Naturopathic medicine is a distinct system of primary health care that blends modern-day scientific knowledge with more natural forms of medicine. Naturopathy emphasizes prevention, treatment and the attainment and maintenance of optimal health through encouraging the body’s inherent self -healing process. The naturopathic philosophy is to stimulate the healing power of the body and mind to treat the underlying cause or causes of disease. The symptoms of disease are viewed as warning signals of improper functioning, often linked to unfavourable lifestyle habits. Unlike conventional medicine, naturopathic medicine sees disease as a process, rather than an isolated event or entity.
Finlandia Health Centre’s Vancouver Naturopathic Doctors are passionate leaders in integrative medicine, optimal wellness and disease prevention.
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.
Dr. Lopez also provides a number of laboratory tests including salivary hormone testing, food allergy testing, hair mineral analysis and conventional blood work.
Dr. Lopez’s featured therapies include:
She is a member in good standing with the College of Naturopathic Physicians of BC and the BC Naturopathic Association. Dr. Lopez regularly attends continuing education courses, conferences and symposia to increase her understanding of healing modalities. When she is not working to help her patients, Dr. Lopez enjoys spending time with her young family, trying out new foods and checking out the city’s beautiful spots.
Dr. Duizer is a naturopathic doctor with a special interest in the holistic approach to cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and autoimmune disease. His clinical focus is to address the cause of disease and support the body’s ability to heal naturally. Through advanced laboratory testing and the use of nutrition, lifestyle modification, herbal medicine, orthomolecular medicine, intravenous therapy and physical medicine Dr. Duizer aims to reduce symptoms and reverse disease processes.
Access to advanced lab work such as hormone metabolites, cardiovascular markers, blood sugar/insulin/ketone regulation levels, cancer panels, heavy metal toxicity, leaky gut and candida assays, SIBO, food sensitivity, parasitology and genetics (SNP presentations) has enabled Dr. Duizer to truly look holistically at each condition. This complexity allows him to build research based, evidence-informed treatment plans that are unique to each patient.
Dr. Duizer earned his Bachelor of Science at the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario in 2008 and his Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in 2014 where he currently sits as a Director on the Board of Governors.
David’s joy in life is spending time exploring and experiencing British Columbia with his wife Amy and two daughters. Through their adventures at the Kitsilano parks and playgrounds, markets and beaches David and his girls love being a part of the Vancouver community.