Most who have visited or lived in Alberta would agree with the Lonely Planet when it states: “Alberta does lakes and mountains like Rome does churches and cathedrals, but without the penance.”
As the province’s second-largest city, Edmonton can also boast being home to the largest mall in North America, as well as some of the province’s best doctors.
To learn more, check out this list of the Top 5 Family Physicians in Edmonton- June, 2016, who have claimed their profiles on RateMDs.com.
“I think being a First Nations physician has always allowed me to think of a patient in all four dimensions. This takes into consideration hopefully the full extent of the patient’s problem hopefully resulting in better patient-centred care. Traditional medicine is an evolving area with basis in our traditional healers and Elders. Working side-by-side with western medicine and traditional medicine is an exciting new area. Traditional medicine definitely has a place in health care and through the teaching of our traditional healers and Elders hopefully this is accepted as a reliable and valid source of knowledge.” –Dr. Daniel McKennitt, ammsa.com
Dr. Daniel McKennitt was born in Sandy Bay First Nations outside of Winnipeg and grew up in Edmonton where he attended the University of Alberta Medical School. Upon completing his residency in family medicine, he began practicing family medicine in an Edmonton clinic, as well as in Maskwacis.
In addition to practicing family medicine, Dr. McKennitt has worked as a youth advisor for the Urban Multipurpose Aboriginal Youth Centre with the Department of Heritage and has conducted Aboriginal health research with the University of Alberta.
“Knowledgeable, compassionate, supportive and a true asset to the Medical Community. Dr. McKennitt is what a Doctor should aspire to be – he truly cares about his patients and treats them with respect, which in this day and age is a rare trait to have for Physicians who must treat people by the clock. If you are looking for a true Medical Professional, Dr. McKennitt would be top of the list.” *****
“Fantastic doctor, very talented. I have known him for years – when I heard that he had started to practice I had no doubt and got my care transferred to him right away. Very good listener, efficiently addresses my needs. Non-judgmental, supportive through-and-through. Feeling very privileged to have him as my family doctor.” *****
“Dr. McKennitt truly is a quality physician. He is genuine, caring, and does not hesitate to go the extra mile to accommodate to his patients needs. I have known Dr. McKennitt for almost four years and I can say with full confidence that has every quality that makes for an excellent family physician.” *****
“Dr. McKennitt is really an advocate. He really wants to get to the underlying issue and is very detailed. He is also very aware of the determinants of health, especially income and housing and there effects on people’s health. Not many MDs concerned with things outside of the clinic but that’s where our health is most affected. If you want a doctor who cares, is honest and will advocate for you when it seems no one else will, he’s for you!” *****
Dr. Margaret Fogl is a family physician practicing medicine in the Edmonton area.
“Dr. Fogl is an excellent GP. Although she’s very busy, she doesn’t make you feel rushed. She takes extra time to explain everything clearly. When my son was sick and we couldn’t book an appointment with her, she still called us later that evening to find out what was going on. She’s thorough in her questioning and very kind.” *****
“Love her! I used to have a doctor that was very judgmental and I used to hate going to see her. With Dr. Fogl, I feel extremely safe and welcome. She is so caring and never rushes me out the door like some doctors. I’m so thankful I’ve found a young, female family physician like her!” *****
“She is thorough and knowledgeable. It’s nice to see a Dr. that is caring and follows through with what she says she will do. She is an excellent professional.” **** ½
“I met Dr. Fogl today. Even though she had a bad start to the day, Dr. Fogl is warm, kind , very considerate , compassionate , caring . Dr. Fogl makes sure she covers all medical information and is very willing to do all she can to help. Even though she was really busy, she did not make me feel rushed at all. Dr. Fogl is a wonderful Doctor, I am so glad to have found her . Thank you Dr. Fogl . 🙂 :)” *****
Dr. Daisy Fung completed her medical training at the University of Alberta, where she was vice-president of the University of Alberta Medical Students’ Association. She is now a family physician as well as an assistant clinical professor at the University of Alberta.
“I am a family physician with an interest in geriatrics, palliative care, chronic disease management and preventative health screening. I work in clinic as well as at multiple supportive living facilities in the community. I have privileges at Westview Community Health Center, Misericordia Community Hospital, Good Samaritan Spruce Grove/Stony Plain, and Copper Sky Lodge. I also provide home visits to my palliative, geriatric and house-bound patients, including pediatric patients.” –Dr. Daisy Fung, LinkedIn.com
What Her Patients Say:
“Dr. Fung is absolutely terrific. She has helped me understand my medical conditions and has provided care up and above what could ever be expected.” *****
“Dr. Fung covered for my regular Dr. for a while. I only saw her once but she was really terrific and very curious about what was wrong with me. She has a very kind manner which I greatly appreciated.” *****
“I have been seeing Dr. Fung as she is taking over for my regular family Dr who us on maternity leave. Dr. Fung is a great Dr and listens to your concerns without rushing you out the door. She makes sure that she has answered all your questions and even takes time to explain things in simple terms and provides you with additional information and websites. She truly cares about her patients and puts your mind at ease.” **** ½
“I have been seeing Dr. Fung for a few months. I met her at a conference (I am a nurse) and she was so nice and polite. Seeing her as a patient she is great! I have worked with many doctors in clinics, hospitals etc. and I can say she amazing. She goes the extra mile and never rushes me at all. She is very smart and knows her stuff and gives options and does not just push things on you.” *****
Dr. Virinder Singh is a family physician practicing in the Edmonton area.
“Love his new clinic and his new staff! He is so patient and listens to my concerns patiently! I can go to him with all my medical and counseling needs. He’s open to discussing medications with me and discussing when they might not be the best option. I learned so much about how some medications can do harm when not medically necessary. Glad I made him my family physician!” *****
“Dr SINGH is very patient and kind! I trust him with my medical care and love his new clinic!” *****
“Dr. Singh helped me when other family physicians dismissed my concerns. SO HELPFUL and POLITE! Thank you Dr. Singh!” *****
“Always on time with appointments and wealth of experience to compliment his caring nature for all his patients makes him my top pick.” *****
Dr. Osama El-Nageh is a family physician with a practice in the Edmonton area.
“Blatchford Field Medical Clinic is committed to providing high quality, medical care in a clean and friendly environment with added convenience. Our clinic provides Family Practice service where patients can be treated by a qualified health care team. We understand our patients’ needs and treat all with care and respect.” —Health-local.com
“I just went as walk in to see this doctor at the Northgate Clinic. He was so nice and very helpful. He took his full time and explained everything fully. He stayed with me until I was comfortable to talk. His nurse and staff were really friendly too.” *****
“Amazing physician! Takes his time with you & actually listens to you!” *****“Just went to a new clinic that just opened in June here in Edmonton (Millwoods area) and met this wonderful doctor! Care about his patients, explain everything really clearly. I was surprised because most of the time doctors make me feel all weird and they treat me like I am a number but Dr. El-Nageh has been fantastic! He made me feel comfortable the second he entered the room! I really recommend this clinic. It’s brand new and you feel like you are really taking care of.” *****