Dr. Philip KritzingerDr. 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 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 the first 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.

As the vein practice continued along its merry way, my patients began to ask me when I was going to start offering cosmetic services like Botox. They were confident in my vein skills, they wanted more, and they wanted it from me! So I embarked upon extensive training, and in October, 2004 we opened one of the most comprehensive cosmetic practices in all of York Region.
 
In 2008, the treatment of veins (phlebology) became a recognized specialty in the USA. Canadian physicians were given the opportunity to write the exam of the American Board of Phlebology in 2009. I sat the exam in April, 2009 and passed it. This made me one of a small handful of Canadian physicians with this qualification. Although Canada has no designated vein specialty, this qualification certainly brings significant credibility to the work we do.
 

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 covering 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.

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Philip KritzingerDr. Kritzinger

Date of Birth: January , 1956

Place of birth: Aberdeen, Scotland

Citizenship: Canadian/British

Education/Certification:

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:

2015, November: Orlando, FL: Attended the 29th Annual Congress of the American College of Phlebology
 
2015, October: Montreal: 40th Bi-Annual Congress of the Canadian Society of Phlebology
 
2014, November: Phoenix, AZ: Attended the 28th Annual Congress of the American College of Phlebology
 
2014, October: Montreal: 39th Bi-Annual Congress of the Canadian Society of Phlebology
 
2014, October: Toronto: Allergan Introduction of Volift
 
2013, November: Montreal: delivered two presentations at the 38th Bi-Annual Congress of the Canadian Society of Phlebology: Update on Venous Thromboembolism and Endothelin and Visual Disturbances in Sclerotherapy
 
2013, September: Boston: attended the International Union of Phlebology meeting hosted by the American College of Phlebology.
 
2012, November: Collingwood: Dr. Kritzinger presented a talk about vein disease to a group of local physicians and nurses.
 
2012, October: Toronto: Dr. Kritzinger was the keynote spreaker at the Sigvaris Fitter Certification seminar
 
2012, October: Montreal: Dr. Kritzinger presented four lectures at the Canadian Society of Phlebology 37th Bi-Annual Meeting (Venous Ulcer Management, Venous Thromboembolism, Compression Therapy, Pearls of Sclerotherapy)
 
2012, October: Richmond Hill: Dr. Kritzinger presented a talk about vein disease to a group of obstricians and gynecologists at York Central Hospital.
 
2012, July: Niagara: Dr. Kritzinger was the keynote speaker at a meeting of Sigvaris Corporation officers and reps.
 
2012, March: Toronto: Dr. Kritzinger presented a talk to a group of family physicians at St. Joseph's Hospital about varicose veins and blood clots.
 
2011, October: Montreal:  Fellowship Training. Dr. Kritzinger was awarded Fellowship status by the Canadian Society of Phlebology after completion of a comprehensive curriculum developed by the International Union of Phlebology (UIP).
 
2011, April: Newmarket: Dr. Kritzinger delivered a talk to local family physicians about varicose veins.
 
2011, April: Vancouver: Canadian Society of Phlebology Fellowship Training: Advanced Intensive Venous Ultrasound Course, Thermal and Surgical Ablations for Chronic Venous Disorders,
 
2011, March: Toronto: Dr. Kritzinger presented at the Sigvaris Fitter Certification seminar
 
2010, November: Toronto: presented at the Annual Scientific Assembly of the Ontario College of Family Physicians
 
2010, October: Montreal: Canadian Society of Phlebology Fellowship Training: Visual and Interventional Sclerotherapy,
 
2010, April: Arizona: 4th Annual Sedona Days Venous Forum, Dr. Nick Morrison
 
2010, April: Toronto: The Chemistry of Cosmeceuticals, Dr. Ivana Veljkovic, PCA SKIN
 
2010, April: Toronto: Voluma Symposium, Allergan Academy
 
2009, September: Montreal: Canadian Society of Phlebology Fellowship Training: Advanced Intensive venous Ultrasound Course, Horizons in Phlebology
 
2009, April: successfully completed the requirements for certification by the American Board of  Phlebology 
 

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.   

2006, May: Toronto: FACE Conference: Advanced Botox training by Allergan
 
2006, January: onsite Advanced Mesotherapy training with Dr. N. Torres.
 
2006: January: second session of onsite Advanced Botox training with Allergan representative.
 
2005, December: onsite Advanced Botox training session with Allergan representative.
 
2005, November: London, ON Preceptorship in Hair Transplantation with Dr. P. Cumberland.
 
2005, August: Colorado Springs, Colorado: Conversations and Controversies in Laser Therapy
 
2005, February: Brantford, Ontario: Two day clinical skills transfer course on tumescent liposuction with Dr. G. Liebaschoff
 
2005, February: Newmarket, Ontario: on-site training in advanced Dermal Filler techniques by KAPPS Professional Services.
 

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
 

Licenses:

The Altus Coolglide Excel Laser1997-present: College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
1984-2000: College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia

Employment History:

2004: major expansion of cosmetic services 
2004: retired from family medicine
2002: Commenced vein practice
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
 

Appointments:

1987-1992: Chief of Staff, Ashcroft and District General Hospital

 

Memberships:

 
2009-present: American Board of Phlebology
2003-present: American College of Phlebology
2001-present: Canadian Society of Phlebology
2001-present: American Society for 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

 

Extracurricular:

Husband since 1996
Father to two boys born in 1997 and 1998

Cars
Audiophile
Downhill Skier
Ocean Kayaker

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