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I am very fortunate to have had the opportunity to take some time off the past few months. I am currently living in Canmore, Alberta. I’ve been doing a lot of reading, writing, hiking and biking and am loving being back in my home province of Alberta closer to my Western family members.
As I was really missing seeing patients and helping to address their health concerns, I made a big decision to apply for my license to practice in Alberta and to renew my license in Ontario. In May, I joined the incredible teams of practitioners at Inner Balance in Calgary and Consensio Clinic in Canmore. As I had many patients in Ottawa that were continuing to request ongoing care, I have decided to return to Ottawa every 2-3 months to see patients at the Glebe Wellness Centre and to provide interim care by phone and skype. So far, this is working out incredibly well.
If you are looking to book an appointment with me at any of my locations please click on the links below:
My next visit to Ottawa is scheduled for mid-September. The exact dates will be determined soon and will be posted as soon as they are set. If you wish to inquire or leave your name for an appointment when the dates are finalized, please call the Glebe Wellness Centre at 613-695-8482.
In the interim between my visits to Ottawa, Dr. Melissa will still be available to provide ongoing care for patients.
Health and Happiness, Dr. Cheryl
Dr. Melissa’s Bio
As a naturopathic doctor, I am grateful for the many tools I have in my toolbox: dietary interventions, nutritional supplementation, botanical medicine, acupuncture, hydrotherapy, bodywork (craniosacral therapy in my case) and the rich heritage of homeopathy. Every individual who sees me has unique needs and therefore takes away an individualized treatment plan drawing on some or all of the therapies in which I am versed. My naturopathic studies were almost an accident. I was interested in conventional medicine when I began my undergraduate degree. During my university years, however, I faced multiple health challenges, which were not resolved by many trips to doctors and specialists and trial drugs and more specialists, and so on. I was a skeptic, and I went quite unwillingly to see an “alternative” practitioner at the urging of my cousin. Within two weeks of my first visit, however, I was relieved of the severe cough, which had plagued me for months. My energy levels increased. My digestion improved. I not only got better – I was inspired to make naturopathic medicine my life’s work. I have a wide-ranging family practice thanks to the diversity of conditions that people bring to my office. Some of my particular interests are immune system dysregulation, healthy aging, and neurological conditions including autism spectrum disorders. I look forward to meeting many of you in the coming months and to continuing the good work begun under Dr. Cheryl’s care.
Did you know that Naturopathic Doctors are licensed primary health care providers in Ontario? To become licensed, a Naturopathic Doctor must go through 4 years of full-time intensive post-undergraduate medical training and a set of rigorous licensing examinations.
As of February 12, 2014, naturopathic services are now HST exempt. Read more here.