Tina obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Toronto and then went on to the naturopathic medicine program at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto for 4 years. She has also completed training in mind/body medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Bowen Technique.
Tina has lectured for Nike Canada, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Chapters bookstores, the Brampton Fibromyalgia group, the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and various Probus groups as well as giving private lectures to individual groups. She is also currently teaching a general interest course on Naturopathic Medicine through the Dufferin -Peel Board of Education.
Tina has a great passion for helping others improve their health, and thereby their quality of life, through naturopathic medicine. She dedicates herself to both her patients and her own continuing education.
"Many of my patients ask me how I decided to go into Naturopathic Medicine. Here is my story.
I have always wanted to work in medicine. When I was very young, I wanted to be a veternarian, but as I got older I had a greater and greater appreciation for how miraculous the human body was and how unfortunate it was that so many people were suffering through their daily lives in a state of poor health. I wanted to help people be healthier.
I always believed that conventional medicine was the only way to go and I actually was not even aware that alternative or natural approaches even existed. When I was about 16 years old, my mother began taking a correspondance course in homeopathy, just out of interest. Although I thought this was the silliest thing I had ever heard, this was my first introduction to the fact that alternative approaches existed. I didnít however, feel they had anything of real value to offer.
When I was 17 years old I was prescribed extra-strength naproxen (similar to ibuprofen) by my doctor for the severe menstrual cramps I experienced once a month. He wanted to put me on birth control pills, but for some reason hormones at such a young age just didnít sound right to me. So I stuck with my extra-strength naproxen, even though they didnít work that well.
About 6 or 7 months later, I started having a lot of stomach pain, especially after eating or if I didnít eat for a long time. Over the course of several weeks, the pain intensified, often to the point of tears. I went to my doctor who said I probably had an ulcer and informed me that naproxen can cause ulcers. She gave me a prescription antacid (Zantac) and sent me for an Upper GI test or Barium Swallow. I had gone to the doctor alone and had to get my x-rays done alone. The barium "milkshake" they made me drink was horrible and made me nauseated. The thought that I might have an ulcer at the age of 17 was very distressing. Needless to say, I had quite an over-emotional day and when I got home I just sat and cried.
"This is riduculous," I thought at the time. "I am only 17 years old, I am now on 2 prescription medications, I probably have an ulcer caused by my 1st prescription medication which only dulled the pain temporarily and didnít actually improve anything at all."
So the final count was 2 medicines, 2 problems. It seemed riduculous to me that a medication that was given to me to help me, could cause me so much pain and problems. I thought that there just had to be a better way . There had to be. In a moment of emotional upheaval I decided that once I was finished my Zantac prescription and my stomach pains were gone that I was finished with all these prescription medicines. I would not do this to myself anymore. I knew that homeopathy existed and I knew there had to be other natural approaches out there too, approaches that did not harm one part of my body while they were supposed to be helping another part. I knew they were out there and I was deterimined to find them. I would use these new found approaches to deal with my health problems and become healthy.
But then I stopped myself - I realized that if I did not want these medications in my body anymore, could I really make a career out of giving these medicines to other people? I decided that I couldnít, and in that extremely emotional, yet decisive moment, I scrapped my plans to go to medical school. I decided that this new alternative, natural field that I was about to discover is what I would make a career of and how I would help people. I went down to the public library, found some books on herbs and that was the start of my passion for naturopathic medicine.
So there you have it folks...my story."
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