Family Health Team welcomes physician to Marmora

Marmora Melissa Holowaty is the most recent physician to join the Central Hastings Family Health Team, and the first Family Health Team physician to begin a practice at the Medical Centre in Marmora. She said during a recent visit on a wintry day in her apartment on the upper floor of the Medical Centre, "I am very excited to be starting this practice and being part of this Family Health Team. I can't wait!"

Her precise start date remains a question as it is dependent in part on the delivery of the necessary equipment and software. Her hope is to begin in mid-February, but as she explained, because of the unknown, she is as yet unable to pick a firm date.

Originally from Foam Lake, a small town in Saskatchewan, Holowaty is accustomed to long cold winters, and she says, the one she was currently experiencing in Marmora makes her feel at home.

Holowaty arrived at the University of Toronto in 1998 where she did a Ph.D. in molecular genetics, later deciding to become a physician. She began medical school at U of T in 2004, graduated in 2008, then went into the Rural Family Medicine Program at the university.

In 2007, she signed an agreement with the County's Rural Physician Recruitment Program, which provides funding to help defray the cost of medical school in exchange for agreeing to practise within the county for a minimum of five years. Holowaty, though, says she intends to stay in Marmora, "hopefully forever!" Her husband, Michael, will be splitting his time between a Toronto-based job and the couple's home in Marmora.

With interests that include gardening and reading in addition to the medically based ones of geriatrics, pediatrics and palliative care, Holowaty is bound to keep busy in Marmora, and has already offered to help tend the flower beds at the Medical Centre. She also sits on a research committee for the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada.

Catherine Aitken, the nurse practitioner at the Marmora site, will maintain her own roster of patients, with Holowaty as her collaborating physician. Holowaty, whose patients will also be rostered, explains that the Medical Centre is not a walk-in clinic, stressing that the rostering system means patients will have access to everything the Family Health Team offers at all its locations.

Admittedly not a morning person, the new physician's hours at the Medical Centre will be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and once she starts, the centre's hours will be from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., remaining open over the lunch hour.

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