1. What inspired you to become a homeopath?
My first inspiration was becoming a registered nutritionist and seeing how natural food can cure illness and improve health. That pushed me into exploring natural medicine. My second inspiration was a friend of mine who is a Naturopath and introduced me to homeopathy. I saw its amazing ability to cure and was hooked from there.
2. What does your average day as a homeopath look like?
My days are very busy. I see on average five to nine patients a day ranging from acute to chronic diseases. Some physically ill, some emotionally. Every day is different and rewarding in its own way. When I am not seeing patients, I teach at the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine. Being a homeopath on those days is very different as I have the pleasure of teaching the students about the amazing abilities of healthy food and homeopathy.
3. What do you most love about being a homeopath?
The people!!! I am curious and very social by nature so to be able to sit and talk to people and ask them inquisitive questions to match the pieces of their health puzzle is great.
4. What is your favourite homeopathic story?
I had a 54 year old gentleman come to me for weight loss and presenting with high blood pressure as well. He was carrying an extra 40 pounds and he felt it was time to slim down. As we went through his health history he explained that he had lost his sense of smell and taste at a very young age and he could only taste salt and sugar. He did not have an explanation as to why he lost these two senses. At the end of our session I put him on a homeopathic remedy Calcarea Carbonica as well as a Zinc supplement. My hope was if he could get a small percentage of his taste back I could decrease his salt and sugar intake and he could enjoy the tastes of other healthy foods. This in turn would help him to lose some weight and lower his blood pressure with healthier food choices.
He returned two weeks later and said, “I can’t believe this but I can smell and taste.” It seemed he was able to smell and taste about 30% of his food. With-in two months he had 100% of his smell and taste restored. He lost 40 pounds in the following months and was able to maintain a healthy blood pressure medication free. The remedy worked so fast and efficiently that it even shocked me. That was a memorable moment for me.
5. We don't need to know what you had for breakfast, but I'm sure it was healthy and delicious, so do tell! What did you have for breakfast?
This morning two slices of gluten free toast with hummus and fresh tomatoes from my mother-in-laws garden………voila a tomato and hummus sandwich.
6. Tell us a little about your life before you became a homeopath.
Thankfully I was generally physically well and took very little prescription drugs over the years. I got strep throat twice a year and certainly had to take antibiotics for that. I had low vitality, needed to nap in the day and reached for sugar a lot.
7. How did you change your life through homeopathy?
I became a patient of homeopathy due to the yearly strep throat. After taking it for a full winter season the strep throat never returned but it also took care of my low energy and my need to nap as well. It gave me vitality, a love for life and a desire to help others.
8. What role did CCHM play in supporting your transformation?
Huge role! I was very naïve about how complex homeopathy was and the actual art of practicing it. CCHM taught me all that.
9. What are three key memories from your experience at CCHM?
The amazing lectures on woman’s health, the stories from the patients that came into Friday clinic and trying to figure out how to measure the length of a newborn (fresh baby) during physical examination class in third year as she kept curling up in the fetal position.
10. What obstacles did you have to overcome in order to become a homeopath?
The stress of balancing a family, a job and being in school to study as a homeopath. Once graduated, having the patience to slowly build my practice one patient at a time.
11. How do you see your future in homeopathy?
The sky is the limit with practicing homeopathy. I have already diversified by seeing patients, working in collaboration with medical doctors, teaching at CCHM and public speaking. I have a few other things in the works.
12. What do you love about the homeopathic community?
The “like mindedness” of what complete health looks like.
13. What advice can you offer to a person considering becoming a homeopath?
It requires a lot of hard work but the reward is so worth it. Whether you become a homeopath to practice with the public or just for your own health, the greatest gift you can give yourself and others, is the gift of good health.
I offer services in homeopathic medicine, nutrition and counseling. After graduating from Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in 2002, I opened my own nutrition practice where I worked with individual patients, taught nutrition and did public speaking across Ontario. I also participated in radio programs, speaking about health and nutritional issues.
As I worked with my patients I realized I needed more then just nutrition to complete my practice. I was introduced to homeopathic medicine by first being a patient myself and quickly realized the curative effects of this incredible medicine. I went back to school in 2008 and graduated from the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine. I found that homeopathic medicine and nutrition didn’t mask the symptoms, healed the body and was deep acting and long lasting, therefore the most gratifying to practice. Throughout my years practicing, it became very apparent how many people were suffering emotionally and how it is negatively affecting their health and their lives. I chose to continue my education at the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals. I specialize in depression, anxiety, loss, grief, infidelity, relationship issues, addiction and partners of addicts. If you would like more information on my counseling services please visit my website at www.asafeplacetoheal.ca
I also have the pleasure of teaching at the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine and The Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. I do public speaking events at the private and corporate level. I was honored to win first place in York region for the 2011 and 2013 Readers Choice Awards for my practice in Homeopathic Medicine.