Your Kelowna Naturopath
My own health challenges led me to naturopathic medicine. After struggling with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) for over 15 years, I had a lucky encounter with a functional medical doctor who diagnosed and treated the real issues causing my IBS. The day I learned I could resolve my symptoms was one of the best days of my life. I became passionate about helping people with chronic symptoms they've been told are "normal" and that "can't be treated."
I was born and raised in Kelowna, British Columbia, and then moved to Victoria, BC, to complete a Bachelor of Arts in English Honours and work in libraries. But my own health challenges and my lucky discovery of naturopathic medicine led me to completely switch gears. Following completion of my B.A., I spent two years completing the pre-requisites to apply for medical school. I then moved to Portland, Oregon to complete my 4-year naturopathic training at the National University of Natural Medicine. To learn more about what's required to become a naturopathic doctor, click here.
Before starting my practice as a naturopath in Kelowna in 2017, I practiced in Portland in two different clinics. One focused on Down syndrome, autism, and other developmental disabilities. I'm passionate about this work since I have an older brother with Down syndrome. My current clinical passions include digestive health, mental health, trauma, and burnout. Understanding the significant impact of past trauma on our overall health, I've recently undertaken additional training in Somatic Experiencing Therapy.
I am licensed and regulated by the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia (CNPBC), and I am a member of the British Columbia Naturopathic Association (BCNA) and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND).
Outside of providing top notch care as a Kelowna naturopath, in my spare time, I enjoy swing dancing (aka lindy hop), tap dancing, kayaking, hiking, yoga, cross-country skiing, reading, crafting, cooking, spending time with friends and family, and hanging with my best furry pal, Rosie.
**It can be difficult to find a doctor in BC. If you're looking for a primary care doctor in BC who is accepting new patients, I can help. Appointments are available in-person in Kelowna or virtually from anywhere in BC.