As a self-proclaimed “nature nerd,” Dr. Jada MacLeod spent much of her childhood outdoors. She had a keen interest in herbs, and became passionate about natural medicine for health and wellness.
“It was during high school when I knew I wanted to be a ND [Naturopathic Doctor],” says Jada. “This was before the internet, and before most people knew much about this stream of healthcare. I knew I wanted to help people feel their best using the medicines that nature provides us, including our innate healing ability.”
Also prompted by the fact that her mother was a nurse, Jada pursued an undergraduate degree in health sciences followed by the four-year Naturopathic Doctor program at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine.
After working as an associate in various centres in Ottawa, Jada’s vision for a multidisciplinary clinic came to fruition in a century-old home in Hintonburg. “People tell us that the clinic is very warm and cozy,” says Jada. “My goal was to create a space that allows everyone to feel relaxed, unhurried and fully heard.”
Now a team of seven, Healing House provides naturopathic care, along with registered massage therapy, psychotherapy, reiki and reflexology. NDs operate much like GPs (general practitioners), performing physical exams and ordering blood tests for their patients. Unlike traditional medicine, naturopathy studies the body as a whole by exploring how each system functions together.
Jada often sees patients after they have been suffering from symptoms or a disease for a long period of time, and have been unable to get to the root cause with their GP. “I feel like a detective,” says Jada.
Jada melds together several techniques when treating patients, first assessing what may be causing imbalances in the body. There is a lot of focus on nutrition and lifestyle, as well as herbal remedies and acupuncture when necessary. “Each person receives individual care and attention depending on their health goals, underlying root causes of symptoms and commitment to change,” says Jada.
By working on both the emotional and physical function of the body, patients at Healing House are supported in their own path towards optimal health.
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