Featuring Dr. Lorraine Sharp

Dr. Lorraine Sharp

 
Dr. Lorraine Sharp is a community family physician who also practices weekly in the Algoma Geriatric Clinic (AGC). Since 2013, Dr. Sharp has worked with our geriatric patients, providing compassionate and holistic care.

She is a graduate of McMaster University and trained in family medicine at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM). Dr. Sharp continues her involvement with NOSM in a teaching capacity and works with the Family Medicine Residency Program and the undergraduate clinical clerks.

Dr. Sharp provides medical geriatric assessments and consultations in the AGC. “We offer specialized assessment and treatment to medically complex and frail elderly in an outpatient setting,” she says. The program is designed to optimize the level of independence in the lives of geriatric patients living in our community. “I love working with the geriatric population in this setting because I am able to spend time with each patient and hear their stories. Sometimes in an office setting, we spend a lot of time managing complex issues and we don’t have the time it takes to find out what is truly important to the patient.”

The AGC is participating in a research study, led by Dr. Sharp. “We offer a 12-week exercise training program, Frail to Fit, for patients of the AGC who are at high risk of falls and if we demonstrate sustained patient improvement after the 12-week program, our community may receive funding to continue offering the exercise program in the community.”

Dr. Sharp is also a member of the Algoma Geriatric Network Steering Committee. “One of our goals is to encourage everyone to begin Advanced Care Planning and discuss it with your health provider and family. This important process allows you to reflect on your values and wishes, and communicate with your loved ones the kind of health and personal care you would want in the future if you were unable to speak for yourself.”

Dr. Sharp and her husband, Dr. Stephen Smith, have 2 children – a 4-year old son and a 2-year old daughter. She is an avid reader and enjoys travelling with her family.

We thank Dr. Sharp for her expertise, her kindness and the compassionate and gentle care she provides to our geriatric patients in the AGC!