Wellness Seminar Series

Bi-weekly seminars covering topics relevant to people of all ages who are aiming to reach optimum levels of physical and mental health

What can I expect?

You can expect a small group of people interested to learn and share about how to improve their health.

Each session will start at 7 p.m. with a few minutes of what I refer to as “levity”. It is basically a moment for people to catch up on each others’ news and get settled in at tables with a beverage and a snack.

At 7:20 pm I will call on everyone’s attention and present the agenda for the session. The typical agenda will include a brief presentation on a health topic followed by a break. After a pause, we will resume the presentation and address questions. We will conclude a few minutes before 9 p.m. to allow the volunteers to put the room back in its original state. There will be opportunities to leave comments and suggestions for the up coming sessions.

Who is it for?

Some talks will be of interest to participants age 13 and up while others will target a more mature audience. Please do not hesitate to contact me by phone or email if you need more details about any of the topics to be discussed.

I will provide general information useful to most people. Sometimes anonymous case studies will be used as examples. To keep everyone’s personal health information private, those seeking personal or specific information will be encouraged to make an individual appointment to discuss their particular situation.

Pay what you can - What does that mean exactly?

It means that I hope people will financially “pitch in” to help cover the cost of providing this service (room rental, snacks, etc.) so that, over time, this endeavour becomes self-funded.

While I hope to make a living sharing my knowledge, skills and experience as a nurse practitioner in private practice, I also wish to make this kind of service accessible to everyone, no matter their current financial situation.

Why ?

The seminars are my way to engage members of my community in a collaborative effort to improve each and everyone’s health knowledge and skills to achieve optimum health. One of my personal mantras is: “stronger together.” Knowledge is power and a strong healthy community benefits everyone. 

I also intend for the wellness seminars series to be a means to get to know the members of my community as well as an opportunity to introduce myself. I am familiar with how difficult it is to find the right person to help in times of struggles, and I hope to make reaching out for help easier.

When?

This fall, the sessions with be every other Thursday 7pm – 9pm, starting September 12 2019.

Where?

Mississippi Mills Public Library, Almonte Branch

115 High Street, Almonte, Ontario

Seminar Topics- Next Up

Setting Limits

Be more effective dealing with the disruptive people in your life.

  • Recognize the signs that trouble is approaching
  • De-escalate crisis situations 
  • Get belligerent people to cooperate 
  • Help your kids deal with bullies
  • Stop shouting through closed doors
  • And more

October 10 

RSVP by email, text or by phone a minimum of 24 hours before each session

Seminar topics being considered for up coming sessions

I welcome your comments and requests.

The schedule will be updated regularly. 

Answers to your FAQ

Nurse Practitioner Matters

A nurse practitioner (NP) is a registered nurse in the extended class RN(EC). To merit those credentials the registered nurse (RN) must completed advanced university education and successfully complete the licensing exam. To retain these credentials she must continue to further her education by completing continuing educations activities and meeting the requirements of her licensing body, in my case, those of the College of Nurses of Ontario.

At this time, I do not offer that service. Currently, the office I share is set up for some services but not all services a primary care provider normally offers. Talk to me about your health concerns. Maybe I can be of assistance while we help you find one.  

Yes, you can. I believe in not duplicating services so my role will be different. My purpose will be to complement your primary care provider’s services by using my expertise in the areas of mental health and / or addiction. We will make sure to keep your provider apprised of what we are doing and use a shared care model.

Yes. NPs just like Mds can refer to colleagues when the need arises. We also take advantage of a system of eConsults. 

I have spent the better part of my nursing career looking after people who struggled with addictions and mental health disorders, in addition to the usual health problems typically encountered in primary care practices.  Read more about this in Why Me?

Money Matters

The short answer is NO. 

Unfortunately the system hasn’t yet caught up to the changing face of health care.  Currently, as an Ontario NP, the lab & diagnostic tests which I order are paid for by OHIP but I cannot bill for my services. 

Most NPs working in Ontario are hired on teams such as Family Health Teams, Community Health Centres, hospitals and are paid a salary, which is either financed by the province or by pooled resources of the members of the team who can bill OHIP. 

Those who like me work independently do not receive a salary from the province.

Most private health insurance companies will reimburse some the costs. It will depend on what your private insurance plan covers. You may also be eligible for a tax credit on your income tax report.

Fees vary according to the services. The initial phone consultation is free. You can choose to start with a free introduction session. We will discuss your situation and the fees which will apply. 

If your question is not answered please don’t hesitate to contact me.