Unsure how I would get through life, let alone the next school year, I sobbed on the phone to my Mom. My body became an unsafe place to live, feelings of anxiety were creeping in and I didn’t know what to expect next.
After years trying medications and a recent surgery that was successful by all conventional standards, my health was failing me. As a straight A student, suddenly my academic future was in question. The certain path I thought I was on crumbled beneath my feet.
At the peak of fear and suffering is where I found my calling. It was also, I discovered, the solution to health issues that plagued me for years.
I hadn’t heard of Naturopathic Medicine until I came across a table at a career fair. Once I read the principles of this healthcare discipline, I knew this is what I would do for the rest of my life. As a philosophy major in University while taking many science courses, it was the perfect blend of art and science. It made sense of the intuitions I had about my body and this approach deeply resonated with me.
I booked my first appointment with a naturopathic doctor. During our initial consultation was the first time I had been asked so much detail about my health. She posed thoughtful questions and drew insightful connections between patterns I wasn’t seeing. I sensed she really cared as she shared her captivating knowledge. She was supportive and excited to witness my improvements. This profound experience was the first of many confirming signs that I was on the right track in my health and in my new career direction.
After graduating with my honours degree from Western, I moved to Toronto. I studied naturopathic medicine for 4 years and wrote my board exams to become registered as a naturopathic doctor.
A decade in Toronto afforded me unique opportunities for valuable practice experience. Among my favourite was working at a downtown Aboriginal health facility. With smudged sage filling the building and having the honour to work among diverse healthcare providers, including traditional healers, elders and medicine people, it inspired the reconnection to my Métis heritage.
When my grandmother passed in 2013, my priorities became clear. Growing up, she always told me to listen to my heart. I took a leap of faith to relocate to my cherished hometown in 2015. I am truly thrilled to be back.
My experience to date has illuminated the love I have for women’s health. It’s a privilege to work with incredibly brave women who are not willing to settle for just feeling “okay”. Resilience is my passion and I help women achieve it through optimal health and hormonal wellness. Witnessing someone’s perspective shift to a new level of self-awareness that will lead to higher health – that’s what gets me out of bed every morning. I am grateful for every day I am given to support my patients the way I was supported on my journey.
Tara is registered as a Naturopathic Doctor with The College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO). CONO is the regulating board for naturopathic medicine in Ontario. In addition, Tara is a Registered Acupuncturist with The College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (CTCMPAO).
Hello! My name is Barb and I am the receptionist here at the Natural Health Centre.
I was born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie and met my husband here. After we married, his job led us to Elliot Lake for 4 years and then to North Bay for 14 years. We raised our two children there and most recently my husband’s job promotion brought us all back home.
We are thrilled to be back, closer to our parents and family and to reconnect with old friends. I am excited at the opportunity to make your visit to our office a pleasant experience. I look forward to meeting you.