Our Team

Nurse Practitioners

Beth Cowper-Fung
Clinical Director and Nurse Practitioner

Beth has been a Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner since 2008, and has been the clinic director at the GNPLC since 2011. She has her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Ryerson University, her Masters of Nursing from University of Toronto, and her primary health care certificate from COUPUN. Her previous clinical work was in the emergency department and she has management experience from North York General Hospital. Beth sits on several provincial and LHIN committees. Her hobbies include horseback riding and cycling.

Anne Hughes
Nurse Practitioner

Anne is a graduate of Ryerson University for both the RN and Nurse Practitioner programs. She graduated with the first group of NPs in Ontario. Prior to moving to Georgina in 2003, Anne worked at a Community Health Centre in Toronto. Anne loves her role as a Nurse Practitioner and really enjoys working in the GNPLC with this great team and all of our patients.

Luise Wood
Nurse Practitioner

Luise has been a Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner since 2000. She initially worked in long-term care in Brantford and Toronto, then switched to family practice in 2003. She worked in Sunderland from 2003 to 2011 and joined the GNPLC team in 2011. Before becoming an NP, Luise was a Registered Nurse in a birthing nurse role and also a Certified Lactation Consultant. Luise is happily married for 35 years with 3 fantastic adult children and a darling grandson. She enjoys spending her spare time knitting, gardening and swimming.

Melissa Cassidy
Nurse Practitioner

Melissa graduated from nursing in 1997 and travelled through Australia, California and Alaska working as a Registered Nurse. She moved back to Ontario in 2002 and worked at Sunnybrook Trauma ICU. She proceeded to obtain her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Ryerson followed by the completion of the Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner Program in 2008. Spending time exploring and experiencing new things with her two sons is her current passion.

John Holbrook
Nurse Practitioner

John Holbrook, NP- PHC, BScN, CNCCP(c), AA, A-EMCA, has been working as a nurse in emergency, and critical care for 13 years. Over the past 9 years he has been working for ORNGE for the paediatric critical care transport team. John has continued his education by obtaining his anesthesia assistant certificate, critical care certificate from Durham College, Canadian Nurses Association Certification in Paediatrics. John graduated the Nurse Practitioner program in 2015 and currently is enrolled at the London school of Medicine completing a Masters of infectious disease and tropical medicine.

Allied Health Team

Christine Nicholson
Registered Social Worker

Christine Nicholson is a Registered Social Work with over fourteen years’ experience providing meaningful and effective support for families in transition. This includes individual and couple therapy, and play-based therapy for children. Her focus over the past several years has been on communication and conflict resolution, effective management of anger and stress, and adjustment to chronic pain and chronic conditions.

Christine received her Masters of Social Work at the University of Toronto and utilizes an eclectic range of models including: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Brief Solution-Focused Therapy and Narrative Therapy. The benefits of therapy with Christine include a sense of encouragement, vitality, clarity, purpose, and direction in life.

Christine enjoys sharing her gift of listening and connecting with clients confidentially, addressing emotional, physical and spiritual aspects of healthy living. She believes strongly in the power of community, as well as the power of the mind, which can bring healing to our emotions, mood and break negative cycles in our lives.

Christine is a married mom of two teenaged children. When not providing a taxi service to her children, she enjoys the outdoors via walking, cycling and hiking, and Comedy entertainment.

Francesca Albanese
Registered Social Worker

Bio coming soon.

Lisa Lau
Registered Dietitian

Lisa joined the GNPLC team in 2012. She graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Applied Human Nutrition and completed her dietetics training and Master of Public Health degree in Community Nutrition at the University of Toronto. She is also a Certified Diabetes Educator. In her spare time, Lisa loves all things food-related – going to food festivals, trying out new restaurants, taking food photos for her blog and travelling around the world to try out local cuisines!

Ken Guo
Registered Physiotherapist and Acupuncturist

Ken is a graduate of University of Toronto and various medical universities in China. He practiced as a physiatrist in China and was an exchange medical doctor at the Pain Clinic in the Ottawa Civic Hospital before becoming a physiotherapist in 1996. He has since worked in a variety of clinical settings, obtained a Master of Science degree from the University of Western Ontario, and continued to attend over 75 post-graduate courses. Motivated by his drive to continue improving his care for his patients, Ken is also a certified acupuncturist. He strongly believes in the unity of the mind and body; to live is to move and to have a healthy body is to have a healthy mind. In his spare time, Ken enjoys playing sports, reading academic journals and meditating.

Shannon Rostalski
Registered Practical Nurse

Bio coming soon.

Heather Wassink
Health Promoter & Administrative Assistant

Bio coming soon.

Al Syed
Quality Improvement & Information Specialist

Al holds an engineering degree from Lakehead University and a Diploma in Health Care Management from Ontario Hospital Association. He possesses a diverse experience from engineering design to project management and in the healthcare sector. He has worked with several Family Health Teams including large teaching and academic FHTs across Ontario. In his previous role, Al has worked as Quality Improvement and Decision Support Specialist (QIDSS). He has keen interest in Quality Improvement within Health Care settings. Al loves his role as a Quality Improvement and Information Management Specialist with Georgina NPLC and its 8 other partnered NPLCs. Al is married and have three children. He loves playing and spending time with his children. Al is very much involved with his children’s education and support their community volunteer programs.

Administrative Team

Lisa Joyce
Administrative Lead

Lisa joined the team as Lead Administrator in September 2011 and is responsible for general operations, including fiscal responsibilities, of the clinic. A long time resident of Georgina, she enjoys the beauty of the lake and all that Georgina has to offer. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, gardening and walking along the lake with their dog.

Medical Secretary & Lab Technician

Toni has been part of the GNPLC team since 2012. She is a medical secretary and lab tech. She is married and has two beautiful daughters. In her spare time, she likes to garden and walk her dog.

Medical Secretary

Michelle obtained her Medical Office Assistant Diploma in 2005 and has been working in the medical field since. She has worked in various places including clinics and hospitals. She joined the GNPLC team in 2012. Michelle is happily married with three wonderful children and a crazy dog. She loves playing soccer and snowmobiling.

Medical Secretary

Angie joined our team as a medical secretary in 2015. Prior to joining the GNPLC team, she has worked in various settings including a cardiology clinic, physiotherapy clinic and a physician’s office. She loves the outdoors and also enjoys gardening and reading on her spare time.

Medical Secretary

Bio coming soon.