As a Naturopathic Doctor and woman who walks around on this planet, I have passion for plants and a belief in a good quality of life. I work hard to teach my children the joys of an active living, nurture their connection with the wilderness and instill a love of learning and reading. My greatest addictions are skiing and hiking. I love a good cup of tea and a book to read (oh, and chocolate, too!)
I returned to Thunder Bay to practice as a Naturopathic Doctor in 2001. I consider myself a general practitioner who can help patients cope with a wide variety of health concerns. I have particular experience treating anxiety, stress, insomnia, arthritis and fatigue. I also offer Naturopathic care for chronic illnesses like diabetes, cardiovascular disease and Multiple Sclerosis. My practice also includes a focus on women’s health issues such as infertility, menopause, painful or irregular periods and PMS.
I believe people have the power within to change themselves and their health, all they need is knowledge, sound advice and encouragement.
I studied psychology at the University of Ottawa and then established myself in my first career as a counsellor and advocate for women who had survived violence. After 7 very rewarding years working with the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Ottawa I decided it was time to gain more tools to help people on their healing journeys. I was drawn to Naturopathic Medicine because of the focus on the patient’s empowerment and the use of natural and traditional medicines.
In my practice I focus on women's health issues such as fertility, pre-natal health, hormone balancing and menopause. Since giving birth to my daughter in 2013 I have developed a passion for pediatrics as well. I also have an interest in helping people with cancer increase their quality of life and improve their health. Thanks to my background in working as a counsellor, I'm able to bring counselling skills to the care of my patients here at Thunder Bay Naturopathic Clinic and have been able to help people suffering from anxiety, depression and PTSD.
I feel lucky to have been raised in Thunder Bay and even more fortunate to have this opportunity to give back to the community that I love in my career as a Naturopathic Doctor.
Since a young age I have had a passion for assisting others and as a former EMT I realized I wanted a career helping people with injury, rehabilitation and overall wellness.
I have been in practice since graduating in 2007 from the Massage Therapy program at CDI College. My practice has a primary focus on injury and pathology rehabilitation, Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) treatment and preventative maintenance but I am always up for a challenge. Much of my continuing education has been focused on Myofascial Release, which I use in my daily practice with great result. Since the first day of my practice I knew I had made the right decision, and to this day I still love my work.
Massage Therapy has so many benefits, be it stress reduction, wellness or rehabilitation, acute or chronic conditions. I truly believe that therapeutic massage as part of your health care maintenance plan can have tremendous results.
I studied Social Work at Lakehead University and at the University of Toronto. I have gained incredible experience while working as a clinical counselor at the Faye Peterson Transition House, the Lakehead Psychiatric Hospital, the Thunder Bay Counselling Centre and at the Lakehead University Student Health and Counselling Centre. And now I am thrilled to become a part of the team at the Thunder Bay Naturopathic Clinic!
While I have studied many counseling therapies, I am proud to say that the basis of my counseling is rooted in Mindfulness, and Compassion Therapy.
If you have a problem or concern, come in and let’s talk. Live. Life. Now.
Holistic nutrition involves looking at a person's unique needs including tastes, budget, time, goals, who you're eating with or cooking for, cravings, emotions and more. When working with clients I never seperate emotional well-being from physical well-being. I create individualized nutrition plans for my clients while educating them so they can understand their conditions, symptoms, cravings and how dietary interventions can help.
I have a special focus on women's health, sustainable weight loss, eating psychology and nutritional support for anxiety and depression.
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