Sault Ste. Marie is my home, and has always been. Even when I lived in Southern Ontario for the past 14 years. Much to the confusion of my Toronto friends and colleagues, over the past decade, I have never stopped calling it home.
Years ago, like many young people, I took my small town ideals and values, packed up for university and ventured down south for education that was only offered there. After getting my undergraduate degree at Western, I moved to Toronto, studied naturopathic medicine for 4 years, wrote my board exams and became registered as a naturopathic doctor.
Toronto afforded me unique and diverse opportunities to gain valuable practice experience. Among my favourite was working at a downtown Aboriginal health facility. With smudging sage filling the building and having the honour to work among many healthcare providers, including traditional healers, elders and medicine people, it inspired the re-connection to my Métis heritage.
When my grandmother passed away in 2013, I missed home even more. It motivated me to put my priorities in perspective and consider what mattered most to me. Growing up, she always told me to listen to my heart, and that’s exactly what I did. I took a leap of faith, relocated to my cherished hometown in 2015. I am truly beyond thrilled to be back.
Since I have moved back to Sault Ste. Marie, people regularly ask, “Do you miss Toronto?”. Although I enjoyed my time in Toronto, met so many amazing friends and had such incredible patients there, I longed to come home. I am so happy I had my time in the big city and wouldn’t change anything. Now I’m grateful to be immersed in beautiful landscapes, to be with my family and life-long friends, and to be back in the place where my heart never left.
How I Can Help
Tara is registered as a Naturopathic Doctor with The College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO). CONO is the regulating board for naturopathic medicine in Ontario. In addition, Tara is a Registered Acupuncturist with The College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (CTCMPAO).
I’m Crysta, the new receptionist here at Natural Health Centre.
I’m proud to call Sault Ste. Marie my hometown. I graduated from Sault College with a diploma in Business, but eventually discovered my passion for healthcare while working in a health centre. I decided this year to upgrade my education to include a course in medical terminology so that I could pursue a career that focuses on health and wellness. I am so glad that it led me here. I’m hoping to bring some fresh new ideas to the office in order to make every one of your visits better than the last.
On the personal side, I love to cook and bake so I can often be found in my kitchen whipping up new and exciting recipes for my family. I enjoy camping and vegetable gardening in the summer, and spend most of the winter dreaming of tropical islands.
I’m really looking forward to getting to know you and bringing a smile to your day when you come through the door.