Dorothy Bakker graduated from McMaster Medical School in 1990 and completed her Family Medicine Residency from the North Hamilton Community Health Centre 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 in the Department of Family Medicine and has held various leadership roles at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine 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 undergraduate curriculum. She also acts as a tutor, examiner and student advisor.
Dorothy is a previous member of the board at the Ontario College of Family Physicians (OCFP), has recently completed a Masters of Arts in Leadership from the University of Guelph and regularly leads/co-leads talks and workshops on topics such as Physician Leadership, Wellness & Self-Care, Professionalism, and most recently, Peer Coaching. She has received a Mentorship Award from the Waterloo Regional Campus of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine and was the recipient of the OCFP Regional Family Physician of the Year Award for Region 3 in 2015.
She participates in a community choir, plays tennis and enjoys watching her dogs participate in the University of Guelph College Royal Dog Show.