Physician: The key role of the family physician is to provide continuous care to individual patients and their family members over the course of their lifetime. The physician will coordinate the patient’s care and help them navigate through the health care system. Our physicians work with other health care professionals on our team to offer additional programs and services aimed at providing care that is more accessible and comprehensive.
Family physicians have expert knowledge about the health care system, health promotion and health maintenance, a wide range of common problems seen by patients in their community and less common life threatening urgent and emergent problems of patients from all age groups. Family physicians are also experienced in overseeing the care of patients with complex multi-system problems as well as managing patients with newly identified problems that are vague and not well-defined.
In addition to providing health care, the Marathon Family Health Team physicians also teach Medical Residents and Students.
Dr.’s Megen Brunskill, Nancy Fitch, Sarah Newbery, Eliseo Orrantia, Ryan Patchett-Marble, Jesse Zroback, Sayali Tadwalkar and Barbara Zelek are our Family Physicians.
Nurse Practitioner: A registered nurse who earns extended class designation has successfully demonstrated his/her competence to the College of Nurses of Ontario as a primary health care nurse practitioner. The nurse practitioner is a registered nurse with additional education to prepare him/her for advanced nursing practice in the provision of primary health care to individuals, families and communities.
The Marathon Family Health Team nurse practitioner will provide comprehensive health services encompassing health promotion, prevention of diseases and injuries, episodic illness, rehabilitation and support / system navigation services.
Physician Assistant: The physician assistant is a health care provider who works under the supervision of a physician who holds a valid certificate of registration from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. The physician assistant is not an autonomous practitioner, so all tasks must be assigned or delegated to the physician assistant by the supervising physician. Typically, the Marathon Family Health Team physician assistant provides medical care to all patients based on mutually agreed upon guidelines. Jodi Kennedy is our Physician Assistant.
Our Health Care Provider Team
Registered Dietitian: Dietitians are health care professionals, who apply their unique body of knowledge and expertise to support people in understanding and applying the principles of healthy eating throughout the entire lifecycle. Dietitians are educated in the science and management of nutrition and dietetics.
As a member of the Marathon Family Health Team, the registered dietitian is contributing to health promotion and illness prevention strategies, and developing specialized nutrition therapy and rehabilitation / support strategies to address specific nutrition-related illnesses. Michelle Stevens is our Registered Dietitian.
Registered Nurses and Registered Practical Nurses: The practice of nursing is the promotion of health and the assessment of, the provision of care for, and the treatment of health conditions by supportive, preventive, therapeutic, palliative and rehabilitative means in order to attain or maintain optimal function (Nursing Act 1991 c.32 s.3).
All nursing practice is grounded on the principles of primary health care. Registered nurses are able to autonomously meet the nursing care needs of clients whose needs are not well defined / established or are changing. Registered Nurses are accountable for their own professional practice.
Registered practical nurses can independently care for clients whose care needs are well defined and the health condition is well controlled. Registered Practical Nurse’s are responsible for their own professional practice. Candace Gendron and Shannon Blake are our Registered Nurses. Ada Parsons and Faith Twance are our Registered Practical Nurses.
Social Worker: The goal of social work practice is to restore, maintain and enhance emotional and social functioning by mobilizing strengths, supporting coping capacities, modifying ineffective patterns of relating and behaving, linking people to necessary resources, alleviating environmental stressors and providing psychosocial education related to wellness and subjective well being.
The scope of practice of social workers entails the “assessment, diagnosis, treatment and evaluation of individual, interpersonal and societal problems through the use of social work knowledge, skills, interventions and strategies to assist individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations to achieve optimum psychosocial and social functioning”. (Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice, 2000). Shelley Heavens is our Social Worker.