Tell us a bit about yourself!
I am a licensed Naturopathic Doctor currently living in downtown Toronto. I grew up in Port Credit, so it’s lovely to stay involved with this wonderful community. Throughout my naturopathic education I preceptored with Dr. Jessica Liu and completed a clinical externship at Lakeside, so things have come full-circle working here as an ND! I often use a combination of clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, mindfulness-based techniques, and acupuncture in my practice. I enjoy working with patients to create tailored evidence-based recommendations that fit into their lifestyle and support their wellness goals!
What inspired you to be a naturopathic doctor?
I began exploring naturopathic medicine through my own health journey with IBD, and soon realized the importance of addressing the root cause of disease, rather than simply suppressing symptoms. People may easily feel discouraged by a certain prognosis or ongoing symptoms, and it’s so fulfilling to see the hope and optimism that Naturopathic options can bring to patients’ lives. Even small lifestyle changes can make a world of difference, which I love about this field of medicine.
What conditions are you most interested in treating and why?
I’m most passionate about treating digestive and gastrointestinal conditions. I believe gut health is a factor in all disease, and it’s something I address with most patients regardless of their concern. Women’s health, hormone balancing and holistic skincare are passions of mine, too! I’m trained in Ela Pro Med facial rejuvenation technology, which is so much fun using and seeing the results! I have a Master’s background in neuroscience, so I’m also passionate about mental health and the mind-gut connection.
What do you find most rewarding about being a naturopathic doctor?
Impacting the way people feel and playing a role in their journey to overcome obstacles preventing them from living happy and fulfilling lives. It is so empowering to take full autonomy of your own health, which I love helping others realize.
What do you do to stay healthy? What does a day in your life look like?
I try to live a balanced lifestyle – it can be challenging, but something I aim for! I focus on fuelling my body with foods that work best for my digestion, while avoiding triggering foods and allowing myself mindful indulgences. I always try to get some form of movement in – whether it’s a pilates flow, spinning, or a short walk. Exercise is key for me to manage stress, and it’s so important that people find what works best for them. I also start my mornings with meditation or journaling some gratitudes – this helps me stay grounded and sets a positive tone for the day!
What do you do for fun, outside of clinic?
Friends and family are very important to me, so much of my free time is spent with them. I love trying out new spots in the city, going to workout classes or wellness events, and just enjoying quality time. My family also has three new puppies, which has kept us busy!
How do you see your practice evolving over the next decade?
I see myself continuing to build a practice dedicated towards improving patients’ quality of life, and enabling them to take control of their health. I will soon be trained in intravenous (IV) and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), which are exciting treatment options! I’d love to continue advancing my knowledge in digestive health and the latest holistic skincare. I’m also recently trained as a Rubimed Psychosomatic Energetics Therapist (treating energy imbalances related to subconscious emotional conflicts), which I’m excited to incorporate more into practice.
What would you say is the #1 wellness tip you give to your patients?
Making sure there’s variety in your diet! This encourages a healthy and rich microbiome, which helps support digestive and mental health, and a strong immune system. Listening to your body and staying hydrated are also simple tips that go a long way!