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About Us

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Finlandia's missionWhen it comes to supporting your health, nothing quite matches Finlandia’s expertise. The vision of pharmacist Harlan Lahti, Finlandia Pharmacy and Natural Health Centre, was founded in 1974 and is well respected by all healthcare modalities – from western medicine to homeopathy. Finlandia recognizes that prescription medications are frequently an important method of treating disease, particularly when the situation is acute (to this end, we maintain a full service medical/compounding pharmacy). However, we also recognize that support with natural preventive agents and remedies is more attuned to nature’s plan.

Our mission is to help our customers attain optimal health and vitality and to enable full enjoyment of all life has to offer. This is achieved through traditional prescriptions and complementary modalities -including herbs, supplements and naturopathic/homeopathic services- personalized for each individual. Our store and health services centre are fully equipped to provide integrated, personalized health care and wellness medicine. We retain the services of many health professionals in the fields of traditional pharmacy, naturopathic medicine, holistic nutrition, and acupuncture, to ensure the appropriate modalities are conveniently available to customers who require them.

Our retail store also incorporates a natural beauty and skin care department.

At Finlandia, you can find answers for your medical concerns and questions from our staff of highly trained specialists. Our health professionals include pharmacists, herbalists, nutritionists, naturopathic physicians, and an aesthetician. We are pleased to introduce you to some of our team members below.

  • Harlan Lahti, D.N.M, B.Sc. Pharm, Registered Pharmacist
    CEO, Owner & Founder

    Finlandia Pharmacy & Natural Health Centre founder and owner, Harlan Lahti, is widely recognized as the nation’s expert in natural health medicine. He and his highly qualified team have been integrating allopathic and natural medicine for over 40 years and their pharmacy has grown into one of the most widely respected and trusted integrated pharmacy/natural health centres in the country.

    Before starting Finlandia, Harlan worked as a licenced pharmacist in hospital and in geriatric care settings, where he saw how some prescription medications could have undesirable consequences. “If people want to take natural remedies along with their prescription medications, we counsel them whether this is advisable or not advisable,” Harlan says “That’s one of Finlandia’s specialties—to keep people safe if they want to make their own choices with respect to their health.”

  • Beth Lahti, B.Ed, BPHE

    Beth Lahti holds a Bachelor Degree in Physical and Health Education (University of Toronto), and a Bachelor of Education. She was a teacher in the lower mainland for 17 years and owned a small fruit and vegetable business. Growing her own organic vegetables for sale, Beth says she “made about 5 cents an hour” and, as a result, has a huge respect for today’s farmers.

    Working at Finlandia for the past 15 years, Beth brings extensive knowledge of the many supporting services available to Finlandia clients. Specialized state-of-the-art services include breast thermography, Osteometer bone scan, ETA bio-resonance scan, and heart rate variability assessment.

  • Jason Wilhelm, BSP
    Pharmacy Manager

    Pharmacist Jason Wilhelm is passionate about health and the best ways to achieve well-being. Born and raised in Saskatchewan, he graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy. During his 13 years as a drugstore pharmacist, he came to realize that truly helping people regain their health embraced more than the standard pharmacy model could provide.

    With an interest in functional medicine, as well as respect for all forms of natural healing, Jason is now able to follow his passion for compounding—with comprehensive training in standard and sterile compounding under his belt. He maintains expert knowledge of hormonal therapies for men and women.

    Jason enjoys interacting with Finlandia pharmacy customers and making sure they have all the information needed to benefit fully from their medications.

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  • Michelle Bonnie, BRT, CH
    Herbal Dispensary Manager

    Michelle is a published research biologist, herbalist, sound healer and vibrational medicine practitioner. She began her 30+ year journey into the healing arts with scientific research into human viruses. This led Michelle to the awareness that a more integrated approach was needed to better affect health at the cellular, emotional and spiritual levels.
    Michelle subsequently studied phytomedicine (plant medicine), sound therapy, crystal and other forms of healing, vibrational medicine and yoga.

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  • Ana Lopez, ND, BSc, CCT
    Naturopathic Doctor

    Dr. Lopez’s journey into naturopathic medicine began after receiving treatment for her allergies.  She was so impressed with naturopathic philosophy that she decided to become a naturopathic doctor herself.   Currently she maintains a family practice and has had experience treating a variety of conditions including hormone imbalances, pregnancy related complaints, digestive issues, anxiety and depression and autoimmune conditions.  Dr. Lopez holds a BSc. in cell biology and genetics from UBC and is a graduate of the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine (2007). She has pharmaceutical prescription authority in British Columbia.

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  • David Duizer, RMC, BSc, ND
    Naturopathic Doctor

    Dr. David Duizer is a practising naturopathic physician and a graduate of the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine. He has a special interest in the treatment of muscle and joint pain, autoimmune conditions, digestive concerns, anxiety, depression and chronic fatigue. Dr. Duizer is certified in intravenous vitamin and mineral therapy, heavy metal chelation and mistletoe therapy in complementary cancer care. He is a member in good standing with the College of Naturopathic Physicians of BC and the BC Naturopathic Association.

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  • Jacob Lahti, BA, PgC
    Marketing and Advertising Manager

    After his undergraduate at the University of Toronto, Jacob’s passion for brand marketing led him to pursue a post-graduate in Marketing Management at George Brown College. During this program, he obtained his CSC in finance and worked as a marketing assistant for his finance professor.

    Apart from marketing, Jacob played competitive squash and worked as a squash coach, which led his interests to sports nutrition and wellness using natural methods. He then switched his focus to natural products and worked as a marketing assistant for a natural skin care company for a year.

    Jacob brings his knowledge and experience in marketing, brand awareness, advertising, and his passion for natural healing to developing Finlandia’s first marketing department.

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  • Karen Ryan, NNCP, RHN
    ADHD and Mental Wellness Practitioner

    Karen Ryan is a seasoned nutritionist as well as an ADHD practitioner and behaviour interventionist for school-aged children, teens and adults. She is a firm believer in the correlation between food and mood and that a clean diet is the best medicine for sound health of body and mind. Guided by her extensive education, research, and experience in clinical and holistic nutrition, Karen dedicates her focus to helping all people, especially children and teens with ADHD, eat healthier and live happier. Karen also works with youth and adults who struggle in areas such as anxiety, bipolar disorder and depression.

    Karen believes in empowering her clients through education and informed choices and works closely with each and every one of them to ensure the development of a treatment plan that can be easily followed to ensure success.

    Karen is also the founder of The ADDvocates and vancouverADHD as well as the author of “ADHD is Not a Four Letter Word: Drug Free Strategies for Managing the Gift that is ADHD.”

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  • Navin Prasad, BBA
    Purchasing Manager

    Navin Prasad has been with Finlandia for over 10years. Before working at Finlandia, Navin graduated from Douglas College with an accounting diploma and was originally seeking an accounting position. During his time here, his interest in natural health and business grew which led him to complete a Business Management Program. After working in various departments within the company, Navin has advanced to the Purchasing Manager position bringing with him years of experience and expertise in the natural health industry. Outside of work, Navin enjoys hiking and playing recreational basketball and hockey.

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    to book an appointment.

  • Tanja Salewski,
    Beauty and Product Specialist

    With a background in makeup artistry, Tanja has over 25 years of experience in the beauty industry. She
    is passionate about natural beauty, holistic health, and wellness. Tanja firmly believes that natural beauty
    begins with a balanced and healthy lifestyle, as our physical appearance is a mirror of our inner health.
    Through education, she aims to empower men and women to listen to their bodies and confidently and
    comfortably make the transition towards natural, cruelty-free and environmentally friendly eco-beauty.
    “Taking joy in living is a woman’s best cosmetic.” – Rosalind Russell