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About Us

About the Meridian Clinic and Staff

Meridian Clinic is located within Meridian Health Centre in Lloydminster, AB. Our clinic currently consists of specialists in the orthopedic and pediatric fields.


Dr. Earl Kowalczyk

MD, FRCSC, Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr. Kowalczyk studied medicine at the University of Saskatchewan followed by orthopedic residency at the University of Manitoba. He then went on to Dalhousie University in Halifax for his fellowship with focus on trauma and arthroplasty of the hip and knee. As well Dr. Kowalczyk holds a teaching appointment as an Associate Professor with the University of Saskatchewan. He has been providing service to Lloydminster and surrounding community since 2012. 

Dr. Joan Wheat-Hozack

MD, FRCSC, Orthopedic Surgeon

Cattle rancher and local to Lloydminster area, Dr. Wheat Hozack studied medicine and orthopedic residency at the University of Calgary. She then went on to New Zealand for a general orthopedic fellowship, with some focus on; hand and wrist, and sports knee injury management. Dr. Wheat Hozack also holds a number of leadership positions within the healthcare field for Lloydminster and area. Including co-lead for Department of Surgery for the North West region of Saskatchewan Health Authority. Dr Wheat Hozack has been working within our community since 2016.

Dr. Pierre Zaharia

MD, FRCSC, Orthopedic Surgeon

Montreal native, Dr Zaharia is the newest member to Meridian Clinic. He studied medicine at McGill University then orthopedics residency in Calgary, AB. Following his studies at the University of Calgary he went on to a trauma fellowship in New York, New York at the Hospital for Special Surgery. As well, Dr. Zaharia completed a second arthroplasty fellowship in Halifax, NS. Dr. Zaharia has brought a valuable expertise in advanced trauma to our orthopeadic team since 2020.

Dr. Amie Kowalczyk

MD. FRCPC, General Pediatrician

Dr. Amie Kowalczyk grew up in Meadow Lake, SK. She went on to study medicine at the University of Saskatchewan followed with a pediatric residency at University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, MB. She spent some time working in Halifax at the IWK hospital prior to returning to Lloydminster in 2012. As well Dr. Kowalczyk has been a passionate member of faculty for Saskatchewan Can REACH mental health program since 2019. She continues to advocate for the mental health care for children in our community.

Nursing Staff

Brittney VanMetre

License Practical Nurse with Advanced Specialty in Orthopedics for Nursing

Brittney has been a nurse since 2011 and working alongside our orthopedic surgeons since 2014. In 2018 Brittney was chosen to advance her bracing knowledge with the Ossur team in Vancouver, BC. She then went on to expand her qualifications and completed the Advanced Specialty in Orthopedics for Nursing in 2021. She brings a broad and valuable nursing experience and holds many nursing positions in our community. She was raised on a farm outside of Lloydminster, generating a familiar and friendly face to our patients. 

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