Having a passion for the possible
Born on the Saskatchewan prairies, I spent a lot of time outside, immersed in the natural world. I had an innate curiosity for the way things worked - especially the human body in its infinite complexity. When my father was diagnosed with diabetes I intuitively felt there was so much more we could do before turning to medications. By improving his diet and making small changes to his lifestyle, he was able to regulate his blood sugar and avoid pharmaceuticals for many years, which shocked and impressed his doctors.
While I was already interested in nutrition and health, empowering my father to take charge of his own wellbeing changed my perspective on what wellness really means. When I learned of Naturopathic Medicine and how it seeks to address the root cause of illness and not just symptoms, something clicked. Every human body is striving for equilibrium: by treating the whole person and removing barriers to optimal function, I believe everyone can experience health in balance.
Connecting with patients and providing them with the resources to own their health journey is one of the most fulfilling aspects of my practice. I work with each patient individually to improve foundations of health starting with small but profound changes so that these shifts can amplify to benefit future health and prevent disease. I welcome all questions so you fully understand the inner workings of your body and treatment.
I consider myself a humble guide in your health journey and acknowledge that each patient arrives in my office at different states of readiness so I work with you to determine the best treatment plan for results.
I look forward to supporting you!
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Dr. Rochelle Harder earned her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine from the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in Vancouver, BC and received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Saskatchewan.
Dr. Rochelle is certified in intravenous therapy, has pharmaceutical prescribing authority in the province of British Columbia, and has completed training in Naturopathic Advanced Life Support (NALS).
Dr. Rochelle is a member in good standing of the British Columbia Naturopathic Association (BCNA), College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia (CNPBC), and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND).
WHAT IS NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE?
Naturopathic medicine combines traditional healing techniques with modern medicine to assess + treat underlying causes of disease rather than just the symptoms
Naturopathic medicine is founded upon six defining principles:
1. First, do no harm
Choosing therapies and interventions that are the least invasive, yet most effective
2. The healing power of nature
Using natural remedies like herbal medicine, nutrition and lifestyle changes to improve health
3. Identify and treat the cause
Get to the root cause of disease, do not just treat and suppress symptoms
4. Treat the whole person
Take into account all symptoms and conditions as they relate to each other; consider mind, body and spirit
5. Doctor as teacher
Supporting patients to understand their bodies and feel empowered to care of their health
Strive to improve health so that disease can be prevented