I didn’t always know that I wanted to be a Naturopathic Doctor. When I was in my early twenties I spent a month volunteering at a rural health clinic in the Philippines, and it changed my mind about the type of doctor – and person – I wanted to become. The experience taught me about the importance of spending time with each patient to listen to their story, and understand who they are as a whole person. I learned about Naturopathic Medicine shortly after returning from that trip, and it fit so well with my personal health philosophies and career ideals that I’ve never looked back.
Education and Training
I completed my undergraduate degree in Physiology at the University of Western Ontario, where I received the Gold Medallion for highest academic average in my field. I then completed my degree in Naturopathic Medicine at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine.
I am a certified Naturopathic Doula, which has allowed me the honour of being present at some of my patients’ births. I also received special training in Cosmetic Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture, which I am excited to provide at the Dr. Darou and Associates clinic.
Over the past year I have been training under Dr. Darou to specialize in women’s health and fertility. It has been an enriching experience to learn from such a brilliant practitioner, and I am thrilled to continue to collaborate with Dr. Darou as I transition into practicing at this clinic.
My practice has a special focus in women’s health, fertility care, and pregnancy. Women’s hormones are unique and complex, and I love the challenge and reward that comes with balancing hormones and working with women through their pre and post-natal stages.
One of the things I love about being a Naturopathic Doctor is that we get to spend time with patients to openly and actively listen to their story. I strive to create a safe space where patients feel comfortable and confident during visits. It’s important to me that my patients understand how and why their treatment works so that they can be empowered and in control of their health. I believe in using thoroughly researched treatments, and working with patients to develop a treatment plan that is well matched with their lifestyle and health goals.
I am an outgoing, approachable, and positive person. I love to travel, cook, and go hiking. In my most recent trip I got to combine all three of the things I love as I hiked and ate my way through the gorgeous country of Peru! Traveling has given me a deeper understanding of who I am as a person, and how we are all connected on a human level.
I will be officially launching my practice at Dr. Darou and Associates on October 17th, 2014 and will be seeing patients Mondays and Fridays from 8:00am until 8:00pm. Appointments can be booked online at drshawnadarou.com, or by phoning the office at 416-214-9251.
I will also be providing free “Lunch and Learn” seminars on a variety of health topics ranging from stress, to sleep, to food intolerances. Please contact the office if you are interested in booking a free seminar for your office, book club, or other small group.
I look forward to contributing to this newsletter, as well as to providing new programs and services to the Dr. Darou and Associates practice.