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. David Duizer holds a BSc in chemistry and psychology from the Royal Military College of Canada and graduated from 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. David Duizer is certified in intravenous vitamin and mineral therapy, heavy metal chelation and mistletoe therapy in complementary cancer care.
He has pharmaceutical prescription authority in British Columbia.
Dr. Duizer’s featured therapies include:
Dr. Duizer is a member in good standing with the College of Naturopathic Physicians of BC and the BC Naturopathic Association. When not practising naturopathic medicine, speaking or writing, Dr. Duizer enjoys exploring beautiful British Columbia with his wife, Amy, hiking the North Shore, experiencing the restaurants, culture and beaches of Vancouver, playing basketball and expanding his knowledge and experience in naturopathic medicine through continuing education courses.
Having grown up on the east coast of Canada (Prince Edward Island), Dr. Sheridan’s very happy, after having made his way across the country, to be living and working on the beautiful west coast. He attended Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, completing a BSc. in biology (ecology and anatomy) before taking his naturopathic training from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, graduating in 2012. His first practice was in Toronto at a community acupuncture clinic, followed by a private practice with a focus on integrative microscopy in Saskatoon.
Dr. Sheridan’s featured therapies include:
Dr. Sheridan’s practice of naturopathic medicine is borne of a great passion for nature and individuality. In therapeutic relationships he works to listen to the true nature of each patient so that healing can take place in a personalized and holistic way. He sees the main goals of treatment as being a re-connection to ourselves and achieving a balance within and between our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects. Often, these values lead to a ‘back to basics’ approach to care, focusing on nutrition and lifestyle, herbs and nature cures, centering and change.