My Journey of Becoming a Holistic Medical Doctor & Healer
During my time in Medical School and as a Family Doctor, it always felt like something was missing in my toolkit. I was longing to have more skills that helped people heal on a deeper level. I wasn't satisfied with a "band-aid" approach of taming symptoms. I felt deeply, in the core of my being, that there must be something beyond what I was taught in western medicine, that could get to the root cause of illness and help people achieve health and wellness. So, as a young medical student I began my journey of trying to find what that was.
I really enjoyed exploring patients' emotions, thoughts, behaviours, stressors, dietary habits, and life experiences. I spent a lot of time in medical school and residency reading about the principles of Integrative Medicine, Psychotherapy, Nutrition and Exercise. I chose additional electives (placements) with Psychiatrists and Therapists in clinics, hospitals, and at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. I spent time talking to a lot of people who were deeply suffering on an existential level. Patients' often expressed their frustration to me about the current medical system being too focused on pharmaceuticals. I felt their frustration too, as a learner and as a patient.
I especially enjoyed learning about Indigenous Medicine and the Medicine Wheel and how the First Nations cultures traditionally incorporated all aspects of the self - emotional, mental, physical and spiritual - into their life and healing practices. In fact, I specifically chose to attend the Northern Ontario School of Medicine because of its emphasis on learning about the importance of holistic medicine and the wisdom within First Nations traditions.
From Suffering to Joy: Mother and Child
It was becoming a mother to my beautiful son (born in 2013) that catapulted me into studying Holistic forms of Medicine more deeply. When he was just an infant and toddler he struggled with significant health issues (developmental regressions, autoimmunity, full body eczema, acid reflux, severe daily abdominal pain, poor appetite, stalled growth, and sleepless nights for years). I researched every day and brought him to several practitioners in those first few years, determined to help him recover. When he was just over 1 year old, at the peak of his suffering, I graduated from my Family Medicine residency and then began studying Functional Medicine in an effort to find answers to help him.
Various therapies, special diets, and supplements were tried and we saw some good results with these, but I saw the biggest gains in his health when we added Energy Medicine to his protocol. The right combination of nutrition, supplementation, and energy work helped him become the healthy and happy child he is now at 8 years of age. I will be forever grateful for the amazing healers who crossed our path, and helped him move out of suffering, pain, and trauma to health, joy, and peace!
Spine and Brain Injuries Redirect My Life and Career
When I worked as a Family Doctor from 2014-2017, I continued my studies of Integrative/Functional Medicine and incorporated these principles into my practice. I found this very satisfying and helpful to many of my patients, however I kept wishing I could help people even more deeply, like the Energy Medicine practitioners who had helped my son. I often referred patients to these practitioners and often heard positive feedback regarding how much they were being helped by them as well. Little did I know, that my own healing journey was about to begin and steer me in a whole new direction!
I sustained significant injuries to my spine and brain in October 2017 and as a result was unable to work for a few years. While on medical leave, I was searching far and wide for modalities to help me heal from the devastating effects these injuries had on my health and well-being. Not surprisingly, it was Energy Medicine that helped me the most, just as it had helped my son a few years before. I realized this was a sign that I needed to learn how to incorporate this into my practice.
Trained in Energy Medicine, Yoga & Low-level Laser Therapy
Many different modalities were a part of my healing process, some of which I then studied myself because of how they transformed my life and health on such a deep level. I began studying different Energy Medicine modalities, as well as Low-level Laser Therapy and Yoga. I feel that this combination of therapies, along with proper nutrition and supplementation, allowed my spine and brain to fully repair itself. I believe that I have now found the combination of knowledge and skills I was longing for, to help people achieve health and wellness on deeper levels.
As a result of my own personal transformative healing experiences as well as my son's, I am incredibly passionate and excited to share the modalities that helped us the most, with people of all ages from infancy and beyond!
I look forward to working with you on your healing journey!
My Background Education/Certifications:
Bachelor of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa, 2007
Medical Degree, Northern Ontario School of Medicine, 2011
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course, Queen's University 2012
Family Medicine Residency, Queen's University, 2014
Energy, Cardio-metabolic & Neurology modules, Institute of Functional Medicine, 2016-2017
Functional Neurology Cerebellar and Vestibular Course, IAFNR, 2017
Bioindividual Nutrition Program, 2015- ongoing
Reiki, 1st and 2nd Degrees, 2018, Reiki Master, 2020
ThetaHealing: Basic & Advanced DNA, Intuitive Anatomy, Game of Life and Family Ties, 2018-19
Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training, Level 1, 2018-2019
Beyond Addictions/Change Your Habits, Change Your Life: The Yogic Path to Recovery, 2019
Light Therapy Certification through "LETS", Level 1
Certificate for Medical Intuition, International College of Medical Intuition, Inc., 2019
My services are a complement to and not a replacement for medical care. I have narrowed my scope of practice significantly. I am not providing primary care and do not diagnose conditions, order investigations, perform medical procedures or prescribe medications.
"During my first session with Melissa I got a strong feeling about what one of my purposes in life is, and I feel that the treatment had a significant positive impact on my health and wellbeing." - Martin Lane