Senior management team

The daily operations of the College are managed and administered by the senior management team.

Heidi Oetter

Dr. Heidi M. Oetter

Registrar and CEO

Dr. Heidi Oetter received her medical degree from the University of British Columbia in 1985 and practised as a family physician for 18 years in British Columbia.

Dr. Oetter joined the College as a deputy registrar in 2004 and was appointed to the position of registrar in 2008.

Michael Epp

Mr. Michael Epp

Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Michael Epp received his master of business administration from Simon Fraser University in 1997 while working at the BC Medical Association (now Doctors of BC). During his 15 years with the BCMA, he held various senior positions, including director, policy and planning in the last five years. Mr. Epp has been a lecturer at UBC’s Master of Health Administration Program.

Mr. Epp joined the College as chief operating officer in 2007.


  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Offices at Hotel Georgia Strata Council
  • Risk Management
Graeme Keirstead

Mr. Graeme Keirstead, KC

Deputy Registrar, Chief Legal Counsel

Mr. Graeme Keirstead graduated with a law degree from the University of New Brunswick in 1991 and was called to the Bar in 1992. He worked at the Law Society from 1999, responsible for a number of different portfolios, until joining the College in 2013 as chief legal counsel.


  • Legal Services
  • Professional Medical Corporations
  • Records, Information and Privacy
  • BC Data Stewardship Committee
Michael Murray

Dr. Michael Murray

Deputy Registrar

Dr. Michael Murray received his medical degree from the University of Western Ontario in 1983. He practised emergency medicine in Ontario prior to relocating to British Columbia where he held various positions in health authority administration.

Dr. Murray joined the College as a deputy registrar in 2015.


  • Diagnostic Accreditation Program
  • Non-Hospital Medical and Surgical Facilities Accreditation Program
  • Physician Practice Enhancement Program
Corinne de Bruin

Ms. Corinne de Bruin

Executive Director

Ms. Corinne de Bruin graduated with a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of British Columbia and is certified with the Canadian Society of Association Executives. Prior to joining the College as director, registration services in 2012, she held management positions in strategic planning, policy and program development at the Ministry of Finance, Workers’ Compensation Board and Legal Services Society.

Ms de Bruin assumed the position of executive director, registration services in 2016.


  • Registration
David Unger

Dr. David Unger

Deputy Registrar

Dr. David Unger received his medical degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1992 and went on to complete a master of science in bioethics from Albany Medical School in New York. He practised as a family physician in British Columbia focusing on vulnerable populations living with HIV/AIDS and addiction. Most recently he worked at Providence Health Care as the director of ethics.

Dr. Unger joined the College as a deputy registrar in 2017.


  • Drug Programs
  • Health Monitoring
Derek Puddester

Dr. Derek Puddester

Deputy Registrar

Dr. Derek Puddester received his medical degree from the Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1995. Most recently he was an associate professor in the department of psychiatry and led special projects for innovation/evaluation in the postgraduate medical education office. He is an expert in physician wellness and occupational psychiatry and has spent almost two decades working in physician health across several sectors.

Dr. Puddester joined the College as a deputy registrar in 2020.


  • Complaints
  • Practice Investigations
  • Library