Born in Egypt to a Christian family, they fled prosecution against christians and settled in Stouffville, Ontario.
Farid Wassef is a pharmacist and certified clinical nutritionist who practices in Stouffville, Ontario. In 1989 he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1999 he received a fellowship in Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice from the Institute for Functional Medicine in Gig Harbor, Washington. In 2001 he received certification as a Clinical Nutritionist from the International and American Association of Clinical Nutritionists in Addison, Texas. Over the past 20 years he has also done postgraduate studies in Pharmaceutical Care, Functional Medicine, Clinical Nutrition, Natural Medicine, and other fields in the health sciences that have focused on common chronic inflammatory disorders and age-related diseases, such as autoimmune, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, and respiratory diseases, as well as diabetes, and osteoporosis. In 1993 he developed an office-based, fee for service, patient consultation practice in Stouffville, Ontario. The consultations involve assessing a patient’s lifestyle, diet, medical history, medication profile, and laboratory data. The patient is provided with a treatment plan, which addresses optimizing pharmacotherapy, and overall health and wellness. The care is done in collaboration with the patient’s physician. In certain instances medical directive is given to initiate/change therapy and order laboratory data. Throughout his professional career Farid has been asked to provide lectures to the public and community groups on integrative approaches to health and wellness as well as disease prevention and treatment. He has also provided live presentations to healthcare professionals, hospitals, and professional organizations across North America and Europe outlining evidence based treatment options and patient self-management strategies for various diseases and disorders. Farid has authored and reviewed a number of books, continuing education courses, and articles in peer-reviewed journals, public health magazines, and newspapers. In 2003, Farid coauthored, Breaking the Age Barrier (Strategies for Optimal Health, Energy, and Longevity) that was published by Penguin. He has been invited to appear on a number of radio and television programs, which includes CBC, CTV, Global, the Health Discovery Channel, TVO, CTS, and Rogers TV concerning the public health system, health promotion and the safe and effective use of prescription and over-the counter medicines. Farid has provided consulting services and served on various focus groups, panels, committees, editorial and advisory boards for numerous journals, continuing education providers, professional organizations, pharmaceutical companies, and chain and independent pharmacies. He was an advisory council member for a 5 year-period at the world-renowned Institute for Functional Medicine in Gig Harbor, Washington. He also served for a 2 year period as member of the professional development committee at the Ontario Pharmacists Association. In collaboration with various healthcare stakeholders Farid has shared his clinical expertise on how to improve public healthcare and patient outcomes as well as promote the role of pharmacists and advance the standards of pharmacy practice. He has helped to develop numerous pharmacy guidance documents, educational programs, practice tools, and chronic disease management guidelines for pharmacists. Among numerous achievements, in 2003 Farid received Pharmacy Post’s Drug Store Outstanding Service Award for Patient Self-Care and Pharmacy Practice’s Commitment to Care Award in Patient Care. In 2004 he was honoured with the Ontario Pharmacists Association Mortar Pestle Award for Merit. Most recently he was honoured as the 2006 Canadian Pharmacist of the Year by the Canadian Pharmacists Association for his excellence in patient care.
Farid Wassef ran in the 2011 Ontario Election for the PC party of Ontario.
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