by Susan Hanna

A new family physician has joined the Ottawa Valley Family Health Team (OVFHT), and a new general surgeon will begin seeing patients at Almonte General Hospital (AGH) January 21, 2013.

Dr. Susie Quackenbush is well known to some Almonte patients, having worked as a locum for local family physicians Dr. Heather Abramenko and Dr. Franz Ferraris over the past several years.

Born and raised in the Carp area, Dr. Quackenbush completed an Honours B.Sc. and a Master’s degree in neuroscience at Queen’s University before attending medical school at the University of Ottawa.

She completed an internship in New Westminster, BC and her family medicine residency in Ottawa in 2003.

Since then, she has worked as a locum in Almonte, Calabogie, Arnprior and Beachburg.

Now that her four children are older, she has decided to join the OVFHT, which includes 11 other family physicians and several interdisciplinary health care providers.

“The Family Health Team model is great for patients,” says Dr. Quackenbush.

“Instead of sending our patients elsewhere for services, they can take advantage of what is offered by the Family Health Team, which includes counselling, diabetes programs and geriatrics.”

Dr. Quackenbush sees patients three days a week at the OVFHT and also sees patients at Fairview Manor, Almonte Country Haven, AGH and in their homes.

If you are interested in becoming a patient of the OVFHT, please contact Health Care Connect and specify that you are interested in joining the Ottawa Valley Family Health Team. Visit the Health Care Connect website at

www.health.gov.on.ca and click on “Need a doctor?”  You may also call 1-800-445-1822.

General surgeon Dr. Bruce Gay was born in Ottawa and attended medical school at the University of Ottawa.

He spent 14 years as a general surgeon at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, where he worked with AGH President and CEO Mary Wilson Trider.

When he returned to Ottawa last March, he called Mrs. Trider to express interest in performing general surgery at AGH, in addition to his surgical practice at Queensway-Carleton Hospital.

“I expect to be at AGH two days a month, seeing patients in a clinic one day and operating on the other,” Dr. Gay said.

“I will be performing day surgery procedures, such as gall bladder and hernia surgery, minor abdominal surgery and other procedures.”

Local patients who require more complex surgeries and support will be able to have Dr. Gay perform their surgery at Queenway-Carleton.

Dr. Gay, who is married and has five children, said he was very impressed with the facilities at AGH.

“It is a modern facility in a very nice community,” he said. “It is a very welcoming place.”