About Me

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ABOUT ME

"I became a naturopathic doctor because I want to be the doctor that I wish I had as an athlete."

-- Dr. Larissa van As, ND

First, a little back story. I grew up on the west coast in North Vancouver with the mountains, mossy forest & rainy days. However, I spent most of my days in an ice rink. As a competitive figure skater, I was intrigued by movement, nutrition, and the capability of the human body.

This is where my story starts.

I competed at the Canadian National Figure Skating Championships in Ice Dance from 2011-2013. Unfortunately, my skating career ended with a chronic groin and low back injury. What I didn't know was that my life after sport would be such a struggle as I was unable to walk, sleep, and do every day activities without that nagging injury getting in my way. Three years later, I ended up in a naturopathic doctors office to work on treating the root cause of my pain. I was so inspired by naturopathic medicine & all it had to offer me that I applied to become a naturopathic doctor myself.

Coming full circle, here I am today as a naturopathic doctor.

 

My goal is to inspire my patients to take an active part in their healing process. Whether it's discovering new recipes or stretches they can do themselves, I want my patients to feel empowered. I believe in creating a space for my patients to feel heard & supported. My philosophy on medicine is to find the root cause of illness, treat the whole patient & educate so that you can make informed decisions about your health.

If this resinates with you & you're wanting to know more, I offer a complimentary 15 minute meet & greet to see if working together will be a good match.

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Training & Qualifications:

  • B.Sc Biomedical Physiology - Simon Fraser University

  • Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine - Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine

  • Naturopathic Advanced Life Support (NALS) - Tamik Training

  • Basic Life Saving (BLS) - Heart and Stroke

  • Prescriptive Authority certification

  • Acupuncture certification

  • Advanced Injection Therapy certification

  • IV Therapy certification

 

Professional Associations

  • Registrant of the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia (CNPBC)

  • Member of the British Columbia Naturopathic Association (BCNA)

  • Member of the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND)