Meet The Staff
Dr. Ralph Bieg
Dr. Bieg graduated from the University of Alberta in 1986 with an Honors degree in Physiology and Doctor of Medicine. After two years of post-graduate studies he became Board-certified in the field of Family Medicine.
Dr. Bieg began his medical career as an Emergency Room Physician with a busy full-service Family Practice including Obstetrics. In 1992 he moved back to his roots in North Vancouver, British Columbia. He started the Lonsdale & 19th Medical Clinic at that time which has since become one of the busiest Medical Clinics in Vancouver.
DR. DINA BALANCE, ASSOCIATE MEDICAL DOCTOR
Dr. Ballance obtained her Doctor of Medicine from Memorial University in 1997. She spent five years in residency training and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 2002 with a specialty in Psychiatry. She graduated with a Masters degree in Clinical Epidemiology in 2003.
During her Psychiatry training, she worked as an emergency room physician and at family doctor walk-in clinics. She then returned home to Vancouver Island where she has worked at the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria, Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, and West Coast General Hospital.
Dr. Ballance trained with Dr. Bieg at the Physician Training Centre in 2007, and has returned to upgrade her skills. She ran her own part-time cosmetic practice in Nanaimo before coming to join Dr. Bieg in 2010 at the Physician Skincare Centre and is now thrilled to be joining him at Pender Medi Spa. Her special interest is in the “artistic” side of aesthetic medicine where she gets to use her creative eye. She has attended art courses at Vancouver Island University and continues to enjoy painting at every opportunity.
Ali Ghanipour PhD/MD, CCFP
Dr. Ghanipour completed his Bachelor of Science degree in 2000, followed by a Ph.D. in Biochemistry. He then pursued his interest in Medicine completing his Doctor of Medicine degree from UBC in 2006. He subsequently completed his training in Family Medicine in 2012. In 2011 he undertook training with Dr. Bieg in the Art and Science of Botox and Dermal fillers, to provide a natural appearing cosmetic enhancement.
Dr. Ghanipour is the author or several scientific articles and is a clinical instructor in the faculty of Family Medicine at UBC.
He is completely fluent in English and Farsi. Aesthetic consultations are complimentary with Dr. Ghanipour at Physician Skincare Centre in North Vancouver.