Viva Care

Viva Care Health Advisory Board

Viva Care's Health Advisory Board works with management to establish overall strategic direction for Viva Care and ensures appropriate consultation in the establishment of new initiatives that will impact the care provided to patients.


Dr. Tarek Khalil
Board Chair

Dr. Tarek Khalil recently joined Viva Care and is currently with the Port Coquitlam clinic. Dr. Khalil has a Masters Degree in Public Health (Health policy and management major) from the reputable Emory University, Atlanta GA. He has over 19 years of diverse clinical experience in acute care, primary health care, chronic disease management and quality improvement. He improved the management of clinics and the manner in which they provide health care delivery by using six sigma and various other innovative tools.

Dr. Khalil is an advocate of quality health care that adopts a patient centered approach to address all factors that potentially impacts patient's health and level of function.

Dr. Andy Jassal
Board Member

Dr. Andy Jassal has been part of the Viva Care family since 2012 when he began his medical practice at the Surrey - Newton clinic. Dr. Jassal completed his medical degree in Sydney Australia, then returned to Vancouver to complete his residency at St. Paul's Hospital. He spent two years in Hope doing full service family practice including emergency and hospital medicine, before joining the Viva Care team.

He enjoys spending his non-office time with his young family and cheering for his favorite sporting teams, the Canucks, Whitecaps, Lions and Seahawks.

Dr. Arthur Vasquez
Board Member

Dr. Vasquez has been in clinical practice in Burnaby since 1992, joining the Viva Care team in 2012. After a few years of family practice, he took a several year hiatus to work as a Renal Transplant Clinical Associate and then as a Medical Director for several Pharmaceutical companies in Canada and USA, returning to Family Practice in 2010. He is also the Medical Director for Manna Research Vancouver.

He enjoys spending time with his family as well as taking advantage of all the outdoor activities the Lower Mainland has to offer, that is when not training for his next marathon.

Gary Prihar
Board Member

Gary Prihar is the Director of Finance and Co-Founder of Viva Care. Mr. Prihar is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) with over 10 years of finance, audit and business consulting experience and has served as a Financial Controller for a TSX.V listed organization.

Gary began his career with Grant Thornton and Cinnamon Jang Willoughby as an audit practitioner working with clients in both Canada and the United States. Gary is responsible for operational change management, including improving and developing business processes and performance management through key performance indicators within the Company.

Gary holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) degree from the University of British Columbia and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia.

Aleem Teja
Board Member

Aleem is currently the Director of Operations of Viva Care. His is primarly resposible for overseeing the day to day clinic business operations. Aleem joined Viva Care in 2012 and has taking on more of a leadership role and eventually becoming the Director of Operations in December 2014.

Prior to this role, Aleem worked within the public health sector for 15 years with various government entities including Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, Provicial Health Services Authorit, BC Women's & Children's Hospital and St. Paul's Hospital.

Aleem holds a Bachelor's Degree in Heath Information Science from the University of Victoria and a Masters Degree in Public Health from the University of Illinois.