Naturopathic medicine is a patient-centred system of primary care that offers the unique opportunity to complement and amplify the quality of your health care. It is a system of medicine that blends science with traditional and natural therapies that is predicated on the tenet that the body has the innate intelligence to self-regulate. Dr. Smith bridges the gap between current medical diagnostics, research and prescriptions, and natural medicine, providing optimal integrative medical care to her patients - the best of both worlds.
WHAT CONDITIONS DOES DR. SMITH TREAT? Chronic conditions make up much of her family practice, but she also sees various common acute illnesses and has many patients on individualized prevention programs. Dr. Smith is committed to excellence in family medicine providing safe, current and effective treatment plans and works collaboratively with other medical practitioners as required to provide optimal health care solutions.
Dr. Smith is currently welcoming new patients into her practice.
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Dr. Smith received an honours degree in communications at Queen’s University and later, took pre-medical science courses then completed the 4-year full-time program at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Subsequently, she has completed advanced clinical studies in environmental medicine, intravenous therapy, botanical medicine, homeopathy and auricular medicine.
Prior to becoming an ND, Dr. Smith worked for many years as a producer in television, radio and documentary film in current affairs and related programming. She worked and volunteered all over the world from Bangladesh to the Amazon, and learned about the formidable power of various ancient healing arts which inspired her to investigate naturopathic medicine and completely change her life.
Today, Dr. Smith dedicates her family practice to closing the gap between the most current medical diagnostics and research and natural medicine, merging the best of both paradigms and delivering optimal integrative medical care - which she believes to be the future of health care in Canada. Dr. Smith is committed to a high standard of care with an evidence-based approach and works collaboratively with MDs, specialists, and various medical practitioners.
While she treats acute illnesses such as colds and earaches, much of her time is spent working with those with chronic diseases to mitigate or erradicate side-effects from medications, decrease symptoms, improve immune function and quality of life. She prioritizes prevention by decreasing risk factors so that the body can self-regulate and stay balanced and healthy. Dr. Smith deeply respects the intricate intelligence between the body and the mind and between our internal and external environments, and how this is implicated in the art and science of healing.
Dr. Smith is a licensed, board-certified naturopathic doctor in the province of Ontario, a member of the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors, and is currently also working with the faculty of clinical nutrition at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine.
In her free time, Dr. Smith is traveling, paddling a canoe on Georgian Bay, skiing, running, or enjoying a good book. She is happy to be working in the part of the city where she grew up and looks forward to expanding her practice and serving the community.
Dr. Smith treats women at all stages of life as she offers a full family practice. Some of the conditions she sees commonly are:
Dr. Smith treats men of all ages and stages, but some of the most common conditions she sees are:
Naturopathic medicine is very effective at treating acute illnesses such as:
For those with chronic conditions there is a limit to what standard medical care can do. While we are grateful for them, we take medications and we cope. Naturopathic medicine can assist with decreasing symptoms, decreasing side-effects from medications, and sometimes can reverse chronic conditions. Having the time to spend with patients working on lifestyle changes in tandem with our various therapies, makes NDs a very valuable asset in treating those with chronic diseases - the fast growing need in health care in Canada today. Some of the common chronic conditions Dr. Smith treats are:
Dr. Smith customizes programs to your individual needs. Here is a short list of some of the common prevention-driven programs she works with:
Dr. Smith sees a variety of conditions specific to athletes’ health - both in collaboration with the other therapists and doctors at Health Associates and independently. Most often she uses a combination of nutrition, acupuncture, biopuncture and intravenous therapy to aid in performance, recovery, prep, or acute or chronic injury healing. Some of the most common conditions that she sees are: