Need a family doctor?

Two new physicians to North York General Hospital's (NYGH) Rudy and Rita Koehler Family Medicine Teaching Unit (FMTU) are accepting new patients. Dr. Kimberly (Kim) Lazare joined the FMTU earlier in May and Dr. Tiffany Florindo in March.

Drs. Kimberly (Kim) Lazare and Tiffany Florindo

Dr. Kimberly (Kim) Lazare (left) and Dr. Tiffany Florindo

We had a chance to sit down with Drs. Lazare and Florindo to learn more about them.

Why did you choose to practice at NYGH?

Dr. Lazare: I did my residency training at NYGH, and I found that all the staff and physicians were so welcoming and approachable; there's a real sense of collegiality. I also have strong interests in obstetrics and adolescent health, so working at the FMTU allows me to foster all of these interests under one roof.

Dr. Florindo: I was fortunate that an opportunity was available in the FMTU when I was starting my practice, and I have actually since moved here. North York General is now my community hospital too, and I really enjoy the community feel here. I'm also interested in obstetrical care and teaching is easily integrated into my practice in the FMTU. It's great having all these resources under one roof!

Why did you become a family doctor?

Dr. Florindo: I've always been fascinated by science and biology, and then a personal experience really pushed me towards being a family doctor. My mother had cancer, and when I saw how much emotional support she received from her care team, on top of the fantastic medical care, I realized that being a family doctor has so many aspects to it and knew I wanted to do this.

What's the best part about being a doctor?

Dr. Lazare: For me, it's when I see my patients' health improve and they start to feel better. I value the ability to act as a navigator of the health care system for my patients, supporting them on their journey towards good health.

Dr. Florindo: I definitely echo Kim (Dr. Lazare), and I would add that as a family doctor you get to build long-term relationships with your patients that are just as, if not more, rewarding for you as they are for your patients.

There are several benefits to having a FMTU family doctor:

  • Close contact with NYGH specialists in case you need a referral

  • X-ray, ultrasound and other imaging tools are in the same building as your doctor

  • Highest quality care. As a teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto, the physicians and staff working in the FMTU use the latest and best evidence when treating you and your family

  • Multidisciplinary team: a social worker is available to provide counselling to patients 18 years of age and older, and a dedicated pharmacist helps patients manage complicated medication regimens, monitor medications, and can provide information about prescription drugs, over the counter medications and supplements.

In addition to these benefits, the FMTU has a limited number of same day appointments for urgencies and extended hours on Wednesday evenings from 5 to 8 p.m.

If you would like to become a patient of the Family Medicine Teaching Unit, just call 416-756-6980.

This article first appeared in the June 2015 issue of The Pulse.

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