Deep Water Dream


A hopeful memoir that shares the author’s voyage of discovery as a mother, wife, and physician in underserved communities in northern Ontario.

In underserved areas, the communities themselves are one of the strongest parts of the health care team. Dr. Gretchen Roedde, a physician working in northern Ontario since 1978, shows how local communities play a major role in responding to illness, birth, and death, making each more meaningful and bearable.

Her memoir recounts stories from her long career, working with a Cree community to develop a medical vocabulary in their own language, training community-based health workers in First Nations communities, and conducting a house call with a priest to minister to a dying French-Canadian woman. In Roedde’s stories, the boundaries between physician and community are redrawn, strengthening the capacity to care for those close by, in a hopeful and powerful example for the rest of the world.

About the Author

Gretchen Roedde

Posted by KathrynB on December 6, 2014
Gretchen Roedde photo

Gretchen Roedde

Gretchen Roedde, assistant professor at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, has been a physician in northern Ontario since 1978. Working with Aboriginal communities (Nishnawbe Aski Nation and Lake Temagami), she practices near Lake Temiskaming. She has also worked as a public health doctor in the developing world, specializing in mother and child health and HIV/AIDS. Gretchen lives in Haileybury, Ontario.