About Us

We are here to help you with Your Health, and your Family’s Health: 

  • 3 Locations
  • 14 family Doctors
  • 3 Nurse Practitioners
  • 13 Nurses
  • 6 Mental Health Clinicians
  • 2 Registered Dieticians
  • 4 Pharmacists
  • 22 Administrators

Not to mention you. It really is a Team Approach.

Family Health Teams are a key piece in building a health care system that promotes good health, reduces wait times and improves access to care, for you.

Mission

To assist health service providers to function within a collaborative interdisciplinary setting in order to enhance their ability to deliver effective, appropriate, and quality health care services for patients.

Vision

Our Vision Is That The STAR Family Health Team Will Be A Recognized Leader In Delivering Comprehensive, Team-Based, Patient-Centred Primary Care That Is Adequately Resourced, Effective And Coordinated.

Our Team

  • STAR FHT Administration
  • Avon Family Medicine Centre
  • O’Loane Medical Clinic
  • Tavistock Community Health Inc.
Board of Directors
Mr.

Doug Roth

Dr.

Erin Glass

Dr.

Erin Heisz

Dr.

Samantha Reaume

Dr.

Sean Blaine

Dr.

Stacey Snider

Dr.

Vanessa Kustec

Primary Team Coordinator

Teresa Barresi

Administrative Assistant

Jen Bontaine

Huron Perth Quality Improvement Decision Support Specialist

Matthew Terrill

Executive Director

Monique Hancock

Experienced Physicians
Dr.

Anne Martin

Dr.

Erin Heisz

Dr.

John Haddad

Dr.

Leanne Peters

Dr.

Stacey Snider

Nurse Practitioners

Zoe McIntosh

Nursing Team

Carrie

Lisa

Melissa

Mental Health Clinicians

Aaron Smith

Annie Lichti

Hayley Stretch

Hilary Fair

Nichola Taylor

Nicole Rider

Registered Dietitians

Adrienne Vermeer

Michelle Jones

Pharmacists

Alyssa Thomas

George Jansen

Kristy Adair

Nancy Wheeler

Office Manager

Sarah Bos

Administrative Team

Jacqueline

Lois

Nicole

Rosanne

Tanya

Experienced Physicians
Dr.

Erin Glass

Dr.

Jacob Matusinec

Dr.

Laurel Moore

Dr.

Sean Blaine

Nurse Practitioners

Maggie Horne

Nursing Team

Barb

Joanna

Juliet

Melissa

Sarah

Mental Health Clinicians

Aaron Smith

Annie Lichti

Hayley Stretch

Hilary Fair

Nichola Taylor

Nicole Rider

Registered Dietitians

Adrienne Vermeer

Michelle Jones

Pharmacists

Alyssa Thomas

George Jansen

Kristy Adair

Nancy Wheeler

Office Manager

Joan Ritsma

Administrative Team

Becky

Jennifer

Katie

Shannon

Stacey

Experienced Physicians
Dr.

Amanda Brown

Dr.

Barbara Cowing

Dr.

Josh Schultz

Dr.

Samantha Reaume

Dr.

Shahnaz Shirin

Dr.

Vanessa Kustec

Nurse Practitioners

Jacqueline Bergman

Nursing Team

Kim

Lindsay

Melissa

Sherry

Sue

Mental Health Clinicians

Aaron Smith

Annie Lichti

Hayley Stretch

Hilary Fair

Nichola Taylor

Nicole Rider

Registered Dietitians

Adrienne Vermeer

Michelle Jones

Pharmacists

Alyssa Thomas

George Jansen

Kristy Adair

Nancy Wheeler

Office Manager

Veronica Cruz-Krukowski

Administrative Team

Amanda

Brittany

Dawn

Shannon

Use of Allied Health Professionals

At the STAR Family Health Team we offer services from a variety of allied health professionals to ensure you get the care you need. These include:

A Nurse Practitioner (NP) provides care to patients of all ages with a focus on preventing disease, promoting good health and curing illness. Nurse Practitioners play an important role in helping you to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle, and to understand and/or treat your illness.

 

As a member of your health care team, NP's offer a variety of health care services including the ability to: 

  • diagnose and treat illness and/or injuries,
  • 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, and 
  • make referrals to family physicians, specialists and other health professionals
  • and more!

The Pharmacist is “a person prepared to formulate, dispense, and provide clinical information on drugs or medications to health professionals and patients.” As a member of the health care team pharmacists play a key role in providing quality healthcare and pharmaceutical care to the public. (WHO)
 
Registered Pharmacists (RPh) either have a Bachelors of Science (BScPHM) or a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree. They are registered with the Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP) their licensing body. 
 
Pharmacists for STAR FHT provide healthcare in the following areas:
 
  • Smoking cessation (STOP Program)
  • COPD Clinics
  • Diabetes Clinics
  • Insulin starts and titration
  • Medication chart reviews and deprescribing
  • Bone Health
  • Pain management
  • Clinical consultations
  • Education of healthcare team through newsletters and education sessions
  • Patient consults 
  • Medication review for Memory clinics
  • and more!

A Registered Dietitian (RD) is a regulated health professional with a Bachelor's degree specializing in food and nutrition, who has also completed an internship program and passed a national exam. Some RDs also have a Master's degree in nutrition.

To practice in Ontario, RDs must be registered with the College of Dietitians of Ontario.

RDs are experts in nutrition, and can provide you with advice, education, and plans that relate to both food and a healthy lifestyle.

Here are some of the things you can speak with a Registered Dietitian about:

  • What foods to eat to lower your risk or manage conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, etc.
  • The best way to achieve and maintain a healthy weight for your body.
  • Individualized eating plans for medical conditions such as food allergies or intolerances, gastrointestinal conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Celiac, Crohn's and more.
  • Meal planning for a busy lifestyle.
  • Eating for a healthy pregnancy.
  • Introducing solids to your baby.
  • Tips for picky eaters
  • What vitamin/mineral supplements you might need.
  • How to modify your diet after a medical procedure, like surgery.
  • How to read food labels.
  • How to be a healthy vegetarian or vegan.
  • and More!

The STAR Family Health Team counsellors are registered mental health professionals who are trained and authorized to practice Psychotherapy. Our team is made up of Registered Psychotherapists, Social Workers and a Psychological Associate. Who you see is determined by a number of factors, including where you live and the reason you are coming for counselling.

Counsellors are able to see patients with a wide range of mental health-related problems. They can work with individuals (children, teens, adults and seniors), couples and families.

Common reasons for referral to the counsellor include:

  • depression

  • stress or anxiety

  • relationship issues

  • divorce/separation

  • trauma

  • bereavement/loss/grief

  • work-related problems

  • parenting support

  • behaviour/learning difficulties

  • identity issues

If you would like to make an appointment with one of our Registered Dietitians or Mental Health Clinicians, please speak with your doctor for a referral or you may call Amanda at 519.655.2322.

For an appointment with our Nurse Practitioners please call your doctor’s office.

Frequently Answered Questions

A Family Health Team (FHT) is an approach to primary health care that brings together different health care providers to co-ordinate 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 services focus on primary health care including disease prevention, health promotion and disease management.

Yes. Family Health Teams are a team approach to health care where your doctor will be able to focus on your complex medical problems but you'll have access to different health care professionals according to your needs.

Yes. After hours care is available evenings Monday-Thursday and Saturday mornings by appointment only for rostered patients of STAR Family Health Team. Information regarding after hour clinics is available here.

 

Not necessarily. Sometimes you may see another member of our interdisciplinary team such as a nurse practitioner, mental health clinician or registered dietitian within your circle of care.

Please contact the office where you scheduled your appointment.

For contact details Click Here.

Please visit our Programs and Services page and select the program you are interested in. You will see details on Registration there. 

The registration process and requirements varies between program.

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