Atikokan Family Health Team Staff

Staff Photo 2016

Executive Director

Karen Lusignan

AFHT Executive Director

Karen Lusignan is the Executive Director for the Family Health Team. Karen was born and raised mostly in Atikokan and moved to Thunder Bay in 2002 to complete her BScN from Lakehead University in 2006. After graduation Karen went on to do a Leadership and Management Training Development Program from York University in 2012, and Leadership Thunder Bay in 2014. Prior to moving back to Atikokan in 2015 Karen spent eight years working at Dilico Anishinabek Family Care developing and managing their Community and Personal Support Services Program. In her position, Lusignan oversaw 17 staff delivering a wide range of programs to people of all ages.  Karen is pleased with the growth the Family Health Team has shown-both in terms of programming and its acceptance within the community – and looks forward to enhancing that.

Clinic Manager

Lisa Peterson

Clinic Manager

Lisa is the Clinic Manager and also the Physician Recruiter for the town of Atikokan.  She has been with the Atikokan Medical Associates as their Clinic Manager since the fall of 2013.  She organizes the locum coverage for the physicians and works with many community and regional contacts to help bring physicians to Atikokan.  We are a Northern Ontario School of Medicine teaching site which means Lisa works closely with the school to provide learning opportunities for medical students and residents in our community.  The physicians are funded through the RNPGA.

Administrative Professionals

Brianna Coulson

Clerical Assistant

Brianna is the full-time Clerical Assistant at the Family Health Team Outreach Site. She has been with the Family Health Team since May of 2014, and in the administrative field since 2010. Previous employment at the Ontario Addictions Treatment Centre gave her insight to a clinical setting and sparked an interest in the medical field. If you have any questions or would like an appointment, give her a call!

Integrated Health Professionals

Lisa Campbell

Registered Nurse

Lisa Campbell has been a Registered Nurse with us since 2009.  She received her education from Confederation College.  She worked in the acute care sector for 9 years before joining the family health team.  Lisa manages our smoking cessation program, our telederm program, our chronic disease self management program and our immunization program.

Kristin St. Pierre

Registered Nurse

Born and raised in Atikokan, Kristin completed her BScN from Lakehead University in 2011. She then started working at the Atikokan General Hospital in the emergency department and acute care for the next two years.

After those two years, Kristin decided to move to the rural community of Westlock, Alberta where her spouse was employed, hoping to gain more experience and skills in her career.  There she worked at the Westlock Healthcare Centre, a primary stroke centre, where she gained further experience with emergency, surgical orthopaedics, and obstetrics.  In this position, Kristin acted as Charge Nurse on a 30 bed acute floor, while collaborating with a diverse group of health care providers.

In 2015, after having their first child Isaac, home was calling.  By May 2016 Kristin and her spouse Andrew (who now works for Tramin as a Red Seal Journeyman Welder) finally made the move back home where they can raise their family. Since then they haven’t been happier and look forward to the many opportunities their promising careers hold.

Jackie King

Registered Practical Nurse

Jackie King has been with our team since 2013.  She has been an RPN for over 19 years working in home care, acute care and long-term care. She has her Wound Care Certification and also her PIECES Certification.  Jackie manages our Hypertension Program and acts as a liaison between  the physicians and the patients.

Ashley McEvoy

Registered Practical Nurse

Ashley McEvoy has been with our team since 2008.  She completed her RPN Diploma in 2007 from Confederation College and worked briefly in acute care before joining our team.  Ashley manages our INR program and acts as a liaison between the physicians and the patients.

Nikita Matichuk

Nurse Practitioner

Nikita Matichuk joined the Family Health Team in January 2016.  Nikita received her BScN from Lakehead University in 2009.  She spent 2 years working at the Atikokan General Hospital before returning to Lakehead to pursue her Nurse Practitioner training.  Nikita graduated from the  Ontario Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner Program in November 2012 and began working as the Palliative Care NP with the Community Care Access Centre.  In order to fill a growing need in the community, Nikita expanded into the Family Health Team 1 day a week to provide a palliative approach to chronic disease management and provide assistance with advanced care planning.  Nikita is also graduating from Lakehead University again in June 2017 with a Master’s degree in Public Health.

Samantha Holmgren

Registered Dietitian

 Samantha Holmgren has been a Registered Dietitian with us since July 2013. She received her Bachelors of Science in Nutrition from the University of Saskatchewan. Samantha came to Atikokan after completing her 8 month dietetic internship based out of Regina, Saskatchewan. She sees clients one on one for various health concerns to discuss how food and lifestyle can help improve their health outcomes and quality of life. She also holds classes and groups like the diabetes self management program and Healthy You.

Candace Green

Mental Health Worker

Candace Green has been with our team since 2012.  She completed her Psychology Degree in 1993 from Lakehead University.  She has worked elsewhere as a mental health counsellor and since joining our team she manages our mental health programs which include both one on one sessions and groups sessions for our community.

Glenys Vanstone

Pharmacist

Glenys Vanstone is a clinical pharmacist who works for Northwest Telepharmacy Solutions from whom we have contracted services since 2014.  Glenys completed her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Manitoba in 1990 and has 27 years of experience in hospital, homecare and family health teams.  Glenys provides medication reviews and reconciliation, drug information and supportive coverage for INR service and smoking cessation program.  Glenys provides services to family health team patients remotely via telephone or videoconference.

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