Denise moved to Barry’s Bay in 1967 and graduated from U of T Medical School in 1985. She started working at SFMH in July 1987 and opened her own solo Family Medicine practice in Barry’s Bay in 1989 and closed this practice in June 2017. Over the course of her career, she provided full service Family Medicine including caring for hospital in patients, nursing home patients, palliative patients, obstetrics (including deliveries), ER shifts, 2nd on call shifts and local dialysis support. She was Chief of Staff at SMFH from 2002 to 2008 and also Chaired the Utilization Committee from 1997 to 2017. For the last 3 years she has been working part time at Rainbow Valley CHC, Algonquins of Pikwakanagan FHT as well as providing locum services for several MVFHT Physicians.
Denise’s interests include hiking, snow boarding, cross country skiing, gardening, road biking, hosting family celebrations, cooking up hot sauce and selling it at the Combermere Farmer’s Market (Dr. D’s Backyard Pepper Factory), learning to play violin, bird watching and going on rafting adventures with friends.
Since 2017, she has been a volunteer with Camp Ooch as a Camp Counsellor. She has been married to her husband, Ernie Coulas since 1986 and they have two children, Joe and Helena.
She is looking forward to her new role as a member of SFMH board and having the opportunity to continue to participate in health care in our community.