Meet Dr. Fareen

Formative Influences

From an early age I was fascinated with the idea of food as medicine. After graduating from the University of British Colombia with a Bachelor of Science degree (with Honors) in Nutrition, I worked as a nutritionist and wellness director for many years. When my career as a nutritionist stopped challenging me, I fell into a job as a pharmaceutical sales representative for big pharma. My experience in pharmaceutical sales allowed me to understand both the successes and limitations of conventional western medicine. I learned that the model of waiting to treat disease rather than preventing illness with good health, and band-aiding symptoms with drugs and surgery, isn’t working for us on a systemic level.

Travel to India

I wanted to find another perspective of health, and travelled to India to study meditation, yoga and Ayurveda. This taught me the power of self-reflection, compassion, empathy, and forgiveness as mechanisms of healing. I also gained an understanding of the value of sustainable practices that respect our environment and the value of spending time in nature. When I returned home, I knew that I wanted to combine both the best of eastern and western philosophies of medicine.

Naturopathic Medicine

This led me to study Naturopathic Medicine, which has provided me with a paradigm shift in the way that I think about health. I started to see and understand the powerful effects of the healing power of the body, the deep connection of body, mind and spirit, and the wisdom of treating the underlying cause of illness, rather than simply masking its symptoms. It is only now that I can truly connect the dots of my life and see, with perspective, why I was so compelled to pursue studies in so many different types of medicine. It has brought me here, to this place as a doctor, of integrating both western and more eastern philosophies. I feel grateful that I trusted my intuition because I am proud of the doctor I am today and feel honored to share my understanding of health with my patients.

I engage an integrative and holistic approach to medicine by drawing on my four years of medical school training along with two years of studies in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda. In my approach to care for my patients, I use the latest, most advanced diagnostic tools, laboratory testing and imaging combined with a thorough health history, to understand each patient as an individual, uncover the underlying cause of their illness and create an individualized treatment plan. I draw on modalities of nutrition, eastern and western botanicals and mind-body practices, naturopathic needling, constitutional cupping, IV therapies, and when necessary pharmaceutical interventions.

Women’s Health

Over the years, I have become passionate about women’s health as well. Please see my section on Women’s Health for more information.

Guiding Principles

My goal is to inspire health through education, positive change and personal growth. I am excited to be exercising my passion for integrative medicine here at MD Integrative Wellness.

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