About naturopathic medicine
Unfortunately, sometimes our symptoms don’t fit into a diagnosis box, and we are left suffering with no answers. This is where naturopathic doctors excel. We act as detectives, taking into consideration all aspects of our patients health (not just the physical), to help identify what could be contributing to the disease process. We strive to discover the root of the problem and to restore the natural balance and function of the body, avoiding the masking of symptoms. Our treatment toolbox is extensive and includes diet and nutrition, lifestyle, functional, eastern, and our western allopathic tools. See here for more information.
Naturopathic doctors are educated and trained at one of the seven accredited naturopathic medical colleges in North America. Admission to this naturopathic medical program requires an undergraduate degree with premedical sciences. The program itself is a four-year, graduate-level naturopathic medical education and includes standard medical sciences, as well as holistic and nontoxic approaches to therapy with a strong emphasis on disease prevention and optimizing wellness. In addition to a standard medical curriculum, the naturopathic physician also studies clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy, pharmacology, physical medicine, intravenous medicine and counseling. A naturopathic physician takes rigorous professional board exams and are licensed by their jurisdiction as a primary care general physicians. Please note, that MDs and NDs both have their place, and we encourage working in conjunction with your MD.
Licensed Naturopathic Doctors in British Columbia, Canada, have graduated from one of six accredited colleges in Canada and the United States, and undergo the following training:
Undergraduate degree with pre-medical studies;
4 years study at an accredited naturopathic college;
over 1500 hours supervised clinical experience;
2 sets of licensing board exams;
ongoing continuing education.
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Who can benefit?
Patients with mysterious, vague, or unexplained symptoms. Many have seen countless practitioners and doctors, which have been unable to explain or improve their condition.
Those looking for general wellness and health guidance. A practitioner who can treat, coach, and hold them accountable to their goals to create lasting change.
Those looking to prevent disease or the worsening of disease.
Those who are suffering with chronic disease, and looking for an alternative or adjunctive therapies for their current therapies. Naturopathic medicine is a powerful adjunctive to more invasive treatments and can improve quality of life in those suffering from long term conditions.
Patients that are looking to combine conventional and naturopathic treatments with the aim of minimizing side effects of drugs, surgery or conventional treatments.
eczema, tsw, dermatitis, psoriasis, acne, candida, etc.
food sensitivities, anaphylaxis, dermatitis eczema, seasonal allergies, asthma, etc.
thyroid, adrenal, pancreas [blood sugar regulation], diabetes, etc.
Thyroid, chronic fatigue syndrome, MS, diabetes type I, etc.
IBS, constipation, bloating, candida, SIBO, gallstones, GERD, kidney and liver disease etc.
anxiety, depression, fatigue, stress, etc.
non harming method, sustainable change
heavy metals, chronic toxic exposure, TSW, mercury, etc.
puberty, menopause, PMS, PCOS, endometriosis, birth control syndrome, fertility, low libido, ED, BPH, etc.
NERVOUS SYSTEM AND COGNITIVE SUPPORT
anxiety, stress, MS, cognitive support, alzheimer's
Your medicine should not be toxic, or make you more sick. I use powerful but safe tools to support your body as it restores balance and reverses the disease process.
Permanent change requires identifying and rectifying the root cause of disease. With each patient, we'll go through a complete history, relevant physical exams, and comprehensive lab work as needed. This helps identify and support the problems where they originate, creating a more permanent foundation for health.
Research & education
I use a combination of clinical experience as well as the latest medical research to build my treatment plans, ensuring comprehensive and up to date protocols.
I do my best to educate my patients. I want them to know how powerful and capable they really are. I hope to inspire you to learn about your body, and create a stronger connection with your body.
Nature as teacher
Whether using more traditional or conventional treatments, a respect for the healing power of nature is at the core of what I do.
Medicine is not one-size-fits all. Everybody is different, and every body is different. What works for one person might not work for another. All of my patients receive customized treatment plans curated to support their own unique goals and requirements.
By educating and empowering my patients to build a foundation for health, I aim to create permanent lifestyle changes and community to act as a foundation for lasting health and wellness.