I love to facilitate learning. As a mom, as a teacher, as a doctor, I spend a lot of my life helping people find answers to their questions. I too continually seek to know more, both so I can help others, and to become a richer, fuller human being. Curiosity and compassion are two attributes that I work every day to nurture in myself and others.
I feel very privileged to be working in a career about which I am truly passionate. My training as a naturopathic doctor has firmly informed my approach to parenting, eating, spirituality, being in relationship with others, caring for my health, and generally moving through the world. It's always a work in progress. I take tremendous pride in my work educating the next generation of naturopathic doctors, and always aim to infuse the sometimes rigid biomedical content with the naturopathic philosophy that makes our approach to health so unique.
My paid work is balanced between my roles as Associate Professor at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, and clinician at The Neighbourhood Clinic. Both positions enrich the other, as my clinical experience provides texture and context to my teaching, while my teaching, research and writing ensure I stay abreast of the latest in the field. I value the diversity in my work - it means I can approach each aspect with fresh energy and enthusiasm. I volunteer as a healthcare provider at the Evergreen drop-in center for street-involved youth. My time with the folks there is rewarding and enriching, and mostly consists of extending compassion and creating space. My community engagements in the past have included developing and delivering holistic sexuality education to adults and youth, working at health clinics in Kenya and Peru, and facilitating health promotion workshops for parents. My life is full, and I'm grateful.
I have a strong interest in pediatric wellness - we know that behaviours established in childhood strongly affect the health of the person for the rest of their life (check out an interview I gave on that subject here). Much of my teaching and research interest lie in the realm of pediatric care. Clinically, I practice using a holistic, evidence-informed approach, incorporating an individual’s story and experience, physical exam findings and investigations such as blood work. I enjoy collaborating with medical doctors, and value client-based care and shared decision-making. I tend to approach health with simple strategies, favouring nutrition, herbal medicine, homeopathy and lifestyle counselling. My goal is to empower my clients to make positive shifts in their own lives.
Life is an ongoing opportunity to learn and grow ... neither of which are truly possible without stumbles along the way. I am constantly seeking ways to "suck the marrow out of life". Paddling, conversing, racing, reading, creating art, strumming, travelling, looking for opportunities to give ... seeking adventure and purpose keeps me fired up.
The land on which I live, work and play is the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. Toronto is in the 'Dish With One Spoon Territory’. The Dish With One Spoon is a treaty between the Anishinaabe, Mississaugas and Haudenosaunee that bound them to share the territory and protect the land. Subsequent Indigenous Nations and peoples, Europeans and all newcomers have been invited into this treaty in the spirit of peace, friendship and respect. I also acknowledge that Toronto is covered by the Toronto Purchase, Treaty 13, signed with the Mississaugas of the Credit, and the Williams Treaty signed with multiple Mississaugas and Chippewa bands.