Big News! I have joined the outstanding team at Angel Hands Integrative Centre! The Centre is a leader in truly integrative medicine, addressing all aspects of health with their team of therapists including massage therapists, a shiatsu therapist, registered clinical counsellors, a clinical hypnotherapist, nutritionists, osteopathic practitioners, and acupuncturists. I join NDrs Cathy Sevcik and Caitlin Kolbuc, both of whom are leaders in their areas of specialty. Please check out Angel Hands’ gorgeous website at www.angelhands.ca where you can book online. I am so excited to join this team as we work toward a future of real, integrative, and effective medicine.

Dr HandfordMeet Dr. Rebecca Handford

I am thrilled to join the Angel Hands community of therapists and healers. I have been in practice as a Naturopathic Doctor for 9 years serving Vancouver and the Lower Mainland focusing on treating people with chronic conditions and autoimmune diseases. I developed several autoimmune conditions in my 20s, leading me to search for solutions outside the traditional medical system. I found answers, and healing, in Naturopathic Medicine.

I graduated from the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in 2007 after previously working in counselling and administration for several non-profit organizations, and receiving an Honours BA from McGill University. My unique background has given me the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life and communities, and I believe that everyone can benefit from the healing power of nature.

I also believe that health is a balancing act that changes from day to day. Health arises not just from our genetics, behaviour and habits, but also from our environment and attitudes to life and life events. I approach each person who comes to me as an individual with a “life story” unique to them. I spend time getting to know my patients’ personal and family history, their medical history, their habits and patterns of behaviour, and their current state of health, using interviews, physical exams, and lab testing. I create holistic treatment plans that include dietary suggestions, supplements designed to support the body’s innate healing abilities, physical medicines such as IV therapies or injections, exercise prescriptions, and stress-reduction interventions. I may also write pharmaceutical prescriptions and referrals to other professionals as needed. I am skilled at differential diagnosis and finding the root causes of disease; I am a proactive doctor who supports my patients to be their healthiest, happiest selves, now, and in the future.

I have successfully treated many conditions including:
– Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Fibromyalgia/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Psoriasis, Polymyalgia Arthritica, MS, and other autoimmune conditions
– Digestive issues such as chronic constipation, IBS, GERD, Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease
– Parkinson’s Disease, Post-Herpetic Neuralgia, Peripheral Neuropathy and other neurological conditions
– Depression and anxiety disorders
– Seasonal allergies, asthma, and eczema
– Liver toxicity, gallstones and Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
– Menstrual irregularities, dysmenorrhea, menopausal symptoms
– Metabolic Syndrome and Type 2 Diabetes
– Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy and other men’s health concerns

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