Ensuring quality health services and programs.
Dr. Peter Jechel
Dr. Peter Jechel completed his medical training in family medicine and emergency medicine at Queen's University prior to moving to Perth where he has enjoyed the full spectrum of family practice for over 30 years. He enjoys the opportunity to follow his patients throughout their life journey from infancy to their senior years. He considers it a privilege to practice in this community with great colleagues and also to have raised his family here.
Peter believes strongly in living an active healthy lifestyle and tries to encourage the same in his patients. His interests outside of medicine include woodworking, skiing, wind surfing, swimming, fishing, and spending time outdoors appreciating nature.
Dr. Scott Charenko
Dr. Scott Charenko is originally from Toronto and completed his Bachelors of Business Administration at York University. He completed his MD at Queen’s University, and then went on to complete a rural Family Medicine residency training program at Memorial University in Newfoundland. In addition to seeing patients in his office, he also enjoys taking care of patients in hospital and in long-term care.
Outside of work, Scott loves to spend time with his family, including his young daughter and puppy. He is an avid Habs fan and Blue Jays fan. In the winter, you will find him curling competitively at the Perth Curling Club.
Dr. Shelly Xu
“I grew up in Ottawa and knew I always wanted to come back closer to home. While studying medicine at Queen’s University, I realized how much I loved practicing rural medicine. This led me to beautiful Newfoundland for my Family Medicine residency at the Memorial University of Newfoundland.
But I always remembered passing through Perth on my way between home in Ottawa and school in Kingston, and how beautiful and vibrant this town was (and still is!). I’m very happy to call it my home now. Come find me singing with the choir, curling at the club, or running in the Perth Kilt Run!”
Dr. Chandra Eberhard
Dr. Eberhard completed her HBSc in Biochemistry and a Masters in Cellular and Molecular Medicine at the University of Ottawa. She obtained her MD from the University of Ottawa and completed her Family Medicine residency at Queen’s University.
Dr. Eberhard has been building her practice at Perth Medical Clinic since September 2020 and holds privileges at the Perth Hospital. She also cares for patients at Lanark Lodge nursing home. She was drawn to rural family medicine for the opportunity to build a practice with broad interests.
Outside of work, she enjoys playing sports, particularly volleyball and likes to partake in activities in nature with friends and family.
Dr. Alistair MacDonald
Dr. Alistair MacDonald is from Guelph and completed an Honours in Biomedical Science from the University of Guelph and a Master’s degree in Health Science at McMaster University. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Ottawa and completed his residency with Queen’s. Medically, his interests include emergency medicine, inpatient medicine, palliative care, mental health, and preventative medicine. Outside of medicine he enjoys playing hockey and soccer, mountain biking, snowboarding, hiking, yoga, mindfulness meditation, playing the drums, and hanging out with friends and family. He is sheepishly a die-hard Toronto Maple Leafs fan and hopes they will win a playoff series in his lifetime.
Dr. Katie Yelle
Dr. Katie Yelle is originally from Ottawa, and completed her medical degree at the University of Ottawa in the francophone stream. She subsequently trained at Queen's in Kingston for her family medicine residency and graduated in 2019. She has an interest in emergency and hospital medicine, as well as palliative care.
Dr. Yelle is a newcomer to the Perth area, and has quickly developed a love for the friendly and welcoming community. She loves spending time outdoors doing activities like hiking, biking and kayaking.
Dr. Sawyer Bonin
Dr. Sawyer Bonin is from Stirling, Ontario. She completed her Bachelor's in Biomedical Science and medical degree at the University of Ottawa. She completed her family medicine residency in Perth, Ontario and is very excited to be able to continue working for the community as a family physician. She has hospital privileges for in-patient care, emergency medicine and surgical assist in addition to her out-patient clinic.
Outside of medicine she enjoys spending time outside hiking with her dog, reading, and campfires with friends and family.