Dr. Alexandra Bongard

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Alexandra Bongard to Magenta Health.  Dr. Bongard will provide care to all of Dr. Nathalie Gans' patients while Dr. Gans is on maternity leave.

Dr. Bongard studied Anatomy and Cell Biology at McGill University, and subsequently earned her medical degree at Queen's University. She completed her post-graduate training in family medicine at the Toronto Western Hospital.  Following this, Alexandra did a third year specializing in Emergency Medicine at the University of Western Ontario. She is a Lecturer with the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto and is also an Active staff at the Scarborough Hospital

Dr. Timothy Bowes

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Timothy Bowes to Magenta Health. He will be practicing out of our Midtown location starting in January 2018.

Timothy studied at McMaster University where he completed a PhD in Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences. He subsequently completed a post-doctoral fellowship in cell biology at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto. Timothy obtained his medical degree at the University of Toronto and completed his residency at the Markham-Stouffville Hospital family medicine program. He is passionate about preventative medicine, particularly in regards to obesity.

Dr. Nicholas Ng Fuk Chong

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Nicholas Ng Fuk Chong to Magenta Health! He will start seeing patients in July 2017. Nicholas studied Microbiology & Immunology at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, and subsequently earned his medical degree at the Université de Montréal. He completed his post-graduate training in family medicine at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. 

Before joining Magenta Health, Nicholas worked for several years as a family physician for a French-speaking immigrant and refugee patient population in Toronto. Additionally, Nicholas has an Adjunct Clinical Academic Appointment at the University of Toronto and is a clinician teacher within the Department of Family and Community Medicine

Nicholas is currently accepting new patients. Please note that he will be moving to our planned second location at Queen and Woodbine.  Until then, all appointments will take place at our current location at Queen and Broadview. If you would like to sign up, please complete this registration form, and we will be in touch by email with more information.  

Dr. Cristina Musngi

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Cristina Musngi to Magenta Health. Cristina graduated Summa Cum Laude in Nursing Sciences at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario and subsequently earned her medical degree at McMaster University as well.  She completed post-graduate training in family medicine as Chief Resident at McMaster Family Practice.

She is joining Magenta Health after 10 years of providing comprehensive medical care (newborn, prenatal, adult, geriatric, and palliative care) to her patients in Peel Region at Summerville Family Health Team.

Cristina is currently accepting new patients. Please note that she will be moving to our planned second location at Queen and Woodbine.  Until then, all appointments will take place at our current location at Queen and Broadview. If you would like to sign up, please complete this registration form and we will be in touch by email with more information.  

Dr. Winnie Siao

We are a bit late in announcing this, but we are pleased to welcome Dr. Winnie Siao to Magenta Health. She studied life sciences at Queen's University, and subsequently earned her medical degree at the University of Calgary. She completed her post-graduate training in family medicine at the University of Alberta.

Winnie is currently accepting new patients at our Riverside clinic (Queen/Broadview). If you would like to sign up, please complete this registration form and we will be in touch by email with more information.  

Melanoma is as easy as ABCDE

Warmer weather is just around the corner, and so should our vigilance for sun protection and skin cancer. There are several types of skin cancers, but malignant melanoma is the most fatal form of them all as it can invade through the skin and spread throughout the body. Fortunately though, early detection results in a high cure rate (about 90%), which is why we will go over the ABCDEs of melanomas. 

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Access to Remote Care - Important Changes to OHIP

Among the many planned changes to Ontario's health care system, something that we think deserves particular attention are the changes that will negatively affect how many new family physicians will be able to provide care to patients.

It’s important to understand that existing Magenta Health patients will likely not be affected by these changes, but we nevertheless ask you to consider the issues presented below and to voice any concerns with the planned changes. A few suggestions for how to do so are provided towards the bottom of this post.

While there are many changes, in our view, the key change is that OHIP will largely return to only covering in-person visits with new family physicians. This nuance is one of the primary reasons why family doctors traditionally did not provide medical care for patients by telephone or by email.

As a clinic that emphasizes using technology to care for patients in a timely, convenient, effective, and efficient way, this change is in direct opposition to how we think family medicine should be practiced in this day and age.

Put in more concrete terms, the planned changes will prevent many future family physicians from providing:

  • Medical advice by email or telephone;
  • Telephone or other remote appointments;
  • Prescription renewals by fax or phone;
  • Lab results by email or telephone; and
  • Lab and imaging requisitions by email or fax.

Other negative effects include increasing the functional cost of medical care by forcing patients to take time off work or school, and requiring patients to travel for medical care. The effects of these changes on low-income or other disadvantaged groups is particularly troubling; consider, for example, the impact of this change on caregivers with dependents or individuals with mobility challenges.

Even if these changes likely don’t directly impact existing Magenta Health physicians and patients, we believe these planned changes are the wrong approach for Ontario’s health care system, and that it’s important to voice our concerns in this respect.

Should you agree, some steps that you can take include:

  • Visiting this website to contact your MPP and to share your thoughts on this issue (there’s a pre-written letter that you can send);
  • Calling your MPP to express your concerns;
  • Sharing, posting, and tweeting this blog post with your friends and family.

We’ll continue to keep you advised of the impact of these changes.

Dr. Aarti Kapoor

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Aarti Kapoor to Magenta Health.  Aarti studied Life Sciences and Psychology at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and subsequently earned her medical degree at the University of Ottawa. She completed her post-graduate training in family medicine at the Toronto Western Hospital.

In addition to providing primary care at Magenta Health, Dr. Kapoor has a special interest in Adolescent Health with expertise providing LGBTQ positive care to youth and young adults. She is a Lecturer with the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto and also Courtesy Staff at the Toronto Western Hospital.

Aarti is currently accepting new patients.  If you would like to sign up, please complete this registration form and we will be in touch by email with more information.