Team Members

1. Family Physicians

The Family Health Team has been successful due to the support and participation of the Haliburton Highlands Family Health Network. This group of physicians has long been established in the area and has provided high quality primary care to the residents of the Haliburton Highlands.

Mike Armstrong () / Family Physician
Dr. Armstrong is the most recent addition to the Haliburton Highlands, having just arrived in July 2006 along with his family. Mike enjoys road biking and canoeing. One of his more memorable trips is biking through Greece and Italy.
Norm Bottum () / Family Physician
Dr. Bottum and his wife arrived to Haliburton in 1987. Dr. Bottum provides primary obstetrical care, including low risk deliveries at the Haliburton Highlands Health Services. Norm has also specialized in the provision of sports medicine in his practice.
Scott Coles () / Family Physician
Dr. Coles permanently joined the Haliburton Family Medical Group in 1998. He has since taken on the role of Lead Physician for the Family Health Network and is Chair of the Haliburton Highlands Family Health Team Corporation. He enjoys fishing in northern Ontario.
Aoife Conway () / Family Physician
Dr. Conway joined the group in 1994. She is the only non-Ontario native of the physician group thus far and hails from Calgary, Alberta. She came to Ontario in 1989 to complete her residency in Kingston. Aoife enjoys golfing in the summer and playing hockey in the winter.
Steve Ferracuti () / Family Physician
Dr. Ferracuti moved to Haliburton Highlands in 1992, along with his family. Dr. Ferracuti is Chief of Staff for the Haliburton Highlands Health Services. Steve enjoys running, having participated in a number of half-marathons. Dr. Ferracuti is also the organizer of the annual "Kash Dash".
Kristy Gammon () / Family Physician
Dr. Gammon moved to Haliburton Higlands in 1992, along with her family. Dr. Gammon is the Medical Director of Hyland Crest, , a 62-bed Long-Term Care facility in Minden. She enjoys running half-marathons as far away as Boston and New York.
Karl Hartwick () / Family Physician
Dr. Hartwick is a founding member of Haliburton Family Medical Group, having moved to the region in 1980. Dr. Hartwick has been an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto's Department of Family and Community Medicine for several years. He enjoys canoeing and, in fact, has built a number of traditional cedar canvas canoes.
Bob Heyes () / Family Physician
Dr. Heyes is a founding member of the Haliburton Family Medical Group, which began in 1980. Dr. Heyes enjoys road biking, jogging and Nordic skiing to remain healthy. After office and hospital responsibilities, he is committed to the rural/outdoor lifestyle that Haliburton offers.
Tina Stephenson () / Family Physician
Dr. Stephenson arrived to the Haliburton Highlands in 1988. She has been the Medical Director of Highland Wood, a 30-bed Long-Term Care facility in Haliburton for the past five years. Tina enjoys running and has participated in a number of half-marathons over the past few years.

2. Primary Care Nurse Practitioners

Nurse Practitioners are key team members, as they may be the first point of contact. Nurse Practitioners collaborate with family physicians to ensure that each client receives the best possible care. Nurse Practitioners are able to assess, investigate, diagnose and treat patients according to their scope of practice.

Kathy McLaughlin RN BScN RN(EC) () / Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Kathy Mclaughlin is the first Primary Care Nurse Practitioner to join the Haliburton Highlands Family Health Team. She joined the team here in March 2007 after practicing in Blackstock, Ontario for 9 years. She enjoys walking, cooking and may even take up biking around the Haliburton Highlands.

Vanessa Meraw () / Primary Care Nurse Practioneer
Vanessa is thrilled to join the HHFHT. She has worked with the VON Lindsay and Kirkfield NP clinics as well as with the Kawartha North FHT in the recent past. Prior to becoming a Nurse Practitioner, Vanessa worked in Pharmaceutical Research, Public Health, Critical Care,Cardiac care and Telehealth. Along with her Husband, two daughters and Golden Retriever"Mufasa"she moved to Minden in Sept. 2006. She loves to travel,enjoys live theatre,reading, and listening to an eclectic mix of music.

Susan Robinson () / Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Sue has been a permanent resident in the Haliburton area since 2008, having cottaged here for many years. Her previous Nurse Practitioner experience was in the Hamilton area with an emphasis on maternal child health and immigrant-refugee health care in the inner city. Sue has traveled with several voluntary health provision teams to such areas as Central America, Pakistan and Peru and has found this work highly rewarding.

Sue enjoys cooking and experimenting with new recipes, as well as doing all kinds of needlework.

3. Program Coordinators

Registered Nurse program coordinators deliver services and programs that meet the tailored needs of target populations. This is accomplished through collaboration with other team members and community partners; reciprocal planning and implementation.

Janet Bottum RN BScN () / Seniors Health
Janet relocated to Haliburton in 1987 with her husband Norm. Together they have raised their 3 children and have become involved in many of the activities available to people living in the Highlands, such as skiing, running, biking and swimming, to name a few.
Janet has enjoyed a variety of work settings including Public Health Nursing, Case Management with the CCAC, and Support Services Coordinator for the Alzheimer Society. She believes in striving for optimum health at all ages and looks forward to the opportunity to work with Seniors in Haliburton County.

Carol Browne RN BScN MN () / Seniors Health
A resident of Haliburton County by choice, she has worked in long term care for the past 18 years. She is committed to improving seniors health and enjoys collaborating with community partners to improve care. She feels privileged to work in such a caring community. Carol enjoys the highlands and looks forward to new challenges. She loves to walk, swim and quilt.
Wanita Livingstone RN () / Healthy Kids
Born and raised in Haliburton County, Wanita and her family have recently returned to the area. Wanita has several years of paediatric experience. Initially, she worked in acute care at the Hospital for Sick Children and then as a Paediatric Case Manager with the Community Care Access Centre of Grey and Bruce Counties. Wanita is dedicated to working with various community partners in providing optimal family-centred care to the children within our community. In her spare time, she loves various outdoor activities with her family, travelling, and spending time with family and friends.
Shannon Robinson RN BScN CRE () / Chronic Disease Management
A life-long resident of Haliburton County, Shannon graduated from the RN diploma program at Centennial College in 1996 and went on to complete the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Laurentian University in 1998. She has been practicing in a variety of health care settings including community visiting nursing, infection control, and primary care. For the last 8 years, Shannon has worked as an RN in emergency and acute care at Haliburton Highlands Health Services. She enjoys camping with her family and scrapbooking her two boys' many milestones.
Connie Wood RN BScN () / Healthy Living
Born and raised in Haliburton County, Connie has extensive nursing experience working in a variety of health care settings, inclusive of long term care, acute care and community nursing. She is passionate about providing comprehensive health care to the Highlands. She joined the Family Health Team in January 2007. In her spare time Connie enjoys golfing, curling, walking, cooking and taking health-related courses.

4. Allied Health Professionals

Key Health Professionals play an active role in assisting patients in achieving their best health. These team members will assist individuals and their families and also participate in planning and delivering programs to the community.

Darlene Armstrong () / Lead
Barb Fraser MSW () / Social Worker
Barb has lived in Haliburton County since 1985. She spent many years working in children's services, first with the Case Coordination Program for families of children with special needs, then as Manager, Programs and Services with Point in Time Centre for Children Youth and Parents. She enjoys being a “dance and hockey mom”, yoga, and running. She joined the FHT in February 2007.
Nicki Mills / Registered Dietition
Born and raised in Haliburton County, Nicki graduated from the Bachelor of Applied Science in Food and Nutrition program of Ryerson University, Toronto in 1999 and went on to complete an accredited dietetic internship with Aramark Canada Ltd. Once completed, she accepted the position of Registered Dietitian for Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital in the Regional Dialysis Program. Wanting to be closer to home and spend more team with family and friends, Nicki joined the Family Health Team in November of 2007 and is enthusiast about her role in helping others improve their health. In her spare time Nicki enjoys reading, eating, and spending time with her husband and children.

Natasha Moshenko DCh CPed () / Chiropodist
Natasha grew up in the Bancroft area and currently resides in Huntsville where she works and plays with her husband Bill and her young son, Magnum. She started a private practice in the Haliburton Highlands in 2001, and her own small orthotic manufacturing business in 2005. Currently her spare time is limited, but, when she can, she likes to kayak, camp, bake, solve soduko and compete in triathlons.

5. Specialists

The FHT works closely with specialists, who provide consultations for clients closer to home.

6. Case Management

The Central East Community Care Access Centre provides a single point of access for people of all ages for:
  • information and referral to community services,

  • provision of in-home health care services,

  • admission to long term care homes, and

  • programs and school health support services.

  • CE CCAC services are paid for by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. The case managers are regulated health professionals with specialized knowledge and skills that help to arrange services as well as link to other community agencies. The Access Centre joined the Family Health Team in June 2006 as an opportunity to create a partnership and collaborate with the Family Health Team in providing primary health care to the residents of Haliburton Country.
    Please visit the CECCAC website for further information.

    7. Team Support

    Our health professionals are supported by a team of qualified, efficient and friendly administrative staff who assist in delivering timely, responsive care to our community.

    Rhonda Bryant () / Team Support - Minden Site
    Rhonda grew up in Haliburton County and has been supporting the family physicians in Minden for 20 years as an office administrator and receptionist. Rhonda currently supports the Minden Medical Clinic and FHT operations in Minden. She enjoys the great outdoors, walking, four-wheeling and spending time with her two sons.
    Gloria McPhail () / Team Support - Allied Health Professionals
    Gloria has lived most of her life in the Highlands. She has worked at the Haliburton Family Medical Centre for over 20 Years and joined the Family Health Team July 2010.
    Gloria is married and has 2 beautiful daughters. One of her favorite past times is playing with her grandchildren.
    Tammy Villamere () / Team Support - Administrative
    Tammy arrived to the Haliburton Highlands in 1999. Tammy comes to the Family Health Team with 17 years of medical reception experience in addition to a extensive business background. She enjoys reading, hiking and spending time with her family.