Dr. Patrice Butterfield, ND – Collingwood Naturopathic Doctor

Dr. Patrice Butterfield, ND

As a Naturopathic Doctor, I believe in helping people to help themselves. As a mom of two young children, I know the importance of maintaining an active, conscious, and true-to-you lifestyle in order to keep up with the demands of everyday life. It’s no secret that life can get a little crazy. It’s not always easy. It’s constantly changing. And while there is no magic elixir for perfect health, there is always a way to find, and achieve, a unique personal balance.

I’m here to answer your questions so you don’t have to resort to endless Google searches. I’m here to provide REAL game plans that will actualize positive change. I’m here to help you overcome life’s hurdles, naturally and gracefully. I see myself as an active supporter in the optimization of your overall health.

My goal is to work collaboratively with you and develop an ongoing partnership that not only educates you on health solutions, but also empowers you to sustain them. From my own experience, I can tell you that optimal wellness can be achieved when you blend the right information with the right inspiration.

Seeing beyond the symptoms
Naturopathy has the capacity to affect great change in your life in two ways: by uncovering the root cause of a health issue or complaint AND by finding a long term, natural and individialized solution. My areas of interest are:

Aging wellness, energy and fatigue, sleep issues, mood, weight loss/management, digestive issues,hormonal shifts and changes, brain fog and mild cognitive decline, child and family health, nutritional testing, interpreting and implementing genetic testing, auto-immune conditions (particularly Hashimoto’s thyroid disease), and more.

Education & Professional Experience

I hold a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM). I’m registered to practice under and currently in good standing with the College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO). I’m also currently a member of the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND) and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND).

Prior to my naturopathic schooling, I completed a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Communications from Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia. I moved to Toronto in 2006 to work in the not-for-profit sector and subsequently worked in communications for the government of Ontario. And here I am today!

My motto: never stop learning and growing!

Outside the Office

Food. Nature. Family. That’s me in an (organic) nutshell.

Food
I live in Toronto’s lively west end neighbourhood of Roncesvalles, with my husband and two children. Although I’ve lived and travelled around the world, I love this community of mine and can’t imagine being anywhere else. On most weekends, you’ll find us enjoying Roncy’s local shops and restaurants. We like to stroll through the Sorauren Farmers’ Market on Mondays to get fresh, local goodies for the week. Cooking is a BIG love of mine. I’m always experimenting in the kitchen and making clean meals for my family — whether they be plant-based, paleo or keto inspired. Give me organic, local, ethically-farmed meat any day. Fun fact: I’m an oyster lover!

Nature
My family loves to get outdoors – both in and out of the city. One of our favourite spots is the Beaver Valley. During winter, you can spot me flying down the ski slopes or going on a snowshoeing adventure. In summer months, we often hike the mighty Bruce Trail or go for a paddle on Beaver River — followed by a local wine or cider treat. Top tip: never underestimate a quick walk outside! It always amazes me how fresh air and moving your body correlates with increased mood and energy.

Family
Above all, I love to be with my family. When I became a mom, my world changed. I knew I had to become the best version of myself for me and my children. So I shifted gears, careers, and values to reflect my desire to be more authentic. Today, I’m proud to have a healthy work-life balance that I absolutely cherish. Do what you love, love what you do.