Meet Our Doctors

Our physicians provide team-based care. As a patient of Skin Care West, you may receive care from more than one physician

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. 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. 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. George Sheppard

Cutaneous surgery


I have been a physician in Nanaimo since 1999, starting out as a Family Physician, and eventually focusing on Hospital Medicine. My surgical and wound care skills have been honed with ongoing work in the Emergency Department at NRGH, as well as previous tenure with the hospital wound clinic.  Procedural skills have always been my interest, as I find I learn best by doing.

I can’t imagine a more convivial clinic, and I’m proud lend my skills to Skin Care West.

Dr. Michael Copley

Dermatologist

Dr. Melanie Belisle

Family Physician with Dermatology Focus, Acne Clinic

Dr. Belisle was born and raised in the province of Quebec. She completed her medical degree at McGil University, then moved across the country to do her Family Medicine residency in Victoria, BC. She pursued further training in Emergency Medicine in St. John’s, NL. Since then, she has been working as an Emergency Physician on Vancouver Island. She recognized the lack of access to dermatological services on the island, and so she decided to enroll in the Diploma in Practical Dermatology from Cardiff University (Wales, UK) and graduated with Distinction in June 2020. She was also awarded a Fellowship in the Canadian College of Family Physician in 2020.

When not at work, Dr. Belisle keeps pretty busy with her three young kids and husband. They enjoy spending time at their cabin in the Cowichan Valley.

Connections and Affiliations

We are a part of a broad inter-connected network of dermatologists and medical professionals who share knowledge in order to provide the best care to our patients as possible.