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Physicians

Doctors save lives every day, and work hard to maintain our health with high-quality care when it's needed most.  Doctors are also leaders in evolving the health care system to improve access to care and ensure that our system is effective, efficient and sustainable for the future.  MAHC is pleased to join the Ontario Medical Association in recognizing their fantastic work on May 1, which in 2011 was officially proclaimed provincially as Doctors' Day. It falls on the birthday of Canada's first female physician Dr. Emily Stowe.

At MAHC, physicians with hospital privileges provide care for patients in the hospital and in a variety of specialized clinical settings.  Our physicians can be seen in the Emergency Department, the Operating Room, and supporting other clinical areas such as chemotherapy and dialysis.  Beyond the bedside, our doctors support treatment for patients through diagnostics, and teach medical learners and residents through preceptorship. 

Allow us to introduce...

Introducing Dr. David McLindenDr. David McLinden has enjoyed practicing rural medicine for over 20 years. After training in northern Ontario and seven years in Sioux Lookout, Dr. McLinden started a family practice in Huntsville in 2000. He is also an Emergency Dept. physician and continues to deliver babies. Dr. McLinden's commitment to safe, quality care extends beyond the bedside to community-based medical education at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine and McMaster University. "Medical learners are so cutting edge and their enthusiasm is contagious, but the best part is that I often see them again practicing here," he says.

 

 

 

 

Introducing Dr. Vicki DechertDr. Vicki Dechert is committed to quality. She brings a physician's voice to MAHC's Quality Council and chairs a medical committee that oversees quality and patient safety. She first came to Muskoka in 1988 for locum work and spent 20 years in the Emergency Dept. Dr. Dechert is a retired coroner and also worked to establish the previous Muskoka Sexual Health Clinic. In 2007, she started a geriatric practice and in 2012 found her calling as the physician lead of the multi-disciplinary Seniors Assessment and Support Outreach Team. Since 2009, she has supported the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, teaching medical students and other learners.

 

 

 

Introducing Dr. Roy KirkpatrickDr. Roy Kirkpatrick is a well-known surgeon in the community having spent the last 27 years at the Huntsville site. He is one of six general surgeons at MAHC and came to Muskoka after a two-year stint in Papua New Guinea where he and his wife volunteered with Cuso. He is known for his contributions to health care outside of Muskoka as a volunteer aid worker with the Canadian Red Cross Emergency Response Team, which took him to Haiti in 2010. In addition, Dr. Kirkpatrick travels to Iqaluit annually to provide locum support for that community.

 

 

 

 

Introducing Dr. Sandi AdamsonDr. Sandi Adamson has a passion for obstetrics and spends much of her time with moms-to-be in the antenatal clinic. She says the shared-care model in the clinic is the "epitome of how teams should work together." Five years ago she graduated with the charter class of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine and completed her residency in Family Medicine. Since that time she has been working in various nearby communities and now shares a family practice in Bracebridge. Dr. Adamson has previous careers with The District of Muskoka and the Canadian Armed Forces.

 

 

 


Introducing Dr. Hector RoldanSurgery is a big part of Dr. Hector Roldan's upbringing. His father was a surgeon and helped to influence Dr. Roldan to tailor his education to surgery early in medical school. Originally from Guatemala, Dr. Roldan has been practicing as a Laparoscopic/Endoscopic General Surgeon at MAHC since 2007. The collegiality at the hospital makes the work environment very enjoyable, he says, and he feels privileged to be supported by an excellent surgical & medical team, and top-notch nurses. Dr. Roldan is married with two sons, and enjoys outdoor activities year-round from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling in the winter to boating in the summer months.

 

 

 

Introducing Dr. Stacey ErvenWhen you have to visit the Emergency Dept., chances are you may be seen by Dr. Stacey Erven. A recent graduate of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, she completed her third year clerkship at the SMMH Site and was delighted to return to the hospital to start her career in a place she had become familiar with during training. Dr. Erven is proud to be part of such a professional and supportive team of physicians and allied health care professionals at MAHC. She says the opportunities for teaching and leadership and breadth of clinical cases are rewarding. She grew up on a small hobby farm in Sundridge and enjoys kayaking, hiking, snowshoeing, and horseback riding in her spare time.

 

 

 

Introducing Dr. Caroline CorreiaDr. Caroline Correia is a new face at MAHC and in the community. She studied Kinesiology and obtained a degree in Education that she put to good use for three years as a high school teacher and coach. She then attended medical school and discovered a second career in medicine. Dr. Correia was raised in a small town in southwestern Ontario where she comes from a large Portuguese family. The charm and natural setting of Huntsville, where she did a portion of her training, drew her to start a family practice and settle in the area with her husband and two young children. Her commitment is to her patients, ongoing medical education and health care delivery.



 

  

Introducing Dr. Keith CrossDr. Keith Cross has been a family doctor for decades. Over the years he has cared for patients in hospital settings like the Emergency Dept. and the Delivery Room. Of late he balances his office practice with seeing patients in the hospital. He provides care in the Complex Continuing Care Unit, he is the "house doctor" for the local prisons, and the Medical Director at The Pines. As a general practitioner, Dr. Cross likes that he is able to practice and participate in a variety of ways. His daughter recently began nursing part-time in his office. He enjoys skiing, hockey and soccer in his free time and likes to travel and camp.

 

 

 

Introducing Dr. Melanie MarDr. Melanie Mar was eager to return to her hometown 10 years ago to start a family practice in Huntsville. A trained Occupational Therapist, she attended McMaster medical school, and residency through the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. Dr. Mar chairs the Family Practice Committee at MAHC where she is directly involved in identifying quality improvement initiatives to improve care and safety. As the lead physician at the Algonquin Family Health Team, she works collaboratively with MAHC on strategies that improve transitions from hospital to home. She thrives on the diversity of rural practice and is grateful to work alongside an amazing team of medical professionals.

 

 

 

Introducing Dr. Tina KapposImproving obstetrical care at MAHC has been a big focus for Dr. Tina Kappos since relocating to Muskoka in 1997. Amidst providing a family practice in Bracebridge, Dr. Kappos helped to initiate a prenatal care clinic at SMMH for expecting moms with a small group of physician colleagues. This model prompted an Award of Excellence in Obstetrical Care from the Ontario chapter of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada. Dr. Kappos has also chaired the Obstetrics Committee at MAHC for a decade and has also facilitated MAHC's participation in the MOREOB quality improvement program. She loves travelling and family life with her surgeon husband and three daughters.

 

 

 

Introducing Dr. John SimpsonDr. John Simpson was looking for a small-town setting and like-minded medical professionals when he joined the MAHC family in 2012. He has provided patient care in both Emergency Departments ever since and is committed to improving quality and efficiency of patient care. Keen to develop his leadership skills, Dr. Simpson became MAHC's Medical Director of Emergency two years ago. Recruiting young, dynamic emergency doctors and watching them grow has been an exciting element of his work. Dr. Simpson is also a consultant for the North Muskoka Nurse-Practitioner Led Clinic. Say hi if you see him on the soccer pitch with his wife Jen watching their two sons play soccer.


 

 

 

Dr. Tyler JohnstonBorn and raised in Halifax, Dr. Tyler Johnston was recruited to MAHC in 2015 as a full-time emergency physician.  Dr. Johnston completed studies in both psychology and health policy at Queen's University and attended medical school at McMaster University.  He has a Masters in Public Health from Harvard University and pursued additional training in emergency medicine from Dalhousie University. He worked in a number of East Coast communities during his residency.  According to Dr. Johnston, the close-knit medical community and the broader community's support for the hospitals drew him to Muskoka.  The local amenities, attractions and activities were also appealing.  Dr. Johnston's wife Dominique is a veterinarian and together they have acquired a collection of misfits from her work, including a double amputee cat and a dog who is scared of the water but likes to paddleboard.  Dr. Johnston is part of a local men's basketball league and has become hooked on kayaking since moving to the area.

 

 

Introducing Dr. Jonathan RheeDr. Jonathan Rhee is a Urologist who completed his undergraduate and medical school at University of Western Ontario, and his Urology residency at Queen's University.  Before moving his family to Muskoka, Dr. Rhee was a practising Urologist in Cambridge and Richmond Hill.  Dr. Rhee is a published researcher and received a number of scholarships throughout his surgical studies for academic performance and has co-authored a mobile app focused on preparation for emergent medical situations.  Dr. Rhee is looking forward to helping the region with urologic issues, including voiding problems, urinary infections, kidney stones, prostate/kidney/bladder cancers, and men's health.  He has a love of winter sports, having been a competitive skier and curler at the provincial level.  He and his wife are getting settled in Bracebridge, where Urology is based at South Muskoka Memorial Hospital.  His favourite activity outside of work is whatever his baby daughter wants to do... and golf.  "Golf is alright, too," he jokes. 

 

 

Introducing Dr. Mike MasonDr. Mike Mason is a family doctor who graduated medical school at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, of which he spent his third-year community clerkship working at the Bracebridge Medical Arts Centre with Dr. Ken Hotson.  He is the newest physician to join the Cottage Country Family Health Team. Dr. Mason also holds a Bachelor in Life Science with Honours from Queen's University and a Bachelor of Nursing from Lakehead University.  Prior to locating to Bracebridge, he completed his Family Practice and Emergency Medicine residency at Queen's University.  Dr. Mason was born and raised in Thunder Bay where he grew up a sports enthusiast and avid outdoorsman, enjoying fishing and small game hunting. He also has an artistic side as a trained classical baritone vocalist.  Dr. Mason and his wife Allie, a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit nurse, have young two children: Beau and Pippa.