Q & A ALLERGY
OUR ALLERGY SPECIALIST SERVICES
Now Accepting Referrals
Q & A Allergy is composed of allergists with both pediatric and adult expertise bringing together clinical excellence in the various areas of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. The Allergists see patients with environmental allergies, food allergies, chronic urticaria, penicillin allergy and so much more.
IMPORTANT: The COVID 19 Pandemic is not over and our office services vulnerable individuals. MASKS are still required for our office which is a healthcare setting. Children under 2 are exempted. Read more in our office policies section here. Questions about the COVID vaccines click here.
The Government of Ontario has recently changed the rules regarding virtual care. We are no longer able to offer initial consultations by phone, and phone follow ups can be offered in very specific circumstances. Video consultations will be offered only in specific circumstances as deemed appropriate by the Ministry of Health and the consulting doctor.
QUESTION: WHAT MEDICAL ISSUES DOES AN ALLERGIST MANAGE?
Answer: Allergists manage a variety of medical problems including, but not limited to, environmental allergies, food allergies, chronic hives, and penicillin allergy.
QUESTION: DO YOU NEED A REFERRAL TO SEE AN ALLERGIST?
Answer: Yes, similar to other specialists you will require a referral from your doctor to see the Allergist. If you have a concern discuss this with your doctor, and if they feel an allergist is required they will make the appropriate referral.
QUESTION: WHAT HAPPENS AT THE CONSULTATION WITH THE ALLERGIST?
Answer: Every consultation will involve a history of the problem for which you have been referred as well as a physical exam. If deemed necessary by the allergist that testing is required, then you may also have allergy testing as part of your evaluation.
QUESTION: HOW DO YOU BECOME AN ALLERGIST?
Answer: After completing at least three years of an undergraduate degree, you need to be accepted to medical school. After medical school (typically 4 years), you complete 3 years in either a residency in Pediatrics or Internal (adult) Medicine followed by 2 years subspecialty training in Clinical Immunology and Allergy where you learn to manage both adults and children in this subspecialty. You must also write and pass 2 board certifications: One in pediatrics or internal medicine and one in clinical immunology and allergy. So the process takes about 12 years to become a board certified Clinical Immunologist and Allergist.
Meet the team at Q & A Allergy
DR. JACLYN QUIRT
Allergist and Clinical Immunologist
Dr. Quirt completed her medical school at the University of Ottawa followed by her residencies in Internal Medicine and Clinical Immunology and Allergy at McMaster University. She is currently on faculty at McMaster as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Clinical Immunology and Allergy. She is the program director for the Pediatric and Adult Clinical Immunology and Allergy Residency Programs at McMaster. She is also currently the Section Advisor for Rhinitis and Sinusitis for the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.
DR. ZAINAB ABDURRAHMAN
Allergist and Clinical Immunologist
Dr. Abdurrahman is a graduate of the University of Toronto Medical School followed by her Pediatrics training as well as her subspecialty training in Clinical Immunology and Allergy at McMaster University. She is currently on faculty at McMaster as an Assistant Clinical Professor (Adj) in the Department of Pediatrics. She is also part of the training program for the Pediatric and Adult Clinical Immunology and Allergy Residency Programs at McMaster. At the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology she is the Fellows in Training Program Supervisor. She may be new to Mississauga area but Dr. Abdurrahman has been in practice in Toronto since 2012.