How the Burlington FHT Works For You
Family Health Teams (FHTs) are health care organizations that include a team of Family Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, Pharmacists, and other professionals who work together to provide health care for their community.
Family Health Teams allow Physicians and other allied health providers to work as a team to focus on keeping patients healthy. The vision calls for Physicians, Nurse Practitioners and other members of the team to practice together in a positive working environment, sharing and benefiting from the complementary knowledge and skills of their colleagues.
Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
Family Health Teams ensure that people receive the care they need in their communities, as each team is set up based on local health and community needs. They focus on chronic disease management, disease prevention and health promotion, and work with other health care organizations, such as public health units and Community Care Access Centres.
BFHT a Teaching Site
The Burlington Family Health Team is a teaching site of the Department of Family Medicine of McMaster University. During their studies, students and family medicine Residents will complete their family medicine learning at our clinic. Each student is paired with a Physician in our team, who oversees their learning and patient care.
We are pleased to be involved in the education of today’s learners, as they become the Healthcare Providers of tomorrow.
Who are “Residents”?
Residents are doctors – they have completed their medical degree (i.e. “med school”), but before they can practice as independent specialists, they must complete their specialized post-graduate training in family medicine. Residents care for adults, seniors, and children with a variety of chronic and acute illnesses.
Resident Physicians who are specializing in family medicine are assigned to the BFHT for a period of two years.
What does it mean to be a patient at a teaching practice?
At the Burlington Family Health Team, we provide a teaching environment for Residents. For the patient, this means that you will see your family doctor (or other healthcare provider) and/or Residents when you book an appointment with the clinic.
Residents work under the supervision of one of our staff Physicians. The staff Physician is available to consult with both patients and Residents.
Meet the Team
- Dr. Susan Borden
- Dr. Abiola Fajobi
- Dr. Courtney Field
- Dr. Leslie Hanson
- Dr. Ambika Haran
- Dr. Adam Grzeslo
- Dr. Kyla Sorenson
- Dr. Michelle Bartens
- Respiratory Therapist
Registered Mental Health Nurse
Board of Directors & Administration
- Mr. Gary Crowell, Board Chair
- Dr. Courtney Field, Vice Chair
- Mr. Zig Novak, Secretary/Treasurer
- Dr. Susan Borden, Lead Physician
- Mr. Matthew Leslie
- Dr. Adam Grzeslo
- Dr. Sunita Goel
- Dr. Tim Cuddy
- Joanne Pearson – Executive Director