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 that 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 treatment. 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)