Monika practices family medicine in Wagmatcook First Nation and New Waterford, NS. She is an adjunct professor at Cape Breton University and Dalhousie University. She holds a Master of Public Health and Master of Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University. Monika recently completed her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. She is the past Chair of Canadian Doctors for Medicare and a former Medical Officer of Health in Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan.
Monika has worked as a public health and family physician in Northern Canada and Toronto, as well as in India. Her policy area interests include health care, income inequality, poverty, and climate change. She lives in Cape Breton with her six-year-old son.