A New Leaf Naturopathic Clinic offers the lower mainland a “one-stop-shop” for alternative medicine. Dr. Alison Vandekerkhove combines a wide range of approaches to naturopathic healthcare including, acupuncture, bio-identical hormone prescription, spinal manipulation, deep tissue massage, prolotherapy, neural therapy, IV therapies, nutritional support, homeopathy, herbal treatments and prescriptions. At A New Leaf, patients also enjoy the convenience of in house laboratory testing to better discern the root of their health concerns. These tests range from food sensitivities to hormone panels. A New Leaf is on the cutting edge of naturopathic medicine. The clinic’s practitioners are committed to continually learning and evolving as naturopathic physicians and are driven to work with patients, as well as their existing medical team, to resolve the hidden causes of chronic disease. Dr. Vandekerkhove works with patients to adapt treatments to each patient’s unique lifestyle choices. All doctors at A New Leaf have full prescription rights.
Dr. Alison Vandekerkhove
Dr. Alison Vandekerkhove earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of British Columbia and went on to study as a pioneer student at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine. Dr. Vandekerkhove, affectionately known by patients as Dr. Alison, treats a wide array of health concerns from infant and children’s health to seniors’ concerns. She is particularly interested in treating arthritis, digestive health, women’s health, anxiety, cardiovascular health, allergies, and skin conditions. Dr. Alison is a strong believer in scientific-based holistic health care. Dr. Alison has extensive knowledge and training in endocrinology with the treatment of hormonal imbalances and bio-identical hormone therapy. Beyond being a licensed Naturopathic physician, Dr. Alison has further training in chelation therapy, prolotherapy, IV therapy and acupuncture. Dr. Alison is also working on a Masters of Science in Metabolic Nutrition specializing in hormone treatments.
I am the clinic manager and an MLA here at A New Leaf Naturopathic. I did my training at Northern Lights College for Business Administration and my certification for MLA at CSLMS, as well as additional training from BCIT in phlebotomy and venipuncture.
Being able to be a part of our patient’s treatment and recovery is an aspect of my job which I value greatly. I get the chance to know people on a personal level, as they share their happiness and sadness with me and I get to be a part of their lives in a meaningful way. Having casual conversations with patients centered around healthy living and swapping work-outs and recipes, have resulted in some amazing friendships. As manager, I have the privilege of cultivating a friendly and nurturing environment in the clinic where every patient is treated individually and with respect.
I started at A New Leaf Naturopathic Clinic in March of 2016 as both a lab assistant and receptionist. After finishing my MLA training at Stenberg, I interviewed for an available position here at A New Leaf which combined reception and lab work, allowing me to work with people in a facilitating and tactile way. As an MLA here at the clinic I get to create an environment in the lab for children and adults who are anxious about blood draws by making them feel as comfortable as possible; whether that means telling knock-knock jokes, or letting the patients lie down and get comfy with blankets and pillows.
As a mom of one very cool girl, I appreciate the fact that I work with a team of women who value and encourage a balance between work, family, and health for patients and staff. As opposed to working in a lab or hospital, I have the chance to get to know patients by name and the conversations I get to have with patients either in the lab, IV room, or front desk end up being the highlight of my day.
Dr. Susan Steeves
Dr. Susan Steeves received her Bachelor of Science (Dietetics) from the University of British Columbia. She later went on within UBC’s Health Psychology Department to study the effects of caregiver stress. After leaving UBC, she attended Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine to pursue her Naturopathic Doctor designation.
Dr. Steeves combines her strong scientific knowledge with advanced laboratory testing to provide the best naturopathic patient-centred care. Her background in dietetics makes her an ideal choice to the treat many conditions including food sensitivities, weight gain, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and other gastrointestinal issues.
Dr. Steeves has a special interest in the diagnosis and treatment of many issues beginning in our forties including hormone imbalances, insulin resistance, high cholesterol, and depression.
Dr. Johanna Brouwer
Dr. Brouwer is currently on maternity leave.
I had a roundabout journey of discovering naturopathic medicine – through exposure as an EMT, a medical caseworker for refugees, and travels through Tanzania and Ecuador, I quickly realized the limitations of conventional medicine. What ultimately inspired me were my studies in public health in Ecuador, where I had the chance to discover how rural communities depend on certain herbs and plants for common ailments. I knew that health and wellness had to exist beyond just a diagnosis and pharmaceutical treatment. I wanted to know more and wanted to be involved in a type of medical care that treated a person instead of a disease, and focused on preventive care. So when my mother started seeing a naturopath and I had a chance to discuss my own questions with her ND, I felt like I had finally found a place in the medical field that I could truly stand behind.
As a new mom I have a passion for helping parents and kids, but I love to treat the whole family, with a focus in digestive health and endocrinology (hormones). I love having the opportunity to teach my patients how their bodies work, and how they can manage their own health and healing. I believe everyone deserves a chance to learn about their bodies and to understand their treatment options – this leads to greater self-care, empowerment, and wellness.
Dr. James R. Conway
As a primary health care provider, I focus on my patients’ overall health and wellbeing by ensuring I ask detailed questions, perform physical exams, and run diagnostic tests when they are indicated. I may recommend more detailed testing or refer to another practitioner in order to optimize the care and safety of each of my patients. I am adamant that each of my patients is well informed and consents to each step of their medical care. I take extra care to make sure my patients know that they are riding in the front seat when it comes to their health; they have the right to make their own informed decisions about all services that I offer.
I choose evidence-based treatments and modify them to work for each of my patients. Patient safety is my top priority! Some of the tools that I rely on are clinical nutrition, lifestyle counselling, vitamin and nutrient therapies, homeopathy, supplementation, physical medicine and acupuncture. I recommend intravenous (IV) therapy and use prescription medications when required for my patients’ health needs.
Alma is a medical laboratory technician at A New Leaf Naturopathic Clinic. She attended Stenberg College and graduated with her MLA certification. Alma taught at Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine.
With experience as a surgical assistant, nurse technician, medical laboratory technician, and licensed nursing assistant, Alma joins our practice with a heavily educated background in the medical field. She enjoys working in a continuous learning environment and finds the benefits from Naturopathic Medicine rewarding. Alma makes sure patients feel comfortable at our clinic by creating a positive work environment and treating each individual with respect and care.