“It is our nature to be happy, healthy, peaceful beings. When we aren’t happy, healthy and peaceful we must ask why. It is my work to identify and assist my patients in removing or treating the factors that are disturbing this state. In this process, we restore the body’s ability to heal itself and ultimately bring the system back into the balance of happiness, health, and peace.” - Dr. Melissa Cugliari, ND
Dr. Melissa Cugliari, ND is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor and member of the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND) and the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND).
Although she treats all health concerns, Melissa focuses her practice in dermatology, digestive health, stress management and anxiety; she is particularly keen on educating and empowering patients in the realm of lifestyle (diet, exercise, sleep, etc.) which are foundational in achieving and maintaining optimal health.
It is Melissa’s belief that the body has an innate ability to heal itself; she works with each patient to remove the root cause of disease and gently remind the body how to heal. Melissa integrates modern evidence-based treatments and diagnostic testing with the ancient healing wisdom of herbalism, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and other naturopathic modalities to create comprehensive, individualized treatment protocols addressing the distinct needs of each patient.
Naturopathic Doctors are licensed healthcare practitioners who are medically trained to address all health concerns. We are guided by six fundamental principles:
I. First, do no harm
II. Treat the cause of disease
III. Teach the principles of healthy living and preventative medicine
IV. Heal the whole person through individualized treatment
V. Emphasize prevention
IV. Support the healing power of nature
Naturopathic Doctors take the time to listen to each patient and understand the root cause of disease. A guided approach is taken to get to know one’s self and what is needed to heal. By working with the healing powers of nature and the body’s ability to eliminate toxicity and rebalance, concerns can be ameliorated and health can be restored.
Licensed Naturopathic Doctors complete eight years of post-secondary studies, including a 4-year undergraduate degree in the sciences. Naturopathic training involves four years of study at an accredited college, including more than 1,200 hours of clinical experience and over 3,000 hours of classroom training. The program covers three major areas of study: biomedical sciences, clinical sciences and naturopathic therapeutics in the above-pictured modalities. Naturopathic Doctors are also trained in the following areas of allopathic medicine: physical examination and history taking, diagnostics, and lab testing.
A 12-month clinical internship in the fourth year of the program is required for graduation. The completion of two regulatory Naturopathic Physician Licensing Examinations (NPLEX I and II) offered by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners (NABNE) and a board examination are required for licensure.