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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.

What to Expect

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
  • Sleeping
  • Feeding Intolerance/Refusal
  • Infant Colic and Gastroesophageal Reflux
  • Behavioral Difficulties
  • Developmental Delay
  • Educational/School Difficulties
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • ADHD
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder Assessment
  • Asthma
  • Neurologic Issues
  • Childhood Obesity
  • Endocrine Issues
How to Access

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.

Pediatricians at BWFHT

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.

Form Name Download
ADHD SNAP-IV Questionnaire PDF
CSBC Infant-Toddler Checklist PDF
Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers PDF
CAST Questionnaire PDF
Mental Health Adolescent Anxiety Scale PDF
Mental Health Child Anxiety Scale PDF
Mental Health Parent Anxiety Scale PDF
Anaphylaxis Emergency Plan PDF
Adolescent Health
Behaviour/Mental Health


Documents Download
ADHD Resources and References PDF
ADHD Internet Resources PDF
ADHD Stimulant Medications PDF

To read:

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

Go Family

Triple P


Documents Download
Temper Tantrums – Tips for Parents and Caregivers PDF
Temper tantrums: A Normal Part of Growing Up PDF

Sleeping Difficulties

Toronto Sleep Clinic

While you were sleeping

Documents Download
Principles of Sleep Hygiene in Children PDF
Sleep in Infants and Young Children PDF
Habits for Healthy Sleep PDF


To read:

Management of primary nocturnal enuresis

Bladder Retraining

Toilet learning


Constipation on children

High Fibre Diet

Constipation, Children over 1 year of age

Mental Health

Collaborative Mental Health Care


Centre psychosocial (seulement disponible en français)


Centre for interpersonal relationships


Recommended Books:

  • 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
Documents Download
Mental Health Resources PDF
Categories of Distorted Automatic Thoughts PDF

Games & Electronics

Youth and Interactive Media, Games and Social Networks


Infant/Child Development

Important Milestones: Your Child By One Year

Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development

First words

Zero to Three

Documents Download
Toe Walking PDF

Private Physiotherapy

Private Occupational Therapy

Documents Download
Private Occupational Therapy Services PDF
Private Therapy Services: Occupational Therapy PDF

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

To read:

Your baby’s speech and language skills from birth to 30 months

Documents Download
Speech-Language Pathologists in Private Practice PDF

Private Audiology


Feeding & Nutrition



Formula Feeding

Guide to formula feeding

Baby’s First Foods


Documents Download
Nutrition Resources PDF
General Paediatric Care
Genital Health Care
Documents Download
Contacts for Circumcision in the Community


Newborn and Infant Care

To read:

Blocked Tear Duct

Positional Plagiocephaly

Infant Hearing Program of Ontario

Rourke Baby Record for Parents

Documents Download
Treatment of Nasolacrimal Duct Obstruction (Dacryostenosis) PDF
Activities to improve torticollis PDF
Obesity and Health Active Living
Documents Download
Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome PDF

To read:

Physical activity guidelines for children and adolescents

Oral Health & Care

Pediatric Dentists (Dr. Oriana)

Skin Care and Health

The Society for Pediatric Dermatology


Documents Download
Wart Treatment PDF
Management of atopic dermatitis (eczema) PDF
Diaper rash PDF
News & Events

CTV, June 16th 2016: ‘Creeping sleepidemic’: Almost a third of Canadian kids are sleep-deprived

The Toronto Star, August 11th 2016: How much screen time is too much for children?

Today’s Parent, August 15th 2016: Study: Parents still aren’t following safe sleep guidelines for babies

CBC, August 22nd 2016: No more than 6 teaspoons of added sugar per day for kids, experts say

The New York Times, August 23rd 2016: Brain Scans of Brazilian Babies Show Array of Zika Effects

CTV News, September 21st 2016: Canada ranks in the middle of the pack in childhood activity race

The Washington Post, October 6th 2016: This doctor pioneered a way to treat stress in children, a startling source of future disease

AAP News, October 21st 2016: Policy addresses how to help parents manage young children’s media use

CTV News, October 25th 2016: How autism in girls may help reveal the disorder’s secrets

AAP News, October 2016: SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths: Updated 2016 Recommendations for a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment

CTV  News, December 20th 2016: Light exercise after concussion in kids, teens may halt prolonged symptoms: study

CTV  News, December 22nd 2016: Shorter treatment proves worse for kids with ear infections

CTV  News, January 5th 2017: Peanut foods for infants may prevent allergies: panel and Tips for giving babies peanut-based foods to prevent allergy

The New York Times, April 17th 2017: Too Clean for Our Children’s Good?

CTV News, May 4th 2017: Toddlers’ speech delays could be linked to screen time, study finds

CTV News, June 1st 2017: Doctors urged to encourage minimal screen use for toddlers and preschoolers

CBC News, October 10th  2017: Children with ADHD move twice as much when learning, brain tests show

TED Talks, December 2017: You aren’t at the mercy of your emotions — your brain creates them

CBC News, January 26th 2018: Study links social media use, lack of shut-eye among youth

The Washington Post, March 26th 2018: ADHD brains in preschool children

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