General Practitioners

There are 10 general practitioners at the ELFHT, some of whom serve additional medical roles in the community such as surgeon, anaesthetist, emergency physician and obstetrics.

Dr. Britton-Foster

University of Calgary

Dr. Britton-Foster is a family physician with the Elliot Lake Family Health Team, in addition to being the coroner at St. Joseph’s General Hospital. He has extended his practice to make himself available to neighbouring First Nation communities, truly embodying rural medicine. He has experience in family practice, obstetrics, emergency room care and as a coroner in rural communities over the past 30 plus years.

Dr. deBortoli

University of Ottawa

Dr. deBortoli is an alumni of the University of Ottawa who grew up in Elliot Lake. He is a family physician as well as Chief of Staff at St. Joseph’s General Hospital. Dr. deBortoli has experience in family practice, emergency room care, stress testing, and anaesthesia. Outside of work, Dr. deBortoli is a vital member of the community where he is currently raising his two kids.

Dr. Groh

McMaster University

As a McMaster University alumni, Dr. Groh is an assistant professor at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, a family physician with the Elliot Lake Family Health Team, and the Chief of Obstetrics at St. Joseph’s General Hospital. Throughout her 25 year career Dr. Groh has shown a passion for rural medicine and teaching medical students. She has experience in family practice, prenatal care, obstetrics and ER practice. Outside of work Dr. Groh is a vital member of the Elliot Lake community where she is currently raising her three kids.

Dr. Matheson

Queens University

Dr. Matheson, a Queen’s University alumni, has practiced family medicine for over 30 years. He maintains a family practice at the Elliot Lake Family Health Team and works at St. Joseph’s General Hospital in the emergency room as well as doing stress testing. Outside of work he is an active member of the Elliot Lake community where he has raised three kids.

Dr. Nelson

Northern Ontario School of Medicine

Dr. Nelson grew up in Elliot Lake and is a graduate of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM). She completed her training in Sudbury and came to Elliot Lake for a variety of placements during both medical school and residency. She is now a valued member of the Elliot Lake Family Health Team.

Dr. Prescott

Dalhousie University

Dr. Prescott is a family physician with the Elliot Lake Family Health Team and an assistant professor at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. Growing up on the east coast, he is an alumni of Dalhousie University and has been practicing rural medicine in Elliot Lake for 30 years. His practice includes clinic work, emergency medicine, stress testing, inpatient care, and some anaesthesia.

Dr. Purzner

St George’s University

Dr. Purzner is a family physician with the Elliot Lake Family Health Team. He has been practising rural medicine in Elliot Lake since completing medical school at St. George’s University in Grenada and residency training at the University of Manitoba and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. In addition to his large family practice, Dr. Purzner occasionally works in anaesthesia.

Dr. Siddiqui

Queens University (residency)

Dr. Siddiqui is a family physician with the Elliot Lake Family Health Team. Originally from Pakistan, she moved from Toronto to Elliot Lake after completing her residency training at Queens University. She has many years of experience in obstetrics, services related to women health issues, and mental health and addictions.

Dr. Stirrett

University of Calgary

Relatively new to Elliot Lake, Dr. Stirrett is a practitioner with the Elliot Lake Family Health Team. She specialises in family medicine.

Dr. Wannan

Western University

A long term resident of Elliot Lake and a Western University Alumni, Dr. Wannan is a family physician with the Elliot Lake Family Health Team. Throughout his many years in the medical field, he has exercised skills as a family practitioner, an emergency room physician and occasionally provides obstetric care. Recently he has taken on a physician assistant to better the care he provides to his patients. He has extended his practice to make himself available to neighbouring First Nation communities, truly embodying rural medicine.