Our consultants are certified, experienced occupational medicine professionals. Having seasoned occupational health Nurses (OHNs), occupational health physicians (OHPs), Kinesiologists, Specialists and Consultants as the core part of our team ensures that all Healthserv clients benefit from the highest level of medical expertise.

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Kathryn C. Rud

As the President and CEO, Kathryn’s vision for medical case management in the workplace is infused into the Healthserv corporate culture and the professionals who deliver our services. Kathryn oversees the work of all Healthserv professionals and services throughout Western Canada. Her extensive critical care nursing experience, demonstrated leadership ability, past participation in the British Columbia Nurses Union (BCNU), and past standing on the Executive Committee for the Canadian Society of Safety Engineers, enables her to function effectively as a highly skilled professional in a complex labour/management environment.
Kathryn’s post graduate education in Occupational Health Nursing includes studies in disability management, She is presently a member of the Steering Committee for the Environmental and Occupational Health Certificate studies Program at the University of Victoria.
Kathryn has provided medical case management for Healthserv since 1995. She has led Healthserv as President and CEO since 1999. She has been the sole proprietor of Healthserv since 2004. 


R. Douglas Hamm, MD, CCFP, FCBCM, FRCP (C)
Healthserv Professionals Medical Director

Dr. Hamm has served as an occupational medical consultant to industry, the legal community and WCB, including dealing with complex claims related to chronic pain, head injury, psychiatric issues and prolonged rehabilitation. Prior to joining Healthserv, Dr. Hamm was Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary and then Director of the B.C. Government Employee Health Services where he provided and managed occupational health services for 40,000 B.C. public service employees. Dr. Hamm has authored several papers in occupational medicine. He is qualified as a specialist in occupational medicine by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and also has certification in occupational medicine from the Canadian Board of Occupational Medicine. He is licensed to practice medicine in Alberta and BC, and provides assessment services in Victoria and Vancouver. Dr. Hamm has been providing Occupational Medical services for Healthserv for over twenty years.

Nikki Taylor RN, OHN(C), BScN
Occupational Health Nurse Consultant

Nikki Taylor has a broad range of experience in providing Occupational Health services both in Canada and the United States. Nikki’s expertise have benefited both large and small organisations; she has been responsible for the co-ordination and management of occupational health programs, as well as providing direct disability management to ill and injured workers in both industrial and insurance settings.  She is also well versed in program development, health education, Job Demand Analyses, Ergonomic Assessment, and health promotion.  

Joanne Yule RN, CC(C), OHN(C), BScN
Occupational Health Nurse Consultant

Joanne’s professional experience has included medical surgical nursing, Charge Nurse of an Intensive Care Unit, and extensive experience in community nursing.  Joanne has worked with Healthserv Professionals since 2004 in the capacity of providing Immunization clinics and beginning 2006 in the capacity of Occupational Health Consultant, Medical Case Manager. She is recognised for her depth of knowledge, leadership and decision-making skills

Valerie Kerr RN, OHN(C)
Occupational Health Nurse Consultant

Valerie has eighteen years of acute care medical and surgical nursing experience. She has participated in the development of exposure monitoring programs for industry clients and delivered immunization programs. She is an experienced Medical Case Manager working with clients with challenging multi-factorial concurrent disorders, networking with other healthcare professionals to determine and facilitate appropriate prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, and appropriate return to work.

Eleanor Gilding RN, BScN, MA, COHN
Occupational Health Nurse/Immunization Program Manager

Eleanor has over twelve years of experience as a manager and educator in Occupational Health and Safety Services, Occupational Health Education Services, and Infection Control. Eleanor has Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a Masters Degree in Education and is currently registered as a practising member in the CRNBC. She had developed and implemented curriculum for Occupational Health and Safety and Immunization Programs for a wealth of clients. Eleanor excels in creating a team approach in the programs she manages and demonstrates effective communication and interpersonal skills.  As well as managing Healthserv's Immunization Programs, Eleanor also manages the coordination and execution of Healthserv's Workplace Wellness Clinics.

Denise Hurtig BSPE, BCAK

Denise is a registered Kinesiologist and a member of the British Columbia Assocation of Kinesiologists (BCAK).  In addition, she is both a Matheson certified and an ACRON Certified Functional Evaluator and Certified Permanent Functional Impairment (PFI) Clinician - WCB.  Denise possesses exceptional assessment skills and is recognised for her communication skills with workers, unions and employers.