Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre – Owen Sound – Clinical Services
The clinical services staff is a group of health care providers who work together to give you the best possible integrated services for your health needs. The team includes:
- Family Physicians (doctors)
- Nurse Practitioners (NPs)
- Registered Practical Nurses & Registered Nurses (RPNs & RNs)
- Other health professionals who provide specific services such as Chiropody (foot care), Physiotherapy, Nutrition, Diabetes Education, and Harm Reduction
Doctor and Nurse Practitioner Services
We provide health care throughout the lifespan, from infancy to elderly. Unless there is an urgent matter, you will need to fill out an information form and have an intake appointment. You will meet with a nurse so we can learn a little more about you and your health needs. Then you are booked for a physical examination which may include blood work and/or routine preventative care and screening.
SOAHAC staff work with you to select the healing path of your choice. They make sure you are part of decision making in your health and wellness plan. If you choose, your health provider will collaborate with the traditional healing team, so that you also have access to traditional Indigenous medicines and practices.
What is a Nurse Practitioner?
At SOAHAC, your primary health care provider might be a doctor, or it might be a nurse practitioner. Nurse practitioners (NPs) are nurses with extended education that allows them to provide a full range of health care services for you and your family. They work in partnership with other members of the health care team, and they are able to meet all of your primary health care needs, including all of the examples provided above.
Kelsey Young- Nurse Practitioner
Kelsey Young has been working in nursing since 2008 after she graduated from University of Ottawa with a BScN. She worked primarily in forensic psychiatry in Ottawa until she pursued her MN through Athabasca University, where she graduated in March 2017. She has spent the last 3.5 years working in primary care in a rural community setting, including a community funded walk in clinic. She also was responsible for creating and servicing primary care and sexual health care clinics for the Haliburton Youth Wellness Hub. She also has varied experiences in work settings including long term care and home care nursing. In her spare time she enjoys learning new songs on her ukulele, singing and spending time enjoying nature.
OWEN SOUND INTEGRATED CARE TEAM
Stacey Elder — Registered Practical Nurse (RPN)
Stacey graduated from the RPN program at Georgian College in 2009. She spent three years working in long term care, six and a half years in primary care, and most recently as Clinical Placement Staff teaching PSWs and RPNs at Georgian College. Stacey lives in Owen Sound with her husband and two sons.
Dr. Andrew Jeffery – Family Physician
Dr. Andrew is a 5thgeneration settler of Scottish and English descent. He grew up on Manitoulin Island (Mnidoo Mnis), traditional Anishinaabe – Ojibwe lands, and is incredibly grateful to have called such a wonderful place home. He now lives in part of the Chippewas of Saugeen Ojibwe Territory, in the town of Southampton, with his partner Katelin, a physiotherapist and their dog Addie (Adirondack). Dr. Andrew went to high school in M’Chigeeng on the Island, then took Kinesiology at Waterloo University. He attended Medical School in Victoria BC through the University of British Columbia where he worked in an after school program with Tsawout First Nation. He then returned to complete Family Medicine training in Peterborough and worked intermittently up in a clinic on Wahta Mohawk First Nations. Dr. Andrew also completed Emergency Medicine training in Kingston, Ontario. He loves the Owen Sound area for the lakes and shorelines, the woods and hills and the opportunities that they provide. As an active outdoors person, he enjoys canoe/kayaking and biking when the weather is right and Nordic skiing and snowshoeing when the snow comes.
Kasandra Smart, RPN – Registered Practical Nurse
Kasandra has been a registered practical nurse since 2006. She has worked previously in geriatrics, addictions and family health teams. In her down time, Kasandra enjoys the company of her husband Brent and trying to keep up with her two daughters who are very spirited.