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Retirement, eh?

December 2nd, 2017 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Dear Travel Patients,

After 30 years of practicing travel medicine (as well as Family Practice), nearly 200,000 vaccinations,  125,000 prescriptions for antimalarials, a few fainting spells and almost a quarter million scripts for Imodium and Cipro, as well as lots of other sound advice,  I have decided to retire from my family and travel medicine practices. My office at 3292 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, will close February 28, 2018. I plan to stop seeing travel patients as of January 31.

I hope to fill my coming years with some rest, time at the cottage, jazz piano, yoga, squash, reading, teaching, volunteering and spending time with my lovely family. I have several destinations on my travel bucket list, including Vietnam and Cambodia, Manitoulin Island, Petra, and hopefully retracing some of my steps to places I have been before.

174Over the past 30 years, I have had the honour and the pleasure of seeing thousands of travelers before their trips (and sometimes after), to almost every destination and for every imaginable reason. I have learned so much about so many things from you. Though I have been fortunate to travel widely on my own, I consider myself one of the world’s most successful vicarious travelers.

Perhaps my greatest joy is having looked after the medical needs of so many international volunteers, with tremendous organizations such as VSO, CUSO, Right To Play. Engineers Without Borders, The Aga Khan Foundation, Canadian Feed The Children, Journalists For Human Rights, Free The Children, the RCMP and many more.

I plan to stay involved in travel and international medicine, so please keep in touch with my website in the future, as I may turn up elsewhere! I hope to post a YouTube video telling most of you almost everything you need to know.

From a practical point of view, I hope and assume you have written records of the vaccines you have received in my clinic. When I began in travel medicine many years ago, there were less than a handful of “travel clinics” in the GTA. They are now as ubiquitous as Tim Hortons! Quality may vary, in my humble opinion. For a list of local travel clinics, click here.

I would like to thank my staff, Indi Lochan, Lilliana Gallego, Dolly Travaranjah and Karon Rautianen, for looking after me, and you, so well over many years.

I wish you all good health, happiness, exciting travels, and I hope our paths will cross in the future.

Mark Wise MD, DTM&H