Dr. Sara Van Der Loo has worked in Atikokan since 2005.
She grew up in London Ontario and completed a BSc In Biology at Western. She attended medical school in Ottawa and completed Residency in Rural Family Medicine in Thunder Bay and many parts of Northwestern Ontario.
The challenges of full scope family practice and a love of the wilderness and the outdoors are what drew her to Northwestern Ontario and Rural Medicine. She and her husband chose Atikokan as a place to raise their young family because of the strong sense of community they feel exists here, and the proximity to Quetico Provincial Park and beautiful wilderness. The collegial nature of the group practice and the supportive environment with other physicians always willing to help out were also deciding factors.
Dr. Van Der Loo's hobbies include hiking, snowshoeing, camping, and generally playing in the outdoors with her family.
Work life balance is important especially in a career such as medicine. In choosing where to settle, Dr. Van Der Loo was looking for a place not only to work, but where she and her family could live for a lifetime and feels that in Atikokan they have found that.