Services

Below are the tools I use to help people transform their health and wellness. Depending on your specific goals, I may use any combination of services.

The most common conditions that I treat can be found  here

NATUROPATHIC PRIMARY CARE


primary careNaturopathic Doctors (NDs) are trained as primary care physicians in a four-year, accredited doctoral-level naturopathic medical school.
ND
s can treat the same conditions as a family doctor, including acute concerns and chronic health conditions.

In the event that a ND is unable to treat your condition, he or she will consult or refer appropriately.

ACUPUNCTURE


Acupuncture needles on the back of a beautiful womanTraditional Chinese medicine explains acupuncture as a technique for balancing the flow of energy (known as
Qi) believed to flow through channels (known as meridians) in your body. Illness is said to be the consequence of an imbalance in the flow of energy. By inserting tiny sterile needles into specific points along these meridians, it is believed that the energy flow can be brought back into proper balance restoring health.  

Acupuncture is an awesome treatment for many conditions. I commonly use it for stress relief, pain, anxiety, insomnia , emotional and digestive issues, headaches and hormonal imbalances.

For fertility support, I offer on-site acupuncture for preconception care, fertility boosting, and even for your IVF pre and post-transfer.

Keep calm and acupuncture on. Most people commonly report feeling calm and relaxed after an acupuncture session.

BOTANICAL AND CHINESE HERBAL MEDICINE

herbal medicinePlants are powerful! Since ancient times, botanical medicine has been used safely and effectively by many different cultures throughout the world to treat illness and to assist bodily functions.Various kinds of plant material (flowers, fruits, leaves, roots, bark or whole plants) may be used fresh, dried or powdered, as infusions (hot water extractions), capsules, creams, tablets or tinctures (alcohol based extractions) to treat or prevent illness and restore health. Majority of pharmaceutical drugs are derived from herbs, but can come with a laundry list of side effects. Herbs on the other hand, contain powerful constituents that are gentle yet effective, with significantly less side effects compared to medications.

HOMEOPATHY

homeopathic medicinesHomeopathic medicine is a natural, nontoxic therapeutic system of healing that uses minute amounts of plant, mineral or animal substances to stimulate the inherent ability of the body to heal itself. It is a medical practice which was founded in the late 1700s in Germany and is widely practiced throughout Europe. The Homeopathy philosophy is based on the idea that “like cures like.” That is, if a substance causes a symptom in a healthy person, giving the person a very small amount of the same substance may cure the illness. In theory, a homeopathic dose enhances the body’s normal healing and self-regulatory processes. The remedies are safe, non-toxic and will not interfere with other medications. I use it in my private practice for emotional conditions, digestive issues, stress, acute pain or trauma, detoxification and hormonal health.

CLINICAL NUTRITION


Assorted collection of green vegetables“You are what you eat and what you absorb”.
Good nutrition is important for good health. Some foods help you heal, while others harm your body. Many people have unknown food sensitivities, nutrient deficiencies or excesses that are associated with many health conditions.

Naturopathic Doctors are highly trained in clinical nutrition and supplementation. I can provide you with the knowledge, clarity and guidance on the optimal nutrition and supplementation protocol to address and support your specific health goals/concerns.

LIFESTYLE COUNSELLING

Picture of jumping lady holding umbrella with arms sidewaysTo achieve the best results from your naturopathic treatment, understanding and practicing the principles of healthy living are so important for your success. By working together, I can provide you with the support and guidance you need. Through an empowering discussion, I help you understand the obstacles that are preventing you from achieving the health and wellness you desire, while mapping out a realistic plan for you to reach your goals. By helping you identify and adjust the habits that affect your health, you can maintain health and wellness over the long term.

B12 INJECTIONS aka “ENERGY SHOTS”

Carefree young woman smiling with arms raisedB12 is an important vitamin involved in energy production,
metabolism, brain function and mood.

The intramuscular shot delivers a high dose of therapeutic
B12 which is easily absorbed.

 

Certain populations/conditions including but not limited to:

  • vegetarians and vegans
  • athletes
  • Crohn’s disease, celiac disease, bacterial overgrowth, IBS, or a parasite
  • depression and anxiety
  • infertility, pregnant women, women with heavy periods
  • highly stressed
  • heavy drinkers
  • immune system disorders like Grave’s disease

may be subject to low levels, may require higher amounts of the vitamin and may be more susceptible to acquiring a B12 deficiency. Sometimes B12 injection therapy is the best method to reach optimal levels fast. Most people report feeling a boost in energy after receiving the B12 shot. Energy: who doesn’t want more of that.

BIO-IDENTICAL HORMONES

Bio-identical hormones have the same molecular structure and function as those naturally occurring in our body. Salivary testing, blood or urinary testing is recommended in order to determine the right dosage of
bio-identical hormone therapy.

While dietary and lifestyle changes, supplements, acupuncture and herbs can often resolve symptoms of hormonal imbalance, there are times when hormone replacement provides the best relief.
Bio Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) can be an effective treatment option for women struggling with hormonal issues, including but not limited to: menopause, infertility, fibroids, PMS, acne and PCOS.

FERTILITY SUPPORT


motherhoodFertility is an area that I commonly treat in my private practice.
 I believe that the majority of fertility cases are a result of  unhealthy lifestyle choices, nutritional deficiencies, hormonal and reproductive imbalances and STRESS. Natural treatments may allow you to cross the line from infertile to fertile by helping your body function more efficiently. A comprehensive work-up including hormonal and lab testing, regular acupuncture, supplementation, and herbs are used to correct the imbalances that may be preventing you from conceiving. And not to fret. Naturopathic treatments can be combined with conventional methods, like IVF, to further boost your chances of conceiving.

I offer on-site acupuncture for preconception care, fertility boosting, and even for your IVF pre and post-transfer.

Check out my video where I talk about the benefits of acupuncture for boosting your fertility here.

 

LAB TESTING

lab testing (1)Having your lab work reviewed is part of your Naturopathic assessment. I really like to get a clear picture as to any underlying factors or imbalances that may be in the way of you achieving the overall health and wellness you desire. Additional testing, that is highly recommended, may include: a food sensitivity panel (120-200 foods and spices), candida, heavy metals, salivary or urinary hormone panels, comprehensive digestive stool analysis or additional blood work.

THE GUT DETOX

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  “All disease begins in the gut.” – Hippocrates

The state of your gut health has the utmost potential to promote health and well-being. It’s the biggest key to having a rocking digestion, slim and healthy body and happy mind.

Most people assume that digestive issues like bloating, gas and constipation are the only indications that they might have an unhealthy gut. NOT TRUE. Your gut is the cornerstone of your health. It is connected to so many other parts of the body, including the endocrine system, brain and immune system.

When your gut is unhealthy it creates inflammation. Imagine this type of inflammation is like an internal fire and your immune system are the firefighters. At first the firefighters are able to control the fire. However, the fire keeps coming back stronger and stronger. This can be quite exhausting on your immune system. Eventually, the damage from the inflammation outweighs your bodies ability to fight, repair and heal.  Over time, this constant inflammation causes some major damage to your gut lining which can eventually lead to  leaky gut (also known as increased intestinal permeability). This creates the perfect opportunity for toxins, bad bacteria, parasites, yeast and undigested food particles to enter into your bloodstream where they don’t belong. Your immune system tags these “foreign substances” as pathogens and tries to get rid of them. Your immune response to these “foreign substances” can appear as the signs, symptoms and conditions listed below:

  • Bloating and gas
  • Ulcerative Colitis, H.pylori, Chron’s disease and IBS
  • Food sensitivities/intolerances
  • Digestive problems: stomach pain, cramps or reflux
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Skin issues like eczema, rosacea, psoriasis, rashes or acne
  • Joint, nerve and  muscle pain
  • Fatigue and brain fog(aka fuzzy muddled thinking)
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Seasonal allergies, asthma
  • Chronic infections
  • Infertility
  • Hormonal Imbalances
  • Weight gain and inability to lose or gain weight
  • Thyroid issues
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Multiple chemical sensitivities
  • All other auto-immune diseases

Transform Your Gut, Transform Your Life

In order to have clear skin, a rocking digestion, a calm mind and a healthy lean body, your gut needs to be in tip-top shape. By restoring your gut health, you can see chronic and annoying health issues lessen or even disappear. By balancing the inside, you transform your outside.  You also digest your food better and get the nutrients you need, which means less tummy troubles(bloating, gas, etc) and pooping issues(constipation and diarrhea).  Your skin can have a glow that no cream, lotion or potion could ever deliver. You lose that stubborn weight that just wouldn’t budge no matter what you did in the past. That’s why I created The Gut Detox. Because a healthy gut = a healthy body and mind.

The Gut Detox is an effective program to help people heal their gut, balance their microbriome (gut flora), eliminate their inflammatory foods(food sensitivities), avoid/lessen toxin exposure, and de-stress their mind. This program has 4 components: CLEAR, RESTORE, BALANCE and REGENERATE. This program can be followed by most. However, the specifics of the protocol need to be individually tailored in order to get the best results. No two protocols are ever the same because no two people are the same.  The length of time for the program, specific foods/diet, testing measures, natural treatment and  supplementation can vary widely between individuals.

Below is a brief overview of the 4 components:

1. Cleanse your diet, gut and mind.

This is one of the most important steps. #1 needs to ALWAYS be addressed FIRST in order for the following 3 steps to be effective. I recommend all patients do a food IgG test and eliminate their specific food intolerances that trigger inflammation. I also clear their gut of any unwanted bad bugs (unfriendly bacteria, yeast, or parasites). Eliminating/lessening their toxin exposure is also part of this step since toxins destroy the gut lining. In addition to addressing all the physical areas that effect gut health, addressing stress is imperative. Chronic stress really takes a toll on your gut because it adds fuel to the fire, in terms of inflammation.  Helping patients establish a stress management regime is key, not just for healing their gut, but for overall well-being, happiness and fulfillment.

2. Restore with the right stuff.

The word “restore” reflects how we are supporting a depleted digestive system. You reactivate it by restoring key nutrients, whether it be through herbs, acupuncture, IV therapy, natural foods and/or supplementation.

3. Balance your bacteria.

It’s all about the microbiome. Your gut bacteria are your internal “army.” After long term damage, the good guys are usually depleted. We need to reintroduce beneficial bacteria so that your gut flora has enough of the good guys to protect you from bad bugs(yeast, bacteria, parasites), help support digestive function and keep your immune system in check.

4. Regenerate your gut

The final step is designed to heal the intestinal lining from the damages caused by chronic infections, food intolerances, stress and  toxins. In order to do this, I may recommend healing foods, acupuncture, herbal remedies and/or supplementation to heal the gut lining for long term health.

 If you’re ready to heal your gut and feel amazing,  you can book your appointment here 

The Gut Detox Success Stories

“Doing the Gut Detox changed my life.  It was fascinating to see what foods caused inflammation in my system.  I immediately eliminated them from my diet, and after a month I saw immediate results!  I had more energy, and my cystic acne completely disappeared.  Thanks Dr. Taravski for all the help!”

-Patrick, 31

“I’ve been bloated all my life, super gassy and always struggled with constipation.  After doing the Gut Detox, I’m no longer bloated, I’m finally regular, I have more energy, and my mood is a lot better. I even lost 10 IBS after 4 weeks. Bonus! I thought it was so fascinating learning about the foods that agreed and disagreed with my body. No more guessing! I also learned so much about the ingredients in foods and what a healthy meal actually looks like. The recipes recommended, were super healthy, delicious and easy make. Healthy eating really isn’t as hard as I thought.  The Gut Detox was the best decision I’ve ever made for my health.   I highly recommend this program to anyone. Thank you Dr. Taravski for sharing your knowledge and creating this program!”

-Andrew, 35

“By the end of the two weeks, I’m down 3.5 pounds, my skin is happy and clear, and I can honestly say I feel lighter overall and definitely have more energy. My happy skin, gut and energy levels owe the Gut Detox a HUGE THANK YOU!!!! I really appreciated the personal correspondence from the program. It made the entire experience that much more realistic, authentic and achievable.”

-Aimee, 26

“I suffered from bloating, chronic constipation and a slow digestion for years. I was also chronically fatigued but didn’t think this had anything to do with my gut.  I was introduced to Dr. Taravski’s Gut Detox to help me get my digestive system back in order. Within the first month I began noticing results! The bloating and constipation were resolving and my body was returning back to a balanced state.I highly recommend Dr. Taravski’s Gut Detox if you want to get to start feeling normal again!”

-Meghan, 30

“Back in 2013 my husband had popped the question. That was the tipping point in my life where I needed to make some serious changes in my health. For the past few years, I had progressively been feeling terrible each day. It was a vicious cycle of waking up feeling pretty good, to bloating throughout the day, to then having to rush to the washroom 2-3 times all while looking 3-4 months pregnant. I was constantly tired, had very runny stools, stomach cramps daily, needed coffee at least two times a day just to stay awake and always feeling the need to take naps. How is it that I was in my late twenties(at the time) feeling like I’m pushing 90 years old?? Something had to change! The physical irritability was also preventing me from being in social settings because I was afraid of having to run to the washroom more then once and I hated feeling uncomfortable and bloated. Also, I wanted to feel and look my best on my wedding day: I wanted to be a beautiful blushing bride, not a bloated one.  It was time to make some changes and I chose to see Dr. Taravski after hearing of people’s success from the Gut Detox. Dr. Taravski’s Gut Detox was very comprehensive and easy to follow. I was provided with an abundance of resources, recipes, guidance and support, which set me up for success! After the first couple of weeks, I had lost 5 pounds, was starting to regain higher energy levels, the bloating had stopped throughout the day, the cramping and diarrhea was subsiding, my skin was glowing and I was feeling great! Total weight lost in almost one year, with no exercise, was 15 pounds!! My goal of feeling beautiful and healthy on my wedding day ( and everyday) was a success all thanks to Dr. Taravski’s Gut Detox!”

-Amanda, 30

“I suffered from chronic migraines for over 40 years. I went to a number of doctors, specialists, pain clinics, and tried a variety of pain killers, exercises, acupuncture…you name it. Nothing provided me with any long term relief. This made me feel very depressed and completely hopeless.  I felt controlled by the pain, and was unable to participate in my life when the migraines struck(which was almost everyday!). I also suffered from chronic insomnia, stomach pain and fatigue. I was introduced to Dr. Taravski’s Gut Detox from my Husbands friend, whose daughter had great success with her headaches and energy. I figured I’d try, as I would have nothing to lose. The experience was life-changing.  I’ve been pain free for 2 months! Also, my chronic insomnia and stomach pain have completely resolved. I no longer feel depressed and my energy levels haven’t been this good in YEARS! I feel alive again. I couldn’t believe that my problems were a result of an unhealthy gut. Thank you Dr. Taravski, your Gut Detox gave me my life back!”

-Danica, 68

“I saw a number of Naturopaths, Doctors and Specialists for my IBS, but wasn’t getting much improvement with any of my symptoms. The Gut Detox was the only thing that really made a difference with my IBS. I can’t believe the freedom and happiness I now have in my life.”

-Female, 45

“The Gut Detox helped me in so many ways.  I no longer have debilitating muscle pain, my stomach is flat, I sleep through the night and I feel great! Dr. Taravski, THANK YOU for creating this program!”

-Female, 36

 

Have more questions? No problem! Feel free to contact me here

Ready to start your transformation? Amazing! You can book your appointment here