Dr. Poonam Patel, BSc, ND, is a registered and licensed Naturopathic Doctor. She graduated from the University of Toronto and pursued her Naturopathic degree at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM). Dr. Patel, ND completed her internship at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic (RSNC) and at Sherbourne Health Centre (a community health clinic specializing in patients with HIV/AIDS) and has been treating patients for various concerns since 2005.
Dr. Patel, ND is passionate about helping people achieve their health goals. Her special interests include gastrointestinal disorders (including indigestion/ heartburn, IBS, Crohn’s/colitis, etc.), anxiety, depression and mood disorders, women’s health (including PMS/menstrual complaints, fertility, menopause, etc.), endocrine and cardiovascular disorders (hypo/hyperthyroidism, diabetes, high blood pressure, etc.) and healthy lifestyle and weight management. She treats each person as an individual and focuses on healing the whole self (including physical, mental, and emotional aspects) while addressing the root cause of the illness.
Dr. Patel, ND integrates a variety of naturopathic modalities in her treatments including nutrition and lifestyle counseling, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) including acupuncture, botanical medicine, homeopathic medicine, hydrotherapy and physical medicine. She completed her fellowship in homeopathy at the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine and has taken extensive training in prescribing bio-identical hormones for thyroid and women’s health concerns. These therapies provide Dr. Patel with a unique and comprehensive approach to enhancing health and wellness, diagnosing and treating illness and preventing disease.
Being enthusiastic about education with her patients and within the community, Dr. Patel, ND is an academic and clinical faculty member at CCNM. She teaches students in various courses including clinical medicine and primary care and mentors and supervises clinical interns at RSNC (CCNM’s largest teaching clinic). She is also currently pursuing her Masters in Health Science Education at McMaster University.
Dr. Patel, ND is a licensed member of the College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO) and has taken the Ontario Prescribing and Therapeutics course and is licensed to prescribe according to CONO’s Prescribing Standard of Practice.
She is also a registered member with the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND) and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND). Dr. Patel, ND works collaboratively with other healthcare practitioners to provide patient-centred care.