The Chatham-Kent Health Alliance has added four new doctors, including a psychiatrist, pediatrician and two obstetricians/gynecologists.
The Chatham-Kent Health Alliance has added four new doctors, including a psychiatrist, a pediatrician and two obstetricians/gynecologists.
“(The) Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) is thrilled to welcome Drs. (Jonathan) Fairbairn, (Manna) Adegbite, (Sandra) Gregorovich and (Garvey) Chilopora to our organization and community,” said chief of staff Dr. Pervez Faruqi. “Their specialized skill and knowledge will be great additions to our clinical teams in the departments of psychiatry, pediatrics and obstetrics/gynecology.”
Fairbairn grew up in Chatham and attended Western University for his undergraduate studies. He earned an honours bachelor of medical science degrees in pharmacology and made the dean’s honour list for excellence in academic performance. He went on to receive his doctor of medicine in 2014 from Western University. Fairbairn completed his psychiatry residency at Queen’s University in Kingston from 2014 to 2019.
“I look forward to joining CKHA’s team and providing high quality and compassionate patient care,” Fairbairn said in a written release. “Since starting my medical training, I always knew that one day I wanted to return to serve my home community. I am grateful to have the opportunity to fulfil this long-term aspiration. After having experienced living elsewhere, I’ve come to especially appreciate the kindness and generosity of the people of Chatham-Kent. I look forward to giving back to the community which has provided so much, and has had such a large influence on me.”
Adegbite earned a bachelor of medicine and bachelor of surgery degrees from the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Nigeria in 1994. She then attended the Lagos University Teaching Hospital and completed a rotating internship in 1995.
Adegbite did her residency training in primary care pediatrics at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2000, and received specialty training through a perinatal medicine fellowship at the University of Saskatchewan in 2006.
“After spending time as a locum physician at CKHA years ago, I knew it would be the right fit for me to come back and locate permanently in Chatham-Kent with my family,” said Adegbite in a written release. “I enjoy the community feel of the hospital, its modern facilities and professional staff. I have felt very welcomed since arriving here.”
Adegbite is now accepting patient referrals and is located at the Chatham-Kent Child and Adolescent Clinic at 202 King St. W. in Chatham. The office can be reached by phone at 519-358-1880 and by fax at 519-358-1586.
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Gregorovich obtained her doctor of medicine degree from Universidad de Buenos Aires in 1990. After completing five years of residency training in obstetrics and gynecology, she worked as a generalist OB/GYN for 10 years until immigrating to Canada with her husband and two sons in 2004.
Gregorovich will be taking the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada exam in September 2019 to obtain her sub-specialty in maternal fetal medicine.
“I instantly knew CKHA and the community of Chatham-Kent would be the right choice for me from the warm welcome I received,” Gregorovich said in a written statement. “I enjoy the sense of community in the hospital and have loved getting to know the patients.”
Gregorovich’s office is temporarily located at CKHA’s Chatham site on the women and children’s program floor in Zone B, Level 3. Her permanent office opens on Nov. 1 and will be located at 20 Emma St., Building B. All new patient referrals can be sent by fax to 519-355-0239.
Chilopora earned his bachelor of medicine and bachelor of surgery degrees in 2001 from the University of Malawi, College of Medicine in Malawi and received his residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, in 2009.
He also completed certification in obstetrics and gynecology with a fellowship from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and has spent the past seven years practising general obstetrics and gynecology at the Burin Peninsula Health Care Centre in Newfoundland.
“Chatham-Kent seemed like the ideal place to relocate with my family with its warmer climate and close proximity to major centres,” Chilopora said. “I’ve been welcomed with warmth and hospitality since arriving at CKHA. I’m looking forward to settling into the community.”
Chilopora is also accepting patient referrals by fax at 519-351-5712 and is seeing patients in his clinic at CKHA on Tuesdays and Thursdays until Oct. 31. As of Nov. 1, his office will be located at 41 Grand Ave. W. in Chatham, and clinic patients will be seen at this location. His interim office phone number is 226-626-4841.