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Dr. Heidi Lescanec ND
I obtained my naturopathic medical degree in 2002 from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon. Upon graduating from this full-time four year postgraduate program, I moved back to the interior where I had a beautiful piece of land in the Columbia Valley. Alongside establishing my own Naturopathic practice in Golden and Invermere, I helped build my cob home, lived off the grid, and converted an old house into a commercial building, clinic, and yoga studio before relocating to the coast. I currently practice naturopathic medicine – with a focus on digestive health and culinary nutrition.
How I came to study Naturopathic Medicine: During my undergraduate studies in Anthropology and Native Studies at Trent University, I had the opportunity to work on some projects on traditional medicine with Dene First Nation in the NWT. It was through this practical experience of working with communities and seeing the transformative power of traditional styles of healing that addressed the health of the whole person, body, and mind (rather than merely focusing on the disease), that I was inspired to pursue studying naturopathic medicine. I went back to university (University of Calgary) to take the pre-med science requirements; and at the same time, while living in Canmore, I co-founded a backcountry adventure company, which I continued working with while practicing in the Kootenays.
How I came to focus on Culinary Nutrition: Creating nutritious, nourishing, and beautiful food is my great passion. Through both my clinical work and my own personal life, I have gained a deep awareness of the fundamental role diet and nutrition play in health. I have been passionate about cooking healthy food since I was an adolescent. During university, I had the good fortune to work as a chef: to make my own daily passion into a career that has sustained me through all my studies and adventures over the years. I have cooked for back country, lodges, retreat centers, adventure trips, the movie industry, and with the Hollyhock Foundation on the incomparable, Cortes Island. Blending my passion for cooking and medical knowledge, I aim to nourish healthy changes through culinary guidance and naturopathic counselling; helping patients put into practice the understanding that food is medicine. It is my belief that having the knowledge, skills, and inspiration to feed ourselves well is the foundation of preventative medicine and feeling optimal on all levels.
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Dr. Alina Vasilescu ND
What is your goal? To improve your health? To live better and longer? Do you want glowing radiant skin? To have a lot of energy? Would you like to wake up in the morning rested and spring into action? Or maybe you want to break free – from mental constraints, from problems that are holding you back or keeping you down. Your goals are mine! Let’s find out how you can reach your best health! As a Naturopathic Physician, I am trained to care for people of different ages, and I can address a wide range of health concerns. However, I have a particular passion for Skin health, from the esthetical perspective to more complex skin issues. Your skin is like a magic mirror, offering clues about your internal health and your stress level. We, as a team, will use a holistic approach to get to the roots of your health challenges, resolve the imbalances, and make your skin reflect the health and beauty inside. All my treatment protocols are evidence-informed and personalized to support your current health needs as well as your long-term goals. About my journey of becoming a Naturopathic Physician: My path to becoming a Naturopathic Doctor was less than conventional, as I have graduated from the Faculty of Law and Administrative Sciences in Bucharest Romania and then shifted my career towards esthetics and education. After several years teaching Esthetics at Blanche MacDonald School in Vancouver and some in-depth soul searching, I have decided to follow my passion for medicine and have completed the four-year Medical doctor program at Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine. Helping people regain their health and happiness makes me grateful every single day for taking the leap and following my heart to become a Naturopathic Physician. Main Practice focus: - Skin health: facial acupuncture, Gua Sha, micro needling, skin rejuvenation, hair loss, acne, rosacea, dermatitis, psoriasis, and more. - Brain health: memory, brain fog, anxiety, depression. - Digestive health: IBD, IBS, SIBO, constipation, diarrhea, acid reflux, food sensitivities, gas and bloating - Stress management and energy optimization: adrenal dysfunction, insomnia - Autoimmune conditions: rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Graves, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis - IV Nutritional Therapy for a variety of conditions: simple rehydration, immune boosting, anxiety, detoxification, anti aging, macular degeneration, asthma, post-surgery, SSRI weaning, cancer support. - Metabolic reset and Body detoxification Additional board certifications: - Acupuncture - Intravenous Therapy - Prescriptive authority I am constantly committed to my own personal and professional growth & healing as it allows me to continuously evolve and improve the support to my patients. My desire is to ensure that I fully understand all your concerns and we work in conjunction with your current treatments and medications on a plan tailored to your goals, dreams and desired lifestyle. My plan is to empower you to be proactive in your care by making educated and informed decisions about your health and wellbeing. When I am not in the office, you can find me taking long walks in nature or running, practicing yoga, biking, reading, cooking, gardening. I live my life in the same way that I practice: with a passion for all things natural. I look forward to supporting you on your journey to optimal health!
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Dr. Emma Lee ND
Dr. Emma Lee, ND has a special interest in cancer care, longevity and healthy aging, women’s health, and immune-related conditions. She believes that health is a lifelong exploration and meets her patients wherever they are. She celebrates individualized, approachable care that focuses on achieving long-term results.
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Dr. Julie Moore ND
From our first introduction, it is my priority to make sure you feel confident and at ease in my care. While we are working together—whether it’s addressing an acute issue or chronic illness— making sure you feel heard and acknowledged is important to me. Your health and well being matter and seeking help is the first step towards wellness. A little more about me, Dr. Julie Moore ND:
• I graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2003 after receiving my undergraduate degree from the University of Western Ontario • I have been practicing in Vancouver since 2004 • I am additionally board certified in
o Intravenous Medicine o Acupuncture o Chelation Therapy o Neural Injection Therapy o Platelet Rich Plasma injections (PRP) for aesthetics, hair and face o Prescriptive Authority
Main Practice Focus:
• Skin: Acne, Rosacea, Eczema, Psoriasis, Dermatitis, Scar treatment (neural therapy), removal of minor skin lesions using Cryoprobe (skin tags, moles, warts), Aesthetic treatments: PRP for skin rejuvenation and hair loss
• Digestive Health: SIBO, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Irritable Bowel Disease (Crohn’s, Ulcerative Colitis), GERD, Parasites, Food Sensitivities, Gas and Bloating, Heartburn, Constipation and Diarrhea
• Hormone Imbalances:
o PMS, Menopause, Perimenopause, PCOS, Endometriosis, Hormonal Acne, Dysmenorrhea (Painful Periods), Irregular cycles, Amenorrhea, Birth Control o Adrenal Fatigue, Adrenal dysfunction, Burnout o Thyroid imbalances, Hypothyroid, Hyperthyroid, Autoimmune thyroid issues: Hashimoto’s and Grave’s Disease o Circadian Rhythm Imbalances from shift work
• Environmental Medicine: Heavy Metal Toxicity (chelation therapy), Occupational Exposures to other chemicals, Environmental Detoxification, Mold and Mycotoxins, Sick Building Syndrome, Autoimmune Diseases, Assessment of materials for surgery or dental procedure for reactivity (Clifford Panel)
• Acute and Chronic Infections: Cold and Flu treatment and prevention, Sinusitis (acute and chronic), Bronchitis, Urinary Tract Infections, Chronic Viral Infections (EBV, CMV, Herpes, etc), Acute and Chronic Lyme disease and Co-infections
• Physical Medicine Offered: Bowen Therapy, Neural Therapy, Acupuncture, PRP
Originally from St. Jacobs Ontario, Dr. Moore completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Western Ontario with a focus on Genetics, Zoology and Environmental Ecology before attending the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine where she graduated in 2003. Dr. Moore moved out to British Columbia upon graduation to enjoy a broad scope of practice and the west coast life style. Dr. Moore has been fully committed to her practice and growth as a practitioner throughout her career, and has become a stable presence in the lives of her patients, who value her scientific yet intuitive approach to finding the root of their issues, and supporting them through their journey.
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Dr. Simone Baum ND
Dr. Simone Baum is a licensed Naturopathic Practitioner passionate to understand and help each person she meets. She is a compassionate, warm listener with a strong base in natural medicine. Having wanted to become a Physician since she was a child, she found that Naturopathic Medicine bridged her interests in counselling, medicine and natural living. She started seeing a Naturopathic Doctor herself when she was a teenager.
She uses an eclectic approach bridging different modalities to assist in helping each individual find their path to health and vitality. -Lifestyle changes (diet, sleep, exercise, stress management) -Mindfulness and counselling -Biofeedback training -the Safe and Sound Protocol -Supplements and Homeopathy -Labs (hormone and adrenal testing, allergy testing etc)
Dr Simone Baum has a special interest in the nervous system and its affect on the body, hormone imbalances, learning disabilities, ADHD, autism and mental health. She also works with families as a system to help each person receive the care.
She graduated from Bastyr University in Seattle in 2004 with a degree in Naturopathic Medicine and certificate Honours in Counselling. Previously she received a BA with Distinction in Psychology from McGill University. Her love of helping and supporting people not only guided her journey in her studies but in her various volunteer involvement in Vancouver and Montreal. Outside of her practice, you can find Dr. Simone Baum running around with her three beautiful children. She also enjoys laughing with friends and her family. She has a passion for reading, cooking, running, music and travel. She loves to explore new cultures and new places and also loves all aspects of the arts from art galleries, performance arts and creative writing.
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Dr. Arjuna Veeravagu ND RAc
Dr. Veeravagu is only available for in-person appointments at Yaletown Integrative Clinic on Mondays (or Tuesdays after a Monday stat holiday). He is available for video or phone telemedicine appointments on Tuesdays.
Dr. Arjuna Veeravagu is a naturopathic physician and, registered acupuncturist who has been in clinical practice in British Columbia for the past 18 years. He graduated from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon in 2002 with a dual degree in naturopathic and classical Chinese medicine.
Dr. Veeravagu’s practice combines botanical medicine, clinical nutrition, nutrigenomics, acupuncture, fitness consulting and lifestyle counseling to address the root causes of illness and disease. He has a general naturopathic practice with a focus on complex internal medicine cases. Some of the more common underlying causes he has researched extensively and treats often are:
Low Thyroid Function
Adrenal Exhaustion and Stress-Induced Illness
Male and Female Hormone Imbalances
Celiac Disease, Gluten Sensitivity and Food Allergies
Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth
Chronic Digestive Conditions
Depression, Anxiety, Insomnia and Neurotransmitter Imbalances
Dr. Veeravagu writes a regular health column for the Choices Market newsletter and has lectured on many natural health topics for Choices, UBC, The Wellness Show, Inspire Health, LifeSpeak and several other organizations. He enjoys public speaking on current health topics and is available for speaking engagements.
A native of New York, Dr. Veeravagu completed his undergraduate degree in genetics at Tufts University in Boston. His next stop was the University of California at Berkeley where he was a researcher in the nutritional biochemistry department. While living in the Bay Area he experienced major health challenges that led him to discover naturopathic medicine, which guided him to a full recovery and restoration of optimal health.
Dr. Veeravagu has been dividing his time between Vancouver and Whistler since 2018. He is currently launching new integrative clinics in the Yaletown district of downtown Vancouver and the Creekside neighborhood of Whistler. Away from the clinic his personal interests including soccer, tennis, snowboarding, drumming, yoga, meditation and Jungian psychology. He is currently accepting new patients.
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Dr. Giselle Lefebvre ND
Dr. Giselle creates seasonal health plans for busy people, supporting inclusive family health care with a practice focus on digestion, stress and sleep.
Dr. Giselle creates seasonal health plans for busy people, supporting inclusive family health car... Read More
Dr. Alexia Harris ND
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