Dr. Charissa Patricelli is a family physician specialized in addiction medicine and a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia. Originally from Northern Canada, her first career was in nursing, neonatology and pediatrics taking her to the southern United States and outpost nursing stations throughout BC. Since earning her MD from the University of British Columbia, Dr. Patricelli has worked in general practice, with street youth in Vancouver, in perinatal consult services at BC Women’s Hospital, the Addiction Medicine Consult Service at Royal Columbian Hospital, the Maxxine Wright Community Health Centre for women and children affected by substance use or violence, and opioid replacement clinics. Dr. Patricelli has also served as the physician lead for the Community Birth Program in Surrey, a collaborative maternity care program with midwives, physicians, doulas, and nursing.
Dr. Patricelli’s passion is oxytocin, ‘the love drug,’ and its power to transform women into mothers and to heal. She remains incredibly grateful to be able to witness the journey of pregnancy and birth, and help people reclaim their lives through recovery. She is a mother to three and step-mother to three and loves camping, live theatre, dancing, and family dinners.