Trained in Medicine in Colombia, South America, Paola realized that there is more to health than simply treating disease. Given her curiosity about the role of lifestyle and diet on our health, she embarked on a mission to help her family, her community, and her patients become healthier.
I completed my Medical degree in Colombia, South America, and while I saw how impactful and effective the treatments I was learning were, I was left with the sense that people needed more than a quick 10-minute visit.
Living in Canada and having a family of my own has helped solidify the notion that health is much more than the absence of disease. In an effort to make our family's lives healthier, I learned the importance of nutrition, exercise, stress management, and reducing unnecessary environmental exposures to prevent the onset of disease. I also became curious about the role of different natural treatments, such as botanicals, vitamins and minerals on the treatment and prevention of disease.
Training in Naturopathic Medicine provided the perfect opportunity to approach health from a more holistic angle. I can continue to use the clinical and diagnostic skills acquired through medical school, while employing traditional and science-based treatment modalities to address disease and restore health.
As a board-certified Naturopathic Doctor, I focus on women’s health, chronic disease management, gastro-intestinal issues, skin concerns, autoimmune disorders, mental-emotional health, healthy aging senior care.
WHY SEEKING AN INTEGRATIVE APPROACH TO HEALTH?
I practice in an Integrative fashion, honoring both my conventional and Naturopathic trainings.
Naturopathic Medicine seeks to stimulate the body's innate ability to heal and treat the symptoms as well as underlying cause of disease. Naturopathic Medicine emphasizes in the important role Doctors play in helping their patients understand the basis of health and illness, and recognizes that disease prevention and health promotion are equally essential.
Through an Integrative approach, I can:
Employ safe and effective, science-based natural and integrative treatments to tackle different health issues.
Recognize when conventional medicine is better suited to the needs of the individual patient.
Establish a true partnership with my patients to enable them to become active participants in their wellness journey.
Approach each individual's case from a patient-centered, rather than an disease-centered paradigm.
Consider all factors that influence health, wellness and disease, including mind, body, spirit and community.