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 reproductive health. 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 specific health conditions like PMS and menopause and mental wellness.
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 in botanical medicine and naturopathic philosophy, and acted as a teaching assistant for courses on hydrotherapy and health psychology. Nowadays, most of my teaching is focused on cultural competency and trauma-informed naturopathic care.
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.