What I Do
I catalyze optimum health.
As a Naturopathic Doctor in my 10th year of clinical practice, I blend traditional methods with new research-based approaches and strive with every fibre of my being to help you reach your total health goals in the most efficient, effective, and empowering ways possible. I focus on digestion and the gut-brain connection. Through optimizing the gut-brain connection we can foster overall health and resilience that will benefit every one of us, regardless of what condition we may have.
I am a solution-oriented, outcome-driven ‘medical detective’.
I am always looking for a better solution. I am a Naturopathic Doctor with an agile, analytical mind and an understanding of the body’s capacity for self-healing. As such, I’m equipped to help troubleshoot the chronic diseases and health problems that our current medical system, in spite of all its technological expertise and brilliant doctors, often struggles to address in a comprehensive manner.
I am part of a healthcare team.
I am honoured to be part of my patients’ healthcare team; I do not replace medical doctors and hospitals, chiropractors and physiotherapists, massage therapists and osteopaths etc., I am, however, an integral part of a comprehensive healthcare team.
I guide, inspire, and clarify.
In a time of information overload and overstimulation, it is easy to lose the forest for the trees while googling your symptoms. Often, less is more; going back to the foundations of health and building from there is often the most effective strategy. I help you clarify and direct your efforts and resources most efficiently.
How I became a naturopathic doctor is much less dramatic; more a consequence of my abilities in the sciences combined with curiosity, the privilege of being raised in a middle class Canadian household, and the need to express important values and principles in my work, such as integrity, compassion, and meaning.
During my Honours Science degree at the University of Waterloo (where I achieved Dean’s Honour with Excellent Standing) I considered a career in pharmacy, then made an unsuccessful attempt to get into medical school. I was disillusioned and didn’t have much of a focus, so soon after I found myself living on a beach in New Zealand asking a lot of existential questions that I was privileged enough to have the opportunity to contemplate.
It was during my time there that I first recall hearing about homeopathy from a close friend; after conventional medicines and antibiotics had failed him, he was cured of his collapsed lung and pneumonia by a homeopath.
His compelling story led me to research more into the area of natural and traditional forms of health care, and it was then that I first encountered the word (and profession) ‘naturopathy’. A pluralistic approach, naturopathic medicine takes the best of various forms of traditional medicine and complements them with a scientific, research-based approach.
In a time of polypharmacy and widespread dissatisfaction with the conventional medical system, it is an ideal solution.
Naturopathic medicine makes so much sense and it is rooted in altruistic philosophical principles which are vital not only to the profession, but also to my need for meaning and alignment of heart and mind with my work.
Naturopathic medicine is many things.
- It is scientific and logical.
- It is safe and effective.
- It stimulates personal growth and healing.
- It works in alignment with incontrovertible Laws of Nature.
- It is rooted in sound philosophical tenets.
- It helps fill in the gaps in the present conventional health care system.
I am proud to be a practitioner of the naturopathic medical art. I am honoured and privileged to be able to help people grow, heal, become well, lessen pain, and together become better versions of ourselves.
Homeopathy + SORLEX + Me
During my time naturopathic medical studies, I was able to cure my mother's fibromyalgia and my own colitis using homeopathy. So, needless to say, I was hooked on it. I continued to study it deeply and intensely, often skipping class to read homeopathic texts in the library.
In the last couple of years at naturopathic medical school I took continuing education courses with some of the world's pre-eminent homeopaths including Dr. Rajan Sankaran MD & the 'Bombay Group', Dr. Jan Scholten MD, and extensive training with Louis Klein FSHom.
In my first year of practice as a naturopathic doctor, I wasn't very busy. The silver lining? I had a lot of time to continue to study various homeopathic methodologies as I applied it clinically .
During this period of time I ran into a lot of cases of cold sores. Whether it was a form of divine inspiration or just distraction I'm not sure, but I made the decision to design and develop a homeopathic solution for herpes labialis. My patients (and people in general) were generally very dissatisfied with the benefits Abreva and other conventional pharmaceutical approaches, so there was plenty of room for improvement.
Combining my medical training with old (traditional) and 'new school' homeopathic analysis techniques, I found some patterns that help me design 'Cold Sore Stop' which I began applying clinically with my patients, but also with friends & family.
The results were reproducibly impressive.
I just couldn’t keep this information to myself.
I felt compelled to get Cold Sore Stop into the hands of as many cold sore sufferers as possible. Other naturopathic doctors started using it with their patients and the reproducible success of my colleagues made me realize that this medicine had serious potential.
Not only the potential to seriously disrupt the cold sore market; more importantly, it has the potential to disrupt the doubters in the biomedical science establishment who cannot conceive (or refuse to entertain the thought) that homeopathy can have the effects it does.
Cold Sore Stop had a makeover in 2016; SORLEX was born and subsequently licensed by Health Canada. I have extremely high standards for the products I use, let alone those that I design; due to it's reproducible and reliable results, SORLEX is (the first and) only product of my company, Intelligent Medicinals Inc.