Time to Get Back on Track!


To help get you back on track, for the month of June, Dr Lisa Vecchi, is offering 10% off of your supplements when you book a 30 minute or longer Naturopathic visit.


Tick Bite?

These are seriously nasty bugs carrying even worse bacteria and viruses.  It’s not only Lyme Disease!  Please do tick checks everyday.  I am happy to go over how to do a check and how to properly remove a tick at your next visit.  Just ask and I will even put together a kit so you have what you need if you get bit.


Love this Sunscreen

This is one of my favorites! Natural Sunscreen that is easy to apply, all natural and reef friendly and scores a 1 on the Environmental Working Group Safety Report.  Remaining stock is on sale in the clinic for only $10.



Registered Acupuncture

Did you know that I am also a Registered Acupuncturist?  That means that if you have separate coverage for this service in your extended health benefits, I could be administering your Acupuncture.  Of course, as always, I am able to administer Acupuncture under my Naturopathic Doctor License as well.




Dr. Lisa Vecchi


Spring Detox


Hello Spring Time!

Are you feeling sluggish from the dreary weather? Ready to give your body a healthy break to start spring? Let’s do a 2 week reset to get you started.

It’s Cold and Flu Season!!

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Help boost your immunity this cold and flu season with natural remedies!

Choose from 2 days (or call us to book another time)

Friday, October 19th 3-4 pm

Saturday, October 20th 9-10 am 

More about the remedies…

  • activates and supports the defense mechanisms of your body to better defend you from viruses
  • oral administration
  • safe for anyone 2 years and older including pregnant and breast feeding mothers
  • the effectiveness of the remedies is not reduced if you have had the conventional flu shot
  • most effective if administered once in October and once in January (more often for those with increased exposure)
  • cost is $50 per treatment including the taxes
  • covered by most extended health benefits as a Naturopathic Visit



Dr. Lisa Vecchi


Compression Garments 101

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A great article from our compression garment company Juzo;
Lymphedema Compression Garments 101
Author: Cindy Anderson, Return/Product Training Manager
September 2018

Has a medical professional recently told you that you need compression therapy? You likely have tons of questions, but no worries! Here are the basics you should know about the various lymphedema compression garments available and some key benefits – with the help of your medical team you can find the best medical compression garment for you.

Lymphedema compression garments help to manage re-accumulation of fluid by providing external pressure to tissue where lymphatic failure (or swelling due to fluid build up) has occurred. For best results, you should start wearing a compression garment as soon as possible after completing decongestive phase of treatment.

Not sure which compression garment is best for you? That’s okay. A trained or certified compression fitter can evaluate your condition and help you decide what is the best therapeutic compression garment to help manage your lymphedema. In addition to measuring and providing the best fit possible for your compression garment, they also will explain how certain variables will influence which product you should wear, such as the shape and size of your limb, your mobility, age and volume of swelling.

Types of Compression Garments
You’re probably wondering what different types of garments are available and even why there are different types. We’ll explain.

Circular knit garments are seamless and not as dense and stiff as flat knit. They come in standard sizes or Juzo can custom make them for you. The elasticity of the circular knit material is great for early to mild stages of lymphedema, when swelling is moderate. Other features include:

  • Comfort
  • Moderate containment
  • Maximum aesthetics – available in a variety of colors and prints
  • Not made with natural rubber (Latex free)

Juzo Lymphedema products with circular knit include Juzo Soft or Juzo Dynamic in the following styles arm sleevesgauntlets/gloves and lower extremity.

Flat knit garments have a seam and offer excellent therapeutic results. Only available as custom-made, they can accommodate a variety of shapes and sizes. The fabric is stiffer and certain fabrics have a micro massage weave, which is preferred for areas with severe swelling. Combined with an optimal level of compression, flat knit garments offer the maximum containment in an elastic compression garment. Other features include:

  • Improved aesthetics – now available in a variety of colors
  • The density of the knit remains consistent throughout the garment (even at areas of larger circumferences, which is important for managing swelling)
  • Durable for extreme wear and use
  • Not made with natural rubber (Latex free)

Juzo products with flat knit include Juzo Expert and Juzo Strong garments which are custom to any body part with swelling issues. Most areas of lymphatic failure are arm sleevesgauntlets/gloves and lower extremity..

Inelastic wraps are the most stiff and help reduce swelling or provide maintenance. These garments are Can be used as alternative to short stretch bandaging or for anyone who may have issues putting the garment on and taking it off. Features include:

  • Reversible –can be worn beige or black
  • Special notches and minimal overlying straps resist gapping and bulk
  • Provides increase in pressure during activity and reduced pressure during resting
  • Adjustable to increase pressure during the day

Juzo’s inelastic garment is the Juzo Compression Wrap and is available for lower and upper extremity.

Please remember to work with a trained compression professional at an authorized Juzo dealer to help select the best product, provide the best fit and give you proper instructions. We hope this helps answer some of your questions. Be sure to read other blog posts to learn more, including how to care for your garment and Juzo full product line of Lymphedema aids. Also, visit juzousa.com and register for our quarterly newsletter for more information.


Tavia Wilson RMT, Combined Decongestive Therapist, Certified Fitter.


Concussions PART 4: The Importance of a Team

The Importance of a Team

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In all cases it is important to have a healthcare team working together to get you back on the field safely with an eye on your long-term health.

A physician can provide a concussion diagnosis and manage and evaluate your condition in order to provide medical clearance.

Health care practitioners such as chiropractors can help you manage headaches or back and muscle pain you may have as a result of your concussion. It’s important to remember that your injury may have also injured your neck, shoulder or back. While you’re resting and recovering, these injuries might resolve on their own. If not, a chiropractor or a physiotherapist can help you recover and return to play. A full evaluation of your strength and physical function will help you know when your body is ready to get back into sports.

Concussion symptoms can vary widely from person to person: while one person might suffer from pain, another may have depression and trouble sleeping. Education, encouragement, and a commitment to getting you back to your daily activities as soon as it is safe and appropriate are some of the best known strategies to help overcome many of the negative outcomes of concussion. That takes a committed approach from the right health care team alongside family and friends.

Dr. Alexandra Tarkowski



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Most people recover within a few days to three months. The Zurich Consensus statement on concussion recovery recommends the following five stages of rehabilitation:

  1. No activity: Focus on recovery. Rest your body and your mind.
  2. Light aerobic exercise: Get your heart rate up with light activities like walking and swimming, but don’t go past 70% of your maximum heart rate. Your goal is to increase your heart rate without risk of re-injury. Do not do any resistance training yet.
  3. Sport-specific exercise: Add movement by re-introducing sport-specific movement like skating or running drills. Do not do anything that might risk a head impact.
  4. Non-contact training drills: Add more complex forms of training to improve your exercise, coordination and cognitive load. This could include passing drills in football and hockey. You may start resistance training again.
  5. Full-contact practice: Once your doctor says it’s okay, you can participate in normal training again. This will build your confidence and skills before returning to play.

At any stage, if you experience any recurring symptoms, restart the process and remain inactive until the symptoms stop.

Returning to play after concussion should occur only with medical clearance from a licensed health care provider trained in the evaluation and management of concussions.


Dr. Alexandra Tarkowski


Introducing Elapromed Dermatology Treatments

Introducing Elapromed Dermatology Treatments

Your Natural Answer to Beautiful Skin



Acne, scars & oily skin Rosacea, redness & irritated skin Hyperpigmentation, dark spots, sun damage & melasma Stretch marks Fine lines & wrinkles, lack of firmness & elasticity Cellulite Hair thinning Dehydrated skin


What is an Elapromed Treatment?

Elapromed treatments use pulses of low current to transiently open the skin’s pores, called electroporation.  This allows the application and absorption of skin condition specific natural products at the cellular level.

There are many other benefits apart from just treating specific skin conditions, the cumulative benefits of electroporation include:

  • penetration of the delivered compounds is above 90%
  • decreased puffiness, increased collagen and elastin production, firming/lifting and regenerating effect.
  • restoring water balance in the skin.


What conditions can be treated?

Elapromed treatments have successfully treated:

  • Acne, scars & oily skin
  • Rosacea, redness & irritated skin
  • Hyperpigmentation, dark spots, sun damage & melasma
  • Stretch marks
  • Fine lines & wrinkles, lack of firmness & elasticity
  • Cellulite
  • Hair thinning
  • Dehydrated skin


How many sessions do I need?

Some individuals will notice the appearance of their skin improves after just one treatment.  However, significant lasting results usually occur after 3-6 weekly treatments.  The effects can be maintained with regular maintenance treatments or as needed depending on the skin condition being treated.

Why Elapromed?


Short treatment time: Dramatic results in a comfortable 30 – 45 minutes, possibly over lunch, for active women and men.


No downtime: Skin looks greatly improved immediately after the treatment, and you can go back to your normal activities.


Proven Results: Research conclusively proves Elapromed’s stated skin rejuvenation benefits.


High Absorption: Up to 70 ml of active compounds are absorbed deep into the skin during one treatment.


No parabens, artificial colours, or fragrances: Elapromed compounds are intelligent….no unnecessary ingredients. Only powerful natural actives necessary to obtain results.


Natural active ingredients: Botanical stem-cells and vital actives combined in the most advanced proprietary formulations that address the face, body, and scalp concerns.


Non-invasive procedure: Low voltage stimulates the skin to open the dermal water channels and allow for high actives absorption with no to little discomfort.


No risk of scarring: Because the skin is never broken in the procedure, scarring and other abrasive effects are not possible.


Are there any contraindications?

Yes, because we are using electric current there are a few contraindications you need to be aware of.

  • Pregnancy
  • Infections, skin diseases in an area where a given body part is to be treated
  • Pacemaker
  • Conductive metal implants (in an area where a given body part is to be treated)
  • Recent surgery (especially if the patient has not consulted his doctor about the treatment)
  • Malignant diseases
  • Heart problems
  • Very low or very high blood pressure
  • Epilepsy
  • Inflammation of veins in the acute phase
  • Aesthetic medicine treatments (e.g. gold threads, permanent fillers in area to be treated)


This is the natural skin care you have been searching for!



In health,

Dr. Lisa Vecchi

Naturopathic Doctor

Registered Acupuncturist



Concussion Part 2: Dealing With A Concussion


If you’ve had a concussion, the first 10 days are crucial. During this time you are at the greatest risk for another concussion. Not only that, your risk of getting another concussion rises every time you have one. If you can protect yourself in those first few days, you’ll have much better odds of a full recovery.

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But first, you need to know that you have a concussion. Effective concussion management starts with recognizing the signs and symptoms, some of which may show up hours or days after your injury. It is important for parents, coaches, trainers and athletes to recognize these early signs. They typically include:

  • Difficulty thinking clearly, concentrating or remembering new information.
  • Headache, blurry vision, queasiness or vomiting, dizziness, balance problems or sensitivity to noise or light.
  • Irritability, moodiness, sadness or nervousness.
  • Extreme sleepiness or difficulty falling asleep or remaining asleep.

Any athlete with potential concussion warning signs should see a physician as quickly as possible for a diagnosis. Remember, there is no simple test for a concussion. Many concussions can be missed if you rely only on a simple five-minute assessment done on the sidelines.

Athletes, coaches, parents and health care providers should all be up to date on concussions. If you are not comfortable dealing with a concussion yourself, have a concussion plan in place so you know exactly who to ask for help if someone shows warning signs.

Do you have a concussion? Not sure or haven’t been diagnosed? Please consult a medical practitioner. Dr. Alexandra Tarkowski, for consultation, diagnosis and treatment of concussions. Please call or email us for more information.

Dr. Alexandra Tarkowski D.C.


Concussion Part 1: What is a Concussion??

Concussions are called an ‘invisible injury’ because its symptoms aren’t always easy to recognize and even MRI imaging isn’t perfect at identifying a concussion. But with this kind of brain trauma, the effects are all too real. According to Scientific American, one blow to the head may increase your risk of a mental health disorder. We’ll cover some steps you can take to reduce your chances of suffering long term effects after a hard hit.

Concussion, Brain Injury

What is a Concussion?

concussion is traumatic brain injury caused when the brain is shaken inside the skull, which can cause damage to blood vessels in the brain or even injury to the brain tissue itself.

All it takes is a hard tumble on the basketball court or a blow to the head or the body. Yes, that’s right — you don’t necessarily have to hit your head. For example, when your body stops suddenly due to a hard tackle or a strong pick, it can cause whiplash and a concussion.

Some people think concussions only happen if you black out. But nine out of ten concussions don’t make you lose consciousness, and some only cause a brief interruption in mental alertness. Studies find that most high school and college athletes don’t report concussions while playing football. They might not realise that a concussion can happen even if you don’t black out.

In the past, athletes in many sports returned to play too soon after a concussion, sometimes even on the same day. But sports and health organizations are starting to take these injuries much more seriously. Trainers, health care professionals and athletes themselves are watching more closely for concussions and taking a more conservative approach to rehabilitation and return to play. This is an important change for the health of athletes everywhere.

Dr. Alexandra Tarkowski


Why helmets don’t prevent concussions

As this is Brain Injury Awareness Month, we wanted to share this incredible video on concussions from David Camarillo.

Please watch and share.


Here is an excellent post from the Ontario Brain Injury Association;

Unmasking Brain Injury Project

Pulling back the curtain on brain injuries

On June 1, 2018, over 20 communities across Ontario will be unveiling the Unmasking Brain Injury (UBI) Project in celebration of Brain Injury Awareness Month.

Brain injuries are invisible disabilities. They are unseen, hidden and non-visible to most of the population. So are the cognitive, emotional and psychological impacts which can be life altering. The UBI Project aims to increase understanding of what it is like to live with a brain injury, using masks survivors create to represent their personal experiences.

The UBI Project is an international movement. Started and coordinated by Hinds’ Feet Farm in Huntsville, North Carolina, USA, UBI was inspired by work being done with military veterans using masks. To date, more than 847 masks have been created in 3 countries.

OBIA and our partners joined the UBI movement to support the mission to:

  • PROMOTE awareness of the prevalence of brain injury;
  • GIVE survivors a voice and the means to educate others of what it’s like to live with a brain injury;
  • SHOW others that persons living with a disability due to their brain injury are like anyone else, deserving of dignity, respect, compassion and the opportunity to prove their value as citizens in their respective communities.

In Ontario, OBIA is coordinating the launch of UBI to coincide with the start of Brain Injury Awareness Month (BIAM) 2018. Together with local Brain Injury Associations and community partners (see links below), events will be held across the province on June 1, 2018 and throughout the month. Contact your local association and join in the celebration.

We hope you will join us in this visually powerful and emotional project to raise awareness of ABI and the unique experiences of survivors.

To view:

  • a list of participating Brain Injury Associations/community partners,
  • a copy of the Media Release,
  • and to see samples of the masks,

follow the link to the Brain Injury Awareness Month page:

Brain Injury Awareness Month

For more information from the Ontario Brain Injury Association, please go to;


We will be following up with more information on different therapies that we offer that can aid in the recovery of concussions.