"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.
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
Advanced Injection Therapy certification
IV Therapy certification
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)