Welcome to Central Brampton Family Health Team
The Advantages Of a Team Approach
- Family health teams provide patients with comprehensive and continuous care delivered by a multidisciplinary group of health care providers.
- Our Family Health Team is comprised of 9 family doctors, 2 nurse practitioners, registered nurses and a dietitian, a mental health worker, a pharmacist and a kinesiologist/health educator, as well as a full complement of non-clinical staff.
- We support patients across the continuum of health care by offering primary care services that range from health promotion to the management of chronic and complex disease conditions. Together our entire team works to provide the best health care we possibly can to our patients.
Meet Our Physician Team
Our family physicians are involved in all aspects of primary care, and act as mentors to medical students, medical residents, and nurse practitioner students.
The Central Brampton Family Health Team Physicians includes:
Dr. Agarwal graduated from the University of Toronto in 1994 and completed his residency in Family Medicine in 1996. He then went on to do a Fellowship in Emergency Medicine at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Agarwal continues to be active in Emergency Medicine at the Brampton Civic Hospital as well as being an Assistant Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at McMaster University. Dr. Agarwal is a base hospital physician for the Sunnybrook-Osler pre-hospital programme and a lecturer at the University of Toronto. Dr. Joza graduated from the University of Toronto Medical School after immigrating to Canada in 1969 from Czechoslovakia. She completed her Family Medicine at Ottawa Civic Hospital where she continued on as staff in the Oncology Department. She then came to Brampton East Medical Group in 1981 and has been an active member of the family practice group since that time. Dr. Kianfar graduated from the University of Ottawa Faculty Medicine and completed her residency in Family Medicine at Mc Master University in 2013. She practices comprehensive family medicine and holds certification in Obstetrics and Women’s Health. She has associate staff privileges at Brampton Civic Hospital and is an assistant Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at McMaster University. She is very passionate about providing family practice care to the entire family ranging from infants to the elderly. Dr. Kostopoulos completed her residency in Family Medicine at McMaster University in 2007. She has a full-time comprehensive practice at the Central Brampton Family Health Team. Dr. Kostopoulos is actively involved in teaching residents both at the Central Brampton Family Health Team and through the small group problem-based learning sessions at Brampton Civic Hospital. Dr. Kostopoulos also works at the Doctor’s Breastfeeding Clinic supporting mothers with their breastfeeding goals. Dr. Mak graduated from the Residency program at McMaster University in Emergency and Family Medicine. He joined Brampton East Medical Group since 1999. He provides family practice care to the whole family especially youth and elderly in addition to providing surgical assistance at both the Brampton Civic and Etobicoke General Hospitals. He is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese and has served at Yee Hong nursing home. Dr. Manson graduated from Queen’s University Medical School in 1991 and completed a residency in Family Medicine at McMaster University. Her practice is focused in maternal child medicine in addition to a small general family practice. Dr. Manson is one of less than 200 physicians in the world who have been granted a Fellowship in the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine. Her position as the Medical Director of “The Doctors’ Breastfeeding Clinic” here in Brampton demonstrates her commitment to maternal and infant health. Dr. Manson is an active staff member at Brampton Civic Hospital and is an Assistant Clinical Professor at McMaster University. She accepts patients for prenatal care, breastfeeding consultations and has an active practice in family medicine here at the Central Brampton Family Health Team. Dr. Pede graduated from the University Of Toronto Faculty Of Medicine in 1981, completing her residency in Family Medicine at the North York General Hospital. She is on Active Staff at the Brampton Civic Hospital site of the William Osler Health System, where she practices Obstetrics and Emergency Medicine in addition to her Family Practice. In 2016 she received the William Osler Health System Award of Excellence in Coaching, Teaching & Mentoring. Under her leadership, the Central Brampton FHT Diabetes Program received one of six national Merck Patients First awards in 2014, and in 2017 achieved Diabetes Canada Standards recognition program for exemplary diabetes care. Dr. Pede is also an Assistant Clinical Professor at McMaster University and holds a Transport Canada appointment as a Civil Aviation Medical Examiner.Dr. Shilash completed his residency at McMaster University. He is on active staff at Brampton Civic Hospital (BCH) and is a part-time Hospitalist in the BCH complex care unit. Dr. Shilash joined Brampton East Medical Group in 2004, and has been actively practicing family medicine at the clinic since that then. He is also fluent in Arabic. Dr. Trojan graduated from the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University in 2011 and completed a residency in Family Medicine at the McMaster Brampton campus. She is a staff physician at Brampton Civic Hospital and also works at the “Doctor’s Breastfeeding Clinic” located in Brampton. She has an active practice in family medicine here at the Central Brampton Family Health Team.
Our Multidisciplinary Team Approach
At CBFHT we take a multidisciplinary team approach to healthcare. This is useful in many ways.
Possibly the biggest benefit is that it broadens the scope and quality of health care available to each patient. Each of our allied health care team members has specialized health care expertise that they are able to provide to augment the care provided by physicians at the clinic.
Below is a list of the individual allied health care team members and examples of the services they contribute.
Registered Practical Nurse
Our nursing staff provides general health screening services such as blood pressure checks, immunizations, as well as administration of a variety of treatments and diagnostic tests. The nursing staff work closely with our physicians and our allied health care team to support your health.
Our Registered Nurse:
Our Registered Practical Nurse:
Nurse Practitioners are Registered Nurses with advanced post-graduate university studies in nursing who are qualified to assess, diagnose, and treat patients within a defined scope of practice.
Our Nurse Practitioners employ advanced knowledge and skills in assessment, diagnosis, and healthcare management and work closely with our family physicians. They provide health care for a variety of conditions and also perform annual physical exams, write prescriptions, and order a variety of diagnostic and screening tests. They focus on health promotion, disease and injury prevention, and manage non-complex health issues including acute illnesses and injuries.
Our Nurse Practitioners:
Amanda Verschuere (Covering Mat. Leave)
Our Pharmacist optimizes a patient’s drug therapy by identifying, preventing, and resolving medication-related issues through individual counseling. You may meet with our pharmacist for a medication review as she is involved in many of our clinic run programs. Our pharmacist is also a Certified Diabetes Educator who can assist with diabetes-related questions and is a Smoking Cessation counselor.
Our Clinical Pharmacist:
Mental Health Counsellor
Our Mental Health Counsellor provides counselling to patients and their families through individual and group session, to help optimize their psycho-social functioning and mental health. Our Mental Health Counsellor specializes in counselling for depression, anxiety, and trauma, and also provides ancillary counselling to help families and couples connect more closely.
Our Social Worker:
Our Health Educator works directly with patients living with or at risk of developing chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, and age-related physical decline to integrate active lifestyles changes that improve health. Our health educator is also a certified diabetes educator and registered kinesiologist with specialized training in preventing and managing physical injury, chronic disease, and overall physical health and fitness. Our Health Educator is also a Certified Diabetes Educator who can assist with diabetes-related questions.
Our Health Educator:
A Registered Dietitian is a regulated health professional who must have at least four years of university education specializing in food and nutrition, plus an extra year of clinical internship.
Our Registered Dietitian provides nutritional counseling for patients with specific medical conditions such as diabetes, high cholesterol, and digestive issues and a variety of other concerns and conditions.
Your CBFHT dietitian is an important part of your clinical team. She works closely with your family doctor, nurse practitioner, nurse, pharmacist, mental health counselor, and/or other healthcare professionals, to help you manage your health. Above all, she works collaboratively with you to help you achieve your personal nutrition and health goals.
Whether you need to learn new skills, change diet-related habits, manage a new or existing diagnosis, or take a proactive step in improving your nutritional health, the dietitian can help!
We have a number of medical residents who rotate through our clinic. Our medical residents are physicians who continue to train under the guidance of senior family physicians to provide quality primary care. The Central Brampton Family Health Team has taught students and residents from McMaster University, the University of Toronto, and the University of Ottawa for the last 10 years and takes special pride in being a part of the future of Family Medicine.
The Central Brampton 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.
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 CBFHT for a period of two years.
What does it mean to be a patient at a teaching practice?
At the Central Brampton Family Health Team, we provide a teaching environment for Residents. For the patient, this means that you will see your family doctor (or another 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.
The Executive Director Role
The Executive Director works with, and reports directly to the CBFHT board of directors, to develop and drive the organization’s mission, vision, strategic and governance goals while managing all day-to day operations.
The Executive Director strives to build and nurture a highly collaborative interdisciplinary team while identifying and creating partnerships with the community to enhance CBFHT’s team and services. The Executive Director works to develop future community partnerships, and work within the CWLHIN Brampton Sub Region collaborative group.
The role of Executive Director requires the ability to manage a large number of tasks simultaneously including but not limited to: leadership, finance, human resources, team development and training, data management, information technology, Privacy Officer, resource management and procurement, and Ministry of Health reporting.
Our Executive Director:
Medical Office Assistants
Courteney Earle – FHT receptionist
Glenna Lim – FHO Finance Manager
Angie Scuglia – FHO office coordinator
Tracy Redden – Executive Director
The Central Brampton Family Health Team (CBFHT) takes pride in being one of the oldest family practices in Brampton.