I’ve always had a passion for both healthcare and research, in the fields of nutrition, naturopathic medicine, education, and knowledge translation.
In my clinical work, as a Naturopathic Doctor, I am privileged to collaborate with individuals on their health goals. Naturopathic medicine is a system of health care that combines natural and traditional approaches to healing with modern scientific evidence. I have been practicing naturopathic medicine for more than 10 years with a focus in supporting individuals experiencing mood and anxiety disorders using dietary counselling, lifestyle modification and natural health products.
It was not long after completing my naturopathic training that I became active in research. I began working as a volunteer research assistant at a psychiatry clinic, and I am now a Senior Research Fellow at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. My research interests are primarily related to two topics. One is the role of nutrition in the prevention and treatment of mental disorders. In my clinical work, I support individuals in improving their diet and lifestyle and witness significant improvements in their mental health outcomes. Unfortunately, the use of diet in mental healthcare has only recently begun to be rigorously studied and dietary counselling is currently offered very infrequently to individuals accessing mental healthcare services in Canada. My work aims to shift this. My other research interest relates to knowledge translation, science communication, evidence-based health care, and education.