Hello and Welcome to my Naturopathic Medicine practice!
Many people have an inner sense that there is a healthier, more vibrant and vital version of themselves out there somewhere, but are unsure where it is or how to find it. If this is you and you've stumbled upon naturopathic medicine, you are in the right place.
As a naturopathic doctor, my objective upon first meeting you is to understand who you are, where you are coming from, and why you are here. You are unique and I believe your medical care should be individualized; therefore, I need to understand YOU.
In a first visit with me I discuss all the aspects of your health from physical, nutritional, environmental, social, spiritual to mental/emotional wellness. Together we develop a treatment plan that begins to address the root cause of your concerns. My intention is to not only restore balance to your entire system, but to provide you with the tools to maintain your health long-term.
what is NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE?
Naturopathic medicine is a primary care medical system that prioritizes preventative and complete health care. Naturopathic doctors integrate traditional, time-honoured healing practices with current scientific knowledge which may complement, or provide an alternative to, conventional medicine. Whether you have a chronic or acute health concern or are simply looking to improve your overall wellness, naturopathic medicine is for you.
Naturopathic medicine has experienced a resurgence in the last two decades with people seeking alternatives to conventional care. People are drawn to the whole-body, patient-centered medicine with treatment plans that stimulate/support the body's inherent ability to heal and an overall emphasis on prevention rather than symptom management. As a profession and body of knowledge, naturopathic medicine continues to grow, evolve, and fill a vital role in today’s medical system of specialists and referrals.
what is my training as a naturopathic doctor?
I graduated from the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon - the oldest naturopathic university in North America and one of the oldest institutions of doctorate level study of natural medicine. There are currently five accredited naturopathic medical schools in the United States and two in Canada.
As naturopathic doctors, we are trained in medical sciences including anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, pharmacology, cardiology, neurology, radiology, minor surgery, obstetrics, gynecology, embryology, pediatrics, psychology, dermatology, and clinical and physical diagnosis.
Our training also includes the comprehensive study of naturopathic philosophy and therapeutics including clinical & therapeutic nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, manipulative therapy, and counseling. Since coursework in natural therapeutics is added to a standard medical curriculum, naturopathic doctors often receive significantly more hours of classroom education in these areas than the graduates of many leading medical schools.
Licensed naturopathic doctors in the province of Manitoba must meet the following requirements:
- Completion of an undergraduate degree (minimum 3 years), including pre-medical sciences.
- Completion of a 4-year full time program in an accredited school of Naturopathic Medicine in Canada or the United States.
- Completion of the North American and provincial medical licensing board examinations.
- Maintain licensure through continuing education requirements legislated by the Manitoba Naturopathic Association.
What defines NATUROPATHIC PHILOSOPHY?
The healing power of nature - Vis medicatrix naturae
Recognize, respect and support the body's inherent power to heal itself.
First, do no harm - Primum non nocere
Provide the most natural and effective health care with the least risk and toxicity.
Identify and treat the causes - Tolle causum
Identify and remove the underlying causes of illness rather than eliminate or suppress symptoms.
Doctor as teacher - Docere
Educate patients while inspiring and encouraging self-responsibility for health.
Treat the whole person - Tolle totum
Take into account all the influences on health for each person they treat, always considering body, mind, and spirit.
Health promotion, the best prevention - Praevenire
Promote health as a way to prevent disease for individuals, communities and our world.