A New Leaf Naturopathic Clinic offers the lower mainland a “one-stop-shop” for alternative medicine. Dr. Alison Vandekerkhove, ND 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, ND 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, ND
Dr. Alison Vandekerkhove, ND 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, ND is a strong believer in scientific-based holistic health care. Dr. Alison, ND has extensive knowledge and training in hormones with the treatment of hormonal imbalances and bio-identical hormone therapy. Beyond being a licensed Naturopathic physician, Dr. Alison, ND has further training in chelation therapy, prolotherapy, IV therapy and acupuncture. Dr. Alison, ND is also working on a Masters of Science in Metabolic Nutrition specializing in hormone treatments.
Dr. James R. Conway, ND
As a primary health care provider, I focus on my patients’ overall health and well-being 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.
Dr. Johanna Brouwer, ND
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 naturopathic physician 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 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. Mihaela Chirhei, ND
Dr Mihaela Chirhei’s, ND passion for health and wellbeing was incited at a young age and her path towards naturopathic medicine was solidified once she learned of the vast array of tools NDs can use to help patients. During her early years in Moldova, she was exposed to the value of holistic healing and felt drawn towards this model of care. Later on, while studying for a Bachelor of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University she further recognized the value of a preventative approach and the various influences on our state of health. Dr Chirhei, ND completed her naturopathic medical training at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in New Westminster. Her primary modalities include nutrition and lifestyle counselling, botanical medicine & traditional Chinese medicine. She has received additional certifications in intravenous (IV) therapy, acupuncture, naturopathic advanced life support and maintains prescribing authority.
Sam Middleton – Clinic Manager
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 clinic manager and MLA here at A New Leaf, 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.
I appreciate the fact that I work with a team who values and encourages 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.