About Us

Skin Care West

About Us

Dr. Gabriele Weichert

Dr. Gabriele Weichert – Dermatologist

“It has been over ten years since I began my Dermatology clinic in Nanaimo.  I feel privileged to have some of the nicest patients and consider many of them to be long-time friends.  What I enjoy about working in Nanaimo is the range of skin conditions I can offer care for.  Many patients have skin cancer concerns and others have inflammatory disorders for which we now have modern therapeutics.  Phototherapy for psoriasis is a busy part of my practice and one of the conditions I am most excited to treat.  I love my specialty and cannot imagine practicing any other kind of medicine.”

Dr. Gabriele Weichert (Dermatologist) is originally from Ottawa. She graduated with a degree in Biology from Waterloo University before completing a PhD in hypertension medical research at the University of British Columbia. She then obtained her medical school training at McMaster University (1998) before specializing in Dermatology at the University of British Columbia. This five-year training program allows Dr Weichert to offer expertise in all aspects of skin disease including inflammatory, cancerous, and surgical Dermatology problems. She is a Dermatology Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (2003). Shortly after her training, she moved to Nanaimo to establish her practice.

When away from clinic, Dr. Weichert enjoys time with her husband and two children. She keeps busy reading, but also cross-country skiing, running, kayaking and raising chickens!

Dr. Yana Simice

Dr. Yana Simice – Family Physician with Dermatology Focus

“In addition to dermatology being a fascinating and personally fulfilling field of medicine, I sincerely enjoy meeting the people who comprise my patient population. I believe my previous background as a Family Physician and Emergency Physician helps me address multifactorial skin problems with patient-centered solutions.”

Dr. Simice graduated from Medical School at the University of British Columbia in 1999 and then moved across Canada to complete a Family Medicine residency through Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia. Dr. Simice continued her training in Emergency Medicine at McGill University, Montreal. After a rewarding Emergency Medicine career, she completed her Diploma of Practical Dermatology with Distinction from Cardiff University, Wales (UK) in June of 2013. In 2014, she was awarded a Fellowship in the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

She is committed to ongoing learning and staying current with scientific developments in the field of Dermatology.  In addition to providing medical care to her patients, she enjoys teaching medical residents and is a Clinical Instructor at the University of British Columbia at the Department of Family Medicine.  On a national level, she is an active board member at the Primary Care Dermatology Society of Canada.

Dr. Simice feels fortunate to be working with such excellent colleagues and support staff at Skin Care West, who each bring their unique experiences and expertise to the team.

After growing up in Comox B.C., Dr. Simice was keen to return to Vancouver Island in 2007.  She and her family have embraced the many opportunities of living in Nanaimo.  During her time-off, Dr. Simice especially enjoys spending time with her children and husband on either snow or water. She commiserates with her patients with respect to the challenges of effective sun protection when being active outdoors.


















Dr. Yevgeny Filanovsky – Family Physician with Cutaneous Surgery and Skin Cancer Focus

“I started out providing surgical services to Skin Care West on an intermittent basis, and I found that I really enjoyed the work. I love the procedures, and I’m fascinated by the complex interaction between the skin and sun exposure. Eventually I left Emergency Medicine to focus my practice entirely on skin surgery and the treatment of skin cancer.”

Dr. Yevgeny (Gene) Filanovsky was born in the ex-Soviet Union, and came to Canada with his family in the late 1970’s. He grew up in Edmonton and completed a BSc and MD at the University of Alberta. He completed his residency in Family Medicine at Dalhousie University, followed by further training in Emergency Medicine. He has held positions as an Emergency Physician and Trauma Team Leader in Edmonton, Thunder Bay, and Nanaimo. He served as Director of Medical Education for the Emergency Departments in Thunder Bay and Nanaimo, has previously held an academic position at Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor in the UBC Department of Family Medicine. He has completed training in cutaneous imaging using dermoscopy through Cardiff University (Wales), as well as a Graduate Certificate in Skin Cancer Medicine through the University of Queensland (Australia). He is currently completing a Master’s degree in Skin Cancer Medicine at UQ.

Outside his medical practice Dr. Filanovsky enjoys cycling, mountaineering, and wind and snow sports. He has worked as a Wilderness Medicine educator with Wilderness Medical Associates, and has a Diploma in Mountain Medicine. He is also a volunteer ski doctor at Mt. Washington Alpine Resort. As an avid outdoor athlete he has a keen interest in the importance of sun protection while maintaining an active lifestyle.