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 Nelson Medicine Professional Corporation. Through dedication and hard work, they ensure the FF FHT's programs and services meet the health care needs.

Board of Directors


  • John McTaggart


  • Wayne Woods


  • Liz Clark
  • Janet Lambert
  • Jim Cumming
  • Clint Calder
  • Sheila McMahon
  • Ann Anderson
  • Laura Bruyere 

Town of Fort Frances Representative

  • Wendy Brunetta

Fort Frances Physician's Group Representatives

  • Dr. Melanie Halvorsen
  • Dr. Mark Ruppenstein

Clinical Team

Nurse Practitioners

  • Marlyss Thiessen-Graham
  • Sandra Ottertail
  • Paula Stringer 

Nursing Supervisor

  • Amanda Meeks

Case Manager 

  • Joleen Hogan

Registered Nurse

  • Stephanie Berger - on Leave 

Registered Practical Nurses

  • Cheryl Kawulia


  • Vacant Position

Administration Team

Executive Director

  • Gerri Yerxa

Office Manager

  • Tara Tolley

Senior Clerks

  • Lauren Whitehead
  • Ashley Sisco

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