The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne would like to welcome Nurse Practitioner Katelyn Fedorak to the community.

Ms. Fedorak is the newest member of the team of staff at the Kawehno:ke Medical Clinic, joining fellow Nurse Practitioner Janet Brant, Dr. Funnell, and Dr. Torres. With the addition of Katelyn, Akwesasne will have greater access to walk-in clinics and same-day appointments.

“Our growing community has growing health needs and we are proud to bring another qualified professional to Akwesasne,” said the Health Portfolio Chiefs Tobi Mitchell, Vanessa Adams, and April Adams-Phillips. “Securing qualified doctors and nurses is not always easy due to the complications of our jurisdictions and border, so we welcome Katelyn and thank her for choosing Akwesasne. We also thank the MCA staff for working together very passionately to recruit new professionals.”

Ms. Fedorak is a recent graduate of the University of Ottawa. Originally from British Columbia, she previously worked with a First Nation near her hometown, and was alarmed with the “huge lack of access to healthcare” her First Nations clients faced and said, “the health disparity was shocking to me.” She developed a strong interest in aboriginal health.

“I’m very excited to be working here,” she said. “The past two weeks have been a great experience and the patients have been very welcoming.”

MCA’s Wholistic Health & Wellness Program, part of the Dept. of Health, has been actively seeking new health professionals to provide regular and consistent services to the community. The program also oversees the Akwesasne Medical Clinic in Kana:takon, the main headquarters for Dr. Horn, Dr. Saylor and Dr. Levac. The program also includes medical clinics within the community’s long-term care facilities Iakhihsohtha and Tsiionkwanonhso:te, as well as Mental Health, Addictions, and the Traditional Medicines unit. Through these services, the Wholistic Health & Wellness Program works to serve the community’s needs in all areas of their physical, mental and spiritual health.

For more information on the Wholistic Health & Wellness Program please visit…/wholistic-health-and-wellness/.