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
  • Open or close a medical practice

*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.

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.

Ryan Brown, physician advisor is a lifelong “Caper” residing in Sydney. He has broad experience in health care, spanning front-line practice, academia and international consulting. For 15 years, Ryan’s primary role was in the Emergency Health Services ground ambulance system, where he held leadership positions in research, education and operations. He also has expertise in interprofessional practice as a practice lead with Nova Scotia.


Kim Oakley
Senior physician advisor and compensation manager
1-800-563-3427 ext. 4924
Jennifer Girard
Physician advisor (Zones 1-Western and 4-Central)
1-800-563-3427 ext. 4912
Ryan Brown
Physician advisor (Zones 2-Northern and 3-Eastern)

Return of Service contract support

Get help with Return of Service contracts