Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine
Registered with the College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO)
Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, Graduate (CCNM)
BSc Hon., environmental studies, Trent University
My route to naturopathic medicine began with my love of nature. As far back as I can remember, I have been fascinated with the workings of the natural world. My parents tell me I preferred nature documentaries to cartoons.
Over time, this love turned into a passion for environmentalism, and an interest in both food and health. I took Environmental Studies at Trent University. I travelled to organic farms across the country. I went to the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, and then I started practicing naturopathic medicine and I started a farm with my husband.
In the realm of health, I believe that the doctor's job is to create the conditions for the body to heal itself. In farming, the farmer's responsibility is similar- to farm in such a way that biodiversity increases, energy and water use are improved and soil health increases. Sometimes my naturopathic knowledge is helpful in the world of farming. Other times, what I learn about animal health has implications for human well-being.
I enjoy working in the frontiers of medicine where science and mystery merge. Nowhere is this more true than in the field of women's health. Fifty percent of infertility cases remain 'unexplained', and perimenopause remains widely misunderstood. I see this is an area where naturopathic doctors can excel, because we take the time to understand our patients thoroughly and holistically. We also, as a rule, take our patient's symptoms seriously, rather than trying to minimize them by chalking them up to being a busy mom or saying 'That's all in your head'. Time after time, I see patients who have had their hormone-related problems 'fixed' by having hormonal birth control or conventional hormone replacement therapy thrown at them. In many cases these 'solutions' simply mask the problem. Don't settle for that!
My, husband, son and I run Fat of the Land Farm, which is north of Kingston. We live in a tiny, off-grid house. We eat the food that we grow every single day. I always say moving to the country cured my insomnia! Food, health, Nature- it's all connected, and the more I learn, the more I believe that fundamental truth.
Bioidentical Hormone Initiative preceptorship
(with Dr. Erika Schwartz, MD, author of The Hormone Solution)