Don Valley Integrated Digestive Clinic

Don Valley Integrated Digestive Clinic serving North York, ON

Integrated Digestive Clinic in North York, ON.

Don Valley Integrated Digestive Clinic is a group of diverse and skilled medical practitioners focusing on natural treatments including Naturopathy, Osteopathy, Massage Therapy, Digestive health, Counselling, Food Sensitivity Test, Psychotherapy, Homeopathy, Pelvic Health Physiotherapy, Nutrition Counseling and Women's Health. 

Because of our speciality in digestive health, we also offer Food Sensitive Tests and SIBO Lactulose Breath Tests.  Don Valley Integrated Digestive Clinic services North York, and the Greater Toronto Area providing our patients with services for many of their health and wellness needs.

Our vision is to help people achieve their optimum healthy state.



 Providing the best care so you can achieve your health goals.

Don Valley Integrated Digestive clinic helps people with a personalized digestive health program to fit their needs

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What our clients are saying

"I have recently visited the Don Valley Digestive clinic and was very pleased with the services that I received. Very friendly, welcoming, and helpful staff, clean and well-organized facility, accessible location by bus and car, lots of parking space. Highly recommend it." J. Quintero

"Very friendly environment. Great service. Time spent well." S. Azimi

Our Services

Naturopathic Medicine

The practice of naturopathic medicine is of broad scope treating a wide variety of conditions and prevention with natural therapies. Naturopathic Doctors (ND) are trained in many modalities, which include:

  • Nutrition
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Acupuncture
  • Homeopathy
  • Botanical Medicine
  • Chiropractic Manipulation
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Holistic Counselling

Traditional Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture

Chinese medicine is an important part of Chinese culture for more than 5,000 years. It is based on balance and energy circulation through channels, called meridians. Acupuncture is part of Chinese medicine that involves the insertion of fine sterile needles into specific points throughout the body that causes stimulation to specific organs, nervous systems, or local area thus allowing the flow of energy when there is blockages or work to balance when there is an imbalance in the body. Other aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine include cupping, Chinese herbs, and auricular (ear) acupuncture/pressure points.

There is a great amount of evidence supporting the therapeutic benefit in various conditions including:

  • Digestive Concerns
  • Low Back Pain
  • Addiction including Smoking Cessation
  • Menstrual Concerns
  • Fertility
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Stress/Anxiety/Depression
  • Stroke

Homeopathy

Homeopathy was developed in the early 1800s by a German medical doctor named Samuel Hahnemann. Homeopathic remedies are derived from infinitesimally small doses of substances such as plants, fungi, animals, or minerals; that are diluted many times, where the actual chemical components cannot be detected but the energetic properties remain. This is a nontoxic and safe form of energetic healing stimulates the body’s innate ability to health itself rather than suppress symptoms. Homeopathy is very individualistic and requires extensive detail of the symptoms and emotions experienced by the patient to determine the correct remedy. Homeopathy can be a very powerful, although gentle, form of medicine that can address both acute and chronic concerns.

Osteopathy

​The practice of osteopathy not only sees the body as a whole but also considers the fascia surrounding the organs and ligaments or connective tissues holding the organs in place, which can also contribute to dysfunctions and sometimes pain. Strains in the connective tissues can result from surgical scars, adhesions, illness, posture, pregnancy, or injury, which create tension causing the body to compensate. Through gentle manual manipulation, specific restrictions can release these tensions in the connective tissues and allow for the organs to function properly.

Osteopathy has been shown to be effective in cases of:

  • constipation
  • bloating
  • GERD
  • swallowing dysfunctions
  • post-operative scar tissue
  • urinary incontinence
  • various MSK concerns
  • chronic pelvic pain

Dietary Counseling

​​A dietitian is an expert in food and nutrition; they use this expertise to promote health and manage disease by assessing, diagnosing, and treating dietary and nutritional problems. Dietitians have an undergraduate degree in food and nutrition, complete a post-graduate hospital-based internship in clinical nutrition and while not mandatory, most have Master’s degrees as well. Once a candidate passes the Registered Dietitian licensing exam, they receive their dietitian designation and become a member of the College of Dietitians.

​​Psychotherapy

​​Psychotherapy is a commonly known as talk therapy because it is by talking about the challenges, symptoms, concerns that the client has with the therapist that one is able to resolve the issues and grow as a more balanced person. It is a collaborative treatment based on the relationship between an individual and a therapist. Grounded in dialogue, it provides a secure environment that allows you to talk openly with someone who’s objective, neutral and nonjudgmental.

There are many different approaches to psychotherapy:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Brief Solution Focused Therapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Therapy
  • Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR)

Our Commitment

We are a team of diverse practitioners dedicated to serving and empowering our patients and community onto the path of wellness. Our team collaboratively works to ensure that our patients receive the highest quality of care, using conventional and alternative medicine to nurture the intrinsic healing of a person’s body, mind and spirit. The clinic is founded on a collaborative model that focuses on patient-centred holistic care in a facility that has practitioners of all different disciplines, including a gastroenterologist, naturopathic doctor, dietician, nutritionist, massage therapist, osteopath, pelvic floor physiotherapy, and psychotherapist. The clinic also offers to their patient's infusion therapy, and in-house laboratory testing like Food Sensitivity testing, SIBO Lactulose Breath Test, Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis, Urea Breath Test, Celiac Testing, GI Microbial Assay Plus (GI-MAP), and Fecal Calprotectin.

www.DonValleyDigestive.com

​The founders of Don Valley Integrative Digestive Clinic first connected at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, while working on a research project at the endoscopy unit. They share the same passion for helping people achieve great health. After several years of planning their ideal clinic, they were able to open a practice that provides the best possible care as an integrated collaborative clinic, with a focus on patient digestive needs.

Our team of health professionals include:

  • Dr. Nora Ovtcharova, Naturopathic Doctor (ND)
  • Nada Abualoon, Registered Dietitian
  • Olivia Mengi, Osteopathic Manual Practitioner
  • Karen Porter, Registered Holistic Nutritionist
  • Rajat Chakrabarty, Psychotherapist 
  • Ashley McLeish, Massage Therapist

 

Dr. Nora Ovtcharova, ND

Dr. Nora Ovtcharova, ND graduated with an Honours Biology degree from McMaster University in 2007 and pursued a career in research soon after realizing her calling and passion for naturopathic medicine. She went back to school and completed a Naturopathic Medical degree at Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) in 2015. Throughout her academic career, she participated in research at the gastroenterology division at St. Michael's Hospital and travelled to the most remote villages in third world countries as a medical volunteer.

Dr. Ovtcharova, ND is the co-founder of Don Valley Integrated Digestive Clinic and the Toronto Metabolic Clinic. She has a special interest in collaborative care, especially relating to digestive concerns. She is licensed through the College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO) and is a member of the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND) and Gastroenterology Association of Naturopathic Physicians (GastroANP).

Dr. Samir Grover

Dr. Samir Grover is the medical director of Don Valley Integrated Digestive Clinic. He is a gastroenterologist and education researcher at the University of Toronto. Dr. Grover trained in the MD program at the University of Toronto (2001) and completed internal medicine (2005) and gastroenterology residencies (2006) at the University of Toronto. After completing these, Dr. Grover pursued a clinical fellowship in Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy with the Wellesley Group in 2007. He completed a Masters of Education in Higher Education in the Health Professions at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education in 2009.

​He was recruited to the Division of Gastroenterology at St. Michael's Hospital in 2009 and currently serves as the site postgraduate education director. Dr. Grover's research is in the use of virtual reality endoscopic simulation as a medium for teaching endoscopic skills to gastroenterology postgraduate trainees.

Dr. Grover sees patients at St. Michael's Hospital. He has an interest in eosinophilic disorders of the GI tract. He is responsible for the medical strategy and vision of Don Valley Digestive.

Olivia Mengi

Olivia Mengi is an osteopathic manual practitioner graduated in 2017 from the prestigious Dauphine Osteopathic Institute of Paris in France. During her training, she was an osteopathic assistant for the FC Paris soccer team. She became established as part of the multidisciplinary team in Paris until she moved to Canada in 2018 to pursue her career internationally. She fell in love with Toronto while travelling, and decided to make this city her new home.

Olivia is a dedicated and passionate practitioner, she decided to focus on the digestive system by using Pierre Barral's visceral manipulation techniques, in addition to myofascial release techniques, craniosacral therapy, joint mobilization and manipulation.

Olivia enjoys helping patients recover from sports injuries and is able to successfully help patients with various musculoskeletal conditions, respiratory trouble, insomnia, and migraines, aside from the work she does with digestive health.

Olivia is a member of SOCATO association, who promotes a better regulation of Osteopathy in Canada. She speaks English and French.

Nada Abu Aloon

Nada Abu Aloon is a registered dietitian, who graduated with honors and earned a degree in Nutritional Science and Dietetics from McGill University in 2014. She is registered with the College of Dietitians of Ontario (CDO) and is a member of Dietitians of Canada.

 

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What is Naturopathic Medicine?

The practice of naturopathic medicine is of broad scope treating a wide variety of conditions and prevention with nat...

What are the Therapeutic Benefits of TCM and Acupuncture?

​Chinese medicine is an important part of Chinese culture for more than 5,000 years. It is based on balance and energ...

What is Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy?

Pelvic floor physiotherapy provides treatment for various women's reproductive conditions caused by pelvic floor dysf...

8 Benefits of Osteopathic Treatment

Through gentle osteopathic manual manipulation, specific restrictions can release the tensions in the connective tiss...

What is Dietary Counselling?

Dietary Counselling aims to gain a full picture of the client’s health status to achieve health goals effectively.

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647-341-4517

2175 Sheppard Ave. East Suite 304,
North York, ON, M2J 1W8

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