Hi there! You probably want to know how to pronounce my name.. It’s “AHH-run-kah”. Technically you’re supposed to roll the “R” but if you can’t, don’t worry; I answer to a number of variations and won’t be offended if you botch the pronunciation. I also answer to Dr. Jones if you’d like to be more formal.
I grew up in Blue Mountain and Collingwood, Ontario, where I spent most of my childhood skiing, visiting beaches, climbing trees and exploring the great outdoors. I left this paradise to study Biological Science at the University of Guelph where I became fascinated with nutrition, botanical medicine and the effect of the environment on health. It was a natural fit for me to enter the Doctor of Naturopathy program at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine where I graduated in 2008. I’ve been practicing naturopathic medicine in Collingwood since 2009 where I’m lucky enough to balance work and play in Southern Georgian Bay. When I’m not in the office you’ll find me on the ski hill, on my paddle board, biking to the farmers’ market or cooking something delicious with my husband.
With 11 years of experience in naturopathic medicine I’ve refined my approach to focus on gut health and gastrointestinal conditions like SIBO, IBS, GERD, and inflammatory bowel disease including Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis. I have a special interest in the connection between the gut and autoimmune disease, skin conditions and mental health. My patients enjoy an approach that is insightful, individualized and integrative while also compassionate, practical and down-to-earth. I empower you to understand why your health is failing you; only then can we treat the root cause of your symptoms, correct underlying dysfunction, restore optimal function and give you your best health.
If you want to learn more about how I can help please book a complimentary Discovery Visit. This allows us to become acquainted and decide if I’m the right naturopathic doctor for you. If you’re ready to get started please schedule an Initial Visit ranging from 90-120 minutes for adults depending on the complexity of your health concerns. I have the luxury of time to be thorough and address all of your health concerns in a comprehensive, in depth manner. You can learn more and book online here or call our office at 705-446-2200 for assistance.
I look forward to working with you!
Q: Will you make me give up coffee, gluten, dairy, sugar, wine, and everything else I love to eat?!
A: I want you to eat well and enjoy delicious food that supports your health goals and reduces your risk of chronic disease. I promise I won’t ask you to give up any food, food group, or beverage unless there is a very compelling reason (i.e. if it is literally killing you).
For example, if you’re in an inflammatory bowel disease flare I will ask you to avoid sugar, alcohol and inflammatory fats until things are under control. If you have celiac disease or a severe non-celiac gluten sensitivity I will hold your hand and blot your tears while you break up with gluten for good. If you’re battling a difficult case of SIBO I may ask you to follow a Low FODMAP diet or maybe an elemental diet for a couple weeks so you can get some much needed relief from gas and bloating while your antimicrobials and pro kinetics take effect. If you’re diabetic, pre-diabetic or insulin resistant we will have the sugar-is-not-your-friend talk and learn all about healthy carbohydrate sources and why you need to eat more fat and protein.
I aim to inspire my patients to model their nutrition and food culture after the diet that has the most scientific evidence to support good health and prevent disease (that also happens to be super delish and my fav) – the Mediterranean diet – full of plants, healthy fats, antioxidants, higher welfare and grass fed meat, wild game, sustainable seafood, quality fermented dairy if tolerated, and moderate amounts of coffee and red wine if appropriate for the individual. I won’t make you neurotic about food. I will inspire you to make healthy choices and enjoy delicious foods without guilt.
Q: How long will it take to feel better?
A: Depending on your condition and how long you’ve been unwell I may have insight regarding the anticipated duration of treatment based on my clinical experience and the medical literature I refer to in order to inform my decision making.
For example, people with milder cases of SIBO (many people with IBS actually have SIBO) often feel significantly better in 3 months; however, more severe cases may take the better part of 6 months to enjoy significant improvements. Other factors include your ability to engage in my process which includes a thorough assessment. Your success is also dependent on your willingness to follow my treatment recommendations which may include taking herbs or supplements, making changes to the way you eat, drink, sleep, rest, and manage stress.
Q: Can you actually help me? Have you treated [insert condition] before?
A: I welcome you to contact us with this question. You can also schedule a Discovery Visit with me which allows us to have a face to face chat about what you’re dealing with before you start the process of working with me. In a Discovery Visit I can tell you if your concerns fall within my scope of practice, or if another colleague may be better suited to help you.
Q: How much will it cost?
A: I recommend you budget for three visits with me over the course of the first 3-6 months of our work together.
- Your initial visit is the longest lasting 90 or 120 minutes. This allows me to gather the information I need to order to understand how to approach your care, what lab tests to order, and what treatment options to consider.
- Your second visit will last 60 minutes and sometimes longer for more complex concerns. This takes place anywhere from 1-4 weeks after your first visit, once lab results have been reported. Turnaround time for blood tests is just a few days while more specialized tests like SIBO breath tests and stool tests can take about 2 weeks to be reported. In your second visit we review your results and I set you up with a treatment strategy that we discuss in detail.
- A third visit, generally 60 minutes, will take place in another 1-3 months time so I may monitor your response to treatment and make any necessary adjustments to your care.
After these first three visits we will check in from time to time depending on your unique situation and what your condition requires in the way of monitoring and maintenance. If you respond extremely well, your chief concern resolves, and you have no other health problems, we may only need to check in every 6-12 months to keep you well. For those with more complex, chronic or numerous concerns, or unmanaged risk factors, I may want to see you more often to monitor your condition and provide ongoing care.