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									Michelle Everest, BA, MA, ND, PhD (can) Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine

Kew Gardens Health Group 2181 Queen Street East, Suite 305 Toronto, Ontario M4E 1E5


Michelle Everest
Michelle Everest is the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine at Kew Gardens Health Group. Offering:
• • • • • • Traditional Chinese Medicine (acupuncture & herbs) Homeopathy Botanical Medicine Clinical Nutrition Bodywork (Hydrotherapy, Bowen Therapy) Lifestyle counseling

Michelle Everest Education
Michelle graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2002. ( ) In addition to her credentials as an ND, Michelle has her Masters Degree, and is a PhD candidate in the field of Community Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University ( pv=1)

Michelle Everest Professional Affiliations
• Michelle Everest is licensed to practice naturopathic medicine in the province of Ontario (
– Clients may be eligible for private or employer insurance reimbursements for ND visits where applicable

• Michelle is a member in good standing with the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors ( and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (

Michelle Everest Professional Affiliations
• In addition to her private clinical practice in Toronto, Michelle Everest is a part-time faculty member of the Department of Psychology at the
– University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario ( and – Kings University College ( hology/index.html)

• Michelle currently teaches courses within the Psychology department in the areas of Human Sexuality and Health Psychology
– Previous part-time appointment at Wilfrid Laurier University (2005) teaching health psychology

Naturopathic Medicine
Addresses the Mind

Addresses the body

Addresses the spirit

What are the principles of Naturopathic Medicine?
• Doctor as teacher • Primum no nocere - First do no harm • Vis mediatrix naturae - Work with the healing powers of nature • Tolle causam - Treat the cause • Treat the whole person

How are Doctors of Naturopathic Medicine trained?
• Academic Prerequisites to apply to an accredited Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine Diploma Program:
• Completion of 3 years of full-time university credits or equivalent part-time credits • 6 prerequisite science courses

• ND Program:
– 3200 hours of academic training (3 years full-time) – 1500 hours of clinical training (1 year)

Academic curriculum
• 3 Primary Areas of Study
– Basic Medical sciences: Anatomy, histology, physiology, biochemistry, microbiology, immunology (classroom instruction, labs, tutorials) – Clinical Disciplines: Physical & clinical diagnosis, differential & laboratory diagnosis, radiology, naturopathic assessment, orthopedics and the Principles and philosophy of naturopathic medicine – Naturopathic Disciplines: Acupuncture/TCM, botanical medicine, homoeopathic medicine, clinical nutrition, massage & hydrotherapy, vertebral manipulation, lifestyle counseling
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Clinical curriculum
• 1500 hours of supervised clinical internship hours for hands-on learning with clients • In Ontario Sites include
– Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic located at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, Toronto, Ontario – Satellite clinics within metropolitan Toronto
• Sherbourne Health Centre • Anishnawbe Health Centre • Anne Johnston Health Station

• 2 Year post-graduate residency program (optional)

Board licensing examinations
• Written in year 2 and after year 4 of the program
– Year 2 examinations include: 5 basic medical science exams – Year 4 examinations include: 15 clinical science, jurisprudence and practicum examinations

• While students graduate after 4 years of study as Doctors of Naturopathic Medicine, they must pass their International Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examination (NABNE/NPLEX as above) in order to be registered as a licensed Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine

ND Regulation
• Regulated provinces in Canada include: British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Ontario • In Ontario
– Naturopathic Medicine has been a regulated profession since 1925 – Regulation of NDs occurs under the Drugless Practitioners Act (DPA), Reg 278 – Inclusion in the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA) is pending – Ontario regulating body is the Board of Directors Drugless Therapy-Naturopathy (BDDT-N)

Scope of naturopathic medicine
• Defined by each regulated province • In Ontario, the scope of Naturopathic Medicine includes:
– – – – – – – – Primary practice Ordering and performance of diagnostic tests Venipuncture Oriental medicine and acupuncture Homeopathy Botanical Medicine Homeopathic medicine Mechanotherapy

Naturopathic treatment modalities
• • • • • • • • Traditional Chinese Medicine Homeopathy Botanical Medicine Clinical Nutrition Bodywork (massage, hydrotherapy, Bowen) Vertebral Manipulation Lifestyle counseling Intravenous therapy* (additional training and licensing required)

Traditional Chinese Medicine
• A comprehensive medicine based on theories and practices that are at least 2,500 years old • Includes acupuncture, Eastern herbal medicines (decoctions, teas, patent pill medications) • Body and mind seen as integrated – one affects the other. • Optimal flow of energy or Qi through meridians of the body ensures good health. Blockages of Qi through depletion of one or more meridians leads to illness and disease • Treatment involves addressing deficiencies and excess Qi and returning the body to balance and health

TCM assessment includes Tongue and Pulse Diagnosis
• The tongue areas represent different meridian systems within the body • The pulses are taken bilaterally at three different point and three different levels to assess the health status • This information is crossreferenced with client’s signs and symptoms as revealed through the initial consultation/intake process

Traditional Chinese Medicine Herbs, Cupping and Acupuncture

• Based on the work of 18th century German physician Samuel Hahnemann • Dilution and succussion (shaking) of animal, plant and mineral components in solution • Based on the principle of “like cures like” • Most widely practiced system of medicine around the world

A common question that is asked…What is the difference between a naturopath and a homeopath?
Naturopathic Doctors: • Homeopathy is one modality that NDs learn during their training program • Homeopathic medicine is applied according to classic homeopathic principles and/or combination therapy • Regulated under ND profession designation/license Homeopaths • Training is intensive in homeopathic theory, patient interviewing and prescribing for 4 years • Currently unregulated (anyone can practice) • More information available through the Ontario Homeopathic Association

Botanical Medicine
• Western Herbalism includes tinctures, teas, decoctions of plant substances for therapeutic application • Herbal medicines have a medicinal component, an energetic component • Herbs often have an affinity for particular organs or system within the body • Herbs can be used alone or in combination

Botanical medicine is applicable to addressing issues related to the Endocrine System (and other)

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Clinical Nutrition
• Food is therapeutic • Applied correctly, clinical nutrition can support healing, and prevent disease
– Heart disease prevention – Diabetes control – Autoimmune disease support

The Digestive System is a key component of health and immunity

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Bodywork: Massage and Hydrotherapy
• Massage muscles to break down lactic acid build up • Hydrotherapy is the therapeutic use of hot and cold water
– Ice packs – Steam inhalation

• Other bodywork: Bowen Therapy

Vertebral Manipulation
• Treatment of neuromusculoskeletal issues and subluxations • Treatments address issues including but not limited to:
– – – – Acute and chronic low back pain Neck and shoulder pain Headaches, migraines Sciatica

• NDs often apply combination therapies and/or work in an interdisciplinary fashion with chiropractors

Lifestyle Counseling
• Work-Life balance • Focusing on the self • Meditation and breathing techniques to assist individuals in being in the moment, stress management • Assistance with smoking cessation, curbing addictive behaviors (drugs, alcohol dependence, disordered eating) • Addressing stressors that affect wellness

Naturopathic Medicine is congruent with prevention and health promotion
• The is value congruence between the principles of naturopathic medicine and the tenets of health promotion • The Ottawa charter acknowledges that health is influenced by mental, physical and geographical environments • The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health promotion as “The process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health” (Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion, 1986)

Recommended reference materials and resources
Beinfield, Harriet & Korngold, Efrem. 1991. Between Heaven and Earth: A Guide to Chinese Medicine. New York: Ballantine. Dharam Kaur, Sat. 2000. A Call to Women: The Healthy Breast Program & Workbook. Kingston: Quarry Press. Kaptchuk, Ted J. 1983. The Web that has no Weaver: Understanding Chinese Medicine. Chicago: Congdon & Weed.

Murray,Michael & Pizzorno, J. 1998. Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine (2nd Ed). Rocklin: Prima Publishing.
Pitchford, Paul. 1993. Healing with whole foods: Oriental traditions and modern nutrition. Berkeley: North Atlantic Books


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