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 focuses on diet, lifestyle, herbal medicine, acupuncture, and mind/body therapies to customize treatment for each patient.
Recognizing that we are more than the sum of our parts, Dr. van Poelgeest’s role is to help restore equilibrium to body, mind, and spirit. She believes that much of this medicine is about education and is always amazed how much healing happens when a person is given the guidance to begin.
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)