Dr Erin Kasparek is a Naturopathic Doctor accepting patients in the Ottawa area. After graduating from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, she became a licensed practitioner with the College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO). She has further training in pediatric care, biomedical treatment for autism, bio-identical hormone prescribing, as well as doula training to support women in labour.
What led you to become a ND?
I have always been interested in the biology of the human body, which led me to complete a Bachelors degree in Bio medical Science at the University of Guelph. I knew that I wanted to work with patients, but I did not want to perform surgery or prescribe medications as a sole treatment. When I discovered Naturopathic Medicine, I had found my perfect fit!
Why should patients choose you as their ND?
In my practice, treatment may start with an acute health concern, but I am most interested in preventive wellness care. I see naturopathic medicine as a team approach, where we are equally invested in your health outcomes. I approach each patient interaction as if I am your guide in a dynamic progression through the lifetime. I also like to use an eclectic approach: some patients will receive acupuncture; some benefit most from herbal therapy, others from dietary changes. I try to meet patients where they are and find the most appropriate strategies that suit their specific lifestyle.
What are the top 3 treatments that you have a special interest in?
- Women’s Health: PMS, Menstrual irregularities, pregnancy care, postpartum mood concerns, menopausal transition
- Fatigue, including sleep disorders, thyroid and adrenal health and nutritional deficiencies
- Pediatric wellness
What are you proud of in your practice?
I am most proud of my ability to share my expertise. My mission is teaching individuals and families about their own health, how to interpret their symptoms, understand their bodies, and feel empowered to effect change within themselves.
Which cases do you enjoy treating? Why?
I love treating patients whose health status lies in the grey zone: individuals who are searching for a feeling of optimal wellness, and who may not yet have a diagnosed “disease”.
The body is like a puzzle, and investigating dietary factors, nutritional deficiencies, organ system function, hormonal health and lifestyle influences makes all the difference in determining a solution. Finding the root of the issue and addressing it also allows for lasting resolution.
What do you do for fun?
I am happiest when outdoors. In the summers, I like to play tennis, swim and cycle.
In the winters, I am happy to try new recipes and zen out in a yoga class.