I was born and raised in Victoria, BC and have always had an interest in healthcare. When I was 17 years old my father passed away after a year-long battle with cancer. He spent the last week of his life in Hospice where he and my family received attentive and loving care from the staff. This was when I realized that health is so much more than just the absence of disease.
After completing my Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, I considered a career as a midwife and joined a medical team in Guatemala. It was there that I was captivated by Naturopathic medicine and decided that this was my calling.
My passion is Women’s Health and how it changes and evolves over the lifetime. Specifically, I love working with families preparing to or trying to conceive and during pregnancy. I have helped hundreds of couples improve their health and fertility and supported them through pregnancy using Naturopathic Medicine, Acupuncture and Bowen Therapy. I am a founding member of Birth Talks, a group of pregnancy experts that believe that knowledge is power and as such provide women with opportunities to learn more about pregnancy support, information and informed choice. It is a joy to help my patients grow their families and to support them and their children through every stage of life.
I am fortunate to have had a clinic rotation in Victoria BC at the Family Medicine Clinic (FMC). There we provided free Naturopathic Medical care to young families living at or below the poverty line. This formative experience gave me the opportunity to work closely with families from different backgrounds and with children of all ages.
In addition to working with women through the various stages of life, I also have a special focus on digestive health, hypo and hyperthyroidism, adrenal health, fatigue and the mind-body connection that underlies our wellness.
I am in good standing with the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia (CNPBC) where I was a member of the Quality Assurance Committee for 5 years. I am a member of the BC Naturopathic Association (BCNA), a board certified Acupuncturist, a Bowen Therapy Practitioner, I have my prescriptive authority and I have received additional training in Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy and Thyroid health. I offer health and wellness lectures for corporate and community groups and am a regular lecturer for Birth Talks and other local groups such as daycare or preschool parents groups, health food stores and community centres.
I am committed to facilitating a stable, empowering and supportive environment for my patients. I consider the larger issues surrounding health and wellness, such as the impact that lifestyle, emotion and stress can have on the development and progression of disease and understands that health is so much more than just the absence of an illness.
I truly believe in the innate healing power of the body and in the art and science of Naturopathic Medicine. I look forward to guiding you on your healing journey.
Please note that I no longer work at the Elements Wellness Centre location. I am available at Inlet Wellness Gallery.