Marathon Family Practice

The Marathon Physician Associate Group (MPAG) is a progressive and innovative practice with 8 associate physicians that was established in 1996. We employ 7 administrative staff who support our practice. In 2005, MPAG became affiliated with the Marathon Family Health Team, which is an inter-professional clinic that employs various healthcare providers (social worker, dietitian, RPNs, RN, NPs, physician assistant, health promoter), an epidemiologist and administrative and management staff, including a clinic director. Together, we serve a local population of 3,100, as well as Biigtigong Nishnaabeg and Netmizaaggamig Nishnaabeg First Nations communities (total approximately 4200). Our spacious clinic features 18 exam rooms and is located next to the hospital with doctors sharing a large open-style office offering lots of opportunity for corridor consults.

We are also a teaching facility for the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, so host medical students and residents on a regular basis. We also welcome locum physicians on a regular basis to maintain and provide quality healthcare within our community.

Marathon Family Practice has received the following awards:

2022 Learner-Nominated Teacher Award – Dr. Lily DeMiglio. A significant award determined by the medical students at NOSM University. 
2022 Rural Health Champion Award – Brett Redden. This award is a presented to a non-physician who has had a significant impact on rural health care delivery, either through clinical care or system level impact in a community, province, or nationally.
2020 Society of Rural Physicians of Canada (SRPC) Fellowship of Rural and Remote Medicine Award – Dr. Barb Zelek
2019 Innovation Fund Award- Dr. Eliseo Orrantia
2018 Association of Family Health Team’s (AFHTO)- Marathon FHT awarded for its 2018 Scalable Opioid Pilot Program (HARMS program)
2018 CFPC Early Career Development Award and the Team Williams Family Medicine Innovation Grant- Dr. Ryan Patchett-Marble
2013 OCFP Family Physician of the Year – Dr. Sarah Newbery (appointed OCFP President November 2015)
2010/2012 NOSM Preceptor of the Year – Dr. Eliseo Orrantia
2009 OCFP Family Practice of the Year

For more information about the Marathon Family Health Team and the programs and service they offer, please visit the “About Us” and “Programs & Services” sections of the website.

Locum and Learner Information

Before your locum or placement, consider preparing yourself by reviewing the information provided in the pages below:


Do you have a passion for rural remote medicine? Seeking a break from city life and the long commutes? How about a 10 minute commute… on foot!

This beautiful area of the north shore of Lake Superior offers many post-work activities. In the summer, we have mountain biking, tennis, hiking, golf, ultimate frisbee, fishing, volleyball and more.. Sea-kayaking is fabulous on the big lake – we are happy to lend you kayaks or canoes. Neys Provincial Park and Pukaskwa National Park are each twenty minutes away. In the winter, we have cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, skating, hiking, indoor swimming, ice fishing, skidooing and more. All recreational activities are free to locums.

More information for locums, including a locum package, can be found here.

For additional support or any locum related questions, please contact Brett Redden, Physician/Healthcare Professional Recruiter at: 807-228-0406 or [email protected].


The following orientation package will assist you before and during your placement with our award winning team: Learner Orientation.

Should you need further assistance about all that the community has to offer during your placement here, please contact Brett Redden, Physician/Healthcare Professional Recruiter at: 807-228-0406 or [email protected].

For clinical questions, or questions regarding the learning experience, please contact Dr. Sarah Newbery, local learner coordinator at: [email protected].