I came into Naturopathic Medicine after a friend recommended I see a Naturopathic Doctor (ND) for a health issue at the time. I appreciated how the doctor took the time to get a full picture of what was happening with my health and then involved me in my care. Over the years I have developed a special interest in hormonal health, mental health and autoimmune conditions.
For the past year I have been practicing in Sheffield, England, and as of September 2016 am practicing in the Greater Toronto Area (from the Haudenosaunee word Tkaronto). I have successfully worked with people with a variety of conditions, including chronic eczema, hypothyroidism, hormonal imbalances, migraines, insomnia, anxiety, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic pain and menopausal concerns.
Part of my role as an ND is to take a comprehensive approach to health. Together we will talk about your health concerns and create sustainable short- and long-term goals. I will address your concerns with an approach that suits your needs. Having being trained in various systems of health, I offer therapies including herbal medicine, clinical nutrition, homeopathic medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture, and lifestyle counseling. I provide care that is centred around your unique story and goals, rather than around a particular diagnosis, acknowledging the intricate connections between mind, body and emotion.
Recognizing that past and present experiences shape a person's needs, I strive to provide a non-judgmental space. In my view medicine and health cannot be separated from the broader social, cultural and historical context.
I am a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) in Toronto and a member of the College of Naturopaths Ontario and the General Council and Register of Naturopaths in the UK. Prior to CCNM, I completed my undergraduate studies in Political Science and Journalism at Concordia University in Montréal. I subsequently worked as a writer, editor and youth facilitator.
The program at CCNM requires four years of rigorous full-time post-graduate studies, including three years of academic training and one year and 1200 hours of clinical experience. Naturopathic Doctors trained at CCNM are primary health care providers who address the root causes of illnesses.
During my clinical year, I completed a one-year placement at the Brampton Naturopathic Teaching Clinic at the Brampton Civic Hospital, and four-month long placements at the Anishnawbe Health Centre working with patients from indigenous communities; and the Sherbourne Health Centre working with patients who are HIV positive.
In my spare time you can find me at the local coffee shop, on a walk by the water, reading in a park or baking chocolate-chip cookies.
For more information about Naturopathic Medicine and how I got started, check out my interview with Now Then Magazine.
I wish to acknowledge the traditional territory and the traditional keepers of the land upon which I practice: the Mississaugas of the New Credit, Huron-Wendat, Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, and any other Nations who cared for this land (acknowledged and unacknowledged, recorded and unrecorded).
The territory was the subject of the ‘Dish With One Spoon’ Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Iroquois Confederacy and the Ojibwe and allied nations to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. This territory is also covered by the Upper Canada Treaties.
Today the meeting place of Toronto (from the Haudenosaunee word Tkaronto) is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and I am grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land.