Mr. Bob Borden


As a resident of Orangeville since 1974, Bob is well acquainted with the community. A retired Principal and former school trustee, Bob spends his volunteer time with the Optimist Club, Westminster United Church, and the Dufferin Area Family Health Team.

Dr. Jeff Ponke

Past President

Jeff is a family physician in Orangeville, with many years of experience in community-based patient care. He is a past president of the DAFHT Board. He and his wife Amy have three wonderful kids, one fluffy Golden-Doodle and a sense of humor that at least he thinks is funny.

Dr. Priya Akula

Board Chair

Priya practices family medicine out of Grand Valley and Orangeville as well as provides hospital-based care. She loves working with the DAFHT team and Alzheimer’s Society First Links co-ordinator through the role of Memory Clinic Lead. Priya claims to have no life outside of her two children and she loves her new role of a hockey obsessed parent, along with karaoke!

Dr. Charles Joyce


Charlie moved to Orangeville in 2014 to complete his final year of medical training and became a family physician in Orangeville in 2015. Charlie also provides palliative care to patients in hospital and in the community and became the lead physician with the Highlands Family Health Organization in 2019. Charlie enjoys curling, golf, cycling, hiking, going to local festivals and farmer’s markets and maintaining his vegetable garden.

Dr. Marcella Palad


Marcella is a family physician in Orangeville, with many years of experience in both community and hospital based patient care. She is a former chair of the DAFHT Board, current lead of the IT committee, and lead physician for the Orangeville Family Medical Centre.  She has two wonderful kids, one diabolical Doberman Pinscher, and a great sense of humour.

Dr. Mercedes Rodriguez


Mercedes lives in Orangeville where she works as a family doctor. She has a keen interest in palliative care and health care development. She is the current Physician Lead at Highlands Health Network and the VP of the General Medical Staff at HHCC. For her, frontline providers and patients are the best team to guide changes in health care.

Dr. Dave Stenning


Dave grew up locally, in Caledon Village. He has been a physician at Orangeville Family Medical Centre and Headwaters Health Care Centre since 2000. He continues with complex and continuing care inpatients, having previously included primary care obstetrics as part of his comprehensive family practice. Dave has three kids who have grown up enough to move out of the house (for the first time, at least). He put on hockey gear for the first time in 2002 with the Wednesday morning Docs vs. Paramedics team at Teen Ranch who have played weekly, until this COVID-19 interruption.