“I knew I wanted to be in the healthcare field even as a small child. The human body has always fascinated me.”Nicole Panethere, ND
I knew I wanted to be in the healthcare field from a young age. The human body has always fascinated me and I loved learning about how it worked even as a small child. I liked that everything had a purpose (except maybe the appendix) and how everything worked together to keep us alive every day. It always amazed me that any of us were healthy when there were so many working parts involved in keeping us alive and how many things could go wrong.
I completed my Honours Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology at Wilfrid Laurier University where I got to combine my love of science with my other passion of athletics and physical activity. Medical school seemed like the next logical step but when it came time to apply, something didn’t feel quite right. I realized I was entering into a profession I didn’t completely believe could help people the way I wanted to. I wanted to truly make an impact on people’s health and help them reach their potential long term, and I didn’t feel like the traditional healthcare model really supported that. I did a lot of searching and then I had my lightbulb moment! I had been a patient of naturopathic medicine my whole life. It started with breathing issues when I was a toddler, then continued with recovery after surgery as a child and then again with migraine treatment as a teenager. I had always combined natural therapies with conventional ones whenever possible and a career as a naturopathic doctor would allow me to this for my patients too! My education and personal experiences have helped shape the practitioner I am today. I completed my 4-year post-graduate degree at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, which included a 1-year clinical internship at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic and Brampton Naturopathic Teaching Clinic. I also had the opportunity to work on the Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue focus shift which fostered my interest in chronic pain, mental health and autoimmune conditions. I learned how important it is for patients to feel heard and valued in their experiences, and that your job as a practitioner doesn’t end when everything is “normal” according to science. I was also fortunate enough to be part of a medical externship with the Naturopathic Medicine for Global Health clinic in Guatemala where we provided medical care to local residents. This experience helped to shape my practice philosophy by showing me how small changes can make such a huge impact on health.
As a Naturopathic Doctor I get to combine modern science with natural therapies to create safe, effective, individualized treatment plans for my patients. I truly believe you are more than just the condition you’ve been diagnosed with. I want to hear your experience and work with you as a partner in health to achieve your goals. I look at how all your symptoms work together instead of targeting them in isolation and I provide treatment that works for your lifestyle and budget. I also encourage my patients to take charge of their health and become actively engaged in the process. It is my job to get to the root cause of your condition and educate you so you can make informed decisions about your health. I believe in collaborative care as well and whenever possible, I work with your other healthcare providers to ensure you receive the best care.
Outside The Clinic
When I’m not seeing patients, I love being active and most of the time this includes walking my dog, hiking or playing sports like hockey, softball, volleyball and ultimate frisbee. I love spending quality time with friends and family, traveling and being outside whenever I can.
Active member in good standing with the College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO)
Currently holds the Ontario Prescribing and Therapeutics Standard
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