I believe your physical AND mental health are your greatest assets.
Strong doctor-patient relationships lead to better health outcomes, which is why my first appointment with a patient is always 90 minutes long. My goal is to empower you with tools and strategies to understand and improve your health. You can feel confident in your customized treatment plan as my recommendations are evidence based.
I guide women through transformational care plans that get them back to feeling more like themselves. My goal is for you to feel that your concerns have been understood. You can expect me to do a thorough assessment of your physical and mental health to determine if there are other causes contributing to the symptoms you are experiencing.
My passion about the brain and mood started during my undergraduate degree when I formally learned about mood disorders. I was fascinated by the brain's neurochemistry, and especially by how lifestyle changes can impact mood. My interests blossomed from there and I was ravenous for consuming literature and engaging in conversations about the brain. I recall reading ‘How the Brain Changes Itself’ by Norman Doidge MD (which is an amazing book FYI) when I was 19, and learning how we could actually create structural changes in the brain based on our behaviours. I was sure at this point that there was more to the story of mental health and mood disorders. Since then, my years of clinical experience have reinforced that we each have huge potential to improve our mood with more than just medications.
My training spans the Pacific Northwest, where I have always called home. I obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biological Psychology at the University of Victoria in 2012. I trained in Naturopathic medicine in Seattle, Washington (Bastyr University) and in New Westminster, BC (Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine), where I graduated as a Naturopathic Doctor. After graduating in 2016, I began my practice at Acacia Health in Vic West, where I still love practicing to this day.
WHY NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE?
Growing up it seemed common that my friends and I were offered antidepressants for all of our various health concerns. Everything from digestive upset to headaches. After getting offered an antidepressant yet again, I walked out of another appointment feeling as though my symptoms were being dismissed. How could someone thoroughly evaluate what was the best treatment plan for me in 10 minutes? You would have to be a superhero to do that effectively.
After that, I explored other options. I can distinctly remember a phone call home to my family expressing how I finally felt like someone was taking my health seriously and how cool it was that I got to spend an hour with a primary care provider and create a treatment plan just for me.
I went into my undergraduate training planning to write the MCAT and pursue medicine, and came out the other side as a Naturopathic Doctor.
What I Treat
Menstrual related mood concerns
Things I Love
Creating and eating delicious meals. Mostly everything I cook these days is dairy free, gluten free and veggie heavy. FYI I am not vegan. ;)
I love Vancouver Island and everything the lifestyle here affords. You will find me hiking, swimming, kayaking and cycling all around.
www.bcna.ca), the College of Naturopathic Physicians in BC (www.cnpbc.ca) and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (www.cand.ca). Dr. Stephanie holds certificates in intravenous (IV) nutrient administration, acupuncture and licensure to prescribe pharmaceutical medications. Stephanie maintains up-to-date training in Advanced Cardiac Life Support. Stephanie is a member in good standing with the British Columbia Association of Naturopathic Doctors (