Programs & Services

Women’s Wellness Clinic

 

Well Women Clinics are available to women of all age groups. This clinic will be to provide gynecological services if required.

Please be advised that these appointments will only be for patients requiring pre and postmenopausal treatment, Pap tests, contraception, prenatal care and breast exams. Any other medical issue will require a separate appointment.

These clinics are posted monthly on our Facebook page.  Please call the clinic to reserve your spot.

 

The Optifast® Medical Weight Management Program

 

The Iroquois Falls Family Health Team, in collaboration with The Sudbury Regional Bariatric Assessment and Treatment Centre, accepts referrals to a 26-week, medically supervised program that utilizes medical, nutrition and behavioural elements to achieve lasting weight-loss results.

“The Optifast® Medical Weight Management Program is a comprehensive, behaviour-based, program with proven results,” Kerri Loney, Interim Coordinator for Sudbury Regional Bariatric Assessment and Treatment Centre explains. “The program initially provides patients with high-quality, calorie-controlled, meal replacement and progresses with a five-week transition to regular food.”

In addition, to the Optifast® meal replacement, patients also participate in weekly education sessions and medical monitoring at the Iroquois Falls Family Health Team. Expert staff will help patients with lifestyle education and provide the necessary resources to remain committed to their health and well-being.

The Optifast® Medical Weight Management Program is recommended for patients with a BMI over 30, hypertensive and diabetic patients, those who may struggle with mobility, or have shortness of breath due to weight. This program also suits patients who have tried other programs but may need more support through the weight-loss process.

The only cost of participating in the program is the meal replacement supplement used, which is not covered by OHIP, ODSP, FNIHB, or by most private insurance plans.

Patients interested in accessing the program should call the Iroquois Falls Family Health Team for more information.

 

Mindfulness-Based Chronic Pain Management – Level 1

 

Please be advised that te Iroquois Falls Family Health Team will be offering the following program via the Ontario Telehealth Network.

The Iroquois Falls Family Health Team will have an opportunity to offer an extensive Mindfulness Based Chronic Pain Management course. This course is 13 weeks and the sessions are approximately 2 hours per week. This course is only offered when there is enough interest.

Program Benefits:

Attendees learn the principles of mindfulness meditation, the importance of living in the moment, the power of now, and how these relate to suffering less pain. Mindfulness assists in remaining calmer and more pain controlled despite the challenges of everyday life, such as when interacting with family, friends, colleagues, employers and insurers. This can change the intensity of pain suffering, both emotional and physical, in a very positive way. Life skills are also enhanced in this course.

If you are interested in attending this course,  please sign up at the Iroquois Falls Family Health Team.

 

Well Baby Clinic

 

This clinic provides a comprehensive assessment of growth and development from birth to 18 months of age and beyond as required. Immunizations are provided at the same time as per the Canadian Immunization Schedule.

 

Diabetes Wellness Clinics

 

The Diabetes Wellness Clinic is offered to patients who have uncontrolled diabetes and who wish to participate in a multi-professional approach to aid in managing care. Patients will meet with a Nurse Practitioner, Dietitian, Nurse Educator and Social Worker to review needs and plan care that is supportive to their needs.

 

Nutrition Counselling

 

What is a Registered Dietitian?

A Registered Dietitian (RD) is a recognized health professional in the field of food and nutrition. Dietitians are an invaluable resource, as they clarify the complex relationship between food and health. A Dietitian is a key player in helping you achieve better overall health and prevent future illness. As nutrition experts, Dietitians can provide trusted advice on dietary choices to make it easier for you to plan healthy, balanced meals and achieve your personal goals.

 

What is the difference between a Registered Dietitian and a Nutritionist?

The terms Dietitian and Nutritionist are often used interchangeably; however, there is a big difference between these roles. In Ontario, the titles ‘Registered Dietitian’ or simply ‘Dietitian’ are legally protected terms. This means that only individuals who have met specific educational and professional criteria are allowed to use these titles.

To become a Registered Dietitian, an individual must complete a four year university degree in the field of food and nutrition, complete one additional year of practical training (or internship), and also successfully pass the Canadian Dietetic Registration Exam. To ensure public protection, every Registered Dietitian in Ontario is also required to be a member of the College of Dietitians of Ontario. With membership, Dietitians are closely regulated and must practice according to a specific set of standards, ethics, and laws.

In contrast, the terms ‘Nutritionist’ or ‘Registered Nutritionist’ are not legally protected titles. Nutritionists are not monitored through a regulatory body or associated professional college. As such, there is no set standard regarding educational background or quality of care.

 

How can a Registered Dietitian help?

A Registered Dietitian can help you address a variety of nutritional concerns including the following:

  • Weight control
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Heartburn / Reflux
  • Bowel management (for example, constipation)
  • Celiac disease
  • Ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Food allergies & intolerances
  • Preconception and pregnancy nutrition
  • Picky eating
  • General healthy eating strategies & food label reading
  • Eating on a budget

 

What should I expect from an appointment with the Registered Dietitian?

Depending on the complexity of your nutritional concerns and stated goals, you may only need to meet with the Dietitian for 1 or 2 sessions; however, for many common nutritional issues (such as diabetes and weight loss), more frequent nutrition appointments may be required to thoroughly address your health concerns.

For your very first appointment, the Dietitian will review a nutrition questionnaire, 3-day food record, and blood sugar records (if applicable) with you.  This will help her better understand your health and weight histories, general lifestyle, eating habits, food preferences, and physical activity level. Individual goal setting will be a priority and nutrition education pertaining to your specific dietary concerns will start being addressed. Plan on spending roughly 1 hour at this appointment.

At follow-up sessions, you will be asked to bring written records of your food intake (usually 3 days of recent dietary intake) as well as blood sugar records if applicable. This will provide the Dietitian with the most up-to-date information. She will also continue to offer nutrition education as required and assist you with setting new dietary and physical activity goals. Expect each follow-up appointment to last approximately 30 minutes, but it may be up to 60 minutes if needed.

 

How can I see the Iroquois Falls Family Health Team Dietitian?

Referrals are granted for patients rostered with the Iroquois Falls Family Health Team only. Either speak to your family doctor, Nurse Practitioner, or other allied health professional and ask for a referral to set up a visit with the Dietitian.  Self-referrals are also accepted by calling our Dietitian directly at 705-258-2818.

 

How much does it cost to see a Registered Dietitian?

If you are a rostered patient with the Iroquois Falls Family Health Team, OHIP will cover the charge of your visit(s) with the Dietitian.

 

Manage My Pain

 

Physicians, healthcare staff, and patients continue to be confronted by the challenges of chronic pain.  Chronic pain is pain that lasts more than 3 months and it can have a harmful impact on your quality of life and well-being.

One of the biggest challenges for patients is to explain what they are experiencing to their doctors.  Likewise, doctors lack follow-up with patients after they leave the clinic or when they are discharged from hospital.  This leads to pain and narcotic use being poorly managed and monitored.

Manage My Pain is an app-based pain management platform that helps both patients and doctors better measure and manage pain.  In less than 60 seconds a day in the app, patients record how they are feeling and what helped or didn’t help their pain.  They can then use reports from the app during clinical visits to better explain what they are going through and to better understand if their treatment plan is working.

The goal of this research program is to see if using Manage My Pain can help improve pain management and reduce narcotic use.

Should you be interested in joining, please contact the Iroquois Falls Family Health Team to be put on the list for “Manage My Pain”.

 

Learn more about Manage My Pain here:

 

Mobility Clinic

 

The Mobility Clinics are run by an inter-professional team who provide primary care to patients with health conditions such as:

  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s
  • Stroke
  • Severe Arthritis

 

Features:

Fully accessible with hi-low table, lift and wheelchair scale

The clinic can address general needs of those with physical disabilities or specific requests (eg. General assessment, spasticity, mobility, bladder, pap tests, weights, ect.)

 

Criteria for Referral:

  • Adults 18+
  • Valid Ontario Health Card
  • Physical Disability or condition impacting the ability to receive care from regular primary care provider
  • Referrals must come from a primary care provider

 

CAMH Telepsychiatry

 

CAMH Telepsychiatry provides consultation and assessment for general psychiatry consultations. Ongoing treatment or therapy is not currently offered through CAMH Telepsychiatry.

 

PLEASE NOTE:

This is NOT a crisis service. Clients who are experiencing a mental health crisis such as suicidal, homicidal, manic and/or psychotic symptoms should be provided appropriate crisis services based on your organization’s protocol for such circumstances, or go to the nearest emergency department.

 

Criteria: 

  • Clients must be 18 years of age or older
  • Clients looking for a consultation or assessment in general psychiatry
  • Clients must be referred by a provider with an active OHIP billing number and CPSO license
  • Clients must be willing to participate via telemedicine (OTN)
  • Clients must provide no less than 48 hours’ notice if they will miss an appointment, or they may have their referral cancelled