Jennifer Luck is founder and owner of the Somerset Health and Wellness Centre. She favors simple and gentle treatments to restore health and works with each patient to develop a unique and personalized plan. She is a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, one of only 2 colleges in Canada offering the 4-year program required to become a licensed N.D. During her medical training, she gained advanced clinical experience working at the Sherbourne centre for individuals with HIV and AIDS. In 2005, she trained as a doula through DONA (Doulas of North America) and volunteered as a birth coach with Jessie`s Centre for pregnant teens. She has pursued extra training in the treatment of SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth).
What led you to become a naturopathic doctor?
I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Medicine from McGill University and had to decide between my 2 passions: becoming a doctor or chasing monkeys through the rainforest. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to work with people or monkeys. So I deferred my start of med school by a year so I could pursue a research opportunity in Brazil. After a few months chasing monkeys through the jungle, it became clear to me that I wanted to work with people!
Why should patients choose you as their naturopathic doctor?
As the clinic owner of the Somerset Health and Wellness Centre, I have 10 years of experience as a naturopathic doctor in Ottawa and have treated a wide range of conditions. I treat my patients as though they are a close family member. I take my time to get to know you and what is happening in your life…weddings, births, deaths in the family, a new move…all of it gets discussed during our visits as it certainly affects your health. Many laughs are shared as we work together to get you back to a place of health.
What are the top 3 treatments that you have a special interest in?
- Digestive issues such as SIBO, IBS, Crohn’s, reflux, Celiac disease and other digestive ailments
- Fertility (men and women)
What are you proud of in your practice?
I am proud of how many patients send their loved ones to see me. I love treating entire families and find it really enhances their care when I can see the full family history for myself
Which cases do you enjoy treating? Why?
I love treating digestive issues or “irritable Bowel Syndrome” such as bloating, gas, diarrhoea and constipation. Many patients suffer with these symptoms and don’t find much relief with conventional medicine. Naturopathic medicine works wonders on restoring gut health.
What is your greatest accomplishment to date?
In 2010, I gave birth to my daughter and became the first woman to deliver a breech baby naturally on hands and knees at the Ottawa General Hospital – and somehow it made headlines! To read the full story from the Ottawa Citizen click here. The CBC radio program “All in A Day” interviewed my obstetrician about my daughter’s breech birth. To read the transcript click here.
In 2013, I presented my story at the annual conference for the Association of Ontario Midwives. I am pleased to offer private consultations and guidance to women who are interested in pursuing a vaginal breech birth. In 2013, I delivered my second child, Finn, peacefully at home via waterbirth (head down)!!
What do you do for fun?
In my spare time I enjoy cross country skiing, cooking and trying to get my kids to eat their veggies!