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Shayla Garland, Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic (RSNC) intern!

Just two nights ago, I did a lecture on detoxification for the beautiful women of The Ladies' Rhythm & Movement Club! I would like to not only thank them for having me and for being a most wonderful audience, but for motivating me to get this website and blog up.

This is my intro post to what we do at the RSNC. After 3 long hard years of post-graduate studies in everything from Physiology, Anatomy, and Pharmacology to Botanical Medicine, Asian Medicine, and Clinical Nutrition, we 4th years have finally made it to clinic! Most of us started in May and we will all have a full year of clinical experience before we graduate. We practice at the RSNC (and other satellite clinics) 4 days per week under the supervision of a licensed Naturopathic Doctor. We treat everything from eczema to urinary tract infections to irritable bowel syndrome to migraines to benign prostatic hyperplasia to.... (etc, etc.) In other words, we treat everything that walks in the door!

In our practice, we follow the principles of naturopathic medicine, which you can find here. We use many different modalities to treat our patients, including but not limited to Clinical Nutrition, Lifestyle Counselling, Botanical Medicine, Asian Medicine (including acupuncture), Homeopathy, Hydrotherapy, and Physical Medicine (including massage, manipulation). Furthermore, what makes our practice even more unique, is the application of the therapeutic order. In short, we first try to remove obstacles to cure, for as the name alludes, they will literally impede the healing process. Obstacles could be factors such as insufficient nutrition, improper sleep, and emotional conflicts. We focus on the whole person and returning them to a healthy lifestyle. We stimulate the self-healing processes that exist within every person. When these conditions have been set, we then treat with the most basic and fundamental therapies to gently nudge the body back into balance. Only after that do we get specific and directly treat a pathology.

There are times when we skip ahead a few steps because it is necessary (i.e. treating debilitating pain or insomnia so that they can focus on healing), but in general this is the process of our practice. The way that we practice brings all of the patient's concerns together to see underlying themes in their disease processes. The way that we practice takes into account the many factors that could affect one's health, including the mental, emotional, spiritual and social facets. The way that we practice involves a holistic healing that changes the patient's whole life instead of just their physiology.

Appointments at the RSNC are 45 minutes to an hour long. New patients will receive a complete screening physical examination and a very comprehensive treatment plan. As we are a teaching clinic, the prices are much less than licensed NDs, and you will receive the same quality of care. The RSNC is also right at Leslie station on the Sheppard subway line [Or just off the 401 at Leslie St (read: Ikea!)].

My hours are:

Tuesday 8:45-1

Wednesday 10:45-3

Thursday 2:45-7

Friday 2:45-7

You can call the clinic at 416.498.9763 to book an appointment with myself or any of the naturopathic interns.

We hope to see you soon!


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