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New Doctors in Town (Posted On: Tuesday, July 16, 2013)

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The Rural Ontario Medical Program are very pleased to announce that Dr's Blake Abawi, Christopher Kapusta and Corinne Coulter have been matched to McMaster's Family Medicine Rural Stream Residency Program based out of the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital. All three of these family medicine residents will be spending the next two years in Collingwood and its surrounding communities to complete their medical residency training. Dr. Abawi has been matched to Dr. Peter Holloway's family practice in Wasaga Beach. Dr. Kapusta matched to Dr. Wells' family practice in Collingwood and Dr. Coulter with Dr's Sunderland and Langford's family practice in Collingwood as well.

Dr. Blake Abawi obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from the University of British Columbia and went on to complete his Medical degree there as well.  Dr. Abawi is from Oakville and after spending the last 10 years in Vancouver he has returned to Ontario with his young family.  Blake and his partner share a love of outdoor activities.  They are avid kite surfers in the summer and dedicated snowboarders in the winter months.  They have found Collingwood to be a fantastic place for these activities and all things outdoors.  Dr. Abawi and his family are looking forward to forging new relationships within the community and to the exciting road ahead over the next two years and beyond.  
Dr. Chris Kapusta received his Bachelor of Medical Science and Medical degree from the University of Alberta. Dr. Kapusta is from Whitby, Ontario, but has spent the last 7 years studying and training in Edmonton and Peace River, Alberta. Dr. Kapusta has a passion for a number of outdoor hobbies including archery and sailing (although living on the prairies has limited opportunities for the latter in recent years). Having finally returned to southern Ontario, Chris is excited about moving to Collingwood to continue his training and take advantage of the beautiful geography surrounding Georgian Bay.

Dr. Corinne Coulter holds a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Immunology as well as Master's of Science in Epidemiology & Biostatistics from London Ontario. She obtained her Medical Degree from the University of British Columbia's Island Medical Program in Victoria, BC. Dr. Coulter is originally from Leamington, Ontario and looks forward to living closer to her family who also reside in Georgian Bay and Lion's Head. She thoroughly enjoys the many snow and water activities the area has to offer and is thrilled to be a new member of the Collingwood community!

 "Welcome to the three new McMaster Rural Stream Residents. These three young physicians will be in the community for the next two years!  They join a long list of past residents which we are fortunate to have had stay in the community.  This will be an exciting and challenging two years and we wish the best to all of them," says Dr. Peter Wells, ROMP's Executive Director and Collingwood family physician.  Dr. Wells also states that "The physicians from our region are excellent teachers and mentors, and have been critical to our Program's success and expansion."


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