What would make a person become a naturopathic doctor?
My path to becoming a Naturopathic Doctor in Oakville, Ontario began with a escalating case of eczema (atopic dermatitis).
- Severe eczema (atopic dermatitis) from 12 – late 20’s
- An inability to sleep due to constant scratching
- Concerns about the constant use of cortisone, prednisone, and Protopic without alleviating the symptoms longer than several hours
- A desire to learn and change the trajectory of my health so that I could have a “normal” life
What did I learn?
I started exploring my internal health as the cause of my skin irritation. When I had my wisdom teeth removed mid-university and could not eat many solid foods for several days, my eczema began to clear and I felt less inflamed. When I started eating again, I ate oatmeal and pasta, and began to itch within 30 minutes.
I realized that my inflammation was very much connected to my gastrointestinal tract and completely eliminated wheat gluten. It was the tip of the iceberg or so to speak, and I decided to delve deeper.
In my masters degree at the time, I decided to change direction from becoming a dermatologist in conventional medicine and pursued naturopathic medicine. At the end of naturopathic medical school, my eczema was 95% gone.
Obviously, the skin and gastrointestinal tract and their unique relationship they may have in certain individuals has been a passion. However, my background in psychology and neuroscience is a lifelong passion in exploring the very important role of the body and mind’s relationship on physical health is a significant part of my practice. As a woman, I always endeavour to improve women’s health and lifestyle overall.
Bachelor of Science; Major Psychology, Minor Biology
1998 – 2002 McMaster University, Hamilton ON
Masters of Science; Specialty in Behavioural Neurosciences
2002 – 2004 McMaster University, Hamilton ON
Thesis: Rodent Models of Lupus-like Disease and their affect on social bonding hormones oxytocin and vasopressin.
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine
2005 – 2008 (Accelerated 3-year program), Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, Toronto ON
Auricular Medicine — Certified May 2012
Mindfulness Meditation Certification through the University of Toronto — in Process
Statement of Intent
I do not pretend to know everything there is to know about medicine. That is why a practice is called a practice, and there is an art to continually learning and expanding one’s knowledge daily. I do however try to facilitate health in my patients to the best of my expanding knowledge, at the rate in which they are ready.
I hope that this website can help you the reader to expand upon your knowledge of health and medicine ( conventional or alternative ) and generate some discussion. Often I cannot explore all of the interesting ideas about health while I’m in practice, and look forward to discussing them in this forum with you.