Wellington’s Orthopaedic Surgeons are medical doctors (licensed by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario) who who specialize in the treatment of surgical and non-surgical bone and joint conditions. All of our surgeons have completed their residency and fellowship training in Orthopaedic Surgery and are certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Dr. Al Shakman, Dr. Hoey, Dr. McKenzie and Dr. Stamp hold privileges at Guelph General Hospital and perform elective and emergency procedures there.
Dr Patti Galvin is a physician specializing in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR), a subspecialty in Internal Medicine. She is a Fellow of the Canadian Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Galvin’s clinical expertise includes Platelet Rich Plasma and viscosupplementation injections, osteoarthritis and joint disease, orthotics, general musculoskeletal/sports medicine injuries and electromyography (EMG).
To book an appointment with one of our specialists, a referral from an eligible healthcare practitioner such as your family physician, another medical specialist, or a nurse practitioner must be received directly to the office of the specialist. This is a Ministry of Health rule. As such, no email inquiries for referrals are accepted by the clinic or individual offices by patients.
Ministry of Health (OHIP) rules require that all referrals to Physician specialists be initiated by an eligible healthcare practitioner such as your family physician, another medical specialist or a nurse practitioner.
Physiotherapy referrals to the Wellington Ortho & Rehab clinic do not require a referral.
The Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) pays for a wide range of health care services. It pays for most basic medical and emergency services, including a visit to your Physician. You will be asked to present a valid health card at each Physician visit.
Fees for various forms completed by a specialist in our office carry a charge determined by the office of each Physician . If you require completion of a form, you will be informed of the cost at your visit.
You will be advised by each physician office what to bring to an appointment when scheduled. Depending on the nature of the injury or condition, you may be asked to wear specific clothing for the doctors examination (ie a pair of shorts to change into, loose fitting clothing etc), asked to bring x-rays or other relevant information.
The specialist will have reviewed information sent with your referral by your referring healthcare practitioner prior to your arrival. They will conduct a physical exam and may discuss further the onset of the condition or the nature in which an injury occurred. Each physician will have a standard protocol and follow-up for their individual practice based on their training, experience and science.
In some cases, further testing, injections, bracing, physiotherapy or even weight loss may be recommended.