BRAIN HEALTH AND COGNITION
More and more I am hearing from patients that they feel their memory and clarity waning. No longer is this an issue in older populations alone. Whether brain fog and mental fatigue have you down or you’ve had a concussion, or other traumatic injury, there are many things we can do to help you.
Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, early and late onset, are also concerns I can help you with. I love helping family members of those living with Alzheimer’s/Dementia as there is much that can be done to help significantly delay or even altogether prevent the onset of disease.
Other neurological concerns such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Epilepsy and the fallout from a stroke are also very much in my scope of practice.
I am also the co-creator of neuroproject.org – a naturopathic organization dedicated to researching and disseminating information on brain health to the public. To see if we are doing any talks in your area, please visit www.neuroproject.org (coming soon).
PMS got you down? Irregular cycles? PCOS? Concerns regarding your fertility? I’ve got you covered!
With hormone disruptors abounding in our ‘natural’ environment, stress at all time highs and sleep cycles that are completely out of order, it’s hard to get a handle on our hormones. Through a careful history taking, attention to symptoms and hormone panel testing, I can help you target what is at the root cause of your imbalance and get you healthy once again.
As women especially, we often don’t realize the extent to which our mood is affected by our hormones. If you feel that you are not the same person you used to be, feel as though something else has taken over your mind and body, hormone imbalances may be at play. Come in for a thorough assessment to get you back to your best self!
MOOD DISORDERS & MENTAL ILLNESS
Although we are often told our moods are ‘just in our head’, the way we feel on a daily basis is at the mercy of so many real physiological processes going on in our bodies. While hormones can play a huge role, various genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors including diet can be of immense influence.
By optimizing our nutrition and cleaning out our digestive system we can have a huge impact on our mental state. By understanding what’s referred to as the ‘gut-brain axis’, we can affect our moods by way of our intestinal ecology.
If mental illness is new to you or has a long history in your family line, know that it need not be a lifelong sentence. Using diet, botanicals, acupuncture and more, we can get you back to a state of happiness and calm and living the life you want!
Also on the rise these days is patients complaining of persistent gas and bloating, pain after eating and other digestive concerns. Whether it’s severe food sensitivities, irritable-bowel syndrome or SIBO, these issues can have a very simple solution or be quite multi-factorial. Though the symptoms may be common, each individual is different. Getting at the root cause of your particular concern is my primary goal.
Naturopathic medicine is perfectly situated to treat the gut using targeted clinical nutrition, bitter and carminative herbs, supplements to promote intestinal healing and more. The gut-brain axis here again plays a central role, so looking at stress, anxiety and other mood disorders may be part of our focus together in healing your gastro-intestinal system and reversing your symptoms for good.
Our skin gets put through all the elements. It is our shield, our first-line barrier and, at the same time, our face to the world outside. Believe it or not, it even has its own ecology. When this ecology is disrupted, when our liver cannot keep up with our body’s demands, when our intestinal system is out of balance… it’s likely that our skin will show us what is hiding on the inside. While it can raise flags that something in our external environment is causing irritation, it can also be our body’s way of making it impossible to ignore what we might have been ignoring for months or even years. And being our face to the world, it feels so urgent and frustrating when it isn’t as clear, fresh and beautiful as in the (often-airbrushed) media images that surround us.
Let’s together get to the bottom of what – either outside or inside you – is irritating this amazing barrier and have you feeling confident in your skin again.
PRE AND POST NATAL CARE
As a new mother myself, I am keenly aware of the absolute lack of reliable resources for knowing what to do and what not to do during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. Unfortunately, very little research exists looking at safety in pregnancy and lactation.
It is my goal to provide you with absolutely safe natural alternatives for the many ailments possible in both pregnancy as well as in the post-partum period. Acupuncture and botanical medicine can be safely used, depending on the stage of pregnancy and the woman’s particular concerns.
Contrary to popular belief, it is not a given that you will suffer from leg cramps, back pain or reflux when withchild! You can have a vital, thriving pregnancy and birth experience as well as make sure your and baby’s health are optimized following delivery. I would love to guide you both in achieving the healthiest and happiest experience possible!