As a Naturopathic Doctor I am an expert in identifying imbalances and helping people find natural ways to overcome imbalance and achieve amazing, vibrant, balanced health.
Naturopathy is a fusion of art and science – the art of listening to the body and understanding how it expresses itself through symptoms like pain, digestive upset or acne – and the science of using natural medicines to resolve the imbalances expressed by the body. This integration of art and science allows Naturopathy to support your mind, body and spirit in achieving balanced health.
Below are some of the natural medicine approaches that I use in my Naturopathic practice. These are the tools that we choose from when we work together, no one tool is right for every job. One advantage of working with a Naturopath is our diverse knowledge of natural treatment options – we have many different ways to help you reach your health goals.
Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a system of medicine that has been used to prevent diagnose and treat disease for over 5000 years. It is based on the Eastern philosophy of “Qi” (life energy). Traditional Chinese Medicine seeks to balance the flow of Qi in the body in order to maintain health, treat illness and relieve pain.
Acupuncture is the use of very fine, sterile acupuncture needles inserted into specific points in the body to control the flow of Qi. Acupuncture has been proven to be beneficial in the treatment of many conditions including joint pain, chronic back pain, digestive difficulties, menstrual irregularities, depression, insomnia, migraine and many others.
I use TCM and acupuncture for a variety of conditions in my practice, most notably fertility enhancement, IUI and IVF cycle support, female and male hormone balancing, menstrual irregularities, menopause symptoms (hot flashes, night sweats), anxiety, depression, insomnia, headaches and digestive complaints (diarrhea, constipation, heartburn). It is also highly safe and effective during pregnancy for nausea, carpal tunnel syndrome, aches and pains and for labour induction.
Botanical (or herbal) medicine is the use of plants for healing and is the oldest form of medicine. Plants are the source of most modern pharmaceutical drugs – it has been estimated that the average Medical Doctor prescribes up to eight medications per day that are based on plants!
The World Health Organization estimates that 75% of the world still uses herbs as their primary medicine. Botanical medicine offers advantages over pharmaceuticals due to their nutritional value (many are rich sources of vitamins, minerals and other health-promoting compounds) and gentle healing properties.
Naturopathic Doctors are experts in botanical medicine and have extensive training in pharmacognosy (the study of the therapeutic benefits of plants). We also have the expertise required to understand drug-herb interactions and prescribe botanical medicines safely.
In my practice I use botanical medicine for a wide variety of concerns from hormone imbalances, fertility optimization, nutrient support, detoxification, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), anxiety, depression, insomnia, headaches, stress-based conditions and menopause. Botanical medicines are usually used for a short term to help support the body into a balanced state and then discontinued once the body achieves and can sustain balance on it’s own.
Clinical Nutrition examines the relationship between health and diet. The health of each and every cell in our body is a reflection of the health of our diet. Many imbalances and diseases can be prevented and treated through changes in diet alone.
As a Naturopathic Doctor I assess the diet of every person I see, looking for healthy behaviours, nutrient adequacy and overall quality. I also look at symptoms of imbalance for clues to nutrient deficiencies and use laboratory testing to confirm deficiencies of vitamins and minerals necessary for optimal health.
My experience as a vegetarian has given me a great wealth of knowledge into this diet, but I can support and educate people on the benefits and drawbacks of most any diet – Paleolithic, gluten free, dairy free, vegan, low allergen, anti-inflammatory, specific carbohydrate, Mediterranean, etc.
In my practice I also use Orthomolecular medicine – the practice of preventing and treating disease by providing the body with optimal amounts of vitamins and minerals. Using orthomolecular medicine we use higher doses of specific nutrients to correct imbalances and promote optimal function of the body. This approach can be incredibly helpful for conditions like anxiety, depression, PMS, headaches, digestive disturbance, and acne.
Lifestyle counseling is one of the most important aspects of Naturopathic Medicine. Together with my patients we work to identify daily habits, exercise routines, environmental exposures, thought and belief patterns, and stressors that may be negatively impacting your health.
Through lifestyle counseling we discuss ways to incorporate healthy behaviours into your daily routine, nourishing your physical body, your mind, your spirit and your community. I have a passion for helping people access their passion – the source of their Qi or life force. I want you to be more than healthy, I want you to be amazingly, vibrantly healthy!
Homeopathy is a system of medicine dating back to the 18th century. It is based on the Law of Similars (like cures like) where a very small dose of a substance is used to cure symptoms that it would cause if given in large doses.
Homeopathy, like acupuncture, recognizes a “vital force” that is unique to each individual. A homeopathic remedy will stimulate your vital force and allow it to return to a healthy state, rather than just suppress symptoms.
I use homeopathy in my practice for acute concerns like aches and pains, coughs and colds and fevers. I also use them in children who have such a strong and vital nature that they often respond readily to homeopathic remedies. Homeopathic remedies are also safe when used during pregnancy and are part of my treatment plans for labour induction and other pregnancy related concerns.
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture
Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to safely and effectively enhance beauty. Originally developed to aid the Empress and court concubines to look healthy, vibrant and youthful Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture is a natural and effective alternative to cosmetic procedures.
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture (also known as “cosmetic acupuncture” or an “acupuncture facelift”) involves the insertion of very fine disposable needles into points on the face and body. Stimulation of these points impacts inner balance as well as the physical prerequisites for youthful, glowing skin – improved circulation, even skin tone, tightened pores and healthy colour.
Benefits of Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture include:
- Increases collagen production
- Reduces bags under the eyes
- Eliminates puffiness of the face
- Eliminates fine lines of the face and diminishes larger wrinkles
- Improves hormonal and cystic acne
- Improves facial colour and moisture
- Brightens the eyes
- Reduces double chin
- Tightens sagging skin and jowls
- Lifts drooping eyelids
- Slows the aging process
- Brings out a person’s innate beauty and radiance
Facial rejuvenation acupuncture is recommended for men and women seeking a vibrant healthy glow or to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. A 15 minute complimentary assessment is necessary to determine whether facial rejuvenation acupuncture will be right for you.
Intravenous Micronutrient Therapy
Intravenous Micronutrient Therapy (IVMT) is the administration of vitamins and minerals directly into the bloodstream. This treatment is used when patients are unable to ingest or absorb the right nutrients for their optimal health. In patients with inflammation in the digestive tract, inadequate enzyme or acid production or those with disease states that have high requirements for specific nutrients, IVMT can restore the body to balance in ways that oral nutrient supplementation never could.
There are a number of conditions that respond very well to IVMT. The infusions can be customized to meet the needs of a wide variety of imbalances. The conditions that have been found to be most responsive to IVMT include adrenal fatigue, depression, anxiety, chronic stress, migraine headaches, tension headaches, cluster headaches, the common cold, influenza, and acute or chronic pain.
I maintain an additional certification to perform IVMT in Ontario and maintain rigorous continuing education and emergency medicine training to be able to offer this service to my patients.