Why Naturopathic Medicine?
I believe Naturopathic Medicine has something to offer everyone to improve health and their quality of life. I found Naturopathic Medicine through a personal health crisis. I knew something was wrong, but I didn’t know where to start. I was mourned by the loss of health I had previously enjoyed and felt consumed by the daunting task of advocating for myself as I navigated the health care system looking for answers. I found them in Naturopathic Medicine, which gave me options, education, guidance, and – with some hard work on my part – change. I began to choose foods that nourished me, eliminate lifestyle habits that worked against me, and learned to interpret my symptoms as clues and messages instead of something to suppress. This experience of a whole-system, individualized approach to healthcare informs the way I partner with patients and collaborate with their healthcare practitioners. We use a thorough investigation into your health history, physical exam, and diagnostic lab testing where appropriate with the aim of collecting the pieces of the puzzle, identifying imbalances, drawing connections, and addressing the root cause of health issues to strengthen the body’s natural resilience. Ultimately, my work is to support, teach, and empower my patients in making sustainable changes to reach their health goals and put the control back in their hands. This patient-centered and collaborative approach is what I do best and why I chose this type of medicine. Find out more about what to expect in our first visit here.
Dr. Jola Sikorski, ND is an Ontario Registered Naturopathic Doctor with a general naturopathic practice and providing care for the entire family, helping patients with a variety of health goals achieve positive change in their health and live life to the fullest. My practice has a focus on children’s health, fertility and perinatal health, digestive disorders, and mental health concerns such as stress, anxiety, and depression.
In working with children and families, I aim to provide a supportive environment to parents and help weed through the age of over-information to provide safe and helpful health information for infants through teens while setting the foundation for health and teaching the tools to maintain it. As a Birth Doula, I have helped families navigate the transition to parenthood and I am passionate about healthy and evidence-based pregnancy, labour, and birth.
As an entrepreneur and a mother, I have a special interest in helping busy parents and professionals prioritize their own health needs and goals. You take care of everything and everyone else, but do you make time for you? As a former professional musician, I have a special interest in optimizing the health and performance of musicians and other performing artists, supporting a state of injury-free creative expression. Your body is your tool of the trade! Investing in your health is investing in your art.
I am a mom to two young, active children and one furbaby and love spending time with them outdoors. I’m an ever-learning gardener and interested in the art of foraging and wildcrafting herbs and edible plants. In my spare time, I love singing the harmony part to the song on the radio, enjoy reading, and spend time experimenting with healthy food (and sometimes not-so-healthy food) and feeding friends and family.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
Dr. Jola graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine’s four-year degree program following the completion of her undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto. She is a Naturopathic Doctor registered with the College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO) and member in good standing with the OAND and CAND.
As part of her naturopathic degree, Dr. Jola completed a 12-month internship at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic, Brampton Naturopathic Teaching Clinic in the Brampton Civic Hospital, and the Sherbourne Health Centre, where she completed focus shifts with additional training and experience in managing Myalgic Encephalitis/Chronic Fatigue/Fibromyalgia, integrative health provision in HIV/AIDS, and weight loss. As a student, Dr. Jola participated in a medical brigade Nicaragua to provide primary health care and learn about issues surrounding global health and access to care. Dr. Jola has completed Naturopathic Doula training, and this knowledge and training informs her approach to healthy pregnancy, labour, and birth with her fertility and pre and postnatal patients. As a practitioner, Dr. Jola is a perpetual learner, continually researching, taking continuing education credits, attending seminars, and committed to applying the most current and relevant information to her patient’s concerns. Upon graduation, Dr. Jola received CCNM’s Humanitarian Award for her work and advocacy in fostering change and accessibility within the school and student body as well as the Naturopathic profession.
About Naturopathic Medicine
The short answer: Naturopathic Medicine is a primary health care profession that combines the years of traditional and holistic medicine with modern day research to apply natural, non-invasive, and highly individualized treatments in a way that targets the root cause of a health concern while supporting and encouraging the body’s own ability to heal. Naturopathy is safe and effective care from birth through retirement.
The long answer: Naturopathic Medicine is a system of primary health care that addresses the underlying causes of disease, emphasizes prevention, honours the self-healing process, and engages the patient and practitioner in a therapeutic relationship. This philosophy addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. To illustrate using a metaphor, Naturopaths are your body’s consulting master gardener. In order to keep a plant healthy, you need to support the basic and essential foundation: the roots and soil. Similarly, if a plant is not healthy, gardeners know to return and address these same foundational elements. Naturopathic medicine approaches patients in the same way, spending time particularly addressing the foundational elements of daily health: nutrition, sleep, movement, and genetics. Predisposition, triggers, and physiological processes can affect the roots and soil and result in imbalance or dysfunction at the stem, working its way to the leaves or flowers. While palliation of symptoms may be necessary part of therapeutic treatment, it neglects the fundamental aspects of health that reside in the roots of the plant. Not all plants or patients with similar symptoms have the same imbalance at the root level. Naturopathic medicine aims to provide proactive and personalized assessment, treatment, and prevention of chronic health issues while taking into account the needs, goals, and unique considerations of the individual.
Naturopathic therapies are supported by research drawn from peer-reviewed journals from many disciplines, blending centuries-old traditional knowledge and philosophy with modern leading-edge research on health and human systems. The Naturopathic Toolbox is eclectic and includes modalities such as diet, nutritional supplementation, lifestyle or environmental modification, herbs, acupuncture, counselling, mind-body practices and visualization techniques, hydrotherapy, and homeopathy. When appropriate, NDs may recommend laboratory testing in-house or through a lab.
Naturopathic Doctors have attended a four-year accredited naturopathic medical school that requires a previous bachelor degree and university-level science pre-requisites. NDs are clinically trained with over 1200 hours of internship in various clinical settings such as private clinics, hospitals, and community health centres. Naturopathic Doctors work in all aspects of family health, from pediatric to geriatric care.
Naturopathic Medicine successfully addresses a number of health conditions and concerns, including but not limited to fatigue, pain, hormonal imbalances, thyroid conditions, menopause, PCOS, infertility, weight gain, digestive disorders, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) & bloating, Crohn’s & colitis, constipation, allergies & autoimmune conditions including rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, psoriasis, and more.