Hi! I'm Melissa.
I graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honors bachelor degree in Human Biology and a particular interest in Fetal and Developmental Biology. My interest in health and medicine landed me in a community pharmacy for 10 years, where I learned the many benefits as well as the limitations of conventional medicine and pharmaceutical drugs, especially in preventative and long-term health.
The families who walked through our doors struggled with over-use of antibiotics, mismanaged chronic health issues, frequent infections and deteriorating immune systems. Whatever they were doing was not working! However, it was only after my own personal health struggle with debilitating migraines that I found homeopathy- drawn primarily by it's gentle yet effective healing ability.
I later went on to study homeopathy at the Ontario Collage of Homeopathic Medicine and graduated in 2013, with two Clinical Internship Awards from Boiron, world renowned leaders in homeopathic medicine.
Working with me
I remember growing up, I suffered from frequent ear infection, which meant frequent visits to the pediatrician and plenty of banana-flavoured amoxicillin. At the time, there wasn't information available to my parents about preventative health, building your child's immune system or natural, alternative or complimentary solutions to our health challenges. There was only an endless frustrating cycle of ear infections and antibiotics with no resolution in sight.
My goal for you and your family is to help break that cycle and finally get to the root of the problem. My strategy is integrative and holistic. My expertise in homeopathic medicine, clinical nutrition, holistic counseling and plant medicines, enable me with the tools to get to the root cause.
Homeopathy is a system of medicine that recognizes symptoms (for ex. your rash, insomnia, or anxiety)- not as a problem that needs to be corrected, but as a clue that an imbalance is occurring deep within. Your body has created these symptoms as a means to restore itself back to health, so instead of compartmentalizing, suppressing or palliating these symptoms, as is done in conventional medicine, homeopathic medicines are prescribed based on the theory of like-curing-like. That is, they gently mimic the symptoms, using the minimum dose possible, to stimulate the immune system and support the body in its natural healing abilities.
WHAT IS HOMEOPATHY
Mental Health & Anxiety
The use of anti-anxiety and antidepressant medications is on the rise with prescriptions for youth being the highest ever, despite the fact that Health Canada has never officially approved the usage of such drugs under the age of 18.
I offer natural and effective strategies to address generalized anxiety disorders, panic attacks, depression and stress management. There are many possible reasons why you are experiencing anxiety, my job is to find out what that is and provide non-toxic solutions to finally help you feel better.
Family Planning, Prenatal & Postpartum
If you are planning to start a family in the next 6 months to 1 year, I can help you set the proper nutritional foundations for a happy and healthy pregnancy.
Homeopathy and nutrition can complement a natural pregnancy and delivery. Common pregnancy symptoms such nausea, heartburn and fatigue can be tended to naturally without any side effects to the mother or baby. Homeopathy can also help speed recovery after delivery and prevent postpartum issues.
Children and Teens
A child's developing immune system can leave them faced with a variety of health issues as they grow. Supporting the body's natural healing ability with homeopathy and nutrition can offer valuable benefits to the overall health of your child.
I help children and teens deal with health challenges such as: Behavioural and learning disabilities, anxiety, sleep troubles, skin disorders (eczema, acne), gastrointestinal disorders, picky eaters and malnourishment, frequent infection/illness and auto-immune disorders.
Canada has one of the highest rates of Irritable Bowel Syndrome- 18% compared to the global 11%. Abdominal pain, bloating, excessive gas, irregular bowel movements, and alternating diarrhea and constipation are all uncomfortable yet very real symptoms experienced daily for those suffering.
A combination of homeopathic and nutritional counseling can be very effective in reducing, and in some cases completely eliminating symptoms. We evaluate all possible causes including emotional stress and potential food allergies.