Welcome Doctors Ostapowicz

We welcome Doctors Daniel and Teresa Ostapowicz to the Valley. These internationally-trained physicians of Polish heritage began their practice here in November 2020 but have both been a part of this community in the past. Teresa’s Valley history starts with her family, as her father was a boy scout at the Kaszuby camp. Teresa has maintained longtime friendships with neighbours of the family cottage on Wadsworth Lake since she was 7 years old. So it was a comfortable choice to set up practice in an area they were already familiar with, both having completed a medical rotation here in 2015: Teresa worked with Dr. Coulas, and Daniel with Dr. Atfield in Barry’s Bay and Dr. Joo at Rainbow Valley Community Health Centre in Killaloe.

Following university in Canada, the couple met at Jagiellonian School of Medicine in Kraków, where classes were in English but patients were served in the Polish language. Both Teresa and Dan did advanced studies and residencies at Ottawa Civic and CHEO, as well as in the U.S. (Yale Medical Centre and the Mayo Clinic), and so they come to the Valley with a wealth of experience. Even in American cities they learned to become resourceful physicians because local hospitals in some neighbourhoods lack necessary resources.

They explained what led them to establish a practice together in Barry’s Bay.

Teresa said, “Before graduating medical school in May 2016 we often were a team – It was natural for us to work together in our work life and home life when married. It was always our dream to raise our family together and open a practice. We believed that could work here.” 

Daniel said, “It’s pretty special that it’s the first Polish community [in Canada]. We both like the outdoors – I used to run ultra-marathons in the mountains out west and Teresa was a long distance runner in university. We love this area.”

One often sees Drs. Teresa and Daniel Ostapowicz walking their children, Laura and Emilia, with the stroller or sharing roles as parents and doctors. During the interview they praised the local Emergency department describing a team of excellent nurses and doctors. They remarked on creative and resourceful medical services from Pembroke and Ottawa including the EPIC system and other electronic medical records that allow a doctor to view critical information and imaging on demand. They also applauded telemedicine services that strengthen the relationships with larger area hospitals and provide increased access to specialists in the comfort of a patient’s home or rural hospital.

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All in all our two new Doctors Ostapowicz explained that taking over Dr. Atfield’s practice in Barry’s Bay and area allows them to provide a level of service expected in an urban centre while they can enjoy the benefits of a rural community they now call home. Inset Drs Daniel and Teresa Ostapowicz with children Laura (left) and Emilia

14 Comments

  1. Eden Guidroz

    Welcome to our beautiful MV area! This is such good news for our community!! 2 doctors and 2 children!! All the best wishes for a healthy and happy 2021 settling in to your homelife and working!!

  2. Polish: Jesteśmy zachwyceni wiadomością, że dwóch młodych dobrze wyszkolonych i doświadczonych lekarzy mają rozwinąć praktykę i gabinet w Barry’s Bay. A jeszcze lepiej, że to cała rodzinka! Witamy was serdecznie.

    English: We’re thrilled by the news that two young, well-educated and experienced doctors are establishing a practice in Barry’s Bay. And moreover, it is a whole family addition. We sincerely welcome you.

  3. WM. DEAN DAVIS

    Thank you both for coming to this part of the province. I recall doing talks to the children of the Kazuby Boy Scouts Camp years ago…..I wonder if you were one of the boys I was so privileged to speak with, when I was working for the OPP in Killaloe. I truly hope your tenure in the area lasts a lifetime. Congratulations!

  4. Dan Olshen

    Congratulations to the Ostapowicz Physicians for having chosen the MV in which to practice medicine. After reviewing your Bios, it is abundantly clear that the skill sets you bring to the area will enhance our medical standards and patient care. The Jagiellonian Medical University is renown in Central Europe as hosting the brightest and finest in this profession. It is also noteworthy that you have undertaken studies and residencies at CHEO, Yale and the world-famous Centre for medical advancement the MAYO Clinic in Minneapolis.
    On another note, I have visited Krakow where you studied and can understand the synergy your family has with this area. The geographies and vistas plus the Tatra Mountains adjacent to Krakow will make you feel close to home in the MV as there are numerous similarities and cultural affinities between these two domains.
    Thank you for choosing the MV for practicing the medical profession.

    • Alina Chiappetta

      Welcome to Barry’s Bay.
      This is a great news! I’m moving fromToronto to Barry’s Bay and was worried about not having a doctor in the area. This was the biggest downside to the move. Now, there is a hope of having a family doctor:-)
      I’m so happy to welcome new doctors!

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