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Our Care Philosophy

The Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit is focused on the needs of our patients and their families. Our team of health care professionals is committed to delivering the highest quality health care possible.

  • Patient Centered Patients attending the Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit are partners in their individualized care planning. Communication of treatment options and explanations of therapies and tests are provided to patients so they can make informed decisions. Education is an ongoing focus of every patient visit. The EPAU staff welcomes patients and families of all cultures and address the emotional, social and spiritual needs, as well as the physical needs of the patient.
  • Best Practice Research and innovation are crucial to advance diagnoses and treatments. The EPAU utilizes evidence-based practice to ensure the best outcomes for our patients.
  • Technology Technology has become an essential tool in providing safe, timely, and effective patient care. At the EPAU, we believe that access to state-of-the-art technology should be available without leaving our community.
  • Service Excellence We don’t just treat disease — we treat people. We understand that every patient has unique needs, and we meet them with compassion and respect. Our multidisciplinary team of professionals works collaboratively to ensure continuity of care and seamless care delivery to the greatest extent possible.
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Our Healthcare Professionals


Physician, Specialist – Obstetrics and Gynecology
Dr. John Cooper received his medical degree (MD) from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1986. He completed his Specialty Fellowship in Obstetrics and Gynecology (FRCSC) through the University of British Columbia programme in 1994. He is also U.S. Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology (FABOG).

He is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine (Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology) at the University of British Columbia and the University of Victoria.

Dr. Cooper maintains an active office medical practice specializing in early pregnancy complications, high risk obstetrics and gynecology. He maintains hospital privileges at the Vancouver Island Health Authority (Victoria).

He is the Medical Director of the Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit.

He is also the President of John K Cooper MD Inc, a medical corporation specializing in women’s health care delivery.

Leigh Anne Cooper RN BN

Clinical Nurse Specialist
Leigh Anne Cooper is a Registered Nurse with extensive education and experience in Maternal and Child Health. She has worked in Labour and Delivery and Neonatal Critical Care Units at BC Women’s Hospital and Victoria General Hospital.

She maintains a strong interest in Antepartum Assessments, Fetal Medical Genetics, and the Diagnosis and Management of Early Pregnancy Complications.