Tue 21 May 2019

Our Team

  • Our Registered Nurses are the gateway to your care. The RNs work closely with your physician and FHT Social Workers, Registered Dietitians and Pharmacists to navigate your healthcare needs, by providing clinical assessment and treatment, as well as directing you to the appropriate healthcare provider.

  •  Our RNs work closely with your Family Physician to:

  • Perform assessments and obtain medical histories

  • Administer injections and vaccinations

  • Do Well-Baby visits: newborn- 24 months old

  • Deliver health education on an array of issues, such as blood pressure, diabetes, smoking cessation, heart health, diet and cholesterol levels

  • Osteoporosis/ bone health

  • Conduct EKG tests and venipunctures

  • Conduct cancer screening

  • Manage wound care and dressings

  • Perform cognitive (memory) testing

  • Respond to your questions over the telephone regarding infections, symptoms and test results 

Nurse Practitioner

Nurse Practitioners (NPs) are registered nurses with advanced education.  Within NYFHT, our NPs work in partnership with physicians, nurses, dieticians, social workers and pharmacists to improve your health.

One NYFHT program that is NP-led is our Colorectal Cancer Survivorship Program. Patients who have completed active cancer care at North York General Hospital are followed for the usual 5-year period by our NPs. Cancer Care Ontario guidelines are followed for care. Strong links with our local oncologists, surgeons and family doctors make this program a success.

Some examples of the care nurse practitioners provide in general include:

  • Conducting physical examinations

  • Performing assessments such as pap tests, breast exams, prenatal care, elder care and well baby check-ups

  • Delivering  vaccinations

  • Diagnosing and treating acute illnesses, chronic diseases, infections and injuries

  • Ordering and interpreting diagnostic and laboratory tests such as x-rays, ultrasounds and blood work

  • Prescribing a broad range of medications

  • Referring to specialists when required

More information about nurse practitioners can be found on the Nurse Practitioners’ Association of Ontario website: www.npao.org

Registered Dietitian

What Does RD mean?

A Registered Dietitian is a health professional who has completed a 4-year university degree specializing in food and nutrition, in addition to a period of practical training in a hospital or community setting. The RD designation is a protected title and is regulated in this province by the College of Dietitians of Ontario. Registered Dietitians are licensed professionals, uniquely trained to provide advice on food and nutrition in many diverse workplaces, such as health care, industry, government and education.

What do the Registered Dietitians at NYFHT do?

At NYFHT, our Registered Dietitians provide education and counselling for a variety of nutrition related topics and health conditions. We offer both individual appointments and a number of group programs, where participants learn new tools and strategies and have the opportunity to share their experiences. We collaborate with other health care providers at NYFHT to help you achieve your best health.

Currently, our RDs offer the following group programs:

  • Heart Health

  • Craving Change

  • Standford Chronic Disease Management Program  


Our Pharmacists are the medication experts of the team.  They perform a range of functions to support optimal medication management for our patients.  They are available by appointment for the following:

  • Review your medications to help organize and simplify them, ensure their compatibility, assess for the changes to your medications after hospital discharge, or to help manage side effects from your medications

  • Counselling and treatment to support smoking cessation

  • Assist with the management of chronic conditions like high blood pressure, asthma, pain, mood, and diabetes

  • Answer questions about your medications

You can see one of our Pharmacists for one or more appointments as needed, and can be re-referred at any time. Please speak with your Physician if you wish to see one of our Pharmacists.
Social Worker

Our Social Workers help individuals achieve optimal psychosocial functioning within their own personal context by providing individual and/or group psychotherapy to FHT patients struggling through difficult times. Our social workers provide assessment of psychosocial problems, treatment, education, advocacy and referrals for a variety of presenting concerns.  They also work in collaboration with your family physician or nurse practitioner to provide comprehensive care.  Our Social Workers provide short-term therapy using a variety of treatment modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness, Solution-Focused Therapy and others.

Social Workers provide treatment for a variety of presenting concerns including:

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Stress Management

  • Coping with Illness

  • Work and/or school related problems

  • Grief

  • Relationship Problems 

Some of the psycho-educational groups offered include:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for Anxiety

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for Depression

  • Chronic Disease Self-Management

Our FHT Social Workers are registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW).

 Case Worker

Case Workers help people deal with personal issues that significantly impact their lives.  These problems can be physical or emotional, and may be related to family, housing, finances, or nutrition.

In the Family Health Team, case workers collaborate with other health professionals to help patients make seamless transitions and safe connections within the health care system.

Our Case Worker works with patients within the Mental Health and the Cancer Survivorship Programs.    


Chiropody is the health care profession that assesses and treats foot conditions. Physicians as well as other health care professionals often refer their patients for consultation.

Foot problems affect over half the population. Prevention, assessment and treatment require expertise and practical skills. Chiropodists undergo extensive training to meet these requirements. Many Chiropodists have taken seven or eight years of post-secondary training before beginning to practice. A Bachelor’s Degree in Science, plus three to four year Chiropody/Podiatry Program is generally undertaken in North America.
Here at NYFHT, the Chiropodist is able to see patients on an individual basis. During the first visit, each patient will be assessed, treatment discussed as appropriate and follow-up visits will be booked if necessary. Patients will receive education on prevention of disorders, disease and dysfunction of the foot. The Chiropodist also works closely with the Diabetes Education Program providing diabetic foot care education to prevent future complications

The role of the Chiropodist at NYFHT is to maintain and improve patient mobility, to alleviate foot pain, provide health education, prevent future foot complications, and thereby improving one’s quality of life.


Our healthcare professionals are supported by a team of qualified and welcoming administrative staff, as well as finance, payroll and HR personnel. Our administrative team manages the FHT's payroll and employee benefits program, support the formation and implementation of various FHT policies and procedures, ensure fiscal responsibility, assist in the recruitment of new staff and overall, provide daily coordination of FHT activities.  Dr. Wintemute is the NYFHT Medical Director and oversees all of the clinical programs.  Additionally, the Executive Director oversees the NYFHT charity and is also the Organizations Privacy Officer.

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