I have been a board certified Naturopathic Doctor for the past 14 years, after graduating with my ND from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and the University of Guelph with a Bachelor’s in Biological Science. I have always wanted to be a physician and as a young girl had an intense fascination with the natural world around me. As such, it was a natural choice for me to become a Naturopathic Doctor.
I’m the owner and founder of White Lotus Integrative Medicine, a busy women’s health clinic in Toronto that specializes in the treatment of PCOS, women’s health concerns, autoimmunity and thyroid disease, established in 2002. Over the years I’ve successfully treated thousands of women with hormonal conditions including PCOS.
I also have a very personal connection to the PCOS community, as I have PCOS myself. As such, I’ve always been fascinated by the science behind, and the treatment of the disorder. In particular, I’m very interested in the newest research explaining the complex mechanisms that creates the symptom picture we all know as PCOS. I am currently writing a book on the treatment of PCOS with science-based natural therapeutics that should be out early 2015.
I also donate my time as a physician advisor to IVF.ca : Canada’s premier online fertility community. My research based blog is featured by the American College for Advancement in Medicine and I’ve published articles in NDNR, one of the leading journals for naturopathic doctors. I’m also involved in teaching, having lectured to students at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, and to Naturopathic professionals at major conferences. My blog contains many research-based articles on natural women’s health topics including PCOS that I have written over the years. The goal of my blog is to provide up-to-date research in simple to understand terminology to help women achieve their best health.
I’m happily married to my husband Shane, and have three beautiful sons who inspire me to help others create their own families every day. In my spare time, I love to cook, read, learn about nutrition, write, and spend quality time with friends and family.
What is PCOS in respect to your area of expertise?
As I am a naturopathic doctor who specializes in women’s health concerns I have treated hundreds of women with PCOS over the past 14 years of my practice. As an ND and Registered Acupuncturist I am able to provide nutritional, lifestyle and natural medicine interventions to help successfully resolve many of the concerns commonly found in PCOS. I am also a woman with PCOS myself, and as such I have a very personal connection to the PCOS community.
What are the PCOS symptoms?
PCOS is a complex syndrome involving hyperandrogenism, delayed or lack of ovulation, insulin resistance and inflammatory components. PCOS can cause hirsutism, acne, androgenetic alopecia, and infertility. It is associated with obesity (particularly abdominal), cardiovascular disease risk, type 2 diabetes risk, and increased risks for depression and anxiety.
What are you currently doing for PCOS?
I am currently in the process of writing a book on the treatment of PCOS with natural medicine using the techniques I have developed in my practice. In addition to this, I write a blog that contains a variety of posts on women’s health topics, but in particular contains many posts on PCOS. I also own a busy women’s health clinic in Toronto that focuses on the natural treatment of PCOS and other hormonal disorders.
What are 5 key facts about PCOS that you would like the public to know?
The key facts that I would like the public to know about PCOS are
- PCOS is the most common endocrine disorder in women of reproductive age, and in many cases, women do not know that they have it. Because of this, it is very important for the public to know what the signs and symptoms of PCOS are and to be able to advocate for testing.
- PCOS has many long-term risks such as cardiovascular disease, fatty liver disease, and type 2 diabetes and as such is a potentially serious condition that lasts beyond the reproductive years.
- PCOS is associated with mood disorders like anxiety and depression. Low self-esteem is very common, and emotional support and mental health is key for women with the disorder.
- Diet and exercise are important factors that can positively impact the lives of women with PCOS.
- Natural medicine therapies such as acupuncture, supplements, botanical medicines and mind-body approaches have scientific evidence for their efficacy in the treatment of PCOS.
What do you want to get out of helping women with PCOS?
As a woman with PCOS myself who has improved my own disorder with natural medicine, it gives me a great sense of satisfaction and joy to see someone transform their life and improve their current symptoms and future risks of PCOS.
Does your business/practice have an online presence on social websites?
What interests you about serving on the PCOSAA Advisory Committee?
I am excited to be part of a group of experienced practitioners with the same clinical focus, to help provide medical information and relevant clinical updates to the association and in turn to the public.
What can PCOSAA do, as an organization, to bring more awareness and to get more doctors to test women for PCOS?
Continue to provide support via Facebook and other Social Media outlets to increase contact with women worldwide.
Provide women with lists of lab testing to request from their doctors.
Provide women with lists of symptoms, and the ability to understand the diagnostic criteria for PCOS.