Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic medicine is primary care and complementary medicine that treats the underlying cause of disease; it is the art and science of supporting the natural healing processes of the patient and removing any obstacles to those processes when possible. It is the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of physical, mental and emotional conditions; and it is the promotion of well-being using ther... Read More

Naturopathic medicine is primary care and complementary medicine that treats the underlying cause of disease; it is the art and science of supporting the natural healing processes of the patient and removing any obstacles to those processes when possible. It is the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of physical, mental and emotional conditions; and it is the promotion of well-being using therapeutics that primarily support or enhance a patient’s overall health.

In BC, naturopathic doctors (NDs) are licensed to provide primary health care: Health care that emphasizes disease prevention by providing an individualized, patient-centered focus on healthy living, natural health products and therapies, diet, appropriate diagnostic testing and, when appropriate, integrating conventional medical care with complementary care.

Seeing an ND for the first time may be similar to seeing an MD—all primary care providers review health history and request standard diagnostic tests—but a consultation with an ND also encompasses a thorough assessment of personal health risks, including diet, exercise and stress.

An emphasis on disease prevention, nutritional advice, and natural health products are common practice amongst NDs. Underlying causes of disease are addressed with patients, not just symptoms. Educating patients on risk, considering contraindications / synergistic actions with drug and natural supplements, and encouraging self-responsibility for health are the foundation of the ND-patient relationship.

Patient care focused on wellness encompasses physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental and social factors. Using evidence-based and evidence informed therapeutic options for patients, your ND may recommend botanical (or herbal) medicines, techniques used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) such as acupuncture, as well as physical medicine to correct stress or trauma-induced misalignments of muscle and the skeletal system.

Many naturopathic doctors in BC have additional college-certified training in pharmaceutical prescriptions, immunization for those five years and older, IV and injection therapies, and physical medicine procedures such as prolotherapy.


Registered Acupuncture

The practice of acupuncture originated over 3000 years ago in ancient China. It is one of the oldest and most long-standing health care systems in the world and is gaining more popularity around the world. There are now many clinical trials proving the effectiveness of acupuncture for a wide variety of medical conditions. Registered acupuncturists look at each patient as a whole including mi... Read More

The practice of acupuncture originated over 3000 years ago in ancient China. It is one of the oldest and most long-standing health care systems in the world and is gaining more popularity around the world. There are now many clinical trials proving the effectiveness of acupuncture for a wide variety of medical conditions. Registered acupuncturists look at each patient as a whole including mind, body and spirit using a complex system of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) diagnosis. Acupuncture is the gentle insertion of very fine sterile needles at specific points on the body (which contains over 400 points) that stimulates the movement of energy or "qi" within the body and allows natural healing to take place.


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

Midlife Transitions

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. 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. 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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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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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. Giselle creates seasonal health plans for busy people, supporting inclusive family health care with a practice focus on digestion, stress and sleep.

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Jason Kong is a registered practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine specializing in Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine licensed in British Columbia. He is currently available for appointments at Yaletown Integrative Clinic on Fridays starting July 8th.

Jason graduated from Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine in 2010 with a masters degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine. He then worked as an attending physician in the Neurology Department of the First Affiliated Hospital of Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine in Harbin, China for 7 years. He has been researching a variety of acupuncture theories and clinical techniques, and has published Electro-Acupuncture Therapy in Practical Acupuncture Treatment and Application in 2017.

He is passionate about helping others achieve better health and wellness through natural healing methods such as acupuncture, cupping, herbal medicine, etc. His scope of practice includes not only treatments aimed at alleviating pain symptoms caused by various musculoskeletal disorders, but also neurological diseases, psychiatric diseases, skin diseases, gynecological diseases, digestive system diseases, genitourinary diseases and so on. In many cases, he may make nutritional and dietary recommendations to assist in the enhancement of a patients’ overall lifestyle. In addition to his clinical work, he is currently working as an instructor at Central College and PCU College of Holistic Medicine dedicated to teaching Traditional Chinese Medicine. He brings his passion, advanced knowledge and clinical expertise to the health team at Yaletown Integrative Clinic. He is committed to using his clinical skills and knowledge of TCM to treat his patients in the most responsible and respectful way while educating and working with them in the hopes that they live a healthier and more balanced life.

He is experienced at treating the following diseases with acupuncture and Chinese herbs: Headache/migraine, neck stiffness, tennis elbow, frozen shoulder, back pain, sciatica, arthritis, car accident injury, sports injuries, chronic strain, trigeminal neuralgia, post-herpetic neuralgia, dizziness/vertigo, tinnitus, deafness, facial paralysis, hemifacial spasm, insomnia, anxiety, depression, stroke sequelae, epilepsy, Parkinsons disease, urticaria, eczema, rhinitis, asthma, gastroenteritis, diarrhea, constipation, hemorrhoids, dysmenorrhea, menstrual disorders, breast hyperplasia, benign prostatic hyperplasia, sexual dysfunction, obesity, hypothyroidism and chronic fatigue.

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Based on the Principles of Naturopathic Medicine, Naturopathic Doctor Jordana Aziz, believes in re-balancing the whole person to create health; emotionally, physically, and spiritually, as well as educating and empowering her patients to be in control of their lives. Naturopathic Doctor Jordana Aziz welcomes Women, men, and children of all ages to her practice, where she will create a protocol that is specifically tailored for your individual needs and lifestyle, all of which will stimulate the body’s natural processes to return to optimum health. Visit the Services page for more information.

EDUCATION Dr. Jordana Aziz, a UBC graduate, and Vancouverite, Mother and Doctor, is a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, Toronto, where she studied for 4 years and completed her Clinical Intern year at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic. During her Naturopathic education, Dr. Aziz acquired further training in Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture, Intravenous Therapy, ( IV Therapy), IntraMuscular Stimulation ( IMS) Vitamin B-12, Metabolic and MIC injections, Well Child/Well Baby visits, Paediatric care, Geriatric care, Pharmaceutical prescribing, and Hormonal Modulation in both Women and Men.

EXPERIENCE Dr. Aziz has traveled, lived and worked in Nicaragua providing medical care to those communities most under-served and in need. She has volunteered with 2 different NGO’s in Nicaragua for the year, acting as Doctor on staff, performing gynecological exams, consultation work, and making botanical medicines. The simple nutritional changes that were suggested, had a profound positive impact on the outcome of health on people in the developing world, and even more so in Canada where we have access to fruits and vegetables from around the world.

In 2013 Dr. Aziz joined the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine, as a Teacher, Co-ordinator of curriculum, and a Supervisor in both the teaching clinic and the satellite clinic. In March of 2016, Dr. Aziz took students on an educational trip to Haiti to work with an NGO, Naturopaths without Borders, where the students worked on mobile clinics and community health. Dr. Aziz has also been past faculty at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition, where she taught the ultimate impact of nutrition on the physiology and health of each individual, to our future Holistic Nutritionists. Working with Dr. Aziz you will learn about your physiology, Empower your Health, and be able to make your Health goals, your reality.

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