I feel truly blessed to have discovered my vocation early in life! A few health hiccups as I was growing up fostered my curiosity about bodies and healing, and then when I was 13 years old I got a job at the local health foods store where my family shopped – and Voila! Instead of Tylenol at the first sign of an impending migraine I was able to turn to essential oils and nutritional supplements with great success.
And to control the juvenile rheumatoid arthritis that lingered after a bout of rheumatic fever when I was 11 years old, I was eventually able to wean off of the powerful NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) and stay mobile and pain-free through the use of herbs, supplements, and dietary changes. After years of drugs and limping I was even able to take up dancing again…medication-free!
When I was just 14 years old that combination of hurdles and opportunity convinced me that my future lay in the practice of naturopathic medicine. Every class, volunteer experience, and book bought from then on led me along the path of learning to where I am now.
In 2014 the next major, life-changing moment (again, an opportunity disguised as a hurdle!) happened in my life. Six months into a long desired pregnancy I went into preterm labour out of the blue, and within 28 hours of the first symptom my son was born by emergency C-section. He was 26 weeks gestation and weighed 2 pounds.
It was a VERY far cry from the birth story that I had planned; one which involved a healthy term baby and a drug-free home birth. I wouldn’t wish the same experience on anyone but my goodness I learned a lot about fetal and infant development, emergency medicine, balance, and gratitude! I am now in a place where I can pay that forward and help other families who find themselves bewildered in the NICU.
All NDs learn pediatric medicine, but preemies are a unique and powerful group of children with slightly different needs that can’t truly be learned from a book. I want to maximize the health and potential of every premature baby* and term baby, and naturopathic medicine with its focus on prevention and the whole person is perfectly suited to foster their wellness.
* once they’ve been discharged home, and not in lieu of follow ups with their regular pediatrician. I see my role as an ND as “complementary” rather than “alternative” medicine.
Of particular interest are babies and children who are growing up at risk for developmental delays, as well as those who have been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), or other behavioral concerns or special needs.
I grew up in the arts in Toronto, attending the Etobicoke School of the Arts for high school where I excelled in math (got an award at grad!) and sciences while developing my passion for singing, acting and dance. Yes, it’s the sciences of physiology, biochemistry, and anatomy that give rise to our understanding of the human body and the study of medicine, but since each patient is a unique individual with their own strengths and weaknesses to be brought into harmony I feel that the practice of medicine is really an art. I love that balance between science and art.
Hippocrates, the father of medicine, said that “It is more important to know the type of person that has a disease, than the type of disease a person has.” It’s one of my favourite quotes.
I moved from Toronto to Vancouver in order to attend UBC for a BSc in Human Nutrition. I attended the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in New Westminster and spent an additional year there after graduating as a Clinical Resident.
My main areas of interest are:
- NICU families: Immune support, Stress management, Lactation, Pain regulation and healing after birth, Mental-emotional support (from hand-holding right up to prevention/treatment of post-partum depression)
- Pediatrics, including preemies: Autism, ADD/ADHD, Digestive health, Immune health, Growth and development, Skin, Allergies
- Digestive health: IBS and its common underlying cause of SIBO, IBD, Bloating, Belching, Heartburn, Abdominal pain or discomfort, Detoxification, and Liver health
- Women’s health: Fertility, PMS, PCOS, Menopause, Endometriosis, Painful periods
- Hormone balance: Thyroid, Adrenals, Diabetes prevention and/or treatment, Weight management
- Allergies: Food allergies, Hayfever, Environmental allergies, Asthma, Eczema
- Immune health: Infection treatment and prevention, Wound healing
- Skin health: Acne, Psoriasis, Seborrheic dermatitis,
- Mental-emotional health: Insomnia, Anxiety, Depression, “Not feeling yourself”.
I have a number of tools and techniques available in my “toolbox” but which ones we turn to depend upon you – where you are at, what you need, and where you want to go. They include lifestyle counseling, traditional and esoteric acupuncture, biotherapeutic drainage, Bowen therapy, herbal medicine, IV therapy, NeuroEmotional Technique, homeopathy, Total Body Modification, nutritional supplements and clinical nutrition, as well as a prescriptive license to augment the natural therapies as may be necessary.
I look forward to meeting you and working with you on your journey to empowered health!
Visit Dr. Wiley’s personal website: drmirandawiley.com
Dr. Wiley is available for consultations at Sage Clinic Vancouver on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
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