A new kind of medicine.
Allow your healing journey to begin.
I am a naturopathic doctor, meditation teacher & intuitive coach, a and director of the SoulStrong Retreat Centre for Healing in Kelowna, BC. I have practiced naturopathic medicine for 10 years and have studied the body, the mind, and the soul for more than 20.
It is evident, as standard medicine progresses, that we need an integrative, holistic, and deep, root cause approach to health. We need acute care, and we need medicine that starts at the root and corrects imbalances from this deep place. We are seeing research showing the healing effects of meditation and yoga, as well as evidence for mind-body connectivity, and the importance for wellbeing on a human's connection to spirituality and the greater whole.
We now need a medical paradigm where we listen to symptoms, and re-interpret the human body as a wise and complex system rather that the sum of parts. We now need to move past isolated mind, body medical models, towards integrated mind-body and even soul models - where spirituality is brought into healing, body is believed to be an ally, rather than a machine to be controlled, or suppressed, and where the mind and mental health are at the forefront of treatment protocols.
In my years of intuitive coaching and naturopathic medical practice, I have seen many incredible healing journeys. The complete resolution of symptoms and the optimizing of health, wellness, vitality and resilience requires a holistic treatment approach. This I knew before I became a doctor from my own journey.
Mind, Body and Soul actually laid the foundation for my life’s work. My own body has felt like adversary, teacher, prison and prisoner of sorts, long-suffering witness, and—eventually—now, my fiercest ally. What used to house incredible pain for me, is now a profound source of wisdom, connection, and healing. If you had told me when I was younger that I would one day be free from the physical and mental health imbalances, I would not have believed you! My life in a lot of ways was a build up of the most painful and difficult aspects of each of these, all leading me to learn and keep learning, then study and study some more.
I was born highly sensitive and from a young age I felt uncomfortable in my own skin. This sense of discomfort and unease grew with me, and by the time I reached adolescence I believed the only way to relieve this unbearable discomfort was to shrink. To take my too-much and make it less. One by one, my passions were hijacked by restrictive exercise routines, and my love for elite soccer became yet another way to disguise and justify my goal of becoming smaller. Eventually, I found myself in the full throes of an eating disorder: binging, purging, restricting, and desperately willing my body to be different. I spent years in jails of my own making, disconnecting from my self, and squeezing myself until I lost sight of my mission and my desire to live. My rock bottom moment was becoming too sick to do certain things I loved. Rock bottom is a cold, damp, terrifying pit, but it’s also the birthplace of divine possibility. Only after hitting the base layer of the abyss, did I begin to claw my way back up.
I then began a 20 year quest of sorts, to study and find out as much as I could about healing, to hopefully create a ripple effect and help others.
I completed 8 years of post graduate traditional studies, first in psychology and nutrition at McGill University, and then naturopathic medicine at the Boucher Institute. I paralleled studies in meditation, and intuition, cellular healing and intention-based modalities. I wanted to know about all levels of healing. I spent time doing 30 day long meditation retreats, sitting and going within. All of it was challenging on so many levels, and all of it was driven by the thirst to become a true healer, an effective and intuitive coach, and a holistic, integrative, naturopathic doctor.
Throughout this challenging and expansive journey, I was slowly waking up to all of the ways I had been sleeping and all of the work that needed to be done. The more I learned, the more I knew that a true mind-body-soul approach needs to be brought to the forefront. At the same time, within myself, I was learning how to transform the energy of 'trying' & 'shrinking' into expansion, and use my struggle as a catapult to reach the highest places. I viewed the studies in psychology, nutrition, botanical medicine and the mind-body connection, gut healing, hormone balance etc in the same light - that the regular modalities are a kind of cement base, for healing, AND that also we need to move towards paradigms that are inclusive of OUR OWN KNOWINGNESS VIA OUR BODY. My whole being knew I had been collecting everything I learned from cadaver labs and food research, counselling courses, botanical studies etc - the brain, the gut, the mind, body, soul, TO BE ABLE TO ILLUMINATE TRANSFORMATION AND HEALING FOR OTHERS.
I now host retreats at the SoulStrong Retreat Centre, mentor intuitive coaches under the SoulStrong umbrella, teach meditation, yoga, and offer one on one services for clients at the Centre to dive into deep healing, via:
intuitive coaching & guided emotional freedom work
bodywork (massage, heat, essential oils, & acupuncture)
private yoga & mobility sessions for body healing & emotional freedom
IV High Dose Vitamin Infusions, B12 shots, Glutathione Antioxidant Infusions
Previous certifications or additional experience:
• Naturopathic Doctorate, ND - 2010 Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine
• Acupuncture - ND Board Certification.
• Applied Kinesiology, Total Body Modification2010
• BC Prescribing Authority Cert. 2011
• Injection Therapies and Neural Therapy Level 1 and 2
• Intra-Venous Vitamin Infusions and Toxic Metal Chelation Training 2011
• Mind Body Medicine & Coaching - Emotion Centred Coaching - Centre of MBS Medicine
• Yoga Teacher Training 200hr 2020(cand)
• Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Teacher Track - University of Mass. Medical School
• NeuroModulation Technique, brain balancing, emotional freedom techniques, Levels 1,2,3 2011
• Lactation Consulting - 'Breastfeeding Specialist Certificate' 2018
• BA Psychology & Human Nutrition - 2006 McGill University
• Neuropsychoendocrinology Research - 2003-2005 McGill University
• Sexual Assault Group Facilitation - McGill University 2005
• Eating Disorder Group Facilitation - McGill University 2005
I am currently only accepting a limited number of private session clients and only take clients willing and ready to follow through with an integrative approach encompassing body healing, mindset work and emotional release work.
I am work mainly with trauma recovery, chronic illness, autoimmune conditions, brain-gut, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, concussion and women's health.
Sessions are in depth and 80 minutes, and may encompass hands on work and emotional freedom work as required. Services are in person at the retreat centre, and via phone depending on each patients needs.
I do not accept any new patients without completing a free 15min discovery call to ensure we are a good fit for each other. I will then send you a link to book a First Visit online if we are going to proceed.
Please feel free to email me or book a free 15min discovery phone call online here.
For patients who need standard naturopathic care and pharmaceutical prescriptions, see my colleague Dr. Susan Frame. If you are having trouble booking or have any questions, please contact me via email. Replies can take a few days. You also can text or call 250-870-9151.
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SoulStrong Retreat Centre | 1880 Belgo Road, Kelowna BC
\\ Tel / Text: 250-870-9151