Ottawa Monster Launch. Montreal Yoga. And Joy From Malaysia.


First of all, I’m so honoured to take part in this Monster Book Launch with Renaissance Press on Saturday, October 29th at 5 p.m. at the 3 Brewers in Ottawa (240 Sparks Street).

You could come in wolf ice POD cover.inddcostume! You could win a prize, including an author date with moi! You could hear me read from my werewolf thriller, Wolf Ice!

Authors include Jen DesmaraisEvan MayCait GordonKevin JohnsCaroline FréchetteS. M. CarriereÉric Desmarais, and me.

After that much awesomeness, you’ll want to decompress with some yoga, amirite?


Luna Yoga:


I brought my friend Genevieve here for our birthdays. She liked it so much that she yelled, “I love you, Melissa!” during class. True story.

I first met Frances at Yocomo, the annual yoga festival in Montreal. I was early to an 8:30 class on teaching yoga and adjusting students, and Frances walked up to me and said, “Would you mind if I gave you a massage?” As long as the volunteer is not a psychopath, the correct answer is always YES. Frances gave me a quick, firm massage, and I was hooked, especially since she was an excellent instructor. Last month, I made it to a Frances’s class at Luna Yoga,  I like the fact that she uses her whole body to adjust you. I like the fact that she lays her hands on every single person during classat least once, at least for a few seconds. Drop-in class: $19; introductory month: $49.

Shri YogaI did such a good yoga workshop with Todd Norian at Shri Yoga. Mona is a gifted teacher. She can tell at a glance if you’re off, and how to correct it. It seems like a cool community, too. After one class, we were wishing each other Shanah Tovah after a class on Rosh Hashanah; after another, a man was convinced that he’d met me before, even though I no longer live in Montreal. Drop-in class: $22; introductory week: $30

Montreal cheap & lovely DOLLWhy am I talking about prices? ‘Cause I like value and beauty at the same time. I even wrote a guide: The Cheap and Lovely Guide to Montreal: Food, Fun, Fashion, and Ze French.


When you migrate to downtown Montreal, don’t forget to pick up a copy of Stockholm Syndrome

at the one, the only Paragraphe Books! (It’s very exciting that they’re carrying my book, as I described here.)

And, if you can’t make it to Ottawa or Montreal, I’ve got two suggestions. One, my romance THE LIST is on sale for only $3.99 until Hallowe’en.

And–shh–The Emergency Doctor’s Guide to a Pain-Free Back e-book is on super-sale for $3.99 for the next 72 hours.

One last story…


Last month, my hospital called me to tell me that I had a registered letter. I was exhausted between hospitalist/shift work and didn’t want to drive in. “Could you sign for it?”Dr. back POD front cover 5x8 72

“No, you have to sign for it, but I’ll tell them to hold it for you at the post office.”

the list cover 2014 interracial YI-200It’s never a good sign when a doctor gets registered mail at the post office. You could be getting sued. Quebec used to send me registered letters telling me that I would lose 30 percent of my clinic billing if I didn’t do enough hours in the emergency department, obstetrics, or geriatrics (they have draconian rules for new doctors where they will just pull money out of your wages).

However, I was so tired that I forgot about the registered letter.

Yesterday, R&L’s Book Nook in Alexandria e-mailed me to say, “We’re sold out of your back pain book. You also have a letter at the post office.”

Holy crap! That letter! I drove in today to see what horror awaited.

I was astonished to receive this instead:
2016-10-26-19-14-48 2016-10-26-19-14-31 2016-10-26-11-56-29I ran into Steve Warburton on the way out. He said, “Hey, you have a real letter.”

“Yes, from Malaysia!”

“I thought it was from a fan.”

“I guess she is a fan, because she read my book and that’s how we got to know each other. But I just think of her as my friend. She’s a doctor now, too.”


I drove away thinking how incredible it is that I have a fan/friend/fellow doctor on the other side of the world.

I may not sell as many books as my friend Lynda sells nut cheeses. But I am now on Athira’s bucket list! Awesome!!!!!!!!!

How to get syndicated on CBC radio

I’m making my CBC Radio debut in Nova Scotia! And BC! And Yukon! And Saskatchewan! And…

How is this possible, you ask?

Dr. back POD front cover 5x8 72Through the magic of CBC Radio Syndication. I didn’t know this existed, but when I reached out to Sandy of Ontario Morning to talk about The Emergency Doctor’s Guide to a Pain-Free Back, he suggested syndication.

Through syndication, you’re assigned a producer who submits an open call to CBC Radio shows across the country. The shows bid on you during the day, and then by 3 or 4 p.m., you get a schedule of which shows you’ll speak to from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. the next day.

“But…what if nobody wants to talk to me?” I said.

My producer, Vanessa, laughed. “I’ve never seen that happen.”

Still, I was concerned, until I got my Thursday schedule.


Gander – Central Morning

Leigh Anne Power – Host

Twitter: @centralmorning


Ottawa – Ottawa Morning Robyn Bresnahan – Host

Twitter (show): @OttawaMorning



Host: Craig Norris

Twitter: @cbckw891


Ontario AM 

Wei Chen – Host

Twitter: @CBCOntMorning


Cape Breton (Sydney) – Information Morning 

Steve Sutherland – Host

Twitter: @InfoMorningCB


Sudbury – Morning North 

Markus Schwabe – Host

Twitter (show): @MorningNorth

Twitter (host): @cbcmarkus


Kelowna – Daybreak South 

Chris Walker – Host

Twitter: @cbckelowna


Prince George / Prince Rupert – Daybreak North 

Hosts: Russell Bowers (PG) Carolina DeRyk (PR)

Twitter handle (show): @daybreaknorth

Prince George hosts: Carolina: @rupertsmaven


Vancouver –The Early Edition 

Rick Cluff – Host

Twitter (show): @cbcearlyedition


Whitehorse – A New Day 

Sandi Coleman – Host

Twitter (show): @cbcanewday


Regina – The Morning Edition 

Host: Sheila Cole, Twitter handle: @sheilacolescbc

CBC booth face with ER back smallerMy son Max said, “So, you’re going to be flying for ten days?”

“No, that’s the power of radio. I’m driving to Ottawa, and then I’m going to talk to people from coast to coast about back pain.”

My husband laughed at me. “Miss ‘What if nobody wants to talk to me.'”

Honestly, I didn’t know this was possible. Amazing. I love, love, love the CBC. And then tonight, I’ll be making my debut at Chapters Rideau with Stockholm Syndrome before coming back for more syndication interviews on Friday.

On the weekend, I’ll storm the Cornwall and Area Pop Event.

Then I get a day off before I’m the hospitalist at the Glengarry for the week.


CBC lobby leg up

I asked my host, Alexandre, to take a picture of me in the lobby, using my laptop. He obliged. Ottawa Morning’s Robyn Bresnahan admired my boots! She looked fabulous, even though she only had three hours of sleep. It’s a gift, I tell you.

If you want a chance to win a signed copy, drop me a line in the contact form with CBC as the subject and a message with your address and why you want to win.
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Yay! You can buy it on Kobo.

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Yay! You can buy it on Also available through your local booksellers and other e-tailers.

P.S. I’m writing this on Parliament Hill. A security guy asked me what I was doing. I was standing at wall, typing on my laptop, instead of sitting like your average person. Because I’ve got this book on back pain. And, like I told Markus Schwabe of Morning North, “Sometimes, you have to decide if you’ll do the healthy thing, even if you look weird. I’ve always chosen looking weird, myself.”