Posts Tagged ‘Kawartha North Family Health Team’

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

March 22, 2018

Written by Marina Hodson

Did you accomplish everything you wanted to this winter? Are you constantly feeling guilty about not calling your – mother, brother, sister, friend?  How about fretting about your child’s last semester? We have all felt stress and while it can be a positive motivating factor, don’t let it become a negative force in your life.

stress1Stress is a normal response to “dangerous” situations, but unlike our ancestors, we do not often face wild animals to trigger the fight or flight response. Today it is more likely to be that commute from the city, a nagging deadline or our internal guilt that is causing this and it could trigger our natural instincts to be stuck in the on position for extended periods.

Chronic stress can begin to interfere with our ability to live a normal, healthy life, causing loss of sleep, abnormal eating habits, exacerbating chronic diseases and leading to depression. Often the causes are a culmination of small factors that in of themselves are easily overcome.

So if you are feeling stressed, take a step back to identify the causes and list them individually to enable you to break them down into smaller, more manageable tasks. Take a moment to walk away from a stressor that seems outside of your control right now, this is obviously not the approach to take for the commute home. Let go of issues that are simply “not worth the battle.” Exercise, cut back on caffeine and alcohol, try to maintain good sleeping habits, and if all else fails – recognize if and when you need help to address these issues.

Recognizing that stress is negatively impacting your life is the first step in the battle – don’t let it rule your life.

Your friends at the Kawartha North FHT

How Did You Sleep Last Night? (Jun. 2016)

June 6, 2016


insufficient sleep can cause ill health

We all know that a good night’s sleep is important but do you really know why? There has long been recognition that insufficient sleep can cause ill health by increasing risk of infection, obesity, diabetes and heart disease. A study by the Oregon Health & Science University has now shown that decreased sleep could also be speeding the development of Alzheimer’s causing amyloid plaques.

So what can you do to ensure that you are getting your 40 winks? Some of the suggestions from the National Sleep Foundation include avoiding stimulants, including alcohol and nicotine, too close to bed time. While a night cap may cause you to drift off more quickly, it will actually disrupt sleep later on as your body metabolizes the alcohol. The same holds true for exercise. While a great tool to tire you out, exercise also releases cortisol in the brain which will prevent you from falling asleep so exercise at least three hours before bed.

But if you have tried everything including a calming pre-bedtime routine and are still not successful, or wake up during the night and cannot return to sleep, don’t be a clock-watcher. Stressing yourself out about being awake by counting the seconds pass can actually make it even more difficult to sleep and can lead to negative associations with your nighttime routine. If you are unable to fall asleep, don’t pressure yourself, instead get up and participate in a relaxing quiet activity such as reading until you feel ready to return to bed.

Remember, sleep can be one of your best and easiest health allies so sleep well.

Your friends at the Kawartha North FHT

Legion Supports Walk -in Clinic (April 2015)

April 26, 2015


The Fenelon Falls Legion, Branch 238, supports the community by giving back monies that they raise through fundraising efforts.

On April 1st, Cde Jackie Walter presented a cheque for $1000 to Phong Tan in support of the Walk-in Clinic in his PharmaSave Pharmacy in the village of Fenelon Falls.

The walk-in clinic is open every Friday from 9 to noon, and patients are seen on a first come first served basis. The clinic is part of the services provided by the Kawartha North Family Health Team. Founded in 2006, the Kawartha North Family Health Team is composed of physicians, nurse practitioners, and registered nursing staff who are further supported by highly dedicated clinic coordinators and an array of allied health professionals. The team practices from locations in Fenelon Falls and Bobcaygeon.

The Fenelon Falls Legion continually supports community endeavours such as this, to the sum of $20,000 last year. They are a vital part of our community that helps to make our town a better place to live.

Curling Club Supports Walk in Clinic (Jan 2015)

January 5, 2015

The Fenelon Falls Curling Club held a fundraising golf tournament here in Fenelon Falls. Tournament convenor Roger Beaven was pleased with the success of the annual Men’s Tournament that allowed them to make a generous donation the Fenelon Falls Walk in Clinic.

Roger Beaven along with Rolf Martens, President Fenelon Falls Curling Club met with Marina Hodson of Kawartha North Family Health Team, to present the funds to the community supported project.

The Kawartha North Family Health Team Walk- In Clinic is located at the Pharmasave at 53 Colborne Street in Fenelon Falls and is open to the public every Friday from 9am- Noon.

New Family Doctor in Fenelon Falls (Sept 2014)

September 29, 2014

Dr Mastouri

Kawartha Lakes Health Care Initiative (KLHCI) is very pleased to announce that Dr. Negin Mastouri will begin practicing with the Kawartha North Family Health Team (KNFHT) in Fenelon Falls in November 2014. KLHCI is celebrating 10 years of successfully recruiting family doctors to the City of Kawartha Lakes (CKL). Since 2004, KLHCI has recruited 24 family doctors to CKL.Anyone wishing to register as a patient with Dr. Mastouri should contact the KNFHT at 705-887-3531,, or visit the office at 50 Colborne Street, Fenelon Falls. The Kawartha North Family Health Team’s service area includes Fenelon Falls, Argyle, Bobcaygeon, Burnt River, Coboconk, Glenarm, Rosedale, Kirkfield, Norland, Uphill and surrounding areas.Robyn McNabb, President of KLHCI notes that, “Dr. Mastouri spent two months this year training in the City of Kawartha Lakes (CKL) as part of KLHCI’s Family Medicine Residency program. KLHCI is very pleased that she has chosen to return to CKL to practice family medicine with the Kawartha North Family Health Team.”

Dr. Mastouri completed medical school at the Iran University of Medical Sciences & Health Services in 2001. She then completed a specialty in internal medicine and infectious diseases in 2005 from Tehran University of Medical Sciences. She won the gold medal and ranked second in outstanding academic performance in the National Board Exam for Infectious Disease specialist graduates, recognized by the Minister of Health and Medical Education in Iran. After immigrating to Canada in 2009, she completed a clinical fellowship in hospitalist medicine at University Health Network (Toronto Western Hospital and Toronto General Hospital) through the University of Toronto. She has just completed a family medicine residency with the University of Toronto at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre in Barrie this month. Dr. Mastouri is excitedly looking forward to joining the KNFHT as a full-time physician and getting to know her patients. In addition to practicing family medicine, she has skills and a great deal of interest in diagnosis and treatment of common skin lesions, various skin lesions removal and diagnostic biopsy procedures.Gary Horner, Chair of KNFHT also expressed his pleasure in welcoming Dr. Mastouri. The KNFHT is looking forward to assisting her in settling into her new practice at their Fenelon Falls office.

The Kawartha North Family Health is a community-led team including family doctors, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, mental health workers, a diabetes consultant, phlebotomists and administrative staff providing primary health care to its patients. The health team provides care for patients of all ages, working collaboratively to keep patients healthy through prevention, maintenance and health promotion.

KLHCI is a non-profit, charitable organization whose mandate is to recruit and retain family doctors for the City of Kawartha Lakes. Anyone wishing to be part of this community effort by either volunteering or donating financially to support the ongoing recruitment and retention programs should contact Cindy Snider, Recruitment & Retention Coordinator at 705-328-6098 or, or visit the KLHCI website at

For further information please contact Cindy Snider at or 705-328-6098.