Dr. Dorothy Bakker graduated from McMaster Medical School in 1990 and completed a Family Medicine Residency in 1992. She has practiced as a rural family physician in Port Elgin, Ontario (1992-2001) and as a student health physician at the University of Guelph (2001- present).
She is an Associate Clinical Professor at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster, where she has held various leadership roles including Director of Student Affairs at the Waterloo Regional Campus, Director of McMaster Community & Rural Education (Mac-CARE) and Professional Competencies Domain Planner for the self-awareness and self-care curriculum. She also acts as a tutor, examiner and student advisor at the school of medicine.
She is a previous member of the board at the Ontario College of Family Physicians (OCFP), has recently completed Masters of Arts in Leadership from the University of Guelph and regularly gives talks and workshops (on topics such as Physician Leadership, Wellness & Self-Care, Professionalism, and Peer Coaching) to physicians at conferences, as well as students and faculty at the University of Guelph and McMaster University.
This past summer she volunteered on the Medical Team for the PanAm and Parapan games.
For fun? – She participates in a community choir and brings her dogs to participate in the University of Guelph College Royal Dog Show.