Gratitude and 2018

Last year was a big one for StoneTree Clinic. Our team and our patient community grew a lot! Here are a few highlights from 2018:

  • One new naturopathic doctorDr. Bronwyn Hill, ND. She started her ND career as a volunteer student over a decade ago, helping out Dr. Shelby and me when we were practicing over on Erie Street. She graduated from the Canadian College of medicine five years ago (she and Dr. Maggie were classmates) and after a few years in the city, she decided to make the move up north. We couldn’t be happier.
  • With well over 2200 IV’s being done in 2018 we needed some help, and added two new faces in the IV suite:
    • Sahar El Awady (Dr. Ehab’s wife). She brings both her history as an anesthesiologist in Eygpt, and real passion for patient care. She started in the IV suite this fall and is eagerly learning the naturopathic approach to health care.
    • Deb Chatwin, nursing assistant extraordinaire. You will see her as Angela’s right hand this January, learning the ropes and helping out.
  • One new face behind the front deskBridget McMaster joined us this summer as a student intern and we get to keep her until she heads off the Naturopathic College in the fall of 2019.
  • Three maternity leaves, which added 3 new babies to the STC family!
    • Dr. Kendra welcomed Rowan into her family in April of this year. She is now back to work and reconnecting with her patients and we get to snuggle with Rowan during case conference every week.
    • Dr. Maggie and her family welcomed a daughter, Rose into her family in October and Dr. Candice welcomed her son, Owen into the world just in time for Christmas this December. Both moms will be back to patient care in the late spring. Dr. Bronwyn is looking after their patients and loving it.

And most importantly….

  • Over 800 new patients came to the clinic for the first time! That means that in January we’ll kick off the new year by welcoming our 7,000th new patient! As always, we’re grateful for your trust in us and feel truly privileged to be a part of your health journey.

Thanks to all of you for a great year, and for growing with us as we find our way. As always, if there’s any way we can serve you better, let us know.

From the team at StoneTree Clinic, we wish you all a healthy and happy 2019!

It’s Even Easier to Use your Extended Benefits Before 2019

It’s easy to forget about your health–especially if your body hasn’t yet decided to remind you. And it’s particularly easy at this time of year when you’re running around dealing with holiday commitments and other stressors.

But now might be the most important time of year to remember to support your immune system and shore up your stress hormones.

This time of year we usually do a shout out to our patients to ensure they are:

  1. Taking care of themselves during the stressful holiday season
  2. Maximizing the use of their extended benefits package before the calendar turns over 

This year, STC has made it even easier for our patients to take care of themselves and use up the extended benefits they are entitled to – especially in times when cash flow is tight. We now offer direct billing to extended benefit insurance companies.

Simply bring in your policy card and let the front desk know you want to direct bill–they’ll do their best to get it done for you!

Dr. Kendra is Back November 5th!

Dr. Kendra is back in the house on November 5th. She is already booking up fast!

Her hours this fall/winter are:

  • Monday 2-6
  • Tuesdays 9-5
  • Thursdays 10-1

A big welcome to baby Rowan! We are all so excited to have another baby in the StoneTree Clinic family.:)

You can book an appointment with Dr. Kendra here, or by calling 705-444-5331.

Upcoming Workshops: Cancer Care, Sleep Habits

Cancer Care: Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Approaches

Tuesday, September 25, 2018
6:00PM-7:00PM
FREE
Call or email the clinic to register

Join Naturopathic Doctor, Dr. Ehab Mohammed ND to learn about the best evidence to support the use of complementary intervention in the care of those with cancer. Whether you are engaging in conventional cancer care or not this open session will be of value to you.

Dr. Ehab spent over 20 years practicing and researching oncology at the University of Cairo as a medical doctor. He is now training and licensed as a Naturopathic Doctor and is passionate about the integration of complementary and conventional care.

Learn more about Dr. Ehab here.

Healthy Sleep Habits For Kids: A Workshop for Parents

Wed, 3 October 2018
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
FREE
Register here

Join Naturopathic Doctor, Dr. Bronwyn Hill ND and Jessica White, a Certified Integrative Sleep Consultant, to learn how to create lasting changes in your house that will positively affect your family’s sleep.

Enjoy and informative session to learn the latest on sleep science, nutrition, and take home strategies to help children ages 3-10 get their recommended sleep hours for optimal health.

Learn more and register for your spot here.

 

Dr. Maggie’s Family is Growing!

If you’ve been to the clinic lately, you may have noticed Dr. Maggie’s growing belly! Her family is looking forward to welcoming their newest member this fall.

The rest of the StoneTree Clinic team is thrilled to have another STC baby about the clinic, but, as always, we’ll be sad to see one of our team members go on mat leave.

Dr. Maggie’s last day is Friday, October 4th. For all of you who need to see her before then, you can book here. She is expected back in May 2019.

In the meantime, we’re so pleased that Dr. Bronwyn will be caring for Dr. Maggie’s patients during her absence. Both these great docs graduated in the same year from naturopathic college and have worked together since they were interns there.

You can check out Dr. Bronwyn’s profile here.

Calling All Teachers!

Dealing with kids can put a real tax on stress glands and immune systems–it’s the kind of thing that can lead to constant colds and flu, sleep and mood issues, or that overall “tired” feeling that is so tough to shake.

For our patients who are teachers, the hustle and bustle of the school often has them completely worn out by the end of June. They rely on summer to rest and recharge.

The magic of summer, however, isn’t just in recovery. It’s in building a strong base for the coming year. Prevention really is the best medicine, and for teachers, summer is the best time to put that in place. Supporting the stress glands and boosting the immune system before school starts almost always makes for a healthier school year.

Simcoe County teachers have a wonderful extended health plan for naturopathic medicine, and the benefits restart at the start of their new year, which is September. Getting in during the summer months prepares you for the upcoming year, but also ensures you maximize the coverage you are entitled to.

We now make it even easier for our teachers to access care with direct billing to your extended health plan. This ensures you can come in without having to worry about cash flows during the summer months.

We love working with teachers and keeping them healthy and well during the school year. Teaching our kids is important work–please pass this on to the teachers in your life!

Book your appointment online here, or call the clinic at 705-444-5331.

June 22nd is #Eat Together Day

“It’s at the table where we can turn a house into a home, a stranger into a friend, and a village into a community. But more than anything, eating together simply connects us. And our world can use a little more connection right now.

This year, let’s eat together on June 22nd

Thanks President Choice. We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. Spread the word and spread the love.  #EatTogether this Friday, June 22nd.

 

Keto Diet Info Night

With all the media coverage around the ketogenic diet, we get a lot of questions about this somewhat confusing and potentially overwhelming diet. Studies seem to show some promising health results, but that doesn’t make it any easier for people to understand it. Fortunately, we have Dr. Maggie for that!

Dr. Maggie will be answering all your questions on June 19th at 7 PM at StoneTree Clinic in Collingwood. Plan to get lots of information that you can use, along with recipes, and samples of great keto options. A delicious and insightful way to spend some time on a Tuesday!

If you’ve been wondering:

  • Isn’t too much fat bad for you?
  • Is this just the Atkins thing all over again?
  • Aren’t ketones a bad thing?
  • What are ketones, anyway?
  • How the heck do I eat this way and not be starving?

Or anything else about the ketogenic diet, then this is the session for you.

Register at by emailing feelbetter@stonetreeclinic, or calling 705-444-5331. Bring a friend!

It’s Naturopathic Medicine Week!

May 14-20th is Naturopathic Medicine Week and we want to shout out to all the thousands of awesome patients we have had the privilege of serving in our 17 years of practice in the Georgian Triangle.

This week is a time when we not only try to promote the strengths of our profession, but we all reconnect with the principles that guide us in the work we do–the principles that make naturopathic medicine so helpful to patients.

What are ND’s all about? We believe:

  • In the healing power of nature. Not just using “natural remedies,” but also connecting to the idea that the body can heal itself, it just needs all the right tools to do so.
  • In getting to the root of the problem. Not all patients have headaches for the same reason.  Some have headaches because of a food intolerance. Others due to a nutrient deficiency, some because of a hormone imbalance. The root cause can be different for different people.
  • In treating the individual. For a naturopath, every case is unique. We like to understand what is happening in each individual patient–as a result we ask lots of questions and often do many blood tests.
  • That prevention is the best medicine. Keeping you healthy is a whole lot easier than treating your disease.
  • That doctors are teachers. ND’s are passionate about giving you, the patient, all the information and insight you need to feel in control of your health and your health care decisions.

What Your Friends and Family Should Know

If you know someone that can benefit from naturopathic medicine, but isn’t quite sure, here are a few useful details.

  • ND’s are not covered by OHIP, but many extended health plans are now covering our services. Why?  Because patients of naturopathic doctors are healthier, use fewer prescription medications, and miss work less often.
  • We offer a complimentary “meet-the-doctor” visit with one of our awesome ND’s–they’ll answer any and all questions at no charge.
  • We’re now direct billing to extended health plans making it even easier for you to connect to your health through naturopathic medicine!

To learn more, or to book your appointment, call 705-444-5331, or visit us at www.stonetreeclinic.com. Happy Naturopathic Medicine Week!

Welcome to StoneTree’s Summer Food Guru!

StoneTree Clinic has a new team member. Welcome Bridget McMaster!

Bridget just finished a 4-year program in Food and Nutrition at Brescia College at the University of Western Ontario. She is joining us this summer to be our resident Food Guru at The Pantry.

Making diet changes is one of the most important things we ask our patients to do but it can also be one of the most difficult. Learning to give up dairy or gluten can feel overwhelming.

The Pantry is meant to help with that transition. It is filled with foods that are gluten-free, dairy-free and egg-free, and now Bridget will be there full time this summer making sure that all your questions are answered.

Bridget has dealt with her own health issues and knows first-hand that food really is medicine. She’s a wonderful addition to our team!

Drop by and say hi to Bridget. She’ll be doing demos all summer in The Pantry–you can follow us on Instagram and Facebook to keep up to date with what we’re serving up!