Dr. Vera Cheung, BSc, MD, CCFP

I received my Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Medicine degree from University of Alberta.  My residency training was completed at University of Manitoba.

In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, travelling and exercising.  Do you know I hold a certificate of Culinary Arts from George Brown College?  I also enjoy reading about personal finance, especially about investing.

 

GENERAL INFO:

I encourage all my patients to call my clinic for all their health concerns.

Please keep in mind, if I’m not available, you can always book an appointment with other physicians in the clinic – just ask the staff!  It is always better to have all your medical information at one place.  This helps to reduce medication errors, avoid unnecessary medical tests, and improve your health care experience.  Please understand that your information at walk-in clinic is not automatically shared with our system.

 

COVID 19 Vaccine Resource

1) Pregnancy

**Key points**

  • Pregnant women can use Ontario’s vaccine booking system to find out how to schedule an appointment, call the Provincial Vaccine Booking Line number at 1-833-943-3900, or contact their Public Health Unit (PHU). In most cases, extra documentation is not required. The extended dose interval of 16 weeks remains in place.
 
  • The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) notes that vaccine-induced thrombotic thrombocytopenia (VITT) is not more likely to happen in pregnancy and VITT does not develop through the same process as usual types of bleeding or clotting problems (including in pregnancy).  Please feel free the read the official statement in the above link.
 

2) FOR ALL OTHER ADULTS, the message is clear – Please get vaccinated!!

  • All of the approved COVID 19 vaccines in Canada have high efficacy rates against severe disease from COVID 19 (hence, hospitalizations and death)
  • The risk of vaccine induced blood clot is extremely low, roughly 1/250,000,  the same risk as being hit in your home by a crashing airplane
  • note – 30-70% of patients admitted to ICU with COVID 19 will develop blood clots in the deep veins of their legs or lungs
  • Given the circulation of variants of concern that cause more severe disease, the most important step Canadians can take to protect themselves from dangerous clotting is to get the first vaccine made available to them.
  • Please do not hesitate to call me if you want to discuss the covid 19 vaccine

3) Should I wait to get an mRNA vaccine?

“Age is the greatest risk factor for morbidity or mortality from COVID-19. For those above age 65, an mRNA vaccine may offer the greatest protection.

For those under age 65 who are at risk from COVID-19, the AstraZeneca and Janssen vaccines offer a safe and effective way to reduce risk. Both are extremely effective at reducing hospitalization or death from COVID-19. AstraZeneca may reduce transmission as well, and the Janssen vaccine trial showed high efficacy against the B.135 and P.2 variants. Waiting an uncertain amount of time for an mRNA vaccine may not be desirable compared to getting excellent protection right away from any serious complications of COVID-19.”

(courtesy of Centre for Effective Practice)

 

 

USEFUL LINKS


Diabetes, Prediabetes

Having diabetes is not the end of the world!  Please understand – the “diabetic diet” is really just healthy eating – that is, ALL of us should eat this way.  It is not a special diet.  ALL of us should exercise.  Check out this website from the Canadian Diabetes Association for more tips and information on diabetes, healthy lifestyle and community resources.

 

Hypertension

Want to know more about what your blood pressure mean to you?  Wondering what you can do to lower your blood pressure through lifestyle changes?  Check out this website.  

 

Flu Vaccine

Get the facts on the seasonal flu, flu shot safety, and who are most at risk for the flu (young children, 65 years or older, pregnant women, and those with underlying health conditions).  Be informed and get vaccinated!

 

Women’s Health and Pregnancy

Get the facts on pap test, cervical cancer screening, and colposcopy.  This is a Manitoba website, but the information on  pap test, results, and colposcopy is the same across the provinces.  The follow up procedure for abnormal pap results can vary by province.  Please speak with your health care provider about the recommended follow up for your pap test result.

Please also check out the Ontario cervical cancer screening website 

https://www.cancercareontario.ca/en/types-of-cancer/cervical/screening

 

Pregnant or has kids in the Peel health region?  Check out the above websites for health info and community resources.

 

Health Canada’s recommendations on proper nutrition during pregnancy and breastfeeding

 

Information regarding sexual health, including contraception information.

 

Feeling the flashes?  Trouble dealing with all your menopausal symptoms?  Look no further than this trusted website by the Society of Obstetricians & Gynecologists of Canada.

 

Ontario’s new funded Fertility Program information

 

 

Kids Health

Want some tips on how to deal with your picky eater, disciplining your child, or reducing vaccination pain?  Check out this website created by the Canadian Pediatric Society.  This website is designed for the general public.

 

Great website developed by Sick Kids Hospital for the general public.  Highly recommend.

 

18 month routine well child visit is one of the most important appointment in the first 2 years of your baby’s life.  This is the time to identify any problems in development and behaviours, as early interventions lead to better outcomes.   Please check out this website to help you better prepare for your child’s 18 month visit.

 

Canadian Pediatric Society website

 

 

Lifestyle, Nutrition

This website contains very good information about nutrition, proper eating, weight loss, exercising etc.

 

This can help you choose healthy foods on your plate!

 

Colon Cancer Screening – Everyone over age 50, or earlier if you are at risk.  Get screened – do not delay!

 

Liver Disease

Get the facts on liver disease and prevention.

 

 

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis Canada

Wondering how to get enough calcium and vitamin D for health bones?  Want to know what type of exercises can strengthen your bones?  Check out this excellent website.