Like many of my patients, I experienced some serious health problems throughout my life. After various drug prescriptions and surgeries, I was left to wonder if there was something more, another solution. I attended the University of Western Ontario in London and started on my journey to become a doctor. Growing up I always wanted to be a doctor and my parents encouraged me in my decision. However, the health issues I was having impeded my studies and I was forced to change my major. I chose Philosophy as my major of study. Philosophical studies shone a new light on my experiences with health care. I began to analyze everything around me and I had a renewed sense of empowerment with my new found knowledge. Although I wanted to be a doctor, I realized I didn't want to work within the current medical paradigm.
I sought new career choices with all the resources at my disposal. One day, I stumbled across The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) on the internet. The first thing I read was the principles of naturopathic medicine and they resonated with me immediately. Finally, a system of medicine with its foundations in harmony with nature! When I read them from a philosophical perspective, it all made logical sense. I knew in an instant this is what I would do for the rest of my life. Still, my academic brain needed confirmation on my decision and I continued to research naturopathic medicine. With my Honors Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy nearly complete, I enrolled at CCNM.
I attended CCNM, which has a four-year post-secondary program for Naturopathic Medicine. At CCNM I studied the art and science of naturopathic medicine, all the while working towards my health goals. With the treatment from my naturopathic doctor, my health improved dramatically over those four years, despite the rigours of the academic program. My health changes did not occur overnight, and they were not always easy, but the end result is beyond any reward you can imagine. I have been very inspired and motivated by my naturopathic doctors and by my personal success in reaching my health goals.
CCNM provided me with additional educational opportunities such as working with the Aboriginal Community at Anishnawbe Health Toronto and treating children on a specialty pediatric rotation at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic. The experience I gained has enlightened me to the many needs in our community and I have been further motivated in my work by the success of my patients. The connection between individuals and their environment has proven crucial in treatment. Through these observations, I have developed a keen interest in environmental medicine.
In my practice, I aspire to meet my patients at their level and work towards their personal health goals. I aim to reconnect people to the power of their daily decisions to engage them in the process of change in the present moment. My overall vision is to raise awareness about health to inspire, empower and guide people to make positive changes in their lives.
Professional Memberships & Affiliations
Tara is also registered, board-certified and licensed as a Naturopathic Doctor with the Board of Directors of Drugless Therapists - Naturopathy (BDDT-N). The BDDT-N is the regulating board for naturopathic medicine in Ontario.