Self Referral Programs

Patients are encouraged to call for information if interested.

Dietary & Nutrition Services

Service includes one-on-one therapeutic nutrition counselling.

Patients are encouraged to speak to their Primary Care Provider for a  referral to the dietitian.

Program available in:

Gravenhurst @ 705-687-5438

Diabetes Prevention: Healthy Active Living Program

The healthy active living program is a series of evidence-based interactive sessions focusing on healthy eating, increased activity and improved general balance.

This program  is currently a series of 10 weekly 2-hour classes, followed by monthly maintenance classes.

This program is based on the University of Pittsburgh’s Group Lifestyle Balance Program, which was recommended for the Family Health Teams by the Ministry of Health.

The goals of the program are to help participants lose weight through healthy eating and increased physical activity. Each individual is supported to help sustain these changes over time to prevent chronic health conditions.

Each participant will make personal choices on how to achieve their goals. Coaches will guide and support the participant in the process of self-management. Flexibility and reinforcement gives the participants the ability to shape and evaluate their own progress through self-monitoring, developing personal goals and action plans, as well as problem solving.

Program available in:

Bracebridge @ 705-646-5644

Tobacco Reduction/Smoking Cessation

This program assists persons to quit or reduce tobacco consumption. It will provide education, resources and support to help the patient remain tobacco free. Please call if you would like to participate in this program.

Program available in:

Gravenhurst @ 705-687-2271

Bracebridge @ 705-646-9063, 705-646-5644 and 705-645-2281

Trans Health Services

Sites in Huntsville and Gravenhurst partner with NSM Trans Health Services.


North Simcoe Muskoka Trans Health Services provides comprehensive and supportive care to Trans individuals seeing health care.  We provide the following services:


  • Comprehensive Health Assessments
  • Health Promotion and Illness/Disease Prevention
  • Therapeutic Management
  • Surgical Referral
  • Community Resource Navigation
  • Social Transition Suport
  • Mental Health Services

Our Peer Support Navigator and team of health care professionals provide inclusive medical care and support to help clients identify and achieve their transition goals.

Please call if you would like to participate in this program.

 705-329-3649, ext 214


Health Care Provider Referral Programs

Patients are encouraged to discuss these programs with their health care provider.


This program is for patients with Type II Diabetes, in discussion with your Health Care Provider.

Program available in:

Gravenhurst @ 705-687-2271

Bracebridge @ 705-646-5644

"Healthy Heart Cardiac Rehab" Program

Thank you for your interest in this program.  During the course of the lockdown and until guidelines allow in-person groups to meet, this program is offered virtually and/or by phone.  There is no fee for the program at this time.  For more information please call Valerie at 705-787-0846 X 200.


Our Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation Program is a 16 week group program designed for people who have heart disease, particularly those recovering from a cardiac event.

The initial 8 weeks include education on a variety of topics as well as supervised exercise.

Each of these classes runs once a week and is 2 hours in length. (1hour education, 1 hour for exercise)

The second 8 weeks is independent exercise with regular contact from the program nurse.

Each participant will have an individual exercise prescription developed for them and therefore must have a recent stress test.


Education topics include


  • Risk factors
  • Stress management
  • Heart healthy diet
  • Medications
  • How the heart works
  • Importance of exercise and exercise safety
  • Maintaining motivation!


There is a registration fee of $90.00, which includes print material, education and exercise sessions.


Please request a referral from your doctor or nurse practitioner be faxed to:





Our program follows guidelines from

the Canadian Association of Cardiac Rehabilitation

American College of Sports Medicine

Healthy Seniors

Your Health Care Provider will refer patients to this program if there are concerns about falls or memory, as well as those patients 75 years of age and older on 10 or more medications. A medication review by our pharmacist and/or memory test by a nurse will be completed and results and recommendations forwarded to your primary care provider. We recognize that early identification and support will maximize independent function and quality of life for our patients.

Program facilitated by Joanne Sugden, Cherie Dyer, Catherine Hansen and Christine Fitchett.

Program available in:

Gravenhurst @ 705-687-2794

Bracebridge @ 705-645-2281

Lactation Clinic

Appointments with International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLCC) addressing immediate feeding concerns; provision of maternal and infant care.

Goal:  to increase breastfeeding rates for patients in both the short and long term.  

4 appointments available per week

Lactation Consultants:  Allison Mason, RN, IBCLC

                                                      Kristen Bell, RN, IBCLC

Program available at:  205 Hiram Street, Main Floor, Bracebridge

Your Primary Care Provider can refer you to this service, or you may book directly by calling @  705-762-1274

Medication Review

Our Family Health Team Pharmacist works closely with your physician, nurse practitioner, and other members of our team to help ensure the most appropriate use of medication for your health care. Our pharmacist works with you and your healthcare provider to resolve or prevent healthcare problems.


Our family health team pharmacist provides individual Medication Reviews to ensure optimal benefit from the medications you take. In a Medication Review, our pharmacist will:

  • Review your prescription medications, over-the-counter medications and herbal or natural products
  • Provide information and counselling about your medications
  • Identify any possible side effects or drug interactions
  • Discuss how to properly use your medications
  • Develop a plan and a medication chart to help you manage your medications more easily
  • Make recommendations to your healthcare provider if drug related problems are identified

You can be referred to our pharmacist by any of our family health team members.

Program Facilitated by Cherie Dyer

Program available in:

Gravenhurst @ 705-687-2271

Bracebridge @ 705-645-2223



This program is a chart review by our pharmacist of patients 65 years of age and older on medications that may put them at risk for falls or memory problems. If drug related problems are identified, our pharmacist will make recommendations to your primary care provider.


Memory Clinic

Your Health Care Provider refers patients with memory concerns to this program for an interdisciplinary appointment. The patient and caregiver are seen by a nurse, pharmacist, social worker, Alzheimer Society representative and team physician. Diagnosis, treatment plan and support are the goal of this program and all information is sent to your primary care provider.

Program facilitated by Dr. Dechert, Joanne Sugden, Cherie Dyer, Catherine Hansen, a Home and Community Care Case Manager, and a member of the Muskoka Alzheimer Society.

Program available in:

Bracebridge @ 705-645-2223

Mental Health Therapy Services

In consultation with your Healthcare Provider, patients who are struggling with mild to moderate mental health concerns can be referred to counsellors for short-term, one-on-one, couples or family therapy sessions.  Children’s and Adult mental health services available.

See your Primary Care Provider for a referral.

Palliative Service

A collaborative and coordinated approach to enhance support for palliative patients in South Muskoka 

Service includes:

  • provides expert advice, discusses end of life goals

  • connects required services and advocates on behalf of patients and families

  • pain and symptom relief

  • integrates the psychological and spiritual aspects of patient care

  • offers a support system to help patients live as actively as possible until death

  • offers a support system to help the family cope during the patientʼs illness and in their own bereavement


Bracebridge @ 705-645-2223


Post-Hospital Discharge Program

Followup service provided to CCFHT patients recently discharged from local hospital.

Pulmonary Rehab

Thank you for your interest in this program.  During the course of the lockdown and until guidelines allow in-person groups to meet, this program is offered virtually and/or by phone.  For more information please call program staff at one of the numbers listed below.


This program is for individuals who have been diagnosed with COPD. In discussion with your health care provider, you may be referred to this program. It is an 8-week group program, twice per week for 2 hours per session. Sessions include education and exercise as well as follow up support and maintenance.

Program available in:

Gravenhurst @ 705-687-2794 , 705-687-5438, and 705 687-2795 ext.141

Bracebridge @ 705-646-9063 and 705-646-5644

After Hours Clinic

We are pleased to offer an After Hours Clinic for our patients. If you have a medical problem that cannot wait until the next business day, call your primary care provider’s regular phone number AFTER regular business hours and follow the instructions for an appointment in our After Hours Clinic. The After Hours Clinic is open Monday to Friday from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Please bring your health card and a list of medications to your appointment. Narcotic prescriptions will not be renewed after hours.