About

At our core, we are a team of dedicated professionals who are committed to providing exceptional care to the residents of St. Marys and the surrounding rural area. Our goal is to ensure that each patient receives the highest quality care possible, delivered with compassion and professionalism.

Our multidisciplinary approach ensures that our patients receive comprehensive care. With a team of highly skilled physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, registered dietitian, pharmacists, social workers (mental health counsellors), addictions counsellors and administrative support staff, we work together to provide primary healthcare services to our community. 

Our Team

Our approach to patient care is a collaborative effort involving a team of allied health professionals.

Physicians

Dr.
Charles Gatfield
Dr.
Laurie Komorowski
Dr.
Kim Gilmour
Dr.
Jon Schiedel
Dr.
Tania Wilson
Dr.
Tamara Foster
Dr.
Mike Trevail
Dr.
Sarah Donaldson
Dr.
Rachael Berta
Dr.
Jeff Hepburn
Dr.
Josh Burley
Clinic Nurses
Sue Lindsay
Sue Layland
Claire Boyd
Ashley Sparling
Kim Heather
Karen Nelson
Laurie McCutcheon
Clinic Assistants
Cindy
Emma
Yvonne

Allied Health Professionals

Nurse Practitioners
Susie Johnson
Janice McCutchen
Social Workers
Farzana Zaman
Alex McAlpine
Dietitian
Teresa Fowler
Pharmacist
Erin Dunbar
Addictions Counsellor
Devon Peters

Administration

Executive Director
Kimberly Lang
Office Administrator
Lead Nurse & Program Coordinator
Nicole Welch
Reception Staff
Deb
(Receptionist to Dr. Gilmour, Dr. Hepburn and Dr. Burley)
Carin
(Receptionist to Dr. Gatfield, Dr. Foster and Dr. Trevail)
Amy
(Receptionist to Dr. Komorowski, Dr. Schiedel and Dr. Donaldson)
Sarah
(Receptionist to Dr. Wilson and Dr. Berta)
Pam
(Check in Receptionist)
Karen
(Allied Health Receptionist)

Use Of Allied Health Professionals

Below you can find more information about these roles and how our team can help with your care.

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)

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

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, Queer or Questioning, and Two-Spirit (2SLGBTQ+) 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

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.

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 can counsel patients on eating styles to manage chronic 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
  • 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:

  • Picky eating
  • Pregnancy
  • Vegetarian eating
  • Label reading
  • Meal planning
  • And help you decipher what to believe in the media and on the internet!

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

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

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

The Happy Valley Family Health Team has created a strong partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association Huron Perth Addiction and Mental Health Services and has an addictions counsellor on site one day 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

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.

Questions

From how to get to our location, to renewing prescriptions, there is a lot that is frequently part of our day that may rarely be part of yours. Please find some common question and answers below.

A Family Health Team (FHT) is an approach to primary health care that brings together different health care providers to coordinate the highest possible quality of care for you – the patient. Our team consists of doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners and other health care professionals who work collaboratively, each utilizing their experience and skills within the clinic to provide you with the very best and most up-to-date care, when you need it.

The Happy Valley Family Health Team is located inside the Tradition Mutual Centre for Wellness (268 Maiden Lane in St. Marys, Ontario).

Main Floor: If you have an appointment with a Doctor, Nurse Practitioner or Nurse, you will be seen in our main floor clinic space.

2nd Floor: If you have an appointment with one of our Allied Health Professionals (Pharmacist, Social Worker, Addiction Counsellor, Registered Dietitian), you will be seen on our second floor clinic space. The second floor can be accessed by the stairwell or elevator.

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Free and accessible parking is located at the Tradition Mutual Centre for Wellness parking lot that adjoins the St. Marys Memorial Hospital parking lot.

Given the number of organizations located inside the building, there are high volume periods for use of the parking lot. Please be prepared to arrive early to your appointment in the event that you need to find parking elsewhere.

Not necessarily. For routine medical concerns, you can book an appointment with your Family Doctor via Online Booking or a phone call to your Family Doctor’s receptionist (office: 519-284-3450).

If your medical concern requires you to be assessed sooner than when your Family Doctor can see you, it is possible that you may be given an earlier appointment with another Physician, Resident or Nurse Practicioner. Depending on your medical concern, you may also see a counsellor, Registered Dietitian or Pharmacist within your circle of care.

At this time, we are not actively accepting new patients.

If you reside within our coverage area (St. Marys and surrounding rural area), you are welcome to request to be added to our wait list. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide you with an estimated wait time.

If you reside outside of our coverage area, you can register with the Health Care Connect program for assistance in finding an available Family Physician near you.

At this time, we do not offer a walk-in clinic or after hours service.

If you have a new or worsening medical concern that does not require immediate medical attention, contact our office to inquire about the next available appointment with a Physician, Resident or Nurse Practicioner. Office: 519-284-3450

If your medical concern requires immediate attention, visit your nearest Emergency Department.

We do not have after hours services.

If you require urgent medical assistance, please go immediately to your nearest hospital’s Emergency Department.

If you require non-urgent medical advice outside of normal business hours, you may contact Health Connect Ontario by dialing : 811

(TTY: TTY: 1-866-250-3379)

If you wish to wait, you can contact our office when we re-open at 8:00am to inquire about the next available appointment (office: 519-284-3450).
You may also use Online Booking.

If you have moved outside of our coverage area and you require a Family Doctor closer to home, you can register for the Health Care Connect program for assistance in finding an available Family Physician near you.

If you have been asked to complete blood work, you can visit your nearest community laboratory.
Please arrive with your requistion in hand or ensure that our office has sent the requisition to your preferred laboratory.

In St. Marys, there is a  Life Labs  located in the same building as Happy Valley Family Health Team. LifeLabs are on the 2nd floor (last door on the left). For Direction to our building Click Here.

This service is available by walk-in Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00am and 12:00pm. Please refer directly to LifeLabs for any notice of closure of variation from these hours.

We request that medication renewals be managed during your regular appointment with your family doctor whenever possible.  Please bring all your medications to every visit.

For medication refills without an appointment, please contact your pharmacy directly. Please allow 5 business days for the processing of pharmacy refill requests. A renewal of a narcotic requires an appointment with your prescribing Doctor.

If you have an upcoming appointment that you no longer need or are unable to attend, please contact our office to cancel your appointment and/or reschedule as needed. Office: 519-284-3450

Please note that a cancellation fee is applied to appointments that you do not show up to.

Our clinic services are by appointment only.  Please note that while we offer same day appointments for new or worsening concerns that do not require an emergency department visit, you must always book an appointment before coming to the clinic.  Please call the clinic at 8:00 am if you need to book an appointment for a same day concern and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.

We need to know the nature of your medical problem in order to schedule you properly and have the nurse do the appropriate vital signs before your appointment with the physician.

Directions

We are located in the ‘Tradition Mutual Centre for Wellness’ at the north side of the ‘St Marys Memorial Hospital’ – NOT the emergency department side. 

1st Floor: Our Doctor’s offices

2nd Floor: Our Allied Health Professionals

268 Maiden Lane, St Marys, Ontario N4X 1B7

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