2005 – Saskatchewan
Dr Betty Spooner is a lifelong Saskatchewan resident, who obtained her post-secondary education at the University of Saskatchewan. She began her career as a medical laboratory technologist, but soon moved on to pursue her medical degree. Betty’s original plans to specialize and work in an urban setting were diverted when she met her husband Rod Spooner, a geologist. The pair soon found themselves heading north to La Ronge, a community on beautiful Lac La Ronge.
The 11-member practice that Betty is part of is the sole medical practice for a large area of remote and semi-remote northern Saskatchewan. A majority of the patients are Aboriginal. Betty and her fellow family physicians do clinic practice and hospital inpatient, emergency and long term care. They regularly visit Outpost Nursing Stations which can be as far away as 250 miles by air, and have expanded this service over the years to their present level of about 400 outpost visits each year.
Betty’s group has long been involved with the teaching program of the University of Saskatchewan’s Faculty of Medicine at the undergraduate and post-graduate levels. Betty is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Family Medicine Department. She has been awarded her Fellowship with the College. She has served on a number of boards over the years including the Saskatchewan Chapter of the College of Family Physicians and the Saskatchewan Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission.
Betty and Rod have a son and daughter who are both in post-secondary studies. The family cherishes their time at their island cabin on Lac La Ronge and enjoy skiing, canoeing and horseback riding in Grasslands National Park.