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Welcome to Dr. Melissa Johnson!

I have decided to take a leave of absence and for the next several months am living in Canmore, Alberta. After considerable searching to find the right person, I am pleased to announce that Dr. Melissa Johnson will be acting in my position as a locum to ensure on-going quality care for patients in my absence. Dr. Melissa’s bio is below and as you can see, she is a seasoned Naturopathic Doctor with experience in general practice. I am very confident in Dr. Melissa’s abilities and will look forward to seeing you when I return.

All the best in your journey to better health,

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.

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