Dr Caroline Meyer ND
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine and Reiki Master
Why I Am Passionate About Getting Good Sleep
I have a passion for helping people sleep better because I have struggled with sleep throughout my life. Good sleep is a natural part of life…until it isn’t. In my late 40s, while my hormones were doing the perimenopausal dance, my personal life imploded. I sat by my father’s bedside as he died of congestive heart failure, my relationship of over 24 years’ duration shockingly ended and not by my choice, and my only sibling, my sister Beth, died unexpectedly. And guess what? I stopped sleeping well. I couldn’t get to sleep or woke too early or had both experiences in the same night. Can you relate?
Throughout my life, I had bouts of insomnia, but this one was long and unrelenting. As a naturopathic doctor, I had many tools at my disposal to heal my sleep. I used many of them plus worked with another naturopath, saw therapists and got acupuncture. Gradually, my sleep improved. Now, every night is not perfect but most nights I do sleep through the night. Along the way, I discovered the key practices that help maintain my sleep despite life’s turmoils.
As a naturopathic doctor, I have helped hundreds of people, like you, to figure out their own sleep solution.
Who I Am
I am an active member of the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND), the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND), the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) and the Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians (Ped-ANP). I am also a clinical and academic faculty member at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine where I supervise one of North America’s few pediatrics-focused clinic shifts. As a nationally-featured writer and speaker, I share my passion for all things related to natural healing. As a long-time practitioner of meditation, I know how mindful practices can transform not only the mind but all aspects of health
Your FAQs....And Answers
1.What can I expect before my initial intake?
I am happy to offer a complimentary 15 minute phone consult, to make sure that we are a good fit for one another. I truly want you to see the right practitioner so you can feel better as quickly as possible!
Once your initial intake is booked, I will send you the intake form, and ask that you complete two quizzes:
These quizzes identify both your approach to making sustainable change and what ‘chrono’ type you are. I want to make your time with me as useful and efficient as possible. So having this information helps me to develop an effective treatment plan FOR YOU.
2. How often do I need to come for visits?
The frequency of visits depends on many factors such as the intensity of the symptoms and the type of treatments followed. Acupuncture treatments typically occur every 7 to 10 days for a series of 6 to 8 treatments. Treatment with nutrition, reiki and constitutional homeopathy often involves less frequent visits, usually every 3 to 5 weeks.
3. Do you only treat people who have the conditions listed on your website?
While treating sleep challenges is my ‘thing’, I do of course address your whole health. So if you are suffering from insomnia but also want to lose some weight or deal with digestive issues, I can help. So much of our overall wellbeing impacts sleep and vice versa, it is impossible to isolate treating your sleep without addressing overall health issues. If I think you would be better served by another practitioner or would benefit from adding in other practitioners, then I will make those referrals. And I have a great referral network, to match you with the right person.
4. . Are naturopathic doctors regulated health care providers?
In Ontario (as well as many states and provinces), naturopathic doctors are licensed and regulated by the government through HPRAC (which also regulates MDs, nurses, occupational therapists, etc). I am licensed as a ND (Naturopathic Doctor) in Ontario.
5. Are naturopathic medical fees covered by OHIP?
No, currently naturopathic fees are not covered by OHIP but many benefits/insurance plans do offer coverage. Check your specific plan to determine the details of your coverage. Otherwise, you may keep the receipts for treatment fees to use as medical expenses on your tax return. Also, please note that most likely the supplements, tests, and herbs are not covered by insurance plans.
Natural Sleep Medicine
Do you struggle with getting asleep and/or staying asleep? Does sleep deprivation ruin your days? Across the lifespan, there are many challenges in getting a good night’s sleep. Since childhood, I have struggled with bouts of insomnia. So I am passionate about figuring out the best habits for restful sleep…and helping you to sleep better too. I have developed an effective and practical program to restore your sleep naturally.
Far from being a fleeting trend, Paleo, Primal and Ancestral health approaches provide sustainable ways to improve your well-being on all levels. Ancestral health improves your health by adjusting your diet to traditional whole foods, incorporating physical activity that energizes instead of depleting you, correcting disturbed sleeping patterns, and making play a more prominent part of your daily life. Other approaches like intermittent fasting are based on ancient traditions of fasting along with modern research to support its use for weight management, brain health, and healthy aging. At Alchemy, we work with you to develop an effective plan that goes beyond addressing your health concerns to optimizing your enjoyment of life, whatever your age.
Science-Based Energy Medicine
Leading edge science is revealing how profoundly the mind and spirit impact our health. Using a combination of Reiki, visualizations, and shamanic journeying, I can help you optimize your mindset and how it interacts with your heart and spirit. People often note that their relationships improve, their brain can focus better and they feel more energetic overall.
Natural Mood Support and Healing
Leading-edge research demonstrates how mental health is intimately connected to how well the body, mind and heart communicate. Using a combination of the most effective approaches of nutrition, counselling, supplements, herbal medicine, meditation, and mind-body techniques (including Reiki and Tapping), I help people achieve peak mental performance. Whether you want to heal anxiety, permanently lift depression, or optimize your memory, the Alchemy approach can help you meet these goals. I also treat children with a range of psychoneurological conditions including AHDD, ADD, and ASD.
You want the absolute best for your children in the present and for their futures. Naturopathic medicine can effectively address health concerns that sometimes conventional medicine doesn’t treat effectively. Or perhaps the medications work well but you are concerned about the possible long-term effects of conventional treatment on your children. In addressing your children’s concerns, I focus on building a foundation of sound nutrition, stress management, and activity to optimize the long-term health of your child, from infancy to adolescence.
For women in midlife, fluctuating hormone levels can wreak havoc with your health and well-being. Hot flushes, restless sleep, mood changes, brain fog, and stubborn weight gain are just some of the troubling symptoms of perimenopause and menopause. There are many natural ways, though, to eliminate them, including using topical bioidentical hormones. In combination with lifestyle changes, hormone replacement can offer the missing ingredient to feeling well again.
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