Dr. Patricia Côté
B.Sc., M.O.A.(Aud), MD, CCFP
Dr. Côté has practiced private medicine in Quebec since 2009. She is a graduate of the Université de Montréal and completed her residency at McGill University. She also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Higher Education and a Master’s Degree in Audiology from the Université de Montréal. She worked for many years in various remote regions of Quebec, in particular Abitibi.
Her fields of interest include:
General/family medicine, health check-ups
Aesthetics (botox/Juvéderm) / Accredited Coolsculpting clinic
Dr. Côté is a member of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and of the Canadian ADHD Resource Alliance – CADDRA (www.caddra.ca). She also participates in the continuing education of her peers by giving presentations on ADHD.
Dr. Lamarre and Dr. Côté work closely with front-line nurse practitioners.
Dr. Luc Bisaillon
After more than 25 years working as a general practitioner in the public sector, Dr. Bisaillon recently chose to work in the private sector, as he believes, that in order to provide quality care, it is essential to dedicate each patient the proper time. Among other things, it allows the establishment of a real patient / doctor interaction based on attention, trust and respect, which are essential conditions for a successful and effective patient – doctor relationship.
A medical graduate of the McGill University, Dr. Bisaillon has been a general practitioner over a quarter of a century. After spending several months in Quebec’s Far North at the beginning of his career, he devoted himself primarily to emergency room medicine (at Jean-Talon Hospital), while also working as a general practitioner at the Douglas Psychiatric Institute (affiliated with McGill) from 1998 to 2007.
Dr. Bisaillon M.D. has the following degrees and certifications
–MDCM (McGill ,1992)
–Legal license to practice from the Doctor’s colleges of Québec, Ontario and Vermont.
–Bachelor of Science with honors in Biology with a minor in Psychology (Bishop’s,1988)
Dr Maher Esper
Dr Esper completed his medical studies at the Sherbrooke University. He continued his family medicine specialization at the University of Montreal. He has been practicing family medicine since July 2018 and he is a proud member of the College of Family Physicians of Canada.
Dr Esper has a diverse field of practice, with a particular interest for:
- Taking charge and following up on patients of any ages, regardless pediatric, adult or geriatric.
- Taking charge and following up on mental health troubles in the first instance.
- CNESST & SAAQ cases
- Musculoskeletal , with an indepth skills training in inflitration.
- Minor surgery (wound repair, excision of cysts, minor biopsies, etc.)
- The obstetrical care and placement of IUD
Dr Jordan Discepola
Dr Discepola attended medical School at Université de Sherbrooke in June of 2017. He then proceeded to complete his residency training in the McGill University Family Medicine Program at the Jewish General Hospital
Dr Discepola has a diverse scope of practice, ranging from caring for minor emergencies in a walk-in setting, to taking on patients and serving as their primary care provider. He is particularly interested in the care and follow up of chronic diseases (diabetes, hypertension, etc)
**Dr. Discepola will be joining our team in July 2019
Dr Jeanne Bonnaud
Graduated from the University of Montreal, Dr. Bonnaud has worked for many years in hospitals (emergency, intensive care), CLSC (palliative home care) and pre-hospital (Urgences-Santé and SAMU Montpellier in France).
Dr. Bonnaud practiced in private medicine for almost 10 years. Her wide range of experiences has allowed her to cover all aspects of general medicine and to offer her patients a bespoke service, whatever their needs.
- Comprehensive care for both children and adults
- Minor emergencies and common health problems
- Minor surgeries
- Gynecological follow-ups including contraception and IUD insertion
Dr. Bonnaud has also developed expertise in ADHD and is a member of the Canadian ADHD Resource Alliance – CADDRA. She participates in the ongoing training of her peers by making presentations on ADHD and mental health.
She is thrilled to join the dynamic team of ExcelleMD.
Dr. Christian Lamarre
MDCM, FCFP(em), CFPC, FACEP, FAAFP
Dr. Lamarre obtained his medical degree from McGill University in 1995. Dr. Lamarre worked for over 13 years in emergency rooms in the state of New York; nearly nine of these were spent as head of his emergency department. He has worked on several programs designed to improve the quality of patient care and patient satisfaction. Since 2010, he has practiced private medicine in Quebec.
Dr. Lamarre has obtained the following certifications:
- Fellowship in the College of Family Physicians of Canada (FCFP)
- Special Competence in Emergency Medicine (CCFP(EM))
- Fellow of the American College of Emergency Medicine (FACEP)
- Fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice (FAAFP)
He is also board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine with a score in the 99th percentile in 1998, and 790/800 at his recertification in May 2014.
Dr. J.P. Souaid
B.Sc., M.D., C.M., F.R.C.S.C
Dr. Souaid has been practising as an Otolaryngologist (ENT) for 19 years. He is a graduate of McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine and Residency training program. After his residency, he completed a fellowship in Otology (middle ear surgery) at the Ohio State University. He has been an assistant professor at the University of Ottawa for 10 years.
His areas of interest include:
1. Hearing loss and Vertigo.
2. Ear infections and chronic ear disease.
3. Chronic sinusitis and nasal problems.
4. Recurrent tonsillitis and throat problems.
5. All other aspects of general ENT.
Dr. Souaid is a member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada as well as being certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology.
He has been invited as a visiting professor to many countries and frequently gives lectures both nationally and internationally.
**Dr. Souaid will be joining our team in Summer 2019
Dr. Caroline Doyon
Dr. Doyon holds a Molecular Biology master’s degree as well as a master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences aside from having been awarded a general surgeon diploma in 2012 by the University of Montreal Faculty certified by the Royal College of Physicians and surgeons of Canada. She practised for three years in a high volume Montreal South Shore hospital before redirecting her practice as a surgeon for distant region, where she was able to widen her knowledge in general surgery. She was in charge of the education of medical residents as well as a lecturer at the McGill University Faculty of Medicine.
Dr. Doyon now wishes to concentrate on a patient first approach, more respectful and based on mutual trust.
Dr. Jean-Marie Gingras
Dr. Jean-Marie Gingras graduated from the University of Montreal with a medicine degree. Throughout his career he has worked in several medical clinics in the greater metropolitan area. His expertise in industrial medicine allowed him to offer his services as a consultant to several private companies. He was also an advisor to the health and social services centers in Quebec.
ExcelMD – Toronto
Dr. Felix Klajner
Medical Director ExcelMD Toronto
Dr Klajner graduated from McMaster University with honours BSc.
He obtained his medical degree from University of Western Ontario.
He attended theUniversity of Western Ontario to complete his family medicine residency, followed by a third year family medicine residency (enhanced training). He now serves as Medical Director of ExcelMD Toronto.
ExcelMD – Toronto
Dr. Andy Gidwani
Dr. Gidwani obtained his medical degree from the University of Western Ontario in 2002, and completed his residency in Family Medicine at Queen’s University in 2005. He also has a Certification in Practical Dermatology from Cardiff University.
ExcelMD – Toronto
Dr Farha Hussain
Dr Farha Hussain graduated from both medical school (1996) and family medicine residency (1998) at the University of Saskatchewan. She is a member of the College of Family Physicians of Canada. She have been practising in Toronto and at Royal Health Care Centre since 2003. Previously she practised in Australia, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia.
ExcelMD – Toronto
Dr. Kim Johnson
Hon. B.Sc., MD, CCFP
Dr. Kim Johnson has practiced family medicine in Ontario since 2007. She is a graduate of the Schulich school of medicine at the University of Western Ontario and completed her residency at the University of Western Ontario. She also did a third year enhanced training in medical education. She also holds an Honours Bachelor’s In Biology and Psychology from McMaster University.
ExcelMD – Toronto
Dr. Margarita Kaliazina
Dr. Margarita Kaliazina completed her baccalaureate degree at the University of Western Ontario with an Honours Psychology Specialization. Her final year project focused on the role of prejudice in limiting opportunities for foreign-trained doctors and she was awarded the W. J. McLelland Award for most outstanding senior thesis. She went on to pursue her medical training through the University of Toronto, completing her family medicine residency at Women’s College Hospital in 2014. She is a strong proponent of preventative care and has a special interest in women’s health and mental illness.
ExcelMD – Toronto
Dr Nadine Bukmuz
Dr Nadine Bukmuz completed her medical training in Cape Town, South Africa. She has worked as a Family doctor in rural Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario. She has been practicing in downtown Toronto since 1998.
Dr. Jeannette Janzen
M.D. C.F.P.C. F.C.F.P.
National Director VirtualMed
Dr. Jeannette Janzen graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in Medicine after which she completed her Family Medicine Residency at McGill University. She has been following her patients in family practice for over 30 years at GMF Stillview in Pointe Claire where she was an integral part of the growth and development of the clinic which flourishes today. She began working in Statcare minor emergency clinic in 1988 which has become one of the busiest clinics on the island of Montreal.
Dr Janzen got involved in Travel Medicine in 2008 after completion of the Short Course in Travel Medicine at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Since 1998 she has participated in over 180 Clinical Research Trials with Manna/LMC Clinical Research, formally known as Kells Medical Research.
Dr. Janzen is passionate about providing the best care for patients in an empathetic, efficient and organized approach. After 32 years of living in Quebec she is relocating to British Columbia to continue practicing medicine and develop the Virtual Medicine access to patients across Canada.
She holds a medical licence in British Columbia, Quebec and Alberta.
Dr. Suzanne Lamarre
Dr. Suzanne Lamarre, a psychiatrist and emergency physician working in the Montreal area, will be offering her services at our clinic as of January 2019. Dr. Lamarre has been the Director of the Psychiatric Emergency Department and the Crisis Department at St Mary’s Hospital since 1995, she was also Head of the Department of Psychiatry at St Mary’s Hospital between 2004 to 2012, and has been working as a psychiatrist since 2014.
Dre. Suzanne Lamarre would be offering her services as off January 2019
Dr. Gabrielle Deschamps
M.D. , CCMF
Dr Deschamps completed her medical studies at Laval University, and went on afterwards to complete her degree in Family Medicine at Sherbrooke University. She started her family medicine practice in July 2016 and is a member on the College of Family Physicians of Canada.
Dr Deschamps has a very diversified practice and treats patients of all ages. She has a specific interest in geriatrics and in patients with cognitive impairment. Since January 2017, Dr Deschamps is responsible for the implementation of the ministerial initiative for Alzheimer disease at GMF Stillview in the west island of Montreal. This initiative will facilitate the diagnosis and treatment of patients with cognitive impairment in a first line setting.
Dr. Kate Conrad
Dr Kate Conrad completed her medical studies as well as her residency in Family Medicine at McGill University. She began her family medicine practice in 2016 at GMF Stillview. She also works in various hospital settings including hospitalization at Lachine hospital, the Respiratory unit at the Glen as well as CHSLD Maimonides.
Dr. Robert Ardell
Dr. Robert Ardell was born and raised in the Saskatoon area with a farming background. He graduated with a Medical Degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1986. Dr. Ardell then moved to Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Here he started an independent medical practice where he enjoyed providing comprehensive medical care including obstetrics, pediatrics and all disciplines of adult medicine including geriatric care for twenty-six years. He completed certification for the Canadian College of Family Physicians in 2004.
In 2012, Dr. Ardell opened the SuperMed Family Medicine and Walk-In Clinic in order to provide more accessible medical care for patients including extended hours. This clinic has a staff of four family medical doctors including Dr. Ardell. At this clinic Dr. Ardell continues to see his family medical practice patients and attends to the needs of walk-in patients. As well, he provides in-patient care for those hospitalized, obstetrical deliveries, and antepartum and post-partum care on the Maternity Ward at Victoria Union Hospital.
Besides engaging in Canadian medicine, Dr. Ardell has also done several trips with his family to Niger, West Africa helping out in two different hospital settings. This exposure to medicine in a developing country has given him a greater appreciation for the accessibility and scope of medical care offered in Canada.
Dr. Bruno Benzaquen
M.D. , Cardiologist
Dr Bruno Benzaquen obtained his medical degree from McGill university and was trained in cardiology at University of Montreal and McGill university. He further completed sub-specialty training in cardiac arrhythmias as well as echocardiography.
He benefits from more than 15 years of clinical experience and occupies positions as assistant professor both at University of Montreal (Maisonneuve-Rosemont hospital) as well as McGill University (Jewish General Hospital).
He divides his time between clinical practice, teaching medical students and residents, clinical research as well as in occupying the position of medical director of CDL Cardiology.
Dr. Andrew Steinberg
Dr. Steinberg trained at Montreal’s McGill University as well as at the Cleveland Clinic where he mastered techniques in minimally invasive surgery.
He offers a full service for patients with urological disorders.
His team offers a broad variety of services including urological oncology, prostate cancer screening, male fertility, female urological issues, incontinence, kidney stone disease and surgical urological reconstruction.
Dr. Jacques Toueg
M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon & Medical Director Dr. Jacques Toueg is an orthopedic He specializes in sports medicine and in arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder and knee. He is the chief medical officer of la coupe Rogers’s Cup and the national tennis training center in Montreal. Dr. Toueg has treated numerous athletes of national teams, as well as a number of players of the National Hockey League (NHL), the Major Junior Hockey League of Quebec, the Canadian League of Football, and Professional Boxing Team. Since 2010, he co-hosts the program The Doctors, a magazine specializing in health and broadcasted on Radio-Canada.
Dr. Jacques Toueg does not participate in the public plan (RAMQ)
– Bachelor in physiotherapy science – McGill University
– Degree in medicine (M.D) – Université de Montréal
– Major in orthopedic surgery — Université de Montréal
– PhD in doctoral studies (Fellowship) in sports medicine and
Arthroscopic surgery –– British Columbia University
– Member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
– Member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
Dr. Daniel Durand
M.D., Plastic Surgeon
Dr. Daniel Durand is a plastic surgeon for Special Surgery and a graduate of the largest medical schools in Canada and the United States. Dr. Daniel Durand has over 20 years of experience in plastic and esthetic surgery. He namely specializes in esthetic and hand surgery. Dr. Durand has been chosen to practice at the prestigious American Board of Plastic Surgery. His distinctions are accredited to the many peer reviewed scientific articles and magazines and his qualifications as a specialized surgeon and lecturer. He participates in that title at International Congress of Surgery at the invitation of the American College of Surgeons, the Plastic Surgery Research Council and the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Dr. Daniel Durand does not participate in the public plan (RAMQ)
– Degree in Medicine (M.D) – McGill University
– Masters in experimental surgery – McGill University
– Ph.D. in experimental surgery – McGill University
– Expertise in in plastic surgery – University of South California
– Expertise in experimental surgery – McGill University
– Fellow of Royal College of Medicine and Surgeons
– Fellow of American College of Surgeons
– Accredited by the American Board of Plastic Surgery
Dr. Yvon Giroux
Dr. Yvon Giroux has been a gastroenterologist at the Montreal Institute for Special Surgery since 2017. Dr Giroux has over 40 years of experience in gastroenterology. The digestive endoscopy clinic is specializes in colorectal cancer screening and gastroscopy (stomach). These examinations are carried out by endoscopy.
Dr. Yvon Giroux does not participate in the public plan (RAMQ)
– Diploma of Medicine (M.D.) – Université de Montréal
– Specialization in Gastroenterology – Université de Montréal
– Specialization in Internal Medicine – Université de Montréal
Dr. Nicolas Sauvé
M.D., Sports Medicine Specialist
Dr Nicolas Sauvé is a specialist in Sports Medicine. Dr. Nicolas Sauvé is a member of the Montreal Canadiens medical team. Dr. Nicolas Sauvé has treated athletes of international status in cycling circuits, speed skating and the Canadian Olympic team and the medical team of Tennis Canada. Dr. Sauvé is also part of the medical team of the junior hockey league’s Armada of Blainville.
Dr. Nicolas Sauvé does not participate in the public plan (RAMQ)
– B. Kinesiology Science – Université de Montréal
– M. Advanced kinesiology Science – Université de Montréal
– Degree in sports Medicine (M.D.) – Université de Montréal
– Degree in family Medicine (M.D.) – Université de Montréal
Dr. Khalil Masri
M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon
Dr. Khalil Masri is an orthopedic surgeon. Over the years, Dr. Khalil Masri has gained extensive expertise in sports medicine, reconstructive surgery and knee arthroscopy. Appreciated by his patients for his listening and dedication, he has treated several top athletes in the field of skiing, hockey and motocross. He is particularly interested in reconstruction surgery for the anterior crucial ligament (ACL) as well as partial and total arthoplasty of the knee.
Dr. Khalil Masri does not participate in the public plan (RAMQ)
– Diploma of Medicine (M.D.) – University of Montreal
– Specialization in Orthopedic Surgery – Université de Montréal
– Member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
– Member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
Dr. Jaimes Serge Benhamron
Doctor Jaimes Serge Benhamron has served at the Verdun Hospital of Montreal from 1985 to 2010, where he was chief of gastroenterology between 1989 and 2000. He has also been a member of various GI departments in hospitals like St Joseph of Lachine, from 1987 to 1995 and Cité de la Santé of Laval, from 2001 to 2004.
In 2008, he opened his own clinic gastroenterology and endoscopy clinic.
Having acquired more than 30 years of experience, Doctor Jaimes Serge Benhamron received his medical degree from the faculty of medicine of the University of Montreal (1980). He has also been certified by the Royal College of Canada in internal medicine (1984) and in gastroenterology (1985).
Dr. Hassan Sannoufi
M.D., CCFP, EM
Founder and Medical Director of La Vie Health Centre.
After graduation from medical school, Dr. Sannoufi began his medical career at McGill University in research focused on identifying genetic markers for breast cancer.
Two years later, Dr. Sannoufi turned his focus on expanding his knowledge of family medicine in the Nebraska health care system in Omaha, and later in family medicine residency at Dalhousie University in Halifax. While in residency at Dalhousie he became chief resident in the family medicine department and participated in the 2004 interview process for the family medicine training program.
Since 2004, Dr. Sannoufi has worked as a Emergency Physician at many hospitals across Ontario.
In 2012, Dr. Sannoufi has successfully challenged the emergency medicine certification exam and earned his emergency medicine official certification. Currently Dr. Sannoufi is a staff emergency Physician at the Queensway Carleton Hospital.
In 2017, Dr. Sannoufi has started his fellowship program in anti-aging medicine with the American Academy of Anti-Aging and became a member of the academy.
Dr. Sannoufi’s vision is focused on early detection, prevention, and reverse aging process.
Dr. Bhaskar Gopalan
Dr. Bhaskar Gopalan is a graduate of Queens University. He obtained his medical degree at the University of Western Ontario, in London. He completed his residency in family medicine and worked in Uxbridge, ON as rural a family doctor. He returned to residency at Ottawa University to achieve his Emergency Medicine certification and proceeded to work at the Queensway Carleton Hospital Emergency Department.
Dr. Gopalan has been actively involved at Queensway Carleton Hospital. He served two years as Deputy Chief of Staff. Following that, he was appointed the Chief and Medical Director of the Emergency Department, a role continues to serve in this role today.
In addition to his administrative and clinical practice at the Queensway Carleton Hospital, Dr. Gopalan has a particular interest in addictions medicine. He obtained his certification through the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto. He has been working with patients who have been struggling with addictions at his clinic “Recovery West Ottawa.”
Dr. Gopalan also has expertise with pain management using medical marijuana as an alternative to opioids.
Dr. Angel Arnaout
M.D., Surgical Oncologist
Dr. Angel Arnaout is a Breast Surgical Oncologist at the Ottawa Hospital, Clinical Investigator at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, and Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa. In addition to her clinical and scientific reserach interests, her passion as a surgeon is to aggressively treat breast cancer but with minimal side effects and cosmetic detriment, recognizing the importance of body image on the breast cancer patient.
As such is also the pioneer in Oncoplastic Surgery in Ottawa; a new minimally invasive breast surgical technique that combines breast cancer surgery with plastic surgical techniques.
Dr. Lyne Desautels
Dr. Desautels has been working as a family doctor for over 20 years now, practicing primarily on the South Shore of Montreal as well as the Eastern Townships.
Working in close collaboration with a variety of specialists allows her to develop personalized treatment plans to cater to her patients’ needs, all while maintaining a global health and functional medicine approach. This method of operating allows her to develop an expertise in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, ant-aging medicine, medical cannabis and Lyme disease.
It is the combination, of a functional medicine approach, her background in microbiology as well as research studies (focused primarily on molecular genetic cancer research), that allows her to develop her practice based on the principle of LIVING LAB and HUMAN LAB.
Dr. Desautels is constantly sharing her competence in an array of different subjects and is know for her predilection on topics such as bioidentical hormone replacement therapy as well as medical cannabis.
For several years now, she has been developing a specialized practice on the multiple therapeutic benefits of medical cannabis. Since its creations in 2015, Dr. Desautels has held the title of co-evaluator at the Québec Cannabis Registry. She continues to expand her expertise and participate in research studies with her ever-growing team and more than 500 patients.
The advancement of science and technology is essential in order to maintain a current, preventative and personalized approach and being up to date with the science knowledges.
Dr. Donovan Kreutzer
Dr. Donovan Kreutzer was born and raised in a town south of Johannesburg, South Africa. He received his medical training at the University of Pretoria and moved back to his hometown in Vereeniging to complete his final internship year.
Donovan moved to Canada in 2001 to pursue a passion of fly fishing. After working in Outlook, Saskatchewan for three years, he moved to Calgary in 2004.
He strives to collaborate to many different spheres of medicine and accessory services and in doing so, provide comprehensive health and preventative care to our patients.
Dr. Ahmed Kadhim
Chair of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Claxton Hepburn Medical Center, Ogdensburg, NY
Bachelors of Science (honors) in Biochemistry
Medical University of the Americas, WI
Residency in Internal Medicine at Wayne State University/Detroit Medical center, Detroit, USA.
Gastroenterology Fellowship at the University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario.
Gastrointestinal Motility disorders Fellowship at the University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Dr. Vanessa Delisle
B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.
Dr. Vanessa Delisle is a graduate of McGill University and a member of the Ordre des Psychologues du Québec. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Psychiatry and a Bachelor’s Degree in Honours Psychology from McGill University.
Dr. Delisle balances her time between the private and public sectors. This allows her to work with a broad range of clients. Dr. Delisle has extensive training and experience in the assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders (e.g., Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, and Panic Disorder), mood disorders (e.g., Major Depressive Disorder and Bipolar Disorder), and personality disorders (e.g., Borderline Personality Disorder) with a diverse clientele ranging from adolescents to seniors. As a psychologist, she has developed an expertise in helping clients cope with crises and learn skills in order to better understand and manage their emotions and to maintain and improve their relationships. Relatedly, she has been working as the crisis team psychologist at St. Mary’s Hospital since 2017.
Dr. Delisle has received training in numerous psychotherapeutic approaches, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Internal Family Systems, and is always looking for new ways to further help and support her clients.
Nurse practitioners (NP) are nurses who have clinical experience in a specific field and advanced postgraduate education in nursing and medical sciences that enables them to prescribe diagnostic tests and treatments in addition to performing certain invasive procedures. Collaboration between doctors and nurse practitioners increases access to health services, encourages strategies to promote health and prevent illness, and ultimately improves people’s health.
With a master’s degree in nursing and an advanced postgraduate diploma as well as solid experience in a clinical field such as neonatology, nephrology, cardiology, or primary care, nurse practitioners provide nursing and medical care and prescribe diagnostic tests, medication, and treatment according to their area of specialty.