Practice and Services
Everyone who walks through my door is unique, presenting their own, very personal story and set of symptoms. My goal is to treat patients in a way that matches their individuality. For me, this is the root of naturopathic medicine.
Treating the person, not the disease
Illness arises from a host of instigating factors. We find ourselves in a state of ‘dis-ease’ when these factors multiply, combine, or are allowed to fester unchecked over time. Because of this, no disease is the same and so no two treatments will be the same. When we work toward understanding and clearing underlying factors in an individualized way, the burden of ‘dis-ease’ can be lifted.
Natural, Holistic Healthcare
Naturopathic Doctors use various natural means to treat the whole person - body, mind, and spirit. This style of holistic care includes working to ease symptoms while treating the root causes of presenting issues.
Because naturopaths receive such a diverse education, you will find practice strategies and favored modes of treatment vary from one doctor to another. The essence of the medicine remains but while one ND chooses to use homeopathy and orthomolecular supplementation, another may prefer acupuncture and western herbalism. In the right hands and with a focus on the individuality of the patient, all forms of treatment can lead to the same goal.
My Preferred Treatments
My practice is first and foremost based on positively impacting what I see as the foundations of health:
Nutrition Exercise Nature Thoughts & Emotions
Correcting imbalances in these 5 areas is essential to good health. I have found that changes made to lifestyle, diet, activity level, and engagement in the outside world as well as our ‘inside world’ can be the most powerful interventions in relieving many chronic health issues.
The work of addressing foundational health and reducing presenting symptoms can be accomplished by multiple means and modalities. Most often I will employ a combination of the following practices when working with patients:
Understanding the causes of illness takes a great deal of investigation. Naturopathic doctors have the luxury of long visit times with their patients which allows for a full evaluation of symptoms, the workings of all body systems, and health history. Discussion and physical exam are key components of the detective work that takes place. But in health, the more information available the better. Naturopaths utilize numerous diagnostic tools in an effort to determine what is happening in the body.
In BC naturopaths have the ability to requisition blood work. Standard blood chemistry provides a great amount of health information and it is useful to have a record of blood over time to understand changes in health.
Along with this standard form of blood work, ND’s can provide advanced sensitivity (food and common allergens), hormonal, heavy metal, and nutritional testing. This work is done by an outside lab and requires only a drop of blood from the finger, some hair from your head, or a bit of saliva.