I love what I do. Although it took me a little while to figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up, being a naturopathic doctor in private practice, with a side of teaching and writing, is absolutely perfect. I have a general family practice with a special interest mental health, trauma, sexual health, and fertility. I am committed to providing personalized, integrated healthcare for the long-term wellness of my patients. As an ND concerned with accessibility, my practice is inclusive of diverse forms of gender, sexuality, and families.
What kind of naturopathic doctor am I?
- I listen to your health story and help to facilitate and support you in reaching your health goals, whatever they are.
- I understand the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, environmental, and sociocultural aspects of health.
- I help you to explore the personal and cultural meanings of health and disease.
- I believe in patient-centered care and education.
- I care about the environmental impact of my naturopathic practice.
I have always been interested in people and plants in a broad context. My happiest childhood memories involve plants and trees and being outside, either cross-country skiing or canoeing on a quiet, clear lake on the Canadian shield. Throughout my life, I have always spent time gardening, growing flowers and food. Before even hearing about the existence of naturopathic medicine, I knew that I wanted to do something related to health, nature, and the environment.
I went to Trent University, getting my B.A. Hons degree in Cultural Studies. Even then, I was most interested in the way health and disease are defined and represented in culture. In my academic studies, I focused on the complex sociocultural relationships between health, disease, gender, race, and sexuality. I developed a critical eye for the way we define what is healthy and what isn’t, especially in relation to women’s health conditions, like PMS and menopause.
While I was studying, I founded a thriving community garden and began to learn plant identification, wildcrafting, and herbal medicine-making. I spent time on organic farms and studied with herbalists in Nova Scotia and Quebec.
After university, I worked for a national environmental NGO (non-governmental organization). As much as I loved getting paid to be an environmental activist, I knew that I wanted to focus more on the human health side of environmentalism and work more closely with plants. I moved to China, studying acupuncture and Chinese herbal traditions while I explored educational options for more formal training in North America. While living in China, I stumbled upon naturopathic medicine searching for herbal medicine schools, at once realizing it was the best fit for me (art + humanities + science + nature + eclectic = me).
I returned to Canada, studying and graduating from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) as a naturopathic doctor. While attending school, I led an active role in the development of the school’s Paracelsus Botanical Garden, a teaching garden for students and visitors.
What I do now
In addition to maintaining a general family practice, I supervise student interns at the free naturopathic teaching clinic at Queen West Community Health Centre. I have also taught courses at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine on the botanical medicine and naturopathic philosophy, and acted as a teaching assistant for courses on hydrotherapy and health psychology.
My latest book, The Essential Guide to Women’s Herbal Medicine published by Robert Rose is available for sale.
Licensed and registered as a Naturopathic Doctor with prescribing rights by the College of Naturopaths of Ontario, I’m also a member of the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors, the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors, and the Association of Perinatal Naturopathic Doctors.