Dr. Shanta Varma

Dr. Varma is the current lead physician of the HCHC Family Health Organization.

Dr. Varma has over 10 years of experience caring for patients in Hamilton as a family doctor. She enjoys the full scope of family medicine, from newborns to seniors, and from preventive care to the management of chronic conditions. She values the therapeutic relationships she has built with her patients, and has been awarded the Hamilton Spectator Readers’ Choice award for best doctor.

Dr. Allen Greenspoon

Welcome to the HCHC Family Health Organization.  As one of the founding members, I am very proud of what we have accomplished and the team that we have assembled.

I am a family physician that has had the privilege of practicing in the North End of Hamilton for over 40 years.  Over the years, the practice has progressed from a small practice in a house on Barton Street East to the full service clinic that we are now.  HCHC prides itself on patient focused medicine and providing a wide variety of services for it's patients.

I have a special interest in Occupational Medicine and chronic disease management.  

When not in the office, I love to golf, sail and spend time with my family.

Dr. Joel Yellin

Born at St. Joseph’s Hospital , in Hamilton and raised in Hamilton, I returned home to practice after medical school in Toronto. Now I am in my 35th year practicing in Hamilton.

During these years, I have delivered over a thousand babies, many of them at the same place I was born.  Although I no longer practice obstetrics, it allowed me to build my beautiful family practice with patients of all ages.

I have also been active in occupational health, servicing the many companies in our industrial area of Hamilton.

In the office, I enjoy performing office minor surgical procedures, repairing lacerations and doing joint injections.

More recently I have taken on teaching medical students about the diverse range of topics in family medicine.


Dr. Todd Greenspoon

Welcome all!  I graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 2010, and then went on to complete Family Medicine residency and a postgraduate degree in Health Research Methods at McMaster University and I have been practicing comprehensive Family Medicine in his hometown of Hamilton ever since.

I currently have a teaching appointment at McMaster University and supervises the medical education of medical students and residents. My special interests are in diseases of the skin, chronic disease management, and the application of evidence-based medicine.

Outside of the office, I enjoy skiing, swimming, and spending time with my family. 

Dr. Anne Mannethu

I was born and raised in Hamilton, and attended McMaster University for my undergraduate degrees. I completed a Master’s Degree in Social Work at Carleton University, and went on to work with children in the foster care system. I then returned to McMaster to complete the MD program, and family medicine residency.

I am proud to practice family medicine, with a scope that includes prenatal care, newborn care, preventative health, women’s health, mental health care, chronic disease management and elder care.

I strive to treat patients of all ages, ethnicities, nationalities, religious affiliations, abilities and LGBTQ populations with compassion and respect. 

Dr. Barbora Pek

Welcome to HCHC. I am a certified College of Family Physicians of Canada, Emergency Medicine (CCFP  EM) Physician with over 15 years of experience in community,  tertiary and academic Family Medicine and  Emergency Medicine. I am an active member of the Hamilton Family Health Team (HFHT) and have active staff privileges at both St Joseph’s Healthcare and Hamilton Health Sciences. I have had the privilege of being part of the HCHC family for the last 4 years. I am also part of the Newborn Care Team at St Joseph’s Healthcare. Since joining the HFHT and HCHC our team has been involved with numerous patient engagement initiatives and programs that include diabetes care, care of the elderly, access to care initiatives, virtual care initiatives and many more. I run the Newborn Newcomer Primary Care Program that links newcomers and their families with quality primary care in Hamilton. I have extensive experience and interest in the domains of Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Urgent Care and Sport Medicine.  I am proud to work as part of a group of dedicated physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, dedicated diabetes practitioners, dietician, clinical pharmacist and an amazing mental health team. 

I have a special interest in teaching and mentoring students at every level and have taken on many academic and community based teaching roles such as running the Community Based Residency Training Program at HCHC. I have taken on many leadership roles and initiatives over the years. I currently work as part of the COVID Crisis Response Team, have served and continue to serve on numerous committees and have held the role Undergraduate Clerkship director for Emergency Medicine. I have authored and published numerous teaching modules dedicated to knowledge translation for primary care that include topics such as heart failure and drug interactions and I currently facilitate a problem based small group learning program and journal club at HCHC. Our team at HCHC is dedicated to the best quality, evidence based medical care for our patient family. We look forward to welcoming you to our family.

Dr. David Smosarski

Dr. Mark Zalter

Cindy MacRitchie, RN(ec)

Sonia Taylor, RN(ec)

Hamilton is a great place to live and HCHC Family Health Organization is a wonderful place to work! 

I went to school to become a Registered Nurse at McMaster University and obtained my BScN. I focused my nursing career on women, children and infants. My first position was on Labour and Delivery at McMaster University Hospital. Having an interest in travel, l arranged to work at Royal Hospital for Women in the Neonatal ICU in Syndney, Australia. A few years later, missing home, I returned to Toronto and was employed in the ER at the Hospital for Sick Children.

Looking to further my education, I moved to New York City to take my Masters in Science and Family Nurse Practitioner Program at Pace University. While there, I worked at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in the Urgent Care looking after young cancer patients. Returning to Canada, I worked as a Nurse Practitioner at Lamp Community Care Centre.

Now settled in Hamilton with my family, I pursue many hobbies: sewing, knitting, exercising, hiking, camping and I continue to travel as much as I can.

I look forward to meeting and working with you