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Chase McMurren

Dr. Chase McMurren

Co-Chair, Practising Well Implementation Group Member, Community of Practice Speaker, Workshop Faculty

Identifies As: Indigenous (Inuit/M├ętis/First Nations)

Languages Spoken: English

Preferred Communication Method: Email, Phone, Video Conference

Practice Model: GP Focused Practice

OH Region: Toronto Region (TC)

Remote: No

Availability: No

"Every (clinical) encounter is an opportunity for all involved to learn and to heal. Practicing as a family physician is an honour that is easy to dismiss when preoccupied by paperwork and the belief that we need to fix or refer. Sitting with people while ‘playing doctor’ & witnessing the complexity of being alive is a privilege that requires humility, skillfulness & a compassionate circle of support."


My name is Chase. I live and work in Tkarón:to | GichiKiiwenging, though come from Lethbridge, which is on traditional Siksikaitsitapi  | Blackfoot Confederacy Territory and is covered by Treaty 7. My clan is the Turtle and my spirit name is Water Song Medicine Keeper. My ancestors are Michif/Métis, Celtic, French and Ukrainian. Clinically, I am privileged to provide medical psychotherapy, primarily for physicians and artists struggling with grief and overwhelm, and I also have a small home-visiting palliative practice for long-living people with advanced illness. Currently, I am serving as the Indigenous Health Theme Lead in the MD Program and the Indigenous Practitioner Liaison within the Office of Indigenous Health in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. At the moment, I am honoured to co-chair the National Consortium for Indigenous Medical Education (NCIME) Working Group on Physician Wellness and Joy in Work.   

Communities Served

A home-visiting physician for long-living people with advanced illness, and an integrative psychotherapist for professional artists & physicians.

In My Own Words

I am a certified practitioner of both the Hakomi Method and Deirdre Fay’s Becoming Safely Embodied Model. Carefully integrating auricular acupuncture (based on the NADA protocol) and harp therapy into my practice has been nourishing for me. For several years, I have been training as a nâtawihôwêw* [not-a-way-who-ee-oo], or Medicine Man (*in Michif) and appreciate the complexity & nuance involved.

Past Sessions

OCFP Programs

Practising Well
Mood Disorders: Comprehensive and Realistic Strategies for Primary Care

Clinical Interest

Palliative Care includes End of Life care
Psychiatry Mental Health
Physician Wellness