Sun 29 Mar 2020

Our Team

Registered Nurses

Our primary care registered nurses (RNs) provide nursing services in your family physician(s)’ clinic within the North York Family Health Team. Your RN works together with physicians and other health professionals, such as dieticians, social workers and pharmacists, to provide high quality care and to help you achieve your best possible health.

Our RNs provide patient and family centered care focusing on chronic disease management, disease prevention, health promotion and care coordination, which includes:

  • Health education on a variety of issues such as blood pressure, cholesterol and osteoporosis
  • Diabetes counselling
  • Counselling for chronic diseases such as congestive heart failure
  • Well baby/child counselling
  • Smoking cessation counselling
  • Immunization counselling
  • Diagnostic test result review and counselling
  • Cancer screening
  • Screening for depression and anxiety
  • Falls risk screening
  • Cognitive testing
  • Wound care: staple and suture removal
  • Administration of the flu vaccine/coordination of office flu clinics

Registered Dietitians

A Registered Dietitian (RD) is a health professional who has completed a 4-year university degree specializing in food and nutrition. In addition they do practical training in a hospital and/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 institutions, 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 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 
  • Obesity as a Chronic Disease Program 
  • Minfulness for Healthy Eating

Social Workers

Our Social Workers help individuals achieve optimal psychosocial functioning by providing individual counselling and/or group psycho-education programs to FHT patients struggling through difficult times. The Social Worker team provides short-term therapy using a variety of treatment modalities such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness, Solution-Focused Therapy and others. Social workers provide assessment of psychosocial problems, treatment, education, advocacy and referrals for a variety of presenting concerns. They work in collaboration with your family physician, nurse practitioner and allied health professional to provide comprehensive care. 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 (interpersonal stress, family dynamics, caregiver challenges

Some of our psychoeducational groups offered include:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for Depression and Anxiety
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I)
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy


Our pharmacists are the medication experts of the team. They offer evidence-based advice on how you can benefit the most from medications and how to minimize drug interactions and side effects. Our pharmacists can help personalize your medications to your specific conditions, needs and preferences, and would be happy to talk to you if you are wondering about:

How are my medications helping me? What are the alternatives? What are the side effects? Am I taking medications that I don’t need? Are there any drug interactions? When and how do I take my medications? What should I monitor for? Are my supplements and herbal products effective and safe? ...and much, much more.

Please speak with your physician, or contact the FHT receptionist to request an appointment, if you wish to see one of our pharmacists.

Nurse Practitioners

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. Patients who have completed active cancer care at North York General Hospital are followed for the usual 5-year period by our NPs. 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 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; referrals to specialists as required.

Chiropody (Foot Care Specialist)

Chiropody is a branch of primary care that assesses and manages foot conditions. Our chiropodist works closely with your health care providers to help maintain and improve patient mobility, alleviate foot pain, provide health education, prevent future foot complications and thereby improving one’s quality of life.

Here at the North York Family Health Team, our chiropodist sees patients on an individual basis. Our chiropodist predominantly sees high risk patients, such as those individuals with neuropathy, peripheral vascular disease, active ulceration or history of ulceration.

Please speak with your physician or any member of the NYFHT allied health team if you would benefit from being seen by our chiropodist.

Case Workers

There are times in a person’s life when they are not sure where to go for help or how to access services and supports. Case workers help people find resources that are available in the community for issues that greatly impact a person’s life. These problems can relate to health, home care, retirement, emotional well- being , family issues, housing, finances or nutrition. At the North York Family Health Team, the case worker collaborates with other health care professionals for a seamless transition connecting to both health care and community services. Our Case worker offers support within the Mental Health and Cancer Survivorship program.

Addictions Counselor

The addictions counselor welcomes referrals focused on substance abuse i.e. alcohol, street drugs, opioids and prescription drugs, as well as gambling. Services will primarily focus on providing stabilization, short-term counselling (up to 8 sessions), treatment planning, and referrals necessary to best meet patient needs. The addictions counselor will be working closely with the rest of the mental health team and will be open to referrals directly from our allied health professionals as well.

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