Hi, I’m Dr. Swalah!
Naturopathic medicine has been an important and integral part of my life. Growing up, my family relied on natural medicine for common aches and ailments. My passion for naturopathic medicine was ignited when I began seeing a naturopathic doctor. I was impressed with the amount of time he took with me, evident that he was trying to understand my health concerns as best as possible. I also admired the holistic and individualized treatment plan my naturopathic doctor made for me. And above all, I loved the way I was feeling – more energetic, happier and resilient.
I have a clinical focus in skin health, digestive health and women’s health. I believe that the skin is an outward reflection of what’s happening internally, therefore, making it crucial to address the various internal factors that contribute to chronic skin conditions. I also enjoy addressing digestive concerns, like irritable bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, acid reflex, chronic liver disease along with women’s health concerns. I use evidence-based therapies to create a custom treatment plans for my patients, helping to address the root cause and manage the presenting symptoms.
I am a licensed Naturopathic Doctor registered with the College of Naturopaths of Ontario. I completed my doctorate of naturopathy at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. I also have an Bachelor of Applied Science from Ryerson University focusing on Nutrition and Food Science. I’m also in the midst of advanced IV therapy training, making this treatment available to her patients soon!
My mission is to help and support you in accomplishing your health goals. I want to help you feel more confident in your own skin and help you live your best, healthy life. I believe beautiful skin begins with supporting the foundations of health – the food we eat, how much we move, sleep and how we manage stress. I’d love to support you in your health journey!
“I support patients with their skin concerns by addressing internal factors, helping them look and feel beautiful inside and out!”
What is Naturopathic Medicine
Naturopathic medicine is an alternative form of medicine, one that enables the body’s natural healing mechanism to prevent and treat health conditions. Naturopathic medicine provides an individualized approach to healthcare, with a key philosophy that all disease, illness and presentation is not the same for each person. Naturopathic doctors conduct a thorough patient intake and use laboratory diagnostic tests to obtain a better health picture and discover what factors are being impacted. A naturopathic doctor also learns what biological, hormonal and physiological imbalances are occurring in order to determine what natural, evidence-based treatments will benefit the patient the most.
Naturopathic Medicine is a regulated health profession in Ontario, with approximately 4100 hours of classroom training along with 1200 of supervised clinical experience. To become a naturopathic doctor 4 years of pre-medical education is required followed by 4 years of naturopathic education from an accredited school. After completing a rigorous and comprehensive curriculum and graduating, students have to successfully complete 2 theory- based licensing exams along with one practical licensing exam in order to become a licensed naturopathic doctor. Naturopathic doctors are also required to remain up to date with current research, treatment protocols and disease management by earning continuing education credits. The College of Naturopaths of Ontario is the regulatory body that ensures that naturopathic doctors are up to date in their credentials and fit to practice in Ontario under the Naturopathy Act of 2007.
The Naturopathic Principles
- First, Do No Harm – by determining the most non-invasive and least toxic treatments necessary for each patient.
- The Healing Power of Nature – by utilizing the body’s inherent ability to heal itself.
- Identify and Treat the Causes – by identifing , addressing and removing the underlying causes of disease.
- Doctor as Teacher – by educating, supporting & empowering patients on personal health management
- Treat the Whole Person – by treating the patient, not the disease and addressing the nutritional status, lifestyle, family history, physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental and social factors in a person’s life.
- Prevention – by promoting a focus on overall health, wellness and disease prevention.