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Naturopathic Medicine in Southwest Edmonton

What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Dr. Candace HaarsmaNaturopathic medicine aims to address the root cause and contributing factors to your health concerns. You are seen as a whole person, taking into account the physical, mental and emotional aspects of health.

Whether you have specific health concerns, bothersome symptoms or want to optimize your health, we work together to develop a strategy and treatment plan to improve your health.

Dr. Candace’s goal is to support you and help you feel heard and empowered to make changes for improved wellbeing.

Even if you’re working with your family doctor, chiropractor, acupuncturist or other health practitioners, you can benefit from the additional perspective of a Naturopathic Doctor.

What Can Naturopathic Medicine Help Treat?

Dr. Candace has a special focus on women’s health. She helps women who are struggling with their hormones, period-related problems and gynecological issues so there is less worry, greater understanding and connection to their body and feeling more like themselves again.

Dr. Candace’s Focus:

  • PMS
  • Painful periods/cramping
  • Heavy or irregular periods
  • PCOS
  • Endometriosis, fibroids
  • Thyroid conditions
  • Perimenopausal/Menopausal symptoms
  • Cervical dysplasia
  • Vaginal infections
  • Urinary tract infections

She also helps those experiencing general concerns, such as digestive issues, fatigue, stress, anxiety, skin issues or sleep difficulties.

Dr. Candace Haarsma holding a spine

Naturopathic Medicine Appointment Types

Adult Consultations/Naturopathic Medicine Appointment

$225 – 90 Minutes

An adult naturopathic medicine appointment will include a detailed consultation with Dr. Candace which includes a complete overview of your health history, discussion of any current symptoms or concerns and what wellness goals you are hoping to achieve.

Dr. Candace will also address any questions you may have and create an individualized treatment plan for you. Follow up appointments will be recommended based on your wellness goals and specific concerns.

Should additional testing be required Dr. Candace may include these in clinic during your appointment or refer out for additional testing measures. She may also recommend a formula or supplement to include in your daily routine or suggest implementing health and lifestyle changes that would be beneficial to you!

Pediatric Naturopathic Medicine Appointments

$180 – 60 Minutes

A pediatric naturopathic medicine appointment will include a detailed consultation with Dr. Candace which includes a complete overview of your child’s health history, discussion of any current symptoms or concerns and what wellness goals you are hoping to achieve.

Dr. Candace will also address any questions you may have and create an individualized treatment plan for your little one. Follow up appointments will be recommended based on their specific concerns and your overall wellness goals.

Should additional testing be required Dr. Candace may include these in clinic during your child’s appointment or refer out for additional testing measures. She may also recommend a formula or supplement to include in your child’s daily routine or suggest implementing health and lifestyle changes that would be beneficial to them!

Woman’s Wellness Visit

$165 – 75 Minutes
$30 (PAP Test Fee – In Addition to Woman’s Wellness Visit if Required)

Women’s Wellness Visits are appointments tailored to addressing specific Women’s Wellness concerns. These visits are designed to help you feel informed, empowered and confident when it comes to the “routine” aspects of women’s care.

A Woman’s Wellness Visit includes:

  • A head-to-toe physical exam
  • A PAP test, if needed and
  • Screening tests not included in a regular physical

Together Dr. Candace and you will look at different markers or clues from the body, discuss your health concerns, identify and address specific issues, and detect potential deficiencies!

These conversations will be handled so that you understand everything that is being discussed, allowing you to feel more confident and in control of your own wellbeing!

Simple nutrition or lifestyle recommendations may be discussed. To address a particular health concerns, an initial or follow-up appointment will be required, where a treatment plan can be provided.

Empowered PAP (PAP testing)

$130 (Consultation and PAP Test)
$30 (Test Only – In Addition to Woman’s Wellness Visit)

An empowered PAP test is a regular PAP test that is adapted to your pace, ease and comfort, giving you the option of inserting the speculum so it’s at your pace and ease and the option of seeing your cervix. The PAP test can be incorporated into any other naturopathic medicine appointment with Dr. Candace or can be scheduled exclusively.

An Empowered PAP Test Includes:

  • A brief discussion of your pelvic health
  • A PAP test, including vaginal pH measurement
  • The opportunity to see your own cervix and take a picture, if desired
  • Option of vaginal swab
  • A follow up call with your PAP test results, no matter what the result

Holistic Pelvic Care™

$225 – 90 Minutes (New Patients)
$165 – 60 Minutes (Existing Patients)

Holistic Pelvic Care™ is a gentle form of internal pelvic bodywork developed by Tami Kent, a women’s health physical therapist. Just as other muscles of the body can become tightened, stressed and imbalanced from overwork, the muscles of the pelvic floor also become imbalanced from stress, illness or trauma.

Holistic Pelvic CareTM combines traditional physical medicine practices of addressing pelvic floor imbalance through gentle, intravaginal massage along with breathwork, education, visualization, lifestyle changes and body awareness exercises. These integrative techniques help create connection to this part of the body that we often disconnect from.

Specific concerns addressed by Holistic Pelvic Care™ include (but are not limited to):

  • Urinary leakage or incontinence Chronic bladder or vaginal infections
  • Uterine prolapse Pelvic pain
  • Painful sexual activity, intercourse or sexual dysfunction
  • Fertility support and pregnancy preparation
  • Healing after miscarriage, pregnancy loss or abortion
  • Postpartum concerns and recovery
  • Menstrual pain
  • Pelvic congestion, heaviness or instability
  • Pelvic muscle weakness Menopausal concerns History of pelvic trauma or abuse

What Are The Benefits?

  • Relief from painful symptoms Increased blood flow and sensation
  • Reduced tension and trigger points in pelvic muscles Increased strength in pelvic muscles
  • Improved sexual function
  • Feeling more relaxed and centred
  • A sense of connection to the rhythms and cycles of the female body Feeling empowered with pelvic knowledge and self-care

What to Expect
The first appointment is typically the longest and includes a medical history and discussion of your goals for treatment. We will also review female pelvic anatomy and muscles with a 3D model and will address any questions or concerns you may have.

We will start with basic external work and, if you are comfortable, we may move on to internal work. Internal work is manual therapy where your provider inserts a gloved, lubricated finger into the vaginal canal. A woman’s pelvic muscles will be assessed for tone and strength as well as any areas of tension or trigger points. The assessment is followed by treatment using techniques such as gentle massage and trigger point release as well as breath work and visualization tools.

Follow-up appointments are typically shorter once the initial goals have been determined.

Dr. Candace also offers the following Naturopathic services:
  • Comprehensive hormonal testing, food sensitivity testing
  • Treatment options such as herbs, nutrients, diet & lifestyle counselling
  • Cervical dysplasia (abnormal PAP) treatment, including escharotic treatment

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