Dr. Erin Kasparek, ND
After completing an honours degree in Bio-medical Sciences at the University of Guelph, Erin pursued her naturopathic medical studies at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto. She is a member of the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND), the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND) and holds a license through the Board of Directors of Drugless Therapy – Naturopathy (BDDT-N).
As a Naturopathic Doctor, Erin’s agenda is to guide individuals through their health goals by thoroughly assessing then addressing the cause of their complaints. Combining a strong knowledge of the power and safety of natural therapies with modern scientific evidence, she assists those looking for alternatives as well as those choosing to combine natural and conventional medicines.
During her clinical internship at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic, she developed a special interest in treating pediatric patients. She gained experience co-managing the health and wellness of people living with HIV as well as members of the LGBTTTIQ community while working at the Sherbourne Health Centre.
Expanding on her skills, Erin has sought out further training as a naturopathic doula, assisting women leading up to, during and after their pregnancies. She is certified in Bioflex low intensity laser therapy for pain, inflammatory and dermatological conditions. In addition to providing traditional acupuncture therapy, Erin may use electro-acupuncture for pain management and musculoskeletal injuries.
Erin Kasparek offers 15-minute complimentary meet and greet appointments for individuals to learn more about naturopathic medicine and its role in their personal health goals. She may be contacted for community and corporate speaking engagements.
Understanding Naturopathic Medicine
Holistic Medicine: An approach to healthcare that is based on the understanding that an individual’s health needs do not fit into separate compartments; rather, all parts of the body work together while influenced by the mind and the environment. For example, mental stress can lead to physical exhaustion, frequent colds and back pain. Long-term anger is associated with increased risk of heart disease. When the liver and digestive organs are not doing their jobs effectively, the skin suffers. While it may be appropriate to treat each system separately, it is more effective to address the underlying cause of dysfunction, and then allow the rest of the pieces fall naturally back into balance.
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health in equally simple terms:
Naturopathic Medicine: A medical discipline that espouses holistic theory and uses natural methods of healing. Depending on your personal health care philosophy and needs, naturopathic medicine can be a primary method of health care or complimentary to conventional medicine.
Naturopathic medicine aims to identify the root cause of illness rather than masking the symptoms. By addressing the disruptive cause, the body is able to shift itself back into optimal health with the help of supportive therapies.
Patients can expect a thorough assessment including a detailed history and a non-invasive physical exam, which leads to a naturopathic diagnosis. A detailed treatment plan is provided and progress is monitored periodically at follow-up appointments.
It is the responsibility of the holistic naturopath to teach principles of preventative medicine and provide guidance to individuals on achieving the state of health that they desire. This fosters a dynamic partnership in the healing process.