The East Elgin Family Health Team is an interdisciplinary team of health care providers delivering primary health care services with a focus on chronic disease management, pre and post natal care, geriatric and palliative care and mental health programs.

We have a patient base of approximately 10,000 patients. Our team includes family physicians, nurse practitioners, registered practical nurses, a social worker, registered dietician, psychologist, psychiatrist and administrative support staff.


Our centres are located in the eastern region of Elgin County in the towns of Aylmer, Straffordville and Port Burwell:

Aylmer Location:

424 Talbot Street West
Aylmer, ON N5H 1K9
Phone: 519-773-3715

The Aylmer location is situated on a medical campus that has many medical, social and community services and agencies such as: pharmacy, ultrasound facilities, laboratory, physiotherapist, chiropractor, dentist, and more.

Straffordville Location:

9254 Plank Road
Straffordville, ON N0J 1Y0
Phone: 519-773-3715

The closest major city is London, approximately 45 kms away followed by Tillsonburg, approximately 30 kms away and then St. Thomas, approximately 20 kms away. Hospitals are located in each of these cities.

The East Elgin Family Health Team not only provides exceptional health care, but also a rich, competitive environment for health care practitioners. East Elgin offers all the amenities and benefits of the big city, with a true sense of community. But don't just take it from us, take it from the people who live and work here:


Jillian Toogood

Dr Toogood was born and raised in St Thomas. She attended the University of Western Ontario for an Honors Bachelor of Science in Physiology and Psychology and Master of Science in Neuroscience. She received a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from Flinders University in South Australia, and completed her residency in Family Medicine at McMaster University.

Dr. Michael Fernando

He obtained his medical degree and bachelors of neuroscience at Queen Mary and Westfield College, at the University of London, England. Dr Fernando also has a Master’s in Public Health from Imperial College, London, UK. He currently practices family medicine at the East Elgin Family Health Team and does emergency medicine at Four Counties Hospital.

Dr. David Graham

Graduated UWO 1982 practiced in Aylmer since residency in 1984. Loves woodworking and refinishing antique furniture.

Dr. Anne Howe

Graduated in 1980 from the University of Toronto. Have practiced in Aylmer since 1982, after my internship until the present, so for 34 years. Moved to Aylmer when I was 16 but was born in Brampton, Ontario. Enjoys doing palliative care and to read when I have time.

Dr. John Tokarewicz

His hometown is Marmora Ontario. A small mining town just below Algonquin Park. Practicing family medicine for 31 years. Recieved his MD degree, CCFP in Family medicine and FCFP from UWO.

Dr. Charlotte Taylor



Tracy Nancekivell

Tracy studied at McMaster University and graduated with a BScN. After working in LTCH, hospital, and the community, she returned to school and graduated with her PHCNP certificate and MN from the University of Windsor. She has worked as a Nurse Practitioner at the EEFHT since 2009.

Janet Kivell

Janet received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from York University in 2006. Since then Janet has spent the majority of her career working in the emergency department and post anesthetic care. In 2014, Janet decided to continue her education, moving to Thunder Bay and completing her nurse practitioner certificate from Lakehead University.


Avril Saunders-Currie

Avril has an honours bachelor of arts, bachelor of education, master of education, supervisory officer's qualification, and doctor of education.

Michael Andrews

Michael Andrews, a life-long resident of Bayham, is a telecommunications professional with extensive management and board experience in both the private and public sectors.

Abe Harms

Abe Harms has farmed in the area since 1966, growing mostly tomatoes and cucumbers. He lives in Aylmer, is married, has two children and three grandchildren.

Christie Harris

Christie is a lawyer at the local firm of Doyle Prendergast. Christie joined the EEFHT Board of Directors in November of 2015. She practices real estate and corporate law.

Mike Stover

Born and raised in Elgin County. Attended Wilfred Laurier University 1986-1990. Serves a variety of type of clients including audits, review, compilations and personal taxes.

Kent Wolfe

Kent is an owner and board member of xiBOSS Corporation, an IT Staffing Agency, doing business in 29 countries around the world. Has lived in the Aylmer area most of his life, with short stops in Lindsay, Truro NS and London Ont. . He is honoured to be a board member with EEFHT and views it as a way of giving back to a community.

Lew Acre

Lew is a lifelong resident of the Municipality of Bayham. Serves on different boards and committees both local and Provincial. Retired Planning & Facilities Coordinator LHSC. Enjoys motorhoming and travelling abroad.

Shirley Biro

Shirley was born and raised in Elgin County (Municipality of Bayham). She is a retired Registered Nurse and Canadian certified Occupational health Nurse.

Tina VanderWallen-Howey


Jack Couckuyt