AMC says goodbye to Dr. Persson

Agassiz Medical Centre is saying goodbye to one it’s own. Dr. Ockie Persson and his wife Diana are moving to Vancouver Island in mid March. We wish them all the best in their future endeavors.

New Walk-in Hours

Our walk-in hours are changing as of December 1st. We’ve been studying the times during our walk-in that are the busiest and we are changing our times to better serve our community.

Our new walk-in hours will be:

  • Monday to Thursday: 10:30 am – 6:30 pm
  • Friday: 10:30 am – 6:00 pm

Connect with your provider online!

With secure messaging, you can provide updates to your provider, receive test results, instructions, post procedure reviews, and more online.

Sign up for secure messaging today!

How it works

  • When your provider or the clinic sends you a message, you will receive a notification through secure email that alerts you to login to the platform to view it.
  • The system can be found online or through a secure messaging app.
  • Once logged in, you can only see the email transcript and any files that are attached. You will not see any additional information from your chart.
  • You are able to reply to this message, but only the clinic or your provider can start and finish the conversation.
  • All encounters are stored in your chart.

How to sign up

  1. Create a Medeo account online at:
  2. To see your upcoming appointments and secure messaging:
    on a computer: go to
    on a phone or tablet: download the Medeo Virtual Healthcare App
  3. At your next appointment, make sure we have your same email you signed up with on file.

AMC Now Offering Online Booking

Agassiz Medical Centre is pleased to offer online booking to all of our patients who have a family doctor or family nurse practitioner with us. You’re able to make a request for an appointment with your regular provider for a day and time that suits you.

How to book online:

  1. Go to the top of our homepage and click on “Online Booking”.
  2. Scroll down and click “Make an Account” in red writing.
  3. Once you’ve created and confirmed your account, go back to our “Online Booking” page.
  4. Scroll down and click the “Book Appointment” button.

FYI – In order to have an account you do require and email address.
EACH member of your family will need a seperate account.

Driver Safety

As summer approaches we begin to look forward to camping trips, long weekend visits to provincial parks and even the odd day trip to our favourite beach. Of course as summer gets busy, so do our highways. I have reviewed Manitoba Public Insurance’s (MPI’s) website and I will review some driving tips to help everyone enjoy their summer road trips as safely as possible.

According to MPI there were 96 vehicle-related fatal collisions in Manitoba in 2016, causing the deaths of 107 people. MPI cites three major behaviours that are most responsible for traffic fatalities. They are, distracted driving, speeding, and impaired driving. Not surprisingly, these three behaviours are all preventable. 

There are many distractions drivers face, but the one recently targeted by police could be the most dangerous. It is the use of hand-held electronic devices such as cellphones. When you are driving, your focus should be on driving. Have your passenger answer your phone when possible or let the call go to voicemail. If you have to make a call or send a text while driving, find a safe place to pull over and stop your car before doing so. If you know you’ll be tempted to check your phone, turn it off or silence it and put it somewhere out of reach. 

Speed kills! Your speed affects your reaction time and the distance it takes for you to stop in an emergency. Your speed determines the amount of energy transferred to to other objects or people during a collision. As MPI says, “the faster you go, the harder you crash”. Adjust your speed accordingly for bad weather or road conditions. Pay attention in school zones and slow down to 30km/hr. In the summer, when school is out, slow down when passing parks and playgrounds where children may be nearby. Give yourself extra time so you are not rushing to get to your destination. 

When we hear impaired driving, we usually think of alcohol intoxication. There are other sources of impairment we also need to consider. Illicit drugs, prescription and non-prescription drugs and fatigue can all lead to impairment as well. You need to be alert and in control at all times while driving. Do not operate a motor vehicle when you are impaired. Call a friend, get a cab or in the case of fatigue, pull off to a safe spot and get some sleep before continuing. 

To err is human. We will all make mistakes behind the wheel. Do your best to drive defensively to do your part to help prevent a collision when someone else makes a mistake on the road. Please wear your seatbelt. A properly worn seatbelt, added to the many safety features in today’s vehicles, can help save your life. 

Visit and click the heading Road Safety for many other great tips, including sections on child car seats, cycling, and wildlife. Be safe of the roads and have a great summer. 

Dr. Kevin Convery, MD

Healthy Lifestyle Habits

We live in a society where health seems to be highly valued. We feel that we should all be entitled to some level of health. We often go to great lengths and spend a lot of money and resources treating and managing disease and chronic illness. There have been incredible advances in science and technology over the last century that make this more possible than ever before. Being healthy, however is often taken for granted and it is often when we lose health, that we appreciate what we had and wonder how we can get it back.

What we do to our bodies has an impact on our health. This is something that has been recognized for millennia. Hippocrates, (460-377BC) who is often referred to as the “Father of Modern Medicine” had a few thoughts on healthy life-styles. He compared people’s habits and noticed that “bodies grow relaxed and squat … through their sedentary lives,” which led to various illnesses. Those who walked more, stayed well longer. He often prescribed exercise. He observed that “those who are constitutionally very fat are more apt to die quickly than those who are thin” recognizing that people who ate mainly a fresh, plant-based diet, developed fewer diseases. His advice was that of improving a patient’s diet. He recognized that the same remedy could heal in one dose but harm in a greater one. For example, he prescribed wine as part of a healthy diet and to ease pain in childbirth. Hippocrates also noticed that his patients developed gout if they continually drank too much wine. When he convinced them to change their habits, the painful condition improved.

Fast forward to 1997, where a group of researchers from the Institute of Environmental Medicine at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden started a study. They selected a group of 20,721 men aged 45 to 79 with no history of cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes or high cholesterol and followed them over the next 11 years. They were categorized according to 5 healthy lifestyle habits:

  1. A healthy diet, including legumes, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fish
  2. Moderate alcohol intake (10-30gm of alcohol a day – equivalent of 1-2 glasses of wine)
  3. No smoking
  4. Being physically active (walking or bicycling more than 40 minutes a day and exercising more than 1 hour per week.
  5. Having no abdominal fat or a waistline of less than 95cm (38inches).

Over the 11 years they looked at the risk of heart attacks as a measure of health. They were able to identify a reduction in risk of developing heart disease in each of the 5 categories compared to the group that did not meet these criteria. 

  1. Maintaining a healthy diet reduced the risk by 18%
  2. The moderate alcohol intake group had an 11% reduction in risk
  3. Not smoking showed a 36% reduction in risk
  4. Being physically active reduced the risk by 3%
  5. Having a smaller waistline reduced the risk by 12%

It is interesting to note that the combined effect of a healthy diet and moderate alcohol intake reduced the risk of having a heart attack by 36 %, which is the same risk reduction as not smoking. The group of men that were able to maintain all 5 healthy lifestyle habits amounted to only 1% of the study group, but showed an 86% reduced risk of having a heart attack.  In other words 4 out 5 heart attacks may be preventable by following healthy life style habits. The sobering reality is that there is no amount of medication that I as a physician can prescribe, that can come close to achieving these risk reductions mentioned above. 

Our health is a partnership. You and your health care provider have a valuable input into your eventual health outcome.  As a physician I can measure and monitor some physical parameters and provide you with certain remedies in the form of medicine or prescriptions, as well as advice. Much of the advice I give, you have probably heard before. The physician’s part in this partnership is small and often easy, compared to what you, as the patient, have to do. Changing habits is difficult and takes consistent effort, determination and personal motivation. It may help to stop and ask, “Is this good for me?” before mindlessly continuing in a comfortable habit. You will then be well on your way to being kinder to your body.

The message here is not new, it is not complicated and is certainly not financially draining. The cost, however, is significant in personal discipline, time and planning your day ahead. Investing in your health today, will ensure a rewarding pay-out later. Our health is largely in our own hands. 

What one, new healthy decision are you making today?

Katie Cares partners with AMC to give stuffed animals

Thanks to Katie Cares, children coming for their 5 year old school immunizations will be getting a stuffed animal. 

We will also be giving them to the children who are having a hard time with getting a needle. We are very excited to partner with Katie Cares in supporting our patients.

We Are Expanding!

That’s right! The vision of developing clinic space at Agassiz Medical Centre has been on the minds of the AMC Community Board for several years. The time has come for the Clinic Development Project to become a reality in our community.

The Agassiz Medical Centre Community Board provides the equipment (both medical and technology based) and furnishings that our physicians, nurse practitioners and staff need to provide the healthcare services that our growing community needs today, and will need in the future.

With the Clinic Development Project we will be able to provide the space and facility that will continue to attract physicians and other health care professionals to our community.   Three reasons why we need to develop more space:

  1. When all of our providers are in the clinic there are often not enough exam rooms available to accommodate everyone.
  2. If we want to recruit more physicians to this area we need more exam rooms.
  3. Due to the amount of patients and staff at the Agassiz Medical Centre, many of the work spaces are too small or no longer function efficiently to continue to provide the best patient care experience.

This is exciting as we prepare to grow with our community.