Photo by Heidi Hollinger
For the past 30 years, Dr. Pierre-Paul Tellier, or Dr. T, as he is fondly known, has been a fixture at Head & Hands’ weekly youth clinics. “When I started, there was a clinic every week night and on Friday afternoons. To start, I was offered three shifts a week” says Dr. T. Thirty years later, it’s clear that it was love at first sight! Dr. T has not only volunteered his time in our clinic, but also sat on the Head & Hands board of Directors for over a decade. Since the early 2000s, Dr. T has practiced as the sole Head & Hands physician, and has built a strong reputation as a doctor who cares.
“Our approach is different because we make sure to give each patient the time they need. We listen and strive to consider their whole situation,” says Health Services Coordinator Jos. “Many youth come here because they value our comfortable space and our laid back, harm reductive, non-judgemental approach. We see patients who often do not feel comfortable going to other clinics for fear of being judged, for example if they use drugs, lack medical insurance, engage in sex work, are queer, trans*, or are just young and sexually active and need birth control!”
Renowned as a champion of LGBTQ and youth health, Dr. T runs the only informed consent based transgender hormone therapy program of its kind in Montreal out of the Head & Hands clinic. He has also turned our clinic into a popular learning site, sharing his harm reductive, non-judgmental and client-centered approach with innumerable students, residents and fellow physicians over the years. “This is medicine as it should be,” says one client, “people are given the time they need, not jammed into the slot allotted to them.”
Asked what has kept him going after all these years, Dr. T names the Head & Hands environment and staff: “I like the feel of the clinic, and the openness of the people. It is always a joy to come to Head & Hands.” In the words of one client, “Dr. T rocks!!!” Clearly the feeling’s mutual, Dr. T!!
Please join us for a rare “Clinic Open House Soirée” in celebration of Dr. T’s outstanding contributions to youth health on Friday, May 3, 5:30-7:30 pm, at 5833 Sherbrooke Ouest. Free admission, light refreshments, cash bar. Please RSVP. Upon Dr. Tellier’s request, donations to Head & Hands health services are encouraged.