Dr. Andrea Mousseau
Andrea joined Camp Ten Oaks as our volunteer Health Care Director during medical school and stayed with the program in this capacity for four summers. She is now in the last stages of her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology. This has allowed her to combine a love for surgery and woman’s health, caring for patients from diverse backgrounds who each have a unique story to tell.
She firmly believes that good health care is inclusive and understanding, non-judgmental and supportive, informed, and based on the needs of each patient. While her early nursing and medical training equipped her to make this possible in her practice, particularly within First Nations communities, it was during her experience at Camp Ten Oaks that she further developed her philosophy and skills.
Andrea found that her cultural competency training was often difficult to translate into real life, and her training did not provide enough insight into the health care needs and concerns within LGBTQ+ communities.
As a straight-identified staff volunteer, it was at Camp Ten Oaks that Andrea gained the insight needed to ensure she could effectively create an inclusive environment for anyone in her care. Andrea credits her experience with the Ten Oaks Project for making it possible for her to provide better care to all of her patients, and she strives daily to provide the same kind of safer space that was so characteristic at Camp Ten Oaks.
Not only have her experiences improved her cultural competency, they’ve empowered her to advocate on behalf of the patients in her care and to ensure that all staff working alongside her are providing care that is truly inclusive.