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The Physician Recruitment Taskforce of Sarnia Lambton in partnership with the North Lambton Community Health Centre are proud to announce the recruitment of Dr. Elisa Fuller.

Dr. Fuller will be working 4-days per week at the North Lambton Community Health Centre at the Forest and Kettle Point sites. Kathy Bresset, Executive Director for the Health Centre noted the position became available when a couple of longer term physicians adjusted their current schedules.

Dr. Elisa Fuller was born in Bright’s Grove, which put Sarnia Lambton on her radar when she began the decision process of where to practice. Carly Nienhuis, Recruitment/Coordinator for the Taskforce says, “We are thrilled to have Dr. Fuller joining the medical community in Sarnia Lambton. She is a great addition!”  Alongside the recruitment of Dr. Fuller, her partner; an Emergency Medicine Physician, will be joining the team at Bluewater Health.

The North Lambton Community Health Centre provides primary health care, health promotion and chronic disease services to clients in Sarnia, Forest, Kettle Point, Watford and surrounding communities.

“The recruitment of Dr. Fuller marks 3 female family physicians the Taskforce has brought to Lambton Shores in 2 years working with Kathy Bresset!” says Nienhuis. The partnership between the Taskforce and the North Lambton Community Health Centre continues to be successful. Both parties will continue to work together to prepare for upcoming retirements and shortages.

WORDS FROM DR. FULLER

"My name is Elisa Fuller and I am a recent graduate of the family medicine residency program in Toronto. I grew up in the Sarnia area and have lived in various cities since moving away many years ago. I attended University of Toronto for both medical school and family medicine residency. I finished residency one year ago and spent the last year doing locums in the Ottawa area and two months in Sioux Lookout. I am exicted to return to the Sarnia area, the area in which I grew up, for this exciting opportunity at the Community Health Centre in Forest and Kettle Point. I am very excited to have the opportunity to work with such a well organized and hard working team."

- Dr. Elisa Fuller

The Physician Recruitment Taskforce of Sarnia Lambtonis extremely proud to announce the recruitment of Dr. Noranda Nyholt to Sarnia.

Dr. Nyholt has been practicing in Belleville, ON along with her husband Dr. Ryan Dobbs as a Family Physician for 5 years after completing her training at Western University, but the importance of family drove them to Sarnia Lambton.Dr. Nyholt says, “As a mother, my family is my foundation. My husband, Dr. Ryan Dobbs, grew up in Sarnia, and our extended family lives in South Western Ontario. We are looking forward to raising our two girls in a close-knit community alongside our family and friends.”

Dr. Nyholt and her family will begin settling in Sarnia in early September to enroll their children in the new school year. However, Dr. Nyholt has committed to finishing at her Belleville clinic in late October. She will begin practicing full-time in Sarnia on November 1, 2016. “As a family doctor, and a mother of two, I hope to bring to Sarnia a clinical practice that treats each patient as a whole. When working with my patients, I do my best to understand their concerns and provide the necessary support and resources they need to make educated decisions and reach their clinical goals. With my family practice, I strive to operate a punctual, efficient office, with approachable and helpful staff.” says Nyholt.

Dr. Nyholt will begin accepting patients on September 1, 2016 and applications will be available at her office located at 239 George St. in Sarnia or call the Physician Recruitment Taskforce at 519-383-7265.Carly Nienhuis; Recruiter Coordinator, for the Taskforce says, “We are so pleased to welcome Dr. Nyholt to our team of family physicians in Sarnia. The community had expressed a need for more female physicians to us and we are fortunate to have found such a dedicated physician to fill our need!”


The recruitment of Dr. Nyholt marks the 23rd family physician recruited to Sarnia Lambton by the Physician Recruitment Taskforce of Sarnia Lambton. Nyholt’s husband, Dr. Ryan Dobbs has accepted a hospitalist position at Bluewater Health.

The Physician Recruitment Taskforce of Sarnia Lambton is proud to announce the recruitment of Dr. Matthew Clifford to Corunna. Alongside the recruitment, comes the retirement of Dr. Peter Wakely who will be handing over the reigns of his practice after 36 years to Dr. Clifford.

Dr. Clifford; a native of London Ontario, recently completed his 3-year residency at Crittenton Hospital through the Wayne State University Family Medicine Program. He completed his bachelor and Masters degree of Science at Wilfred Laurier University before studying at the Medical University of the Americas, in St. Kitts and Nevis where he obtained his medical degree. Despite his educational travels, Dr. Clifford always imagined settling in Sarnia to begin his medical career. Dr. Clifford says, “As a London native, Sarnia was always close and I was able to live here while playing hockey and attending high school. Sarnia, from that point, was an easy sell for me to return and lay down some roots. The landscape and the friendly atmosphere generated by the people, truly speak for the city itself.”

Dr. Clifford has settled into Sarnia and will begin practicing alongside Dr. Wakely in mid-October. The pair, plan to make the transition as smooth as possible, working alongside one another for the first few months. “In taking over for Dr. Wakely, I hope to build as strong of relationships with his patients as he did and maintain the level of care they were receiving as well.” states Dr. Clifford.

Both Doctors credited the Taskforce for making the initial connection between them and assisting them individually through their transitions. “The Taskforce was instrumental in helping me facilitate the move back to Sarnia from Michigan. My liaison, Carly Nienhuis, was very informative, went above and beyond providing options and information, often times before I even asked. Without the Taskforce this process would have been cumbersome and difficult to navigate.” says Clifford.

At this time, Dr. Clifford will not be accepting new patients, as he will be focusing on getting familiar with the patient list being passed down to him from Dr. Wakely.

Dr. Peter Wakely and his wife Kathy; a retired local family physician, are parents of 4, and grandparents to 6 young children. Wakely’s retirement plans include many trips to Victoria and Vancouver, BC to visit his daughters and grandchildren. “It was a difficult decision to make to retire from my practice and the patients I have cared for, for many years! I have built many great relationships in this community and I am grateful for them all!” says Wakely. Although retiring from his family practice, Dr. Wakely plans to continue doing some work at Bluewater Health.

Nienhuis says, “Dr. Wakely has made a very positive impact on this community providing outstanding healthcare for over 36 years in Sarnia Lambton. He will certainly be missed, and we wish him all of the best in his retirement! If there is anyone who deserves retirement, it is him!”

The recruitment of Dr. Clifford marks the 24th family physician recruited to Lambton County by the Physician Recruitment Taskforce of Sarnia Lambton.

The Physician Recruitment Taskforce of Sarnia Lambton is happy to announce the recruitment of Dr. William Southcott to Sarnia. He will be working alongside Dr. John Bartlett and Dr Gert Schlebush at the London Road Diagnostic Clinic.

Dr. William Southcott is a Board Certified Family Physician who was born and raised in Sarnia, attended St. Christopher's High School, and is a graduate of the University of Waterloo.

Like many modern physicians, Dr. Southcott travelled abroad to pursue his medical degree, beginning in Poland, then to the United Kingdom, and the USA. Dr Southcott graduated with his medical degree from The Medical University of Lodz, Poland. He further went on to postgraduate training at the Wheeling Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program in Wheeling, WV.

Taskforce Recruiter; Carly Nienhuis said, “I try to keep in touch with all of Lambton County’s students pursuing medical school. I have found many of them to appreciate all that Sarnia has to offer, and they are pleased to return home to practice!”

“I have traveled abroad and had the opportunity to experience various medical cultures, and through those, I bring a unique and global perspective home with me.” says Dr. Southcott. He and his family; Erica and new baby boy ‘Jay’, are pleased to be settled in Sarnia. “I look forward to working in my home town and strengthening my roots in our community.” He stated.

Dr. Southcott will begin practicing full-time in Sarnia beginning in December of this year and will begin to accept new patients in the new year.

The recruitment of Dr. Southcott marks the 25th family physician recruited to Sarnia Lambton by the Physician Recruitment Taskforce of Sarnia Lambton and their third recruit for 2016.

The Physician Recruitment Taskforce of Sarnia Lambton, in partnership with the Bluewater Primary Care Centre is extremely proud to announce the recruitment of Dr. Mercy Akinsipe to Sarnia. She will be practicing in the newly renovated building at 481 London Rd. Sarnia.

Dr. Akinsipe will be acquiring many patients from Dr. Cynthia Arnold, due to her retirement.

Dr. Akinsipe attended McMaster University where she received a BSc in Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences, in addition to completing a postgraduate research program in Pediatric Oncology. She received her medical degree at the Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica and continued her training by completing a Family Medicine Residency at the North Florida Regional Medical Center where she was awarded Junior Faculty and Chief Resident.

Carly Cox; Recruitment Coordinator, for the Taskforce says, “We are so pleased to welcome Dr. Akinsipe to Sarnia! Not only is she an award-winning physician, but also a great person, who is looking forward to growing her roots in Sarnia!”

Dr. Akinsipe decided Sarnia was where she and her family would call home, based on the lifestyle Sarnia could offer.

“Sarnia is a beautiful family community and great for young families with kids. The people here are extremely friendly, it also has beautiful recreational areas with fun activities for the family. In addition, Sarnia is in need of family physicians so I am looking forward to being of help to the community. My husband is in the oil and gas industry and has been frequenting Sarnia for the last 2 years from Toronto. Lastly, there does not seem to be traffic in Sarnia which is awesome as everything is accessible. All these reasons put together made my family and I choose Sarnia.”

Akinsipe and her family have already settled into Sarnia to enroll her daughter into the new school year and she will begin practicing full-time on October 1, 2018.

Dr. Akinsipe credits the Taskforce for her securing her new positions and the smooth transition to Sarnia. “The Taskforce especially Carly Cox, played a huge role in getting my new job. They were very supportive in the relocation of my family from Toronto to Sarnia. They also helped us settle into the town by providing realtor services, other amenities and Carly was a great point of contact for any questions or concerns I had.”

Dr. Akinsipe will not be accepting patients at this time, as she will be getting familiar with her current list of acquired patients from Dr. Arnold. She will however, be accepting new patients in the coming months. “The fact that we were able to replace Dr. Arnold with another female physician, I can imagine is very much appreciated by her patients!” says Cox.

The recruitment of Dr. Akinsipe marks the 30th family physician recruited to Sarnia Lambton by the Physician Recruitment Taskforce of Sarnia Lambton.

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The Physician Recruitment Taskforce of Sarnia Lambton is happy to announce the recruitment of Dr. Laura Silvestri. She will be working alongside Dr. Patrick Boyle at Rapids Family Health Team on Pontiac Dr.

Dr. Laura Silvestri and her husband both grew up in the Sarnia area and their families still live here, which ultimately drove them back to the area.

“With the addition of our third child and my husband opening his counseling practice we decided we wanted to be closer to friends and family that we were still very connected to.  We are enjoying being back where we started and raising our children here; it has been a great choice for us!” said Silvestri.

Dr. Silvestri completed her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at Queen’s University and then entered Medical School in Missouri at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine.  She then did residency a bit closer to home at Michigan State University.  After graduating she practiced at the Bluewater Area Family Health Team in Zurich, ON for a few years before moving back to Sarnia; and filling a locum position at the West Lambton Community Health Centre.

Dr. Silvestri will begin practicing part-time with Dr. Boyle on March 1st.

Silvestri said, “It was great to find a retiring physician so we can practice share while my children are still so young and I can ease into taking on a full practice. As I start with Dr. Boyle, I am looking forward to getting to know his practice and building relationships with the patients.”

Taskforce recruiter; Carly Cox said, “Matching a new physician with one that is looking to transition into retirement; to practice share, is a model we have found has worked great in the past, and hopefully something we will see more of, as the number of other expected retirees make their transition.”

Silvestri credits the Taskforce with listening to what she was looking for in a practice and providing her with the opportunities that fit her specific needs.

The recruitment of Dr. Silvestri marks the 31st family physician recruited to Sarnia Lambton by the Physician Recruitment Taskforce of Sarnia Lambton and the 12th recruited by Carly Cox in her 5 year term.

“Two more female family physicians will be announced in the coming months.” says Cox.

The Physician Recruitment Taskforce of Sarnia Lambton in partnership with the West Lambton Community Health Centre are proud to announce the recruitment of Dr. Jasmine Davies.

Davies will be joining the team of physicians, nurse practitioners and other allied professionals at the Community Health Centre in Sarnia. Kathy Bresset, Executive Director for the Health Centre says, “Dr. Davies will be a welcome addition to our team with her knowledge of Sarnia and surrounding area and her keen interest in helping clients achieve their best possible health.”

Davies credits the Taskforce with helping to connect her with different practice opportunities and assisting her in determining the best fit for her! In addition, the Taskforce assisted her fiancé in searching for job opportunities in the area. “I also really appreciated how they connected me with different scholarship opportunities throughout my training.” Says Davies; who was one of the recipients of the 2018 Norma & Don Moore Scholarship, through the Sarnia Community Foundation.

Dr. Davies completed all of her training at Western University, where she received a Bachelor of Medical Sciences degree in 2012, and a Medical Degree in 2016. After completing one year of Internal Medicine training, she realized how important preventative medicine and continuity of care was to her, which resulted in the switch to Family Medicine.

Family and friends are not surprised Davies landed back in Sarnia as she never wanted to move too far away. “As both my fiancé and I grew up in Sarnia and the majority of our family lives here, it has always been our goal to move back. Sarnia is a beautiful and supportive community. We both loved growing up here and knew it was where we wanted to settle down and to raise a family.” Says Davies.

Taskforce Recruiter Carly Cox said, “Although Dr. Davies always anticipated returning to Sarnia, I am so happy there was an opportunity available that was the perfect fit for her!”

Dr. Davies will be starting at the centre on April 8th. The West Lambton Community Health Centre is a satellite site of the North Lambton Community Health Centre which also operates sites in Forest, Kettle Point and Watford as well as a Cardiac Rehab Centre in Sarnia. The North Lambton Community Health Centre provides primary care, health promotion, and chronic disease services to low income seniors, persons with mental health and addictions, First Nations, youth at risk, and rural populations.

Dr. Jasmine Davies marks the 32nd family physician recruited by the Physician Recruitment Taskforce of Sarnia Lambton.

The Physician Recruitment Taskforce would like to send our deepest condolences to the Prendiville family on the passing of Dr. William G.M. Prendiville.

He dedicated many years to caring for the residents of Sarnia Lambton and he will be deeply missed.

Patients of Dr. Prendiville’s are encouraged to continue to call his office where they will be triaged and their medical needs will be managed with the support of the Rapids Family Health Team - Access to Care Centre.

The Physician Recruitment Taskforce and Dr. Prendivlle’s family are currently in talks with a family physician to resume the practice and hope to confirm a successor in the near future.

It is with great pleasure that the Physician Recruitment Taskforce wishes to announce the recruitment of Dr. Cassandra Taylor.

Alongside the recruitment of Dr. Taylor, comes the retirement of Dr. Gert Schlebusch. The transition of physicians will take place on May 1st, 2019; however, Taylor and Schlebusch have been working together over the past few months to ease the transfer. Dr. Taylor will be accepting new patients in late summer.

Dr. Taylor attended the University of Western and completed her Honors BSC in Molecular Cell Biology. Her medical school journey took place on the island of SABA in the Netherlands – Antilles, before she returned back to UWO - London and Sarnia, for her Residency training.

Dr. Taylor has lived in Sarnia her entire life (other than her medical training). She has always been drawn to the beauty of the city and its surroundings. “The people in this community have always been wonderful to me, and I want to be able to give back to them by practicing family medicine here.” says Taylor. Dr. Taylor has 2 young children who are heavily involved in community sports and school activities, and her husband works in the chemical refineries.

Dr. Taylor has been in communication with the Physician Recruitment Taskforce of Sarnia Lambton since medical school. “They have always kept their doors open for me and stepped up to the plate when I was ready to start working!” says Taylor. “Carly Cox was instrumental in facilitating the transition to take over for Dr. Schlebusch and I am so grateful for her help!”

Dr. Gert Schlebusch was one of the initial recruits of the Physician Recruitment Taskforce’s 14 years ago. “On behalf of the entire Taskforce board of directors, we wish to thank Dr. Schlebusch for his years of service in this community and we wish him all the best!” says Recruiter Carly Cox.

Dr. Cassandra Taylor marks the 33rd family physician recruited by the Taskforce.

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