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)
• Sports medicine and chronic pain
• Environmental allergies & asthma
• Food sensitivities & digestive complaints
• Autoimmune conditions
• Hormone balancing and women’s health
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 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 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 an additional certification in 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)