Naturopathic Doctor – Dr. Shah’s journey with alternative medicine started at a young age. At the age of 12, she was diagnosed with scoliosis (a sideways curvature of the spine) and after being conventionally treated with a back brace for a few years, she decided to try alternative treatments to prevent surgery – chiropractic, network spinal analysis, craniosacral therapy, reiki, reflexology, and homeopathy. While she ended up having spinal fusion surgery, her pain-free recovery period is attributed to the healing and strengthening of the body done by these natural therapies (conventional medicine and naturopathic medicine can complement each other greatly to provide the best health outcome). Her personal health journey drove her to pursue a career in healthcare where she graduated with distinction from the Applied Human Nutrition program at the University of Guelph. She has always had a passion for nutrition, biomedical sciences, and making people feel better, however, has always felt that there should be more treatment options rather than just drugs and surgery. After taking a year off and discovering naturopathic medicine, she found an instant connection with the discipline – the combination of naturopathic philosophy, diagnostics, medical sciences, nutrition and other natural treatment modalities – and so began, the journey to becoming a naturopathic doctor.
I feel like I have always been drawn to the path less travelled in multiple areas of my life which can be described beautifully by Angola Murdoch in the documentary Every Story has a Twist – “I’ve never really taken the straight road in life. My pathway has always been twisting, turning and curved. I can relate that to how my spine grew because it grew in a curved way, never straight and normal.”
Dr. Shah graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, Ontario in 2014 after completing a four year intensive academic and clinical curriculum which included a one year clinical internship seeing patients with a variety of concerns at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic and Brampton Naturopathic Teaching Clinic.
After successfully passing standardized North American licensing exams and having felt a need for change after living in Toronto for 22 years, she moved to Calgary where she started her naturopathic practice. Dr. Shah is registered and in good standing with the College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta (CNDA) and Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND). She sees patients of all ages and for a variety of health conditions but has a special interest in chronic disease, pain management, child/adolescent health, mental/emotional health, hormonal health, including, thyroid health. She always addresses gut health as optimal gut health is the foundation and gateway to whole-body wellness.
She believes that establishing a therapeutic relationship where the patient can build a connection to the doctor is critical for improving one’s health as this allows the patient to feel comfortable with expressing themselves. This helps Dr. Shah create an individualized treatment protocol helping to address the root cause because she can better understand the patient on all levels – mental / emotional / physical.
Dr. Shah looks forward to meeting you and working with you to help you achieve your health goals.