Rapid Access Clinics for Low Back Pain

The Rapid Access Clinics for Low Back Pain (RAC Low Back) is a specialized program funded by The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care to help Ontarians manage their low back pain and related symptoms. These clinic services are fully covered by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP).

The RAC Low Back model of care was originally piloted in Toronto, Hamilton, and Thunder Bay with a small group of referring doctors and nurse practitioners. In April of 2018, the model of care began expanding throughout the province as part of the Rapid Access Clinics for Low Back Pain implementation. Each region, including Waterloo-Wellington is rolling out this model of care and has set up the necessary infrastructure to both accept referrals and see patients.

Working with our local health integration network (LHIN) the Waterloo-Wellington RAC Low Back clinic for low back pain launched in November 2018 and is centred out of Grand River Hospital’s Freeport Campus. With direction from the Practice Lead, and chiropractor, Dr. Mark Kubert, this clinic works with 12 Advanced Practice Providers (APPs) - physiotherapists or chiropractors specially trained to assess low back pain - across the region to assess your low back condition in a timely way and work with you to create a personalized care plan to help you better manage your low back pain.

Referral into the RAC Low Back program can only be made through your family doctor or nurse practitioner.

Want to know if you’re eligible for this program? Click here [opens a new window]

Our team

  • Dr. Mark Kubert, Practice Lead
  • Karen McKiel – Administrative Assistant
    Freeport clinic contact – 519-749-4300 ext. 7862


  • Dr. Gemah Moammer, spine surgeon

  • Dr. Chris Steyn, spine surgeon

  • Dr. Ahmed Quateen, neurosurgeon

Community Advanced Practice Providers

  • Dr. Craig Bauman
  • Dr. Greg Lusk
  • Dr. Jason Nyman
  • Dr. John Papa
  • Dr. Edward Finoro
  • Dr. Paul Nolet
  • Dr. Amy Brown
  • Dr. Doug Cameron
  • Dr. Peter Emary
  • Dr. Phil Lemire
  • Dr. Sean Lisk