The ByWard Family Health Team is proud to have pediatricians part of its team. The first few years of your child’s life are very important and BWFHT is happy to take care of your child’s health.
We offer services for the following issues. Please note that the below list is non-exhaustive.
*We do not offer ongoing primary care *
- Newborn’s First Appointment
- Concurrent Premature Infant Care
- Feeding Intolerance/Refusal
- Infant Colic and Gastroesophageal Reflux
- Behavioral Difficulties
- Developmental Delay
- Educational/School Difficulties
- Autism Spectrum Disorder Assessment
- Neurologic Issues
- Childhood Obesity
- Endocrine Issues
Patients who are registered to a BWFHT pediatrician can book or cancel an appointment by calling 613-564-3950 ext 450 or can cancel or request an appointment online.
The pediatricians see patients in consultation when referred by their family physician or primary care provider. All referrals for children up to 17 years of age are accepted. Referrals can be sent to our clinic by physicians by fax at 613-564-6627.
Referrals for Quebec patients are accepted.
Paediatricians at BWFHT are certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. They have expertise in many areas. They work closely with the family care provider through their consultation letters providing them with recommendations and updates of the child’s progress. They communicate and collaborate with other health care professionals (medical specialists, audiologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, psychologists, schools, and CHEO) to provide the best and most comprehensive care.
Dr. Elizabeth Esselmont, paediatrician
Dr. Elizabeth Esselmont graduated from the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine in 2011. She subsequently completed her Pediatrics Residency at CHEO through the University of Ottawa. She works as a consulting pediatrician seeing children for a variety of pediatric issues. Dr. Esselmont also works at The Ottawa Hospital General Campus providing newborn care and teaching medical students. She has an academic appointment as a lecturer through the University of Ottawa.
Dr. Radmila Jovanovic, paediatrician
Dr. Radmila Jovanovic graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Belgrade in Serbia, where she subsequently completed her specialty training in Paediatrics in 1992. After immigrating to Canada, she worked as a researcher in the areas of paediatric Mental Health and Endocrinology. Through this work, she enrolled in a Clinical Fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology at CHEO. In 2005, she successfully completed the Practice Ready Assessment for International Specialists in Paediatrics at CHEO. Since then, she has been working at CHEO in the Endocrinology Department as a diabetologist. From 2006, she has worked at the Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH) as a consulting paediatrician, and general paediatrician in the Newborn Care Nursery, providing care for term infants.
Dr. Jovanovic has an academic affiliation with the University of Ottawa as a PTA Lecturer and Clinician-Teacher.
Dr. Ronald Tam, paediatrician
Dr. Ron Tam is a general paediatrician who has been in practice since 1996. He received his medical degree from the University of Manitoba, and completed his pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). Dr. Tam has been a staff paediatrician at CHEO Paediatric Emergency Department and an Assistant Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Ottawa since 1999. His clinical interests are very broad; his areas of interest include respiratory, gastrointestinal and musculoskeletal disorders, and orthopaedic problems. He is also fluent in Cantonese.
|ADHD SNAP-IV Questionnaire|
|CSBC Infant-Toddler Checklist|
|Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers|
|Mental Health Adolescent Anxiety Scale|
|Mental Health Child Anxiety Scale|
|Mental Health Parent Anxiety Scale|
|Anaphylaxis Emergency Plan|
Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre
Rideauwood Addiction and Family Services
Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa
|ADHD Resources and References|
|ADHD Internet Resources|
|ADHD Stimulant Medications|
Extended-release medications for children and adolescents with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder
Wish you could just “roll with ADHD” in your family? Now you can.
Parenting & Difficult Behaviour
Bilingual Parent Support Line – 613-565-2467
|Temper Tantrums – Tips for Parents and Caregivers|
|Temper tantrums: A Normal Part of Growing Up|
|Principles of Sleep Hygiene in Children|
|Sleep in Infants and Young Children|
|Habits for Healthy Sleep|
Management of primary nocturnal enuresis
Constipation, Children over 1 year of age
Collaborative Mental Health Care
Centre psychosocial (seulement disponible en français)
Centre for interpersonal relationships
- How to Win Friends and Influence People, author: Dale Carnegie
- How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, author: Dale Carnegie
- The Explosive Child, author: Ross W. Greene
|Mental Health Resources|
|Categories of Distorted Automatic Thoughts|
Games & Electronics
Important Milestones: Your Child By One Year
Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development
Private Occupational Therapy
|Private Occupational Therapy Services|
|Private Therapy Services: Occupational Therapy|
Interprofessional Clinic at Perley Rideau
Private Speech Language Pathology
Stuttering: Interprofessional Clinic at Perley Rideau, 1750 Russell Road, Ottawa, K1G 5Z6, tel: 613-526-7125
Pediatric Speech Language Pathology: Interprofessional Clinic at Perley Rideau, 1750 Russell Road, Ottawa, K1G 5Z6, tel: 613-526-7125
Your baby’s speech and language skills from birth to 30 months
|Speech-Language Pathologists in Private Practice|
Baby’s First Foods
The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO)
|Community Services and Resources|
Infant Hearing Program of Ontario
Rourke Baby Record for Parents
|Treatment of Nasolacrimal Duct Obstruction (Dacryostenosis)|
|Activities to improve torticollis|
|Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome|
The Society for Pediatric Dermatology
|Management of atopic dermatitis (eczema)|
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