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Finding a Family Doctor


Welcome to the Alberta College of Family Physicians and thank you for visiting our page for patients. As a professional member organization with a membership of more than 5,600, we are the proud voice of family physicians and family medicine in Alberta.

The Alberta College of Family Physicians (ACFP) is the provincial Chapter for the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) and was established more than 60 years ago. Learn more about Who We Are and about the ACFP’s role in provincial health care.

We have a number of pages that are focused on your needs.

  • Find a family physician. See below or visit our Find a Family Physician page which includes links to primary family physician databases in Alberta.
  • Learn what a Medical Home is. Our Patient’s Medical Home page provides resources that explain the College of Family Physicians of Canada’s Vision for Canada.
  • Share your gratitude. Our Family Docs Rock site helps patients acknowledge their relationship with their doctors by showcasing how great they are. Take a moment to visit the page or share with us why your family doc rocks at


Why See a Family Doctor?
A family doctor-patient relationship is oftentimes one of the most trusted in health care. It is a relationship that both the family doctor and patient have been nurturing since a patient’s first visit. Take a look at the evidence summary on why it’s important to have a family doctor.

Lifelong care
In many cases, a relationship with your family physician may be the longest partnership you have in the health system and quite possibly your life. Many family physicians treat patients from the day they were born to their last day of life. Because of this enduring relationship, family physicians possess a wide breadth and depth of clinical knowledgeu2014both from acute and chronic presentations to preventative and palliative care.

They know you and your family
After years of treating you as a patient, your doctor knows your history and your family’s too. Quite often, family physicians will see multiple generations of a family and will likely be able to spot possible risk factors. Getting to know your whole family and understanding you helps paint a fuller picture for a physician to properly assess your medical needs and well-being.

They are in your corner
Your family doctor can be one of your best care advocates. They know your history and know what you need and will work with you and the health system to best help coordinate your careu2014be it referring you to the right specialist or following up on your hospital stay or emergency visit. Your family physician provides the link to ensure your care has continuity.

Family Medicine Professional Profile
Get a better understanding of what it means to be a family medicine specialist.

Looking for a family physician?

If you are looking for a family doctor, some of the best sources to help you are to:

My name is Smitha Yaltho and I feel privileged to work as a family physician. Why? I believe that being a family physician has been the best job any physician can hope to have. I have personally grown in my own abilities and skill-sets with diverse opportunities in ambulatory practice, acute care and work in Facility Living.  Working in primary care has been exciting and has also afforded me tremendous opportunities for growth while still remaining stimulating in its complexity.  I believe that Family physicians are trusted partners in patient care –  every step of the way. 

Why are you volunteering to serve on this committee?
I currently have an interest in Physician Leadership and  trauma informed care.  I have served as a director with the Board of Directors with the Edmonton North PCN, Edmonton’s largest PCN. Thereafter, I have worked as the Director of Medical Services with CapitalCare (also based in Edmonton) for almost 6 years. It is my express wish that my contribution on the ACFP board of directors will highlight the excellence of family medicine that exists right here and now within the Alberta health care system. 

What about the ACFP’s work do you find most valuable?
Ability to highlight and further support the excellence of primary care right here in Alberta.