It’s amazing how something that initially seems like a struggle can be disguised as a blessing – a calling in life. In the summer of 1996, while working at a children’s camp, I began to experience some of the most debilitating digestive symptoms I had ever known. The cramping, gas, bloating and pain had become so intolerable, I had no choice but to leave my job in the US, travel home to Toronto and find out what was happening with my insides.
In the few months that followed, I underwent a colonoscopy, a gastroscopy, several highly regarded gastro-enterologist visits and some medication prescriptions I’d never heard of. After all this, I was informed me that I had IBS – “Irritable Bowel Syndrome” – a blanket term for an array of symptoms that did not fit neatly into any pre-packaged disease box, a label to describe a set of symptoms. I was at a loss for solutions, and I could see the experts were too. And so off I went with the meds meant to control my peristaltic movements and my artificially flavoured psyllium fiber, although my bowels were not backed up and my symptoms didn’t call for that protocol.
My first job, at a local Toronto health food store, opened up a whole new world for me.I encountered a world of natural alternatives for the treatment and cure of disease. With a newly ignited passion, I questioned why I hadn’t heard of this before. I became a seeker, searching for effective solutions for my own bowel disorder from within the world of natural health. I began to read books, magazines and ask visiting clients how they used all these foreign looking foods and supplements. I began to heal by eliminating the substances which were clearly aggravating my health condition. I began to purchase healing, organic foods, health supplements and carefully chosen herbs which allowed me to bring gentle restoration and balance back to my gut.
My healing journey began then and, 16 years later, I am as passionate, fascinated, curious, excited and open to continued discovery as ever before. Having taken many steps and detours along the way (Credentials below), I currently run my local private practice where I offer Naturopathic and Homeopathic consultations in Montreal (Canada) and internationally via online Skype visits.
In addition to providing private consultations, I also offer educational, dynamic and fun whole food workshops and online health programs centred on various health topics.
My goal is to always take the time to listen to my clients with a caring and supportive ear and offer the best possible natural health solutions targeted to address their health problems. Bringing warmth, passion, humour and professionalism to my private practice allows for healing to take place. This is where the process begins.
I make it my mission to stay up-to-date on the latest in health trends, natural health products on the market, superfoods and current health information. This allows me to help my clients to effectively decide on quality products which best suit their individual needs and differentiate between the true, effective products vs. those offering empty promises.
Cheers to your health,