Meet Our Team
Who is involved in the Chatham-Kent Ontario Health Team?
There are 22 local health, community and social service organizations working together as signatory partners in the CKOHT. Additionally, several more agencies have given their support to the CKOHT as affiliate partners and intend to become more involved in future phases. Current partners include:
The CKOHT has 3 Co-Chairs: A Physician Co-Chair, A Patient & Family Advisor Co-chair, and a Primary Care Administrative Co-chair.
Dr. Yee-Providence is the Physician Co-chair for the CKOHT. Dr. Briana Yee-Providence, as the Physician Co-Chair will engage physicians as a liaison for the CKOHT to provide feedback, and develop/implement initiatives within the CKOHT. She will also advocate for local healthcare needs, provide medical leadership, and clinical oversight to achieve CKOHT’s goals. Dr. Yee-Providence is a Family Physician who joined the Chatham-Kent Family Health Team in 2015 at the Dresden location where she currently practices. She completed her residency in Canton, Ohio at the Northeastern University College of Medicine in Family Medicine in 2010 and is board certified by the American College of Family Physicians. Since then she has had extensive experience working in rural settings as a family physician both in the outpatient and inpatient settings, as a medical director for long-term care, and in a busy urgent care facility in the USA. Since returning home to Ontario, she has continued to practice comprehensive Family Medicine in both the outpatient and hospital setting. She has continued to expand her experience in healthcare administration as the Vice Lead of the Chatham-Kent Family Health Team, as Primary Care Lead with Ontario Health, Medical Director of the COVID Assessment Center in CK and most recently as the Physician Lead in the CKOHT.
Kathy Borthwick is the Patient & Family Advisor Co-Chair for the CKOHT. As a patient advisor, Kathy supports the patient and caregiver partners across Chatham-Kent who provide a critical patient perspective and are reflected in the CKOHT decision making and program planning through PFAC.
Kathy is pleased to be assisting in the transformation of our healthcare systems within CK. She leverages her lived experiences as a patient and care partner to family members to support patient care partnership across the continuum of care. The phrase “nothing about us, without us” serves as a constant reminder of the importance of a patient and family centred focus within our communities. Kathy is especially interested in the rapid evolution of digital health technologies that improve patient care, access to care and access to personal health care information without compromising the access and quality of care for everyone.
Kathy has been a patient / caregiver advisor since 2015 and is excited to continue sharing the patient experience perspective with the CKOHT team.
Sherri Saunders is the Primary Care Administrative Co-chair for the Chatham-Kent Ontario Health Team (CKOHT). Sherri is excited about the transformation of Chatham-Kent’s health care systems towards an improved client experience through effective transitions and holistic care approaches. Sherri Saunders joined the Chatham-Kent Community Health Centres in 2017 as the Executive Director with offices located in Chatham, Wallaceburg, Walpole Island and various outreach locations. Sherri completed her Bachelor of Science (Home Economics) degree at the University of Western Ontario and her clinical nutrition internship at the Hamilton Health Science Corporation. As a Registered Dietitian, Sherri practiced in acute care, long-term care, community and private practice settings. In 2015, Sherri completed her Masters of Business Administration with specialization in leadership from Walden University. Sherri has gained valuable leadership and health system experiences with diverse interprofessional teams over the past 25 years within acute care, the former Erie St. Clair LHIN, primary care and community settings and looks forward to working with CKOHT and community partners to further enhance health and wellbeing for all.
Melissa Sharpe-Harrigan is the Executive Transformation Lead with the Chatham-Kent Ontario Health Team (CKOHT). Melissa has a wealth of experience and knowledge in the broader public sector, academics and health care leadership. Melissa has served the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) as the Director, Medical Affairs and Medical Recruitment where she has worked with a number of internal and external stakeholders to ensure a strong support for the Chief of Staff, physicians, and leadership at CKHA. Melissa has held a number of other leadership and project coordination and policy roles in the health, academic, and government sectors. Outside of the CKOHT, Melissa serves as the Chatham-Kent Municipal Councillor representing the area and residents of West Kent. Melissa has significant volunteer and community service experience. Melissa has an Honours BA, MA in Political Science and is in the final states of dissertation for her doctoral thesis.