One of the best aspects of a Family Health Team is the wide range of services you have access to. The health care professionals at our clinics work together to make sure you receive the best possible care.
Who are the people at the McMaster Family Health Team clinics? See below for descriptions of the professionals in our team.
Provide personal, inclusive and continuing healthcare for the individual in context of the family and the community. Family doctors provide health care across all ages, genders, diseases, conditions and parts of the body. They provide this care with a priority on disease prevention and health promotion. Our family doctors work in a large health care team to ensure your goals of health and wellness can be met.
Residents are doctors who have fully completed medical school and are undergoing further specialized training known as residency. Residents can order tests, make diagnoses, prescribe medications, treat mental illness, complete forms, etc. They provide comprehensive care under your family doctor’s direct supervision. Thanks to patients like you, most residents at our clinics will specialize in family medicine and will practice independently after two years. You are helping train the family doctors of the future!
Nurse practitioners are registered nurses with additional training. They are able to order and interpret diagnostic tests, communicate a diagnosis, prescribe medications and perform some procedures in treating illness. Nurse Practitioners work with the health care team to restore, maintain and advance the health of individuals, groups or communities by emphasizing health promotion as well as illness and injury prevention.
Registered practical nurses focus on providing health promotion, wellness and nursing skills to patients requiring routine care. They are able to provide you with services such as health education, immunizations, foot care, and many other routine tests and treatments.
Physician assistants provide care under the supervision of a registered doctor. Physician assistants are not independent practitioners. The doctor and physician assistant work together to provide health care to you in a variety of ways. This includes physical exams, ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests, prescribing medications, performing selected treatments and procedures as delegated by your physician, and counseling in preventative health care.
Physiotherapists identify and maximize the ability to move, function and stay independent throughout their lifespan. Physiotherapists can work with you to prevent, maintain or treat injury, illness or disability through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice.
Occupational therapists help people with the activities that a person wants and needs to do, no matter what injury, illness, condition, disability, lifestyle, or environment stands in the way. Occupational Therapists can help you to perform, modify, or adapt skills and activities in order to live a healthier and more productive lifestyle..
Registered dietitians provide advice on nutrition, food and healthy eating choices to help you look good and feel great. Registered Dietitians take complex medical and nutrition research and make it easier for you to make daily food choices and plan healthy meals. They can show you how healthy eating can be fun, enjoyable and delicious!
Lactation consultants specialize in breastfeeding and are trained to teach mothers how to feed their baby. They help women experiencing breastfeeding problems such as latching difficulties, painful nursing, low milk production and babies who aren’t gaining enough weight.
They don’t just fill prescriptions! Pharmacists promote health awareness and disease prevention. Pharmacists play a role in educating both patients and other health care professionals about medicines and other health related products, dosages, interactions and side effects. They can monitor your health progress and refer to other health care professionals as necessary.
Social workers help individuals, families, groups and communities enhance individual and collective well-being. They aim to help people develop skills and abilities to use their own resources and those of the community to resolve problems. A social worker provides counselling and education to individuals or families, and may work with you individually or in a group setting.
Our system navigator can assist you with questions or concerns about health and social services in your community. They can assist with providing information about local services, connecting you to these services, and with commonly used forms or documentation required by these services.
All of our health care providers are supported by a large team of non-clinical staff who are here to ensure you have an excellent experience with us. These staff members include medical secretaries, business clerks, clinic aides, team assistants, billing clerks, accounting assistants, heath records staff and administrative assistants.
The clinic’s leadership team is also here to assist you in having the best possible experience. Our leadership team includes a medical director, clinical director, administrative coordinator and supervisors.