People always ask, as a Naturopathic Doctor what do you do? Well, simply put I am trained as a primary care doctor with an emphasis on personalized natural health care.
In a nut shell. I have a general family practice and offer healthcare to the entire family from babies to the elderly. I provide assessments and treatment options for acute (colds/flu, ear infections, headaches, constipation) and chronic long standing illnesses (thyroid conditions, rheumatoid arthritis), and, I provide routine and specialty testing (routine blood work, food sensitivity testing).
And, everything I do is done with a whole lot of heart.
My approach to medicine is prevention and the treatment of the root cause of illness. Let’s face it, masking the symptoms is just not good enough anymore. Not when it comes to your family’s health and quality of life.
But what makes me ME? Why am I the Naturopathic Doctor that I am.
This is why I do what I do … this is my story.
For as long as I can remember I wanted to help people. That part of my story was easy. It was already written and embedded deeply in my entire heart and soul. But help with what? That was the real question I needed to answer to find my true purpose.
The only other definitive thing I knew about my purpose here on Earth is that I wanted to be a MOM!
In 2013, my husband and I gave birth to our first daughter Olivia. Three years later our second daughter Lily was born. We have two beautiful healthy little girls that keep us on our toes. They remind me daily to take pleasures in the simple things in life. My daughters have already taught me so much and continue to teach me about the person I want to be, the mom I want to be and the kind of doctor that I want to be. They are my inspiration, and they inspire me every day in my life’s work.
Motherhood not only fulfilled my life’s dream to become a mother, it also gave rise to an innate passion to help other women get pregnant and live this dream. I help couples experience this most amazing, wondrous gift of parenthood.
Breastfeeding. Oh, breastfeeding. Babies are born to breastfeed, right? Women are destined to breastfeed, right? Sounds like it should be a match made in heaven. Not quite. For me it was one of the most difficult things I have EVER done in my life. During my first pregnancy, I read almost every book I could get my hands on and watched nearly every breastfeeding video. I’m a Naturopathic Doctor who’s preceptored with none other than the best breastfeeding Guru, Jack Newman. I got this, right. How hard can it be?
But, when Olivia was born it was the absolutely opposite. I couldn’t get her to latch, she was losing weight, I was in extreme pain, and I felt like a failure. But I was stubborn. My tears and frustration drove my determination. I WOULD breastfeed Olivia, we WOULD get the hang of it and finally, finally …. We DID at nearly 10 weeks! And she continued to breastfed until the age of two and a half. It was the best thing that I have ever done. From that moment on I was adamant, that if I could breastfeed Olivia, anybody could breastfeed. Breast really is best … and my experience has made me passionate about helping and supporting other mothers breastfeed their babies.
Interestingly, my practice evolves and grows with my family.
My girls are growing like crazy! And, inevitably they are exposed to all sorts of little bugs. Being a Naturopathic Doctor mom I have delved head first into the World of pediatrics. I absolutely love working with kids. These little people are so sweet and innocent, and their little bodies are so receptive to natural care.
As a Naturopathic Doctor and a full-time mother, it has never become more apparent to me the importance of life balance and nurturing thyself. I have struggled with creating life balance, it’s a fine line, and we as parents often put our families first and ourselves in last place. But I’ve realized that our children don’t benefit when we do this. I empower parents to take care of themselves, as difficult as it may be at times. Healthy parents translate into happy, playful and patient parents. Our kids deserve this and so do you!
And now, for the credentials. In 2004, I received an undergraduate degree with honours in Human Nutrition from the University of Guelph and became a Nutritionist. After realizing that being a dietician was not what I was destined to become, I moved to Toronto and completed a four year doctorate program in Naturopathic Medicine at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM). I became a Naturopathic Doctor in 2008. I am a member in good standing of the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND), the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND), the Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians (pedANP), and am licensed by the College of Naturopathic Physicians of Ontario. I have also completed additional naturopathic courses in fertility, pre- and post-natal care, pediatrics, obstetrics and breastfeeding.
My promise to you is that I will be compassionate, caring and dedicated to you and your family. You are trusting me with your health and the health of your children (and future children). This is an honour. And I am honored that you are sharing your story with me. We will work together to find the answers that you need and make the right decisions for your family’s care. I will work with any health care professional that you trust, and will offer you practical, holistic and evidence-based care that utilizes the best of natural medicine.
Together, let’s be sure that this chapter of your story has a happy ending!
Lots of love,