Family Health Programs & Clinics
Participation in our family health programs requires a referral from your family doctor or nurse practitioner.
Ask your doctor or nurse practitioner if our family health programs may be right for you.
Let’s Get Walking!
This program offers patients of all ages and different fitness levels medically-supervised walking in the shopping mall in Lindsay. Let’s Get Walking is offered one hour a week, all year round. Pedometers are used to track individual progress and motivate participants to increase their step count throughout the year.
FHT Staff: Debbie McLeod, RN, BScN; Tanya Nye, Occupational Therapist
Get W.I.T.H It Walking Group (CKL FHT and Community Care CKL)
Get W.I.T.H It offers patients of all ages a chance to walk in a warm, safe environment during the winter months. The program is offered at L.C.V.I. for one hour twice a week from November to the end of April and is suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Pedometers are used to track their progress and step logs are kept so patients can see and track their progress each week.
FHT Staff: Debbie McLeod, RN.
The Healthy You program is a lifestyle modification program tailored for patients ready to make behavioural changes within their diet, activity level and body image.
The program consists of five classes once a week for two hours. The first part of each class focuses on activity and exercise led by a registered nurse. The second part of the class teaches nutrition and is led by the dietitian. We also will be going on an optional 15-20 minute walk. Pedometers are used to track individual progress. Additionally, individual follow-up sessions are offered with the dietitian after completion of the program.
FHT Staff: Erin Jenkins, Registered Dietitian; Debbie McLeod, RN
* Heartwise designated programs follow a number of criteria set out by the University of Ottawa’s Heart Institute and are suitable for patients with, or at risk of developing cardiac disease or other chronic health conditions.
Craving Change Workshop
Craving Change is a group program that focuses on why we eat the way we do. This four week workshop is designed for individuals who struggle to maintain healthy eating habits, suffer from emotional eating, are frustrated with weight loss/diet programs and/or want to feel more in control of their eating. Patients learn self-awareness skills and strategies that promote cognitive and behavioural change with regard to problematic eating. The program also provides the opportunity for interactive discussion and sharing of experiences with others in the group.
FHT Staff: Erin Jenkins, Registered Dietitian; Lisa Ann Janveaux, Clinical Social Worker.
Pain Self-Management Workshop
Six, two-hour education sessions are offered for patients to address the difficulties commonly associated with chronic pain. The sessions will offer solutions and provide a venue for sharing experiences to enhance patients’ capacity to manage their health. Sessions employ only non-pharmaceutical, self-management approaches to care using psycho-education and occupational/lifestyle techniques to complement patients’ existing treatment.
FHT Staff: Dr. Greg Sweitzer, Clinical Psychologist; Tanya Nye, Occupational Therapist
Stressbusters! Anxiety Education Workshop
Three, two-hour, discussion-based classes teach patients about the causes and effects of anxiety and offers practical coping strategies. Stressbusters! Is not group therapy. This program is especially suited for patients experiencing unhealthy levels of stress in daily life, relationships and/or the workplace.
FHT Staff: Dr. Greg Sweitzer, Clinical Psychologist
Implementing the Ministry of Health’s STOP Program, this program helps patients understand the underlying reasons for smoking, develop a “quit plan” and select a “quit date”. Ongoing clinical support and motivational coaching are provided. Free nicotine replacement products are available. Our family health team has obtained one of the highest quit-smoking rates in Ontario.
FHT Staff: Roxanne Davies, RN; Cindy Billiaert, Respiratory Therapist; Lesley Broadworth, RN; Ashleigh Knight RN; Kylie Pankhurst, RN
Mindfulness Meditation Group
This six-week program teaches patients to connect with their inner strength, wisdom and healing nature. Mindful meditation has proven effective in the treatment of stress-related ailments, anxiety, hypertension and chronic pain. Follow-up sessions are held once a month to allow patients to reconnect and practice techniques learned in the program.
FHT Staff: Lorraine Gregson, Clinical Social Worker
The memory clinic provides “one stop” patient care from a team of health professionals trained to assess memory and cognitive impairment as well as factors that impact memory. The clinic provides standardized testing, assessments and treatment plans for patients experiencing cognitive impairment, memory loss, and/or early onset dementia, as well as their caregivers. Treatments, medications and community resources may be advised, in consultation with patients’ primary care provider, including a possible recommendation that the patient retire from driving. Additional support is provided on site by the Alzheimer’s Society of Peterborough and Kawartha Lakes.
FHT Staff: Debbie McLeod, RN; Tanya Nye, Occupational Therapist; Lorraine Gregson, Clinical Social Worker; Gaye Trider, RPN; Beth Syvret, Pharmacist.
Physicians: Dr. P. Anderson, Dr. E.T. Ready
Healthy Lung- Asthma/ COPD Education
Individual referral visits help patients learn to manage their asthma or COPD. Patients are provided information and education on their condition, medication delivery devices, symptoms and triggers. Spirometry can also be conducted. Individual action plans are developed to encourage self-management and improve quality of life. In collaboration with the Ross Memorial Hospital and the Community Health Centre, the program provides seven education sessions, once a week for one hour. These education sessions are free and open to all members of the community living with COPD.
FHT Staff: Cindy Billiaert, Respiratory Therapist
Foot Care - Healthy Feet and You
For “most at risk” patients (e.g. diabetes) and those who cannot care for their feet or afford chiropody. Circulation, skin and nail conditions will be monitored. Patients will also be educated on self-care, hygiene and appropriate footwear.
FHT Staff: Wendy Lenters, RN, Foot Care Specialist
The Anticoagulant Clinic provides patient education and point-of-care INR testing for patients taking warfarin. The clinic is held three mornings each week. Eligible patients include those newly initiated on warfarin, requiring bridging, with labile INRs or difficult phlebotomy. Patients have their INR tested on site and receive dose adjustments during their appointment. Screening for drug interactions and any adverse effects of warfarin are performed at each visit.
FHT Staff: Beth Syvret, Pharmacist
Insomnia Solutions Workshop
This workshop offers five, two-hour sessions facilitated by our Clinical Psychologist. Patients learn practical skills to change their thinking and behaviour for improved sleep. This workshop is beneficial for people struggling with chronic insomnia.
FHT Staff: Dr. Greg Sweitzer, Clinical Psychologist; Beth Syvret, Pharmacist