About Us

MD House Calls was formed in 2018 when a military physician working in emergency departments in the Ottawa Valley grew tired of seeing his patients wait for hours in order to access primary health care. He wanted to improve access to primary health care for patients in his community, but his professional obligations prevented him from establishing a traditional brick-and-mortar practice.

Having witnessed the success of sharing economy ventures such as Uber and Air BnB, the physician realized that he could turn a medical paradigm on it’s head by going to patients and using their homes as his clinic instead of having patients come to him. Performing house calls was not a new idea, but modern physicians had largely moved away from this practice in favour of pursuing the efficiencies of clinics and hospitals.

In late 2018 the house call model was piloted in Arnprior, ON with great success as patients loved the service. It has since expanded to include 4 physicians who are actively working in the 2 communities of: Arnprior & Pembroke.

Our MD House Call Team


Sarah McLachlan | Co-Founder/ Managing Director

Sarah McLachlan resides in Arnprior with her husband and two boys. She has been a prosperous entrepreneur and successful business owner for the past 12 years.

As a military wife and mother, she has always appreciated opportunities to get involved and give back to her community. When she realized how desperate some patients were for the MD House Calls service, she jumped at the opportunity to lend her expertise in small business management to this endeavour.

She is the Managing Director at MD House Calls, and prides herself on being part of such a caring & community focused team.

Dr. McLachlan MD, MBS, CCFP | Co-Founder/ Medical Director

Dr. McLachlan resides in Arnprior, ON with his wife and two boys and is passionate about improving access to healthcare services in the Ottawa Valley communities of Arnprior, Pembroke, and Petawawa.

Dr. McLachlan completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Waterloo. He completed a Master’s degree at the University of Guelph, medical school at the University of Toronto and Family Medicine residency program at McMaster University.

Dr. McLachlan is employed as a medical officer in the Canadian Armed Forces and works as a staff emergency physician at Pembroke Regional Hospital, Deep River Hospital, and Stevenson Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Whoriskey, MD, CCFP

Dr. Whoriskey grew up in the small town of St. Andrews, NB, where at a young age he liked to help people and enjoyed studying sciences. This lead him to move to the big city of Halifax in order to pursue a degree in medicine at Dalhousie university! While he medical school, he enjoyed the social and academic aspects of medicine so he went into family medicine where there were ample opportunities for both. After completing family medicine residency he joined the Canadian Forces, and they posted him to Petawawa, the kind of rural community that he feels most comfortable in. To keep himself well rounded, Dr. Whoriskey does family medicine at CFB Petawawa, emergency medicine at Pembroke Regional Hospital and house calls in the communities of Pembroke and Petawawa.

Dr. Fukakusa MD, CCFP

Dr. Fukakusa is passionate about health care for military members and their families. He was posted to CFB Petawawa in July 2018 after graduating from the Queen’s University Family Medicine Residency Program and medical school at the University of Ottawa. In his spare time, he works as an emergency physician in several hospitals in the Ottawa Valley. He is fluent in French and English. He believes in a holistic, preventative, patient-centered approach to primary care medicine.

Dr Tim Peppin

Dr Tim Peppin has lived in Petawawa for the last six years, and is currently serving as the Base Surgeon for CFB Petawawa.

Dr Peppin completed his medical training at Dalhousie University, and completed Residency in Family Medicine at the University of British Columbia Kelowna Rural Medicine Program. He understands the need to meet people where they are, and the importance of stories over statistics—which is why the opportunity to engage in house-calls over hospital-based work is so appealing.

Having grown up in Prince Edward Island, he is also a seasoned cribbage player, passable gardener, and fair to middling sailor.

Arnprior - Pembroke - Petawawa