce and Jennifer’s newborn baby Samuel, who was born at the end of September.

“It was really cool,” Bruce said in reference to having the whole family together in Golden. “I think part of it was not just all of us being in medicine, but that we are all practicing rural medicine.”

Bruce’s parents have practiced medicine in Revelstoke for 25 years, so it is not surprising that he decided to practice in a small town as well. He enjoys the challenges and variety of medicine in a rural setting, as well as the biking and skiing opportunities that are available here in Golden.

Out of high school Bruce wanted to get into anything but medicine. He had seen the long hours that his parents worked when he was growing up and wanted to find a career that would give him more free time. After he finished his undergraduate degree, he had a change of heart, and met Jennifer at med school in Calgary. The couple completed their residency together and began to locum in a variety of towns and cities. Eventually, they stayed in Golden permanently.

“It’s a good group practicing at the hospital and a good group of people to work with at both the hospital and the clinic,” he said.

At one point, it looked as though the McKnights might be working together on the same patient.

“There were days where my brother was on call in the [emergency room], I was on call for anesthesia, and my dad was on call for surgery. Unfortunately we never found a patient to take to the operating room,” Bruce laughed.


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