Dr. Jyl Radwell joined the INLIV team of family physicians in April 2018, after working around the province and far beyond!
A lifelong adventurer, Dr. Jyl has woven her love of medicine and travel together, working as a physician in Cochrane, Olds, and throughout rural Alberta, as well as many years in Yellowknife and rural areas of the Northwest Territories, Nunavut. She’s even worked as far away as Taupo, New Zealand, where she spent six months on locum.
Raised on a Saskatchewan farm, the travel bug struck her and she spent time back-packing and travelling throughout the United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, Central and South America, South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, and even did a short stint on a cruise ship as an on-board physician.
Dr. Jyl Radwell received her medical degree with distinction and her Certificant of the College of Family Physicians (CCFP) from the University of Saskatchewan. She achieved her Special Competency in Emergency Medicine (CCFP-EM) designation from University of Alberta and spent two years of high-intensity medical work at the Royal Alexandra hospital emergency department. She then chose to move north, spending time as a locum physician in rural areas. Through her experience there, she recognized the specialized requirements for working in remote areas and attended the University of Calgary for her Family Practice Anesthesia certification.
“Working in remote communities really pushed me, clinically, and was extremely rewarding.”
Given the opportunity to be a locum physician in Yellowknife, Dr. Jyl was intrigued but hesitant. “The locum coordinator told me that everyone who goes up there loves it, and urged me to give it a try; if I didn’t like it, I could come back. I believe you have to try things, so off I went. I got there – and loved it! I agreed to go to Yellowknife for two weeks – and eight years later, I was still there!” says Dr. Radwell. While there, she spent her time working as an emergency room physician, family physician, hospitalist, family practice anesthetist and was named Clinical Director of Emergency Medicine and Ambulance Services for Stanton Territorial Hospital in Yellowknife.
“I agreed to go to Yellowknife for two weeks – and eight years later, I was still there!”
She credits her time serving remote communities for helping her continue expanding her education, with additional courses in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Advanced Trauma Life Support, Emergency Ultrasound Training, Neonatal Resuscitation and Pediatric Advanced Life Support.
When asked what she most enjoyed about life in the north, she credits the cultural opportunity of working with and getting to know the northerners, and enjoying the outdoor lifestyle, including canoeing, camping, and fishing. “I really like to fish!” she says with a laugh. “And it’s such a small, tight-knit community; your friends become your family. I met my husband there, too!”
Dr. Jyl returned to Calgary and began working as an urgent care physician in Cochrane, Alberta, where she will continue working when she’s not busy with patients in INLIV’s Total Health Management program.
“My biggest reward in working with patients is making people feel comfortable and at ease with their health. Helping fix problems and making them feel better, and feel better about themselves. I’m a caregiver by nature and enjoy seeing my patients flourish.’
Though she has a young family now, Dr. Jyl Radwell is still exploring! She recently purchased a camper and loves spending time traveling around, camping, skiing, and enjoying family time.