Dr. Melissa Howe BScN., RN. (inactive), ND., Naturopathic Doctor & Advanced Bowen Practitioner
It is my goal to understand you and your health care needs. By understanding you, I can then provide appropriate education, support, empowerment, and Naturopathic treatments and Care which will dramatically improve your ability to achieve your optimal physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbbeing.
With over 30 years in the health care field, I run my practice based on: a deep respect and compassion for each individual’s unique experience, and a passion and ability to use both the art and science of naturopathic medicine to help in the best ways possible.
I am a life-long lover of learning. I am always learning about myself and my patients and it gives me great joy to constantly grow in my understanding of nature, human beings and medicine and to discover new ways to help individuals achieve health, happiness, fulfillment and peace.
I began my career in health care as a registered nurse (Ryerson, Bachelor of Science in Nursing '92). I then worked in a variety of settings from palliative, to home-care, to post surgical, settling happily at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital's labor and delivery unit. During my nursing education and even more so once working in the field, I became aware of a conflict between my instincts and what allopathic medicine prescribed. Conventional medicine clearly excelled in many areas, some of which include; diagnosis, research, surgery, life supportive measures, urgent care and support for the masses. However, I noticed that there were areas that could use improvement, such as; preventative care, the use of gentle, safe, natural methods to "get the job done", helping those with minor symptoms before they became major ones, as well as helping to not just paliate, but reverse chronic illnesses of all sorts. I noticed in conventional medicine, that once the symptoms were "taken care of" with medication, the underlying condition would often progress undetected until it reared its head later, perhaps decades later in a deeper more serious illness that was now more difficult to treat or reverse. This more serious illness would then require more medical attention, medication and intervention and unfortunately entail much more patient suffering. These observations, combined with a handful of my own health issues, an incredible heart & mind opening experience as a work scholar at California's Esalen Institute in 1992 and a very wise step-mother, led me to The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM).
Initially, I was a patient at the Naturopathic College Clinic. I was treated for severe eczema, allergies, asthma, chronic reoccurring colds and flus, and fatigue. A short time later, feeling the benefits of Naturopathic treatment, I became a student myself, graduating from their full time program in '99. This rigorous program included over 4,000 hours of classroom training and supervised clinical experience during an extended four year period. (What most people don't realize is that the program is 4 years fulltime and only open to those having already completed a minimum of 3 years university sciences. Fortunately, I had 4 years from the nursing degree.)
After completing this internationally accredited and highly acclaimed program, passing the external Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations and provincial examinations in 1999, I became and continue to be a registered and fully licensed Naturopathic Doctor with the College of Naturopaths of Ontario. I am also a member of The Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors, Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND), and a non-practicing member of the College of Nurses of Ontario. I am also a certified Wilsons Temperature Syndrome practitioner for Women’s Health and thyroid disorders. I continually enhance my qualifications and understanding in this ever-growing field, through the CCNM and OAND's continuing education programs, The Academy of International Bioenergetic Sciences, The Bowen Institute, The Bowen Therapy Academy of Australia, L'Académie Internationale des Méthods Thérapeutiques Contemporaines, The International Society of Homotoxicology and the Association for the Advancement of Restorative Medicine, the Halton Centre for Cognitive Therapy and Stress Reduction and The Centre for Mindfulness Studies in Toronto to name but a few. As of 2021, I am embarking on a journey to become a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Teacher.
I participate in, and host group mediations and Qi Gong Classes, am a student of the Tree of Life/ Kabbalah (since 2016), as well as of Traditional Native Healing and Spiritual Technology. I have been blessed to have been taught and guided by 4 great Shamans/Shamanesses over the course of many years, who have enriched my life beyond measure. I seem to always be hungry for knowledge, understanding and wisdom. I am learning that it is all here for all of us, at all times, it's just about getting quiet enough to hear and feel it.
There are so many factors that contribute to being healthy on all four levels - physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. I believe that it is important to address all four aspects when helping people to achieve health. I also believe that my regular meditation, tree of life study and Qi Gong practices (which I love so much!) and regular self growth activities assist me to be of better service to myself and therefore my family and of course my wonderful patients.
I derive enormous pleasure in helping others and watching them return to health. On an even more personal note, I also enjoy spending time with my wonderful husband Andrew, and our incredible young adult son and daughter. I also absolutely love simply being in Nature. I enjoy working in our vegetable and flower garden, biking, hiking, canoeing, traveling, and walking in the woods with our dog Lucy as well as creating delicious healthy meals, painting, dancing and reading (mostly about health ;) and being silly.
As a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, we are trained and licensed in the healing arts and science of:
Clinical and Holistic Nutrition
Traditional Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture
I am also trained in multiple additional therapeutic techniques including: