A Refreshing Alternative
I’m not interested in toeing the party line of a broken healthcare system.
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, because the human body is sophisticated, adaptable, and brilliant.
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 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 where I 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, becoming certified in Holistic Pelvic Care™ under the guidance of Tami Kent, and pursuing training in MDMA-assisted psychotherapy through the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). I’ve both attended and presented at numerous conferences on topics from testosterone replacement therapy to entheogenic healing. 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.
The healing systems in my toolkit include:
I’m somewhere between House, M.D. and Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.
- Pharmaceutical medication prescription – including conventional, off-label, and compounded preparations
- Laboratory test interpretation – blood, urine, saliva, and biopsy tests, conventional diagnostic testing, functional medicine studies, mail-order kits
- Alternatives to surgery and invasive medical intervention (when appropriate)
- Diagnostic imaging – x-rays, CAT scans, MRIs, ultrasounds, etc.
- Clinical herbalism (botanical medicine)
- Medical nutrition and dietary counseling
- Psychotherapeutic counseling, emotional freedom technique (EFT), other therapy models
- Lifestyle counseling and behavioral health
- Dry needling tissue release, trigger point injection, neuraltherapy, and neural prolo
- Osseous manipulation (similar to chiropractic) and soft tissue mobilization (similar to physical therapy)
- Homeopathy – classical homeopathy, biotherapeutic drainage (UNDAs), flower essences
- Hydrotherapy and nature cure
- Psychedelic-assisted therapy and microdosing – harm reduction approach