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Conditions I love to treat

  • PCOS
  • Weight Loss Resistance
  • Acne
  • Endometriosis
  • Hashimotos and Hypothyroidism
  • Preconception and Pregnancy Support
  • Fatigue and Burnout

Outside of Work

When I am not seeing patients, researching or sharing my knowledge, I love to be outdoors and exploring with my baby boy Benjamin, and my lovely husband, Juan. I may seem like a huge extrovert but I am truly an introvert at heart and need to recharge on my own!

Dr. Sarah Wilson, ND 

Naturopathic Doctor, Founder, Medical Director

Prior to starting AWH Dr. Sarah maintained a busy, wait list only women’s health practice in Toronto, Ontario. She was sought out for her evidence-based treatments of weight loss resistance, PCOS, acne, endometriosis and other complex issues. Born and raised in Belleville Ontario, Dr. Sarah saw a need for comprehensive women’s healthcare in the area and decided to move closer to home to fill that need and raise her family. See below for more information on her story and experience. 

I am passionate about helping women feel their best because I spent many years with brain fog, fatigue, constant digestive upset, an unpredictable period and unexplainable weight gain. These ‘undiagnosable’ symptoms prevented me putting myself out there, contributing all of the greatness I had to give, and from reaching my full potential. For me, it was visiting my first Naturopathic Doctor that changed my life, and I am on a mission to change the lives of other women! I know I am not alone in experiencing these symptoms, far from it actually. And I believe that no one should have to experience the frustration, and isolation, that comes along with not feeling at your best! 

The Official Stuff

Prior to my four years at CCNM I attended the University of Guelph and obtained a degree in Human Kinetics and Nutrition and Nutraceutical Sciences. During my time at the University of Guelph had the opportunity to work in a research lab which ignited my passion for research. This has continued into positions with Ferring Natural Health and Wellesley therapeutics where I actively research digestive health from a number of perspectives. My passion for research has led me to develop an advanced understanding of the digestive system, immune system, metabolism and hormonal health. This understanding is applied to both my personal health and patient’s treatments and has gotten me to the state of health I currently experience.

My personal experiences have also motivated me to develop an appreciation for and understanding of modified diets, metabolic & hormonal chaos and most of all self love.

I am absolutely passionate about educating and am regularly presenting to professionals and members of the public on a variety of topics. I am on a mission to help all women get healthy, naturally, with Naturopathic Medicine. I do this not only by seeing patients but I am also a mentor to Naturopathic Doctors across North America with my professional program, Naturopathic Clinical Mentorship.

Like to read? Don’t miss my book “Finally Lose It: A Professional Woman’s Guide to Stop Dieting, Fix Your Hormones, and Overcome Weight Loss Resistance

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Outside of Work

When I’m not waist-deep in work, I can be found playing in the outdoors with my friends or nestled into a big, comfy reading chair with a book and a mug of matcha in hand.

Dee Dorrance, CNP

Certified Nutritional Practitioner

Dee is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner (CNP) based out of her hometown Toronto. She graduated with first class honours from The Institute of Holistic Nutrition, one of North America’s premier educational institutes in the natural healing arts. Dee’s mission at AWH is a simple one: to help you feel healthy & empowered about food so that you can thrive in your home life and career. See below for more information on Dee’s story and experience.

As someone who has struggled with digestive and hormonal imbalance, from IBS to PCOS, I know what it’s like to feel frustrated and hopeless when it comes to food! It wasn’t until I found Holistic Nutrition that everything started to change. My constant bloat and discomfort started to go away, my period came back and my energy returned in full force. My healing experience with nutrition and other holistic health modalities is what led me to pursue a career as a nutritionist. Using the healing powers of natural food and medicine, I am passionate about helping you achieve your health goals without unnecessary restriction, guilt or shame. 

I believe that food plays an integral role in the management of any health condition. My areas of specialty include, but are not limited to, digestive and hormonal health. Conditions I love to help manage are PCOS, endometriosis, fertility & prenatal care, hypothyroidism, fatigue, general digestive disturbances and more. 

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Outside of Work

When I’m not working I can be found hiking with my dogs Max & Sofie, practicing yoga and other activities to stay healthy. Gardening, home cooking and knitting are amongst my favourite ways to relax. I’m a lover of lifelong learning and always have one or two courses on the go. Staying active and being curious are cornerstones for me in terms of personal and professional growth.

Janet Barry, MSW, RSW

Life Coaching and Counselling Services

When you’re ready to embrace change I welcome you to contact me to discuss how we can work together to support you to live your best life.

Throughout my professional career I can truly say I have worked with people from all walks of life! My experience includes working for community agencies as well as private mental health providers. Specific populations I serve  include individuals with a developmental disability and their families. As a parent and previous foster parent, I welcome young people and others with a connection to the foster care system. For many years I provided counselling and education in the area of social-sexual skills development. I welcome referrals from individuals who may require this specific support.

I offer counselling for individuals seeking support with trauma, life transitions, change and loss, anxiety, parenting and disability. As a knowledgeable system’s advocate, I can support you to understand and navigate any barriers that may be preventing you from accessing the resources you need.

My approach is integrative and that means I combine different therapeutic tools and approaches to fit your individual needs. I have training and experience in the following modalities including Mindfulness, Life Coaching, Cognitive & Dialectic Behavior Therapy, trauma informed therapies and Solution Focused Brief Therapy. I am currently studying Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing and have recently completed Phase 1 training. At present, I am offering this exciting and effective approach for individuals affected by  intrusive memories and single incident trauma.

Regardless of the modality, promoting personal growth and change in a timely manner is important to me as a counsellor. You set the course for our work together whether that be single session counselling, booster sessions along the way or a longer-term approach. I believe the pace of one’s counselling is as unique as each individual.

I have been described by my clients as compassionate, motivating, flexible and creative, a strong advocate and forward thinking. Clients also report that my solutions focused approach to living life has had lasting benefits.

Take the time to discover your own path. The smallest decisions can change your life forever.

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Lynn Albrecht, MSW, RSW

Registered Social Worker

Feeling Lost and Unsure of Who You Are And What You Want?

Because women assume so many important roles in their lives, we often lose sight of who we are as people. This can be especially true in times of change like marriage, the birth of a child, illness, children moving out of the home or back in, divorce, difficulties at work, and a death of a love one.

Lynn Albrecht is a seasoned professional with over 19 years experience working in counselling firms and hospitals across southern Ontario. Lynn has a master’s degree in Social Work and is a member of both the Ontario College of Social Workers and the Canadian Association of Social Workers.

Prior to earning her MSW, she worked in broadcasting and communications.

Like most of us, she has had to navigate many of the problems life presents throughout our lives. “Life can be challenging but I strongly believe that all women possess the strength and resilience to overcome their personal struggles and that my job is to help them tap into those strengths.”

Using a combination of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Humanistic, Narrative, and trauma-informed therapies, Lynn works with women, providing them with the tools to deal with depression, anxiety, trauma, adjustment to illness, loss, grief, and relationship issues.

“Don’t give up. Together we can find a way forward. You can rediscover who you are and have the life you want.”

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Colleen Kane

Registered Massage Therapist (RMT)

Colleen became a Registered Massage Therapist in the fall of 2019 after completing the Advanced Standing Massage Therapy program at Royal Canadian College of Massage Therapy. Prior to becoming an RMT, Colleen completed schooling in Athletic Therapy at Sheridan College and has been practicing as a Certified Athletic Therapist in Kingston since 2014. In addition, Colleen also completed a Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics at St. Francis Xavier University, graduating in 2010.  Given her extensive background in rehabilitation, Colleen is well-suited to treat any of your aches and pains. 

Colleen’s mission at AWH is to provide you with a treatment that not only leaves you feeling relaxed, but addresses the imbalances causing your aches and pains in the first place.  

Outside of Work

When I’m not at the clinic or studying away, I love spending time with my partner, Alex and our dog, Bumble. I love to read, run outdoors, listen to podcasts (I’m always up for suggestions on what to listen to next!), work on crossword and jigsaw puzzles, or cuddle up on the couch and watch some Netflix! I love to laugh and am quite tenderhearted – yes, I’ll probably tear up if you show me a sad dog rescue video!  

I am excited to be a part of your health journey and welcome you to our clinic!

Kelly Chen-McDonagh

Clinic Manager, Patient Coordinator

Kelly graduated from Queen’s University with an Honours Bachelor of Science with a specialization in Kinesiology in 2017. During that time, she completed an Athletic Therapy stream that allowed her to work closely with student athletes on the Queen’s Women’s and Men’s Varsity Basketball teams as their student therapist. She also completed a laboratory internship and worked as a research assistant within the Queen’s Biomechanics and Ergonomics Laboratory to learn more about the body and its movement. 

Since graduating, she has been busy chasing her passion for continually learning by completing further education in Medical Terminology and has worked as a Clinic Coordinator and Physiotherapy Assistant. In 2020 she will be pursuing her Masters of Counselling Psychology part-time while also ensuring that the clinic is running smoothly for your visits. 

Outside of Work

When I’m not at the clinic or buried in homework, I love playing outside with my dogs Eddie and Dante, playing video games with my partner Nic, or volunteering at a community garden. I like chilling with Netflix or rocking out to music in my living room. I’m a sensitive soul and take pride in a job well-done, so if there is anything I can do to make your experience at the clinic better, count on me to try my best.

Samira Hriech

Patient Care Coordinator

Samira graduated from St. Lawrence College with an Honours Bachelor of Behavioural Psychology in 2017. Since then, she worked as a residential counsellor at a family homeless shelter as well as a transitional living center for youth. She also worked her way towards a management position in retail where she learned a lot about what it means to be working with other people.

In January 2020 Samira began a new journey in her field of study by pursuing her Masters of Counselling Psychology part-time while working at the clinic to assist you in your journey at Advanced Women’s Health.