When I started my own practice, I was already using my own brand of ‘holistic’ and ‘mindbody’ medicine with my patients but constraints in the government health system made it difficult.
50 patients a day, not being able to bill for things like nutritional medicine, teaching patients how to relax their brains and bodies, the pressure to prescribe ‘quick pill fixes’ that had nasty side effects or just didn't’ really work.
I started to feel isolated and alone in my different approach to health despite my patients loving what I did and getting amazing results. I started to feel like I was burning out fast.
My boyfriend (now my husband;) came across a new emerging speciality in the US and a link to their annual conference and urged me to to check it out.
This is how I discovered that I wasn’t the only medical doctor using a holistic approach and getting amazing results--it was becoming an entire movement in the US and supported by major institutions like Harvard University.
I booked my ticket to san Diego to attend their annual conference and by the end of the first day, I knew I had found my tribe of academics who shared my vision of health.
It was an extremely emotional week of discovery and connecting and helped me get re-inspired and more sure than ever of my mission.
I continued to study to become an Integrative Medicine Physician more formally and in 2012 wrote my US board exams to become certified in this very new speciality that focuses on the best of natural non-pharmaceutical approaches to achieve peak health on a body, mind, brain and spirit level and my sub specialty focus became mindbody and nutritional medicine.
I also started a youtube channel in 2012 to share with my patients and clients all the latest tools, brain hacks, and stress resilience and wellness practical tips I knew but didn’t always have time to deliver 1-1 in my government medical practice.
It became a hit quickly with my patients in Vancouver and word started to spread.