Our Wello Team

Meet our team of health and wellness champions and customer service superstars

Our team works in the community outside our day-to-day lives, and we have a huge mission – to bring virtual healthcare to every province in Canada! Our nurse practitioners are licensed and trained to provide you with holistic care. They’re also available to provide expert advice and coaching to keep you well over the long term.

Stefanie O’Reilly

Lead Wello Nurse Practitioner

Interested in becoming an emergency nurse, Stefanie was committed early on to helping people in dire need and ensuring they pulled through to recovery. She brings a devoted spirit to Wello, always trying to help as much as she can, and her considerable field experience is a great asset to the team’s performance.

Stefanie completed her nursing degree in 2008 and began working as an emergency nurse before completing a master’s program and receiving her nurse practitioner designation. Stefanie enjoys working with Wello clients to help them create a healthier lifestyle. She also loves spending time with her family – especially gardening with her two little girls.

Kayla Kirkham

Wello Nurse Practitioner

Much of Kayla’s nursing career has been centered in acute hospital care in the neonatal and pediatric intensive care units. She prides herself in the “person over the problem” approach and is known for making genuine connections with people as she helps them live their best lives.

After finishing her Family All Ages program, Kayla practised in primary care as a nurse practitioner in the community. She learned about Wello and its focus on bringing health maintenance and treatments directly to clients’ homes and offices and joined the team in 2017. Kayla enjoys spending time with her husband and son, travelling and getting outside as much as possible.

Julie Nicole Bakko

Julie Nicole Bakko

Wello Nurse Practitioner

Hailing from Medicine Hat, Alberta, Julie is known among the team for her passion and dedication. She loves to serve others. We know this because she has four children of her own and was a surrogate mother to twins (!!). Julie has a gift for going above and beyond for her clients – this desire to help is what drew her to healthcare in the first place.

She graduated with Honours in Collaborative Nursing in 2002. For the past 15 years, she has worked in clinics and hospitals and continued her medical education, attaining both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree.

Rachel Slomp

Rachel Slomp

Wello Nurse Practitioner

Rachel has worked as a registered nurse in the ER at Rockyview Hospital and the Children’s Hospital. She has specialized in paediatric pain and postpartum care. Working in Urgent Care and the ER has made Rachel passionate about primary care and addressing concerns to prevent ER visits.

Originally from a dairy farm in British Columbia, Rachel loves to travel with her husband and two sons and participate in volunteer work such as community outreach with local refugee families and internationally in clinics in Guatemala and Haiti.

Donna Bowen

Donna Bowen

Wello Nurse Practitioner

Nursing in both urban and rural Ontario, Donna’s passion is to help families decrease barriers when accessing healthcare services. She has worked in clinics, emergency service, home care, public health and addictions since 2002.

In 2016, Donna obtained a master’s degree and pursued working in primary care as a nurse practitioner. She joined Wello because she truly believes telemedicine is a practical tool for families when life gets busy. She is a strong advocate for patient- and family-centered holistic and preventative care.

Raelyn Lagace

Raelyn Lagace

Wello Nurse Practitioner

Raelyn Lagace completed her diploma in nursing in 1992 at the Bathurst School of Nursing; she then attended the University of New Brunswick where she obtained her Bachelor degree in Nursing. She graduated from the University of New Brunswick with her Master of Nursing in the Nurse Practitioner Stream in 2011. She has participated in and chaired several provincial committees with the New Brunswick Nurses Union and the Nurses Association of New Brunswick and is currently President-elect of Nurse Practitioners of New Brunswick. Raelyn brings 26 years of experience providing holistic care to her patients.
Timothy Kwok

Timothy Kwok

Nurse Practitioner

Timothy Kwok initially graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at The University of British Columbia in 2011. He worked as a Registered Nurse in numerous areas including Emergency, Pediatric Cardiology, and Pediatric General Medicine before returning to complete his Master of Nursing: Nurse Practitioner at Athabasca University.

Amanda Gonzalez

Wello Operations Lead

Originally from Fort St. James, BC, Amanda serves every client with pride and trust, exemplifying her values of integrity, cooperation and loyalty as part of Wello. She oversees and supports the Wello Medical Care Coordinator team, acts as a liaison between clients and management, and helps ensure that the quality and efficiency of service remains current and consistent across our organization.

Amanda received her Medical Office Assistant certification in 2002, and since then has learned to love tackling new challenges within her field, rooted in a strong understanding of medical systems. While she specialized in diagnostic imaging for 15 years, she’s now focused on educating clients on all the things Wello nurse practitioners can do – to help them get well and keep well.

Medical Care Coordinator

Eden Sousa

Wello Medical Care Coordinator

Eden is passionate about helping others and holistically approaching health and wellness, as well as promoting positivity and a balanced lifestyle. She educates patients and families, helps manage cases and care requirements with nurse practitioners, and ensures that all confidentiality and quality standards are maintained and met.

Eden graduated from Mount Royal University with a diploma in Disability Studies as well as a degree in Child Studies. She acquired her Unit Clerk certification and upon working in the community, found value and enjoyment in the healthcare sector, eventually joining the Wello team. Her favourite part of working at Wello? Her colleagues. She’s inspired each day by the amount of drive, motivation, and passion her team has to grow Wello and touch as many lives as possible. In her spare time, she loves to travel, practice yoga, read and write.

Stephanie MacRae

Stephanie MacRae

Wello Medical Care Coordinator

When Stephanie’s son was born, he had congenital conditions that had them in the hospital for the first several months of his life – and many trips throughout his childhood. Stephanie chose healthcare as a profession because she was overwhelmed and inspired by the care and kindness shown to her and her son by doctors, nurses, social workers, speech therapists, audiologists and support staff.

As a medical care coordinator, Stephanie provides health education to clients, schedules appointments, acts as a liaison between clients and nurse practitioners and ensures high standards of confidentiality are maintained. Stephanie believes in living a positive, healthy lifestyle, and that a holistic approach is key to attaining – and maintaining – optimal wellness.

Born and raised in Calgary, Stephanie graduated from the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) program at Bow Valley College in Alberta and spent eight years working as an LPN in the Emergency Department and Acute Care Unit of an Alberta rural hospital. She has also worked as an LPN instructor, in administration and as a clinical coordinator.

Join our team

Meet the leadership team

We’re building a legacy and innovating healthcare delivery. Our team believes that the health of employees is critical to the success of a company, but also on a personal level. Healthy people do amazing things, and we’re committed to supporting the health of our members and improving their lives at work and at home.

Vince Danielsen

Vince Danielsen

Chief Executive Officer

Vince has firsthand understanding of the difference that good care can make for someone. After a hard-won battle with cancer as a teenager, he went on to spend eight years as a Calgary Stampeders receiver, winning Grey Cup Championships in 1998 and 2001. Football showed him the value of growing strong teams, and he learned that people achieve amazing things when they work together.

After football, he turned to his true passion and became a health entrepreneur. The personal care he received as a cancer patient helped him understand just how important the nursing sector was to delivering a new level of care to Canadians. This was a big driver in his founding of our nurse practitioner service, Wello.

Vince is dedicated to delivering new models of innovation to healthcare. As the leader of INLIV (our parent company), he’s responsible for the cross-sharing of innovation learnings with executive teams, showing how innovation and technology can be adapted to an ever-changing workforce. Vince speaks nationally at healthcare and technology conferences. He has spoken at Telus Health (Toronto), Wello Health Lab (Calgary), and the Benefits and Pensions Monitor Conference (Toronto), amongst others.

He also spearheaded the development of iLab, which dedicates space, resources and funding to pilot innovative products and services that change the way Canadians access healthcare. The iLab was responsible for the 2017 launch of INLIV’s newest service, Wello, which provides virtual healthcare for employees across the country.

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Lori Casselman

President and Chief Revenue Officer

Lori is a dynamic and innovative business leader with over 20 years of leadership experience in the healthcare, group benefits, and technology domains. Lori has a wealth of expertise, previously holding a number of executive positions within Sun Life Financial, and served as Chief Health Officer at League.
Lori is passionate about the power of partnership and enabling strategic alignment between start-ups and global enterprise organizations. She also is on the advisory boards of Move the Dial and Tech for Sick Kids Hospital.
Gene Vollendorf

Gene Vollendorf

Executive Vice President Corporate Strategy & Chief Financial Officer

Gene is a Chartered Financial Analyst and earned his MBA from the University of Chicago. He began his career on Wall Street and has since built several successful companies in investment management, financial services and energy services industries. Prior to joining INLIV and Wello, he provided strategic financial services to entrepreneurs. Gene’s CFO role was expanded in November 2016 to include the position of Chief Data Officer where he oversees corporate business intelligence.

Maria Prairie

Chief Operating Officer

Maria is a results-oriented, innovative and entrepreneurial leader who thrives in dynamic and continually changing environments. Maria has over 25 years of progressive experience with complex service-based organizations across multiple industries: healthcare, customer experience, loyalty and telecommunications. Prior to joining Wello, Maria was the Division Head and Vice President, Horizon Occupational Health Solutions, the occupational health division of the Medisys Health Group. Throughout her career, Maria held various business lead, sales, marketing and operations roles with some of Canada’s most innovative brands: Medcan, VereQuest, LoyaltyOne and Unitel Communications (now Allstream).
Dr. Wendy Smeltzer

Dr. Wendy Smeltzer

Medical Director

Always up for a challenge, Dr. Wendy is a leader and an innovator. She advises and supports the Wello team, offering her medical knowledge and experience to ensure all clients receive safe, reliable medical care via Wello’s modern delivery platform.

A popular family physician in Calgary for years, Dr. Wendy is committed to the highest medical standards, serving in various roles at the Alberta College of Family Physicians and the provincial College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Wendy also established Canada’s first registered medical spa and developed national safety and hygiene standards for the medical aesthetics industry.

Active in the Calgary community, Dr. Wendy can often be found singing with the Adult Recreational Choral Society in her spare time.

Dan Graham

Dan Graham

Vice President of Software Development

Dan Graham is Wello’s Vice President, Software Development. Dan has a lengthy career in leading technology and development teams from a variety of industries, including healthcare in his most recent role with BioScript Solutions, a family of companies including BioScript Pharmacy, Coverdale Clinics, and NavieGo Programs, which together provide full-service support for patients on complex drug therapies. Dan leads the Wello technology team.
Michelle McNutt

Michelle McNutt

People & Culture Director

Michelle has a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing and HR yet most of her learning came from roles with Sobeys, Conroy Ross Partners, Suncor, MNP and owning her own consulting practice. Originally from Nova Scotia, she found her way to Calgary and fell in love. She is passionate about giving back, assisting with the Special Olympics through motionball and Marathon of Sport, Calgary Drop-In Centre and more.