KAWARTHA LAKES- Kawartha Lakes Health Care Initiative (KLHCI)has announced a new doctor has started practicing in Lindsay as of March 5th.
Dr. Melissa Bak received her medical degree from the University of Queensland, Australia in 2014. She completed her Family Medicine Residency at McMaster University in 2017.
Dr. Bak will be working with Dr. Petrosoniak in Lindsay and will be caring for patients presently in the practice. “Dr. Bak will support Dr. Petrosoniak over the next few years as he moves toward retirement which means his patients will get to know Dr. Bak, and she will know them, prior to his retirement.” Cindy Snider Recruitment and Retention Coordinator for KLHCI, told Kawartha 411. They are not accepting new patients at this time.
The Kawartha Lakes Health Care Initiative’s appealed to have the municipality included on the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care list of “Areas of high physician need” in March 2016 and was successful. The group used community-specific statistics related to doctor-to-patient population ratios and emergency department use, as well as municipal census data to make their case.
Snider says we still need more Physicians who can take on new patients and they are still working on that as well.
Dr. Bak is the proud mother of a newborn, and she and her husband are looking forward to raising their family in the City of Kawartha Lakes. “I am looking forward to getting to know the patients in the practice, along with exploring all that the City of Kawartha Lakes has to offer”, states Dr. Bak.
“It has been a pleasure to work with Dr. Bak and Dr. Petrosoniak, to facilitate this recruitment,” states Cindy Snider,
Dr. Petrosoniak says that “I am pleased that Dr. Bak has agreed to assist with the care of all my patients in my practice. I would like to thank KLHCI for all their assistance in facilitating Dr. Bak’s arrival.”
Dr. Bak will join the doctors of the City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team. Local doctors work with the team’s nurse practitioners, family health nurses, dietician, pharmacists, psychologist, clinical social workers, occupational therapist and respiratory therapist to provide patients with complete health care. The family health team also partners with local health organizations and offers a variety of health programs designed to help keep residents healthy.
“We are very pleased Dr. Bak is joining our family health team,” states Dr. Stephen Oldridge, President of the City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team and the team’s Executive Director, Mike Perry. “The patients will continue to have access to all our team’s other health professionals to help both Dr. Bak and Dr. Petrosoniak to provide the highest quality of care.”
KLHCI is a non-profit, charitable organization whose mandate is to recruit and retain family doctors for the City of Kawartha Lakes.