Dr. Toye Oyelese, MBBS, CCFP, FCFP
Certificate in Medical Acupuncture, U of A
Clinical Assistant Professor
Faculty of Medicine, UBC
Dr. Toye Oyelese was born in Montreal Canada to Nigerian parents. He grew up in Nigeria where he attended the College of Medicine University of Ibadan and obtained a medical degree graduating in June 1985. When he left Nigeria and came to Canada in October 1987. he was on social welfare assistance for 2 months and then worked as a security guard and later in a chemical factory in Toronto.
He passed the medical evaluation exams and was accepted to the medical officer training program (MOTP) with the Canadian armed forces. He completed a medical internship program at the Saskatoon City hospital from 1989 to 1991. In 1991 after his medical internship he started with the Canadian armed forces as a full time regular force officer and his first posting was to an infantry unit called 1st Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry (1PPCLI) from July 1991 to August 1993. He was deputy base surgeon, base hospital, Canadian armed forces base, Calgary, Alberta. From September 1993 to November 1994 and during this time with the Canadian Armed Forces he also qualified to be a “Flight Surgeon” this involved attending a course in aeronautic medicine.
In 1994 he retired as a Lieutenant (Navy) from the military and moved to a small town in southern Alberta called Milk River, he was there from November 1994 to May 1997. During this period he was also the Medical Examiner (Coroner), representing the Alberta Ministry of Justice in this area. In May 1997 he moved to Spruce Grove, Alberta and worked as a family physician and emergency room physician.
In addition to family practice he started a career in “disability medicine”from April 1998 to April 1999 working as a medical advisor with the Workman’s Compensation Board, Edmonton, Alberta. From July 2001 to November 2003 he worked as a medical consultant with the minor traumatic brain injury program and the complex psychosocial pain program at Millard Health, Edmonton . His interest in “Wellness Medicine” started during this period and he completed a medical acupuncture certificate program at the University of Alberta, Edmonton.
He moved back to Calgary, Alberta in January 2004 where he worked as a travel medicine consultant, (from March 2005 to July 2009), a medical consultant, with Orion Health Calgary Alberta (from October 2006 to July 2010), an urgent care physician with Calgary Health Region at Okotoks Urgent Care Centre (from October 2006 – 2009), a disability medicine consultant for Lifemark Health Calgary Alberta & Kelowna, BC (from March 2007 – 2009), a pain medicine physician at Canmore pain clinic, Canmore, Alberta (from October 2008 – June 2010).
Dr. Oyelese was also a certified independent medical examiner (CIME), American Board of Certified Medical Examiners (from October 2006 – June 2011) and a medical review officer (MRO) involving drug & alcohol screening in the workforce (from March 2005 to June 2011).
In August 2009 he moved to Kelowna, British Columbia and he has a family practice at the Westside Medical Associates in West Kelowna. Dr. Oyelese has a fellowship in family medicine and volunteered as a coordinator at the Canadian College of Family Medicine (CCFP) examinations for many years; he has worked at the Health and Wellness Students’ clinic at the UBCO campus in Kelowna.
He is a clinical assistant professor with UBC Faculty of Medicine.
He was the President (2021 - 2022) of BC Family Doctors.
Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA) Board Member representing BC & Yukon.
He is the chief Executive Officer for Westside Medical Associates Ltd
"I am a full-time Family Physician practicing in West Kelowna, BC. I am CEO of Westside Medical Associates Ltd and manage a multi-physician practice that provides longitudinal primary care to the community. I am a clinical assistant professor with the Department of Family Medicine, UBC.
I served as the President of BC Family Doctors in 2021 and was a member of the executive board, nomination committee, finance committee, economics committee, staffing committee. I served on the Diversity & Inclusion working group for Doctors of BC in 2021. I am Chair of the governance review committee for BC Family Doctors. I am a Councillor (Board Member) with Canadian Medical Protective Association and on the Investment Committee, Nomination Committee and Culture Committee (EDI). I am a board Member with Black Physicians of BC.
As a longitudinal family physician with more than 2000 patients I advocate for relationship-based, comprehensive, longitudinal family medicine. As past president of BC Family doctors I developed relationships with allies and external stakeholders to ensure the voice of family physicians was represented at relevant health care tables. As a clinical assistant professor with the UBC faculty of medicine I nurture the future of family medicine by providing supports to medical students, residents, and family physicians in their first five years of practice. I am very involved with Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and advocate for culturally safe health care and demonstrate anti-racist approaches to address health equity. I am on the frontline".