The Fort Frances Family Health Team has been part of healthcare in Fort Frances and surrounding area since 2007. Services started with one Nurse Practitioner; we have grown over the years into an expanded team of inter-professional healthcare providers.

Our programs and services are available to individuals with or without a family physician.


A healthy community


Providing excellent patient-centred healthcare to build a healthy community


  • Quality Patient Care
  • Integrity and Transparency
  • Collaboration
  • Accountability

Our Team

The Fort Frances Family Health Team is governed by a Board of Directors made up of community volunteers, including representatives from the Town of Fort Frances and the Fort Frances Physician's Group. Through dedication and hard work, they ensure the FF FHT's programs and services meet the health care needs.

Board of Directors


  • Ann Anderson


  • Wendy Brunetta 


  • Janet Lambert
  • Elizabeth Clark
  • Jim Cumming
  • Clint Calder
  • Sheila McMahon
  • Laura Bruyere 
  • Doug Kitowski
  • Ken Perry 

Town of Fort Frances Representative

  • Wendy Brunetta

Fort Frances Physician's Group Representatives

  • Dr. Melanie Halvorsen
  • Dr. Mark Ruppenstein

Clinical Team

Nurse Practitioners

  • Sandra Ottertail
  • Paula Stringer 
  • Jennifer Johnson

    Registered Nurse

    • Stephanie Berger 

    Registered Practical Nurse

    • Margaret Van Drunen


    • Chelsea Leslie

    Health Promoter

    • Barb Kabel

    Clinical Assistant

    • Katherine Sinfield

    Administration Team

    Executive Director

    • Gerri Yerxa

    Office Manager

    • Tara Tolley

    Senior Clerks

    • Chelsea Barron
    • Kristina Bragg 

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