Your first appointment will take 60 minutes, and will cover your current health concerns, and past medical history. At the end of this appointment, I will advise whether any further testing is required and complete any relevant physical exams. At this time, or after completion of lab work, we will begin a treatment protocol that encompasses some or all of the modalities discussed below.
Food is a foundational aspect of health. Not only with respect to physical health, but also mental-emotional health and social wellbeing. The food we eat can have a powerful effect on our bodies, for better or for worse.
I help people improve upon their diet, and use food therapeutically, without leaving them feeling deprived. I recognize that food plays an important sociocultural role, and enjoy helping people improve their day-to-day diet so that they feel healthier, and savour the food they consume.
Botanical medicine utilizes plants in the treatment of various health concerns. It is an old form of medicine with a long history of successful use and encouraging modern research. Botanicals can be prescribed as teas, tinctures (alcoholic extract of herbs), or encapsulated products, and are often included in naturopathic treatment protocols.
I recommend botanicals to help with hormone balancing, menstrual concerns, supporting mood and sleep, digestive concerns and immune health. With that said, there are many uses of botanicals outside of those listed above.
Acupuncture is a component of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and has been utilized in the treatment of many health concerns for centuries. It is the injection of small, thin needles into pre-determined acupuncture points that are located along energy meridians in the body. The needles help to improve the flow of energy through the body, and by doing so, can relieve pain, relax the nervous system, and balance hormones among many other things.
I utilize acupuncture to help with body pain, hormone balancing, fertility difficulty, and to support mood and sleep.
Intravenous (IV) nutrient therapy
IV nutrient therapy is the intravenous injection of vitamins and minerals into the body. One major benefit of injecting nutrients is that they can bypass the digestive system, and quickly be absorbed by the body.
I use IV nutrient therapy to improve the nutrition status of those with compromised digestive systems, and to help those struggling with mood issues and stress-induced fatigue.
Lab testing and prescriptions
In BC, naturopathic doctors are able to requisition standard blood work, and have access to specialized laboratory tests that evaluate for the presence of health concerns such as food sensitivities and hormone imbalances. In addition, naturopathic doctors are able to complete pap tests.
Many naturopathic doctors in BC, myself included, are licensed to prescribe common pharmaceutical medications.