Dr. Philip Kritzinger
After completing my medical training at the University of Calgary in 1984, I decided to take a position in a town in the interior of British Columbia, population 5000. Eager to take my education and apply it to real-life medicine, I felt that a small town, isolated from big city hospitals and many specialists, would expose me to many interesting and difficult medical challenges. What I did not expect was the impact that this remote town and its people would have on me. What was to be a seven-month position turned into an incredible eight-year experience doing family practice, emergency medicine, and obstetrics. In 1992 I moved to Victoria B.C. where I intended to set up my permanent practice. I only worked there for five years before I met my wife (a Torontonian), and I found myself moving again. I now live in Aurora with my young family (Cameron, born in 1997 and Cole, born in 1998), and I take pleasure in providing care to the people of this community. And after spending a year and a half at home with my boys, I had a whole new dimension of experience to bring to my family practice!
In May, 2001 I expanded the scope of my practice with the purchase of a laser for vein treatments and hair removal. This was a totally new experience for me. I had the dual challenges of learning new medical skills and learning new business skills. But I thrive on the steep part of the learning curve, it has been exhilarating!
In March, 2002 following training in Montreal, Houston, and Calgary, I added sclerotherapy to my list of services. With the introduction of echosclerotherapy in May, 2002 our clinic became one of only three clinics in Ontario providing this service. We became a full service vein clinic, capable of treating virtually all vein problems!
Then April, 2004 brought another major change: my vein practice suddenly exploded and I found myself unable to meet the demands of both my family practice and my vein practice. After twenty years of family practice, I retired to devote my energy to veins on a full-time basis.
In 2011 the Canadian Society of Phlebology awarded fellowship status to 30 of its members, including me. This was the first year such an award was made. It followed two years of hard work developing and delivering a curriculum based on the standards of the International Union of Phlebology (UIP).
Commencing in 2012 the Canadian Society of Phlebology began the process of getting phlebology designated as an Area of Focused Competence (AFC) by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons is the official body in Canada that certifies specialists. Phlebology is not a recognized specialty in Canada at this time. If phlebology is recognized as an AFC by the Royal College it will be one step closer to being recognized as a specialty.
Dr. Philip Kritzinger
Date of Birth: January , 1956
Place of birth: Aberdeen, Scotland
2011: Fellow of the Canadian Society of Phlebology
2009: certification by American Board of Phlebology.
1997: certification by College of Family Physicians of Canada
1984: rotating internship, Calgary General Hospital
1982: LMCC (Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada)
1982: MD degree, University of Calgary
1979: BSc in Psychology, University of Calgary
Continuing Medical Education:
2009, April: Dallas: Review course in Phlebology, American College of Phlebology
2009, March: Vancouver: Concepts and Controversies in Phlebology, Canadian Society of Phlebology
2009, March: Newmarket: Advanced dermal filler techniques, Dr. H. Gaboriau from Seattle
2009, March: Florida: Advanced ultrasound users training, Gulf Coast Ultrasound Institute
2008, September: Toronto: Advanced dermal filler techniques, Dr. Channy Muhn
2008, August: Toronto: Sculptra skills transfer session, Dr. Mani Raman
2008, June: Mississauga: Advanced Aesthetics Users Seminar, Nexgen and Dr. Amber Brown
2008, May: Vancouver: 9th Conference on Cosmetic Techniques
2008, May: Vancouver: Highlights in Phlebology, Canadian Society of Phlebology
2008, April: Newmarket: Advanced Dermal Filler Techniques by clinical trainer for Canderm
2007, December: Toronto: Laser Update 2007 with Dr. Jeffrey Dover
2007, November: Alliston, Ontario: Advanced Dermal Filler Techniques by clinical trainer for Coherent AMT
2007, October: Toronto: Best Practices Seminar for Ultrashape by Ultrashape Inc.
2007, September: Newmarket: Coherent AMT, Technology Application Course for Ultrashape
2007, August: Bolton Landing, New York: Conversations and Controversies in Laser Therapy
2007, May: Toronto, Ontario: Advanced Dermal Filler techniques by Dr. Anthony Lockwood
2007, April: Newmarket, Ontario: on-site training in advanced Dermal Filler techniques for Evolence and Radiesse by nurse trainer for Canderm.
2004, November: Newmarket, Ontario: on-site training in advanced Botox techniques by KAPPS Professional Services.
2004, October: Concorde, Ontario: mesotherapy training with MesoMagna and Dr. M. Bendago
2004, September: Brantford, Ontario: Preceptorship with Dr. A. Brown in Light-Based Therapies
2004, September: Edmonton, Alberta: four day preceptorship with Dr. Barry Lycka on aptos threads.
2004, August: Mont Tremblant, Quebec: Conversations and Controversies in Laser Therapy
2004, April: Montreal: Canadian Society of Phlebology, Foam Sclerotherapy and Other Advances. I presented a paper entitled Complications of Foam Sclerotherapy: Three Case Studies
2003, September: New York: Laser and IPL Therapy
2003, August: San Diego: International Union of Phlebology Meeting hosted by the American College of Phlebology
2002, December: Montreal: Canadian Society of Phlebology, Current Trends in Phlebology
2002, October: International Interdisciplinary Wound Care Conference
2002, April: Montreal: Canadian Society of Phlebology, Current Trends in Phlebology
2002, January: Calgary: Preceptorships in sclerotherapy with Dr. R. Young, Dr. L.Wouters, Dr. D. Hill, and Dr. R. Comeau
2001, October: Houston: Dr. Pauline Raymond-Martimbeau Vein Institute, Phlebology Skills Transfer Course
2001, September: Montreal: Canadian Society of Phlebology, Focus Sessions in Phlebology
2001, May: Toronto: Sigmacon Medical Products Inc, Technology Application Course for Laser Hair Epilation
2001, April: Montreal: Canadian Society of Phlebology, Level I Training Course in Phlebology
2001, April: New Orleans: American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery, Laser Treatment of Leg Veins Course
2001, April: New Orleans: American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery, Laser and Light Source Hair Removal Course
2001, April: New Orleans: American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery, Laser Safety Course
1997-present: College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
1984-2000: College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia
2001: Commenced laser medicine practice
1997-2004: family practice, Aurora, ON
1992-1996: general practice in Victoria, British Columbia including obstetrics
1984-1992: rural general practice in Ashcroft, British Columbia including obstetrics and emergency medicine
1987-1992: Chief of Staff, Ashcroft and District General Hospital
2001-present: American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery
1984-present: Canadian Medical Association
1997-present: Ontario Medical Association
1995-present: College of Family Physicians of Canada
1984-1998: British Columbia Medical Association
Husband since 1996
Father to two boys born in 1997 and 1998