Dr. Alexia Harris is a licensed naturopathic physician who has a general practice focusing on detoxification, weight loss, hormone balancing, skin health, allergies, and digestive health. She holds board certifications in acupuncture, intravenous therapies, advanced injection therapies and prescriptive authority. Using an integrative approach to medicine, she offers individualized treatment protocols using one or more of the following modalities:
- Clinical Nutrition
- Botanical Medicine
- Physical Medicine
- Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine
- Lifestyle Counseling
- Intravenous Therapies
- Injection Therapies
- Laboratory Testing
- Pharmaceutical Prescription Authority
Dr. Harris has always been fascinated in human physiology and how the body functions as a complex integration of physical, mental, emotional and energetic components. Her practice is centered around this concept as she focuses on treating the whole person by gathering a comprehensive health history and focusing on treating the underlying causes of disease.
Through years of academic, clinical and personal experience, she understands that the body is designed to heal itself naturally when provided with the right environment. Her work is all about guiding her patients to discover this incredible healing potential by removing any obstacles to health, detoxifying and nourishing the body, reestablishing a balanced system, and supporting the body-mind and spirit. Ultimately her goal is to educate and empower her patients to take charge of their own health so they can start feeling better and experience optimal wellbeing.
Dr. Harris has experience treating the following acute and chronic conditions:
- Digestive health and gastrointestinal disease (gas and bloating, constipation, heartburn, food sensitivities, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, and parasite infections)
- Skin health (acne, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea and other types of dermatitis)
- Environmental toxicity (heavy metal toxicity, occupational and environmental exposures, allergies, autoimmune disease and endocrine disorders)
- Hormonal imbalances (PMS, PCOS, menstrual problems, endometriosis, menopause, adrenal dysfunction and thyroid imbalances)
- Immune dysfunction (acute and chronic infections such as colds, flus, sinusitis, cough, asthma)
- Nervous system disorders (stress, anxiety, depression, headaches, insomnia, mood disorders)
- Pain (acute or chronic pain, sports injuries, nerve pain, scar tissue, osteoarthritis, inflammatory conditions)
Born in Switzerland, Dr. Harris spent her formative years surrounded by mountains and idyllic beauty, nurturing from an early age a passion and love for nature. Her experiences picking wild mushrooms in the forest, eating berries in the mountains, and falling into patches of stinging nettles sparked a lifelong fascination with medicinal plants and the health benefits they can provide.
Growing up immersed in Swiss French culture with a pastry chef father and family in the food industry, Dr. Harris loved spending time in the kitchen learning about various types of European cuisine and the culinary arts. Consequently, she developed an early appreciation for the health benefits of a whole-foods diet as well as a keen interest in plant-based nutrition and the use of foods as medicine.
Additionally, Dr. Harris has long been interested applying a holistic approach to fitness-related goals. Spending many years as a competitive swimmer, she has explored applications of naturopathic practices to sports nutrition, looking for ways to optimize athletic performance. Dr. Harris continues to compete in long-distance running and understands firsthand the need for a personalized and evidence-based training regime that not only promotes peak performance, but aids in recovery and healing from sports-related injuries.
Dr. Harris’ post-secondary studies began at the University of Western Ontario where she studied medical sciences and biology, graduating with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in 2004. While working towards a career in medicine, Dr. Harris realized she was determined to follow a path where lifestyle, core values and profession would be in alignment. It was her passion for nutrition, medicinal plants, and her understanding of the body’s innate ability to heal that ultimately guided her to pursue a career in naturopathic medicine.
After her undergraduate studies, she travelled to Central America and experienced firsthand the benefits of raw, plant-based nutrition and the use of foods as medicine. She spent time at retreat centers and learned about various fasting and detoxification therapies, which not only restored her health, but transformed her view of medicine and her understanding of the human body.
In 2010, Dr. Harris moved to Vancouver, BC with a goal to expand her knowledge in nutritional medicine, completing a Diploma in Holistic Nutrition from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. In 2013, she enrolled at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in New Westminster, BC, where she embarked upon her journey toward becoming a naturopathic physician.
Since completing her Doctoral degree in Naturopathic Medicine, Dr. Harris has committed herself to using best evidence-based naturopathic practices to help her patients realize optimal health.
Dr. Alexia Harris is currently accepting new patients and is available Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Please call 604-697-0397 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book an appointment.
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