Anybody who knows me knows I love to help people. I was raised on a farm in central BCs Cariboo district. This is where I learned many of the values and skills I use as resources every day - problem solving, the power of the natural world, the value of hard work and perseverance (to name a few). My life's journey prior to naturopathic medicine included forays into a wide diversity of fields; from cancer research to delivery driver, from the ancient craft of timber-framing to biotechnology, from production labourer to high-rise tower design. It is this broad spectrum of experience that allows me to have some insight into most of my patient's daily lives: the struggles and inspirations inherent to them.
It was my role as a parent that truly led me into naturopathic medicine. As a young man holding my own children, I felt overwhelmed with responsibility. I wanted to do as much as possible to support my sons as they grew. I learned about health and treatments that were not part of the mainstream medical model; I became impassioned. I could not learn enough; I knew I had found my calling. My road to ultimately practicing naturopathic medicine was long and convoluted. Balancing family life and getting an education was certainly an enormous challenge. With the seemingly unending support of my wife Laura, I managed to earn a degree in Chemistry and Biochemistry from UNBC, a MSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences from UBC and, finally, a Naturopathic Doctorate from Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine.
I could not be happier with my career choice. Every day I feel fortunate to spend time with my patients who are reaching ever higher levels of health. Whether it is a child who has had their eczema clear up, a woman who has restored energy, or a man who no longer has the chronic back pain that he has been suffering from; it feels fantastic to know that I have helped achieve a new-found health. I treat people with many different conditions; if you are interested in reaching new heights in your life or staying at your optimal health, come in for an assessment.
I have specialized training in prolotherapy: an injection-based therapy that targets chronic joint injuries and which can lead to complete healing (joints are often stronger than they ever were). No matter what area pains you, I have had success treating it; from headaches to plantar fasciitis. Whether you are just trying to go for a hike or are playing professional sports, I have helped someone get through a similar situation. Don't go on living with the pain!
A second focus I have had great success treating in my practice is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. I have seen dramatic shifts in both adults and children who have this challenge. The great part of treating children is they heal so quickly. Adults take longer to come around, but I have seen amazing improvements in behaviour and performance in them as well. There is much more that can be done than the simplistic idea that people diagnosed with ADHD need to be medicated to live functional lives.
Working in the forefront of functional, individualized medicine is something that I feel very privileged to provide for my patients. Even if your needs are outside of the areas mentioned above, the principles are the same: you can be helped. My job is to identify, and help you remove, the blockages that are preventing you from healing. I do not treat conditions, I treat people-people like you.
Polo Health + Longevity Centre
711 Columbia Street
New Westminster, BC V3M 1B2