The Ontario Ministry of Health has confirmed that unregulated healthcare professionals MUST shutdown during the Ontario lock-down. Because I practice both Manual Osteopathy and Athletic Therapy which are professions that are unregulated, I must close my practice until the lock down ends.
Failure to shut down an unregulated healthcare practice during this Ontario wide shutdown could mean fines of up to $10,000, lack of professional liability insurance coverage, and having the receipts patients submit to their extended health benefit plan denied.
My practice remains closed as we move into this State of Emergency for all of Ontario. I am working with the Ontario Association for Osteopathic Manual Practitioners (OAO) to do everything we can to reinstate Osteopathy care. I also hope to work with the Ontario Athletic Therapists Association (OATA) to do the same.
Contact information to MPPs in the province: Current MPPs | Legislative Assembly of Ontario (ola.org)
The Honourable Christine Elliott, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care: email@example.com
Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health: firstname.lastname@example.org
All appointments until February 10, 2021 are cancelled. Any reminders that go out should be ignored. I have recorded scheduled appointments and will reach out to you once we are certain of a restart date to reschedule appointments as quickly as possible.
In the meantime, I am available for virtual appointments by phone or internet. While I cannot treat, I can observe and offer exercise and/or self-care advice as needed. Please contact the clinic at 705.726.2362 to book. Additionally, Physiotherapy, Massage Therapy, and Chiropractic practices remain open and practitioners continue to provide care in accordance with infection control guidelines. If you are in dire need, please allow me to help you find a practitioner that may be able to address your health care needs.
Wishing you a healthy and happy New Year as we all work together to get through this pandemic safely.
BSc (Hons) Osteopathy, Dip. OMP, Dip. SIM
Osteopathic Manual Practitioner, Certified Athletic Therapist
34 Cedar Pointe Drive, Unit 505 Barrie, Ontario L4N 5R7 p. 705.726.2362 fx. 705.726.1589