Wednesday, April 1, 2020

New doctor coming to Walpole Island

Dr. Matthew Kennedy

The Chatham-Kent Community Health Centres (CKCHC) have expanded their primary care family once again, and Walpole Island First Nation is set to benefit.

Dr. Paul Ricketts and Dr. Matthew Kennedy formally became branches of the CKCHC family tree this summer.

Employed full time, Dr. Kennedy will be mainly stationed at the Chatham office while also extending his services to the Walpole Island satellite office one day a week.

Dr. Paul Ricketts

Dr. Ricketts is offering primary care services in a part-time capacity at the Chatham office.

“I was attracted to the CKCHC by the excellent interdisciplinary team and feel privileged to have the opportunity to provide comprehensive care in such a warm, supportive environment. It has been a pleasure getting to know both providers and patients thus far. I look forward to continuing to provide holistic care to the wonderful patient population here in Chatham and the surrounding area,” stated Dr. Kennedy.

“I’m happy to be staying in Chatham-Kent for my medical career. I truly enjoy being part of the CKCHC’s interdisciplinary team as we continue to improve the health and well-being of the community,” stated Dr. Ricketts.

Dr. Kennedy graduated from the University of Toronto’s Medical School and he completed his family medical residency at Western University. Dr. Ricketts obtained his education from Western University’s Medical School where he also completed his family medical residency.

“We are honoured that Drs. Ricketts and Kennedy chose the CHC to begin their careers,” stated Ashley McLellan, Director of Clinical and Client Services.

“Each of these physicians brings extraordinary talent to the CKCHC, which is a great compliment to the remarkable team we already have in place.”

The addition of these two physicians marks a significant milestone for the CKCHC as Sherri Saunders, Integrated Executive Director, explains.

“For the first time since we opened our doors in 2010, we have reached a full complement of physicians across all sites. We want to thank Drs. Ricketts and Kennedy for choosing the CKCHC and enabling us to further increase access to our primary care services.”

Clients seeking a doctor can apply at the CKCHC by filling out an application in office, online at or by calling 519-397-5455.

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