Maria is a medical doctor from Colombia where she practiced as a family physician for 8 years until she moved to Canada 16 years ago. Discouraged about the way conventional medicine is practiced, she dedicated herself to clinical research working in the pharmaceutical industry for 8 years. However, her calling was to be a healer and becoming a naturopath was the answer and is now her passion. She completed the Doctor of Naturopathy program at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Treating the person as a whole, naturopathic medicine takes into account not only the physical but also the mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of human beings. It emphasizes prevention and optimal health, and identifies the causes of disease instead of treating the symptoms.
“My practice is based on a personalized, wholeness approach; my goal is to establish close doctor-patient relationships that allow me to adapt treatments to the uniqueness of each of my patients. I believe in listening to patients as they are their own body experts and know exactly what they need for healing. I am the facilitator and I encourage them to actively participate in the achievement of their personal view of wellness.”