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Naturopathic Medicine


One of the fundamental goals of naturopathic medicine is to find and treat the root cause of an illness, not just to relieve the symptoms . . .

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Naturopathic Medicine


One of the fundamental goals of naturopathic medicine is to find and treat the root cause of an illness, not just to relieve the symptoms . . .

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Why Natural Medicine?

In our fast paced society, many people are looking for balance in their lives and in their healthcare. They strive to optimize wellness by nourishing their bodies with whole foods, by looking for ways to prevent illness and infection, and by being more aware of and in harmony with the natural rhythm of their body cycles. Consequently, more and more Canadians are turning to complementary and alternative therapies in their quest for optimal health.

A Natural Solution

At the Family Health Clinic we strive to help both individuals and families take charge of their health through

  • the sharing of our knowledge of the most effective natural therapies
  • educating patients about their bodies
  • encouraging them to build wellness habits into their lifestyle.

We will help patients move beyond just treating the symptoms. We want our patients to understand and treat what contributes to their illness, inflammation, dysfunction or disease so they can not only feel better, but ultimately try and prevent problems from developing in the future. As we gather information by listening and asking questions, conducting a thorough physical exam, and ordering indicated lab analysis, we will work with our patients to set achievable goals regarding appropriate interventions, responsible screening and preventive care.

Central to our practice philosophy is an understanding that the body has an innate ability to heal especially when provided with the necessary building blocks of a healthy diet and lifestyle. Because we have seen the innate healing power working within our bodies, we are passionate about having you experience this for yourself.

Whether for prevention or for treating acute and chronic illness, our hope is that our patients, as they see results and begin to feel better, will become self-care experts for themselves and their families. See a list of our Commonly Treated Conditions.

What are Naturopathic Doctors?

Naturopathic Doctors, also called Naturopathic Physicians, are general family practice doctors who have been specifically trained in using safe, effective natural medicines and prevention approaches.

In British Columbia many Naturopathic Doctors have also obtained additional prescriptive authority which means we can write prescriptions for many pharmaceutical drugs, thyroid and bio-identical hormones, prescription amino acids and restricted herbal medicines.

Becoming a Naturopathic Doctor involves an education as rigorous and comprehensive as other medical professions. After first completing university pre-med courses and obtaining a baccalaureate university degree, it takes an additional four years of full-time study at an accredited Naturopathic medical school to become trained as a Naturopathic Doctor (ND). Then in order to become a licensed Naturopathic Doctor, graduates must successfully pass rigorous post graduate Board exams (NPLEX) in the jurisdiction in which they want to practice.

Naturopathic Medicine has been a separate regulated profession in British Columbia since 1936. Naturopathic Doctors in BC now have one of the widest scopes of practice in Canada and are a designated health profession under the Health Professions Act [RSBC 1996] Chapter 183. The College of Naturopathic Physicians of BC (CNPBC) licenses and regulates the profession in British Columbia.

Naturopathic Doctors offer a customized approach to health care where treatment plans are tailored to suit individual needs.

Treatment Options

As a patient you can expect:

  • nutritional counseling regarding food and supplementation
  • lifestyle prescription that may include stress reduction techniques or exercise suggestions
  • carefully selected botanical, herbal, nutritional, amino acid or homeopathic recommendations for your particular condition
  • in addition, physical medicine therapies (e.g. diathermy), Hydrotherapy, Acupuncture, hands-on therapies (such as Bowen Therapy) or other treatment methods might be incorporated.

Occasionally, to improve your health status, aid recovery from sports injuries or for pain management we might use vitamins, minerals and homeopathics via injections. (e.g. Meyers Cocktail, Chelation, Neural Therapy, Biopuncture).

Many Naturopathic Doctors also have additional prescription authority which allows us to write prescriptions for pharmaceutical drugs, LDN (Low Dose Naltrexone), prescription amino acids, thyroid and bio-identical hormones, and restricted botanical medicines when necessary. 

While it is not likely that all of the above treatments may be used in your particular case, sometimes using a combination is more effective than one alone.

As your primary care provider in natural medicine, we also co-ordinate recommendations to allied healthcare providers that may be appropriate and helpful for your current condition.

Follow-up visits are scheduled, as needed, to assess your progress and your response to treatment, or to provide further treatment options.


Are you READY to try a natural health solution? Please call 604-634-9121 for an appointment.


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Meet The Clinic Docs


Biography of Family Health Clinic Doctors, Dr. Sleigh, Dr. Carlson-Rink, Dr. Ezebuiro, Dr. D'Souza-Carey

Meet The Clinic Docs


Biography of Family Health Clinic Doctors, Dr. Sleigh, Dr. Carlson-Rink, Dr. Ezebuiro, Dr. D'Souza-Carey

Dr. Ted Sleigh

Naturopathic Doctor

Ted Sleigh, BSc., ND

Ted Sleigh, BSc., ND

Dr. Sleigh graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of British Columbia and then went on to complete his Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree in the first pioneer class to ever receive their degree from Bastyr University in Seattle, WA. He began his first few years of practice, with his mentor Dr. Allen Tyler, a renowned naturopathic physician in the Fraser Valley. He founded the Family Health Clinic in 1983. In his general family practice Dr. Sleigh has had great success treating patients of all ages with natural therapies for acute and chronic health problems using a combination of both the new and old time-tested modalities of treatment. After more than thirty-two years in practice he has now had the privilege of treating the grandchildren of some of his original patients. He has taken extensive additional post graduate training in areas of Wilson Thyroid syndrome, Bowen Therapy, intravenous therapies such as Chelation, and also has prescription authority in British Columbia. Dr. Sleigh believes in treating the root cause of disease and feels essential to that is proper diagnosis using both traditional lab tests as well as specialized diagnostic testing. For over three decades he has mentored many new naturopathic physicians and is valued for his years of experience by his colleagues and patients alike. In 2014, at an international gathering of naturopathic physicians, he was honoured by his peers with "The Dr. Kenneth Harmon Award For excellence in applying the core principles of Naturopathic Medicine in family practice and outstanding dedication to the Naturopathic Profession". Dr. Sleigh is a husband, a father and now a grandfather, with his two grandchildren delivered by his practice partner, Dr. Carlson-Rink.


Dr. Andrea Ezebuiro

Naturopathic Doctor

Andrea Ezebuiro, BSc., ND

Andrea Ezebuiro, BSc., ND

Dr. Ezebuiro received her Bachelor of Science from Trinity Western University and went on to study medicine at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine.  As a naturopathic doctor, she is trained in Acupuncture, Nutrition, Herbal Medicine, Homeopathy, and Laboratory testing. She has further education in IV therapies, Homeopathic injectables and Neural therapy.  Additionally, Dr. Andrea holds a license to prescribe pharmaceutical agents in British Columbia. Her approach is to treat the underlying causes of disease in order to restore and maintain the body’s inherent healing ability.  Dr. Ezebuiro joined the Family Health Clinic in August 2012.   For more information,  see www.drandreanaturopath.ca

 

Dr. Cathy Carlson-Rink

Naturopathic Doctor & Registered Midwife

Cathy Carlson-Rink, ND, RM

Cathy Carlson-Rink, ND, RM

Dr. Carlson-Rink graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education with a Major in Health and Fitness from the University of Saskatchewan.  She received her degrees in Naturopathic Medicine and Midwifery from Bastyr University in Seattle, WA. She is a pioneer in that she is the first naturopathic physician in Canada to also work as a licensed midwife.  Dr. Carlson Rink has been practicing since 1996 at the Family Health Clinic with a focus on pregnancy, infertility, women’s and children's health.  She has completed extensive post graduate education in the areas of Gynecology, Obstetrics, Breastfeeding, Pediatrics and Physical fitness as well as being licensed with prescription authority in British Columbia.  She is an instructor of Obstetrics and recently became Chair of Women's and Children's Health Programs at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine.  Married and mother of three girls who were all born at home, she has had the opportunity to provide care for many of the babies she has delivered into their teen years. Dr. Carlson-Rink loves caring for the whole family and has had great joy in sharing life’s journey with her patients.


Dr. Estelle D'Souza-Carey

Naturopathic Doctor

Estelle D'Souza-Carey, BSc., MES, ND

Estelle D'Souza-Carey, BSc., MES, ND

Dr D'Souza-Carey obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and International Development Studies from the University of Toronto and went on to earn her Masters in Environmental Studies (MES) at Queen's University. After ten years of practical experience in working with people with developmental disabilities and degenerative diseases she went on to graduate with her ND degree from the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in New Westminster. Her approach to health care is very comprehensive and emphasizes mind-body counselling and clinical nutrition with a particular focus in Traditional Chinese Medicine, which includes acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. Dr. D'Souza-Carey joined the Family Health Clinic in January 2014. For more information, see www.drestellend.ca

 

 


To ensure you receive the best standard and quality of care each Naturopathic Doctor who works at the Family Health Clinic is licensed by and is in good standing with the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia (CNPBC). In addition, each Family Health Clinic doctor is also a member of the British Columbia Naturopathic Association (BCNA), as well as the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND).

Also, for the same high standard of care, the Registered Midwives who work at the Family Health Clinic are licensed by and are in good standing with the College of Midwives of British Columbia (CMBC). Each of our Family Health Clinic midwives also belong to the Midwives Association of British Columbia (MABC).


We have a friendly, dedicated and caring staff that are ready to assist you and co-operatively work alongside our team of licensed Naturopathic Physicians and Registered Midwives at the Family Health Clinic.

 
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Meet Our Staff


Meet the Family Health Clinic Staff

Meet Our Staff


Meet the Family Health Clinic Staff

We have a friendly, dedicated and caring staff that are ready to assist you and co-operatively work alongside our team of licensed Naturopathic Physicians and Registered Midwives at the Family Health Clinic.