Unsure how I would get through the year, let alone the rest of my life I sobbed on the phone to my Mom. My body became an unsafe place to live, feelings of anxiety were creeping in and I didn’t know what to expect next.
After years on and off medications and a recent surgery that was successful by all conventional standards, my health was failing me. As a straight A student, suddenly my academic future was in question. The certain path I thought I was on crumbled beneath my feet.
At the peak of fear and suffering is where I found my calling. It was also, I discovered, the solution to health issues that plagued me for years.
I had never heard of Naturopathic Medicine until I came across a humble table at a career fair. Once I read the principles of this foreign form of healthcare, I knew this is what I would do for the rest of my life. Having been a philosophy major in University while taking a lot of science courses, it was the perfect blend of art and science. It made sense of the intuitions I had about my own body and this approach to providing healthcare deeply resonated with me.
I booked my first appointment with a naturopathic doctor. At our first consultation it was the first time in my life I had been asked so much detail about my health. She posed thoughtful questions I’d never been asked and drew insightful connections between patterns I wasn’t seeing. I could feel she really cared as she shared her captivating knowledge with me. She was supportive and excited to witness my improvements. This profound experience was the first of many confirming signs that I was on the right track in my health and in my new career direction.
After graduating with my honours undergraduate degree at Western, I moved to Toronto, studied naturopathic medicine for 4 years and wrote my board exams to become registered as a naturopathic doctor.
A decade in Toronto afforded me unique and diverse opportunities to gain valuable practice experience. Among my favourite was working at a downtown Aboriginal health facility. With smudged sage filling the building and having the honour to work among diverse 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, 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.
All my experience to date has illuminated the love I have for women’s health in my community. It’s a privilege to work with incredibly brave women who are not willing to settle for just feeling “okay”. Resilience is my passion and I help women achieve it through optimal health and hormonal wellness. Witnessing someone’s perspective shift to a new level of self-awareness that will lead to higher health – that’s what gets me out of bed every morning. I am grateful for every day I am given to support my patients the way I was supported on my journey.
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).
Hello! My name is Barb and I am the receptionist here at the Natural Health Centre.
I was born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie and met my husband here. After we married, his job led us to Elliot Lake for 4 years and then to North Bay for 14 years. We raised our two children there and most recently my husband’s job promotion brought us all back home.
We are thrilled to be back, closer to our parents and family and to reconnect with old friends. I am excited at the opportunity to make your visit to our office a pleasant experience. I look forward to meeting you.