“As a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, it’s important to shift the power to my patients.”Dr. Sara Celik, ND
Naturopathic Medicine Services/Programs Available
- Telemedicine / Virtual Healthcare
- In-Office Naturopathic Medicine Consultations (not available at this time due to COVID-19 restrictions)
- Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture also known as Cosmetic Acupuncture (not available at this time due to COVID-19 restrictions)
- Nutritional Counselling & Meal Plans
- Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) & Medical Acupuncture (not available at this time due to COVID-19 restrictions)
- Botanical & Herbal Medicine Protocols
- Nutraceutical Consultations and Professional Supplement Prescriptions
- Lifestyle Medicine & Stress Management Programs
- Pre-Conception Fertility Counselling and Programs
- Customized Detox Programs
- Weight Loss Programs
- Menopause Programs
- Anti-Aging Programs
- Hormonal Imbalance Programs
- Food Sensitivity Gut Health Programs
Functional Medicine Testing / Lab Tests
Laboratory tests that need to be done as part of our assessment will be performed either at home or at Lifelabs.
Urine and saliva samples for certain tests such as hormone tests may be collected in the comfort of your home. But, blood tests must be done at the lab.
A variety of tests are offered, such as:
- Hormone testing (DUTCH test)
- Fertility testing
- Food sensitivity testing (IgG test)
- Allergy testing (IgE test)
- Stool testing
- Celiac disease testing
- Organic acids testing (OATs)
- Autoimmune screening
- Inflammation assessment
- Nutrient testing
In addition, previous lab work may be requested.
Customized Nutrition Plan
Nutrition is important. Above all, it is difficult to improve one’s health if nutritional requirements are not being met.
Customized nutrition protocols may include detailed meal plans, helpful resources, and grocery lists.
You may be asked to follow a specific diet. For instance, the Keto diet is often recommended to patients trying to lose weight, while the Candida diet is recommended to patients struggling with yeast overgrowth. Certainly, it’s my job to ensure that you feel supported and have the right resources on hand.
Wondering if I can help you?
In my 15 years of clinical practice, I have helped patients with a variety of health concerns. For example:
- allergies and food sensitivities or intolerances
- gut disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- hormonal imbalances
- depressed mood and anxiety
- fertility issues
- low energy and insomnia
- difficulty losing weight
- skin problems
In short, Naturopathic Medicine is focused on treating the whole person based on:
After an initial one hour assessment, each patient receives an individualized treatment plan. Most importantly, I focus on treating the ROOT CAUSE – looking at primary health concerns, medical history, family history, and results from lab tests.
To clarify, Naturopathic Medicine combines the wisdom of nature with the innovation of modern science.
Underlying Principles of Naturopathic Medicine
1) First do no harm:
Symptoms are an expression of the human body attempting to heal itself.
It’s necessary to respect the human body therefore I use a gentle, non-invasive approach to healing.
2) The healing power of nature:
Your body has an inherent ability to establish, maintain, and restore health.
In other words, your body’s healing process is intelligent.
So my role is to facilitate the healing process and restore health and vitality.
3) Identify and treat the cause:
Illness does not occur without cause so Naturopathic Medicine is focused on identifying the root cause of illness.
The root cause of poor health must be identified before optimal health can be achieved. Any quick-fix or band-aid solution merely masks symptoms and consequently, symptoms usually return.
4) Heal the whole person:
Health and disease are conditions of the whole person, therefore, true health requires a comprehensive approach to diagnosis and treatment.
Each person is unique, therefore I advocate for PERSONALIZED HEALTHCARE and use a comprehensive approach.
For instance, your assessment may include a review of:
- nutritional status
- current lifestyle
- family history
- environmental factors
- emotional well-being
- physical health
5) Naturopathic Doctor as teacher:
The doctor-patient relationship is important. Firstly, the doctor is an educator or teacher. Secondly, the doctor’s role is to encourage patients to take responsibility for their own health.
In short, I’m a catalyst for healthful change.
That is to say that empowering and motivating patients to advocate for their own health is a priority.
I provide all patients with an understanding of the factors that affect their health and provide them with the support that they need to succeed on their health journey.
The ultimate goal of any healthcare system should be prevention of disease therefore I always tell patients that working together is not just about improving their health status. It’s also about preventing diseases that may be quietly developing.
Without a thorough investigation and comprehensive assessment, health conditions that are silently developing are often not diagnosed or flagged until years later. Early diagnosis typically leads to better outcomes and happier patients!Dr Sara, Serving Patients in Ontario via Telemedicine