The Charlene Deeks Centre for Naturopathic Medicine
Meet Our Team
Susan's decision to study naturopathic medicine in 2005 followed a fifteen year career in pharmaceuticals and drug research. Having learned a great deal about healthcare and the role drugs play in the treatment of disease, Susan wanted to learn more about medicine and the body's innate ability to heal itself if supported using more natural methods.
Susan is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor receiving the Governor's Award in Academic Excellence from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (Toronto). Prior to her education at CCNM, Susan obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree at the University of Waterloo in 1982 and a Masters of Science Degree in Clinical Pharmacology at the University of Toronto in 1985. Susan is also a member of the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND) and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND).
I wish I would have discovered naturopathic medicine much earlier in my life â€“ I know the energy I feel today as a woman in her fifties would be even more intensified. Unlike many other careers, becoming a naturopathic physician naturally changed my way of life for the better.
Changing the way I eat, paying more attention to my body's signals and being passionate about what is important to me continues to pay back ten-fold - it is a knowledge and experience anyone would want to share.
Total health is determined by the ongoing interplay between our mind's thoughts, our spiritual sense of community / belonging and the physiological health of our physical state. New fields in medicine such as psychoneuroimmunology and epigenetics are proof of the growing awareness of this fascinating interaction determining our health status.
Too often, psychological stressors and/or emotional trauma occurring years earlier in a person's life can be linked to the later appearance of serious illness and chronic disease. This is why it is so important to spend time talking with a patient - so that the health of the body, mind and spirit can be clearly ascertained. By taking the time, we hope to identify the root cause of illness whether it is mental, spiritual, environmental or physical in nature - and focus our efforts there. Naturopathic medicine uses the medical knowledge of today's world with the healing qualities of nature to gently assist the body, mind and spirit to get better and reach its natural potential.
Victoria Strickler, a Naturopathic doctor, has a keen interest in preventative medicine, and chooses to live her life by this philosophy. Patients will be guided towards safe and effective therapies in which optimal health is achieved in the shortest possible time. The treatment of infertility and weight management are special interests for Victoria. For infertility she practices acupuncture, diet and lifestyle counselling as well as botanical medicine to optimize a couple's fertility naturally or to enhance the efforts of in-vitro fertilization (IVF). Victoria searches for root causes of weight management issues, and often unearths more than meets the eye. Diet and lifestyle counselling, nutritional supplementation, botanical medicine and hydrotherapy are favourite treatment options for this condition.
Victoria attended the University of Toronto completing her Honours Bachelor of Science degree specializing in nutritional sciences and psychology. Victoria continued with her medical education obtaining a Bachelor of Naturopathic Medicine degree from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto. Victoria is also certified in Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture and a member of the Canadian Association of Naturopaths.