Dr Rachel Helferty

     Dr Rachel Helferty

My patients are my inspiration! My role as a Naturopathic Doctor is to teach, guide, suggest and facilitate, but it’s the patient that improves their own health — and it’s always a privilege to witness that process.

My main interest lies in female hormonal balance. Most women who notice symptoms that come and go during particular parts of their cycle, likely are experiencing some kind of hormonal imbalance. I’m trained to teach women in a specific method of charting their menstral cycles.

My role as a Naturopathic Doctor is to teach, guide, suggest and facilitate, but it’s the patient that improves their own health.

I then use these charts in conjunction with blood work to determine any potential underlying hormonal imbalances. With this information we can start developing a treatment plan specific to the condition. This system allows me to effectively treat conditions such as pre-menstral syndrom (PMS), painful periods, irregular cycles, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and infertility.

Another key focus in my practice is healing the gut, which usually involves some supplementation and dietary modification. The ancient physician Hippocrates once said, “All disease begins in the gut,” and research today is showing this to be true. Whether you have digestive issues, mental health concerns, hormonal imbalances or heart problems, the gut is one of the best places to start the healing process.

One of my most memorable client experiences was the time I had a patient that came to see me for acne. As we dug deeper into her history it was clear that she also had other signs of hormonal imbalance. We were able to work together to determine the cause of her hormonal imbalance and treat her polycystic ovarian syndrome using natural means and in the process, help reduce her symptoms.

Credentials

Doctor of Naturopathy (ND), Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, 2017
Natural Family Planning Medical Consultant Intern (NFPMCI), PPVI Institute, 2017
Fertility Care Practitioner Intern (FCPI), PPVI Institute, 2017
BSc(Hons) in Life Sciences, Queen’s University, 2013