Welcome to the online hub of my naturopathic practice!
I am an experienced licensed Naturopathic Doctor practicing in Ottawa, Ontario. I have completed the Ontario prescribing and therapeutics exam enabling me to prescribe bioidentical hormones, desiccated thyroid, B12 injections, high dose vitamins, etc. I am also a mother of two young kids, a yogi, a runner, a blossoming outdoor enthusiast, and truthfully a recovering stress addict.
I am a health analyst. I am in search of root cause origin of the mechanism underlying pretty much everything in life, including your health concerns. This curiosity for source flourished during my 4-year undergraduate degree in neuroscience at Dalhousie University, and found its structure during the 4-year naturopathic medical program at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (2010). Naturopathic medicine has also given me the tools to gently uproot the source of ailment to create balance and a return to wellness.
What is naturopathic medicine?
My medical practice is data-driven and based on an extensive initial patient investigation, followed by structured root cause intervention. In naturopathic medicine we first try gentle natural therapies (like herbs, dietary changes, exercise), which in my experience yield tremendous results. When required, more aggressive therapies may be considered, such as bioidentical hormones, IV therapies, and then if needed we are fortunate to have pharmaceutical and surgical options available. The goal is for patients to feel better. The closer we can get to the root cause of disease, the gentler the interventions can be, and the more likely we are to truly achieve optimal health.
How I practice
I practice by teaching my patients about the mechanism of why they feel as they do. By better understanding the “why” patients are empowered to create change. I value transparency and do my best to provide it to my patients directly, as well as help them find clarity in their health information in general.
The first visit can be up to 1.5 hours as it takes that long to do a thorough intake of the patient’s history. We review their past illnesses, diet, sleep, stress sources, medications, supplements, family history and more. We then pull out a structured game plan and the patient leaves with a solid holistic view of their health, where their body needs help, and how we are going to address it. They also often take home a requisition for lab testing and a diet diary to help us gather more information. I usually can’t hold myself back from implementing some sort of treatment intervention, but I do try to reserve a full treatment plan for the second visit as it allows me to the time to really analyze the full case and create a precise plan.
The second visit is usually 1-3 weeks after the first and can last up to 1 hour. This is where we fill in the last remaining gaps by reviewing lab results, impact of the previous intervention, etc., and then formulate a more complete treatment approach which we usually stick with for 3-6 weeks before the subsequent follow-up appointment. The treatment plan may include supplements, herbs, dietary guidelines, lifestyle change suggestions, etc, as well as more in depth information gathering tools such as macronutrient calculators and sleep tracking tools. We also complete a full physical exam.
Follow-up visits are 30 mins and allow us to tweak the treatment plan until wellness is achieved. We always check in on sleep and nutrition as they are such important foundations of health. When appropriate we instate hormonal or digestive detox plans, or diet experiments. We investigate toxin exposures including plastics, personal care products, and stressors.
Once the original chief concern is resolved (which often happens within the first few visits), we can shift our focus to a health promotion strategy which involves a long-term maintenance diet (something that really fuels you but that doesn’t make you feel deprived), a sustainable exercise plan that keeps you moving as you should well into your elderly years, as well as other health boosting habits that may seem minor on a day-to-day basis, but really add up against aging over the years (hydrotherapy, time restricted eating, incidental exercise, immune boosting, stress reduction, community connection, etc).
Long-term follow-ups are usually seasonally twice per year; once in the fall to set you up for winter and everything that comes with it (testing vitamin D levels, shifting to immune boosting foods, etc), and once in the spring to make sure you’re still on track for your overall health goals.
I am an avid referrer and collaborator! I believe my job is to help my patients find their most direct path to wellness. I see myself as a gateway practitioner. I collaborate both with the patient and their broader healthcare team. When appropriate, I help determine which intervention/practitioner my patient needs and send them there quickly (such as pelvic physiotherapy, massage therapy, etc).
- Dietary changes
- Lifestyle modifications
- Herbs (botanicals)
- Supplements (nutriceuticals)
- Bioidentical hormones