Physicians

Dr. Robert Davis

Dr. Charles Gatfield

Dr. Laurie Komorowski

Dr. Tanya Thornton

Dr. Kim Gilmour

Dr. Jon Schiedel

Dr. Tania Wilson

Dr. Mike Trevail

Dr. Tamara Foster

Nurse Practitioners

Susie Johnson

Janice McCutchen

A Nurse Practitioner (NP) is a registered nurse with advanced university education who provides personalized, quality health care to patients. NPs work in partnership with physicians, nurses and other health care professionals such as social workers, dietitians and pharmacists to keep you and your family and your community well.

A nurse practitioner provides care to patients of all ages with a focus on preventing disease, promoting good health and curing illness. They are a part of your health care team.  They play an important role in helping you to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle, and to understand and/or treat your illness.  They also work with your community to promote good health and prevent disease. As a member of your health care team, they offer a variety of health care services including the ability to:

  • Diagnose and treat illness and/or injury
  • Perform physical check-ups
  • Order and interpret diagnostic tests
  • Write prescriptions
  • Provide counselling and education
  • Provide supportive care through illness
  • Provide treatments and/or procedures
  • Make referrals to family physicians, specialists and other health professionals

(Nurse Practitioner’s Association of Ontario)

Social Worker

Andrew Coghill

The Happy Valley Family Health Team offers confidential, professional counselling and psychotherapy services to its rostered patients through a Registered Social Worker and Master’s level counselling interns under his direct supervision. These services are provided at no cost to the patient.

Counselling interns at the FHT come from the Master of Social Work programs at Wilfrid Laurier University or Renison College at the University of Waterloo, the Psychotherapy and Spiritual Care program at Laurier’s Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, or other accredited educational institutions.

A referral to social work may be made by a doctor, nurse practitioner, or other FHT staff member, but many patients simply call in (519-284-3450) and ask for service on their own – all methods are  acceptable. Services are offered Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 3:00pm, with limited evening appointments available on Thursdays at 5:00, 6:00, and 7:00pm.

Social work focuses on strengths, supports, and resources as it helps people (individuals, couples, families, groups) of all ages and backgrounds to find solutions to life’s day-to-day issues including:

  • Stress, Anxiety, and Phobias
  • Sadness, Depression, Grief, and Loss
  • Relationships (home, work, school,…)
  • Trauma, Violence, Abuse, Sexual Assault
  • Anger and Emotions Management
  • Parenting, Separation, and Divorce
  • Spirituality and Personal Identity
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning (LGBTQ) Issues
  • Coping with Medical, Pain, Mental Health, or Personal Problems
  • Alcohol and Drug Use (specific Addiction Counselling services also available)
  • Adjusting to Life in Canada

Please visit these links for Social Resource Information

www.ocswssw.org  (The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Services Workers)
www.oasw.org  (The Ontario Association of Social Workers)
www.cmhact.ca  (Canadian Mental Health Association)
www.anxietydisordersontario.ca (Anxiety Resources)
www.moodgym.anu.edu.au (Cognitive Behavioral Skills)
http://helpguide.org (Resources to Help Resolve Health Challenges)
http://changingminds.org (Resources to Change Thinking, Feeling, Behaviour)

 

 

Dietitian

Teresa Fowler

Happy Valley Family Health Team offers nutrition counselling by a Registered Dietitian (RD).

The title “Dietitian” is protected by law, so only qualified practitioners who have met specific education standards can use this title.

Standards to become a Dietitian include:

  • An accredited 4-year or equivalent degree with appropriate courses in sciences and human nutrition, administration and humanities
  • An accredited dietetic internship or equivalent supervised practical training
  • Successful completion of the Canadian Dietetic Registration Examination
  • Under the Regulated Health Professions Act, RDs are accountable to the College of Dietitians of Ontario for safe, competent and ethical practice.

A Dietitian may help to identify nutrition problems and assess your nutritional status.  This may include developing a plan of care and monitoring the effectiveness of nutrition interventions. The Dietitian will also counsel patients on special diets and aid in making diet and lifestyle modifications to manage chronic disease. 

These may include conditions such as:

  • Diabetes/ Pre-Diabetes
  • Hyperlipidemia (High Cholesterol)
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Inflammatory Bowel Diseases such as Crohn’s and Colitis
  • Obesity
  • Food Allergies/ Intolerances such as Celiac Disease or Gluten Intolerance

The Dietitian can also assist in making healthy lifestyle changes in infants, children and adults for:

  • Weight Loss
  • Pregnancy
  • Vegetarian Eating
  • Label Reading
  • Meal Planning
  • And help you decipher what to believe in the media and on the internet!

At present, the Registered Dietitian and Registered Social Worker offer a group workshop focused on why it is often difficult to eat in a healthy way and how we can learn positive strategies for change called “What’s Eating You?”

Individual appointments with the RD or for any group programs offered can be made simply by calling our receptionists at 519-284-3450.

Appointments can also be made through any health professional in the FHT (doctor, nurse practitioner, social worker, pharmacist etc).

Please visit these links for nutrition and healthy living information and supports

www.healthcanada.gc.ca/foodguide
www.dietitians.ca
www.eatrightontario.ca
www.diabetes.ca/in-your-community/webinars
www.huronperthfarmtotable.ca
www.pdhu.on.ca
www.healthunit.com

www.townofstmarys.com/living/home_support_services.aspx?id=171

http://www.swselfmanagement.ca/ConsumerWorkshops/upcomingWorkshops.aspx

Or speak to a Registered Dietitian toll free using the Government of Ontario’s service at 1-877-510-5102.

Pharmacist

Erin Dunbar

Our pharmacist works closely with all other health care professionals to help ensure optimal medication management. Key services provided include:

  • Patient education regarding medication use
  • Individual medication reviews
  • Monitoring anticoagulation for patients taking Coumadin

As a certified diabetes educator, our pharmacist is available to help patients learn about their diabetes, how to manage it, and to assist in medication/insulin use.

Appointments can be made with our pharmacist by contacting the front desk.

Addictions Counsellor

Alison Marshall

The Happy Valley Family Health Team has created a strong partnership with Choices for Change and has an addictions counsellor on site two days a week to provide the following services to individuals and families:

  • Information
  • Support
  • One-to-one counselling
  • Family counselling
  • Referral to treatment services best suited for your needs

To book an appointment, you may contact the front desk staff or may call Choices for Change directly at 519-271-6730.

Please visit this link for Choices for Change Information

www.choicesforchange.ca

Executive Director

Kimberly Lang

Office Administrator

Karna Brennan

 

The team also consists of nurses, referral specialists and administrative staff.

Medical Residents and Students

The Happy Valley Family Health Team has created a partnership with The University of Western Ontario for the training of medical students and medical residents. Working with students and residents provides many opportunities for both the physicians and students to learn in a multi-disciplinary approach working together to provide the best possible care for patients. 

We assure you that no one is required to see one of our students without physician review. We trust that you will welcome and accept students and residents to your Family Health Team.