Meet Dr. Anne
I’m passionate about period literacy and women’s health advocacy. My expertise is in the areas of menstrual health, PCOS, and plant-based fertility. Basically, I love talking about periods, hormones, and how to live in harmony with our bodies. As women, our hormones fluctuate over the span of our cycle. When we educate ourselves and honour that ebb and flow, life makes more sense and we become more resilient. When we have our health available to us, we are more compassionate, creative, full of life, and kind.
My first period came as a surpise to me and I was caught unaware. Then, I had irregular cycles that were not explained to me and I was put on birth control for them – the side-effects of this pill were not explained to me (I’m not anti-pill, but I am pro-choice). This was on top of a genetic form of anaemia called thalassaemia which led to fatigue and irritability. I realized through my education that I had PCOS and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and then I started investigating and healing my body using plant-based medicine.
Having been through all of this, I know that hope, energy, and good health can seem very elusive; however, they can be attained. Healing, like any journey in life, can be an uncomfortable and turbulent path, but this journey is also filled with joy and growth. Today, I have regular cycles, the best B12 and iron levels I’ve ever had, and I am fulfilling my mission of supporting other women. Together, you and I will work towards transforming your health and life.
I look forward to meeting you and being a part of your health journey.
Apart from seeing patients and teaching all the women I can about their bodies, I love eating chocolate, hugging trees (see above!), drinking tea, reading, doing arts and crafts, hosting intimate community events, talking to my plants, travelling, and taking baths. I also play alto sax with my town’s concert band – Aurora Community Band – and serve on its board of directors.
I love giving back to the community at large in a variety of ways and regularly volunteer with Naturopaths Without Borders as a supervising clinician serving the hill tribe communities in northern Thailand (check out this wonderful organization: www.nwb.ngo).
Education & Training
I obtained my naturopathic medical education at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine after completing a 5-year co-op BSc Honours program in Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences at McMaster University. I am a member in good standing with the College of Naturopaths of Ontario and belong to the Canadian & Ontario Associations of Naturopathic Doctors. I regularly volunteer with Naturopaths Without Borders as a supervising clinician in Thailand (check out this wonderful organization: www.nwb.ngo).
During my naturopathic studies, I completed an externship in Cap Haitien, Haiti with Naturopaths Without Borders and at the Sherbourne Naturopathic Health Centre in Toronto. I obtained training as a naturopathic doula with Dr. Jessica Sangiuliano, ND, and have seen many women through their pregnancies and post-partum periods. I’ve also obtained additional training in herbalism with John Redden, RH, cognitive behavioural therapy with Dr. David Denis, ND, facial rejuvenation acupuncture with Virginia Doran, ND, and iridology with Edie Pett.