Community Education

Education is one of the pillars of naturopathic medicine and an important way that our NDs share their knowledge and give back to the Ottawa Valley.  Dr. Cheryl Allen and Dr. Rachel Helferty are available for community educational workshops and seminars.  They work with community groups to decide on topics and often create specific presentations to fill particular needs.

Common presentation topics include:

  •   Pain Management
  •   Women’s Health
  •   Weight Management
  •   Digestive Health
  •   Food Reactions
  •   The Role of Nutrition in the Healing Process

Dr. Cheryl Allen also co-facilitates the Lavallee Health Centre community wellness program “Balance” with nutritionist Jane Wood. To ask about dates and learn more about our community wellness programs, call 613-635-7026.

Meet Your Practitioner

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Dr Cheryl Allen

I have always had a heart for helping others. Initially this led me to exploring the field of Dietetics. Learning the powerful effect nutrition has on the body sparked a passion within me to look deeper into the root causes of health.

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Jane Wood

I love food and everything about it! Creating, cooking, preparing, smelling, savouring and of course eating; so it was only natural I chose a profession based in food. My fascination of food drew me to the study of nutrition, but it is the healing properties that continues to drive my passion.

Janki Patel

When interacting with my clients, I approach nutrition care with the whole person model and take into account daily activities, which includes mind-body, as well as social, environmental and cultural influences. I use a non-dieting approach while encompassing evidence-based nutrition therapy, intuitive eating, joyful movement, sleep hygiene and other lifestyle interventions to ensure clients feel their best.

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Paula Bashford

My passion lies within the local and organic food systems. I believe we each have a responsibility to develop a healthy and ever-evolving relationship with food that includes understanding where it comes from and how it impacts our wellbeing.

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Dr Rachel Helferty

My main interests include digestive concerns, mental health, pain, and hormonal balance. These specific areas are crucial considerations for long-term health and quality of life and can sometimes be overlooked