Tattoos, piercings, a bald head and a beard – that pretty much sums up what you get when you meet me for the first time. But that’s just surface stuff, what really drives me – is helping others achieve their goals. Here’s the truth – I’ve never had the most perfect life, I don’t scream “naturopathic doctor” when you see me; but when you sit down in my office and tell me your story, or you listen attentively to me lecture, you can see the compassion and feel my passion for this medicine. My gift, is the ability to help others see their strengths, to be there and listen when needed and most importantly call you out on your bullshit! (ya! I said it) So much for conventional bio’s.
I completed my undergraduate degree in Biomedical Toxicology at the University of Guelph where I worked in the pharmaceutical industry as a pharmaceutical chemist for a short period of time. Following this, I completed my Naturopathic Medicine Diploma from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, which then brought me here to Vancouver to do a 2 year Associateship.
Naturopathic medicine’s main philosophy is that the body has an inherent ability to heal itself. My job is to remove any obstacles to this healing process so that our bodies are better able to heal. Through the use of nutritional supplements, botanical formulations, acupuncture, IV vitamins, lifestyle changes and physical therapies, I believe this goal can be achieved.
Some may ask what naturopathic medicine can do for them! Most simply put, I can put together a protocol that meets your individual needs and are specific to your goals. People believe that there are no alternatives than to live with chronic disease; this just isn’t the case. I have helped numerous people with chronic conditions that have exhausted themselves with conventional treatments and have been told that they will have to live with their pain and discomfort for the rest of their lives.
Below I have listed the most typical conditions treated in my clinic; all of which have responded well to naturopathic therapies.
- Immune system: HIV, viral hepatitis, chronic fatigue, autoimmune conditions, allergies
- Musculoskeletal: Arthritis, chronic pain
- Intestinal: Crohn’s disease, colitis, IBS, celiac disease
- Hormone: Thyroid conditions, menopause, obesity, adrenal fatigue, diabetes
- Anti-aging: Bio-identical hormones
- Pediatric: ADHD, autism, childhood illnesses
- Cardiovascular: Atherosclerosis, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure
- Cancer: Cancer prevention and treatment
- Chelation therapy
- Dietary support
- IV vitamin therapy
- Detoxification therapy
- Homeopathic medicine
- Nutritional counselling
- Exercise programs
I would like to invite you to visit the Sinclair Wellness Centre. If you have any questions about the above mentioned conditions or services, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Wishing you all the best in health and happiness,
Dr Aaron Van Gaver, BSc ND