Our healthcare sector practice group provides proactive legal services for a range of clients including academic health science centres, medicine and dentistry professional corporations, clinics and family health organizations, healthcare associations and regulatory authorities. 

Our Services

  • Incorporation and annual maintenance of professional corporations
  • Partnership, association and incorporation structures for practice plans
  • Governance
  • Commercial contracts
  • Cost sharing arrangements for clinics and FHO’s
  • Purchases and sales of practices
  • Employment law
  • Real estate
  • Estate planning
  • Dispute resolution

Small practice groups and national organizations alike have reaped the bene ts of our sector-specific knowledge and expertise.

Academic Health Science Centres

Kelly Santini LLP advises several dozen departments and divisions of Academic Health Science Centres, including: The Ottawa Hospital; Queensway Carleton Hospital; University Health Network and Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, on structuring, or restructuring, their practice plans to ensure compliance with AFP funding requirements.  We work closely with leading accountants in the healthcare sector to adapt to the frequent changes in legislation that impact healthcare funding and the taxation of healthcare professionals in order to minimize income tax for practice plan physicians, reduce the impact of HST and maximize Scienti c Research & Experimental Development tax credits. Our estate planning work helps individual physicians match the tax ef ciencies of their practice plan with their personal affairs. Our corporate team works closely with colleagues to address all employment law matters affecting the practice plan and its individual members.

Medicine professional corporations (MPC)

Our firm acts for hundreds of MPCs throughout Ottawa and Eastern Ontario on all aspects of their business including incorporation, creating tax ef cient business structures, annual returns and other general business issues. Our estate planning work helps individual physicians match the tax ef ciencies of their professional corporation with their personal affairs.

Clinics and Family Health Organizations (FHOs)

We regularly act for speciality clinics and FHO’s throughout Eastern Ontario, advising on cost sharing agreements, shareholder agreements for incorporated clinics and association structures alongside the real estate and general business needs clinics

and FHOs tend to face. Our employment lawyers assist clinics with all aspects of the employment life cycle including offer letters, contract negotiations, accommodations issues, terminations and other related employment law issues.

Dentistry Professional Corporations (DPC)

Kelly Santini LLP advises many dentists on their own DPCs alongside assisting with starting their business, helping it grow and planning for retirement. Throughout the life-span of the practice, our focus is on structuring the business in manner that is tax ef cient now and in the years ahead. We have helped many dentistry practices with purchasing commercial property and growing by acquiring existing dental practices. When the time comes, we also assist dentists when they are ready to sell their practice by structuring a deal that makes financial sense to both parties and ensures a smooth handover of patients. Our employment lawyers are on hand throughout the life-cycle of a dentistry practice to handle all employment law issues.

Healthcare Associations & Regulatory Authorities

Our firm has a long track record acting for national healthcare organizations on their governance, structure and reorganizations along with re-writing of their by-laws and drafting of the terms of reference for committees. We provide on-going advice on board governance and deliver annual board seminars on the duties of directors, source of liability and ways to mitigate. We also act for government, quasi-government agencies and national associations that provide regulatory oversight and/or approvals and recommendations with the healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors.

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