Opti-Balance Naturopathic Medicine Inc.Solutions for Life
Solutions for Life
When was the last time you felt really good?
Mind, Body and Spirit in Balance
What we are all about…
At Opti-Balance Naturopathic Medicine, we value your wellness.
We hope to initiate a long-term partnership that shares the goal of your health improvement, recovery, and even enhancement.
We empower patients to take an active role in their health no matter what their starting point, no matter what their challenges.
We help people gain understanding of their health situation and provide customized health optimizing plans offering cutting edge medicine.
We help people find solutions for life.
Dr. Tara Macart ND
in good standing
in good standing
in good standing
Proud member of the
Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians
Author of “Medicine 101 ” column in Parksville Qualicum Beach News
Appeared on Toronto’s Breakfast Television
of the Opti-B’s
K – 5 Soccer Experience
The Show on Shaw TV
in good standing
U.S., a 67 year old male
As a competitive athlete, I work hard to keep my body healthy. While Dr. Macart was instrumental in resolving my medical issue (kidney stones), she has also supported me in maximizing my physical performance. Using all natural methods, I tonify before a race and get treatments to speed recover after a race. My trophy shelf speaks for itself.
Signed, The fastest 67-year-old man in the world.
L.M., 41 year old female
Having been diagnosed with a rare kidney disorder and offered corticosteroid therapy, I sought out Dr. Macart for natural solutions. My program involved significant diet and lifestyle changes along with supportive medicine. A year later, my lab work is normal, my other doctors are pleased with my recovery and I feel great. The hard work was worth it and I am happy to embrace the life choices that keep me healthy.
Signed, Reaching my potential
C.X., a 63 year old female
Frustrated with recurrent symptoms of colitis and no real answers from the medical system, I sought out another opinion. In desperation and getting the name of Dr. Macart from a friend, we worked together to build an effective therapeutic diet and support regimen that SERIOUSLY changed my life. Today, I live with greater vitality, a more balanced system, and I know where to go to complete my medical picture. Her integrative approach lets me get the best o both worlds when it comes to my health.
I’m inspired, let’s begin…
1. Call Dr. Macart’s office Opti-Balance at 250.752.2711 and book a time to meet with her to begin sharing information about what’s going on for you. No time like the present to start learning and healing – Let’s strike while the iron is hot!
2. Download and print off an intake form. This form streamlines the gathering of your medical history and provides a framework for Dr. Macart to understand your goals and priorities concerning your health. Together, you can focus attentions where they’ll do the most good because your individual nature has been taken into account.
3. Collect as much medical history as you have in your possession. You may wish to consult with your other medical professionals and collect recent relevant data such as blood work and or medical imaging. If necessary, we may update or pursue fresh data pertinent to your case which can be discussed during the intake.
4. Create an exhaustive list of medications and natural products that you are using so Dr. Macart knows what is in the mix before adding to or subtracting from it. Eventually, your regimen will be tailored to your needs.
Naturopathic ModalitiesThe ways naturopathic medicine may interact with you
Nutrition is fundamental to health. Dietary analysis is an integral part of a comprehensive health plan. Different health issues require different nutritional approaches. Dr. Macart is highly trained in how to use food and nutritional supplements for therapeutic purposes. For your benefit, our clinical nutrition spans the dinner table to the clinic, utilizing the best methods to improve your nutritional status. Let healths pursuit be delicious too.
Plants have been the source of medicine for centuries. Known for their synergy of effect, the complexity of herbal medicine also contributes to their ease of tolerance and minimal side effects. Botanicals may be taken as teas, tinctures, extracts, dry substances and even spices. Discover the ancient wisdom of plant based medicines on your healing journey.
Biochemistry is a huge part of medicine and, in some cases, pharmaceuticals have an important role to play. A well rounded naturopathic program may occasionally call on pharmaceuticals or it may work around a drug protocol already initiated. Either way, you are encouraged to explore your options and decide for yourself which interventions suit you best. We value your “choice” in choosing your healthcare path.
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine
A variety of hands-on techniques may be used to alleviate pain and support biomechanics. These include bodywork, craniosacral therapy, incline therapy, and hydrotherapy. With the help of technology, energy in the form of light and sound can have rebalancing influence on the body. Ask us about our low level laser therapy or our cranial stimulation. Because the science of physics plays an important role in medicine, we can use this to our advantage.
Homeopathic medicine is based on the law of similars- “like cures like”. Thousands of substances have been diluted and potentized to become a huge array of homeopathic preparations. A homeopathic intake gathers useful information so that the practitioner may match the patient’s “homeopathic picture” to a certain remedy. This specialized form of medicine is gentle, is well tolerated and has a wide range of applications. While homeopathy is only a couple of centuries old, it has a substantial place in the realm of healing substances. Learn more about homeopathic medicines first hand.
TherapiesThe tools we use for the betterment of humanity
Investigating the Human ConditionRange of Issues and Challenges
Attention deficit disorder
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Food and environmental sensitivities
Gastroesophageal reflux disease
Irritable bowel syndrome
Fibrocystic breast disease
Benign prostatic hypertrophy
Dr. Macart's Medicine 101Wisdom pouring forth from Dr. Macart - Please use what you need and credit Dr. Macart's work
Dr. Tara Macart
Minds broadened thus far...
Welcome to Medicine 101.
I would like to start by introducing myself. I am Dr. Tara Macart, naturopathic physician, and I run a busy family practice in Qualicum Beach. I consider myself very lucky to do what I love in such a wonderful place. I am also fortunate enough to work with my husband, Jonathan Macart, business manager and chelation therapist, who also loves his work. Together, we bring good health into grasp at our naturopathic medical clinic, Opti-Balance. Now, we can touch people’s lives through this column, Medicine 101.
The mission statement, if you will, of Medicine 101 is “to inform and educate my readership to the ways that medicine can be demystified and to encourage the individual to become the champion of their own health.” Does anyone have a greater vested interest in your health than you? You may wonder why I chose this title. I want to discuss medicine at its core. Modern medicine and pharmacy both stem from a common origin.
For hundreds of years, medicine has evolved as a body of knowledge and much of it is still with value today. We are witness to a resurgence of people seeking natural solutions to health problems, not just a suppression of symptoms. People are seeking real medicine. With the information age, we have a much more informed public, but it can get confusing. Our collective ideas of what medicine is and should be get clouded by so many sources and opinions. Medicine has become fragmented. Because there are so many offshoots of medicine, different specialties, I would like to illuminate the common thread. I intend to emphasize a common sense approach to health.
Let us get back to basics—what we all should know about how to achieve and maintain health. Aside from the fundamentals of medicine, another focus of this column will be on critical thinking. This does not mean that I want to tell you what to think. I wish to provoke the reader to question the status quo in order to move toward positive change, both personally and politically. As the public demands a more responsible medicine and finds its voice, power will lie with the people! I see this as a venue to disseminate knowledge and to spread a self-empowering message. In this column, you will find basic health information, discussion on current issues, and a philosophy to live by. It is possible that sometimes certain topics will leave the reader uncomfortable. Knowledge and self responsibility tends to do that. Gone are the days of blissful ignorance. Let us replace that discomfort with a motivation to improve things for oneself, and even better, for subsequent generations. “If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep walking.” – Buddhist proverb, My Message: I am passionate about the development and sharing of knowledge and critical thinking. These writings are excerpts from a newspaper column called Medicine 101 that I wrote between the years of 2004 and 2014. I invite others to explore this information to challenge old ways of thinking and to expand their understanding of the topics. The material here is for information purposes and is not intended to diagnose or treat any condition nor replace a medical doctor. As we are all individuals and have peculiarities, please don’t take this as medical guidance, only medical information from my perspective.
Please call my office at 250.752.2711 to become a patient or refer to your own medical professional.
The form and function of the matter that is us…
There are many forces that act on and affect us from outside ourselves…
The good stuff as the world changes…
The bad stuff…
The Opti-Balance Patient ExperienceWhole Person Whole Medicine
This is the process we follow to preserve or bring you back to health! Naturopathic medicine is active medicine – that is to say you’ll get from it what you put into it. We’ll provide the philosophy, the tools and the guidance. You’ll provide the action and determination to bring all these things into play and then you’ll be the beneficiary of the long term results that come from thoughtful lifestyle change to enact real improvement.
So, let’s begin…
First, call Dr. Macart’s office Opti-Balance at 250.752.2711 and book a time to meet with her to begin sharing information about what’s going on for you. No time like the present to start learning and healing – Let’s strike while the iron is hot!
Intake paperwork and initial consult
Second visit and strategy
Opti-Balance - Solutions for Life - 250 . 752 . 2711