- How did you get into your current career/what made you decide to pursue this career?
When I started my undergraduate degree in kinesiology at Western, my plan was to pursue a master’s in physiotherapy. However, after preceptoring at a couple physiotherapy clinics in my fourth year I realized that I wasn’t as passionate about the profession than when I first started. I felt totally lost and oblivious with what I wanted to do after graduating. It wasn’t until my last week of university when I asked one of my classmates what her plans were after finishing school, and she introduced me to naturopathic medicine. I remember asking, “naturopathic medicine…what the heck is that?” She explained how naturopathic doctors approach health from a holistic perspective, and use natural therapies like diet, nutritional supplementation, acupuncture, and herbal medicine rather than conventional pharmaceutical drugs for addressing certain health conditions. All of this was new to me, but I was excited to learn that such a profession existed and I wanted to pursue it. I did more research, and after some brief contemplating I decided to apply the following year.
- Do you have a special focus/specialization in your practice? Is there a reason why you have this focus in your practice?
Sports medicine and sports supplementation has always been a passion of mine. Being a kinesiology graduate and varsity athlete in university helped me appreciate the importance of how the body works, from both a biomechanical and nutritional perspective. In my clinic practice, I also regularly see patients regarding digestive health, men’s health, weight loss, chronic disease, skin conditions like acne and eczema, and mood disorders like anxiety, stress, and difficulty sleeping.
- What is your #1 health tip?
Exercise regularly! Thirty minutes per day is all you need to receive the health benefits of exercise, and can even be split up into three 10-minute sessions. It doesn’t need to be intense – brisk walking so that you get a light sweat is enough. And the benefits of exercise is associated with so many health conditions, from reducing your risk of heart disease, diabetes, fractures and some cancers, improving your mood and sleep, and can even increase your chances of living longer.
- What is your favourite thing about your practice?
Learning about my patients and their health goals, and being able to provide them with the tools they need to feel better.
- What do you like to do for fun (any hobbies, activities etc.)? Why do you enjoy these things?
I’m big into basketball – both playing and watching. I know I’ll have to eventually move on to a less physically straining activity like golfing as I get older, and I’m looking forward to that day too! But for now, I enjoy everything basketball related. Just don’t ask me which team is my favourite to watch, because I don’t have one.
- What do you value most in your life? Why?
My family – if it weren’t for their support I’d have no idea what I would be doing with my life.
- If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? Why?
During the summer holidays in university I went backpacking in Europe for a month and visited Florence, Italy. Maybe my stay was too short-lived to gain a ‘full’ experience, but I loved the culture, art, food, and architecture there.