Hello! I’m Dr. Z.
I’m a functional medicine physician, but in a sense I’m also a detective and a teacher.
…Because in my opinion, that’s what a good doctor is.
As a detective, I focus on the body’s “clues” so I can find the source of symptoms, address the underlying cause(s), and help my clients get back out there and feel fantastic.
I also love being a teacher – and not just when I’m standing in the lecture hall or writing articles, but also when I’m one-on-one with clients. I take the time to explain the nature of various medicals condition, the details of the body’s brilliance and physiology, and how to best support the healing process. I believe that education is the one of the most empowering tools I can offer.
When we do this foundational work – of first properly finding the root cause of illness and then learning about the simple things we can do to remove those obstacles – healing becomes inevitable. This approach to care ensures a deep level of healing.
A Refreshing Alternative
I’m not interested in toeing the party line of our broken healthcare system.
I set up my practice such that I get to put down my prescription pad and listen to you. I don’t wear a silly white coat. You get to stay long enough to drink a cup of tea. You get a doctor who’s actually trying to figure out why your health isn’t optimal. You get answers to your questions and receive phenomenal care. And we get to – dare I say it? – have some fun in the process.
In an environment incredibly hostile to doctors working outside of big box hospitals, I opened a private consultation business because health is not one-size-fits-all.
In a profession that disparages any deviation from the conventional approach, I proudly learned functional medicine because it works better.
In an industry that demands specialization, I continue to stay multi-talented and versatile, so that I may help you grow in the deepest way possible.
I can honestly say I make a profound difference in people’s lives every day.
Education & Training
It was at the end of my undergraduate career at McGill University that I realized I wanted to become a doctor. Unfortunately my double-major in English Literature and Religious Studies and minor in Russian Language wasn’t quite what I needed to get into medical school. After graduating from the “Harvard of Canada” in three years with High Honors, I went right back to college – this time to get a pre-med degree.
Unimpressed with what conventional medical schools had to offer both my future clients and me, I was delighted to discover and attend the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) in Portland, Oregon – one of only five medical schools in the country to train physicians in truly integrative medicine.
After graduating from medical school with High Honors and speaking at my graduation, I completed a family practice residency at NUNM and honed my skills not only as a clinician but also as a teacher. After residency, I was blessed to be taken under the wing of board-certified pediatrician Dr. Paul Thomas, author of The Vaccine-Friendly Plan, and completed four years of part-time post-doctoral training in pediatrics under his tutelage.
Along the way I’ve also done many specialized trainings, such as completing a two-year program with the New England School of Homeopathy, studying thyroid health with Dr. Datis Kharrazian, and becoming certified in Holistic Pelvic Care™ under the guidance of Tami Kent. I am also adjunct faculty at my alma mater, where I guest lecture in the medical and nutrition programs and serve as a substitute attending physician.