Dr. Lorne Swetlikoff, B.Sc., N.D. Vancouver Naturopathic Clinic Owner.
Dr. Lorne Swetlikoff, B.Sc., N.D. is a licensed Naturopathic Physician (Bastyr University of Naturopathic Medicine in Seattle) with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Cell and Development Biology from UBC. Dr. Swetlikoff has been in practice for 23 years and has extensive experience in comprehensive patient care and naturopathic medicine through his clinics in Vancouver and Castlegar. He currently owns and operates Vancouver Naturopathic Clinic a busy, progressive and successful naturopathic clinic in Vancouver. His focus is on family health care, integrative cancer care and regenerative and anti-aging medicine.
Dr. Swetlikoff values continuous education in the field of medicine and holds many special certifications in alternative health treatments such as anti-aging therapy, chelation therapy, neural therapy, orthomolecular therapy, ozone therapy and many other diploma and certificate programs in diagnosis and treatment technologies. Dr. Swetlikoff is an active professional member with leading professional medical organizations including American College for Advancement in Medicine, American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, Institute For Functional Medicine, and the Occidental Institute.
In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Swetlikoff has served as the President of the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia from 2002-2011. Under the leadership of Dr. Swetlikoff, the College was able to work with the provincial government and multi-health care party negotiations to achieve ground breaking changes in the naturopathic medical scope of practice. Naturopathic physicians in BC enjoy one of the broadest scopes of practice in North America and now have prescribing authority for conventional drugs and natural substances requiring a prescription.
Industry officials and peers have acknowledged Dr. Swetlikoff as a leader in the field of naturopathic medicine. Dr. Swetlikoff has written for various newspapers including CBC Health Online, and is a respected lecturer and speaker on alternative health care in Canada.
Dr. Swetlikoff lives with his wife and three children in North Vancouver.
Dr. Kelly Fujibayashi, B.Sc., N.D. Naturopathic Physician-Family Medicine
Bio coming soon…
Dr. Sanja Tamburic, N.D.
Dr. Sanja Tamburic is a naturopathic doctor that brings her background in allopathic and naturopathic medicine to treat the whole you. She is your partner in health: guiding you through a health assessment and developing a plan to help you achieve your health goals, providing treatments in a variety of modalities, and performing biofeedback to assess your progress. When faced with chronic pain, infertility, or other difficult-to-treat problems, many patients end up feeling alone in the system. Dr. Tamburic can provide help and guidance to help coordinate all your healing needs.
Dr. Tamburic offers a variety of Naturopathic therapies and Laboritory services and delivers comprehensive, specialized treatments for any age and any condition.
She believes that education and early prevention is the key to good health for years to come.
Dr. Sanja Tamburic utilizes the most effective naturopathic treatment modalities to transform your family’s health in a nurturing, effective and gentle way.
She holds a degree in Psychology and Naturopathic medicine and is a Certified Advanced Bowen Therapist. Currently, she teaches at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine.
She is a liscensed ND in BC, member of the College of Naturopathic Physicians (CNPBC), British Columbia Naturopathic Association (BCNA) and a member of the Canadian Association of NDs (CAND).
Find out more information about Dr. Tamburic at: www.naturopathiclinic.com
Dr. Stefan Kuprowsky, B.Sc., M.A., N.D. B.SC.
Hon Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario – 1977 M.A. University of British Colombia, Department of Anthropology, Vancouver – 1982 N.D. Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Portland, Oregon – 1985
Dr. Stefan Kuprowsky is a Canadian naturopathic doctor with impressive academic credentials and a strong vision for natural medicine. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Anthropology from Trent University, a Master’s in Medical Anthropology and a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine. He has been in practice over 20 years as a Naturopathic Physician as well as a consultant, writer, lecturer, radio host and teacher in the natural health industry.
He has served as President of the BC Naturopathic Association and is currently serving on the BC College Board as Chairman of the Quality Assurance Committee. He is also a professor at the Boucher Institute Of Naturopathic Medicine in New Westminster. Dr. Kuprowsky has studied mind-body medicine with Deepak Chopra and a certified instructor for Dr. Chopra’s Creative Health program.
Dr. Kuprowsky is a gifted healer and a visionary leader who is helping to create an integrated medicine for the 21st Century.
Dr. Shahzaleen Jamal, B.Sc., N.D.
Dr. Shahzaleen Jamal is currently on a sabbatical leave
Family Medicine + Acupuncture
My medical practice is centered on family health care. As a primary care naturopathic physician, the most important part of my practice is to spend time with my patients, to hear and understand their health concerns. I help my patients to optimize their health with treatment programs tailored to their individual needs and health goals, using the following treatment therapies: medical nutrition, herbal medicine, acupuncture, spinal adjustments and body work, counseling and homeopathy.
Naturopathic medicine can so easily be blended into your daily life: adding herbs & spices in your cooking, growing your own vegetables, making medicine with simple recipes, spending time in nature, incorporating a lovely hobby into your life, getting restful sleep, and finding ways to cope with everyday life stressors.
I work with my patients to help regulate hormones (adrenal function, thyroid function, sex hormones, blood sugar regulation), improve digestion, ensure elimination pathways are at their healthiest, and promote restful sleep and healthy moods,
On a day off, my time is spent with my family and little puppy, puttering around the garden, long walks, watching old star trek episodes, and playing in the sun.
I am honored to live in this province of beauty and abundance, and to work in this amazing clinic. I look forward to helping you and your family with your health needs, and enriching your lives with Naturopathic Medicine.
Dr. Vanessa Vaartnou, B.Sc., (hons) N.D.
Dr. Vanessa Vaartnou, B.Sc., (hons) N.D.
With a passion for preventative healthcare and desire to address the root cause of illness, Dr. Vaartnou operates as the facilitator in your healthcare journey.
Recognizing the value of both traditional and modern medical modalities, Dr. Vaartnou takes a functional approach to your health. She selects appropriate interventions to restore and optimize physiology, lessening the impact of stressors on the body. Dr. Vaartnou believes that when provided with the correct tools, the body has the ability to balance itself and improve resiliency to the effects of stress on physical and mental health.
Using your symptoms as a guide, Dr. Vaartnou works with you to create an integrative, individualized plan to reach your health goals and fully engage in your life. There are no cookie-cutter protocols; rather specific, tailored treatments for each patient. Health conditions can be complex and overwhelming to navigate. As a naturopathic doctor, Dr. Vaartnou is trained to recognize the connections between a constellation of symptoms simplifying the process for patients. She strives to establish and address the root cause of your concerns through comprehensive assessment and multifaceted treatment.
Dr. Vaartnou welcomes patients of all ages with a variety of health concerns, but has special interests in:
• Neurological and mental health (e.g. concussions & brain injury, cognitive decline & aging, neurodegenerative disease, mental fatigue & burnout, anxiety & depression, PTSD)
• Allergies & Asthma (e.g. food allergies & sensitivities, hives, eczema, asthma, chronic infections, environmental allergies)
• Cardiovascular health
• Autoimmune conditions (e.g. celiac disease, RA, MS, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, type 1 diabetes)
• Hormone Balance: Male & female reproductive health (e.g. endometriosis, cervical dysplasia, fibroids, menopause, PMS, thyroid dysfunction, adrenal health, blood sugar balance, prostate health, urinary tract infections)
• Chronic pain management & sports medicine
Education & Professional Affiliations
Dr. Vaartnou received a B.Sc. at the University of Victoria where she completed a thesis on predictors of cognitive decline. She has continued to explore this topic as a naturopathic doctor incorporating evidence-based nutritional, behavioural, and botanical therapies to optimize cognitive health.
Dr. Vaartnou received her doctorate from the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine. During this time, she engaged in continued education in chronic pain management, neurological, and mental health. Recognizing the value of integrative healthcare, Dr. Vaartnou co-authored and was published in the UBC Medical Journal. Academic and clinical studies were complimented by experience working with youth in mental health.
Dr. Vaartnou is a licensed naturopathic physician with additional certifications in pharmaceutical prescribing, advanced injection therapies A (prolotherapy, neural therapy, PRP), intravenous therapies, and acupuncture. She is a member of the following:
• College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia (CNPBC)
• British Columbia Naturopathic Association (BCNA)
• Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND)
Dr. Nicole van Poelgeest, N.D.
Dr. Nicole van Poelgeest’s path to becoming a naturopathic doctor was influenced by her own health, a fascination with the intricate workings of the human body, and a passion for all things nature. The first appointment with her naturopath a decade ago was the moment she thought, “Aha! Here’s a model of health care that is preventative, holistic, and places patients at the centre of their own care.”
Keeping this paradigm in mind, Dr. van Poelgeest has a family practice with a focus on digestion, autoimmune conditions, emotional health, and adjunctive oncology treatments. Integrating traditional medicine practices with contemporary research, she uses natural, nutritional, and if necessary, pharmaceutical remedies to tailor treatment to the individual. While, naturopathic doctors are trained in a variety of therapeutic interventions, Dr. van Poelgeest primarily uses diet, lifestyle, herbal medicine, acupuncture, and mind/body therapies to create customized health plans for her patients.
Doctor comes from the latin word, docere, meaning “to teach.” Dr. van Poelgeest espouses this principal in her practice, ensuring patients understand the conditions for which they are seeking advice as well as their treatment options.
Recognizing that health is not simply the absence of disease, Dr. van Poelgeest is committed to helping patients restore equilibrium to body, mind, and spirit.
Following a BA from UBC, Dr. van Poelgeest completed four years of medical training at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine where she was recognized with the award for clinical excellence.
Dr. van Poelgeest is a licensed naturopathic doctor with certifications in IV therapy, pharmaceutical prescribing, and acupuncture. She is a member in good standing of the following:
• College of Naturopathic Physicians of BC (CNPBC)
• BC Naturopathic Association (BCNA)
• Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND)
Dr. Tanja White B.Sc., Psych., N.D.
N.B. Dr. White will be on sabbatical until November 2018
Dr. Tanja White has been in the healthcare field for over 15 years and is passionate about helping her patients find the root cause of their issues and resolving them as quickly and effectively as possible. She prides herself in being a doctor of physiology first and foremost. She teaches patients that, much like a car, the body will eventually break down when its basic functions are out of balance and not supported. When we respect the inner workings of our bodies, we have the potential to optimize our health, prevent disease and live a long and healthy, symptom-free life.
Although there is no limit to Dr. White’s interest in health conditions, she does have a strong interest and expertise in treating the following conditions:
Gastrointestinal Health: indigestion, abdominal pain, chronic bloating, diarrhea, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, crohn’s disease, celiac disease, acid reflux, food sensitivities, candida overgrowth.
Thyroid Imbalances: hypothyroid, hyperthyroid, hashimoto’s thyroiditis, subclinical hypothyroid.
Adrenal fatigue: stress management and treatment
Pain management and resolution: acute and chronic pain, whiplash, frozen shoulder, sciatica, knee injuries, trigger point injections, migraines and headaches.
Women’s health: treating cervical dysplasia with escharotic treatment, PAP smears, PCOS, PMS, painful periods, menstrual irregularities, adrenal insufficiency/fatigue, fertility, sexually transmitted infections, breast health, fibrocystic breasts, endometriosis, fibroids, yeast infections, bacteria vaginosis, anxiety, stress, weight management, insomnia and sleep disorder.
Teenage Health: mood imbalances, digestive concerns, headaches, amenorrhea (absences of period) painful, irregular and heavy periods.
Pediatrics: digestive concerns, constipation, colic, allergies, sleep concerns, skin conditions (eczema, rashes), behavioral concerns such as ADHD, asthma, food introduction education/schedule, colds/flu, infections
Peri-Menopause & Menopause: hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, mood imbalances, fatigue, bone health, poor memory, and low libido.
Men’s Health: hormone imbalances, low libido, prostate issues, mental health and stress management.
Skin: eczema, psoriasis, acute or chronic hives, acne.
IV Therapies: to help with digestive compromise (IBS, indigestion, crohn’s, colitis), adrenal insufficiency, fatigue, chronic stress, recurrent and acute colds/flus.
Biofeedback, electrodermal and biokinseology testing: vega and total body modification.
Hormone and Neurotransmitter Testing & Evaluation: assessment of hormone and neural transmitter imbalances through saliva, serum, blood, and/or urine testing. To name a few, these include comprehensive thyroid panel, comprehensive female hormone panel (estrogens, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, cortisol), 4 point adrenal stress testing, and comprehensive neurotransmitter testing.
Laboratory Testing: female & male hormone panels, thyroid testing, adrenal function testing, environmental allergy testing, food sensitivity testing, heavy metal toxicity testing, blood type testing.
Dr. White is passionate about research and learning new ways of deepening her understanding of the physiology of the body to better help her patients get to the root cause of their problems. Her additional training and certifications are in the following:
Pharmaceutical Prescribing License
Bowen Therapy An introduction to the Bowen Technique – YouTube
Escharotic therapy for the treatment of Cervical Dysplasia
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT or Tapping)
Wilson Temperature (Thyroid) syndrome
Total Body Modification (TBM) Introduction to Total Body Modification – ENGLISH – YouTube
Neural Emotional Technique (NET) Neuro Emotional Technique Introduction – YouTube
Board Certified Acupuncture
IV Nutrient Therapy
Heavy Metal Chelation Therapy
Dr. White believes strongly in doctor as teacher and therefore takes the time in her appointments with patients to teach them the, “Why’s and What’s” of what she asks them to do. She also dedicates time to develop and teach nutrition and a master class in the treatment of Cervical Dysplasia at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine.
Dr. White is the mother of two lovely daughters 9 and 14 years old. Not only does she draw on her experiences as a Mother when she is working with her patients of all ages, but she also understands what it is like to be a busy Mom trying to meet all the demands in life. In her spare time, Dr. White loves to be in the kitchen (creating healthy meals for her family while listening to podcasts on health and wellness) or outside in the forest or at the beach walking and running with her dog.
Dr. White earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and graduated with Distinction. She is a graduate of the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in New Westminster, BC. Her license as a Naturopathic Doctor (ND) is with the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia (CNPBC) and she is a member of the British Columbia Naturopathic Association (BCNA).