Family health

Central Manitoulin Family Health Team Adds Two Physicians

The Manitoulin Central Family Health Team has announced the addition of two new physicians to its staff.

Dr. Doris Mitchell and Dr. Reed Gillanders officially joined the team in October 2021, providing primary care services in Mindemoya.

“Dr. Mitchell and Dr. Gillanders are providing support to the Manitoulin Health Center (MHC) in the Mindemoya Emergency Department,” the family health team said in a statement.

“Given the current climate of a global shortage of qualified healthcare professionals, the Family Health Team and MHC are delighted to have Dr. Mitchell and Dr. Gillanders on our respective teams.

The Mayor of the Municipality of Central Manitoulin, Richard Stephens, welcomed the two doctors to the area.

“They will be an important part of our central family health team and provide their services to our local hospital in Mindemoya. They will replace two long-serving and dedicated physicians who are retiring, Dr Al Hadi and Dr Stadnyk,” Stephens said.

“We thank all parties for their past and future commitments to our community.”

Lori Oswald, executive director of the Manitoulin Central Family Health Team, said she’s thrilled that Gillanders and Mitchell are joining the group.

“They brought with them new perspectives and positive energy that will benefit our team, our patients and the community,” she said.

Mitchell, a native of Brunswick House First Nation, arrived on Manitoulin Island as a locum in February 2021 after closing her full-time practice in Chapleau.

She has worked and trained for more than 30 years in a rural northern environment, and she is thrilled to join “an excellent healthcare team dedicated to the community and the health and safety of all who visit.” Manitoulin and need care,” the statement mentioned.

Mitchell is married with four adult children and numerous grandchildren. The statement said she was looking forward to growing a garden for the first time and exploring the island.

Gillanders began his career as a family medicine resident in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, after which he worked in Meadow Lake for a year in a family practice.

He has served in remote clinics in nearby Cree and Dene communities and has experience in addiction medicine, HIV, hepatitis C, emergency, labor and delivery, and hospital care.

The preview says Gillanders has moved to Ontario with his partner Sophie, who has just started her four-year pediatric residency at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.

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