Sarah is a health nerd. She loves hearing the elaborate story of how you got to this point in your health, and geeking out on your lab results to determine the root cause of your concerns.
She has a BSc in neuroscience and biology from Dalhousie University, and did her 4-year naturopathic training at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. She’s since accumulated over a decade of clinical experience, and refined her practice to focus on women’s health and digestion.
Sarah blends science and compassion, and acts as a personal health researcher to help you navigate your health. Tools that she uses include nutrition, supplements and botanicals, bioidentical hormones, and lifestyle modifications. The closer you get to the root cause, the gentler the therapies needed to resolve the issue.
Do the deep investigations. Be truly heard. Get well.
Most of my patients are as curious as I am. They’re frustrated with their symptoms, and even more so, they’re often frustrated with their health care team and the lack of answers they’re receiving.
I help them to gather all relevant information, then I structure it to make sense, and translate it in language and images that are tangible to them.
Often at the end of the first visit a patient says “this has been so great”, even before we’ve rolled out the treatment plan. They so very much value being fully listened to.
They also love learning the mechanism of why their body is behaving as it is. I draw them pictures of their organs, maps of their hormones, and zoom-ins of their cell receptors so that they understand why the elements of our treatment plan are important. Once they understand the “why” they are motivated to do the work necessary to get well.
The first visit is up to 1.5 hours. We review your medical history, your stress sources and levels, your diet, your movement/exercise, your sleep, and really all aspects of your health, big and small. At the end of that visit you will have a structured holistic view of your health architecture, where your body needs help, and how we’re going to address it. You’ll also receive a simple initial treatment plan, a nutrition calculation tool, and likely requisitions for lab testing. As lab testing via a naturopathic doctor is not covered by the public health care system in Ontario, you will be given the specific costs of the lab tests prior to agreeing to them, and most extended health care plans will cover them under your naturopathic benefits.
The second visit is usually 2-4 weeks after the first, once the lab test results have come in. In this 30- to 60-minute visit we put together the full plan and answer any questions you may have remaining. I reserve the creation of a full treatment plan for the second visit as it allows me the time to really analyze the full case and create a precise plan, which may include supplements, herbs, dietary guidelines, lifestyle suggestions, links to video/programs/other resources, and whatever other tools best suit your specific case.
All follow-up visits after the second are 30 minutes, and allow us to tweak the plan as needed.
After the chief concern is resolved (usually within the first 3-5 visits), we can redirect our focus to long-term wellness strategies, and draw in other practitioners to grow the patient’s care team, including counsellors, holistic nutritionists, personal trainers, acupuncturists, etc.
The goal is that you’re feeling so well, that you just need to check in once per year to repeat some lab testing, and level up your health to the next notch, but that you are well fueled through your diet, moving optimally through your exercise plan, and are well supported with the practitioners within your circle of care team.
I am the mother of two young kids, a yogi, a runner, a blossoming outdoor enthusiast, and truthfully a recovering stress addict perpetually working towards calm.
I am currently a co-owner of Santé Health Beechwood, and am also involved with a few other incredible businesses: Brownroots Baby, ARC Climbing Yoga Fitness and the Yoak, as well as being the founder of Nickel Ridge Natural Health in Sudbury, Ontario.
I am a registered member of the College of Naturopaths of Ontario, the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors, the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors, and an associate member of the Association of Midwives of Newfoundland and Labrador.
No worries! I work with amazing colleagues that may be able to see you sooner. Dr. Elizabeth Miller ND has a focus in gut health and Dr. Midori Barker ND has focus in PCOS and thyroid health. We have a regularly scheduled clinic cases review where we can brainstorm solutions for our more challenging cases, in order to collaboratively approach your care plan and therefore improve your odds of success.
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