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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

Dr. Tara Macart

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Naturopathic Philosophy

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The history you want Dr. Macart to work from…

Download a Weekly Diet Diary

A summary of your intake for Dr. Macart’s review.

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.

Welcome.

Dr. Tara Macart ND

 

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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

Proud sponsor

of the Opti-B’s

K – 5 Soccer Experience

Appeared on

The Show on Shaw TV

Member

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 recovery 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 of both worlds when it comes to my health.

Signed, Freedom

First Steps...

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 Modalities

The ways naturopathic medicine may interact with you
Clinical Nutrition

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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 health’s pursuit be delicious too.

Botanical Medicine

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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.

Pharmacology

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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

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Oriental medicine is a system of balancing excesses and deficiencies. Herbs work with acupuncture to stimulate the body’s circulating energy known as “Qi” (pronounced “chi”). In many cases the doctor may use electro-acupuncture to increase both effect and duration of treatment.

Physical Medicine

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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

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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.

Counselling

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A person’s health has physical, mental and emotional aspects. Lifestyle modifications and stress management are crucial to optimizing and preserving health. Largely solution oriented, we help patients find their way through difficult challenges.  You are not alone and you are more than capable.

Therapies

The tools we use for the betterment of humanity

Investigating the Human Condition

Range of Issues and Challenges
Naturopathic physicians are primary care practitioners, that is to say that they are often the first professional to consult for individuals and families who desire a less invasive and more wholistic approach to their health care. Naturopathic physicians treat patients with a wide range of acute and/or chronic conditions but rely on alternative tools and modalities, as well as pharmaceuticals, to resolve health issues. Even disease-free people may benefit from preventive medicine as it is infinitely easier to maintain health than repair it once it is damaged or broken. Naturopathic physicians deal with the full spectrum of health conditions that people encounter whether that may be chronic, acute, gender, or age specific.
Chronic Conditions

Acne

Adrenal disfunction

Allergies

Alzheimer’s disease

Anxiety

Asthma

Auto-immune disorders

Arthritis

Attention deficit disorder

Cancer

Candidiasis

Chronic fatigue syndrome

Chronic infections

Colitis

Constipation

Cystitis

Depression

Diarrhea

Diabetes

Eczema

Elevated cholesterol

Food and environmental sensitivities

Fibromyalgia

Gastroesophageal reflux disease

Gout

Hypertension

Heart disease

Insomnia

Irritable bowel syndrome

Lupus

Metal toxicity

Migraines

Multiple sclerosis

Obesity

Osteoporosis

Pain management

Parkinson’s disease

Peripheral Neuropathy

Polymyalgia rheumatica

Psoriasis

Stroke

Vascular Dementia

Acute Toggle

Colds

Ear infections

Flus

Headaches

Intestinal disorders

Sore throat

Women's Issues

Dysmenoreah

Endometriosis

Fibrocystic breast disease

Infertility

Pap smears

Pre-menstrual syndrome

Menopausal symptoms

Menstrual disorders

Uterine fibroids

Men's Issues

Benign prostatic hypertrophy

Erectile dysfunction

Prostatitis

Other Issues

Weight management

Smoking cessation

The Opti-Balance Patient Experience

Whole Person Whole Medicine

Finding us is easy in the heart of beautiful Qualicum Beach British Columbia.  Our Mid-Island location makes us very accessible to a variety of communities.  We regularly service the triangle between Nanaimo, Courtenay, and Port Alberni. Some patients travel from even farther afield to get the unique experience the Opti-Balance Clinic has to offer.

Opti-Balance Naturopathic Medicine

testclinic Dr. Tara Macart ND 4-161 Fern Raod West Qualicum Beach BC V9K 2K1 250.752.2711 www.opti-balance.com

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!

Second, 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.
Thirdly, 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.
Finally, 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. Now you’re ready for your appointment.
If you find you have none or only part of the aforementioned information, this is not a show stopper in any way.  Dr. Macart and Opti-Balance can help you take the next step.

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Optimal health is within your grasp!

Building healthy minds and bodies

Opti-Balance Naturopathic Medicine

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Truly we are what we eat, drink and breathe!

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