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Dr. Tahmeena Ali

Dr. Ali is a married, mother of three teenagers who practices longitudinal family medicine in South Surrey, B. C. A Prairie transplant, she grew up in Edmonton where she completed an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences and English at the University of Alberta and then her medical studies at the University of Manitoba. 

She is a passionate proponent of trauma-informed care and writes and speaks about it and ACEs regularly around the Lower Mainland. In addition to her clinical work, she is currently on the executive of B. C. Family Doctors and a board director on the Peace Arch Hospital Foundation. She was humbled to receive the B.C. Family Physician of the Year award in 2020 by the B.C. College of Family Physicians for her dedication to family medicine and child and youth mental health advocacy.

The Elana Fric Memorial Lecture
ACEs of Basis: The Basics Every Physician Needs to know about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)—(Not a 1990s Tribute Band!)

Saturday June 4 | 10:45 - 11:45 am PST

Despite the publication of studies on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) several decades ago, dissemination of the links between early childhood stress and long term neurobiological changes has been slow amongst medical circles. Historic civilizations, such as our Indigenous peoples, recognized many generations ago that a mother-to-be needed protection from psychological stress to minimize untoward effects on  her unborn child.


But what are ACEs? Just because Oprah cares about them, why do they matter for physicians? How does recognizing them help you connect better with your patients, and perhaps yourself? 

Learning Objectives

​At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • List common areas of childhood adversity and manifestations in patient behaviors and health

  • Describe the importance of trauma informed care in various medical settings

  • Identify tools and techniques to support implementation of trauma informed practice (TIP) and resilience building