Who we are & what we do

PrimaCare Community Family Health Team is one of 200 Family Health Teams in Ontario. Family Health Teams (FHTs) are health care organizations that include a team of Family Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Social Workers, Dietitians, and other professionals who work together to provide health care for their community.

Family Health Teams ensure that people receive the care they need in their communities, as each team is set-up based on local health and community needs. They focus on chronic disease management, disease prevention and health promotion, and work with other health care organizations, such as Public Health Units and Community Care Access Centers.

PrimaCare was one of the first funded FHTs, with its inception in 2006. It serves the rural communities of Paris, Ayr and St. George with a combined 20,000 population. In 2013, PrimaCare provided services to 12,137 community members. The organization’s primary location is located at 65 Dundas Street East in Paris, Ontario. Two satellite offices are located in Ayr, and St. George.

WE ENVISION living well, living healthy, throughout life’s journey.

WE ARE COMMITTED to continuously improving the quality of care for our patients.


Strengthening our primary care system by:

  • Promoting and supporting healthy lifestyles
  • Preventing diseases and treating illness
  • Providing person-centred care with barrier free access
  • Collaborating and knowledge


  • We Care Together

  • We Learn Together

  • We Achieve Better Results Together

  • We Empower and Advocate Together


Patients In Our Communities

Board of Directors

Chair, Don Cardy

He is our spokesperson and the community advocate providing leadership to the organization.

Vice-Chair, John Bell

Provides leadership and chairs monthly board meetings in the absence of the Chair.

Lead Physician, Dr. John McDonald

Liaison between the physicians and the Board providing clinical guidance to the Executive Director.

Secretary, Don Cardy

Takes minutes and handles all correspondence between the Board and the FHT.

Treasurer, Shelley Wood

Acts as an information and reference point for the Chair and other committee members.

Board Members

PrimaCare physicians and community members bring a variety of skills and disciplines to the Board.


Dr. Mark Piercy

Dr. Cathy Hanley

Dr. Mohan Raja

Michael Hayward