Care Access Cape Breton


45 Weatherbee Rd, Suite 304, Sydney, NS B1M 0A1

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Monday-Friday: 9 am - 5 pm

Meet our Cape Breton staff

Dr. Berit Dool

Principal Investigator – Medical Lead for Canada

Dr. Dool is a Family Physician who completed medical school at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (now Northern Ontario School of Medicine University) in 2017 and completed her Family Medicine Residency in Sydney through Dalhousie University.

She is excited to have been given the opportunity by Care Access to re-engage in the Cape Breton medical community.

Dr. Paul MacDonald

Principal Investigator, Cardiology

Dr. Paul MacDonald is a cardiologist who has spent the majority of his career serving patients in Cape Breton. He has been active in research throughout his career, participating in several important registries and phase 3 and 4 clinical trials. Recipient of rural specialist of the year in 2023, his past study Hockey Takes Heart: Cardiac Disease Associated with Adult Hockey was monumental in advocating for improved access to AED devices in public spaces like arenas.

Andrew Hamilton

Director of Growth and Operations - Canada

Andrew’s background is in nutrition and dietetics, and formerly, he managed an ISO certified manufacturing facility that developed and distributed a sport-nutrition product line internationally.

Previously, Andrew worked with Health Canada Regulated Clinical Trials for five years, and spent a year working on global teams in pharmaceutical trials in multiple countries.

Vandita Soni

Clinical Research Coordinator

Vandita recently moved from India to Sydney to pursue a postgraduate degree in Healthcare Management at Cape Breton University. Previously, she worked as a clinical and supervising physiotherapist in India (J. S. Ayurved Hospital), treating a variety of patient populations and health conditions, including musculoskeletal pain syndromes and neurological disorders.

Vandita brings more than six years of research experience in the areas of stroke, cerebral palsy, and chronic pain, and has written about stroke rehabilitation for an international journal.

Kelsey Hamilton

Clinical Research Coordinator

Kelsey moved to Cape Breton five years ago. She brings comprehensive clinical skills to Care Access having worked as a nurse in both the surgical and emergency departments at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre, and in continuing care as a Care Coordinator in multiple communities in Cape Breton.

Kelsey started research during her undergraduate degree, looking at the impact of food deserts on students' diets. While in Halifax, she joined a Clinical Trial team at Mount Saint Vincent University as a Research Coordinator, looking at biomarkers of the impact of functional foods and nutraceuticals on metabolic syndrome.