Marisa Collins has worked with UBC CPD since 2011: as Physician Lead for Vancouver Coastal Health’s HIV Testing Initiative in Family Practice (2011-12); then Medical Director, Accreditation (2013-15); now as one of UBC CPD’s Special Projects team. She also spearheaded and chairs UBC CPD’s Sexual Health conference, and the Sexual Health Forum: Online journal club and practice-based dialogue (the latter awarded a College of Family Physicians of Canada Janus Grant in 2015).
Dr. Collins additionally serves as Medical Director for Options for Sexual Health. Opt is Canada's largest non-profit provider of sexual health services - operating 58 clinics across BC, the 1-800 SEX SENSE information and referral line, and delivering public and professional education programs. She has been physician for Whistler’s busy Opt Clinic since 2000. In 2016 she began co-facilitating Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy groups in collaboration with Sea-to-Sky Mental Health, VCH. Dr. Collins was a rural family doc before focusing her clinical practice to accommodate research, education and administration.
Dr. Collins is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Practice at UBC. She was recipient of a Vancouver Foundation Community-Based Clinician Investigator salary award (2007-10); and was Site Research Faculty for the Vancouver-Fraser Family Practice postgraduate program (2007-12). Her undergraduate medical degree is from McMaster (’88); she completed UBC’s Rural Family Practice residency program (’90); first degree is a Bachelor of Independent Studies from the University of Waterloo (’84); and she has a Masters in Health Science from UBC (Community Medicine and Epidemiology, ’97).
Marisa and her husband live near Pemberton, where they operate a small farm.