Dr. Talia Marcheggiani, Naturopathic Doctor
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, 2014
Bachelor of Science (Honours), Life Sciences, Queen’s University, 2008
Certificates and Additional Training:
Narrative Therapy Trauma Intensive, Narrative Therapy Centre, 2016
Addictions Workshop, Project Starlight, with Dr. Aaron Van Gaver, ND and Dr. Tanya Mate, ND, 2016
Standard of Practice for Prescribing, Canadian Pharmacists Association, 2015
Narrative Therapy Summer Intensive, Narrative Therapy Centre, 2015
Certificate in Motivational Interviewing, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto, 2015
Endocrinology Masterclass, Health Masters Live, 2015
Toronto Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Workshop, 2013
Courses 1 and 2 of the Ayurvedic Health Educator Certification Programme, RYA, 2011
Certificate for English Language Teaching for Adults (CELTA), Cambridge University, 2009
College of Naturopaths of Ontario
Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors
Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors
Doctor + Artist + Teacher + Writer + Healer
My story begins with the desire to learn the secrets and mysteries of the human body—this physical structure that gives us aliveness. My curiosity brought me to a program of undergraduate study in the Life Sciences. However the multiple choice exams and rote memorization of an undergraduate medical education didn’t exactly fit my right-brain, with its affinity for stories, narratives and art. I felt that instead of answers, I was left with more questions about what it means to heal.
After university, I ventured to the jungles, oceans, mountains and cities of Colombia, in South America where I got a job teaching English as a Foreign Language. I was in Colombia a short while before I had the experience of getting sick on foreign soil. The healthcare system in Colombia is very similar to the one we have in North America. I was put through a battery of tests, exams, and sent to a variety of medical specialists. Despite the headaches, weight gain, fatigue and digestive insanity, no one could find the cause of my health issues. Fortunately, Colombia has a history rich in shamanism and traditional healing, which I was able to turn to. Through the help of a natural medical doctor, I experienced rapid changes in a few short days. I was intrigued.
I decided to return to Canada and obtain a degree in naturopathic medicine, a branch of medicine that combines traditional healing with scientific evidence in an attempt to learn the language of the body, hopefully giving me some answers to the questions I’d begun asking years before.
On my first day at naturopathic medical school, I had the acute feeling of having arrived. Naturopathic medicine allows me to combine my curiosity about bodily health with my fascination with people and their life stories. It offers heart-felt solutions—it looks behind the curtain to find out why we get sick and what life changes we can make to reverse the process of disease and begin a journey that honours health and well-being. I am fascinated with how stress affects the body and how to cultivate a culture of emotional wellness, rather than a focus on sickness and disease. I am particularly passionate about the mind-body connection, which receives little attention in conventional medicine. I believe strongly in providing support to those who suffer from mental health conditions—mental wellness is in crisis in our society, and current solutions for managing conditions of the mind are often lacking.
I am excited to show people that there is a solution for long-suffered health conditions and imbalances. You don’t need to feel tired, in pain, unhappy, uncomfortable, and ignored or misunderstood! It is possible to lessen the uncertainty and fear that may surround health issues and the disempowerment that can occur when you receive a medical diagnosis or get sick. Solutions exist: they are real, accessible, and nurture the body’s natural processes.
I am committed to using naturopathic medicine to improve the health of as many people as possible. In addition to providing frequent articles on my blog, content on my social media pages, and free public talks, I volunteer at the Evergreen Yonge Street Mission, where I provide naturopathic care to street-involved youth in downtown Toronto.
I love working with passionate, creative, and intuitive individuals, who are committed to exploring their health and lifestyles and are open to learning more about themselves and their bodies. If you are looking for a health professional to guide you on your healing journey, I would love to work with you!
If you’re unable or unready to book an appointment with me, I still encourage you to keep in touch and join the conversation. Follow me on Facebook or Twitter, sign up for my newsletter, visit my Youtube channel to listen to my free talks, and check out my blog page.
Dr. Talia Marcheggiani, ND