A Team-Based Approach to Your Care

About our organization

Since 2006, the Upper Grand Family Health Team has taken a team-based approach to patient care and well-being. We provide a broad range of health-care services that focuses on health promotion, disease prevention and chronic disease management.

Through our programs and services we aim to help decrease utilization of local hospital emergency departments and increase our patients’ abilities to improve their health within their own communities. Our clinical team is comprised of 24 allied professionals who practice in the areas of mental health, pharmacy, health promotion, dietetics, occupational therapy, palliative care and nursing specialties.

We have established strong relationships with our community partners including the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health, Groves Memorial Community Hospital, and various other local, regional and provincial groups to improve access and integration of care for our patients.

Our ultimate goal is for patients to feel empowered and encouraged to play a central role in their health care and recovery. We are dedicated to achieving excellence in patient care and we foster the development of future healthcare professionals through offering student internship and educational opportunities with our organization and our physician partners.

“Our ultimate goal is for patients to feel empowered and encouraged to play a central role in their health care and recovery.” 

Interested In Becoming A Family Health Team Client?

The majority of our services require referrals from a collaborating family physician of the Upper Grand Family Health Organization. To see one of our Mental Health Counselors, Dietitians, Nurse Specialists, Pharmacist, Outreach Worker, Occupational Therapist, or Health Promoter please make an appointment with your Family Physician to be referred or call the Family Health Team at (519)843-3947 for more information.


There are TWO ways you can become a Family Health Team Client:

Vision and Principles

You may view our organization’s 2017-2020 strategic plan here.

Our vision is to empower the people in Centre Wellington and surrounding areas to enhance their health through equitable access to a range of the highest quality primary health care services.

The core principles of our organization are as follows:



We recognize that through collaboration and integration all parties work together to enhance the current level of primary health care available to the community and strategically evolve their existing capabilities and services roles.

Mutual Respect

We recognize the roles, competencies, diversity, worth and contributions of all practitioners and staff who form our organization. We strive to engage in honest, courteous and non-judgmental communication and acknowledge the needs of others to be involved in decisions that could affect their interests and roles in the organization.

Continuous Quality Improvement

We recognize that the quest for excellence is a continuous journey. By adopting the Model for Improvement approach to continuous quality improvement; the Upper Grand Family Health Team demonstrates a commitment to strive for improvement and to spread successful and sustainable change across the organization.

View our 2019-20 Quality Improvement Plan.


We are committed to acting upon and contributing to the latest advances in medical technology and best practices. Accordingly, we continuously develop appropriate policies, procedures and mechanisms aimed at fostering mutual understanding and a working environment that encourages individual initiative, creativity and problem solving, and that enables professional development through continuous learning and recognizes the rewards high performance and team excellence.


We act responsibly in accordance with professional and clinical service standards, use resources wisely and efficiently, share information appropriately and measure and report on performance to key stakeholders.

Patient / Community Engagement

We believe that the participation of patients and their families in the design and delivery of services is essential to achieve optimal care. Our definition of high quality services will include description and measurement from the patient and family perspective.

Our Patients

We are located in Centre Wellington and provide support and services to approximately 30,000 residents within Centre Wellington, North Wellington and direct surrounding areas. The Upper Grand Family Health Team works in collaboration with the Physicians and Medical Practices within the Centre and North Wellington area including those who are a part of the following practices:

  • Riverview Medical Group – Upper Level
  • Riverview Medical Group – Lower Level
  • Little Falls Family Physicians
  • Summit Medical
  • Geddes Medical Group
  • Family Practice Associates of Elora
  • Elora Medical Group
  • Dalby Family Practice
  • Arthur Family Health Centre
Patient Rights and Responsibilities

We are committed to providing the best primary health care in our community. We believe that our patients and families are partners in the delivery of quality healthcare. Therefore we make the following commitments to you:

Your Rights:
When you visit our offices or contact us you have the right to:

  • Be treated in a kind and respectful way
  • Expect that all information about your healthcare will be kept private and confidential in accordance with the personal health information law (refer to our Privacy Policy)
  • Be given information in a way that you will understand and is meaningful to you
  • Expect that your health care team will share relevant information with each other within the circle of care, unless otherwise restricted by you.
  • Participate in making decisions about your care
  • Receive culturally-sensitive care
  • Know the names and roles of people involved in your care
  • Express your concerns and get answers to your questions
  • Be told of the fees not covered by OHIP and that you or your family will have to pay

Your Responsibilities:

We pride ourselves on maintaining a safe and collaborative environment for everyone who visits or works in our offices. Therefore we kindly ask for the support of our patients to help us achieve this goal by:

  • Being polite and respecting other patients, visitors and members of the health care team
  • Recognizing that the needs of other patients and families may sometimes be more urgent than your own
  • Giving accurate information to your health care team to help them plan your care
  • Giving your health care team the name of the person who will represent you if you cannot make decisions by yourself
  • Following the plan of care the best way you can
  • Accepting responsibility for the decisions you make about your treatment
  • Taking responsibility for your personal belongings
  • Respecting clinic property and acting in a safe and responsible way at all times
  • Understanding and taking responsibility for all expenses not covered by OHIP
  • Notifying your health care provider if you cannot keep an appointment

Our Staff – Integrated Health Care Professionals

Registered Dietitians

Nicole Arthurs, RD, CDE
Nicole is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator who has been with the UGFHT since 2010.  She completed her BASc in Applied Human Nutrition at the University of Guelph and her dietetic internship with Hamilton Health Sciences.  She enjoys being a member of a collaborative team and sharing her love of food and nutrition with the community.  She has experience counseling clients in all aspects of nutrition, but has particular interests in the areas of Diabetes and Gastrointestinal Disease.  When she’s not working she enjoys baking, trying new recipes, and spending quality time with her husband, daughter, and cat.

Terri Ney, RD
Terri grew up in Erin and completed her undergrad at Ryerson in Toronto. She eventually found her way to Fergus where she found her dream job working as a dietitian with the Upper Grand Family Health Team in 2007. After becoming a mom and raising children locally she became aware of areas to improve care for families using nutrition. Since then Terri has spearheaded the launch of the Breastfeeding Café and a series of Pediatric Nutrition workshops. Terri has been sought out to share her unique programs with other FHTs and is considered a leader by her dietitian peers.

Amy Waugh, RD, CDE
Amy is a Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator who has been working at the UGFHT since 2007.  She grew up in rural Ontario and while she has lived and worked in various cities across the province is very happy to have settled in Centre Wellington.  She is passionate about primary care and the role of nutrition in preventing and managing chronic health conditions across the lifespan.

Health Promoter/Registered Kinesiologist

Nick Pellizzari, MSc, R. Kin

Nick is passionate about positively influencing the physical, mental, emotional and social health and well-being of others to enhance human health and performance.  He views exercise and overall health education as some of the many tools that can be used to aid in reducing the risk of injury, preventing and managing the development of chronic diseases while improving the quality of life of the clients he will serve.  Nick believes in a multidisciplinary approach to healthcare and will gladly refer clients on to other members of the Upper Grand Family Health Team in order to provide clients with the best service and treatment plan possible.

Nick attended University of Waterloo where he completed both his undergraduate and graduate studies and is an alumnus of the Honours Bachelor of Science, Kinesiology Co-op program and the Master of Science, Kinesiology program.  After completing his graduate studies, Nick successfully challenged the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario’s Entry-to-Practice Examination and became officially registered with the college in January of 2019.

Nick has experience working with diverse populations including those with chronic diseases, children with cognitive impairments, student athletes and geriatrics.  Nick’s experience ranges from clinical to research and industry settings.  The variety of these experiences and the environments in which they were obtained has provided Nick with a unique lens from which he views overall health and wellness.

Nick looks forward to meeting with you to service your health and wellness needs.

Mental Health Counselors

Mental Health Counselors play an integral part in assisting in the improvement of patient mental health and social well-being.  The FHT Counselors will help you to cope with issues in your life that cause you emotional distress or to help you to monitor and self-manage a mental health issue.

Catherine Barlow, MSW
Catherine Barlow has been a Mental Health Therapist with the UGFHT since 2012. She is also an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Michael DeGroote School of Medicine, dividing her working time between her private counseling practice in Guelph, teaching medical students and working part-time for the Family Health Team. In her spare time, she enjoys long walks in the forest with her dog and spending as much time as possible in nature. She also enjoys creative pursuits such as oil and pastel painting, photography and knitting.

Linda Borys, MSW
Linda has been with the UGFHT since 2012 and has worked alongside individuals for 25 years in their journeys to greater self-awareness, acceptance, and fulfilment. She was a Lecturer with The National University Of Ireland for eight years where she taught various courses with the Department Of Adult and Community Education. Linda feels it is important to live an authentic life with meaning and purpose. Professional development is always at the forefront, and Linda keeps up-to-date with current approaches.

Nadia Landry, MSW
Nadia is a Master’s level Social Worker (MSW) who has been with the UGFHT since 2007. She currently splits her time as a Mental Health Therapist with the Dalby Family Practice and as the FHT’s Geriatric Social Worker. Nadia is passionate about helping clients to feel empowered to live their best life. To help achieve this she is committed to ongoing education and has recently completed Wilfred Laurier University’s Cognitive Behavioral Therapy certificate program and Narrative Therapy training through the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre in Toronto. In her spare time, Nadia enjoys quality time with her family and pets, reading, nature walks, and traveling “back home” to Canada’s east coast to spend time by the ocean.

Marilyn Vaccaro, MSW, RSW
Marilyn has been with the UGFHT from the very beginning, in 2007, working as a Mental Health Therapist.  She attended the University of Montreal initially and spent time travelling before moving to Waterloo to complete my Master’s Degree as a Clinical Social Worker.   Keeping current professionally is very important to Marilyn, as she loves learning about the best ways to help people help themselves.  During her time at the FHT she has pursued professional development in Equine Assisted Therapy, mindfulness, and the neuroscience behind trauma. In her spare time Marilyn enjoys restoring by the sea, and being creative.

Lindsay Long, MSc, MSW RSW
Lindsay joined the FHT in 2019 and comes with over 10 years working with people who struggle with serious and persistent mental illness.  Lindsay feels it is a privilege to walk alongside people on their path to recovery.  Staying current in best practices is very important to Lindsay and she is frequently exploring new learning opportunities.  In her spare time, Lindsay loves spending time with her family and exploring the trails around Fergus/Elora with her dog.

Nurse Specialists

Alex Innes, RPNTelemedicine Nurse
“The Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) is one of the largest telemedicine networks in the world, helping to deliver clinical care and distance education among health care professionals and patients using live, two-way videoconferencing systems and related diagnostic equipment. In addition to its capacity to bring health care to virtually any patient, anywhere, at any time. The Ontario Telemedicine Network also enhances opportunities for professional development for physicians, allied health care providers, and students. More than 3,000 health care professionals in more than 1175 sites across the province use OTN to deliver care to their patients. This year, alone, OTN will deliver more than 135,000 patient visits.” Ontario Telemedicine Network 2017. 

For more information on Telemedicine services visit  www.otnhub.ca.

Janis Moriarity, RN- Geriatric Specialist
Janis is a Registered Nurse who started with the UGFHT in November 2017. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing through McMaster University/Conestoga College in 2006. In her early career Janis worked in Acute Care Hospital specializing in the areas of cardiac care and vascular access nursing. She has also worked in the community in programs focused on chronic health conditions. Janis’ passion is working with seniors. In her role as Geriatric Nurse Specialist Janis’ goal is to use health promotion and disease prevention strategies to help seniors stay in their homes and in optimum health. She works in collaboration with Family Physicians and Geriatric Specialists for those who require further assessment and care. When she is at home Janis enjoys hiking, entertaining family, and the traditional arts: sewing, knitting, painting and telling stories.

Shelley Lillie, RN, BScN, SHPCN(C) Palliative Specialist
Shelley is the supportive and palliative care nurse who helps people in our community with life threatening illnesses. She provides pain and symptom management, navigation through hospital-community transitions, and end of life planning for the individual and families. Her qualifications include RN, BScN, and a specialized certification in palliative care, CHPCN(C).

Holly Stokman, RN, BScN, CDEChronic Disease Management Nurse
Holly Stokman is a Registered Nurse Specialist in diabetes and smoking cessation.  As a Chronic Disease Management Nurse, Holly offers patients at risk of developing, or currently living with chronic disease(s) greater continuity of care. Providing in-office or home visits and telephone follow-ups, for COPD, CHF, pre-diabetes, T2DM (adult), and smoking cessation counsel. She works with physicians to provide care at diabetes clinics, and can meet one on one for ongoing diabetes management or smoking cessation counseling. In addition to her current role she has nursing experience in community and institutional settings. Holly is passionate about helping people to live well in spite of chronic conditions, to break free from addictions, and to heal their bodies and minds.

Stephanie Pick, RN, BScN, CPMHN(C) – Chronic Disease Management Nurse
As a Chronic Disease Management Nurse, Stephanie will work to provide a greater continuity of care for those patients at risk of developing, or currently living with chronic disease(s). Stephanie provides in-office or home visits and telephone follow-ups, for COPD, CHF, pre-diabetes and T2DM (adult). She works with physicians to provide care at diabetes clinics, and can meet one on one for ongoing diabetes management.  Stephanie brings 9 years of Mental Health nursing experience and will be working with our Mental Health team to develop and implement programs for our clients.


Nurse Practitioners

A Nurse Practitioner (NP) is a nurse with advanced university education who works both independently and in collaboration with other health professionals to provide individuals of all ages with quality health care services. NP’s take care of the physical, emotional, mental and social aspects of their patients’ health needs. They have additional education and advanced decision-making skills in the assessment and diagnosis of acute illnesses and injuries and in the management of chronic illnesses such as diabetes and hypertension. They have the knowledge and authority to prescribe certain medications are are authorized to order laboratory tests, x-rays and other diagnostic tests, as well as refer patients to other healthcare professionals. 

Andrea Blunt-Gaudreault
Andrea was born and raised in Kirkland Lake where she enjoyed winters downhill skiing and summers at her family cottage in Quebec.  Andrea eventually left the great white north to complete a BScN degree at Queen’s University in Kingston.  She was subsequently employed with Toronto Public Health in the Sexual Health department followed by the Family Health department where she worked as a French language Public Health Nurse for the Healthy Babies Healthy Children program. She worked mainly with French speaking immigrants and refugees for a number of years before leaving to travel the world with her husband.  The two traveled extensively through Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and numerous central and eastern European countries before returning home to refocus on their careers.  Andrea feels that she gained tremendous cultural knowledge and understanding through both her personal travel and work experience.

After much debate, Andrea left Public Health in 2005 and decided to return to a more clinical focus.  She completed her Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner Master’s Degree in 2008 and has since been employed with the UGFHT where she hopes to remain until her estimated date of retirement in 2037!  Andrea and her family are happy to call the communities of Elora and Fergus “home”.  Andrea looks forward to collaboratively supporting you and your family for years to come!

Julia Hutton
Julia graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from McMaster University in 2006.  She then worked as an RN in the Emergency Department at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, before travelling to Australia to work for a year. There she worked in various hospital and primary care settings in the Sydney area with her now-husband, who grew up there.  She completed her Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner and Masters of Science in Nursing Program at York University in Toronto in 2011.  Upon graduation, she worked as a Primary Care NP with the Guelph Family Health Team before joining the UGFHT in 2014.  Her experiences have developed her passion for a holistic approach to preventative health care, women’s and children’s health, and chronic disease management, as well as caring for all patients throughout their lifespan.  Outside of her work she loves hiking, cooking, travelling and spending time with her husband and two beautiful young daughters.

Kristin Johnson
Kristin is a Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner who has been with the UGFHT since 2008. She has a long history in Public Health with sexual health, women’s health and health promotion. Kristin’s passion for herself and others is a healthy lifestyle to obtain optimal health and prevention of illnesses. She especially enjoys all outdoor activities, especially sailing, kayaking and paddle boarding. Walking in the woods and doing yoga is also a strong interest for the meditative benefits. Kristin and her husband have three sons in their twenties who are mostly in the West pursuing more rigorous outdoor pursuits.

Colleen Loree
Colleen Loree is a Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner who has been with the Family Health Team since 2015 and serves patients of the Grand River Family Physicians clinic in Fergus. She has a nursing background in the Intensive Care Unit and Cardiac Surgery/Coronary Care Unit in Kitchener, as well as the Emergency Department at Groves Memorial Community Hospital. She also has shared her knowledge by teaching nursing students at Conestoga College. She has a passion for comprehensive, evidence-based mental health, sexual health, and chronic pain management. Colleen delights in the knowledge that the Nurse Practitioner role allows her to spend more time with her patients in order to understand their health challenges (and assets) so she can be a resource for their pursuit of health goals. In her leisure time Colleen enjoys competitive, synchronized skating, playing with her daughter, running, camp nursing, and planning family travel adventures.

Barb Wagg
Barb Wagg is a Primary Care Nurse Practitioner who works with patients out of the Arthur Family Health Center; she is also a member of the memory clinic team in Fergus. She enjoys educating patients on health promotion and prevention. Before becoming a Nurse Practitioner in 2009 she worked for nine years as a registered nurse in the Emergency Room at the Guelph General Hospital. She lives on a horse farm outside of Damascus with her husband, son, and two daughters. In her spare time enjoys reading, skiing, and riding horses with her family.

Occupational Therapist

Karin McEachern, OT Reg. (Ont.)
Karin is an Occupational Therapist with over 20 years of experience who has worked predominantly in community based care.  She has been an ADP mobility devices authorizer for  20 years and has advanced training in chronic pain self- management.  In addition to working at the Upper Grand FHT, she runs a Chronic pain self- management program at the Stratford FHT and works on the Rural Wellington Low Back Pain Program.  She is dedicated to assisting clients towards improving their independent self -management of any chronic conditions to help maximize their functional independence and safety.

Karin has 3 sons and a husband who also keep her quite busy.  In her spare time, she enjoys singing, crocheting and socializing with friends.

Outreach Worker

Nikki Reaume
Nikki has been with the UGFHT since June 2015 and is an Outreach Worker with the Rural Wellington Community Team (RWCT). The Rural Wellington Community Team understands that it’s hard to reach out and find the resources you need, when you need them. They work in the community and with each rural health team to connect you to community agencies, help you to navigate social programs, and support you when family or friends can’t help. The RWCT knows that there are many factors in your life that can affect your health.


Cora Van Zutphen, RPh
Cora Van Zutphen graduated from Dalhousie University College of Pharmacy in 2004, receiving awards for Evidence-Based Clinical Practice and Natural Medicines Recognition.  She was born and raised in Newfoundland and moved to Ontario to be close to family.

At the Family Health Team you can find Cora providing Asthma education, Chronic Pain assessments, medication reviews and drug information.  Cora is an active member of the FHT IT/Medical Records and  Quality committees.  She has been a participant of the Wellington Guelph Drug Strategy Rx Drug Working Group, the Ontario Primary Care Team Pharmacists Working Group and the Ontario Renal Network initiative to improve safety of medication prescribing in patients with chronic kidney disease.

Outside of working hours Cora enjoys spending time with her family, running with her high energy canine companions and attempting Pinterest DIY projects.

Physician Assistant

Physician Assistants (PA) are healthcare professionals who practice medicine as members of a team with their supervising physicians.  As part of their comprehensive responsibilities, The UGFHT PA conducts physical exams, diagnoses and treats illnesses, orders and interprets tests, counsels on preventive health care, and prescribes medications. 

Cathy Verity, BSc., MSc., BHsc.PA
Cathy completed her Bachelor of Sciences and Master of Sciences at the University of Guelph.   She was in the second class to graduate from McMaster’s Physician Assistant Program.  Cathy joined the UGFHT in 2011 and primarily works with the Geddes Medical Group in Elora. She, also, enjoys working with the Memory Clinic Team in Fergus monthly.  Cathy is the proud mom of three children, of whom she loves camping, getting outdoors and listening and playing music with!  Cathy is an advocate in her role as a Physician Assistant and is happy to answer any questions you may have about the profession!

Administrative Staff

Dr. Amanda Kamminga – Medical Director
The primary responsibility of the Medical Director role is to provide leadership within the FHT related to quality of care, access to care and efficiency of care delivery. In this role Dr. Kamminga collaborates with the Executive Director and all members of the inter-disciplinary team to provide leadership regarding Access of Care, Clinical Coverage and Support, Quality and Risk Management, as well as representing the organization at various local and regional tables. Dr. Kamminga is also currently a practicing physician at the Riverview Medical Group – Lower Level.

Kristin Kathiravelu – Executive Director
Ensuring service excellence is of utmost importance to Kristin. As an integral member of the team, the Executive Director reports to the organization’s Board of Directors to advise on matters of policy and risk, quality monitoring, evaluation and human resources. Kristin also supports service planning and delivery by actively developing team-based, patient-centered programs that meet the highest standards of care. She works with the Board of Directors to develop and execute the organization’s strategic plans and acts as a liaison with community partners and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Outside of working hours, Kristin enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, staying active and enjoying all that Centre Wellington has to offer.

Hilary Blackett – Manager Quality & Programs
As Manager, Quality and Programs, Hilary works on aligning the programs and services provided by the FHT to the needs of the community and our local physicians. Hilary is responsible for program design, implementation and evaluation at the FHT and for advancing our strategic principle of continuous quality improvement within the organization. Hilary collaborates with clinical staff to establish goals and benchmarks, and processes to improve service delivery to meet the needs of our clients. Hilary is a resident of Fergus and is passionate about improving the care and overall well-being of the population in our region. Hilary has two young children and likes to spend her time outdoors playing sports and keeping active.

Niharika Kumar – EMR/IT Specialist
As EMR/IT Specialist, Niharika  is responsible for providing ongoing Electronic Medical Record (EMR) support, assistance, and training to Clinicians and administrative staff. She is also responsible for coordination and implementation of digital tools and solutions within the Family Health Team and the Family Health Organization. Previously, Niharika has worked as a Privacy Analyst  and is very happy to be a part of the Upper Grand FHT.  She resides in Waterloo with her husband and enjoys spending time with her family, watching movies and is very passionate about dancing. 

Nicole Bird – Human Resources Manager/Executive Assistant
As Human Resources Manager & Executive Assistant, Nicole is responsible for managing all aspects of human resources for the Family Health Team, as well as providing administrative support to the Executive Director, members of the Board, Medical Director and staff. She has worked in a Family Health Team since 2011 and is very happy to be a part of the Upper Grand FHT in her hometown of Centre Wellington. When not at work Nicole enjoys spending time with her family, walking and being outside, especially in the summer.

Lucy De Finis – Administrative Assistant
Lucy moved to Fergus nineteen years ago with her husband and three young children. Nine years after moving to Fergus her family added a new member to the family, a Bichon Frisée Poodle named Tiffany. She returned to the work force after sixteen years of staying at home.  Lucy has been the Receptionist with the UGFHT since 2009 and couldn’t have asked for a better place to work. Her focus is to make clients feel welcomed when they enter our office, as well as answer any questions or concerns our clients may have.

Outside of working hours, Lucy’s passion is to prepare authentic Italian and gourmet meals for family and friends. In addition to her passion for cooking, she also looks forward to every spring when she plants her vegetable garden. It’s a very small garden but it’s enough to put her gardening skills to the test… evidently, to the benefit of the FHT staff, she always plants too many tomatoes!

Commitment to Quality

The Upper Grand Family Health Team is committed to ensuring that our programs and services meet the highest levels of quality and that principles of ongoing improvement are incorporated into our daily patient care and organizational planning activities. We collaborate with our partners at the local, regional and provincial levels to ensure that our healthcare system meets the goals outlined in Health Quality Ontario’s (HQO’s) 2015 Quality Matters: Realizing Excellent Care for All report.

Our Quality Committee consists of interdisciplinary staff and physicians who work collaboratively to develop annual Quality Improvement Plans, which are public commitments to meeting quality improvement targets that positively impact patient care. This plan is submitted to HQO and the committee meets regularly to discuss our progress and performance on the indicators that are selected as priorities.

Our 2019-20 UGFHT Quality Improvement Plan outlines the following goals:

  • Improving the patient experience through involving clients in decisions about their care
  • Improving rates of cervical cancer screening
  • Improving rates of colorectal cancer screening
  • Improving childhood vaccination rates
  • Improving electronic documentation of chronic kidney disease in patient records 
  • Decreasing wait times for mental health therapy

Current membership of the Upper Grand Family Health Team Quality Committee is as follows:

Dr. Amanda Kamminga
Amy Waugh, Dietitian
Colleen Loree, Nurse Practitioner (co-chair)
Cora Van Zutphen, Clinical Pharmacist
Dr. Fil Incitti
Hilary Blackett, Manager Quality & Programs (co-chair)
Julia Hutton, Nurse Practitioner
Dr. Julie Ray
Melody Mann, Mental Health Therapist
Dr. Nancy Rose-Janes


If you have questions or would like more information please contact the UGFHT Executive Director, Kristin Kathiravelu at info@uppergrandfht.org.


The Upper Grand Family Health Team is administered by a Board of Directors composed of members of the Upper Grand Family Health Organization and community stakeholders. The Board’s role is to set strategic directions, develop high level policies, allocate financial resources, and set and evaluate program goals.

The Executive Director and the Family Health Team Medical Director report to the Board, while the allied health professionals report to the Executive Director.

Current Board of Directors:

(Vacant) – Board Chair

(Vacant) – Vice-Chair

Dr. Alison Williams – Past Chair

Dr. Robert Norrie – FHO Lead Physician

Andrew Goldie – Treasurer

Kristin Kathiravelu – Board Secretary

Stephen Street – GMCH Representative

Ian Hornsby – GMCH Representative

Join Our Team

The Upper Grand Family Health Team is committed to being a great place to work. We offer a comprehensive pension plan and health and dental benefits, a safe and supportive work environment, many career development opportunities and the satisfaction of contributing to a healthy future for the residents of Centre Wellington.

Please email careers@uppergrandfht.org if you are interested in learning more about career options at our Family Health Team .

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