The ISAEC (Interprofessional Spine Assessment and Education Clinic) low back pain clinic 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 ISAEC 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 ISAEC 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 14 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 ISAEC 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

Community Advanced Practice Providers

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