Physician Advisory Team

Physician Advisory Team

Physician advisors work with Doctors Nova Scotia members to resolve issues in their practices, their communities and the health-care system.

Advisory activities

Your physician advisor can help you:

  • Understand Master Agreement, Alternative Payment Plan (APP) and Return of Service (ROS) contracts*
  • Review and negotiate your deliverables documents
  • Review and interpret your Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the NSHA
  • Access DNS member benefits
  • Facilitate a local medical staff association
  • Navigate credentialing and privileging processes
  • Understand fee structures and file new fee applications
  • Resolve issues with billings, audit and appeal

*For assistance with AFP contract matters, email Maureen Connolly, compensation manager, academic funding plans, or call 902-481-4906.

Your physician advisors

Kim Oakley, Physician Advisory Team Lead, will be familiar to many physicians from her role in the 2015 contract negotiations. Since then, she has worked to support physicians with questions about the 2015 Master Agreement and to help physicians resolve APP contract issues.

Brent Andrews and Derek Stewart will continue to provide comprehensive EMR support to physicians while adding community outreach to their portfolios.

Jennifer Girard is a former policy analyst at DNS. She has been the project lead on the Physician Manual Modernization Project and had an integral role in the development of the association’s recent physician engagement position paper.


Kim Oakley
Compensation manager, physician advisory team lead
1-800-563-3427 ext. 4924
Brent Andrews
Physician advisor (Zone 1-Western)
902-225-8577 (cell)
1-800-563-3427 ext. 4901
Derek Stewart
Physician advisor (Zones 2-Northern and 3-Eastern)
902-565-4568 (cell)
1-800-563-3427 ext. 4931
Jennifer Girard
Physician advisor (Zone 4-Central)
1-800-563-3427 ext. 4912

Return of Service contract support

Get help with Return of Service contracts