POLO, ND DR. ALLANA
. Dr. Allana Polo has a great passion for naturopathic medicine and truly believes that we all have the ability to heal and achieve balance in our lives. Along with a complete physical exam, family history and relevant lab work, Dr. Polo uses nutrition, herbal medicine, acupuncture, intravenous vitamins/minerals and lifestyle counselling to help her patients achieve optimal health and wellness. By identifying the root cause of illness, each treatment plan is customized and tailored to meet each individual patient's needs, based on their health goals and place in their own healing journey. Her goal is to empower, inspire and motivate her patients to achieve their highest level of wellness. Dr. Polo's focus is on family medicine with a special interest in, weight loss, food sensitivities and digestive health, mesotherapy for anti-aging and cellulite reduction, metabolic concerns such as diabetes, and mental health including anxiety and depression. Dr. Polo received her undergraduate training from the University of Alberta, majoring in biological sciences with a minor in psychology. She then received her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, Ontario, an accredited four-year, intensive post-graduate naturopathic medical program. The training consists of comprehensive study of the conventional medical sciences, as well as a detailed study of a wide variety of natural therapies. She has pursued additional specialized training and is also a certified practitioner in intravenous vitamin and mineral therapy, mesotherapy for cosmetic non-surgical facial rejuvenation and body sculpting, dermal fillers, mesotherapy for pain management, and applied kinesiology. Dr. Polo spent 6 weeks travelling in India, working at clinical rotation sites and volunteering at a variety of medical hospitals and naturopathic facilities. This allowed her the opportunity to learn about the traditional and indigenous systems of medicine in India. In addition to learning about traditional medicine, she was able to observe how these practices interact with Western methods and gain an understanding of the importance of cross-cultural competency in diagnosing patients who may be receiving a combination of modern and traditional treatments. Clinical immersion was supplemented with daily yoga classes, lectures and workshops on traditional medicine. This experience provided her the opportunity to learn more about health issues that transcend borders, class, ethnicity, and cultural divisions. In 2003, Dr. Polo received her first degree black belt in Karate, after 13 years of dedicated and disciplined training. The strength and determination, as well as the mind-body connection this art facilitates, is something she will always bring forth to her patients and clinical practice. Dr. Polo is a registrant of the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia and a member of the British Columbia Naturopathic Association (BCNA), The Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors(CAND), and the International Association for Physicians in Aesthetic Medicine (IAPAM).
EBERDING, ND DR. ANDREW
Anybody who knows me knows I love to help people. I was raised on a farm in central BCs Cariboo district. This is where I learned many of the values and skills I use as resources every day - problem solving, the power of the natural world, the value of hard work and perseverance (to name a few). My life's journey prior to naturopathic medicine included forays into a wide diversity of fields; from cancer research to delivery driver, from the ancient craft of timber-framing to biotechnology, from production labourer to high-rise tower design. It is this broad spectrum of experience that allows me to have some insight into most of my patient's daily lives: the struggles and inspirations inherent to them. It was my role as a parent that truly led me into naturopathic medicine. As a young man holding my own children, I felt overwhelmed with responsibility. I wanted to do as much as possible to support my sons as they grew. I learned about health and treatments that were not part of the mainstream medical model; I became impassioned. I could not learn enough; I knew I had found my calling. My road to ultimately practicing naturopathic medicine was long and convoluted. Balancing family life and getting an education was certainly an enormous challenge. With the seemingly unending support of my wife Laura, I managed to earn a degree in Chemistry and Biochemistry from UNBC, a MSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences from UBC and, finally, a Naturopathic Doctorate from Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine. I could not be happier with my career choice. Every day I feel fortunate to spend time with my patients who are reaching ever higher levels of health. Whether it is a child who has had their eczema clear up, a woman who has restored energy, or a man who no longer has the chronic back pain that he has been suffering from; it feels fantastic to know that I have helped achieve a new-found health. I treat people with many different conditions; if you are interested in reaching new heights in your life or staying at your optimal health, come in for an assessment. I have specialized training in prolotherapy: an injection-based therapy that targets chronic joint injuries and which can lead to complete healing (joints are often stronger than they ever were). No matter what area pains you, I have had success treating it; from headaches to plantar fasciitis. Whether you are just trying to go for a hike or are playing professional sports, I have helped someone get through a similar situation. Don't go on living with the pain! A second focus I have had great success treating in my practice is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. I have seen dramatic shifts in both adults and children who have this challenge. The great part of treating children is they heal so quickly. Adults take longer to come around, but I have seen amazing improvements in behaviour and performance in them as well. There is much more that can be done than the simplistic idea that people diagnosed with ADHD need to be medicated to live functional lives. Working in the forefront of functional, individualized medicine is something that I feel very privileged to provide for my patients. Even if your needs are outside of the areas mentioned above, the principles are the same: you can be helped. My job is to identify, and help you remove, the blockages that are preventing you from healing. I do not treat conditions, I treat people-people like you
DREW, ND DR. JAMIESON
I was born and raised in Langley, BC where my early years were spent engaging in a wide variety of sports. My passion for Football landed me a scholarship to Simon Fraser University where I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. Following University, I went onto pursue my Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine from the Boucher Institute in New Westminster. I was first introduced to Naturopathic Medicine through my own health challenges. Many hard years on the field and in the gym left me with a whole host of left over injuries. I struggled with chronic pain for a long time and slowly began to accept the fact I would be stuck suffering for years to come. Then, everything I knew about medicine was blown wide open when I reversed all my injuries within two years using Naturopathic Medicine. As soon as I realized people didn't have to live in pain my vision became clear. I set out on my journey to learn as much as I could about these valuable treatment techniques and spread the word about the options available to people in need. I am committed to helping you reach your health goals the same way my doctor helped me. In addition to my Bachelor of Science and Naturopathic Physician designations I am also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and an active member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association. I have extensive work experience with sports specific training, musculoskeletal injuries and rehabilitation protocols. For the past several years I have worked alongside Chiropractors, Massage Therapists, and Naturopathic Doctors completing several internships centered on helping patients with weight loss, pain management and nutritional programming. After my first year of medical school, I completed a 10-day intensive in Nicaragua working at a local clinic that services the residents on the Island of Ometepe. I am also a part time faculty member at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine where I teach Exercise Therapeutics and assist with the Physical Medicine and Spinal Manipulation classes. I have undergone continuing education training in Prolotherapy, Applied Kinesiology, Total Body Modification (TBM) and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). My areas of focus are: - Anyone struggling with pain (motor vehicle accidents, headaches, sports injuries, chronic pain syndromes) - Allergies (environmental and food related) - Blood sugar issues (diabetes, hypoglycemia) - Cardiovascular Disease (high blood pressure, high cholesterol) - Men's health (mood imbalances, hormone decline and urogenital issues) - Chronic Digestive dysfunction In my spare time I enjoy playing guitar, riding BMX and exploring the outdoors. I am currently accepting new patients and look forward to working with you, Dr. Jamieson
KASSAM, ND DR. SAFIA
Dr. Safia Kassam is a licensed Naturopathic Physician certified in intravenous therapy, Bowen therapy, acupuncture, and holds pharmaceutical prescription rights in BC. At present, Dr. Kassam has a focus in digestive disorders, including SIBO, as well as hormone imbalances, and weight management. Dr. Kassam is a professional member of the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND) and BC Naturopathic Physicians Association (BCNA). Dr. Kassam graduated from Simon Fraser University in 2006 with a Bachelors degree in Kinesiology. During this time, she also completed five terms with the Cooperative Education Department as an Ergonomic Engineering Consultant in Michigan, with the designation of a Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE). Although this career was very rewarding, Dr. Kassam knew her true calling was in the field of medicine. In 2009, Dr. Kassam returned back home to BC to pursue a career in Naturopathic Medicine. During the intense 4-year program at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine, she was also a part of Naturopathic Doctors International (NDI), a brigade providing free Naturopathic care to residents of a small town on Ometepe Island in Nicaragua. Using local medicinals as well as acupuncture, massage, and counseling, this brigade delivered naturopathic care to over 150 residents, from newborns to the elderly. Conditions treated ranged from joint pain, gastrointestinal conditions, emotional trauma, and gynecological concerns requiring pelvic exams. Dr. Kassam is a sports enthusiast. She grew up playing competitive fastpitch softball, floor hockey, and basketball and is an avid Vancouver Canucks and Seattle Seahawks fan. She also enjoys spending time with her nieces and nephews, and traveling. Areas of focus: SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth) Food Sensitivities & Digestive Disturbances Weight Management Women's Health Hormone Imbalances - Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) Menstrual Irregularities Peri-menopause & Menopause PCOS Thyroid Dysregulation Chronic Stress & Adrenal Dysregulation Low Energy & Fatigue Additional Websites to Include: - My personal site: www.drsafiakassam.com - SIBO Doctors: www.sibodoctors.ca (logo for this site/group is also attached)
MURRAY, ND DR. KELSEY
As a licensed naturopathic doctor, I am passionate about supporting my patients in addressing all of their health concerns in a holistic way. I received my certification from the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine, and am certified in intravenous therapy, bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) and acupuncture as well as holding prescription rights. Before attending medical school I achieved my bachelor of science from SFU in molecular biology and biochemistry. During this time I was involved in research which focused on neurodegenerative diseases (Including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, frontotemporal dementia). As a result of this work I received multiple scholarships and have been published on several research papers. After working in a research lab for three years I realized that my true calling was working one-on-one with people to address their individual health concerns. I truly feel that this experience has contributed to my appreciation for ensuring my patients receive evidence-based treatment plans. During an initial visit with me you can expect to have a full health history taken where all concerns can be discussed. There will also be a physical exam, labs, and an initial treatment plan. The treatment plan may include lifestyle changes, nutrition recommendations, botanical medicines, supplements, acupuncture, and more. Areas of focus: Cardiovascular health: History of heart attack Family history of heart disease Angina Arrhythmias Hormone balancing >PMS, menopause, PCOS, painful/heavy periods Diabetes, pre-diabetes Fatigue, sleep concerns Thyroid Mental health concerns Depression Anxiety Autoimmune conditions Crohn’s/colitis Hashimoto’s thyroiditis Multiple sclerosis Rheumatoid arthritis Type 1 diabetes Psoriasis and more Digestion concerns Bloating Constipation or diarrhea Heartburn Abdominal pain, and more In addition to working as a naturopathic doctor I also currently teach anatomy and physiology to massage therapy students at Vancouver Career College. This allows me to practice the naturopathic principle “doctor as teacher” and maintain my knowledge of the complexity of the human body.
MAWJI, ND DR. MASHAEL
Approach Dr. Mawji is a licensed Naturopathic Physician and takes an innovative approach to patient centred care. She uses a range of diagnostics including laboratory testing, physical exams and a thorough history because each persons needs and presentation are unique. Dr. Mawji believes in the art of medicine and tailors treatments specifically to her patients. She is passionate about patient empowerment, education and partnership and feels these are pertinent to positive outcomes so that her patients can lead long and happy lives. Biography Dr. Mawji is a sought after speaker around the lower mainland (Vancouver, BC) on conditions including: hormonal dysfunction, immune support, stress management, and healthy lifestyle habits. She takes part in a number of corporate wellness initiatives for some of Canada's leading banks and has contributed to a range of public health initiatives over the last 10 years both in Canada and Internationally. She was the nutrition lead for a two year Health Canada study investigating dietary and lifestyle interventions on cardiovascular markers in the South Asian population and continues to stay active in public health initiatives. This has given her the opportunity to work with many health care providers, in different areas of health focusing on hormones, anti-aging medicine, metabolic dysfunction including diabetes, cardiovascular improvement and mental health. During her undergraduate degree at the University of British Columbia, Dr. Mawji worked alongside a Functional Medical Doctor, in a private health setting, to optimize patient care. This is where her exposure to Functional Medicine began. She worked with this Physician for two years, and was exposed to a side of health care that merged western and eastern philosophy. This is where her enthusiasm for lifestyle medicine, innovative testing, and evaluating symptoms further, sparked her desire to learn more. She observed improvements in patient care, the power of a positive physician-patient relationship and became exposed to the world of hormones, heavy metal testing and anti-aging medicine. This motivated her to become a Naturopathic Doctor; individualized medicine, patient centred care, and looking beyond a diagnoses. Dr. Mawji is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor who graduated from the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine. She has additional training and is certified in IV therapy, Cosmetic Acupuncture, Prescription authority and Visual Homeopathy. Dr. Mawji graduated from the University of British Columbia with an Honours degree in Bachelors of Science in Food, Nutrition and Health. During her time at Boucher, she was a teaching assistant for Physical Medicine and Clinical Diagnoses, supporting the learning of other students. Currently, she is a Professional Educator for Natures Way of Canada, and has been involved with a number of supplement companies, educating health care professionals, students and the public on nutrients. Primary Focuses: Dr. Mawji has a passion for helping people with hormonal imbalance, mitochondrial dysfunction, digestive complaints, skin improvement, auto-immune diseases and mental health concerns. She especially enjoys working with women who face challenges around self-esteem, have menstrual complaints, or have concerns around diet and nutrition. Metabolic Disorders Diabetes Thyroid Weight loss/gain Endocrinology PCOS Menstrual irregularities Menopausal symptoms Adrenal dysfunction/Stress response Mental Health Eating Disorders Mental fatigue Anxiety Depression Skin Hyperpigmentation Acne Eczema Psoriasis Texture - Dry, Oily Premature aging Cardiovascular Disorders Fatty Liver Cardiovascular disease Atherosclerosis Hypercholesterolemia Gastrointestinal Acid-Reflux/GERD Bloating Constipation/Diarrhea IBS Food sensitivities Nutrient optimization Parasites Auto-immune Disorders Hashimotos Thyroiditis Graves Disease Psoriasis Allergies
BLYTH, MD DR. STEVEN
I graduated from Medical school in 1996 from the University of Alberta. Completed my residency in Family Medicine in 1998 at the University of Alberta. Practiced as a Family Physician for two years in Strathmore, Alberta. Went to the University of Calgary in 2000 to complete my residency in Emergency Medicine. Practiced as an Emergency Physician for 14 years in Abbotsford and Surrey. Medical Director with BC Emergency Health Services for the last 4 years. I am trained and teach Emergency Department Ultrasound. Certified in Botox and dermal filler injections. Currently completing a fellowship in Anti-aging Regenerative and Functional Medicine.
Registered Clinical Counsellor
Registered Clinical Counsellor
. When I look at the letters behind my name, it looks a bit like alphabet soup. RN (np) means that I am a Registered Nurse. I am also a Psychiatric Nurse. I worked mostly on psychiatric wards because my fascination to understand how the mind works trumped all other aspects of nursing. RPC means Registered Professional Counsellor. I have been counselling in private practice for 20 years. MPCP means Master Practitioner of Counselling Psychology. This designation denotes that I am a “counsellor of counsellors” -- competent to teach and mentor others in the field. My area of specialization is trauma and its long-term effects in both the body and interpersonal relationships. In my work, I focus on the “inter-relatedness” of physical, emotional and interpersonal challenges with the goal of assisting my clients to take charge of their own healing process and move forward in their life. I come to you as both a ‘wounded healer’ and a skilled educator and therapist. I look forward to meeting you.
. I am passionate about counselling and teaching. In the context of a one-on-one counselling relationship, I find the two are often combined. I consider it a privilege to be able to journey alongside another as he or she seeks to move towards greater freedom and wholeness. Using Emotion-Focused Therapy, we will explore the bio-psycho-social and spiritual aspects of your life (i.e. the mind-body connection and how that influences all relationships, both horizontally and vertically). I work with whatever individuals bring, but my specialization is in the areas of loss and grief, depression, anxiety, anger, self-esteem, relationship issues, and spiritual concerns. I have a BSc in Education, a BA in Psychology, and an MA in Counselling Psychology. I am registered as a Certified Clinical Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. Since graduating, I have been working in private practice both in Surrey and New Westminster, BC.
Kaela Scott is a registered clinical counsellor who specializes in eating disorders, disordered eating and relationships. She is passionate about helping individuals overcome their painful relationship with food, others and themselves. With a strong focus on getting at the root of what is causing an individual’s struggle, Kaela helps people free themselves of their destructive patterns so they can be free to live a healthy and happy life.
. Francesca is a Registered Professional Counsellor (RPC) with the Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA) and a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor (RTC) with the Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada (ACCT). She holds a specialty in addiction/substance abuse counselling and is a Life Skills Instructor and Coach. Francesca is an empathetic counsellor who believes that people can and do change. She provides this optimism in a safe and respectful environment as she focuses on her clients' comfort. She can motivate you to explore feelings and perceptions and help you to set attainable goals. Open-minded and flexible, she believes that each client is unique. She can help you: Identify obstacles you face and suggest behaviour changes to overcome them; Identify negative thought patterns and behaviours that harm you; Build your personal strengths and a more positive attitude; Make positive changes in your relationships; Learn more effective ways to communicate; Recognize and change your self-destructive patterns; Gain control of your life; Heal past trauma that may be impacting your life; Francesca works with clients who face many issues including: Addictions/Substance abuse; Anxiety and Depression; Anger; Relationship challenges; Life goals; Balancing work and home; Loss and grief; Low self-esteem; Family difficulties; Stress Francesca feels that even the most painful experience can become an opportunity for your personal growth. She believes that, 'When you deal with the emotions behind your choices and behaviours, you can change negative behaviours and learn to cope with the behaviours of others. Counselling helps you learn about yourself, so you can make the changes to become the kind of person you really want to be. You can become strong, confident, balanced, and better able to cope with life's challenges. Life is full of changes. Good emotional and mental health helps us find our balance and stay in control, even during turbulent times.
Maria has been with the Polo Health + Longevity team since 2017. She has worked as pharmacy technician since 2012 and has taken several courses to advance into pharmaceutical compounding. Her experience in pharmacy gives her an advantage when working with the chemical components of facial peels. Aesthetics has always been an interest of Maria’s, but peaked after working at Polo Health. Maria has taken courses through the BC Academy of Medical Aesthetics and is certified for microdermabrasion, photo-facial rejuvenation, chemical peels and microneedling. She is also trained in our Skinceutical line and able to explain how different products may benefit an individual based on skin concerns. She plans to expand her knowledge as the aesthetics field grows.